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Grammy Awards 2014: A Viewer’s Guide

Music fans barely had a chance to absorb all the Best of 2013 lists and 2014 prediction posts before having to switch into Grammy mode, thanks to the show’s earlier date this year. But maybe it’s better this way, coming before the Super Bowl, before anything has had a chance to really set the tone for the forthcoming year in pop music. One last appraisal of the year that was, while the breakouts and the memes and the capital-M Moments are still fresh in our minds. (An indirect benefit of this, of course, is that it’s easier to channel the necessary anger over any snubs and nonsensical nominations).

It’s unclear how the Grammys will send off 2013, but a few things are very clear regarding what will go down on January 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS: People will be drunk and in love. Lines will be blurred. Dragons will be imagined. Below, find everything you need to know about the 2014 Grammy Awards. More »

2014 People’s Choice Awards: Justin Timberlake Wins Big & Celebrates With Taco Bell Feast

The People’s Choice Awards took place last night (January 8), and some 700 million votes were cast — a truly proud moment for humanity (Adam Sandler won Favorite Comedic Movie Actor, if you’re wondering what kind of L.C.D. tomfoolery we’re dealing with here). Anyway, Justin Timberlake was pop music’s big winner, with three awards comprising Favorite Album (The 20/20 Experience), Favorite Male Artist and Favorite R&B Artist. Even better, though, is how he celebrated the big night: with some Taco Bell. No, really.

We already know Britney Spears stole the show, but she also managed to win Favorite Pop Artist. Elsewhere in the music categories, Katy Perry‘s “Roar” won Favorite Song and Music Video, Demi Lovato was named Favorite Female Artist, Taylor Swift took home Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Hip-Hop Artist went to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. More »

Pop Stars Shine On The People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet: JT, Sara Bareilles & OneRepublic

Pop stars mingled with TV and movie royalty at the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles tonight (January 8). Early arrivals included Justin Timberlake, Sara Bareilles, OneRepublic, Pretty Little Liars starlet turned country diva Lucy Hale, Jennifer Hudson and Naya Rivera.

It’s impossible to pick a winner in the fashion stakes but J Hud turned a lot of heads in her skintight white gown and Naya was typically flawless in her multi-colored outfit. Props to Sara for staying true to her quirky style in a retro-style dress and extra marks to JT for keeping it classic in a suave suit. More »

Jennifer Hudson Gives Her Assistant A House, Assistant Freaks Out: Morning Mix

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:: Jennifer Hudson posted a video to Instagram where she slowly walks away after she hands her assistant a Christmas gift: a deed for a new home. Immediately, her assistant drops the deed and tackles Hudson on the couch, shrieking in delight. [Billboard]

:: Brad Paisley will perform at this year’s People’s Choice Awards on January 8. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and five-time nominee Justin Timberlake will attend. [CBS]

:: Katy Perry hints that “Dark Horse,” the slinky Prism highlight featuring Juicy J, will be her next single. Meanwhile, she’s realized that the song lives up to its name. [Twitter]

:: Hilary Duff has made a few more key decisions for her new album since we last chatted with her. “There are a lot of artists out there being really provocative, wearing certain clothes and performing in certain ways, but right now that’s just not me,” she says. [Pop Dust]

:: Snoop Dogg proved himself to be a national treasure at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors Herbie Hancock. He rapped lyrics from “Gin & Juice” to the iconic jazz-funk-rap of US3‘s “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia),” to the utter delight of President Barack Obama and Hancock himself. [Rap Radar]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ Was 2013′s Best Selling Album

America Bought Into JT's Experience
The receipts are in, and Justin Timberlake‘s award-winning comeback vehicle The 20/20 Experience emerged as the best selling album of 2013. A victory, for sure, but one that signifies the rapidly decline of music sales in general.

20/20 sold 2.43 million copies last year, a sum that pales when compared to the 5.82 million Adele‘s 21 sold in 2011 and 4.41 million the same LP moved in 2012 — it being the top seller in both of those years. Billboard notes that 2.43 million is the lowest amount for a year-end best seller since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

The 20/20 Experience was the only album to cross the 2 million mark in 2013, and overall album sales in the States fell by 8% last year. The good news? While CD sales were down 14% and digital album sales were down (for the first time ever) by 1%, vinyl album sales were up for the sixth year in a row, this time by a whopping 33% (total sales: 6.1 million in 2013). More »

2013 In Review: The 10 Best Songs Of The Year, Chosen By Our Editors

Our Editors Make A Playlist Of The Best
2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for pop music — at least when it came to albums. Sure, Beyonce climbed off her golden throne to snatch wigs at the 11th hour but the game’s biggest divas generally misfired and there wasn’t a lot of new talent coming through to pick up the slack.

While turning out a cohesive collection of songs proved impossible for most, there were still enough spectacular singles and overlooked album tracks to make our iPods buzz merrily over the past 12 months. See what each Idolator editor chose as their personal top 10 songs of the year after the jump. More »

Best Music 2013: Sage The Gemini Reveals His Favorite Album Of The Year

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See What The MC Chose!
Sage The Gemini was arguably the break-out MC of 2013. He stormed the Billboard Hot 100 with simultaneous hits “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” — even sparking an outrageous dance craze with the latter. So what was the Bay Area heavy-hitter blasting in 2013? Justin Timberlake‘s all-conquering The 20/20 Experience.

“The first one he put out, I think I like that one better,” Sage says referencing JT’s blockbuster two-part project. “But the second one got one with Jay Z on it called ‘Murder’, oh my god it’s unbelievable.” Watch the rising rapper review the album up top.

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Paul McCartney, Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb & Madonna Crash ‘SNL’: Watch

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Love Me Do
Justin Timberlake wasn’t the only high-profile guest to join host Jimmy Fallon last night (December 21) on Saturday Night Live. In between spot-on impressions of musical icons, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bee GeesBarry Gibb showed up unannounced.

Well, sort of.

During his monologue, Fallon stood before four mics as he “confessed” that he invited his favorite musicians — David Bowie, Bob Dylan and McCartney — to the show, only for all of them to get caught in New York traffic. Then, in between impressions of Bowie and Dylan, McCartney strolls in for an effortless duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Later on, Fallon and Timberlake team up for a sketch as the Bee Gees’ Robin and Barry Gibb, respectively, co-hosts of The Barry Gibb Show. (The talk show’s theme song? A revised version of the 1975 hit “Nights on Broadway,” later assisted by the actual Barry Gibb.) Of its guests, Madonna not only offers the most salient point, she even calms “Barry” down to the point where “Robin” calls her mythical, as if we didn’t know that.

Watch McCartney and Fallon’s duet up top, then see Madonna and Gibb’s appearances after the jump. More »

Justin Timberlake Performs “Only When I Walk Away” & “Pair Of Wings” On ‘SNL’: Watch

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Saturday Night Lasers
Justin Timberlake‘s first musical performance on Saturday Night Live tonight (December 21) was 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2 standout “Only When I Walk Away.” For the first time in quite some time, he wasn’t joined by the Tennessee Kids on stage, instead appearing in front of a massive projection of his face and surrounded by lasers. It was a strikingly modern presentation compared to the restrained retro aesthetic he’s been flaunting for the majority of the year, and it totally worked.

And then he went in the complete opposite direction for his second song, the utterly maudlin, completely flaccid album closer “Pair Of Wings.” It sounded pretty or whatever, but it was a huge letdown after the invigorating energy he brought the first time around.

Watch “Only When I Walk Away” up top, then try to stay awake through “Pair Of Wings” below. More »

Watch Justin Timberlake Bring It On Down To WrappinVille On ‘SNL’

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Wrap It Up
Justin Timberlake wasn’t hosting Saturday Night Live tonight (December 21), but he wasted no time showing up in a sketch, appearing in the cold open that repurposed his dancing “Bring It On Down To…” mascot character, this time for WrappinVille. He started out with a gift-wrapping version of Ludacris‘ “Roll Out,” and was then joined by host Jimmy Fallon for a medley of Christmas present-themed spoofs of hits, including Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (“Some Presents That I Used To Know”) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Thrift Shop.”

Check it out up top. More »