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

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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 »

2013 In Review: The Beginning Of The End Of Pop’s EDM Era

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If 2011 is the year EDM-pop broke out, then 2013 is the year it broke. EDM, dance music, electro, dubstep, whatever you call it, it’s not over, of course. But that particularly exhausting strain of EDM-infused pop — the buzzing synths, wobbling bass and that now-predictable moment of tension before the whole arrangement crashes down in euphoric grandeur — is in steady decline, now a tiresome trope on the level of late ’90s rock singers emulating Eddie Vedder. Poptronica’s hegemony has ended, with unpredictable diversity filling the void as pop necessarily sheds its molly-soaked skin.

The tipping point came at the end of the year with the release of two major albums by two major stars. First ARTPOP, which found Lady Gaga wringing every last drop of blood out of steroidal laser-pop, trying to do it more baroquely and frantically than everyone else on the charts. She pretty much achieved this, but it was self-sabotage — Gaga smothered otherwise strong songs and hooks with a phalanx of squelches and bloops and over-synthesized digital fuckery. We had hit peak EDM.

Rising up on the other end of that seesaw, then, was Beyonce. Rather, Beyonce. Bey was never a candidate for the electro fad, but on December 13 we saw just how far her music stood above the manufactured noise of her contemporaries. Rather than compress everything into a coked out, high-energy bender, Yonce let her songs unspool over languid atmospherics and squishy beats. There was art in her pop, and also room to breathe. The staggering sales numbers dwarfed ARTPOP‘s, suggesting listeners have grown tired of the constant endorphin rush; thus, the greatest accomplishment of Bey’s fifth album ambush may very well be that it served as the knockout blow sending EDM-pop to the canvas. More »

Beyonce Introduces ‘Beyonce’: Justin Timberlake, Pageants & Her Incredible “Bow Down” Explanation

Beyonce still hasn’t given an interview about her chart-busting fifth album but she did drop by iTunes radio to introduce the LP. And in the spirit of her new fearless approach to music and media, Mrs. Carter did not hold back. She was very open about giving each collaborator their due and had some choice words to say about “Bow Down”.

“It’s really difficult to find a song with such a strong message that doesn’t feel preachy. Sia is such a genius, the second I heard the song I’m like I have to sing this song,” Bey said of album-opener “Pretty Hurts”. “I don’t care how hard I have to fight for the song, this is my song!” As for the pageant based video? Well, they are “the most humiliating, judgmental place you can be as a woman.”

There was also praise for Boots (“a new producer that I completely respect”), a fun anecdote about the “Blow” video (“one of my first dates with my first boyfriend was at Funplex [the roller rink where it was shot] and now I got the whole Funplex… rented out!”) and an insight into the making of rap-interlude “Yonce” (“I love it because it’s really organic. The drumbeat was actually done in the studio by Justin Timberlake, he just started beating on this bucket”). More »

Lorde Crashed Taylor Swift’s Birthday Party: Morning Mix

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:: Taylor Swift turned 24 on December 13, and as photos show, she invited Lorde to her birthday party. Just a few months ago, the “Royals” singer faced backlash for critiquing the standards that Swift set for young listeners — that is, “so flawless and so unattainable.” Clearly, Swift took her words in stride. [MTV]

:: Music video director Joseph Kahn claims responsibility for a “director’s cut” of Britney Spears“Perfume” video, beefed up with scenes from Justin Timberlake‘s “TKO” video. Never forget. [Twitter]

:: Cyndi Lauper will appear during The Colbert Report‘s “Christmas Carols Week,” which starts today (December 16). For a taste of what to expect, watch “Jingle Man and Christmas Boy.” Now. [Digital Spy]

:: Celine Dion wants to try acting, but she admits to having her limits. Notably, she says that she isn’t interested in following Carrie Underwood‘s footsteps into NBC’s live Sound of Music special. “I’m not crazy about musicals, to be honest with you,” she says. [NPR]

:: Actor Will Ferrell admits that he was intimidated by Kanye West while filming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, especially since he was playing Yeezus (one of our best albums of 2013) repeatedly on set. “We got a scared 18-year-old intern to ask him to turn them down,” he says. [E!]

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

The ‘Beyonce’ Credits: Justin Timberlake, Pharrell & The Mystery Known As Boots

Beyonce assembled an army of R&B experts and pop luminaries on her self-titled fifth album. She reunited with producers who had a hand in some previous favorites (The-DreamFrank Ocean, Ryan Tedder), linked up with new blood (Hit-Boy, Chairlift‘s Caroline Polachek) and brought on producers whose names you may not know but whose work you definitely know (Key Wane, frequent Ke$ha collaborator Ammo). Oh, and there’s also some really new blood care of a Blue Ivy feature.

The primary players include Pharrell, the Midas touch trifecta of Justin Timberlake, J-Roc and Timbaland (as with 20/20 Part 2, they left no clunky sex metaphor unturned) and a pop mysterion known as Boots (#whoisboots). Sia, Drake, Noah “40″ Shebib and Miguel also notched credits on the mega-release. As for the videos, everyone from Terry Richardson to frigging Lil Internet to Bey herself had directing duties.

That’s a whole lot of people, and we don’t know what kind of threats were hovering over them to prevent details from leaking out, but it worked and now we have Beyonce. So below, find the full credits broken down in an easier-to-read song-by-song list. More »

2013′s Highest Grossing Tours: See Who Topped Beyonce, Taylor Swift, JT, Gaga & Bieber

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We interrupt this Beyonce-cast with a bit of other news.  But it still involves Beyonce, so, stick with it for a second. Billboard has begun rolling out its year-end coverage, and that means the list of 2013′s 25 highest grossing tours is out. Since the numbers are tallied from November 14, 2012 to November 12, 2013, it makes sense that Lady Gaga isn’t in the top spot, nor is Justin Timberlake — their tours started later this year. But then you have acts like Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, who’ve all been touring for seemingly that entire time, and yet they failed to reach the top spot. What’s more, they were beat out by a past-their-prime band at #1 (Bon Jovi) and a dead guy at #2 (Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal tour). Pink slides in at #3 as the first active pop star on the list, pulling in $147.9 million.

Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones and Swift also made the top 10. Last year’s top earner, Madonna, came in at #14. See the full list below, head to Billboard for a more in-depth look at the entries. More »