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Best Music 2013: Idolator Readers Choose The 10 Best Albums Of The Year

The Top Pop You Voted For!
Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June of this year, and one with a poll for albums released between July and December. We’ve now compiled all the data, read all your comments and put together the 2013 edition of Idolator’s reader picks for the Best Albums Of The Year.

As with many things in life, it’s good to get a second opinion. Interestingly, three of the below albums — Tegan And Sara‘s Heartthrob, Pet Shop BoysElectric and Selena Gomez‘s Stars Dance — where on the Idolator roundup we previously posted. Head below to see all the other albums you chose as your faves from ’13! More »

Golden Globe Awards 2014: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, U2 Nominated

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If you were up as the sun rose and watching either TV or your Twitter feed, then you no doubt saw nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards flying by. Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years A Slave and David O. Russell‘s American Hustle lead the pack with seven nods apiece.

As for the music categories, Coldplay earned a Best Original Song nomination for “Atlas,” from the soundtrack to current box office champ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, while others recognized in the category include U2 for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom‘s “Ordinary Love”, Taylor Swift for One Chance‘s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (co-written by fun.‘s Jack Antonoff) and Justin Timberlake, among other co-writers and co-performers, for Inside Llewyn Davis‘ “Please Mr. Kennedy.”

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the 2014 Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, on January 12. Head below to catch the full roundup of Best Original Song and Best Original Score nominees. More »

The Year In Review: Why Did The Big Divas Disappoint In 2013?

It wasn’t a bad year for pop, after all was said and done: At the very least, 2013 was the year that Justin Timberlake returned to the charts with not one, but two albums (one of which was pretty great!), and the One Direction album proved those kids’ mettle as one of the most unexpectedly solid acts cranking out pop-rock tunes, and there were sleeper hits from artists like Lorde and Icona Pop that demonstrated great songs can always triumph on radio, even without a Pitbull radio remix or production from Dr. Luke. But the big divas I love most of all failed me this year with their expensive, hotly tipped albums: They didn’t deliver, plain and simple, and it’s clear to see I’m not alone in that take by how the albums sold and how the critics received them.

Consider four of the biggest pop divas who dropped records this year: Katy Perry, with her Michael Jackson-besting track record as a singles artist; Miley Cyrus, whose reinvention dominated headlines all year long; Lady Gaga, who had heralded ARTPOP as an epoch-defining release; and Britney Spears, who actually didn’t turn out to be up to much after all was said and done but who’s still, y’know, Britney Spears. More »

2014 Grammy Nominations: Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar Snag Major Nods

Even without Drake, the show must go on! And so tonight (December 6) we learned who is up for music’s biggest awards at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! (that is not an indicator of our actual excitement level, it’s the honest-to-god name of the thing). In between performances from the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde, and boilerplate Grammy hype from anthropomorphic Kangol hat LL Cool J, we actually got the nominees for next year’s ceremony. And they were kind of unpredictable!

Sure, you had the requisite honors for “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines,” Pink, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and all things Macklemore, but Lorde also joined the big leagues with Song and Record of the year nominations, while Sara Bareilles improbably scored an Album of the Year nomination.

Head below to see the list of nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on January 26. That gives you plenty of time to argue about the biggest snubs (Justin Timberlake??) and surprises (Kendrick Lamar for Album Of The Year!). More »

Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” Remix Featuring J. Cole, A$AP Rocky & Pusha T: Listen

While Justin Timberlake‘s “TKO” rued and reeled of how a love tortures him, a new remix featuring J. Cole, A$AP Rocky and Pusha T plays out as a swift recovery.

As the veteran (and past collaborator), Pusha T raps last and as if reclining into a chair as a confident CEO. He actually calls himself a “real-lionaire,” and he claims to dress his woman like a Build-A-Bear. In the verse before Pusha’s, A$AP Rocky set him up for success as he built momentum through a series of rhymes of refusing to be monogamous.

But in the one before his, J. Cole delivers the best of all. He responds to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Control” verse, but not just as one of the emcees who Lamar called out. Instead, as if hunched over, he imagines himself alone and hearing the good kid‘s bars in his mind, only to realize that he’s actually hearing them from his girl’s phone. He hyperventilates to the hyperactive tune of Migos“Versace,” then sobs.

He sounds pissed, pathetic and, most importantly, at a breaking point that most rappers wouldn’t dare approach now. Hear Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” remix unfold after the jump. More »

American Music Awards 2013: The Best & Worst Moments From The Show

You know what? I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I like the American Music Awards. They’re really not that bad! Sure, they don’t matter in any meaningful way, but year after year, they’re the most enjoyable out of any awards show: Less self-serious than the Grammys, not as zanily self-referential as the VMAs, more grown-up than the Teen Choice Awards, the AMAs have figured out the secret: Fill the show up with performances and don’t bother pretending like the awards mean anything. Not even Pitbull could ruin it, and Pitbull’s made a career out of ruining things (like otherwise good pop songs).

Still, of course, there were zeniths and nadirs, moments when not even the breathless pep of a Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s commercial (what will she do next?) could bring light back into my Sunday night. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best and worst things that happened last night.  More »

American Music Awards 2013: Review Revue

Katy “turned” Japanese. Gaga was Marilyn Monroe. Rihanna had a moment with her mom. Miley performed with a lip-syncing cat. And the important thing about the American Music Awards this year? Nobody twerked. After taking in all the showy performances and the list of winners from the 41st installment of this particular dog and pony act, we scrounged the Internet to see what critics were saying about the whole spectacle. Head below for our roundup of the blathering. More »

American Music Awards 2013: The Full List Of Winners

One of them was born in Tennessee and one now calls the Volunteer State their home. The other thing Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift have in common is that they were the big winners at the 41st annual American Music Awards, a shindig that went down at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live.

“Thrift Shop” upstarts Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who performed via satellite from their concert in Miami, went into the thing with the most nominations (six total). The duo wound up being recipients of the Best Rap/Hip Hop Album for their independently released The Heist.

But it was the Tennessee kids who took home most of the night’s honors; Timberlake for Pop/Rock Male Artist, Soul/R&B Male Artist and Soul/R&B Album (The 20/20 Experience), and Swift for the biggie, Artist Of The Year, plus Pop/Rock Female Artist, Country Album (Red) and Country Female Artist.

Also, “Diamonds” diva Rihanna was handed the very first AMAs Icon Award (by her mother, no less), because, well, she’s probably the most unstoppable force on the pop scene these days. RiRi also snagged the Soul/R&B Female Artist statue.

Head below to see who all won what at this year’s AMAs. More »

Justin Timberlake To Return To ‘SNL’ As Musical Guest For Jimmy Fallon-Hosted Episode

Justin Timberlake is set to perform on Saturday Night Live for the second time this year — so much for worrying about overexposure — on the December 21 Christmas episode. The superstar hosted and served as musical guest back in March to promote the release of The 20/20 Experience, and this time he’ll drum up publicity for the disappointing sequel as the show’s musical guest.

Disappointing album or not, though, a Timberlake performance is worth tuning in for. And considering his pal Jimmy Fallon has hosting duties, we’re likely to see JT pop up in a sketch or two (Barry Gibb Talk Show, please!). In fact, they’re already attempting to spitball ideas. Check out their Twitter exchange below. More »

Justin Timberlake Wants To Conquer Country Music Next

Justin Timberlake is a Tennessee Kid, and being a Memphis native means deep down, he has country music coursing through his veins. And he may one day give in to his instincts, based on what he said in a recent SiriusXM interview. (Bad news if you weren’t feeling “Drink You Away.”)

When asked about his dreams to be a country star, Timberlake said, “They’re still alive. I just did an interview earlier today and I said, ‘I’m America, that’s what I am’ – in all sense of the word. I grew up outside of Memphis, Tennessee, and I listened to country music, R&B music, classic rock… everything.”

This being JT, he’s not just aiming to dip his toes in the water, he wants to conquer country just as he did pop. “I still got my eyes on a Best Country Album. There’s time for that.”  So he has seemingly plotted the next phase of his career — we just have to wonder if he’ll bring Timbaland along for it.  More »