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Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Gets An Unofficial (But Very Cute) Acoustic Remix: Listen

Mariah Carey's Christmas Concert Review
Mariah Carey's Christmas Concert Review
Mariah Carey kicked off the first of six Christmas concerts in New York City in flawless style.

Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Still a steady seller 20 years after its initial release (it’s the highest-selling festive anthem on iTunes this year — sorry, Ariana Grande), the Xmas classic is near indestructible. I mean, it even survived that abominable rehash with Justin Bieber. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then, that song also sounds great stripped right back to basics.

Kudos to the DJ that decided to give “All I Want For Christmas” an acoustic remix. Instead of using a live performance, the mellow interpretation plays around with the original stems. That means the vocal is absolutely on-point and we’re treated to goosebump-inducing vocal runs. Trust me, the big finale will push Lambs to the very edge of sanity. This is a great idea. Maybe Mimi can treat us to an acoustic Xmas album next year? Listen after the jump. More »

Readers’ Poll Results: The 10 Best Albums Released In 2014, As Chosen By Your Votes

The Year's Top Pop You Voted For!
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the 20 best singles released this year.

In early November, we asked Idolator readers to vote for their favorite albums from the first half of 2014, and followed that up two weeks ago with a poll featuring LPs released between July and December. And now the results are in, the numbers have been tallied and we’re presenting you with the 10 Best Albums Of 2014, as chosen by you!

Altogether, nearly 74,000 votes were cast for the 40 albums included on both polls, with each album within the Top 10 racking up at least 1,000 of those votes a piece. Two of the albums represented below even wound up on our own 10 Best Albums Of 2014 list, as chosen by the Idolator editors.

Head below to see the results for which 10 albums were voted by you as the best of the best this year! More »

Mariah Carey Comically Stops “Hero” Performance Mid-Song At Beacon Theatre Christmas Concert, Remains Flawless: Watch

2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
2014's Best Pop Singles: 20 Favorites
Idolator's editors select the year's best songs.

Last night (Monday, December 15), Mariah Carey kicked off the first of a string of six holiday concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her iconic album Merry Christmas. (You know the one — it produced the last great yuletide classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”) The eye-popping show, though a short one at about an hour and 15 minutes long, saw Mimi tear through festive tunes from 1994′s Merry Christmas as well as 2010′s Merry Christmas II You while joined on stage by her trusty backup vocalists (including mainstay Trey Lorenz), a full choir, a pack of singing and dancing children and even a couple trapeze artists.

During a small break from the holiday music, Carey began to belt out “Hero,” but a problem that plagued her from the very first number on the setlist finally came to a head: her mic pack popped out of the back of her dress. More »

2014′s Best Albums: Idolator Editors Pick Their Favorite 10

Readers’ Poll: Vote For 2014’s Top Albums
Readers’ Poll: Vote For 2014’s Top Albums
What was your favorite album of the year? Let us know by voting!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Okay, scratch that, because no one is ever going to declare that 2014 was a bang-up year as far as pop music is concerned.

Sure, there were some big releases over the past 12 months. But nothing, save for maybe Taylor Swift‘s 1989, felt like a real moment. Oh, by the way, sorry Swifties — didn’t mean to get your hopes up just now. 1989 didn’t make the cut for our own Best Albums roundup.

What you will find are 10 albums that Idolator’s editors selected from artists who make up both pop’s new crop of talent and well-seasoned veterans. Our tastes proved to be eclectic this year: R&B, house, pop, rock, electro and soul are all represented here, underscoring the fact that while Beyonce and Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry and Rihanna skipped 2014 as far as releasing new LPs goes, there were still some great sounds worth hearing.

So let’s get to them… More »

Mariah Carey, Pentatonix, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Perform At Annual “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” Special: Watch

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The Holiday Queen!

The holiday season in New York City isn’t official until the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting takes place — and it occurred last night (December 3)! Along with the special ceremony, a handful of musicians stopped by to perform some yuletide classics.

Mariah Carey, a.k.a the queen of the holidays, celebrated the 20th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by performing the tune for the energetic crowd. It was definitely not her best rendition, but she still sparkled in her cranberry-red gown as she sung the jolly song.

Other performers included Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett singing “Winter Wonderland,” Pentatonix‘s take on “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town,” Cyndi Lauper on “Home For The Holidays” and Prince Royce‘s rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Watch Mariah Carey perform up top, and catch the rest after the jump! More »

Mariah Carey Blesses The Lambily With A Voice Message To Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of ‘Merry Christmas’: Listen

Mariah Carey Announces Christmas Shows In NYC
Mariah Carey Announces Christmas Shows In NYC
Mariah Carey is blessing New York with a short run of Xmas concerts. See all the dates.

The undisputed Queen of the Christmas and all other festive occasions, Mariah Carey, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her classic seasonal LP Merry Christmas. Since its 1994 release, the enduring yuletide soundtrack has sold 15 million+ copies around the world — making it the best-selling holiday album ever. To commemorate the milestone, Mimi recorded a voice message for fans and posted it on her SoundCloud.

“Thank you everybody for celebrating the anniversary of Merry Christmas,” Mariah begins. “I’m seeing all the messages, I’m feeling the love and you’re making me even happier at my favorite time of year.” She the plugged her sold-out series of festive concerts in New York and announced a competition to give away premium tickets on her website. If you can’t make it to NYC, don’t worry. The Elusive Chanteuse will perform “All I Want For Christmas” at the annual Christmas In Rockefeller tree lighting event, which airs December 3 on NBC. Listen to the diva’s message after the jump. More »

The 50 Best Pop Singles Of 1994 (Featuring New Interviews With Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy & Haddaway)

As 2014 draws to a close, one thing that stands out the most about this year is the huge wave of artists who broke international barriers and crossed over into our pop music consciousness. And we’re not just talking about the UK, where Disclosure, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Ella Henderson and Clean Bandit hail from — you also had Australia (Iggy Azalea), Ireland (Hozier), Canada (MAGIC! and Kiesza) Norway (Nico & Vinz), Sweden (Tove Lo) and Amsterdam (Mr. Probz) waving their flags high. It got us thinking that we hadn’t seen a foreign invasion of the American charts like this in 20 years.

So what else is it about 1994 that made it such an utterly memorable year, musically? Before we get to that, let’s first paint a quick picture of what life was like during this particular 12-month period when iTunes and YouTube and Twitter didn’t exist, nor did texting or Snapchatting — when being “social” meant driving (sans GPS or the Maps app) to meet up with friends in person, or, at the very least, putting a pen to paper and mailing a letter.

First off, when 1994 rolled around, Bill Clinton was entering the second year of his first term as President. Cell phones were the size of bricks and e-mail and the Internet were sporadically-used luxuries. It was the days of Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan and the 1994 Winter Olympics. And CD-ROMs. We watched O.J. Simpson go on the run on live TV and also tuned into the first seasons of Friends, ER and Party Of Five. Tom Hanks was America’s favorite silver screen star. At the box office, The Lion King roared loudest, while Speed, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction also packed movie-goers in. And when Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home on April 8th, it was, as they say, the end of an era…

…which brings us back to music. It would have been the easy way out for us here at Idolator to assemble a simple list of, say, the 20 best singles from 20 years ago, and dash out a a sentence or two on each one. But it turns out, when we really dug deep into what pop had to offer in 1994, there were just far too many good songs to leave off the list. From sultry slow jams to trip hop to synth-pop to Eurodance to Swedepop to alt-rock, it truly was an eclectic year when popular music produced something for everyone.

So instead, we gathered up the 50 best pop singles that made an impact in 1994 below, and reviewed and ranked them by their overall awesomeness. Most of these songs sprung up that year, but you’ll find that some first appeared on albums released in 1993 and didn’t get a single release until ’94, or perhaps were released as a single in late ’93 but their chart run carried into the next year. Whatever the case may be, they’re the tracks we felt left an unforgettable impression.

To add a bit of flavor, we reached out to some of the artists featured — Ace Of Base, TLC, Lisa Loeb, Real McCoy and Haddaway — and asked them to share their memories of what it was like contributing to the year 1994 in pop. Ready to hop into our time machine and step back 20 years? On your mark, get set… More »

Ariana Grande Is Now Coming For Mariah Carey’s Christmas Diva Crown With Festive Single “Santa Tell Me”

Is My Everything diva Ariana Grande now coming for the legend Mariah Carey‘s crown as the Queen of festive pop? “Putting out a kewt Christmas song for u on nov 24th called Santa Tell Me!” she tweeted this morning (November 13). “Lil something for the holidays :) so excited.”

I guess time will tell if it’s still charting 20 years from now like Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. In other Ari news, the pint-sized pop star notched up another top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with The Weeknd-assisted single “Love Me Harder”. She also dropped her Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack contribution “All My Love”. See Ariana’s tweet after the jump. More »

Best Music 2014 Readers’ Poll: Vote For The Year’s Top Albums (Part 1) — January Through June Releases

Vote For 2014's Best!

Here we go again: It’s now a week after the election and one day before Veterans Day, so it’s time for pop-loving readers to take advantage of their democratic privileges and vote! November is nearly halfway over — trust, we’re as shocked as you are — and we’re calling on Idolator readers to take a look back at 2014′s album releases so you can have a say in our annual Readers’ Poll roundup of the best ones. As usual, the editors here at Idolator are tirelessly compiling their own list of what they consider to be the best popular music had to offer over the past year. But we’re also eager to let you have your say.

Below you’ll find our readers’ poll containing 15 of the top pop albums released between January and June in 2014. In a few weeks we’ll also do one up for the key albums that arrived in the latter half of the year. And when all is said and done, we’ll boil it all down to what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.

Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.

So get to voting below, then voice up on why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »

Mariah Carey Is Making Australia A More Fabulous Place: Watch Her Rock A Floor-Length Gown At A Wildlife Park

The Australian leg of Mariah Carey‘s The Elusive Chanteuse Show got off to a controversial start when her Perth support act was axed at the last minute. Natalia (the aggrieved local artist) ran to the media and told anyone who would listen that Mimi dropped her for being a woman. Lambs aren’t buying it and the pop legend appears to give zero fucks given that she chose to hit up a wildlife park instead of issuing a statement.

And she did it in true diva style. The flawless 44-year-old rocked a floor-length red gown and high heels to watch kangaroos hop around in their natural environment. Mariah brought along her adorable twins Moroccan and Monroe and they all posed for pics with a sleepy koala. Check out Mimi’s cute family photo album and watch her hilarious commentary on a roo fight after the jump. More »