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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 »

Mariah Carey Accused Of Dropping Australian Support Act For Being Female, Lambs Don’t Buy It

Mariah Carey‘s diva antics are generally appreciated by fans and the general public alike but she might have taken things a little too far when The Elusive Chanteuse Show rolled into Australia. The pop icon has been accused of axing a budding pop star as her support act in Perth because she’s a woman. It didn’t take long for the miffed songstress in question to reach out to the media and the story soon exploded Down Under.

“Absolutely devistated (sic) that @MariahCarey has pulled me from her stage because I am female for tomorrow nights show!” Natalia tweeted. The Aussie newcomer then told her story to the country’s largest radio station. “I thought she was amazing… she hit every high note at that show,” she said before addressing the controversy. “I honestly thought why wouldn’t you support another act? No one is ever gonna steal the limelight but you could have kick-started something maybe for me and my career.”

Ironically, Natalia wasn’t supposed to perform in the first place. She was booked to entertain VIP guests before the show but was bumped up to support act when another artist pulled out due to scheduling conflicts. The “#Beautiful” hitmaker hasn’t given an official statement yet but the Lambs aren’t buying it. “Unless Mariah herself said it to you, defaming her name to the media isn’t smart,” the organizer of Mimi’s Australian fan Twitter responded. “She had no clue.” See the Twitter fallout after the jump. More »

Mariah Carey Announces Christmas Show In NYC: See The Dates

Are you a New York-based Lambily member? Is Mariah Carey all you want for Christmas this year? You’re in luck: The Elusive Chanteuse herself is coming to the city to celebrate the hliday season with a short run of Christmas concerts.

Mimi certainly knows a thing or two about a festive moment, which is why she’s finally decided to throw her first-ever Christmas bash, called All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity.

The Me. I Am Mariah diva will “spread festive love and cheer on stage” at Beacon Theatre in New York City in December, performing classic cuts from her over 14 million(!)-selling holiday albums, Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You.

“I can’t imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year. I can’t wait!” Mariah said on her official website. Tickets will go on sale to the public on November 10, with pre-sale access beginning with Mimi’s fanclub members on November 3. Check out the dates after the jump. More »

Mariah Carey Celebrated Halloween In Bangkok, Thailand By Wearing A Festive Mrs. Claus Ensemble

Mariah Carey‘s world tour The Elusive Chanteuse Show got off to a shaky start in Tokyo, Japan with reports of vocal troubles but the legendary diva appears to have found her groove. The 44-year-old recently created history in China by becoming the first western artist to play five stadiums (she was also the first western artist to perform in Tianjin province) and has been selling out shows across Asia.

Mimi rolled into Bangkok, Thailand last night/today — depending on where you live — and got her Halloween on by rocking a sexy Mrs. Claus ensemble that showed off her famous curves. It’s great to see Mariah having so much while being the most important US cultural ambassador to visit Asia, possibly ever. See more cute pics from her Thai Halloween celebration after the jump. More »

Whatcha Say: Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey And Jennifer Lopez Got Our Readers Talking

What a week in pop!

With 1989 just days away, it’s been all Taylor Swift all the time: From “Welcome To New York,” to Target commercials, to secret sessions and everything in between. So! Much! Taylor! But Tay’s not the only artist with new stuff out: Gwen Stefani made her grand comeback with “Baby Don’t Lie”! Plus, Sound Of A Woman siren Kiesza kept us dancing through the week, while Jessie Ware came in for a softer approach on the gorgeous Tough Love.

At the same time, Mariah Carey notched yet another achievement with her current China tour and Jennifer Lopez is all-but-confirmed for Vegas.

Around here, we premiered t.A.T.u. darling Lena Katina‘s “Who I Am” video, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Madonna‘s under-appreciated Bedtime Stories and spoke to Jasmine V and Kiesza. Phew!

As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments after the jump. More »

Mariah Carey Makes Record-Breaking Run In China On ‘The Elusive Chanteuse Show’ Tour: Watch A “Hero” Montage

Much has been said about the legendary Mariah Carey‘s The Elusive Chanteuse Show which kicked off in Asia at the beginning of the month, from the good (hear her cover Billie Holiday‘s “Don’t Explain”!) to the bad, including those iffy opening night vocals — which have seemingly improved.

But while the Western world continues to chatter away, Mimi’s simply too busy breaking all sorts of international touring records while hitting her stops in China.

According to her official website, as of this week, Mariah Carey just became “the first ever western artist to play 5 stadiums in China and the first ever western artist to perform in Tianjin.” A major feat!

And to celebrate to achievement, she’s just uploaded a very special montage video featuring her performances of “Hero,” recorded live from all 5 stadiums in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Check out the video after the jump. More »

Whatcha Say: Mariah Carey, Kesha And LeAnn Rimes Got Our Readers Talking

Oh boy, was it a super jam-packed week for pop music! The 2014 American Music Awards nominations were announced, with Iggy Azalea leading the pack. Ariel Pink dissed Madonna‘s recent work, while Christina Aguilera announced her return to The Voice next year along with new music – SAY! We also interviewed Nicole Scherzinger about her upcoming LP, Big Fat Lie and launched an Ibrawlator where you can vote for which pop diva will have the best album by year’s end!

Our favorite insightful tweeters, Chris Brown and Azealia Banks gave their thoughts on the Ebola epidemic. Speaking of Banks, she decided to jump into the messy Snoop Dogg vs. Iggy Azalea social media feud. Snoop has since apologized for starting the drama. But the biggest and most shocking news of the week was Kesha revealing she’d allegedly been sexually and physically abused by producer Dr. Luke for 10 years. The singer has sued the producer, which escalated into a messy lawsuit.

As always, our readers had a lot to say. But they were definitely more opinionated than usual! Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »