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 »
When Michael Jackson released “Thriller,” he was the first to treat the music video as an event in and of itself. Without the 14-minute mini-film (and its then-massive budget of $500,000), today’s popular artists might not have tried to recreate that same magic. There have been some valiant efforts – Lady Gaga‘s dizzying TV event “G.U.Y.: An ARTPOP Film,” Kanye West‘s 30-minute “Runaway,” Beyonce‘s visual album – but guaranteed, no one can forget the first time they saw “Thriller.”
More than 30 years after its debut, “Thriller” director John Landis has decided to update the King of Pop’s video in a remarkable way: “Thriller,” in 3D. “It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen,” he said to New York Daily News of the production, due in 2015. More »
It’s difficult to imagine Janet Jackson‘s breezy 1995 hit “Runaway” as a duet with brother Michael Jackson but it almost happened according to legendary producer Jimmy Jam. The evergreen hitmaker was questioned about his use of samples in the song last night (September 23) on Twitter, which prompted him to reveal that the travel-inspiring anthem was almost a duet.
“No samples in ‘Runaway’ but the track was created for @JanetJackson & @michaeljackson duet,” Jimmy tweeted. “He chose the ‘Scream’ track.” Given everything Michael was going through at the time, it’s not exactly surprising that he went with the darker, angrier option. But perhaps they could have done both. Just imagine MJ dancing with Janet on the Eiffel Tower and Opera House! See the Twitter exchange after the jump. More »
With the Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet “There Must Be More To Life Than This” now out there, the full details of the upcoming compilation Queen Forever (out November 10) have also now been revealed. The release will include a 20-track single album version, as well as a 36-track two-disc version. In addition to all the hits included (some of which are “new takes on well-known songs,” per a press release) are the duet with Jackson as produced by William Orbit, a previously unfinished Queen track (with Freddie Mercury) called “Let Me In Your Heart Again” and a new, stripped-down rendition of Mercury’s 1984 Giorgio Moroder collaboration from the Metropolis soundtrack, “Love Kills.” More »
Turns out “Love Never Felt So Good” might not be the only Michael Jackson song that could have an impact on the charts this year.
Three years ago, the King Of Pop’s estate gave permission to the surviving members of legendary rock band Queen to finish production on tracks Jackson recorded in the early 1980s with the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury. Today, the first of those songs, “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” premiered on UK radio. It was reported to have been recorded by Mercury and Jackson sometime between 1982 and 1983, and the final mix of the song was done by British producer William Orbit. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Breaking news. Nicki Minaj‘s iconic butt might not be 100 percent authentic! Do photographs taken during her Fashion Rocks performance (above) reveal that she’s possibly using some kind of padding? My anaconda don’t want none. [TMZ]
:: Rihanna and Jay Z‘s “Run This Town” has been bumped as the theme song of CBS Thursday Night Football — at least for one week. The network didn’t think it would be a good fit for a segment about disgraced player Ray Rice. [Just Jared]
:: He might be gone but his star shines as brightly as ever. Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour wrapped up recently and was declared the 8th highest grossing live show of all time. [Billboard]
:: Iggy Azalea wants you to know that she doesn’t have a sex tape. Vivid Entertainment thinks otherwise and offered the rapper a seven figure deal to distribute it. She is now threatening to sue. [TMZ]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Today (August 29) would have been Michael Jackson
‘s 56th birthday. It boggles the mind to think what treasures the King of Pop could have created if he were still alive but his legacy is so incredibly vast that there’s always something new to discover. To celebrate the life of the gloved genius, I’ve put together a list of five singles that performed considerably better overseas than at home.
It’s hard to fathom how classic tracks like 1995′s environmental awareness-raising “Earth Song” could be the highest-selling MJ single of all time in the UK but not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. That has a lot to do with the way charts were compiled in the ’90s and the lack of a physical release but it still feels completely wrong. Discover over such cases after the jump. More »
made history again last night (August 13) when his “A Place With No Name”
video became the first to premiere on Twitter. Directed by Samuel Bayer
, the choreography-heavy visual for Xscape
‘s official second single is comprised of behind-the-scenes/unused footage from 1992′s “In The Closet”
, archival clips of MJ and new dance scenes staged in the desert.
The finished result is a pleasant burst of nostalgia but if you’re looking for more than a lovingly-curated walk down memory lane, “A Place With No Name” falls short. The black-and-white scenes at the beginning of the video blend nicely with the unearthed footage but the second half is a little sloppy. If only Michael were still here to exert quality control. Find a link to the history-making opus after the jump. More »
Sony has chosen “A Place With No Name” as the second single from Michael Jackson
‘s well-received posthumous LP Xscape
. The pop icon “continues to push the boundaries forward and once again makes HISTORY!” according to his Facebook page
. How, you might be wondering? Well, it turns out the song’s video will be the first to premiere
on Twitter (on August 13 at 10pm EST).
It’s an interesting choice. I think “Loving You” is a better fit for radio (and would appeal to the fans that fell in love with “Love Never Felt So Good”) but “A Place With No Name” has certainly grown on me since it first surfaced online. Let’s just hope the video is spectacular and worthy of MJ’s legacy. Listen to the America-sampling, Stargate-updated anthem after the jump. More »
:: Michael Jackson
‘s 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch is about to be sold. The estate – 22 buildings, including a movie theater and theme park – cost tens of millions of dollars to maintain, while experts say it could be worth up to $100 million. [Forbes
:: Nile Rodgers revealed that Daft Punk is working on new music. “Just as I finished up a new Chic song, Daft Punk sent me something AMAZING!” he said. Here’s to hoping Daft Punk had another collaboration in mind. [Facebook]
:: Rita Ora has nabbed yet another high-profile guest for her sophomore album: her label boss, Jay Z. [Q102]
:: Justin Bieber partied with Kanye West and the Kardashians at Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci‘s birthday. “Who’s your daddy?” he actually wrote to caption a snapshot of him posing with Kris Jenner. [Instagram]
:: Chris Brown‘s August 4 appearance at Drake‘s OVO Fest may be canceled. “I should regret some things but I think the lessons learned will shape me into a real man,” Brown said, following reports suggesting that he may have trouble entering Canada due to his criminal background. [Rap-Up]
:: Blood Orange‘s Dev Hynes says that he was jumped by three security guards at Lollapalooza shortly after performing – and giving a speech about police brutality. The festival is investigating the incident. [Pitchfork]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »