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 »
‘s blockbuster “Dark Horse”
visual is the most-watched music video of 2014 (thus far) with just under 500 million views. It’s hardly surprising given the dazzling special effects and iconic choreography
. The rest of the countdown contains a bunch of familiar faces including Shakira
, who appears twice with “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
and “La La La (Brazil 2014)”, and Iggy Azalea
More surprising is the YouTube slayage of Enrique Iglesias. He also has two entries in the top 10 with current smash “Bailando” and Spanish language hit “El Perdedor”. The high ranking of The Chainsmokers‘ “#Selfie” underlines its online popularity, while Pitbull cements his status as Mr. Worldwide by racking up hundreds of millions of views for “We Are One”. See the full top 10 after the jump. More »
It’s official: Shakira
is The World Cup Queen.
After Germany and Argentina duked it out during yesterday’s nail-biting 2014 FIFA World Cup final (congrats, Germany!), the “Empire” songstress hit the stage in front of an estimated 1 billion viewers at home to perform a rousing and colorful rendition of her latest hit: “La La La (Brazil 2014),” a special World Cup reworking of her uptempo Shakira EDM anthem. (The lyric “the whole world is watching” has never been more accurate.)
Donning a sexy red dress not unlike her “Can’t Remember To Forget You” get-up, the seasoned vet happily belted her joyous tune and hip-thrusted across the stage alongside Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown and dozens of dummers, doing her best to unite the world in celebration.
The performance is now the Colombian pop diva’s third FIFA fete in a row, following 2006′s “Hips Don’t Lie” with Wyclef Jean and 2010′s “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa),” confirming that no matter which team wins the World Cup every four years, it’s Shakira who ultimately reigns supreme time and time again.
Check out Shakira’s spirited performance up top. Viva Shakira! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lily Allen dedicated George W. Bush burn song “F*ck You” at Glastonbury to FIFA president Sepp Blatter: “…one of the most — well, actually not the most corrupt person — but annoyingly corrupt person there is in the world.” (Skip to 22:40 above.) [Vulture]
:: Speaking of the World Cup, Shakira is confirmed to perform her own tournament anthem, “Dare (La La La),” during the closing ceremony performance. She will join Santana, Wyclef Jean and Avicii in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. [Billboard]
:: Rick Ross was arrested on June 27, following his 2014 Superjam performance in Greensboro, N.C. Why? He failed to show up for a court date, regarding another arrest related to marijuana possession. [TMZ]
:: A Michael Jackson documentary, Michael Jackson: The Last Photoshoot, has triggered a lawsuit. The production company is suing Jackson’s estate, in attempts to prove it acquired the rights to use footage from an Ebony interview and photo shoo. The estate claims that said footage is private. [THR]
:: Miley Cyrus revealed that she has adopted a new dog, a Shetland sheepdog named Emu. “He’s here and here to say,” she says — and there’s plenty of photographic proof. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
is giving props to the ladies in its annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women In The World
. And while several obvious politicians make the cut — German Chancellor Angela Merkel
is at #1, while former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton
and First Lady Michelle Obama
are also in the Top 10 — “Drunk In Love”
pop diva Beyonce
soars in at #17, while sometimes-Voice coach Shakira
makes an appearance at #58 and Reverse Warholian ARTPOP
songbird Lady Gaga
pops up at #67. More »
The response to Pitbull
‘s official World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”
has been a little underwhelming
but football fans now have an equally uplifting alternative courtesy of Shakira
. Her new single “Dare (La La La)”
has been overhauled for the sporting event — complete with a new video featuring athletes, dancers and the diva’s famously truthful hips.
When it comes to football anthems, FIFA should stick with the Colombian goddess. Her 2010 effort “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” sold four million copies around the globe and is the eight most-watched video of all time with 660 million+ views on YouTube. While not quite as catchy, “La La La (Brazil 2014)” will do nicely. As for the video? Nobody kicks sand with more grace than Shakira, as she proves (yet again) in the video up top. More »
It’s the moment that Carson Daly
spends the entire season prepping for: it’s time to announce the winner of The Voice
! In this case, a moment clearly means an extended episode of recaps, packages, live performances and buildup to an announcement that should really take 10 seconds, but in Voice
world, takes two hours. Three, if you’re counting the pre-Finale recap episode for those who needed the extra coverage (a.k.a. INSANE PEOPLE).
Usher, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton still have horses in the race (these horses’ names being Josh Kaufman, Christina Grimmie and Jake Worthington, respectively), and Shakira is just along for the long ride.
Kicking off the show, Voice “family” members OneRepublic perform “Love Runs Out.” Front man Ryan Tedder had a much larger role in the Season 5 finale, penning Tessanne Chin’s sendoff song “Tumbling Down,” so this limited involvement was a bit of a downgrade. No matter: The Voice is a moving target of rotating rules, so there’s always next year! More »
That’s a wrap, folks. Season six of The Voice
came to a close tonight (May 20) after a marathon of performances culminating with Coldplay
‘s “A Sky Full Of Stars.”
After that, Carson Daly
lined up finalists Christina Grimmie
, Jake Worthington
and Josh Kaufman
, and after the requisite dramatic pauses, he announced that Josh Kaufman was this season’s champion.
“I can’t even talk,” Josh exclaimed as confetti fell overhead after his victory. “I’m overwhelmed, I’m surprised, I’m happy, I’m relieved.” And so are we, Josh. So are we. More »
As The Voice
wraps up for the season, all the telltale signs of “we almost out” creep into the show! With no contestants, Shakira
is in straight-up chill and compliment mode. Adam Levine
’s roots are peeking out, and (ideally) he has donned his last Hawaiian shirt of the season. Blake Shelton
is fitting in the last of his hair jabs at Adam, not to mention as much throwback country goodness as is humanly possible. Usher
has a constant look of “Just one more week left with these fools,” on his face.
The contestants, truly the unsung heroes of this whole extravaganza, are tasked on Monday (May 19) with singing three songs to close out the competition section of their season. Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington and Josh Kaufman pile on a coach duet, a throwback performance and one final song in their musical plea to be voted The Voice.
But first! Blake and Shakira perform their new single, “Medicine” from Shakira’s self-titled album. Shakira’s outfit leads one to believe that she must have gotten lost on the way to the Dancing with the Stars finale, and Blake’s signature awkward dance moves make it clear that he should stay as far away from DWTS as possible. More »
The Michael Jackson
hologram is the biggest story at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, but even without that polarizing decision, there’s plenty of reason to tune in to tonight’s broadcast. That said, we completely
understand if you skipped the thing.
The festivities started with Pitbull croaking his way through the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola),” before Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte did what they could to salvage the thing. What we’re saying is, it can only go uphill from there. And it soon did, as Iggy Azalea teamed up with both Charli XCX and Ariana Grande for a pair smash hits.
Head below to watch all the performances. More »