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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 »

Snoop Dogg Readies New Album For 2015, Which Will Be Entirely Produced By Pharrell

After the whole social media fiasco ended between himself and Iggy AzealeaSnoop Dogg has finally decided to shift his focus back to music. He announced his next LP will be released via Pharrell‘s I Am Other and Columbia Records. The project will be produced entirely by Pharrell, which may signal a shift from the rapper’s previous reggae attempts under the ‘Snoop Lion’ moniker.

On their Instagram account, I Am Other teased the LP will feature artists like Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. There is not set release date, but it is expected to be available sometime in 2015. This will be the 13th album for Snoop, and a good handful of those tracks feature frequent collaborations from Pharrell. View their best collaborations over the past decade after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Accepts Snoop Dogg’s Apology: Morning Mix

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:: After the unnecessary feud between Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg escalated (with even Azeliea Banks randomly joining in), Snoop has decided to finally apologize to the Aussie rapper via Instagram video – natch. She then tweeted (& deleted), “I appreciate the apology.” [Digital Spy]

:: Summer music festival season recently ended, but Bonnaroo is already prepped for next year! They announced their 2015 dates, which will take place on the weekend of June 11th – 14th in Manchester, TN. The lineup will be announced in February. [Consequence of Sound]

:: The Songwriters Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced, with writers like Tom Petty, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Babyface and Linda Perry being considered. The selected songwriters will be inducted in the June 2015 ceremony. [Billboard]

:: Will there ever be a time when Justin Bieber is not in trouble? The Canadian bad boy recently threw a homecoming party when he returned to the states after traveling Europe, but the celebration was soon busted by the cops due to noise complaints. [TMZ]

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Snoop Dogg Apologizes To Iggy Azalea After Speaking To T.I. On The Phone: Watch The Video

Snoop Dogg‘s beef with Iggy Azalea is officially over. The rap veteran uploaded an Instagram video this afternoon (October 15) after speaking with T.I. (the “Fancy” hitmaker’s mentor) on the phone. He apologizes in the black-and-white clip but seems more concerned about disrespecting Tip than expressing regret for calling the femcee “a cunt” (among other things).

“I just got off the phone with my homeboy Tip,” Snoop begins the video before declaring that the beef is over. “No more bad talk, I apologize.” He then gets a little more personal, saying: “Iggy, I apologize, I won’t do it again.” The fight started over the weekend when the “Gin And Juice” rapper posted a picture of a male albino labelled ‘Iggy Azalea make-up free face’. Things just got uglier from there when the femcee retaliated. See his apology after the jump. More »

Of Course Azealia Banks Found A Way To Get Involved In Iggy Azalea And Snoop Dogg’s Beef

Azealia Banks is an authority on Twitter beefs, so it’s no surprise that she gave her two cents on Iggy Azalea and Snoop Dogg‘s very public falling out. (To recap, the veteran rapper posted offensive memes of the Australian diva and then branded her “a cunt” when she called him out). Instead of showing some solidarity to a fellow woman/femcee, the queen of SoundCloud just stirred the pot.

“Where was the white media when T.I threatened to push me down the stairs though?” she tweeted in reference to her beef with T.I. (A.K.A. Iggy’s mentor). “And why isn’t t.i jumping down snoops throat? But will jump at a chance to say anything to me?” It could have something to do with the fact that Azealia threw the first punch by calling Tip’s wife ugly, which was actually pleasant compared to the remarks she made about Lily Allen‘s children.

Azealia’s conclusion? “Snoop is fucking hilarious.” So much for girl power. See her Twitter commentary after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea’s Feud With Snoop Dogg Continues On Social Media

Another Rap Battle

Another day, another celebrity feud! Snoop Dogg has been making of Iggy Azalea on Instagram for a few days now, and the “Fancy” rapper fired back on Twitter on Monday (October 13). The post that sparked the feud was a hurtful photo of an Alibno woman with the caption, “Iggy Azalea no make up.” She then responded to his insults, stating “And everytime I’ve spoken to you, you’ve always been nice as hell. I’m disappointed you’d be such an ass for no reason.”

Fast forward to two days later, and the drama still continues. The OG rapper must’ve taken her response to heart, as he flooded his Instagram with even more memes that made fun of Azalea. One included a comparison of the rapper and the movie comedy White Chicks. Another was a photo of Nicki Minaj sitting alone with the caption, “Where is Iggy ? Nowhere insight. @realnickiminaj_ Fuc the fake n non writers yeah that means u again biitch !! Go nikki go Hoe Iggy hoe !! Sweet dreams cunt”

After a series of tweets that expressed her feelings, Azalea simply wrapped up with “ima be the bigger man in this situation and leave it be.” Read on below to see the highlights of the social media beef. More »

Iggy Azalea Fires Back At Snoop Dogg’s Insults On Twitter: Morning Mix

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:: After Snoop Dogg posted a not-so-nice picture of an Albino woman on his Instagram with the caption, “Iggy Azalea no make up,” the “Fancy” star went to Twitter to slam the rapper. She wrote, “And everytime I’ve spoken to you, you’ve always been nice as hell. I’m disappointed you’d be such an ass for no reason.” [E! News]

:: Courtney Love is always reliable for fun musical drama! She is now claiming that Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan wrote a number of songs about her. When the band’s frontman “stopped writing about me, he stopped having hits.” Whatever you say, Court! [Billboard]

:: There’s some good news for XXL magazine! The publication announced it will not be ending its print edition after all. They plan to release another issue by year’s end. The news comes after Harris Publications sold XXL to digital-based Townsquare Media. [MTV]

:: Not everyone is a fan of Rihanna‘s sexual image, including Mel C. The former Spice Girl told Radio Times the singer needs to have more dignity: “My five-year-old loves Rihanna. But she has no idea what her idol looks like because there’s little footage that I’m happy for her to see. It’s a shame that a talented, successful woman expresses herself in such an overtly sexual way.” [Refinery 29]

:: One Direction member Zayn Malik may be coming to a theater near you! The singer has reportedly been asked to star in a Bollywood film, since he apparently has a huge fanbase in India. [Digital Spy]

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Aretha Franklin Reveals Title And Release Date For Diva Covers Album: Morning Mix

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:: Aretha Franklin‘s forthcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is out October 21. She will sing songs by Etta JamesWhitney Houston, Adele and more.  [Billboard]

:: Snoop Dogg‘s next album is solely produced by Pharrell and features Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. For a hint of what to expect, watch Snoop tease a song praising a strain of medical marijuana. [HipHopDX]

:: Beyonce would never release a free album like U2 did with Songs of Innocence. “There’s a misconception that recorded music sales are not an important piece of the mix of any artist business,” her marketing manager says. [Financial Times]

:: Is Big Sean dating Ariana Grande? Recent comments point to yes: “I am going to tell you this: Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me.” [Ryan Seacrest]

:: Lifetime revealed the debut trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. The biopic stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah herself, who replaced Zendaya Coleman after she dropped out of the role. [THR]

:: The Daily Show responded to complaints from One Direction fans, for a segment comparing the boy band to terrorist groups: “Dear 1D fans: We didn’t know the band members’ names, religions, hobbies, etc,” Just knew they were popular. But not THIS popular.” [Twitter]

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Snoop Dogg Previews Pharrell Collaboration: Watch

Snoop: Drop It (Like It's Hot)
Gangsta rap superstar Snoop Dogg teased a new song featuring Pharrell during a recent vlog. To disco-era electric guitar licks, Pharrell sings blissful praises to a strain of medical marijuana, called moon rock – not to be mistaken for MDMA in its purest form, which is also referred to as “moon rock.” As Snoop belts along to Pharrell’s lyrics, he makes sure that much is clear as he motions to and rolls a blunt of his own weed.

Earlier this year, Snoop Dogg had Pharrell appear on his online talk show GGN. The first topic that Snoop Dogg brought up were Pharrell’s appearances on Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories, which could easily have inspired their recent, unreleased collaboration.

Then again, as Snoop alluded to on the intro (“This ain’t even a special guest right here. This is my brother”), these two have collaborated for more than a decade now. “Signs,” off Snoop’s 2004 album R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, was produced by The Neptunes, featured Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake, and was just as much of a disco throwback as his latest song with Pharrell.

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Iggy Azalea And Rita Ora Look Smokin’ Hot In Their “Black Widow” Video: Morning Mix

:: Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora have been snapped on the set of their Kill Bill-themed “Black Widow” video wearing leather bodysuits. Needless to say, the blond bombshells look completely amazing. [Rap-Up]

:: Fresh from sampling Miley Cyrus on new single “Hunger Of The Pine”, Alt-J are turning their talents to cinema. The British trio has scored a new short film called Wander With Me, which is described as a coming of age story. [NME]

:: Snoop Dogg is the poster man (?) for marijuana, so it’s not that surprising that he sparked up a joint in the bathroom of the White House. Amazingly, security was fooled by the rapper saying he needed to “burn something” because he was doing “a number two”. Words escape me. [MTV]

:: The concert event of 2014 is almost upon us. Mariah Carey has hinted at a looming world tour in a post on her newly overhauled website. This is amazing news for thirsty Lambs and connoisseurs of fine music. [Vibe]

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