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It Takes A Village: 10 Pop Hits That Took At Least 6 Writers To Cobble Together, From “Drunk In Love” To “Timber”

Robbie Daw | April 30, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Ahhh. Remember the good ol’ days when it only took one skilled tunesmith to write a hit single? Yeah — our minds don’t stretch back that far, either. In fact, if you have to travel in time, to “Somebody That I Used To Know” in 2012, to find the last single to top the Billboard… More »

Cher Lloyd On Her “Sirens” Video, Those Pesky Leaks & New LP ‘Sorry I’m Late’: Idolator Interview

Mike Wass | April 29, 2014 - 8:00 am

Cher Lloyd has come a long way since the release of Sticks + Stones in 2011. For starters, the 20-year-old dictated the musical direction of long-awaited sophomore set Sorry I’m Late (due May 27) — ditching the catchy (but forced) hip-hop/pop fusion of her debut LP in favor of a more personal and authentic sound.

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Idolator Book Club: ‘Mad World’ (And Our ’80s Playlist) Offers Your Ultimate Flashback Friday

Robbie Daw | April 25, 2014 - 7:54 am

Two decades before YouTube altered the way we ingest music videos, a fledgling cable channel out of New York called MTV launched in late summer 1981, offering visuals from pop artists 24/7. The only programming problem was that most American acts weren’t yet up to speed on shooting videos to accompany their singles, and so… More »

Sky Ferreira Reflects On Making Her Album, Talks Miley Cyrus, Nirvana & Instagram: Idolator Interview

Robbie Daw | April 11, 2014 - 11:37 am

Last year, we here at Idolator were so blown away by the guitar-pop freshness of Sky Ferreira’s debut LP Night Time, My Time  — and by the fact that it actually, finally was released — that we dubbed it the best album of 2013. (By the way, you should really enter our contest to winMore »

Kylie Minogue Discusses Pharrell, Sia And New Album ‘Kiss Me Once’: Idolator Interview

Robbie Daw | February 25, 2014 - 5:34 am

Pop Kylie. Indie Kylie. Sex Kylie. Goddess Kylie. Over the decades, the musical force that is Kylie Minogue has offered us one variation or another of her on-stage image while still maintaining enough of a “girl next door” likeability that we truly wish she would just move in down the block already. Listening to her… More »

Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ Turns 15: Backtracking

Jonathan Riggs | January 10, 2014 - 5:30 am

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

This is a story about a girl named Britney.

Picture it: the late ’90s. The (mostly male) bombast of hair metal and grunge has… More »

Twerk To Win Tickets To Miley’s Bangerz Tour!

Bradley Stern | January 9, 2014 - 8:44 am

Miss Miley Cyrus got our hearts a-flutterin’ and our tongues a-waggin’ late last year with the announcement of her Bangerz Tour in 2014. And now, the concerts are coming in faster than a wrecking ball.

To celebrate the upcoming tour (which, if Miley’s award show antics are to be considered, is bound to… More »

2013 In Review: The 10 Best Songs Of The Year, Chosen By Our Editors

Idolator Staff | December 23, 2013 - 5:45 am

2013 wasn’t a particularly good year for pop music — at least when it came to albums. Sure, Beyonce climbed off her golden throne to snatch wigs at the 11th hour but the game’s biggest divas generally misfired and there wasn’t a lot of new talent coming through to pick up the slack.

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Best Music 2013: Idolator Readers Choose The 10 Best Albums Of The Year

Robbie Daw | December 13, 2013 - 5:27 am

Last week we posted our editors’ picks for the Best Albums Of 2013, but the year-end roundups don’t end there! Between November and December, we posted two polls — one asking you to vote for the best LPs released between January and June of this year, and one with a poll for albums released betweenMore »

Best Music 2013: Vote For The Year’s Top Albums (Part 2) — July Through December Releases

Robbie Daw | December 2, 2013 - 7:15 am

Last month we presented you with the first part of Idolator’s reader’s poll on the best albums of 2013 — one where we had you vote on your favorite releases from January through June. Now it’s time for part two, where you have free reign to help determine which records that hit masses between July… More »

Beyonce’s ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ Turns 5: Stan & Deliver

Mike Wass | November 14, 2013 - 5:30 am

Stan & Deliver gives fans an opportunity to shake, cry and sing the praises of the albums they love from their faves.

Beyonce’s 2006 sophomore set B’Day sold buckets at home but international receipts were slightly down due to the LP’s heavy R&B focus — an unacceptable situation for a diva intent on… More »

Avril Lavigne Talks New Album, High-Profile Collaborations & Her Eye Makeup: Watch

Sam Lansky | November 6, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Are you still rock and roll? Avril Lavigne sure is: The Canadian songstress has just dropped her self-titled album (her fifth!) to impressive commercial results and, ahem, critical acclaim. (I said it was one of my favorite pop records of the year, and I stand by that statement.)

So when Idolator sat down with the… More »

Pop Conspiracy Theory: Eminem’s ‘MMLP2′ Contains Secret Kanye West Allusions

Carl Williott | October 31, 2013 - 9:36 am

I have a crackpot conspiracy theory brewing about Eminem’s forthcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Here goes: Kanye West has become so ubiquitous, and his influence so unavoidable in hip-hop, that — I believe — the spirit of Yeezus has somehow burrowed into the dark recesses of Em’s brain and he subsequently packaged MMLP2 tracks with secret allusions… More »

Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” And 15 Other Great Pop Songs Released In 1998: Playlist

Robbie Daw | October 1, 2013 - 11:35 am

In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL’s glittery ranks was Britney JeanMore »

Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ Turns 5: Stan & Deliver

Bradley Stern | August 19, 2013 - 5:30 am

Stan & Deliver gives fans an opportunity to shake, cry and sing the praises of the albums they love from their faves.

Five years ago — before “Bad Romance,” before the meat dress, before Born This Way, before Marina Abramovic, before her friendship-turned-battle royale with Perez Hilton, before Little Monsters even knew what to… More »

‘Clueless’ Soundtrack: A Way Existential Look Back With Jill Sobule & Music Supervisor Karyn Rachtman

Alexander Cho | July 19, 2013 - 5:48 am

While we were all busy waiting for our noisy modems to connect to AOL and trying to figure out what the hell a Kato Kaelin was, an unassuming little movie about a Beverly Hills teen with a heart of gold and a fully motorized closet burst into theaters and made an indelible mark on pop… More »

Justin Timberlake Had To Take Back The Night Because Everyone Else Already Tried: Here’s Proof

Carl Williott | July 12, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Back in 2006, Justin Timberlake declared he was bringing sexy back. At first, nobody realized sexy had even gone away, but soon enough we realized he was oh so right. Today (July 12), Timberlake says he will “Take Back The Night,” and initially we were confused again. First of all, didn’t someone already do that? More »

Pet Shop Boys Discuss ‘Electric’, Their Euphoric Summer Album: Idolator Interview

Robbie Daw | June 21, 2013 - 6:51 am

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are in the mood to dance. As Pet Shop Boys, the two have been pairing commentary on the ups and downs of love, nightlife, politics and history with lush pop compositions for nearly 30 years. The quantity and quality of their output is staggering — LPs, compilations, film scores, plays,… More »

Will Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” Be 2013’s Song Of The Summer?

Robbie Daw | June 17, 2013 - 6:16 am

If someone had told me in January that Robin Thicke would be a top contender for Song Of The Summer this year, I’d have to have been pretty hammered to go along with that idea. Don’t get me wrong — Robin Thicke; smooth voice, pretty blue eyes and a completely likeable personality. But let’s face… More »

Father’s Day Playlist: 10 Songs That Offer Dad-Like Advice

John Hamilton | June 10, 2013 - 6:02 am

It’s that time of year again, Idolofans: time to celebrate fathers! Well, not just fathers, but grandfathers, male guardians, or any man who played a part in raising us. And when one thinks of Father’s Day (it’s June 16th this year — you’ve still got time to buy a card), don’t a good number of… More »

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