At some point or other, we, as pop fans, all fall hard for an album that completely tanks on the charts. Sure, the artist in question may eke out a hit single or two, but for whatever reason, the universe seems to reject the notion of the parent album finding any major success. Sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen
But that’s where we, your music-loving pals at Idolator, come in. Because in the few spare moments when we’re not cranking out the daily goings-on with your favorite artists currently tearing it up in the land of pop, we often pine away wistfully for the days of yore, when we’d champion our own personal fave flops in vain. Eventually at one point we decided, screw that — let’s just make a list!
So head below to find our roundup of 13 overlooked pop albums from the past 20 years that deserve to be revisited. More »
releases a new album, it isn’t so much an event as it is an international holiday.
Her Madgesty is now on her 13th studio album. 2012′s MDNA gave us just a little bit of the life we needed for the icon’s 12th release, but of course we wanted more. It’s only natural, given this is a woman who has consistently reinvented herself for three decades straight.
Now it’s 2014, which feels like the perfect time for her to drop off a new project and deliver that breed of cross-genre pop that only she can provide.
Details on the album thus far have been hit or miss: While other websites have speculated by way of Instagram posts and other random clues, Idolator played detective and dug up even more info on the album. Of course, nothing is conclusive since this is Madge, but we do have enough information to at the very least be excited for the project.
So without further ado, let’s see what we have in store from the Queen Of Pop herself. More »
Like a moth to the flame, burned by the J.Lo
, our love for Janet Damita Jo Jackson
is blind, can’t you see our desire?
In anticipation of her new album, we decided to delve deep into Baby Miss Jackson Privacy Control’s video vault. But since her videography only comes in three modes: iconic, more iconic or MOST ICONIC, we’re shining the spotlight on seven of her lesser-known but unbelievably essential video triumphs. Alright! More »
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Duff. And now the prophecy has been fulfilled, pop chyldren: Hilary Duff is back
. To usher in this new Hilegendary era, let’s go back, back to the beginning, back to when the Earth and sun and Duff were all aligned
to celebrate 10 of the greatest things accomplished by the O.G. Disney multi-hyphenate phenomenon! More »
The MTV Video Music Awards
: A time of truly iconic performances
, frequent live awkwardness and culture-rattling controversy from Madonna
(most of us are still suffering PTSD from hearing the term “twerk”) — and it’s happening all over again next month.
With performances from Ariana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds Of Summer already confirmed, the August 24 ceremony is already shaping up to be yet another big show. But what about the actual videos being nominated this year?
We asked you to tell us some of your favorite videos since the last taping, and we’ve rounded up the 20 most popular suggestions. Now, it’s your turn to vote for your favorite video of the bunch.
Which one do you think most deserves to take home an award (or ten) next month? Vote in our poll below, and then sound off in the comments. Don’t see the video you’re rooting for? Let us know and we’ll add it to the poll! More »
Anyone tuned into Diplo’s
Twitter and/or Instagram recently will know that he’s been having an amazing time while globetrotting. Major Lazer
was out in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup festivities (Diplo even released a World Cup mix for the BBC here
) with the Budweiser Hotel, performing, partying, the usual business. Their latest EP Apocalypse Soon
has been making its rounds, keeping fans sated until the full-length project arrives at the top of next year. Meanwhile in Diplo World, he’s going wherever the creativity takes him.
The new Madonna album will (hopefully) have Blondre3000′s DNA all over it, as Diplo and Madge have spent a good amount of time in the studio making tracks together, which the producer describes as “pushing the envelope.”
There’s much more in the collaborative pipeline, though, for Diplo and he checks in to discuss what he’s got going on, what’s next for Major Lazer, and how the perfect song formula involves proper chemistry.
Did you feel the sudden tilt that happened and notice the sun stayed out longer than it has all year on Saturday? That’s because this weekend brought with it the first official day of summer. (We hope you took advantage of it, because the sunlight will start dwindling a minute a day during the inevitable slide toward winter. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start with the sum
-summertime sadness already!)
This all means it’s time for us to tally up the results of our 2014 Song Of The Summer poll. There were seven strong contenders vying for the title this year: Ariana Grande‘s “Problem,” Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” MAGIC!‘s “Rude,” Nico & Vinz‘s “Am I Wrong,” Jason Derulo‘s “Wiggle,” Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” and Ed Sheeran‘s “Sing.” Alas, there can only be one official champion, and, per our readers, that is I-G-G-Y’s Charli XCX-featuring “Fancy.”
Votes for all seven songs shot up into the thousands, with “Fancy,” the inescapable radio jam that’s been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past four weeks, being the clear-cut winner after capturing just over 28% of the clicks. Head below to see how the rest of the poll played out. More »
We say this every single year, but somehow we blinked and — BAM!
— spring came and went. This is the final week of the season, and with June 21 (i.e. the first official day of summer) just around the corner, it’s time to get voting underway for what you
, dear pop fanatics, think will be 2014′s official Song Of The Summer.
Over the past week and a half, we rolled out seven strong contenders for the title: Ariana Grande‘s “Problem,” Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” MAGIC!‘s “Rude,” Nico & Vinz‘s “Am I Wrong,” Jason Derulo‘s “Wiggle,” Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” and Ed Sheeran‘s “Sing.” (And, yes — we’re totally side-eyeing Mr. Nico and Mr. Vinz for guffing up what would have been a perfect slate of single-word titles!) With each writeup, we detailed the individual song’s ascent into the mainstream and the reasons we feel any of them might just still be ruling the airwaves well into August.
But now it’s time to let democracy take the wheel and turn all seven picks over to you. There can only ever be one smash hit that’s crowned Song Of The Summer. So head below and get to voting, then check back on the site this Friday to see who Idolator readers deem worthy of winning the official SOS title! More »
Slip on your shades, grab a glass of lemonade and check back each day over the next week and a half as we present you seven different Song Of The Summer contenders!
It’s that time of year again, pop fans, when every site devoted to pop culture will attempt to predict what the Song Of The Summer will be…before the summer season actually begins, naturally. Regarding last year, it’s safe to say that Robin Thicke‘s somewhat controversial sex jam “Blurred Lines” walked away with the title, while just two years ago it was Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” that blew up the airwaves all through the warmest months of 2012.
So here’s the deal: We here at Idolator are presenting one Song Of The Summer contender a day, then capping the roll-out off with a poll where you can vote on the one from the bunch that’s your favorite — only this time, we’re highlighting seven songs rather than the usual five. And with that now out of the way, let’s get on with it!
We’re starting the whole SOS shebang off this time around with Ariana Grande‘s sax-filled “Problem,” a raucous pop jam which, thanks to Iggy Azalea‘s current chart-topper “Fancy,” has been stuck in the runner-up position on the Billboard Hot 100 for the past two weeks. Ariana can’t have too many hard feelings though, since, of course, Iggy also features on “Problem.” More »
Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.
By 1999, Jennifer Lopez knew how it felt to face a crowd of thousands. But that crowd wasn’t hers – it belonged to Selena, the young Mexican-American star whose life was tragically cut short in 1995.
For the opening scene of the biopic Selena, released less than two years after the singer’s death, fans flooded Houston’s Astrodome to recreate the moment when Selena drew the largest crowd in the stadium’s history. And Lopez, Selena‘s star, was dedicated to her role – her most demanding yet. She smiled and waved like Selena. She nailed the choreography, too: every hip swing, step ball change and spin, with that glittery purple jumpsuit catching the light. But as this former musical theater kid and budding actress went through Selena’s motions, she realized that she wanted a singing career, too.
Jennifer’s 1999 debut On the 6 turned 15 on June 1, and the concept of the all-around entertainer is just as rare as it was back then. While actresses still try their hands in music, those records rarely hit the top of the charts. On The 6 was an exception, because of how Jennifer made that crossover effort seem both hard-earned and effortless. More »