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.
“We had the kind of night where morning comes too soon…” So goes the seductive spoken intro that launched Janet Jackson’s fifth album, janet. — that’s a little j with an emphatic period — released on May 18, 1993. Following the social consciousness of her previous blockbuster, 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814, Jackson returned with a fresh sound and look, and free-spirited confidence. The new music was everything from pure pop to candles-in-the-bedroom grooves, balancing the sweet, the erotic and the playful.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album that launched nine singles, Idolator spoke to Jimmy Jam, one-half of Jackson’s legendary production team, Jam and [Terry] Lewis. Looking back on the recording today, Jam feels the muse is obvious.
“Janet was in love. My partner [Lewis] was with someone who he was very much in love with at the time, and I was with someone I was very much in love with,” Jam says. “Love was in the air… when we did Rhythm Nation, everybody called it the ‘What’s Going On’ album, and then they called janet. the ‘Let’s Get It On’ album.” More »
Well! It’s the Billboard Music Awards tonight, which features majorly star-studded performance from some great artists, and some ones you don’t care about at all, and a lot of inexplicable appearances from the stars of ABC sitcoms you’ve never watched! Oh, what a wonderful party it is.
We’ll be updating the list throughout the night, so stay close to see who’s taking home the big awards. More »
Just as we knew he would, Miguel turned out a charismatic performance of “Adorn” at the Billboard Music Awards tonight (May 19). That is, until he made the ill-advised decision to try to leap across the mini pit to the other part of the stage. Surely he pulled off the move in rehearsal, but in rehearsal there aren’t throngs of people with their hands in the air. This slight alteration, of course, requires that he jump a little higher and a little farther. So as we saw him do his live leap, our brains began processing that it wouldn’t end well, and moments later, hair and limbs were flailing everywhere. Miguel landed on his ass, no idea that he absolutely CLOBBERED two poor women in the audience.
As you can see in the GIF and Vine below, his left foot hits a woman square in the head, and her head subsequently smacks into the stage. The girl who got clotheslined by his right leg faced a slightly better fate. According to Miguel’s tweet (which you can see below), at least one of the girls is OK, so we don’t feel as bad watching the disaster on an endless loop. More »
Ke$ha was wise enough to know that glitter was not necessary to raise eyebrows at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards — at least not when you arrive wearing a dress that’s essentially MTV’s Undressed from the front and a Skinamax flick from the side (if you follow our 90s TV metaphor). Yes, the beard-obsessed pop star took the term “Little Black Dress” to a whole new level as she stepped onto the BBMA blue carpet in a mini dress with a slit up the side so high we imagine the showgirls in Vegas blushed when they saw it. The star of My Crazy, Beautiful Life completed the jaw-dropping ensemble with nude heels, simple studs and a sleek ponytail. More »
We guess Taylor Swift is no longer contractually obligated to match her red carpet dress with her latest album (See: most of 2012). The pop star arrived at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 19) in a blue sequined mini dress. We know that Tay is as much a fan of vintage frocks as she is of writing songs about her exes. So we’re assuming the 24-year-old picked the Zuhair Murad dress because it had a retro look — that of a girl who had to go from her figure skating competition straight to her 1988 senior prom. All joking aside, Taylor looks gorgeous. Careful, boys. it looks like she’s back on the prowl. More »