Lots of things have happened in 2014, some slightly more annoying than others. So, similar to how Santa Claus makes his "naughty or nice" list, I'd like to make a list of people, places, and things from the last year that I think might deserve an eLump of Coal! (And don't forget: you can still send your very own free eLump of Coal to the people you love, hate, or love to hate!)
#1 - Golden Globes
For snubbing some of the best shows on television.
Sometimes, we talk about pop stars as if we know them — but the truth is we barely know them at all. In fact, in some cases, we don't even know their real name. Here are 25 artists who use stage names to perform... and whose true names you probably never knew!
- Sting — Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Each year, we get treated to tons of new music. And yet, each year, there are some songs that just won't leave us alone. It's not that these songs are bad; we just heard them — a lot. Presented without comment, for your listening pleasure.
#10 - Magic!, "Rude"
Iggy Azalea has been one of the biggest acts of 2014, with the release of her debut album The New Classic, which launched songs like "Fancy," "Black Widow," and (most recently) "Beg For It. Her guest spot on Ariana Grande's hit, "Problem" also helped solidify the Australian rapper's presence in mainstream music. After headlining several Jingle Ball shows this season, it's no surprise that Iggy is ready to embark on her second headlining U.S. tour.
The Great Escape Tour will visit more than 20 cities, kicking off April 14, 2015, in Fresno, CA. It warps on May 24, 2015, in Austin, TX. On the tour, Iggy will be joined by Nick Jonas, formerly of The Jonas Brothers fame, who recently released his second solo album, led by the single "Jealous," which peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40.
See below for tour dates and visit the Iggy Azalea page for more information on tickets.
I think there are two camps of people that exist: those that love Christmas music, and those who are vehemently against it. I fall into the former camp. The day after Thanksgiving is over, I'm zealous about the holiday music I listen to. I'm a huge fan of the classics and I think it's widely agreed upon that very few new Christmas music is good (although kudos for attempting).
But there are some great modern-day Christmas songs out there! Here are a few of my favorites.
#1 - Mariah Carey, "All I Want for Christmas is You"
As far as I'm concerned, this list could be composed entirely of Mariah Carey's song "All I Want for Christmas is You" and be considered a raging success. This is not only the best modern-day Christmas song, it's probably my favorite Christmas song of all time. And I'm not sorry! I love this song. Bonus points for the video.