Idolator (website)

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Web address
Commercial? No
Type of site
Music blog
Owner SpinMedia
Launched August 2006

Idolator is a music blog. Created by the blog network Gawker Media in August 2006, Idolator was later sold to rival blog network Buzz Media (now titled SpinMedia), which also owns music blog Stereogum[1] and Spin.


From the 2007 departure of original head writer Brian Raftery until November 2009, the blog's head writer was Maura Johnston,[2] who was the sole remaining original contributor for the blog before her departure.[3] In April 2009, other contributors to the blog were laid off by Buzz Media, with the exception of Chris Molanphy, who offered to continue writing his 100 & Single column on a voluntary basis until Johnston's departure.[4]

The current editor-in-chief is Robbie Daw.[5]


Idolator has had several moments of controversy, including one that was initiated by a post made by the blog that claimed that a post made by Wired News made several predictions that Idolator believed were widely inaccurate.[6] The blog also took advantage of controversy surrounding the Pazz & Jop critics' poll by The Village Voice in November 2006.[7]


  1. ^ Weisenthal, Joseph (2008-04-14). "Denton Slims Down Gawker Media: Gridskipper, Idolator, Wonkette Leave The Fold". paidContent. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  2. ^ Riggs, Mike (2009-11-09). "Maura Johnston Leaves Idolator - Arts Desk". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned (2009-11-15). "RIP (old) Idolator « Ned Raggett Ponders It All". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  4. ^ Johnston, Maura. "A Moment Of Gratitude (With An Assist From Big Star) | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  5. ^ "UPDATE: Meet Idolator's New Editors 'Robbie' and 'Becky'". The Daily Swarm. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  6. ^ Thill, Scott (2008-10-27). "Nerd Beef! Idolator vs. Listening Post". Wired News. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  7. ^ Sisario, Ben (2006-11-30). "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bloggy: An Online Poll Covets the Territory Once Owned by Pazz & Jop". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 

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