Idolator (website)

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Idolator
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Type of site
Music blog
Owner Hive Media
Website idolator.com
Commercial Yes
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 (later titled SpinMedia), which also owns Stereogum [1] and Spin . In September 2016, the website was sold to Hive Media along with Buzznet and PureVolume. [2]

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Contents

Contributors

From the 2007 departure of original head writer Brian Raftery until November 2009, the blog's head writer was Maura Johnston, [3] who was the sole remaining original contributor for the blog before her departure. [4] 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. [5]

Maura Johnston American journalist

Maura K. Johnston is a writer, editor and music critic. A member of Boston College's journalism faculty, she has written for Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Pitchfork, The Awl, The New York Times, Spin and The Guardian. She is working on a critical biography of Madonna for the Harlequin Enterprises subsidiary Hanover Square Press.

The current editor-in-chief is Robbie Daw. [6]

Controversies

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. [7] The blog also took advantage of controversy surrounding the Pazz & Jop critics' poll by The Village Voice in November 2006. [8]

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References

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