Idolator (website)

Type of site
Music blog
Owner Hive Media
Commercial No
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 Stereogum[1] and Spin. In September 2016, the website was sold to Hive Media along with Buzznet and PureVolume.[2]


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]

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


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]


  1. Weisenthal, Joseph (2008-04-14). "Denton Slims Down Gawker Media: Gridskipper, Idolator, Wonkette Leave The Fold". paidContent. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  2. Rys, Dan (September 21, 2016). "SpinMedia Sells Idolator, Buzznet & PureVolume to Hive Media". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. Riggs, Mike (2009-11-09). "Maura Johnston Leaves Idolator - Arts Desk". Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  4. Raggett, Ned (2009-11-15). "RIP (old) Idolator « Ned Raggett Ponders It All". Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  5. Johnston, Maura. "A Moment Of Gratitude (With An Assist From Big Star) | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  6. "UPDATE: Meet Idolator's New Editors 'Robbie' and 'Becky'". The Daily Swarm. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  7. Thill, Scott (2008-10-27). "Nerd Beef! Idolator vs. Listening Post". Wired News. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  8. 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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