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Type of site
Music blog
OwnerHive Media
LaunchedAugust 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]

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.[2] 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]

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.[5] The blog also took advantage of controversy surrounding the Pazz & Jop critics' poll by The Village Voice in November 2006.[6]


  1. ^ Weisenthal, Joseph (April 14, 2008). "Denton Slims Down Gawker Media: Gridskipper, Idolator, Wonkette Leave The Fold". paidContent. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Rys, Dan (September 21, 2016). "SpinMedia Sells Idolator, Buzznet & PureVolume to Hive Media". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Riggs, Mike (November 9, 2009). "Maura Johnston Leaves Idolator – Arts Desk". Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  4. ^ Johnston, Maura. "A Moment Of Gratitude (With An Assist From Big Star)". Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  5. ^ Thill, Scott (October 27, 2008). "Nerd Beef! Idolator vs. Listening Post". Wired News. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Sisario, Ben (November 30, 2006). "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bloggy: An Online Poll Covets the Territory Once Owned by Pazz & Jop". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2010.