The Week In Pop

The Week In Pop

Rap Is Having Another Pop Moment

"Rap is not pop/ If you call it that, then stop." When Q-Tip spoke those words on "Check The Rhime," the most enduring single from…
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2017 - 1:45 pm

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Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour Feels Too Pequeño For An A-List Pop Star

Ariana Grande was responsible for the best pop song of 2016 ("Into You"). She also had the best pop song of 2014 ("Problem"), and some…
Chris DeVille | March 16, 2017 - 11:14 am

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Future Seems Ready To Pop Again

There was a time -- not so long ago, though it feels ancient in terms of internet hype cycles -- when Future seemed destined to…
Chris DeVille | March 9, 2017 - 12:00 pm

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Ed Sheeran Is The King Of Pop

The first track on Ed Sheeran’s new album is a rap song. This is not surprising given Sheeran’s fondness for hip-hop; the versatile English singer-songwriter…
Chris DeVille | March 2, 2017 - 4:00 pm

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“Bad” Girl Made Good: Camila Cabello Is Gonna Be A Superstar

From the moment "Bad Things" was released, it seemed not just inevitable but slap-your-forehead obvious: Camila Cabello was going solo. She was going to be…
Chris DeVille | February 23, 2017 - 2:52 pm

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Bebe Rexha Is One More Hit Away From Becoming A Household Name

Do you recognize the name Elwood Edwards? What about Jessica Gomes? Jesse Frederick? If you're an American pop culture consumer, you are probably intimately familiar…
Chris DeVille | February 16, 2017 - 3:47 pm

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There’s Only One Way To Find Out If The Grammys Will Suck Again This Year

Remember last year when it seemed like the Grammys might turn out OK and then they sucked as usual? They will probably suck again this…
Chris DeVille | February 9, 2017 - 1:22 pm

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Movie Musical Soundtracks Have The Charts Feeling Like La La Land

This is one of my more controversial views, a position so conservative some might call it retrograde, but in light of this past week’s events…
Chris DeVille | January 26, 2017 - 2:27 pm

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Could Big-Shot Songwriter Julia Michaels Be A Pop Star In Her Own Right?

Chances are you're already a Julia Michaels fan whether you know it or not. After breaking into professional songwriting as a teenager, the 23-year-old Iowa…
Chris DeVille | January 19, 2017 - 11:34 am

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Country Star Sam Hunt Is Basically A Drake Tribute Act Now

Hearing "Marvins Room" for the first time was an epiphany. By summer 2011, Drake was already sending profound ripple effects through rap and R&B by…
Chris DeVille | January 12, 2017 - 3:15 pm

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The 2017 State Of Pop Address

Pop music is fluid. Like any vibrant creative field, it exists in a constant state of flux. It has to, or else it would cross…
Chris DeVille | January 5, 2017 - 10:45 am

2016 In Review

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2016

Pop pop pop pop pop: It does not stop, even when your spirits drop. Sometimes it's pretty good, too! Sometimes it can comfort you in…
Chris DeVille | December 15, 2016 - 3:20 pm

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Maren Morris Is Your New Favorite Country Singer

The most intriguing Grammys category this year? OK, technically it's Best Rock Performance, the WTF clearinghouse pitting Beyoncé and Jack White vs. Twenty One Pilots…
Chris DeVille | December 8, 2016 - 3:27 pm

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Mr. Loathsome & Mr. Wholesome: The Weeknd & John Legend Are Finding Very Different Ways Over Pop’s R&B Barrier

Poor Usher. Poor Jeremih. Poor Trey Songz. R&B's workmanlike radio superstars churn out jam after jam, some of them truly transcendent, yet only rarely do…
Chris DeVille | December 1, 2016 - 4:07 pm

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At Least America Can Agree On Bruno Mars

No matter which version of America you're nostalgically longing for, Bruno Mars can make it great again. Ever since Mars made his big splash at…
Chris DeVille | November 17, 2016 - 4:17 pm
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