Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

By James Rettig / March 26, 2015
Rihanna's followed up "FourFiveSeconds" with the second single from her upcoming eighth studio album. It's called "Bitch Better Have My Money," a reference to the 1991 AMG album (and song) of the same name. On first listen, it sounds like a pretty decent bop from an artist that's brought us 11 #1 hit… More »

30 Essential Max Martin Songs

By Michael Nelson / March 26, 2015
The thought came to me in a drug store. Or a department store. Or the backseat of a taxicab. I don't remember where it was, exactly, except that it was the type of place where, in 2015, one might hear Taio Cruz's 2010 hit "Dynamite" playing in the periphery. That is to say: anywhere i… More »

Brian Wilson Reveals Why Frank Ocean & Lana Del Rey Are Not On His New Album

By James Rettig / March 26, 2015
Last year, it was rumored that Brian Wilson would be collaborating with Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey on some new tracks for his brand new album, which is due out in April. But when the tracklist surfaced in January, they were nowhere to be found. A rep told Pitchfork at the… More »

Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” (Feat. Zack De La Rocha) Video

By Chris DeVille / March 26, 2015
The release of Run The Jewels' RTJ2 will always remind me of 2014's tumultuous racial climate in the US -- the way Killer Mike and El-P's lyrics eerily predicted the pattern of white police officers' repeated deadly violence against unarmed black men, Mike's thoughtful CNN appearances and Billboard op-ed, the powerful speechMore »

The Week In Pop: What’s Next For Zayn Malik, One Direction, And The World?

By Chris DeVille / March 26, 2015
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction was announced the only way it could be in 2015, via an official statement on the group's Facebook page. (I suppose a series of Snapchats would also have been appropriate.) The crucial sentence and obvious pullquote is this: "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old… More »

Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)” Video

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015
Synth-rock stars Passion Pit will release their new album Kindred into the world next month, and they've just shared the video for the euphoric first single "Lifted Up (1985)." The strobe-lit clip shows frontman Michael Angelakos looking buttoned-up and alone in a few different communal situations: A mosh pit, an EDM club, and indie… More »

Scott Weiland Apologizes For Being An Asshole At Fan Meet-And-Greet

By Tom Breihan / March 26, 2015
It must be amazing to be Scott Weiland. You spend the better part of two decades pissing away any fan goodwill, and there are still people willing to pay three figures to get their picture taken with you. Apparently, though, Weiland doesn't see it that way. As Alternative Nation reports, Weiland recently played a… More »

Listen To Kim Gordon On Marc Maron’s WTF

By James Rettig / March 26, 2015
Kim Gordon was the guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast this week, fresh off of the release of her headline-grabbing memoir Girl In A Band. Maron's interviews are characteristically lengthy and winding, allowing them to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. In this one, Gordon expands on a… More »

Trent Reznor “Playing A Major Role” In Developing Apple’s Streaming Music Service

By James Rettig / March 25, 2015
When Apple purchased Beats last year for $3.2 billion, and the… More »

Jamie xx – “Loud Places” (Feat. The xx’s Romy Madley Croft) + “Gosh”

By Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015
After cranking out occasional solo tracks for a few years, the xx's production mastermind Jamie xx announced plans to release his first solo album In Colour earlier this week. And today, he's shared the new song "Loud Places," a collaboration with his xx bandmate Romy Madley Croft. You might expect a song that feature… More »

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