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Back in spring 2014, when Sam Smith was beginning his climb from angel-voiced Disclosure collaborator to world-conquering superstar, I worried about the direction his career might take. Noting the distinct lack of star power emanating from Smith at the time, I compared him to Rick Astley (fair) and Susan Boyle (cruel) and wrote, “He i… More »

We’ve been waiting all year for new albums from some of pop music’s biggest names, and it’s looking like many of them will finally arrive this fall. Probably. Maybe? Whether or not Q4 turns out to be Yeezy Season, it should definitely be blockbuster season for the music industry if all goes according to plan. More »

You ever hear a song and think, “Yep, that’s gonna be huge,” even as it slightly repulses you? Such was the case when Halsey’s “New Americana” entered my ears, its chorus triumphantly trumpeting this clunky generational creed: “We are the new Americana/ High on legal marijuana/ Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” From its sweeping us-against-them… More »

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Watch Florence + The Machine Cover Jack Ü & Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now”

Florence + The Machine were guests on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge last night and, after an interview and a few performances of songs off…
James Rettig | September 29, 2015 - 9:32 am

Watch Chvrches Cover Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”

This week, Glasgow synthpop trio Chvrches are going to release Every Open Eye, their ridiculously good sophomore album. And given that Chvrches are great at…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2015 - 9:11 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It's Friday leading into Labor Day Weekend, and New York City feels like a ghost town -- like half the place has already emptied out,…
Stereogum | September 4, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Watch Justin Bieber Perform “What Do You Mean” With The Roots, Take On ?uestlove In A Tonight Show Drum-Off

Last Friday, young lightning rod Justin Bieber dropped the graceful, sparkly, generally pretty great new single “What Do You Mean.” On Sunday night, he broke…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2015 - 9:22 am

Disgruntled VMA-Nominated Director Had A Shitty Time On His Crowdfunded Night Out

Remember that VMA-nominated director Josh Forbes who was forced to crowdfund his $450-$800 ticket to the illustrious MTV ceremony? Well, he managed to afford attending…
Caitlin White | September 2, 2015 - 10:41 am

VMAs 2015: The 8 Most Awkward Moments

The MTV Video Music Awards are, by their very nature, extremely awkward. Maybe it's just that I long since aged out of the network's key…
Chris DeVille | August 31, 2015 - 9:41 am

Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean” Video

The renaissance of Justin Bieber is in full swing, and so far he's released one really great collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex "Where Are Ü
Caitlin White | August 30, 2015 - 11:11 pm

VMAs 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, Videos, & Kanye West’s Speech

Out of all the award shows, the VMAs seems to be the one to have the most memorable moments, though most of them are probably
Stereogum | August 30, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great

Justin Bieber has spent most of this decade going from massive teenpop stardom to public-pariah status, mostly by acting like an absolute asshole at every…
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2015 - 9:23 am

Now Deadmau5 & Jack Ü Are Fighting Over NY Times’ “Where Are Ü Now” Explainer

Jack Ü, the duo of Diplo and Skrillex, just scored a massive hit with the uncanny, lovely Justin Bieber collaboration "Where Are Ü Now," possibly…
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2015 - 9:34 am

Photos: Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2015

Billboard threw its first-ever Hot 100 Festival this weekend at Long Island’s Jones Beach, featuring headlining sets from the Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, and Justi…
Stereogum | August 24, 2015 - 11:40 am

The Week In Pop: Bro-Country Is Temporary, But Luke Bryan Is Forever

Two seemingly contradictory reports from Billboard this week: Bro-country is over and Luke Bryan has another #1 album. Bro-country, as coined by Jody Rosen (the…
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm

The Week In Pop: Jordin Sparks Makes The Leap

Historically, American Idol has had trouble producing American idols. The pioneering series was a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but you can finish rattling off…
Chris DeVille | August 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

The #2 song in the country this week is "Can't Feel My Face," a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The Week In Pop: Rachel Platten Feels The Power Of The Taylor Swift Bump

Last year, when the likes of "Trophies," "0 To 100," and "How 'Bout Now" proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading…
Chris DeVille | July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service's laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music's most…
Chris DeVille | July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Jack Ü – “Where Are Ü Now” (Feat. Justin Bieber) Video

Earlier this year, EDM superstars Diplo and Skrillex teamed up as Jack Ü and released their surprise debut Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü. The…
Peter Helman | June 27, 2015 - 7:44 pm
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