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When Justin Bieber released his almost-number-one single “Sorry” back in October, I wrote an impassioned screed on the song and Bieber’s Redemption-era sound. “Sorry” was announced as a Skrillex x Blood co-production, to which a lot of people responded: “Who?” Though Michael Tucker has worked on some of the biggest pop records of the past… More »

Zayn Malik is looking more and more like our next Justin Timberlake. Maybe not yet, but the 22-year-old Englishman of Pakistani lineage has seized the pole position from his former One Direction bandmates, their chart nemesis Justin Bieber, and fellow boy band refugee Nick Jonas, all of whom are attempting a leap from teeny-bopping to… More »

Before we get into the looming sales showdown between Justin Bieber and One Direction, let’s flash back to 50 Cent’s final moment of musical relevance. It was the summer of 2007, and 50 was dropping his new album, Curtis, on 9/11. Kanye West — whose omnivorous, game-changing The College Dropout and Late Registration had seized… More »

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Justin Bieber’s Stylist Explains His Controversial Nirvana T-Shirts

It's 2015. Wearing a Nirvana shirt is like wearing a Beatles shirt: no one should take it as a personal affront. Everyone knows a Nirvana…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 24, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Album Sales Were Already Booming Last Week Even Before Adele

The Week In Pop will not run this week due to Thanksgiving, so let's check in on this week's chart action before the holiday is…
Chris DeVille | November 23, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Ellie Goulding Doesn’t Understand What Makes “A Big Pop Album”

When Ellie Goulding announced her new album, Delirium, over the summer, the press release included this quote from the British singer: "A part of me…
Chris DeVille | November 5, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Here’s What Your Favorite Bands Wore For Halloween 2015

Stars: they're just like us! Which means that on October 31st, the spookiest day of the year, they don wacky clothing that they would never…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Call 231-377-1113 To Hear Justin Bieber’s “Hotline Bling” Remix

Justin Bieber has recorded his own version of Drake's monster hit "Hotline Bling," because of course he has. What's Justin Bieber going to do, not
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2015 - 5:16 pm

The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Pop-Not-Rock Bands The 1975 And The Neighbourhood

"We're not a pop band." When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975's sleek, dolled-up "Girls" video, we're to take…
Chris DeVille | October 29, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Watch Justin Bieber, Skrillex, & BLOOD Do “Sorry” Acoustic

Justin Bieber's #redemption continued last week with the release of his new single "Sorry." Despite reuniting Bieber with Skrillex, who kicked off the whole "Whoa,…
Peter Helman | October 26, 2015 - 8:49 pm

Sorry Not Sorry, Here Are A Bunch Of Thoughts About Justin Bieber’s New Single

Justin Bieber released his latest single, "Sorry," yesterday afternoon and I watched the accompanying dance video seven times on repeat when it still had under…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | October 23, 2015 - 12:29 pm

The Week In Pop: Drake, King Of The Memes

"Hotline Bling" is not Drake's greatest song ever. Although the melody and groove have exerted their allure on millions including myself, the production sounds weirdly…
Chris DeVille | October 22, 2015 - 3:40 pm

The Week In Pop: Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato Can Shake Their Disney Pasts, But Apparently Not Each Other

The stars of the Disney Channel's early-'90s The Mickey Mouse Club reboot shaped the way we as a culture think about teen-pop on a foundational…
Chris DeVille | October 15, 2015 - 4:48 pm

The Week In Pop: I Took My Mom To A Sam Smith Concert

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
Chris DeVille | October 8, 2015 - 2:11 pm

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 Week In Pop: The 18 Most Anticipated Pop Albums Of The Fall

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…
Chris DeVille | September 17, 2015 - 4:06 pm

The Week In Pop: Halsey’s New Americana Might Actually Be A Real Demographic

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…
Chris DeVille | September 10, 2015 - 3:00 pm

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
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