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Watch Taylor Swift Cover “Am I Wrong” With Nico & Vinz In Vancouver

Taylor Swift is the world’s bestie, and that means she has a lot of friends. She’s been putting this fact to use on her massive North American tour, bringing out a different famous friend for a song at every show. At Swift’s concert in Vancouver last night, her latest guests were Norwegian pop duo Nico… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 2, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Watch Emilie & Ogden Cover Taylor Swift’s “Style” On Harp

A few weeks back we introduced you to Emilie Kahn and her trusty harp, Ogden, by way of their album’s beautiful title track, “Ten Thousand.” Now here’s footage of the Nü-Newsom giving Taylor Swift’s 1989 single “Style” a heavenly makeover. Nicolas Gouin directed the footage of Kahn’s live performance, which you can watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2015 - 2:10 pm

The Week In Pop: Watch Us Whip Through The History Of Dance Crazes, From Chubby Checker To Silentó

Chances are you’ve watched Silentó Whip, watched him Nae Nae at some point this summer. Perhaps you’ve even Whipped, Nae Nae’d, or done the Stanky Legg yourself. The then-unknown Atlanta teenager born Ricky Hawke — which is a much better pop-star name than Silentó — uploaded “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” to SoundCloud back in January. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Watch Nicki Minaj Perform, Discuss Taylor Swift On GMA

Nicki Minaj had been scheduled to appear on Good Morning America’s weekly Central Park concert series for a while, but it seems fortuitous that her appearance would come just a day after the Minaj/Taylor Swift VMAs kerfuffle. So it gave her a chance to comment IRL on a controversy that mainly happened over tweet: “I… More »

By: James Rettig / July 24, 2015 - 10:07 am

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 its disco-funk liquid rhythm to its piercing falsetto hooks to its lovestruck subject matter, the song makes perfect sense as a hit single. The only thing weird about it i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Taylor Swift Apologizes To Nicki Minaj For VMAs Spat

Earlier this week, things got a little heated between two pop mega-entities when the VMA nominations came out. Nicki Minaj was a little pissed that her “Anaconda” video had been shut out of some key categories, and she voiced that displeasure on Twitter: “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2015 - 11:52 am

China May Find New Taylor Swift Merch Uncomfortably Reminiscent Of Tiananmen Square Massacre

On Monday, Taylor Swift announced plans to launch her own clothing and merchandise line for the Chinese market in partnership with JD.com, one of the country’s leading online retailers. The move is mainly to combat the prevalence of unauthorized Swift merchandise in the country, where she only holds six of eight patents for her ow… More »

By: James Rettig / July 22, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Quarrel Over MTV VMA Noms

One of the reasons why Nicki Minaj is such a beloved artist is because she’s fierce as hell and stands up for herself. Today, she is standing up for herself because “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself” both somehow missed out on some crucial VMA nominations. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

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 a song to SoundCloud, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent proclaimed him “the Taylor Swift of rap.” Sargent’s thesis was that in an environment where even established stars have trouble getting heavily promoted… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Watch Taylor Swift Sing “Royals” With Lorde In Washington, D.C.

On her massive American stadium tour, Taylor Swift seems to be resurrecting the gimmick where she sings a song with a different guest at every show. Over the weekend, she brought the Weeknd to the stage in New York. And last night, when she was playing Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park, she introduced her pop superfriend… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2015 - 8:33 am

Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out The Weeknd & US Women’s Soccer Team In New Jersey

Taylor Swift really went all-out for her show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ last night. First she brought out dark-R&B star the Weeknd to perform his new MJ-inspired single “Can’t Feel My Face.” Then, during “Style,” she brought out model Heidi Klum and the entire US women’s soccer team, fresh off of… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 11, 2015 - 10:52 am

GoFundMe Raises Donation Limit To Accommodate Taylor Swift’s Generosity

Taylor Swift is just too generous. On Tuesday, the international pop star donated $50,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for the medical expenses of a young girl (and Swift fan) named Naomi, who is currently battling leukemia. While GoFundMe doesn’t limit the amount any campaign can raise, they had previously set a limit on individual donatio… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 9, 2015 - 9:18 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 disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Taylor Swift’s 1989 Is The Bestselling Vinyl Of 2015 So Far

The vinyl resurgence has hit the pop world: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the best-selling vinyl record of the year so far. Nielsen Music released its mid-year charts today and, unsurprisingly, Swift’s fifth album is the best-selling album overall, moving moving 1.33 million in pure album sales and 2.01 million in equivalent album units. More »

By: James Rettig / July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Apple Music Will Be The First To Stream Taylor Swift’s 1989

Taylor Swift has announced that Apple Music will be the first streaming service to offer 1989. Previous reports indicated that the album, which has only been available to purchase since it was released back in October, would not be included when Apple Music launches next week, but Big Machine Records and the tech company seem… More »

By: James Rettig / June 25, 2015 - 11:52 am

St. Vincent, Josh Homme, Disclosure Hosting Beats 1 Radio Shows

Apple Music already poached Zane Lowe to help establish their new internet radio component, Beats 1. The company also signed on Drake and Pharrell as DJs, but even more artists have been added to the company’s roster. More »

By: Caitlin White / June 25, 2015 - 10:38 am

Billy Corgan Forecasts A Bleak Future For Streaming Music

Billy Corgan went on CNBC earlier this week to talk about the state of the music business, particularly regarding Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, and more importantly, Apple’s swift response to that letter. Said Corgan: “Once artists understand the power they have in this marketplace, all heck’s going to break loose … We’re not… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015

The song of the summer is a slippery, ephemeral thing. You can try to predict it, labels can (and will) try their hardest to make sure that their song is the one that comes out on top, but it’s still an imprecise science. It means different things to different people, certain niches will gravitate toward… More »

By: James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 11:07 am

Billy Corgan Returns To CNBC To Talk Taylor Swift And Apple

Last month, Smashing Pumpkins frontman and frequent talking head Billy Corgan showed up on CNBC to discuss Tidal, call out the “feckless idiots” of the music industry, and predict that everything will change drastically once artists figure out their true value. Yesterday, he appeared on CNBC again — they should probably just give him hi… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 23, 2015 - 7:46 pm
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