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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 »

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

Ever since Glee became a phenomenon in 2009, a cappella music has been building to a pop cultural renaissance of sorts. As that show’s cultural clout died down, Pitch Perfect picked up its slack. The 2012 movie made stars out of Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson and was instantly canonized as one of those films… More »

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Watch Bruce Springsteen, Pharrell, Sia, Eric Church, Miguel, & More Perform At Concert For Progress On Race In America

Last night, A&E aired Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress On Race In America as a two-hour special. Taped at LA's Shrine Auditorium on…
Peter Helman | November 21, 2015 - 12:52 pm

MSG John Lennon Tribute With Brandon Flowers, The Roots, Eric Church, & More To Air On AMC

John Lennon would have been 75 this year, and in honor of that anniversary, the Theater At Madison Square Garden will host an all-star tribute…
Chris DeVille | November 13, 2015 - 11:05 am

Watch The Surprise All-Star Musical Finale Of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Premiere

As you could probably tell from the deafening thunder of hype, Stephen Colbert took over for David Letterman as the host of the Late Show
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2015 - 9:06 am

Snoop Dogg & Aloe Blacc Want You To Divest Your 401K From The Gun Industry

Snoop Dogg and Aloe Blacc both appear in an advertisement for a new campaign called #ImUnloading, which urges people to divest their 401K from unknowingly…
James Rettig | March 9, 2015 - 6:15 pm

Watch Aloe Blacc And Blackstreet Join Forces As Aloe Blaccstreet On Kimmel

In Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Mash-Up Mondays" series, the show has been pairing younger performers with bands of an older vintage in pun-happy combinations. We've already…
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2015 - 9:56 am

Jimmy Kimmel To Pair Morris Day With Haim, Weezer With ZZ Top On “Mash Up Mondays”

Starting next month, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will debut “Mash Up Mondays,” a new musical performance series that will pair two very different artists as a…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 29, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Here’s What Videos With Retroactive Product Placement Look Like

The news that Universal was planning to lace its YouTube catalog with retroactive product placement -- inserting new ads into old videos -- stirred up…
Chris DeVille | November 4, 2014 - 12:03 pm

The Week In Pop: Presenting The Mid-2014 Pop Superlatives

Seeing as we gave you a mid-year countdown of 2014's best albums so far earlier this week, now seems like a good time to step…
Chris DeVille | June 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Viral Jam Session Guys Joined By Trey Songz, Juicy J, Aloe Blacc On Jimmy Kimmel Reenactment

The reigning viral video of the week is this clip of an impromptu jam session that broke out among three strangers in front of a…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People

Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim -- and therefore inspires lots of copycats -- only to…
Chris DeVille | March 20, 2014 - 3:58 pm

The Week In Pop: Aloe Blacc’s Spirit-Dampening Star Turn

"Don't chase the money," Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your
Chris DeVille | March 6, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you're a regular reader of this site, chances are you're hoping Daft Punk gets lucky…
Chris DeVille | January 23, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Lollapalooza 2012: Frank Ocean, RHCP, The Weeknd, & Mud

For Sunday's recap and photos, click here. For Friday's recap and photos, click here. Saturday's recap below... The perpetual low of…
Liz Pelly | August 5, 2012 - 1:51 pm