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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 »

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 »

This was a week crammed full of great videos, way too many to fit onto this list. But my favorite subplot was this: Taylor Swift drummed up weeks of hype and probably spent a fortune to make her kung-fu feminist G.I. Joe cameo party and to unveil it in the biggest way possible for a… More »

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Beyoncé’s New Album: Really Just A 4-Disc BEYONCÉ Reissue?

Yesterday, the internet was abuzz with news that Beyoncé was planning on pulling another surprise stunt and releasing an album in the middle of the…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2014 - 9:13 am

Looks Like That Rumored New Beyoncé Release Is Real

Over the weekend a photograph that appeared to depict the tracklist for a second volume of Beyoncé's self-titled surprise video album started circulating on social…
Chris DeVille | November 3, 2014 - 2:02 pm

The Week In Pop: On Slipknot’s #1 Album And Hard Rock’s Looming Extinction

It's at least a little bit insane to write a column called The Week In Pop this week and not write it about Taylor Swift.
Chris DeVille | October 30, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Annie Lennox Kowtows To The Beygency

Beyond any debate about the word feminism, Annie Lennox's recent comments about Beyoncé illustrate something: It's a really, really bad idea for anyone remotely famou…
Tom Breihan | October 22, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Houston All-News Radio Station Will Now Play Only Beyoncé

For the past three years, the Houston radio station News92 FM has had a 24-hour all-news format. But ratings weren’t what they needed to be,…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Watch Beyoncé Join Jay Z, Sting Join No Doubt At Global Citizen Festival

Last night, the Global Citizen Festival was held in Central Park to a sold out crowd of around 60,000 people. Jay Z and No Doubt…
James Rettig | September 28, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Beyoncé And Jay Z Are Allegedly Working On An Album Together

Talented, world-conquering musical spouses Beyoncé and Jay Z have been on tour together for months, and they’ve made it a point to counter divorce rumor…
Chris DeVille | September 17, 2014 - 10:15 am

Beyoncé And Jay Z Bang Bang Video, Part 1

Beyoncé and Jay Z have released the first part in a trilogy of short films called Bang Bang. The visuals were directed by Dikayl Rimmasch…
James Rettig | September 15, 2014 - 9:02 am

Watch Nicki Minaj Join Beyoncé On “Flawless” Live In Paris

UPDATE: Here's the official professional footage from the HBO special. // Beyoncé and Jay Z's On The Run tour…
James Rettig | September 12, 2014 - 6:16 pm

The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande's sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the traditio…
Chris DeVille | August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The 11 Most Awkward Moments From The 2014 VMAs

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards had their moments, particularly Beyoncé’s show-stopping finale, Charli XCX’s killer run through “Boom Clap” on the pre-show, and Sam…
Chris DeVille | August 25, 2014 - 11:07 am

VMAs 2014 Comment Party

'Tis the season! We've set up our inflatable moonmen in the front yard, decked the halls with anacondas, pulled the hammer-shaped cookies from the oven,…
Chris DeVille | August 24, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Is Beyoncé Performing A Medley Of Her Self-Titled Album At The VMAs?

Could Beyoncé be performing a medley of her self-titled album tonight at the VMAs? Billboard reports that a photo of what could be Beyoncé’s setlist…
James Rettig | August 24, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Watch Beyoncé Sing Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” To Jay Z In HBO’s On The Run Tour Trailer

Beyoncé and Jay Z's concert documentary for their joint On The Run tour premieres on HBO in September. The channel has just released a trailer…
James Rettig | August 17, 2014 - 6:57 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Here's a first -- the three best songs this week all had one common denominator: Nicki Minaj. It was the week of "Anaconda," of course,…
Michael Nelson | August 8, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Beyoncé To Receive MTV VMA’s Video Vanguard Award

MTV has announced that that Beyoncé will perform at this year's MTV Video Music Awards and will be awarded with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard…
James Rettig | August 7, 2014 - 9:59 am

Tei Shi – “No Angel” (Beyoncé Cover)

Tei Shi is a Brooklyn-based bedroom-pop type with roots in both Canada and Colombia, and last year, she self-released her Saudade album; we posted her…
Tom Breihan | August 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Rock Hall Ousts Father Of Rock ‘N Roll’s Ashes, Installs Beyoncé’s Wardrobe

In what’s sure to be another talking point for those who lament the rise of poptimism, DJ Alan Freed’s ashes were removed from the Rock…
James Rettig | August 4, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Fan’s Finger Bitten Off At Beyoncé/Jay Z Concert

We’ve all had the experience of being stuck near an absolute asshole at a show, but the 25-year-old San Diego resident Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica allegedly took…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 8:59 am

Beyoncé – “Flawless (Remix Feat. Nicki Minaj)”

Beyoncé has teamed up with Nicki Minaj for a remix of "Flawless***" off of her self-titled album. Bey raps on the track and addresses elevatorgate
James Rettig | August 3, 2014 - 11:02 am
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