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Michelle Williams (Feat. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland) – “Say Yes” Video

On her new uptempo gospel jam "Say Yes," the former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams rounded up guest vocals from Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, the two other members of the best-known Destiny's Child lineup. (It's not the best Destiny's Child lineup; that would be the Writing's On The Wall one, which didn't include Williams.)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2014

Owen Pallett Explains Why Recent Hits By Ariana Grande, Haim, And Beyoncé Are So Likable

One of the things Owen Pallett mentioned when we spoke with him about his great new In Conflict is that he doesn't want to make a habit of breaking down the music theory behind pop hits as he did for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and Lady Gaga'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014

The Week In Pop: Is Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse As Ridiculous As Expected?

I was prepared to ridicule Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse mercilessly. The title is preposterous, obviously; nobody says "chanteuse" except music critics too lazy to spend 15 seconds on thesaurus.com, and no one who spent part of this album's gestation period judging American Idol can really be described as "elusive." Then there wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 29, 2014

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much "How did Paramore end up on American Idol?" as "Why did it take them so long to get there?" As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014

Michelle Williams – “Say Yes!” (Feat. Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, & Solange)

Even though the Knowles sisters say everything's fine in the aftermath of Elevatorgate, let's not be naïve. But leave it to Destiny's Child to bring them together again: While this was no doubt recorded before the incident, the latest track from Michelle Williams' upcoming gospel album sees her reuniting with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland… More »

By: James Rettig / May 21, 2014

Watch Jay Z & Beyoncé’s Action-Packed Tour Trailer Starring Sean Penn, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, & More

Jay Z's Life + Times website shared an action-packed promo trailer for the Jay and Beyoncé's upcoming On The Run Tour that kicks off next month. It's a glossy affair that's fitting for two of the richest musicians in the world, featuring guest spots from Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Rashida… More »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2014

SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Tonight's SNL season 39 finale addressed the week's big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the cold open. It was pretty good! Jay (Jay Pharoah) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) let us know everything's cool between them, and actually if you watch the video with audio… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 18, 2014

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange Release Statement About Elevator Fight

The pop cultural sphere went off its rocker earlier this week when footage surfaced of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator at New York's Standard Hotel the night of the Met Gala. Plenty of theories have emerged as to why Solange went after her brother-in-law, and today Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Solange… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014

The Week In Pop: Michael Jackson’s Xscape Is Better Than Nothing

Besides deeply personal reflections, there's more or less nothing left to say about most legendary musicians in this age of universal access and infinite information. Still, in the interest of challenging assumptions, starting nerdy debates for fun, or (most likely) capturing attention someway somehow, revisionist criticism prospers. Bob Dylan's much-maligned '80s output now has More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014

M.I.A. – “Baddygirl 2″ (Beyoncé “***Flawless” Remix)

When you've had a Beyoncé remix sitting on your hard drive for a few months, you're eventually going to want the world to hear it. It's just human nature. "***Flawless" was one of the highlights from Beyoncé's great self-titled album, and with its clipped electro-beat and its snarling intensity, it may have owed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014

Video Shows Solange Attacking Jay Z In An Elevator

Last week, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles attended the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. And today, TMZ released some video of the three artists getting into an ugly scrap at the Standard Hotel in NYC after the gala. The footage comes from the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 12, 2014

The Week In Pop: John Legend Reaches Peak Normalcy

Is he really a legend or isn't he? There's no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent who moves in many circles, who appeals to many demographics, who's such a lock to appear at the Grammys every year that he inspired this genius tweet from our ow… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014

Stream Boots WinterSpringSummerFall

Ever since BEYONCÉ burst into our lives last December, we've been hearing more and more about Boots, aka Jordan Asher, the musician who co-produced most of the album and a former member of Stereogum Band To Watch alumni Blonds. All year Asher has been leaking dusky R&B tracks one or two at… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 5, 2014

SNL With Andrew Garfield Music Recap: Coldplay, “The Beygency,” Drake Vs. Skrillex In Family Feud, And Chris Martin Kisses Spider-Man

Coldplay made their fifth appearance on SNL last night, performing two songs from Ghost Stories and lending Chris Martin to kiss host Andrew Garfield in a Spider-Man sketch. Earlier in the episode, an all-musician edition of Celebrity Family Feud offered impressions of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Skrillex, Drake, Adele, and others. And in the digital… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 4, 2014

Warpaint Guitarist Says BEYONCÉ Is Slutty

We've seen this time and again, but if you're a marginally famous person and you say a bad word about Beyoncé, the entire internet will recoil in horror from you. The latest offender is Theresa Wayman, guitarist for the adventurous L.A. dream-pop band Warpaint, who had some words for the "hyper-sexualization" of pop music i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2014

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn't the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014

Beyoncé – “Standing On The Sun”

It's not enough, I suppose, when your surprise self-titled album lights the entire universe on fire and sells more copies than anything this side of the Frozen soundtrack. You just have to keep throwing songs out into the universe. A piece of Beyoncé's song "Standing On The Sun" appeared in an H&M commercialMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2014

Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, De La Soul Win Webby Awards

The results of the 18th annual Webby Awards are in, selected by an International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) panel including Ariana Huffington, Kevin Spacey, and Tumblr founder David Karp. Among the internet awards ceremony's musical honorees are Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Bob Dylan. De La Soul (pictured) was named… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 28, 2014

Lily Allen Can’t Catch A Break

When she made her big return late last year with her possibly-feminist/possibly-fetishistic "Hard Out Here" video, Lily Allen immediately found herself at the center of internet controversy, defending her video almost as soon as it went up online. More recently, she found herself agreeing with a fan on Twitter who'd called her new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2014

Beyoncé & Jay Z Announce On The Run Tour Dates

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been a couple of roughly equal fame for so long that I'm surprised it's taken them this long to launch a major co-headlining tour. Maybe they didn't want to have the uncomfortable "who goes on first?" conversation. In any case, they've presumably figured out that question now. After a few… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2014
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