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“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 it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

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 is… 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 »

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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

Hear Beyoncé’s New Version Of “Crazy in Love” In The Fifty Shades Of Grey Trailer

Today the trailer for Fifty Shades Of Grey was released and comes soundtracked by a new version of "Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé. While the…
Miles Bowe | July 24, 2014 - 10:56 am

The Week In Pop: At The On The Run Tour, Beyoncé Runs Circles Around Jay Z

At what point does going on co-headlining tours with his visionary friends and lovers cease to benefit Jay Z? Throughout much of 2011 and 2012,…
Chris DeVille | July 17, 2014 - 3:22 pm

MTV Announces 2014 VMA Nominees

There weren't exactly a ton of iconic, widely seen music videos this past year, and even if there were, it probably wouldn't matter, since MTV…
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2014 - 10:56 am

Photos: Beyoncé And Jay Z On The Run Tour @ Sun Life Stadium, Miami 6/25/14

Last night Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off their On The Run Tour in Miami. The couple switched back and forth between their respective songs…
Miles Bowe | June 26, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Read Beyoncé’s Tribute To Michael Jackson On The 5th Anniversary Of His Death

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death and Beyoncé has shared some words on her website about what the pop artist meant to…
James Rettig | June 25, 2014 - 9:09 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

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…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2014 - 12:44 pm

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…
Chris DeVille | June 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm

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…
Chris DeVille | May 29, 2014 - 4:31 pm

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?"…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

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…
James Rettig | May 21, 2014 - 9:41 pm

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…
James Rettig | May 18, 2014 - 2:01 pm

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…
Scott Lapatine | May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

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…
Chris DeVille | May 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm

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.
Chris DeVille | May 15, 2014 - 3:01 pm

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.
Tom Breihan | May 14, 2014 - 10:19 am
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