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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 released… More »

By: 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. 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 itsMore »

By: 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. 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 some stylistic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014 - 10:19 am

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 Standard’… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 12, 2014 - 12:15 pm

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 - 4:27 pm

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 a time: “Dust,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 5, 2014 - 3:55 pm

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 - 10:13 am

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 - 8:57 am

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 - 1:42 pm

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 commercial a year… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2014 - 10:57 am

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 - 2:33 pm

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 singles “rubbish.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2014 - 11:10 am

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 - 10:00 am

The Week In Pop: Meet The New Wave Of British Pop Stars

We at Stereogum have the UK on the brain this week. And while there’s a big difference between “Britpop” and “British pop,” this seems like an appropriate time to point out just how many singers from the motherland have been making waves on these shores. We haven’t quite reached British Invasion levels of saturation; many… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2014 - 5:11 pm

BOOTS – “Dreams” (Feat. Beyoncé)

Earlier today, the producer known as BOOTS released “A Day In The Life Of Jordan Asher,” the opening track on his forthcoming mixtape, and now, he’s released its closing track: “Dreams,” which features guest vocals from none other than Beyoncé. He’s releasing the song with the intention of benefiting the charity Day One. In a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 22, 2014 - 4:32 pm

The Week In Pop: 5 Seconds Of Summer And The Evolution Of Pop-Punk Boy Bands

“She looks so perfect standing there/ In my American Apparel underwear” is the new “I like girls who wear Abercrombie & Fitch.” Fifteen years ago, at the height of boy-band mania, America was bombarded by LFO’s “Summer Girls,” in which bros with magnificently sculpted haircuts and bodacious bods sing-rapped clumsy couplets between harmonious refrains about… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 17, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Watch A Pretty Compelling Endorsement For Beyoncé’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Though it’s still a ways off, the time will come some day when Beyoncé will be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Some people might object to the idea of Beyoncé ever being considered for something like that (maybe even certain people who are being inducted this year — looking at youMore »

By: Miles Bowe / April 10, 2014 - 4:23 pm

The Week In Pop: Sam Smith’s Miraculous Voice Will Make Him A Star, But What Kind?

Among the attributes necessary for pop stardom, a powerhouse voice is not typically on the shortlist. From Madonna to Rihanna, pop singers have long been able to excel at their occupation without the ability to wail away magnificently. It’s counterintuitive given that job #1 for singers is, ostensibly, singing, but there are other more important… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm

The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Is Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Watch Blue Ivy Totally Ruin Beyoncé’s Grammy Rehearsal

Here’s something cute to start your weekend off right. Perhaps you recall that Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the Grammys telecast with a performance of “Drunk In Love.” A video of Beyoncé’s rehearsal (with a Jay Z body double, incidentally) has surfaced that’s entertaining for reasons other than Bey’s breathtaking performance. Not that she charge… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 7, 2014 - 4:03 pm
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