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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 »

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

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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 song…
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 ste…
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

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.
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…
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
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 i…
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…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2014 - 8:57 am
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