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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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Diplo – “Biggie Bounce” Video + “Drunk in Love” Remix

Chances are no one at Georgia's Mableton Moose Lodge knew who Diplo was when he showed up to shoot the video for "Biggie Bounce," but…
James Rettig | February 14, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunken Love (Official Remix)” (Prod. Detail)

If you didn't think there was any way to improve on the ostentatious Beyoncé/Jay Z collab "Drunk In Love," think again. Over at Complex, producer…
James Rettig | February 14, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Future – “Drunk In Love” (Beyoncé Cover)

When we last caught up with Future, he was putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated Honest and kicking out a handful of mixtape
Chris DeVille | January 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Watch Angel Haze Cover Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love”

Fresh off the rushed release of her debut album, Angel Haze stopped by BBC Radio 1 for a live rendition of Beyonce's "Drunk In Love."…
James Rettig | January 27, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Grammys 2014: GIFs & Videos

The Grammys aren't about Grammys -- the vast majority of them aren't even given out during the televised ceremony. (UPDATE: Here's who won, though.) No,…
Stereogum | January 26, 2014 - 8:56 pm

The Week In Pop: Why So Serious, Jennifer Nettles?

My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for "Stuck Like Glue," a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily…
Chris DeVille | January 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

James Blake – “40455” + Beyoncé & Mystikal Remixes

James Blake did not end up interviewing Burial during his BBC Radio 1 residency tonight, but he did debut a Harmonimix remix of Beyoncé's "Drunk…
Scott Lapatine | January 16, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Read Beyoncé’s Essay “Gender Equality Is A Myth!”

On "Flawless," a track from Beyoncé's excellent new self-titled album, there's a sample of the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie giving a TED talk about…
Tom Breihan | January 13, 2014 - 9:35 am

Beyoncé – “Partition (Remix Feat. Busta Rhymes & Azealia Banks)”

Here, only a day late, are Busta and Azealia Banks teaming up to drop some bars on a remix of Beyoncé's "Partition." Stream it below.
Scott Lapatine | January 9, 2014 - 8:21 pm

The Week In Pop: Stereogum’s New Weekly Pop Column

Welcome to The Week In Pop, Stereogum's new weekly pop column. I'll be here every Thursday with a look at mainstream pop music via essays,…
Chris DeVille | January 9, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

We've already counted down the biggest beefs of the year (not including Azealia Banks), but it's not too late to cover one final mini-controversy before…
Scott Lapatine | December 31, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Watch Beyoncé Answer Fan Questions In NYC And Visit A Walmart In Tewksbury

After surprising the world by dropping her staggering self-titled album, and after absolutely owning popular culture for the last week and a half, Beyoncé appeared…
Tom Breihan | December 23, 2013 - 11:47 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The first question we found ourselves faced with when compiling this list of the week's five best songs was pretty simple: Should we just pick…
Stereogum | December 20, 2013 - 2:37 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don't know if you guys knew this, but there are 17 new Beyoncé videos this week. A lot of them are awesome, too. I…
Tom Breihan | December 20, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Beyoncé – “Grown Woman” Video

A week ago, Beyoncé dropped 17 new videos on the world in the form of her new “visual album” BEYONCÉ, which rules by all non-visual…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2013 - 3:20 pm

BEYONCÉ Breaks Sales Records (But Won’t Be Sold At Target, Amazon)

UPDATE: BEYONCÉ, which sold over a million copies on iTunes in less than a week, won't be stocked on Amazon either. According to Billboard, Amazo…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

Beyoncé – “XO” Video

Looks like the videos from Beyoncé's self-titled "visual album" are making their way to YouTube one by one. As Tom explains, they're all fantastic, so,…
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Premature Evaluation: Beyoncé BEYONCÉ

There's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013. I don't want to overstate things here…
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love” Video

Beyoncé brought much delight to everyone (even those of us who already published our best albums lists) when she released her stunning 17-song visual album
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Beyoncé Just Released A Surprise Album

Bey just surprised everyone by releasing her self-titled fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes. The BEYONCÉ "visual album" includes 14 songs -- featuring musical collaboratio…
Scott Lapatine | December 13, 2013 - 12:31 am
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