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The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

The #2 song in the country this week is “Can’t Feel My Face,” a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From its disco-funk liquid rhythm to its piercing falsetto hooks to its lovestruck subject matter, the song makes perfect sense as a hit single. The only thing weird about it i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

Watch Rick Astley Cover “Uptown Funk” At London ’80s Festival

While I am currently listening to the original version of “Uptown Funk” on the newly launched Apple Music, another cover of the ubiquitous Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars track has surfaced. On Saturday, Rick Astley tried his hand at a version of the funky pop song during London’s ’80s-centric festival Let’s Rock London. Of course, the ma… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 30, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Watch Mark Ronson On CBS Sunday Morning

Star producer and musician Mark Ronson was profiled on today’s episode of CBS Sunday Morning. Ronson discusses the genesis of the massive hit “Uptown Funk,” his work and relationship with Amy Winehouse, and his early start as a club DJ. Watch the full segment below. More »

By: Peter Helman / June 14, 2015 - 2:18 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, I’m enjoying anticipating Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” movie, set to debut as part of Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, more than I’ll probably enjoy watching the thing. This video is packed with so many famous people that you have to imagine most of them will only get a second or two of scree… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Here’s The New “Uptown Funk!” Royalty Split Following Publisher’s Preemptive Crediting

Last week, in an effort to avoid the kind of litigation that resulted in Marvin Gaye’s family prying millions of “Blurred Lines” dollars from Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ fingers, the publishers of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ record-setting #1 smash hit “Uptown Funk!awarded a songwriting credit to five writers behind the Gap Band’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 4, 2015 - 5:58 pm

The Gap Band Awarded Writing Credit On “Uptown Funk!”

After the verdict in the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, nobody is playing around when it comes to those pesky “hey, this song sounds like this other song” complaints. When Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit huge with their strutting pastiche “Uptown Funk!,” people played a lot of spot-the-influence, and the consensus was that the song got… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2015 - 4:13 pm

The Week In Pop: What Wale Can Learn From J. Cole

On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (Trinidad James Remix)” (Feat. Bruno Mars)

Mark Ronson’s stupidly fun Bruno Mars collab “Uptown Funk” has been reigning over the Billboard charts for a while now, and it shows no sign of stepping down anytime soon. The chorus of “Uptown Funk” lifted its “don’t believe me just watch” line from Atlanta rapper Trinidad James’ 2012 hit “All Gold Everything,” and Jame… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 20, 2015 - 12:07 am

The Week In Pop: Zedd And Selena Gomez Bleed The Same Light

“I want you to know that it’s our time/ You and me bleed the same light.” That intuitive nonsense is the hook from “I Want You To Know,” the new single from German-Russian DJ-producer Zedd and Mexican-American singer-actress Selena Gomez. Zedd (born Anton Igorevich Zaslavski) is an ascendant superstar in the vein of Calvin Harri… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Watch Jungle Cover Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”

Jungle appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and delivered an absolutely grooving, full-bodied cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” Watch it below; their rendition starts right around the 1:38 mark. More »

By: Caitlin White / March 10, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Kanye West Publicly Apologizes To Beck (And Bruno Mars)

Kanye West has officially told Beck that’s he’s sorry: “I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck,” he tweeted earlier today. Does this mean it’s over? Please? After Kanye called Beck out on his so-called “artistry” following his win over Beyonce for the Album Of The Year Grammy, he’s spent the past… More »

By: James Rettig / February 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga’s performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but more… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015 - 4:19 pm

The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015

People love to hate Simon Cowell — for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows — but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 12, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (Remix)” (Feat. Bruno Mars & Action Bronson)

Mark Ronson’s ridiculously fun Bruno Mars collab “Uptown Funk” has been the #1 song in the country for a few weeks, and it’s now playing in just about every new movie trailer. Ronson was a guest DJ on Hot 97 in New York this morning, and he took the opportunity to play a new “Uptow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Watch Barack Obama Sing “Uptown Funk” In Latest BaracksDubs

Regardless of what you think of his politics, President Obama is a tremendous public speaker. He maintains his pauses long enough to optimize his word choice and give them maximum emphasis. This makes Obama the ideal candidate for a super-cut — there’s so much space between his words that editing declaratory snippets doesn’t sound totally… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 29, 2015 - 10:26 am

The Week In Pop: Empire, Nashville, & TV’s Music Drama Craze

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Empire’s empire might have been. Fox’s new drama series about a superstar rapper turned ailing hip-hop mogul debuted to staggering numbers two weeks ago, pulling 9.8 million same-day viewers. The stats have only gone up since, with Empire’s next two episodes nabbing 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2015 - 4:26 pm

The Week In Pop: Where Do Rock Music And Pop Radio Intersect In 2015?

Fall Out Boy will release their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, next week, and they’ll do so with the kind of saturation most musicians can only dream of. Their stadium anthem “Centuries” was inescapable during ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff (the highest-rated event in the history of cable), it’s #6 today on the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 15, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Watch Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Funk Up Ellen’s Studio Audience

Tom already masterfully described the appeal of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” in today’s Album Of The Week column on Ronson’s Uptown Special, and James demonstrated that not just anybody can pump that song full of boundless charisma. As if to bring that train of thought home, Ronson, Mars, and their associates were… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 13, 2015 - 4:12 pm
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