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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 is… More »

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 is… More »

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 screen… More »

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NFL Offers Bruno Mars Super Bowl Halftime Again

Bruno Mars headlined the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show in 2014 (with some assistance from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), and his performance was the…
Peter Helman | September 8, 2015 - 8:23 pm

VMAs 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, Videos, & Kanye West’s Speech

Out of all the award shows, the VMAs seems to be the one to have the most memorable moments, though most of them are probably
Stereogum | August 30, 2015 - 9:36 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…
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…
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,"…
Peter Helman | June 14, 2015 - 2:18 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 29, 2015 - 10:26 am
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