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The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence

From Saturday Night Fever to Purple Rain to The Godfather, movie soundtracks used to be a major factor on the albums chart. Then, all of the sudden, they weren't. This user-made Amazon list of the top 20 bestselling soundtracks of all time includes only two albums released this century, and those -- O Brother,More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Alyson Stoner, the adorable little white girl who danced in Missy Elliott's videos for "Work It" and "Gossip Folks," is a grown-up now. She's been in a couple of Step Up moves, where she plays Camille, Moose's girlfriend. (She's also the sister's voice on Phineas & Ferb.) And she just got a bunch of other… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2015

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

Calvin Harris – “Pray To God” (Feat. HAIM) Video

HAIM were already having a huge week, thanks entirely to them looking cool and compelling every time the Grammy Awards cameras were on them. (They didn't win any awards or perform. Didn't matter.) But it just got bigger, since EDM overlord Calvin Harris has made a video for his HAIM collab "Pray To God."… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2015

The Week In Pop: Early Odds On The 2015 Grammys

NOTE: The Grammys are still 10 days away, but I'm going on vacation next week, so you're now privy to what must be the earliest Grammys preview on the internet.More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 29, 2015

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year's biggest pop songs; now let's run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014

Calvin Harris Is Upset And Confused About Rihanna Rejecting His Song For Her Imminent Album

Rihanna had one of her biggest hits ever with "We Found Love," the 2011 song she did with the British dance producer Calvin Harris. Given that Rihanna is working on a mysterious new LP right now, and that Harris' star has risen considerably since "We Found Love," it would make a whole lot of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014

The Week In Pop: Bobby Shmurda Is A Pioneer, But Also A Traditionalist Of Sorts

Bobby Shmurda is a pioneer several times over. The Brooklyn rapper's breakout hit "Hot Nigga" -- or "Hot Boy," as it's known to the radio programmers who've roundly embraced it -- reached a new peak this week, climbing to #6 on Billboard's definitive singles chart, the Hot 100. It's the kind of mixtape track Lil… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2014

Swimming Pools (Drank Rum): Kendrick Lamar Plays The Bacardi Triangle

In this line of work, every now and then you find yourself in some strange places. Working in the music media, you wind up at plenty of secret shows or one-offs in NYC, and it's all pretty great usually. Other times, someone invites you to a three day event Bacardi's throwing at a resort i… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 6, 2014

The Week In Pop: On Slipknot’s #1 Album And Hard Rock’s Looming Extinction

It's at least a little bit insane to write a column called The Week In Pop this week and not write it about Taylor Swift. A lot of times we use this space to tackle one of the week's biggest pop releases, and Swift's new 1989 is as big as they come in 2014. More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2014

Calvin Harris & Haim – “Pray To God”

When Calvin Harris released the tracklist for his new album Motion, one of the most intriguing guests was Haim. Now that Motion is streaming, their collaboration is out there in the world. It's called "Pray To God," and it sounds like the best possible outcome of a Calvin Harris song featuring Haim. The… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 28, 2014

Calvin Harris – “Together” (Feat. Gwen Stefani)

The Gwen Stefani comeback season continues. After she shared her (pretty good!) new solo single "Baby Don't Lie" last week, she's now jumped on a track with the reigning EDM world-dominator Calvin Harris. The forthcoming Harris album Motion will feature people like HAIM and Tinashe, as well as Stefani. And on "Together," her… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014

The Week In Pop: Kiesza’s The Full Package; Her Album, Not So Much

If the house-inflected Canadian pop singer Kiesza seems to have jumped on the post-Disclosure bandwagon a little late, consider that her "Hideaway" video -- in which Kiesza and her posse pull off an epic one-shot dance routine on the streets of Brooklyn -- premiered way back in February. So although "Hideaway" hasn't been simmering toward… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 23, 2014

The Week In Pop: The History Of Kesha Vs. Dr. Luke

When Kesha and Dr. Luke traded lawsuits earlier this week -- Kesha alleging a decade of sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, Luke alleging that she made it all up in an attempt to get out of her contract -- the rotten core of one of this decade's most successful pop partnerships was ripped ope… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 16, 2014

The Week In Pop: Get Used To Calvin Harris Being The Biggest DJ In The World

Calvin Harris is the biggest DJ in the world. This is true in terms of dollars (he's Earth's highest-paid party-rocker, by an even larger margin than last year) and human bodies (he appeared to draw the most massive crowd at Coachella this year). "Summer," a song he sung himself, hit the US to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 9, 2014

Haim, Tinashe, Gwen Stefani Featured On Calvin Harris’ Motion

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris announced some of the feature spots on his upcoming fourth studio album, Motion, and the list is kind of interesting. It'll have collaborations with Haim, Tinashe, Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding, and Big Sean. The album is due out on 11/4 and also contains Harris' semi-successful attempt to force a song of… More »

By: James Rettig / October 6, 2014

Kendrick Lamar’s Playing The Bermuda Triangle On Halloween

It's been decades since a plane or ship disappeared without warning in the legendarily mysterious Bermuda Triangle region. But, uh, why would you risk it? Specifically, if you're arguably the greatest rapper working today, why would you agree to play the Bermuda Triangle on Halloween for a shadowy cabal of rich people? But that's what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2014

The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?

"All About That Bass" is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the same thing as great. Meghan Trainor's breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 11, 2014

Forbes‘ Highest Paid DJs 2014 Is Pretty Similar To 2013

Last summer Forbes released a list of the world's highest-paid DJs topped off by Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and David Guetta. This year's list is out, and guess what? It's topped by Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and (in a third-place tie with Avicii) Tiesto. Harris is pulling in $66 million, more than double his closest… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 19, 2014

Is Festival EDM Dying, Or Is It Just Getting Interesting?

If you perform with a giant light-up mouse helmet on your head, chances are you understand how to grab people's attention. Whether Twitter-feuding with Arcade Fire, describing a rival DJ/producer as "McDonald's," or admitting that entertainers like himself mostly just press play on stage, Joel Thomas Zimmerman has repeatedly proven to be a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 2, 2014
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