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The Week In Pop: Kelly Clarkson’s Edgeless Excellence Continues

Kelly Clarkson started out with negative cred. In 2002, Clarkson became the first winner of American Idol, which made her wildly famous and deathly uncool. This was before poptimism, and although Idol was an massive ratings success, the average critical line was something like THIS POP STAR FACTORY IS AN AFFRONT TO GOOD TASTE THEY… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 5, 2015 - 11:43 am

Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album

Following up a juggernaut like “Call Me Maybe” has got to be intimidating. There hasn’t been a song like that since, one that was so immediately pervasive and so utterly inescapable. The second that track hit, through a series of almost chance circumstances, it was swept up into the zeitgeist and spit out into ubiquity. More »

By: James Rettig / March 5, 2015 - 11:28 am

Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was one of the defining jams of summer 2012, but it was the sort of song that screamed “one-hit wonder” from the rooftops. Well, that’s not going to be the case. Today, Jepsen comes back with a new single called “I Really Like You,” and it is absolute top-shelf… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 8:41 am

Carly Rae Jepsen Is Recording With Dev Hynes And Ariel Rechtshaid

Carly Rae “Call Me Maybe” Jepsen is recording with Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid! Let me repeat that: Carly Rae Jepsen is recording with Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid!! As Brooklyn Vegan points out, Jepsen shared some photos on Instagram yesterday of the three of them working in the studio on what she calls “one… More »

By: James Rettig / January 12, 2015 - 10:45 am

Here’s Weird Al’s New Polka Medley Covering Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Macklemore, & More

Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine has noted several times lately that the polka medleys have always been the best part of Weird Al Yankovic’s albums, and he might have a point. Basically, in addition to numerous parodies and originals, Yankovic always stitches together a string of pop hits covered as ebullient traditional polka tunes; Here’s aMore »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Here’s The “Call Me Maybe” x Nine Inch Nails Mashup Of Your Nightmares

Someone abused his or her Abelton privileges and layered the vocals from Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole” on top of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” According to SPIN, this materialized via Reddit request (of course) and even though this is troll brew of high potency, it doesn’t really stop me from wanting… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 5, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Pazz & Jop 2012 Winners

Every year, the Village Voice polls a shit-ton of music critics, ex-critics, part-timers, and bloggers for its annual Pazz & Jop music critics’ poll, soliciting top-10 lists of albums and singles. The poll isn’t as big a deal as it once was, since every publication has already run a list and since the Voice ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 11:31 am

Dan Deacon Ruins “Call Me Maybe”

Dan Deacon piles “Call Me Maybe” on itself over and over again, creating the most dissonant, harrowing take on Carli Rae Jepsen’s hit known to man. According to Deacon, it’s for a “Call Me Maybe” covers compilation. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 5, 2012 - 9:11 am

Rostam Mashes Up “Call Me Maybe” And “Walking On Broken Glass”

In celebration — we presume — of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, here’s Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij’s mashup of Jepsen’s hit and Annie Lennox’s “Walking On Broken Glass.” “This one is strictly for the lulz,” Rostam writes. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Download Kitty Pryde Haha, I’m Sorry EP

In the short timespan where Kitty Pryde has become a “thing,” it’s been pretty difficult to assess the phenomenon, or at least it’s been difficult to discern the right approach. Kitty Pryde, on the surface, is a Florida teenager posting homemade rap demos with lyrics that resemble mash notes, or at least whatever modern form… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 11, 2012 - 3:43 pm

How To Dress Well Remixes Carly Rae Jepsen

How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell has been making the rounds lately in preparation for his Acéphale debut Total Loss, a release that he recently teased with the great single “Ocean Floor For Everything.” Now, he’s put out a mixtape featuring remixes of ASAP Rocky, Future, The-Dream, Melanie Fiona, and yes, Carly Rae Jepsen. Finally! More »

By: Corban Goble / June 4, 2012 - 3:51 pm
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