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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

Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos

As exciting (?) as Music’s Biggest Night™ itself is, the real treasures are the countless GIFs, videos, tweets, memes, and other ephemera that will survive on the internet long after the ceremony is over. For those of you watching live, playing catch up, or examining the ruins of our civilization long after we're all gone,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Watch Kanye West Perform, Denounce Nike At Big Sean’s Yahoo! Live Concert

Last night, Big Sean brought out a ton of guests for his headlining show at Los Angeles' House Of Blues, which was streamed on Yahoo!. Travi$ Scott, Meek Mill, and J. Cole all got to perform a few tracks of their own, serving as a precursor to Kanye West's appearance. Big Sean and Kanye did… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 1:17 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were a couple of big high-profile videos this week from artists I like, and they had big ideas, but they didn't move me much. The video for Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds" went for a certain classicist magazine-shoot simplicity, and while Rihanna turned in a hell of a charismatic performance, the video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2015 - 9:36 am

The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka

After three and a half years, Mixtape Of The Week is dead. In its place, we've got a new feature on Stereogum, one loosely based on Chris DeVille's Week In Pop column. The Week In Rap won't go as deep as that column does, but it'll give us a chance to go in deep o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2015 - 4:00 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

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. ("Bang… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Nicki Minaj – “Only” (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown) Video

After attracting so much controversy for her Nazi-themed lyric video for "Only," Nicki Minaj decided to take a step back for the real video ... and craft a dark, sexy, and stylized S&M playground. Drake and Lil Wayne join a dolled-up Minaj to sing their verses on the track, while Chris Brown sings the choru… More »

By: James Rettig / December 12, 2014 - 8:48 am

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here. // The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won't learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them as part of tonight's AMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 9:02 am

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 - 2:44 pm

Nicki Minaj – “Only” Lyric Video (Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown)

Nicki Minaj has shared an animated lyric video for her new single "Only." The video leans heavily on World War II imagery, posturing Minaj as a dictator-like figure in a new regime. Animated versions of Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown also show up during their guest spots on the track. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / November 7, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Nicki Minaj – “Only” (Feat. Lil Wayne, Drake, & Chris Brown)

Nicki Minaj has been lyrically ripping flesh from faces all year, but we've only heard two of the songs that will supposedly appear on her forthcoming album The Pinkprint, "Anaconda" and "Pills N Potions." She's now followed up those tracks by dropping "Only," a posse cut with her labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne, as well… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 9:51 am

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 open and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 16, 2014 - 3:18 pm

The Week In Pop: Tove Lo Is About To Release The Best Pop Album Of 2014 (So Far)

Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson, the pop singer known as Tove Lo, emerged out of Sweden last year with "Habits (Stay High)," a song that pulled no punches in its description of coping with a breakup in the messiest possible way. "I eat my dinner in my bathtub/ Then I go to sex clubs/ Watching freaky… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm

The Week In Pop: Are You Ready For Some Chris Brown? (Or Nah?)

Football season is pretty awkward this year. There's a widespread unease about watching our modern gladiators destroy each other when so many of them have been accused of battering women and children lately -- that is, if the whole concussion thing didn't already have you feeling vaguely queasy about otherwise amazing moments like this. A… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 18, 2014 - 4:22 pm

The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande's sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children's TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is -- a compendium of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Suge Knight Was Shot At A Pre-VMA Party Again

According to TMZ, Suge Knight was shot six times at a VMA pre-party hosted by Chris Brown at Hollywood club 1Oak. No information has been released about who the shooter was. TMZ notes that The Game was denied access to the club earlier in the night and that some of the people who were with… More »

By: James Rettig / August 24, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Uber Spokesman Diplo Preps Collabs With Lorde, Cat Power, Madonna, Chris Brown

In a cover story for Billboard, reigning pop king Diplo shared a wealth of information about upcoming collaborations, his "perpetual motion machine" lifestyle, and his sponsorship deal with Uber. Here are the goods: In 2015, he's putting out a new Major Lazer album and launching a Major Lazer cartoon on Fox about a "Rasta superhero,"… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 22, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Chris Brown’s Sam Smith Cover Proves He Is No Weird Al

Popular singer and loathsome human being Chris Brown jumped on Instagram to sing a cover of Sam Smith's prettily maudlin smash "Stay With Me." But being the wily rascal that he is, Brown felt like he had to switch up the lyrics, the real problem with "Stay With Me" being that Sam Smith never sang… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Watch Drake Appear In A Sketch With Chris Brown, Sing Frozen‘s “Let It Go” As Manny Pacquiao, Blow In Lance Stephenson’s Ear, & More At The ESPYS

Drake is hosting ESPN's annual sports awards show the ESPYS tonight, and he got off to a rocky start. First, nobody seemed to be laughing at his monologue despite some genuinely funny cracks. Regarding his buddy Johnny Manziel, a notorious party animal: "Right before I came out here, I got a text from him asking… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2014 - 10:13 pm
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