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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At the end of 2014, I put together a list of the year’s best videos and noted that the race for the title of world’s best music-video director was a tight one, with two people — Nabil and Hiro Murai — in a virtual dead heat for the top spot. Behind the two of them,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Meek Mill – “All Eyes On You” (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown) Video

Meek Mill’s second studio album Dreams Worth More Than Money has been a hell of a comeback so far. After getting out of jail, sparking up a romance with hip-hop’s reigning queen Nicki Minaj, and going straight for Drake’s jugular, Mill seems to be on a mission to assert his dominance. The video for hi… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 27, 2015 - 12:25 pm

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

The Week In Pop: Rachel Platten Feels The Power Of The Taylor Swift Bump

Last year, when the likes of “Trophies,” “0 To 100,” and “How ‘Bout Now” proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading a song to SoundCloud, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent proclaimed him “the Taylor Swift of rap.” Sargent’s thesis was that in an environment where even established stars have trouble getting heavily promoted… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Armed Robbers Invade Chris Brown’s House, Hold His Aunt In Closet

Early this morning armed robbers broke into Chris Brown’s San Fernando Valley home and held his aunt at gunpoint while they ransacked the house. According to TMZ, the break-in happened around 2AM. Three men forced Brown’s aunt into a closet while they searched for money and other property to steal, then fled. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 15, 2015 - 10:20 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Tom’s off 5 Best Videos duty this week, so I’m taking over. The last time I was tasked with arranging this list, Rihanna dropped the video for “American Oxygen” exclusively on Tidal and I speculated on whether or not it would have been worthy of inclusion if I had been able to view it. Thi… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 3, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Big Sean – “Play No Games” (Feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign)

“Play No Games,” the Chris Brown/Ty Dolla $ign collab from Big Sean’s new album Dark Sky Paradise, might be the worst song on the album, but now it might also have the best video. The whole clip is an extended tribute to the sitcom Martin, which means that it will send you down a seriou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 10:03 am

Meek Mill – “All Eyes On You” (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown)

Meek Mill’s new Dreams Worth More Than Money doesn’t quite count as a surprise-release album; Meek gave us the briefest window of warning that it’ll be out on Monday. But until now, the only track we’ve heard from the album is the ferocious “Check.” Today, new track “All Eyes On You” bubbled up onto the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 9:41 am

The Week In Pop: Zac Brown Band Branches Out In The Blandest Way Possible

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm

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.

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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 a… More »

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
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