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Before we get into the looming sales showdown between Justin Bieber and One Direction, let’s flash back to 50 Cent’s final moment of musical relevance. It was the summer of 2007, and 50 was dropping his new album, Curtis, on 9/11. Kanye West — whose omnivorous, game-changing The College Dropout and Late Registration had seized… More »

“Hotline Bling” is not Drake’s greatest song ever. Although the melody and groove have exerted their allure on millions including myself, the production sounds weirdly dinky. The lyrics find Drake at his clingiest and most insufferable, trying to control an ex by lecturing her about how she goes out too much and longing for the… More »

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 »

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