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The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga's performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 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

The Week In Pop: Empire, Nashville, & TV’s Music Drama Craze

Rome wasn't built in a day, but Empire's empire might have been. Fox's new drama series about a superstar rapper turned ailing hip-hop mogul debuted to staggering numbers two weeks ago, pulling 9.8 million same-day viewers. The stats have only gone up since, with Empire's next two episodes nabbing 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2015

The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world -- sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! -- who will tell you that every year is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015

Band Aid 30 – “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (2014)”

The 30th anniversary anti-Ebola edition of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" debuted on The X Factor tonight. This latest version of the Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure-penned charity single features Bono, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, and Elbow among others. It wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 16, 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

Anti-Ebola “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Is Happening With Bono, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, One Direction

A fourth version of the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by the rotating all-star cast known as Band Aid is in the works, this time to fight Ebola. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bono, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Underworld, Sinead O'Connor, Bastille, and Elbow will participate in the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 10, 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: 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

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: Garth Brooks Returns To A Country Scene Made In His Image

Throughout the pitiful prepubescence that was fourth and fifth grades, country music was my bizarre musical way station between contemporary Christian pop and the MTV of Pauly Shore and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings." Thanks to the influence of my best friend Tommy, I found myself sprawled on the lawn of our local big-box amphitheater seeing… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 4, 2014

Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

Glastonbury, the world's biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014

The Week In Pop: John Legend Reaches Peak Normalcy

Is he really a legend or isn't he? There's no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent who moves in many circles, who appeals to many demographics, who's such a lock to appear at the Grammys every year that he inspired this genius tweet from our ow… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014

The Week In Pop: Meet The New Wave Of British Pop Stars

We at Stereogum have the UK on the brain this week. And while there's a big difference between "Britpop" and "British pop," this seems like an appropriate time to point out just how many singers from the motherland have been making waves on these shores. We haven't quite reached British Invasion levels of saturatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2014

Coachella 2014: The 8 Best Things From Friday

The first day of Coachella brought us the first Outkast concert since 2006, the fourth Replacements concert since 1991, and the first time Haim was on the festival grounds legally. (According to Este, the sisters have been hopping the fence since 2004.) It spawned thoughts in my brain such as "Wow, Chromeo is now famou… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 12, 2014

The Week In Pop: What Is Ed Sheeran Thinking?

In recent years, pop music's landscape has been transforming more rapidly than ever. But even as genre boundaries collapse and notions of good taste invert and guitars become inherently retro, one archetype that refuses to die is the sensitive guy with an acoustic guitar. Note that American Idol's prospective pop messiahs are… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2014

The Week In Pop: Kid Cudi, The Loneliest Stoner

Even though he parted ways with G.O.O.D. Music last year, Kid Cudi will probably never make it all the way out of Kanye West's shadow. Many of us first encountered Scott Mescudi as Kanye's foil on 2008's triumphantly dour "Welcome To Heartbreak," and Cudi's ambition to transcend the confines of hip-hop has long mirrored that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2014

Divergent Soundtrack Pairs Tame Impala & Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky & Gesaffelstein

Following in the footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games, Divergent is the next teen blockbuster to have a stacked soundtrack featuring a bunch of indie favorites. There are new songs from M83 and Ellie Goulding, an A$AP Rocky and Gesaffelstein collab, and a Clams Casino-produced track from Pia Mia featuring Chance The… More »

By: James Rettig / February 24, 2014

The Week In Pop: Candice Glover And American Idol‘s Decline

Did you know the reigning American Idol champion's album is out this week? Maybe the better question is: Do you know who the reigning American Idol champion is? Candice Glover is quite alright, so I hope your answer is yes, but I suspect it's no. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014
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