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The Week In Pop: Meet Twenty One Pilots, The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of

Grandpa can keep U2; you can leave Coldplay for Mom; Mumford & Sons are strictly the province of perilously uncool older siblings. For a growing swath of America’s teenagers, Twenty One Pilots are the biggest rock band in the world — or are they are pop? Rap? EDM? Forward-thinking mainstream music has always been the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

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 - 3:28 pm

Here’s Buckcherry’s Dumbass Cover Of Icona Pop’s “I Love It”

Back in 2008, Buckcherry tried to game Bittorrent in order to drum up publicity for their latest stupid single. When we talked about it, we promised it would be the last time we posted about Buckcherry. We lied. Because sometimes a song comes along that’s so offensive and insanely bad that you have to share… More »

By: James Rettig / August 7, 2014 - 8:50 am

Icona Pop – “Get Lost”

In “I Love It,” the Swedish duo Icona Pop already have one massive, sweeping, fired-up, zero-subtlety international smash to their name, and now it at least seems possible that they’ll have another. The duo debuted a monstrously catchy new single called “Get Lost” on Swedish radio recently, and it’s making the internet rounds now. It’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 23, 2014 - 1:48 pm

The Week In Pop: Michael Jackson’s Xscape Is Better Than Nothing

Besides deeply personal reflections, there’s more or less nothing left to say about most legendary musicians in this age of universal access and infinite information. Still, in the interest of challenging assumptions, starting nerdy debates for fun, or (most likely) capturing attention someway somehow, revisionist criticism prospers. Bob Dylan’s much-maligned ’80s output now has itsMore »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014 - 3:01 pm

SNL Music Recap: Anna Kendrick Covers Iggy Azalea As The Little Mermaid, Icona Pop Sing About Dongs, And You’ll Never Guess What Pharrell Wears On His Head

Anna Kendrick is a triple threat — she sings and acts and does that thing with cups — so she was a natural in her first time hosting Saturday Night Live. The series is in a transitional season, though, so if you missed last night’s episode, you didn’t miss much. Birthday boy Pharrell Williams (he’… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Icona Pop – “It’s My Party” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Swedish pop revelers Icona Pop somehow managed to record a song with L.A. R&B hornball Ty Dolla $ign without learning what he looks like. At last weekend’s Ultra Music Festival, the duo posted the above photo of themselves with Waka Flocka Flame on Instagram, misidentifying Flocka as Ty$. (Flocka and Ty$ look absolutely nothing else… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2014 - 10:53 am

Miami Seeks To Ban Ultra Music Festival Following Security Guard’s Trampling

The Ultra Music Festival, the Miami dance music bacchanal, went down this weekend, and one deeply troubling event further illustrated the idea that the culture of rowdy inebriation surrounding many festival is getting out of control. On Friday night, a group of fans who didn’t have tickets stormed one section of the fence, trampling the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2014 - 9:12 am

The Week In Pop: Why So Serious, Jennifer Nettles?

My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for “Stuck Like Glue,” a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily codified country radio landscape. I hadn’t paid close attention to mainstream country since I was a kid, but somehow “Stuck Like Glue” made its way into my browser and captured… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Watch Icona Pop Play The Queen Latifah Show

Queen Latifah now has her own daytime talk show, and it’s been doing well in the ratings despite its apparent lack of a halfway competent soundman. (You should invest in some better sound, Latifah! You don’t want people to think you’re local!) On today’s show, Swedish pop screamers Icona Pop were her guests, which mea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Watch Icona Pop Play “All Night” And An “I Don’t Care/I Love It” Game On Ellen

With the irrepressible “I Love It,” raucous Swedish pop duo Icona Pop turned last year’s underground hit into this year’s mainstream smash. Today they wrapped up their highly successful 2013 with a visit to Ellen. The ladies performed one of This Is… Icona Pop’s other great songs, “All Night,” but “I Love It” did make… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 17, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Icona Pop – “Just Another Night” Video

Icona Pop are getting ready to hit the road with Miley Cyrus, but for now they’ve just dropped a new music video. “Just Another Night” follows Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo through the streets of Paris, hopping between parties and romantic flings. It’s all captured exquisitely in black and white by director Marc Klasfeld, who… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 25, 2013 - 10:55 am

Sky Ferreira, Icona Pop To Tour With Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus announced via Twitter that she would be bringing two special guests on her Bangerz tour, and now the proverbial beans have been spilled. First up is Icona Pop, who just confirmed that they will be touring with her. Cyrus then tweeted that she would be going on tour with Sky Ferreira, who retweeted… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 12, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Photos And Videos From The 2013 MTV EMAs: Miley, Eminem, Daft Punk With Ron Burgundy, & More

The 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards were held in Amsterdam earlier tonight, and as with this year’s MTV VMAs, the legend Miley Cyrus stole the show, this time by twerking with a dwarf and smoking a joint onstage. She also made a classy, rap-inspired statement on the red carpet with a backless dress-thing that had… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 10, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Ava Luna – “I Love It” (Icona Pop Cover)

On their 2012 full-length record Ice Level, Brooklyn’s Ava Luna deconstruct and reassemble bits of R&B, soul, post-punk, and pop sounds, so its unsurprising that their take on a hit like Icona Pop’s “I Love It” would also bring in a whole spectrum of influences. “The more time goes by, I consider myself less a… More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 5, 2013 - 9:08 am

Watch Icona Pop Play Letterman

Icona Pop put out their debut album This Is… earlier this week and they stopped by Letterman to perform “All Night,” which also had a music video come out a few weeks ago. The Swedish duo definitely charmed everyone, including Letterman, by the end of the song. It’s clear why — they have musical cho… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Photos: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2013

Virgin Mobile Freefest, which was held this past Saturday, might have been the best way to end music festival season for most people. It’s got a solid line-up, it’s only a single day, and (of course) it’s free. Thousands of people collected at Merriweather Post Pavilion to see Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Robin Thicke, Chvrches, and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 23, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock

Last Saturday I attended the inaugural Breakaway Music Festival, a one-day fest targeted at college students, held in a modest soccer stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Headliners included Bassnectar, Empire Of The Sun and Kendrick Lamar, with Juicy J, Porter Robinson and Schoolboy Q among those filling out the bill. Also in the lineup was the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 20, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Stream Icona Pop This Is… Icona Pop

The song probably achieved full popular-consciousness liftoff this past spring, but Icona Pop’s giddy fuck-you anthem “I Love It” was well into its run a full year ago, and the Swedish duo is only now getting set to release the full album This Is… Icona Pop on the world. Time will tell if our collective… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 16, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Icona Pop – “All Night” Video

All Night” is probably the best non-“I Love It” song we’ve yet heard from Swedish dance-pop screamers Icona Pop. Its new video, from director Dori Oskowitz, takes the song’s kineticism and really does something with it. The video works as a sort of mini-documentary about New York’s ridiculously photogenic vogue-ball culture, showing the two member… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2013 - 1:45 pm
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