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“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… 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 »

Who knew a tweet from Weezy last December would unfold into the ugly soap opera that is Lil Wayne vs. Birdman? After nine months, three lawsuits, three spinoff dramas, direct verbal shots, social media shots, subliminal lyrical shots, actual gunshots, a hurled drink, two mixtapes, and an album, here we are. More »

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Beyoncé And Jay Z Are Allegedly Working On An Album Together

Talented, world-conquering musical spouses Beyoncé and Jay Z have been on tour together for months, and they’ve made it a point to counter divorce rumors…
Chris DeVille | September 17, 2014 - 10:15 am

Beyoncé And Jay Z Bang Bang Video, Part 1

Beyoncé and Jay Z have released the first part in a trilogy of short films called Bang Bang. The visuals were directed by Dikayl Rimmasch…
James Rettig | September 15, 2014 - 9:02 am

Kanye And Jay Z Produce New Chris Rock Movie

Paramount Pictures has just picked up Top Five, a movie written and directed by Chris Rock, after it got pretty good reviews at this year’s…
James Rettig | September 10, 2014 - 7:35 pm

VMAs 2014 Videos, GIFs, Vines, & Winners List

Tonight, MTV's Video Music Awards go down at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This year, the pre-ceremony preparations and parties have been unusually calamitous: Nicki
Stereogum | August 24, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Watch Beyoncé Sing Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” To Jay Z In HBO’s On The Run Tour Trailer

Beyoncé and Jay Z's concert documentary for their joint On The Run tour premieres on HBO in September. The channel has just released a trailer…
James Rettig | August 17, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Fan’s Finger Bitten Off At Beyoncé/Jay Z Concert

We’ve all had the experience of being stuck near an absolute asshole at a show, but the 25-year-old San Diego resident Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica allegedly took…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2014 - 8:59 am

Watch Jack White Cover Jay Z’s “99 Problems” & Dick Dale’s “Misirlou”

Jack White has been getting pretty loose and freeform with his setlists recently, and he's been trigger-happy with the covers. At one recent Dublin show,…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2014 - 11:04 am

The Week In Pop: At The On The Run Tour, Beyoncé Runs Circles Around Jay Z

At what point does going on co-headlining tours with his visionary friends and lovers cease to benefit Jay Z? Throughout much of 2011 and 2012,…
Chris DeVille | July 17, 2014 - 3:22 pm

Kanye West, Iggy Azalea Join Made In America L.A. Lineup

Jay Z's Made In America festival did a weird thing this year by splitting itself in two and trying to tackle both coasts. When it…
James Rettig | July 16, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Watch Jay Z Join Jay Electronica At Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest

Last weekend, during the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest, Jay Electronica brought out Jay Z (who recently performed nearby on the fantastic-looking On The Run tour with…
Miles Bowe | July 14, 2014 - 11:52 am

Jay Z & No Doubt To Play Anti-Poverty Global Citizen Festival In NYC

Jay Z shows in New York are always a big deal, and anytime a band as big as No Doubt plays its first show in…
Tom Breihan | July 9, 2014 - 10:12 am

Jeezy – “Seen It All” (Feat. Jay Z)

Young Jeezy got one of his first big career looks when Jay-Z rapped his ass off on a remix of Jeezy's street hit "Go Crazy"…
Tom Breihan | July 1, 2014 - 9:42 am

Photos: Beyoncé And Jay Z On The Run Tour @ Sun Life Stadium, Miami 6/25/14

Last night Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off their On The Run Tour in Miami. The couple switched back and forth between their respective songs…
Miles Bowe | June 26, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Jay Z’s New Arnold Palmer Drink To “Disrupt The Consumer Package Goods Market”

An Arnold Palmer (or, if you're from Baltimore, a half-and-half) is one of the best drinks you can have, in just about any situation. It's…
Tom Breihan | June 23, 2014 - 10:01 am

Kanye Blasts The Press, Slights Jay Z In Triumphant Bonnaroo Return

Six years after Kanye West's infamous Bonnaroo debut -- a performance that didn't begin until 4:30AM BECAUSE OF PEARL JAM, SQUID BRAINS!! -- the newlywed…
Scott Lapatine | June 14, 2014 - 11:19 am

Pharrell – “Frontin’ (Disclosure Remix)” (Feat. Jay Z)

Although people tend to think of music publications as monolithic hive-mind entities, the Stereogum staff comprises individuals, and we don't always agree. One prime example:…
Chris DeVille | June 6, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Owen Pallett Explains Why Recent Hits By Ariana Grande, Haim, And Beyoncé Are So Likable

One of the things Owen Pallett mentioned when we spoke with him about his great new In Conflict is that he doesn’t want to make…
Chris DeVille | June 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much "How did Paramore end up on American Idol?" as "Why did it take them so long to get there?"…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Made In America Los Angeles Lineup 2014

We learned the lineup for the Philadelphia edition of Jay Z's Made In America Festival -- including headliners Kanye West and Kings Of Leon plus…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Made In America Philadelphia Lineup 2014

This year, its third, Budweiser’s Jay Z-curated Made In America festival is expanding to two different coasts, holding down Labor Day weekend in both Philadelphia…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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