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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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Jack White Talks Scrapped Collabs With Jay Z, Kanye

Jack White has a general reputation as a guy who doesn’t like rap, but it seems that this reputation is way off. Talking to Rolling
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2014 - 11:31 am

Watch Jay Z & Beyoncé’s Action-Packed Tour Trailer Starring Sean Penn, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, & More

Jay Z's Life + Times website shared an action-packed promo trailer for the Jay and Beyoncé's upcoming On The Run Tour that kicks off next…
James Rettig | May 18, 2014 - 2:01 pm

SNL Season Finale: Solange/Jay Z Cold Open, EDM & Pharrell Digital Shorts, St. Vincent Confounds Twitter

Tonight's SNL season 39 finale addressed the week's big viral video (Solange attacking Jay Z in an elevator, in case you forgot) right in the…
Scott Lapatine | May 18, 2014 - 12:42 am

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Solange Release Statement About Elevator Fight

The pop cultural sphere went off its rocker earlier this week when footage surfaced of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator at New…
Chris DeVille | May 15, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Video Shows Solange Attacking Jay Z In An Elevator

Last week, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles attended the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art.
Michael Nelson | May 12, 2014 - 12:15 pm

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…
Chris DeVille | May 8, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Major League Lacrosse: “Jay Z Would Not Last One Minute On A Lacrosse Field”

When Jay Z attempted to subliminally diss Drake by calling him "soft as a lacrosse team" on DJ Khaled's new posse cut "They Don't Love
Chris DeVille | April 29, 2014 - 3:00 pm

DJ Khaled – “They Don’t Love You No More” (Feat. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana)

DJ Khaled has been an A-list rap fixture for the better part of a decade, even though he doesn't really do anything except yell. I…
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2014 - 10:26 am

Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, De La Soul Win Webby Awards

The results of the 18th annual Webby Awards are in, selected by an International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) panel including Ariana Huffington,…
Chris DeVille | April 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Beyoncé & Jay Z Announce On The Run Tour Dates

Beyoncé and Jay Z have been a couple of roughly equal fame for so long that I'm surprised it's taken them this long to launch…
Tom Breihan | April 28, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jay Z’s Made In America Fest Is Coming To L.A.

The Jay Z-curated, Budweiser-owned Made In America festival first came to Philadelphia two years ago and quickly established a rep as one of America's better-put…
Tom Breihan | April 16, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Watch Jay Z Perform With Nas At Coachella

The twentieth anniversary of Illmatic is less than a week away and Nas celebrated in style by performing his entire debut album from beginning to…
James Rettig | April 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm

LeBron James – “Fuckwithmeyouknoigotit (Freestyle)”

Back in the mid-aughts, hip-hop mixtape culture was driven by MCs aiming to one-up each other by freestyling (or "freestyling") on other people's beats. Lil…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Jay Electronica – “We Made It” (Feat. Jay Z)

Last year, Drake heard a track on a recent Soulja Boy mixtape and freestyled over it, and the result was "We Made It," arguably the…
Tom Breihan | March 24, 2014 - 11:15 am

The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay.
Chris DeVille | March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Kanye & Jay Z Brought The Throne To SXSW’s Samsung Owners

As previously reported, Kanye West and Jay Z headlined Samsung's SXSW showcase last night at Austin Music Hall. Attendance was free for people with Samsung…
Chris DeVille | March 13, 2014 - 10:21 am

Jay Z & Kanye West Will Play Samsung’s SXSW Show

Three years ago, Kanye West closed out SXSW with a late-night G.O.O.D. Music showcase at a converted power station. At the end of the show,…
Tom Breihan | March 11, 2014 - 9:47 am

Daft Punk & Jay Z – “Computerized”

From "Stronger" to "I Am A God," we've heard Kanye West rapping over beats by Daft Punk several times over. Now it seems Yeezy's big…
Chris DeVille | March 10, 2014 - 5:16 pm

An Annotated Media Guide To Danger Mouse

On February 24, 2004, music fans worldwide participated in a coordinated act of civil disobedience. Dubbed Grey Tuesday, the digital demonstration was this simple: Hundreds…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2014 - 2:08 pm

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
Chris DeVille | February 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm
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