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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 (Feat. Kanye West & Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love (Remix)”

You heard versions by Future, Feature, and Harmonimix. Now Kanye West has hopped on a remix of Bey and Jay's "Drunk In Love." The new…
Scott Lapatine | February 14, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunken Love (Official Remix)” (Prod. Detail)

If you didn't think there was any way to improve on the ostentatious Beyoncé/Jay Z collab "Drunk In Love," think again. Over at Complex, producer…
James Rettig | February 14, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Future – “Drunk In Love” (Beyoncé Cover)

When we last caught up with Future, he was putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated Honest and kicking out a handful of mixtape
Chris DeVille | January 29, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Grammys 2014: GIFs & Videos

The Grammys aren't about Grammys -- the vast majority of them aren't even given out during the televised ceremony. (UPDATE: Here's who won, though.) No,…
Stereogum | January 26, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Grammys 2014: Winners List

UPDATE: Check out GIFs and performance videos from the Grammys here and our wrap-up essay here. Here we go! The festivities are underway…
Michael Nelson | January 26, 2014 - 6:59 pm

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you're a regular reader of this site, chances are you're hoping Daft Punk gets lucky…
Chris DeVille | January 23, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Watch Jay Z Play Some “Pagan Poetry” As Björk Attends His Concert On Long Island

Björk has been living in New York for a while now, and if you're in New York and you get a chance to see Jay…
Tom Breihan | January 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Watch Jay Z Bring A 12-Year-Old Fan Onstage To Rap For Him

At Jay Z's show Sunday in Greensboro, he noticed a kid holding up a sign that read "Can I rap for you?" So he invited…
Chris DeVille | January 7, 2014 - 9:53 am

The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget…
Chris DeVille | December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

Rick Ross – “The Devil Is A Lie” (Feat. Jay Z)

The Rick Ross collab "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" was easily the best song on Jay Z's last album Magna Carta Holy Grail, and now Jay has returned the…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

Jay Z Signs Grimes To Roc Nation Management

Now it looks like Jay Z and Grimes have more than just being vegans in common. The rapper’s Roc Nation management company announced via tweet
James Rettig | December 17, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love” Video

Beyoncé brought much delight to everyone (even those of us who already published our best albums lists) when she released her stunning 17-song visual album
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Beyoncé Just Released A Surprise Album

Bey just surprised everyone by releasing her self-titled fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes. The BEYONCÉ "visual album" includes 14 songs -- featuring musical collaborations…
Scott Lapatine | December 13, 2013 - 12:31 am

Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst

Last year, before he dropped the hyphen, I undertook the difficult task of ranking Jay-Z's albums from best to worst. I had my opinions, and…
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2013 - 9:43 am

Jay Z & Beyoncé Plan To Go Vegan

Today is Jay Z's 44th birthday, and last night, he posted a note on his Life + Times website claiming that he and his wife…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2013 - 10:19 am

Timbaland – “Know Bout Me” (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)

It's almost comforting to know that Timbaland is still the sort of person who will recruit Jay Z and Drake, two of the world's most…
Tom Breihan | November 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm

The Black Album Turns 10

How big of a deal was Jay-Z in 2003? Big enough that when he announced The Black Album would be his last, he rightfully drew…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2013 - 9:48 am

Jay Z Releases Statement About Barneys Racism Controversy

Back in September, it was announced that Jay Z and luxury department store Barneys New York would launch a collaborative holiday collection later this year…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 28, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Watch Ron Howard’s Jay Z Documentary Made In America

Showtime debuted the Ron Howard-directed documentary about Jay Z and last summer’s inaugural Made In America festival on Friday, and someone has bootlegged it and…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm
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