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Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could’ve predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Guess it’s not that surprising, but it certainly guarantees a good show, which is the whole point of the VMAs, anyway. What isn’t the least bit surprising is that Taylor Swift… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

The Week In Pop: How OMI’s 3-Year-Old “Cheerleader” Finally Made It In America

The name Omar Samuel Pasley probably doesn’t ring any bells. Girls haven’t begun to dub themselves as their boyfriend’s “cheerleader” yet in Instagram captions. Oh, but they will. Omar — aka OMI — is the breakout Jamaican pop star behind “Cheerleader,” a three-year-old late-entry for this year’s song of the summer. The original track wa… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Ariana Grande – “Break Free (easyFun Remix)”

PC Music has been quiet since the GFOTY controversy a few weeks ago, but they are slowly beginning to break their radio silence. GFOTY started tweeting again a couple of days ago, and the electronic music crew have just put out their latest release, a mix from easyFun. The identity of easyFun is still a… More »

By: James Rettig / June 30, 2015 - 11:26 am

The Week In Pop: Nate Ruess Went Solo, Made A Fun. Album Anyway

Andrew Dost got screwed. Last year, when Fun. frontman Nate Ruess unilaterally decided to transform the next Fun. album into his solo debut, he essentially cut his bandmates out of one of music’s most bankable franchises. Fun.’s excellent-if-sometimes-grating 2012 LP Some Nights rocketed the trio from a respectable cult following to multiplatinum Grammy-winning pop superstardom. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2015 - 3:15 pm

The Week In Pop: Meet Charlie Puth, 2015’s Most Egregious Rising Star

When Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” ended the 14-week reign of “Uptown Funk!” atop the Hot 100 last week, a natural first question was really? Once we all got past the initial shock of a tepid Paul Walker tribute from the Furious 7 soundtrack coming out of nowhere to unseat one of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 11:35 am

30 Essential Max Martin Songs

The thought came to me in a drug store. Or a department store. Or the backseat of a taxicab. I don’t remember where it was, exactly, except that it was the type of place where, in 2015, one might hear Taio Cruz’s 2010 hit “Dynamite” playing in the periphery. That is to say: anywhere i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 26, 2015 - 11:51 am

Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

Hey, it’s over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn’t win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Beck Will Perform With Chris Martin At The Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, and we already know that host LL Cool Jay (cue a collective groan) will not be the show’s main attraction, nor will it be the winning results. Most of us watch the Grammys for the insanely over-produced performances and incredulous conversation fodder. We already know that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am

Watch Drake, Haim, & Sia Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel Live aired another edition of its ridiculously popular Mean Tweets series, and it was their second one that focused exclusively on musicians. Drake, Haim, Sia, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and more read some harsh tweets from the dark recesses of the internet. For example: “Drake… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 12:19 am

Ariel Pink Wants To Marry Taylor Swift, Is In Love With Ariana Grande

Ariel Pink’s pom pom is out today — it’s great, and you can stream it here. And as we all know, Pink’s been taking every opportunity in the press cycle to talk a lot of shit about, well, pretty much everything. So it’s almost surprising when he has generally nice and reasonable things to say,… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 18, 2014 - 5:31 pm

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 - 2:44 pm

The Week In Pop: With “Rather Be,” Brainy Hybrid Band Clean Bandit Finds The Feeling

The idea behind Clean Bandit, the British quartet whose dance hit “Rather Be” cracked the American top 10 this week, is to combine classical works by composers like Shostakovich and Beethoven with modern electronic music. The title of their first single, 2010’s “Mozart’s House,” cheekily spelled it out. It’s not exactly a new idea, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 2, 2014 - 4:15 pm

The Week In Pop: Tove Lo Is About To Release The Best Pop Album Of 2014 (So Far)

Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson, the pop singer known as Tove Lo, emerged out of Sweden last year with “Habits (Stay High),” a song that pulled no punches in its description of coping with a breakup in the messiest possible way. “I eat my dinner in my bathtub/ Then I go to sex clubs/ Watching freaky… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm

The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The 11 Most Awkward Moments From The 2014 VMAs

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards had their moments, particularly Beyoncé’s show-stopping finale, Charli XCX’s killer run through “Boom Clap” on the pre-show, and Sam Smith’s impressive take on “Stay With Me” (after an introduction from his friend Kim Kardashian West, no less). Also, shout out to Miley Cyrus for turning over her Video Of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 25, 2014 - 11:07 am

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 Minaj’s backup dancer was bit by an anaconda, Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, and Suge Knight got shot! So we can only hope things go more smoothly when the… More »

By: Stereogum / August 24, 2014 - 8:34 pm

VMAs 2014 Comment Party

‘Tis the season! We’ve set up our inflatable moonmen in the front yard, decked the halls with anacondas, pulled the hammer-shaped cookies from the oven, and donned our most festive bulletproof vests. Now let’s gather around our televisions and/or laptop screens for MTV’s 31st annual Video Music Awards, live from the Forum in Inglewood. More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 24, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

If you completely forgot about the existence of Jessie J, everyone will understand. The London pop singer hasn’t really made much impact in America since she released the butt-ass awful “Price Tag” more than three years ago. But today, she’s toplining a new song called “Bang Bang” that also features dominant pop queens Ariana Grande… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 28, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Glastonbury 2011 In Photos & Video

Beyoncé doesn’t normally play festivals, but by all accounts she killed it at Worth Farm last night. After her Glasto headline performance the star told BBC she was so nervous playing for 175,000 people she sent Chris Martin her setlist to approve in advance. Of course between solo hits, Destiny’s Child favorites, and a medley… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 27, 2011 - 11:31 am

The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we’ve got new videos from Wiley, Jessie J, Beastie Boys, and many others. Some of these videos have strong female leads — whether it’s the artist herself, or a great actress. With the very last two videos this week, I’m most impressed with how the actresses are able to express so much longing… More »

By: jessica / April 22, 2011 - 5:39 pm