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Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world — sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! — who will tell you that every year is a… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

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Stream Jessie Ware Tough Love

The great British soul singer Jessie Ware is a week away from giving us Tough Love, her sophomore album. She’s already been uncommonly generous with…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

Jessie Ware – “12” (Demo)

Jessie Ware's sophomore album, Tough Love, comes out soon. So far, we've heard a lot of songs and previews of songs from the record, but…
James Rettig | October 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Preview Yet Another New Jessie Ware Track, “Sweetest Song”

Jessie Ware's Tough Love is out next week in the UK and the following week in North America, but it hasn't streamed in full yet.
Chris DeVille | October 10, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Watch Jessie Ware Perform Another New Song “Keep On Lying”

Jessie Ware's sophomore album, Tough Love, has been a frequent subject of praise here over the past few months, and deservedly so. The British R&B…
Maggie Stamets | October 8, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Jessie Ware – “Pieces”

In a way, it's going to be sad when Jessie Ware's new album Tough Love comes out, since it means she's probably going to sto…
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Jessie Ware – “Cruel” (Preview)

The British soul singer Jessie Ware will release her sophomore album later this month, and she's been generous with sharing its tracks. The title track,…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Watch SBTRKT, Jamie xx, and Jessie Ware’s Full Sets From iTunes Festival London

Since the beginning of September, Apple’s iTunes Festival has had a new show each night. The past two nights have seen Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, and…
James Rettig | September 20, 2014 - 11:18 am

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me (Gorgon City Remix)”

Jessie Ware's awesome Tough Love track "Say You Love Me" is a big, bold power ballad, a far cry from her usual poised smoldering. Rising…
Chris DeVille | September 19, 2014 - 11:44 am

Jessie Ware – “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe” (Feat. Miguel)

Jessie Ware debuted "Kind Of...Sometimes...Maybe" at Flow Festival in August, but today she drops the studio version, on which she is assisted by none other…
Michael Nelson | September 17, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Watch Jessie Ware & BenZel Break Down “Say You Love Me”

Jessie Ware broke down her new song "Say You Love Me" for The Guardian's Behind The Beat video series. The song was co-written by Ed…
James Rettig | September 17, 2014 - 9:36 am

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me” Video

Jessie Ware's recent single "Say You Love Me" was bigger and bolder than anything we'd yet heard from her. The new video for that song…
Miles Bowe | September 11, 2014 - 3:48 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week brought a small avalanche of new songs from big-ticket names. And four of the tracks that made our list of the 5 Best…
Stereogum | September 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Jessie Ware – “Want Your Feeling” (Feat. Dev Hynes)

Sometimes, in the weeks before a record's release, you can start to get that warm, confident feeling: Oh yeah, this is going to be a…
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2014 - 9:02 am

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me (Shura Remix)”

The British soul singer Jessie Ware is a couple of months away from releasing Tough Love, her sophomore album, but anticipation is high around these…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2014 - 2:27 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Some of this week's 5 Best Songs are weird. Like, really weird. Some of them are pretty normal -- which isn't a knock, because it'…
Stereogum | August 15, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Watch Jessie Ware Play Four Tough Love Songs At Flow Festival

Jessie Ware has been slowly teasing new songs from her upcoming sophomore album Tough Love since it was announced back in July. So far, we've…
James Rettig | August 13, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me”

Devotion was the kind of debut album that can loom over an artist's entire career, never to be repeated. But judging from these early singles,…
Chris DeVille | August 12, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Hear Jessie Ware Perform “Tough Love” And “Wildest Moments” On BBC Radio 6 Music

The great British soul singer Jessie Ware will soon release Tough Love, her second album, and she recently stopped by Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music…
Tom Breihan | August 8, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Chance The Rapper – “Wonderful Everyday” (Arthur Theme Song Cover)

Chance The Rapper has been trotting out his cover of the Arthur theme song during his live show for a while now and he's finally…
James Rettig | July 30, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Watch Jessie Ware Debut “Champagne Kisses” In Poland

Although there's no official date yet, Jessie Ware has been gearing up for the release of her anticipated sophomore LP Tough Love, and everything we've…
Peter Helman | July 30, 2014 - 5:18 pm