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When Justin Bieber released his almost-number-one single “Sorry” back in October, I wrote an impassioned screed on the song and Bieber’s Redemption-era sound. “Sorry” was announced as a Skrillex x Blood co-production, to which a lot of people responded: “Who?” Though Michael Tucker has worked on some of the biggest pop records of the past… More »

Zayn Malik is looking more and more like our next Justin Timberlake. Maybe not yet, but the 22-year-old Englishman of Pakistani lineage has seized the pole position from his former One Direction bandmates, their chart nemesis Justin Bieber, and fellow boy band refugee Nick Jonas, all of whom are attempting a leap from teeny-bopping to… More »

Before we get into the looming sales showdown between Justin Bieber and One Direction, let’s flash back to 50 Cent’s final moment of musical relevance. It was the summer of 2007, and 50 was dropping his new album, Curtis, on 9/11. Kanye West — whose omnivorous, game-changing The College Dropout and Late Registration had seized… More »

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Disgruntled VMA-Nominated Director Had A Shitty Time On His Crowdfunded Night Out

Remember that VMA-nominated director Josh Forbes who was forced to crowdfund his $450-$800 ticket to the illustrious MTV ceremony? Well, he managed to afford attending…
Caitlin White | September 2, 2015 - 10:41 am

VMAs 2015: The 8 Most Awkward Moments

The MTV Video Music Awards are, by their very nature, extremely awkward. Maybe it's just that I long since aged out of the network's key…
Chris DeVille | August 31, 2015 - 9:41 am

Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean” Video

The renaissance of Justin Bieber is in full swing, and so far he's released one really great collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex "Where Are Ü
Caitlin White | August 30, 2015 - 11:11 pm

VMAs 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, Videos, & Kanye West’s Speech

Out of all the award shows, the VMAs seems to be the one to have the most memorable moments, though most of them are probably
Stereogum | August 30, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great

Justin Bieber has spent most of this decade going from massive teenpop stardom to public-pariah status, mostly by acting like an absolute asshole at every…
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2015 - 9:23 am

Now Deadmau5 & Jack Ü Are Fighting Over NY Times’ “Where Are Ü Now” Explainer

Jack Ü, the duo of Diplo and Skrillex, just scored a massive hit with the uncanny, lovely Justin Bieber collaboration "Where Are Ü Now," possibly…
Tom Breihan | August 26, 2015 - 9:34 am

Photos: Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2015

Billboard threw its first-ever Hot 100 Festival this weekend at Long Island’s Jones Beach, featuring headlining sets from the Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, and Justin…
Stereogum | August 24, 2015 - 11:40 am

The Week In Pop: Bro-Country Is Temporary, But Luke Bryan Is Forever

Two seemingly contradictory reports from Billboard this week: Bro-country is over and Luke Bryan has another #1 album. Bro-country, as coined by Jody Rosen (then…
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm

The Week In Pop: Jordin Sparks Makes The Leap

Historically, American Idol has had trouble producing American idols. The pioneering series was a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but you can finish rattling off…
Chris DeVille | August 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

The #2 song in the country this week is "Can't Feel My Face," a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The Week In Pop: Rachel Platten Feels The Power Of The Taylor Swift Bump

Last year, when the likes of "Trophies," "0 To 100," and "How 'Bout Now" proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading…
Chris DeVille | July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service's laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music's most…
Chris DeVille | July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Jack Ü – “Where Are Ü Now” (Feat. Justin Bieber) Video

Earlier this year, EDM superstars Diplo and Skrillex teamed up as Jack Ü and released their surprise debut Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü. The…
Peter Helman | June 27, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Jack Ü – “Where Are Ü Now (Rustie Remix)” (Feat. Justin Bieber)

A few months ago, Jack Ü, the international-DJ-superstar duo of Diplo and Skrillex, released their surprise debut album Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü. A…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2015 - 9:41 am

Walmart Hiring DJ In Response To Employee Complaints About Too Much Celine Dion And Justin Bieber

If you’ve ever wandered through a Walmart and thought, “Wow, they’re really kicking out the jams today,” you have either never actually been to a…
Peter Helman | June 5, 2015 - 2:03 pm

The Week In Pop: Meet Twenty One Pilots, The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of

Grandpa can keep U2; you can leave Coldplay for Mom; Mumford & Sons are strictly the province of perilously uncool older siblings. For a growing…
Chris DeVille | May 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

The Week In Pop: American Idol Changed TV, But Music? Not So Much

Last year, during this column's infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective…
Chris DeVille | May 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm

The Week In Pop: From The Earliest MP3 To The Latest Britney Spears, A Pop History Of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner”

"Tom's Diner" is one of those songs you know even if you don't realize it. Suzanne Vega's signature song -- written about the same NYC…
Chris DeVille | April 30, 2015 - 12:54 pm

The Week In Pop: Walk The Moon Are Our Latest Proof That The ’80s Will Never Die

How many times can the '80s "come back" before we just admit they're here to stay? In 2010, Simon Reynolds wrote in The Guardian that…
Chris DeVille | April 16, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Justin Bieber Reportedly Thrown Out Of Coachella After Scuffle With Security

Justin Bieber spent most of his Coachella flirting with Kendall Jenner, but when he tried to close out his weekend in the desert by going…
James Rettig | April 13, 2015 - 9:27 pm