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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 demo, but the entire enterprise feels teeth-clenchingly forced and needlessly faux-outrageous — even Miley Cyrus’ freed nipple in a night filled with NSFW moments. But if you’re a pop-culture addict… More »

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 of New York Magazine), indicates “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude.” Bryan has long been one of that scene’s dominant figures, the Alan Jackso… More »

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 the number of superstar music careers launched by Ryan Seacrest and friends before you run out of fingers. There’s a case to be made that the show paved the way… More »

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Justin Bieber Is Working With Kanye West And Rick Rubin On His New Album

The newly long-haired Justin Bieber’s roast aired on Comedy Central last night, which occasioned a USA Today profile that revealed this fascinating tidbit: Bieber i…
Chris DeVille | March 31, 2015 - 12:34 pm
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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,…
Michael Nelson | March 26, 2015 - 11:51 am
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The Week In Pop: Zedd And Selena Gomez Bleed The Same Light

"I want you to know that it's our time/ You and me bleed the same light." That intuitive nonsense is the hook from "I Want…
Chris DeVille | March 12, 2015 - 4:09 pm
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Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You” Video (Feat. Tom Hanks)

If you're already sick of hearing about Carly Rae Jepsen's new single, just imagine how sick of it you'll be when the track becomes thi…
James Rettig | March 6, 2015 - 10:14 pm
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Jack Ü Release Surprise Album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Skrillex and Diplo have just released their debut album as Jack Ü. Their new production team-up got their start last year, and made waves with…
James Rettig | February 27, 2015 - 12:05 am
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The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence

From Saturday Night Fever to Purple Rain to The Godfather, movie soundtracks used to be a major factor on the albums chart. Then, all of…
Chris DeVille | February 19, 2015 - 4:17 pm
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Watch Justin Bieber Beat Action Bronson At Ping Pong

Justin Bieber beat Action Bronson in a game of ping pong last night with a rumored score of 20-7. They were both at The FADER'…
James Rettig | February 14, 2015 - 10:50 am

The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015

People love to hate Simon Cowell -- for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of…
Chris DeVille | February 12, 2015 - 4:28 pm
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Watch Kanye West Perform, Denounce Nike At Big Sean’s Yahoo! Live Concert

Last night, Big Sean brought out a ton of guests for his headlining show at Los Angeles' House Of Blues, which was streamed on Yahoo!.
James Rettig | February 8, 2015 - 1:17 pm
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Justin Bieber Is Getting A Comedy Central Roast

Walking penis punchline Justin Bieber is going to be honored with his very own Comedy Central roast, according to Us Weekly. The pop singer ha…
James Rettig | January 20, 2015 - 10:28 am
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The Week In Pop: Where Do Rock Music And Pop Radio Intersect In 2015?

Fall Out Boy will release their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, next week, and they'll do so with the kind of saturation most musicians ca…
Chris DeVille | January 15, 2015 - 4:28 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | September 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm
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The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?

"All About That Bass" is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the
Chris DeVille | September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm
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The Week In Pop: La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise Finds Breezy Ways To Brood

Trouble In Paradise is the sound of Elly Jackson letting her hair down. The La Roux singer's aggressive upward spike of follicles has been combed…
Chris DeVille | July 24, 2014 - 4:21 pm
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The Week In Pop: Presenting The Mid-2014 Pop Superlatives

Seeing as we gave you a mid-year countdown of 2014's best albums so far earlier this week, now seems like a good time to ste…
Chris DeVille | June 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm
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Justin Bieber – “Looking For You” (Feat. Migos)

I know it looks like we're trolling when we acknowledge the existence of the pop star/public pariah Justin Bieber, but if we're going to post…
Tom Breihan | May 30, 2014 - 8:57 am
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Patrick Carney Is Still Pissed At “Fucking Irresponsible Asshole” Justin Bieber

In case you don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of Very Important Music Beefs, let's first set the stage. Last year, after the Black Keys wo…
James Rettig | May 9, 2014 - 3:53 pm
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The Week In Pop: Meet The New Wave Of British Pop Stars

We at Stereogum have the UK on the brain this week. And while there's a big difference between "Britpop" and "British pop," this seems like…
Chris DeVille | April 24, 2014 - 5:11 pm
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Coachella 2014: The 7 Best Things From Sunday

More like guestival amirite? Cameos dominated Coachella all weekend, but Sunday was especially saturated with them. Arcade Fire had Debbie Harry. Motorhead had Slash. Jhene…
Chris DeVille | April 14, 2014 - 8:34 am
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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
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