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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 i… More »

We’ve been waiting all year for new albums from some of pop music’s biggest names, and it’s looking like many of them will finally arrive this fall. Probably. Maybe? Whether or not Q4 turns out to be Yeezy Season, it should definitely be blockbuster season for the music industry if all goes according to plan. More »

You ever hear a song and think, “Yep, that’s gonna be huge,” even as it slightly repulses you? Such was the case when Halsey’s “New Americana” entered my ears, its chorus triumphantly trumpeting this clunky generational creed: “We are the new Americana/ High on legal marijuana/ Raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” From its sweeping us-against-them… More »

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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