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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 has apparently wanted to be part of a roast for a while: “Justin has been asking us for years to roast him, so we kept telling him to create some more… More »

By: 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 can only dream of. Their stadium anthem “Centuries” was inescapable during ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff (the highest-rated event in the history of cable), it’s #6 today on the… More »

By: 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 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: 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 same thing as great. Meghan Trainor’s breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it is –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

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 into a gentle waterslide-like swoop, and her second album — and first without behind-the-scenes bandmate Ben Langmaid — is accordingly looser and less brusque. She has styled herself less like… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 24, 2014 - 4:21 pm

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 step back and assess the best and worst of what the pop sphere has given us this year. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm

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 his Chance The Rapper collab “Confident,” we might as well point out the next time the Biebs hooks up with another underground mixtape-rapper type. And on his new single “Looking… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 30, 2014 - 8:57 am

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 won four Grammys for El Camino, a TMZ reporter asked drummer Patrick Carney if he was upset that fellow indie musician Justin Bieber wasn’t up for any awards. Spoketh Carney: “He’… More »

By: James Rettig / May 9, 2014 - 3:53 pm

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 an appropriate time to point out just how many singers from the motherland have been making waves on these shores. We haven’t quite reached British Invasion levels of saturation; many… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2014 - 5:11 pm

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 Aiko had Drake and Childish Gambino. Disclosure had Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, and Aluna Francis. Even Justin Bieber was there to jump on stage with Chance The Rapper, a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 14, 2014 - 8:34 am

The Week In Pop: It’s Time We All Agreed That Coldplay Are Great

We need to have a conversation about Coldplay. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 13, 2014 - 4:22 pm

The Week In Pop: Miley Brings The Monogenre To MTV Unplugged

You don’t have to be a legit rock star to get an MTV Unplugged these days. In recent years the show has hosted quite a few household names (Paramore, Alicia Keys, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, 30 Seconds To Mars, a very-plugged-in Lil Wayne). Some of the world’s most popular rock bands of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 30, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Justin Bieber – “Confident” (Feat. Chance The Rapper) Video

You know that moment where you’re playing Grand Theft Auto and you get bored, so you basically just commit suicide by shooting as many random things as you can, attempting to get your wanted level high enough and stay alive long enough that police are sending tanks to kill you? Justin Bieber appears to be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014 - 10:40 am

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you’re a regular reader of this site, chances are you’re hoping Daft Punk gets lucky with an Album Of The Year win for Random Access Memories, or perhaps you’d prefer if Kendrick Lamar took home top honors for good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Both acts are… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 23, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Watch Drake Host SNL

Drake returned to SNL tonight, this time pulling double duty as host and musical guest. The Degrassi alum and Raptors global ambassador played on his black and Jewish heritage in a Bar Mitzvah-themed monologue; did fine impressions of A-Rod, Katt Williams, Jay Z, and Lil Wayne (as Steve Urkel!); and performed a couple of song… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 19, 2014 - 1:03 am

The Week In Pop: Why So Serious, Jennifer Nettles?

My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for “Stuck Like Glue,” a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily codified country radio landscape. I hadn’t paid close attention to mainstream country since I was a kid, but somehow “Stuck Like Glue” made its way into my browser and captured… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Justin Bieber Feat. Chance the Rapper – “Confident”

Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap placed near the top of our 2013 albums list, and we’re not the only ones who’ve been seduced by the young Chicago MC’s spasmodic rasp; he’s also been mixing it up with a wide range of eminent musicians. We heard Chance’s recent collaborations with James Blake and Childish Gambino, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 9, 2013 - 10:12 am

Elite Gymnastics – “私たちのもの ( O U R S )” (Taylor Swift/Justin Bieber Cover)

You know you have a good friend when he flips your favorite music into something brand new for your birthday. Elite Gymnastics has crafted a lo-fi cover of Taylor Swift’s “Ours” to celebrate his friend and fellow poptimist Claire Boucher, bka Grimes, turning 25 yesterday. It also features a little bit of Justin Bieber’s Nicki… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 18, 2013 - 11:32 am

John Darnielle – “Short Song For Justin Bieber’s Paparazzi”

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle — who was recently an excellent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast — has been a short ditty for Justin “Worst Birthday Ever” Bieber and his recent battle with the paparazzi. Darnielle notes that we shouldn’t necessarily feel bad for the Biebz and that there are certainly more pressing issue… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 12, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Patrick Carney Taunts The Beliebers

Stop the presses y’all, there is a mega update in regards to the Twitter drama between Justin Bieber and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney! His initials might be “PC,” but his Twitter feed sure is not today. More »

By: Liz Pelly / February 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm