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The Week In Pop: Watch Us Whip Through The History Of Dance Crazes, From Chubby Checker To Silentó

Chances are you’ve watched Silentó Whip, watched him Nae Nae at some point this summer. Perhaps you’ve even Whipped, Nae Nae’d, or done the Stanky Legg yourself. The then-unknown Atlanta teenager born Ricky Hawke — which is a much better pop-star name than Silentó — uploaded “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” to SoundCloud back in January. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Quarrel Over MTV VMA Noms

One of the reasons why Nicki Minaj is such a beloved artist is because she’s fierce as hell and stands up for herself. Today, she is standing up for herself because “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself” both somehow missed out on some crucial VMA nominations. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm

The Week In Pop: How OMI’s 3-Year-Old “Cheerleader” Finally Made It In America

The name Omar Samuel Pasley probably doesn’t ring any bells. Girls haven’t begun to dub themselves as their boyfriend’s “cheerleader” yet in Instagram captions. Oh, but they will. Omar — aka OMI — is the breakout Jamaican pop star behind “Cheerleader,” a three-year-old late-entry for this year’s song of the summer. The original track wa… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Nuns Try To Block Sale Of L.A. Convent To Katy Perry

The Sisters Of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary, it would seem, are Team Taylor. Up until 2011, the nuns of the Catholic order lived in a hilltop convent in Los Feliz, which spanned several acres and offered amazing views. For a few years, Katy Perry has been trying to buy the convent, hoping to tur… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 9:59 am

Madonna – “Bitch I’m Madonna” Video (Feat. Kanye West, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora)

Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart was something of a mixed bag, but there was one straight-up radio banger: “Bitch I’m Madonna.” This is one of those choruses that you can’t help but repeat back to yourself. The song features Nicki Minaj, so for the video Madonna capitalized on the A-list pop star roster video trend… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

Katy Perry Readies “Bad Blood” Response Track “1984”?

Taylor Swift has never come out and said that “Bad Blood,” her 1989 track and recent #1 single, is a dis song about Katy Perry. She’s told Rolling Stone that it’s about another singer and that the two are “straight-up enemies,” but that’s about all she’ll say. Still, just about everyone agrees that Perry i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2015 - 12:45 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 diner they used for exterior shots in Seinfeld — has been remixed, covered, and sampled so many times by so many musicians that its melody is basically imprinted on our… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2015 - 12:54 pm

The Week In Pop: Meet Charlie Puth, 2015’s Most Egregious Rising Star

When Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” ended the 14-week reign of “Uptown Funk!” atop the Hot 100 last week, a natural first question was really? Once we all got past the initial shock of a tepid Paul Walker tribute from the Furious 7 soundtrack coming out of nowhere to unseat one of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 11:35 am

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, exactly, except that it was the type of place where, in 2015, one might hear Taio Cruz’s 2010 hit “Dynamite” playing in the periphery. That is to say: anywhere i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 26, 2015 - 11:51 am

The Week In Pop: Kelly Clarkson’s Edgeless Excellence Continues

Kelly Clarkson started out with negative cred. In 2002, Clarkson became the first winner of American Idol, which made her wildly famous and deathly uncool. This was before poptimism, and although Idol was an massive ratings success, the average critical line was something like THIS POP STAR FACTORY IS AN AFFRONT TO GOOD TASTE THEY… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 5, 2015 - 11:43 am

Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

Hey, it’s over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn’t win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos

As exciting (?) as Music’s Biggest Night™ itself is, the real treasures are the countless GIFs, videos, tweets, memes, and other ephemera that will survive on the internet long after the ceremony is over. For those of you watching live, playing catch up, or examining the ruins of our civilization long after we’re all gone,… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Watch Substitute Talk Show Host John Mayer Interview Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Sharks And Cover “Lilac Wine” With John Legend

Though it’s sometimes hard for me to take him seriously, John Mayer was a surprisingly good substitute host for the Late Late Show, kicking things off by mocking his status as a “substitute teacher” for the show. Tapping into the idea that subs always play a movie, he pretended to put on a VHS (!!)… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 5, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Beck Will Perform With Chris Martin At The Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, and we already know that host LL Cool Jay (cue a collective groan) will not be the show’s main attraction, nor will it be the winning results. Most of us watch the Grammys for the insanely over-produced performances and incredulous conversation fodder. We already know that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am

Watch Drake, Haim, & Sia Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel Live aired another edition of its ridiculously popular Mean Tweets series, and it was their second one that focused exclusively on musicians. Drake, Haim, Sia, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and more read some harsh tweets from the dark recesses of the internet. For example: “Drake… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 12:19 am

Watch Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show With Missy Elliott & Lenny Kravitz

Katy Perry brought out Missy Elliott to do a three-song set during her Super Bowl halftime slot and, as Missy Elliot does, she stole the show. Missy started with “Get Ur Freak On,” went on to “Work It,” and rounded everything out with “Lose Control,” while Perry mostly stood by watching (and getting changed into… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Katy Perry Will Do “Work It” With Missy Elliott At The Super Bowl

While Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance probably won’t contain a Taylor Swift diss track, the Associated Press reports that it will have a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott, who will be there to do her perennial hit “Work It.” Perry teased her participation in a press conference on Thursday, saying that the show would… More »

By: James Rettig / January 30, 2015 - 8:59 am

Tim Heidecker “Leaked” Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Song

Last January, Nick Kroll/Tom Scharpling associate Jon Daly gave us the brilliant Red Hot Chili Peppers parody “Abracadabralifornia” days before the Peppers played the Super Bowl halftime show (or at least pretended to play). Now a different comedian, Tim Heidecker of Tim & Eric, has taken the piss out of this year’s Super Bowl performer. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 26, 2015 - 12:17 pm

The Week In Pop: Empire, Nashville, & TV’s Music Drama Craze

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Empire’s empire might have been. Fox’s new drama series about a superstar rapper turned ailing hip-hop mogul debuted to staggering numbers two weeks ago, pulling 9.8 million same-day viewers. The stats have only gone up since, with Empire’s next two episodes nabbing 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2015 - 4:26 pm

TLC’s Kickstarter-Funded Final Album Gets A Boost From Katy Perry

This is one of those weird pop music stories that we’ve almost become accustomed to hearing. TLC were once one of the dominant pop-music entities on planet Earth. But now, the R&B trio’s two surviving members T-Boz and Chili have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what they’re claiming will be their “last and final… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2015 - 10:07 am
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