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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 »

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 »

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Empress Of – “Hot N Cold” (Katy Perry Cover)

Katy Perry wouldn't strike consistent, worthwhile pop gold until Teenage Dream, but her first two big singles -- "I Kissed A Girl" and "Hot N
James Rettig | August 31, 2015 - 2:47 pm
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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…
Caitlin White | July 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm
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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,…
Caitlin White | July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm
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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 i…
Tom Breihan | June 30, 2015 - 9:59 am
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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…
Caitlin White | June 17, 2015 - 10:39 am
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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.
Tom Breihan | June 8, 2015 - 12:45 pm
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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
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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…
Chris DeVille | April 23, 2015 - 11:35 am
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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: 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.
Chris DeVille | March 5, 2015 - 11:43 am
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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!
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm
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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…
James Rettig | February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm
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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 thing…
Caitlin White | February 5, 2015 - 4:31 pm
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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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am
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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,…
James Rettig | February 3, 2015 - 12:19 am
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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…
James Rettig | February 1, 2015 - 9:07 pm
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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…
James Rettig | January 30, 2015 - 8:59 am
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