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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

Watch Everything Everything Cover Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song”

Remember when Kelly Clarkson teased her new song by making a video of her baby daughter dancing to it? No? Here’s a refresher:… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 16, 2015 - 3:18 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, 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

The Week In Pop: The Grand Rehabilitation Of Lady Gaga

Less than a year ago I published a post with the headline Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos. The garish excess of Gaga’s performance-art spectacle was typical of the obscene brand-mania that has infected SXSW to its core, but more… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015 - 4:19 pm

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 the sudden, they weren’t. This user-made Amazon list of the top 20 bestselling soundtracks of all time includes only two albums released this century, and those — O Brother, WhereMore »

By: Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015 - 4:17 pm

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

20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated

In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there — beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they’re off The Bends or even something like “No Surprises.” First and foremost of those, of course, is “Creep,” from their… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 26, 2014 - 2:37 pm

The Week In Pop: On Slipknot’s #1 Album And Hard Rock’s Looming Extinction

It’s at least a little bit insane to write a column called The Week In Pop this week and not write it about Taylor Swift. A lot of times we use this space to tackle one of the week’s biggest pop releases, and Swift’s new 1989 is as big as they come in 2014. It’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2014 - 5:31 pm

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

David Bowie (Jimmy Fallon) Covers “Pumped Up Kicks”

Here’s something we missed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the night before last. Fallon and guest Joseph Gordon-Levitt, apparently friends in real life, got together to sing karaoke and do impressions of other singers. Fallon, as David Bowie, sang Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” JGL, as Axl Rose, sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2011 - 10:48 am

Tokyo Police Club Cover LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, The Strokes

Tokyo Police Club has been unraveling a covers series for Polaroid — ten songs culled from each of the last ten years — and a few more of these have surfaced. Check out covers of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” Phoenix’s “Long Distance Call,” the Strokes’ “Under Control,” and Kelly Clarkson’s guess-which-one, all below:… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 1, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Welcome Back Kings Of Leon With 15 Covers Of “Use Somebody”

Kings Of Leon released a new single and video this week and dozens (dozens!) of you lurkers stepped up to discuss it. KoL has become an increasingly hot button act on this site as we’ve witnessed the Followills become a parody of themselves (see: the hipster clothing line, drunken interviews, “Sex On Fire”). But while… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 9, 2010 - 5:06 pm

Arcade Fire “Suburbs” & ”Month of May” Out 6/1

We found out a month ago that Arcade Fire and Spike Jonze were collaborating on something secret and on the theme of “friends growing apart.” Over the weekend the band threw a postcard on their site (earlier this year they mailed one to NME) that said, “Howdy yall — Just finishing up pressing our 12″. More »

By: jessica / May 17, 2010 - 9:44 am

New Kelly Clarkson – “My Life Would Suck Without You”

A curious thing happened to Kelly Clarkson since being American Idol’s first and most successful champion. She became an underdog. In the midst of experimenting with rock and country songs, and turning her back on the TV competition that launched her career, Kelly famously incurred the wrath of Clive Davis by insisting on artistic control… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 13, 2009 - 11:07 am

New Kelly Clarkson Video – “Don’t Waste Your Time”

Kelly dear, we know this cross-talk with Clive has been traumatizing, but why’d you have to go and bring Amy Lee into it?

Although you had to see it comingMore »

By: Stereogum / October 8, 2007 - 2:01 pm

Robyn Covers Kelly Clarkson

BBC6’s Jo Whiley played host this morning to a live session offering up a pop cocktail shaken and stirred in Stereo heaven: Swedish pop princess Robyn, covering “Since U Been Gone.” Doesn’t get much better than that, and it’ll sound as good out of your laptop speakers as it does on paper. Just the lovely… More »

By: Stereogum / August 9, 2007 - 2:36 pm

All Apologies

And down goes Clarkson! (via”?A lot has been made in the press about my relationship with Clive [Davis]. Much of this has been blown way out of proportion and taken out of context. Contrary to recent characterizations in the press, I’m well aware that Clive is one of the great record men of all… More »

By: Stereogum / July 25, 2007 - 12:40 pm

New Kelly Clarkson – “Sober”

Never Again” climbed its way to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100; respectable, but probably better news to Clive than Kelly. So the label push is on to launch single #2 from My December, “Sober,” which takes a little over three minutes for Kelly to sing about three months, the state of her heart, and… More »

By: Stereogum / June 7, 2007 - 11:28 am

Play Clive Davis With Kelly’s My December

Even after diving into her beef with Clive, we harbored lingering suspicion that the BMG brawl was manufactured for press attention. Of course the Davis diss during the Idol finalé finally set us straight, so here’s a chance for you to be Clive and prematurely assess the newest Decemberist’s forthcoming LP. AOL Music’s got snippet… More »

By: Stereogum / May 31, 2007 - 10:22 am
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