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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 »

By: Chris DeVille / February 26, 2015

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

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… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015

Buzzy Singer-Songwriter Paul McCartney Is Now Recording With Lady Gaga & Mike McCready

Paul McCartney, the up-and-comer who was recently featured on Kanye's "Only One" and Rihanna's "FourFiveSeconds," just finished up a session with Lady Gaga and Mike McCready. Gaga posted some photos via Instagram earlier today of them recording together in the studio, including a group shot featuring the Pearl Jam guitarist. "Had a… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015

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

The Week In Pop: With Four, One Direction Keep On Building A Better Boy Band

What constitutes a boy band, anyway? One Direction certainly look and act the part. Ever since forming on The X Factor in 2010, they've filled a particular hole in the music industry, the one that requires 3-5 fresh-faced young lads with pretty voices and prettier haircuts to join forces and passionately emote for the hormonal… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 20, 2014

The Week In Pop: With “Rather Be,” Brainy Hybrid Band Clean Bandit Finds The Feeling

The idea behind Clean Bandit, the British quartet whose dance hit "Rather Be" cracked the American top 10 this week, is to combine classical works by composers like Shostakovich and Beethoven with modern electronic music. The title of their first single, 2010's "Mozart's House," cheekily spelled it out. It's not exactly a newMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 2, 2014

Tony Bennett Breaks Tony Bennett’s Record For Oldest Person With A #1 Album

This week, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's new duets album, Cheek To Cheek, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending on 9/28. This makes the 88-year-old singer the oldest person to have a No.1 album, breaking a record that he set three years ago for his Duets II album,… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014

The Week In Pop: Porter Robinson Welcomes Us Into His Worlds

I haven't played video games regularly since 16-bit was the industry standard. I would never choose to watch anime. Most of the time, I don't listen to festival EDM. Based on the universes Porter Robinson has spent his 22 years exploring -- both the physical and the virtual -- I shouldn't really care about the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 8, 2014

The Week In Pop: Shawn Mendes, TerRio, And Vine’s Six-Second Stars

Whether busking, mailing out demo tapes, or uploading to MySpace or YouTube, conventional wisdom says you have less than one minute to catch the attention of music industry execs. Shawn Mendes did it in six seconds. The 15-year-old Toronto pop singer made his name on Vine, Google's quick-hit video service, riding looped snippets of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014

Alt-Country Con Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Bilking Investors With Fake Album Feat. Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam

According to Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding investors out of almost $600,000 by promising to put on a benefit concert and release a compilation album featuring some big musicians to benefit the West Memphis Three, who were incarcerated for 18 years before being… More »

By: James Rettig / July 26, 2014

Internet-Beloved Babymetal Conquer Sonisphere, Will Open For Lady Gaga

Babymetal are a Japanese group who, as their name implies, fuse soaring power-metal to super-cute J-pop "idol" music. They wear matching outfits, put their hair in pigtails, and, by design, don't include anyone past a certain age. (One girl was kicked out when she graduated junior high.) Pretty good gimmick! You will probably not be… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 7, 2014

The Week In Pop: Is Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse As Ridiculous As Expected?

I was prepared to ridicule Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse mercilessly. The title is preposterous, obviously; nobody says "chanteuse" except music critics too lazy to spend 15 seconds on thesaurus.com, and no one who spent part of this album's gestation period judging American Idol can really be described as "elusive." Then there wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 29, 2014

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much "How did Paramore end up on American Idol?" as "Why did it take them so long to get there?" As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014

The Week In Pop: What Is Ed Sheeran Thinking?

In recent years, pop music's landscape has been transforming more rapidly than ever. But even as genre boundaries collapse and notions of good taste invert and guitars become inherently retro, one archetype that refuses to die is the sensitive guy with an acoustic guitar. Note that American Idol's prospective pop messiahs are… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2014

Owen Pallett Explains The Genius Of Lady Gaga Using Music Theory

Now on his third in a series of articles examining the brilliant music theory behind ubiquitous pop hits, Owen Pallett might just have a brilliant recurring column in the works. Alas, Pallett says this latest installment will be his last. Beginning with an article analyzing through music theory the brilliance of Katy Perry'sMore »

By: Miles Bowe / April 1, 2014

The Week In Pop: Shakira And Latin Pop’s Too-Big-To-Fail Era

Shakira first entered my consciousness around the turn of the millennium courtesy of my high school Spanish teacher, a friendly young white American woman married to a man from Colombia. She and her husband, she often informed us, were huge Shakira fans, as was all of Latin America. Sometimes, in an effort to expose u… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 27, 2014

The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People

Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim -- and therefore inspires lots of copycats -- only to willfully retreat from the spotlight. This usually involves making an album designed to alienate mainstream audiences and/or distance the originator from the imitators. It also tends to create a vacuum… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 20, 2014

Watch Lady Gaga Get Doused In Neon Vomit While Riding A Mechanical S&M Pig At SXSW, Brought To You By Doritos

Lady Gaga's off-then-on Doritos SXSWstravaganza went down last night, not at the giant parking lot vending machine stage but at the midsized amphitheater Stubb's. Fans who attended had to prove their #Boldness by accepting a Doritos #Bold social media mission in advance of the event. During the climax of Gaga's performance of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 14, 2014

Lady Gaga Is Playing SXSW In A Doritos Vending Machine After All

Last week, we reported that the city of Austin had denied Lady Gaga permission to perform on the Doritos stage, a giant vending machine that the company erects right in the middle of downtown Austin, a SXSW landmark you cannot miss. The city had opted not to give Doritos the permit on the entirely… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014
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