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Governors Ball was oversold, there’s no question about it; that, or the festival grounds shrunk significantly this year. Either way, we had a great time and Sunday felt way less hectic in comparison with the rest of the weekend. Maybe everyone was burned out or hungover or half-dead, but it seemed like fewer people chose… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

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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

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

After a great deal of anticipation, old songs confused as new singles, and news that Dan Auerbach would be producing, we finally have the first real taste of Lana Del Rey’s second album, Ultraviolence. The LP’s first single is called “West Coast,” and she premiered it at Coachella last night. Now you can listen to… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 14, 2014 - 6:11 am

Watch Lana Del Rey Tease New Song “West Coast” In Las Vegas

Lana Del Rey kicked off her tour last night in Las Vegas and teased her new single “West Coast,” which is set to be released on Monday. She didn’t perform the whole thing (maybe she’s saving it for Coachella) but she did sing the chorus a capella. It’s hard to tell because it’s just her… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2014 - 11:12 am

Lana Del Rey – “Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight”

Lana Del Rey somehow became a mainstream pop star on the back of a cheesed-out Euro-dance remix of her “Summertime Sadness,” and maybe that’s why she’s suddenly made a disco song. The new LDR track “Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight” recently showed up online without much in the way of context, and there’s no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2014 - 10:07 am

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 - 4:48 pm

Looks Like Dan Auerbach Is Producing Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence

When Lana Del Rey premiered her short film Tropico, she also announced that her next album would be called Ultraviolence. There have been rumors this week that Giorgio Moroder is working on the record, but Lana herself just confirmed one major contributor: Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. She posted the following message on Twitter… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014 - 3:26 pm

The Week In Pop: Candice Glover And American Idol’s Decline

Did you know the reigning American Idol champion’s album is out this week? Maybe the better question is: Do you know who the reigning American Idol champion is? Candice Glover is quite alright, so I hope your answer is yes, but I suspect it’s no. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Lana Del Rey – “Once Upon A Dream”

The forthcoming Disney Sleeping Beauty-from-the-evil-sorceress’-point-of-view flick Maleficent features a new Lana Del Ray track, “Once Upon A Dream.” It’s the film’s “title” track — a cover of a song from the classic Disney animated Sleeping Beauty — and LDR was reportedly hand-picked for the job by Maleficent star Angelina Jolie. The track just debuted i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 26, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Watch Lana Del Rey Play The 2014 Breakthrough Prizes

We’re deep in the thick of awards season, and apparently that extends to realms way beyond music and movies. Lana Del Rey, up for a few Grammys but snubbed for an Oscar, recently performed at a very different awards ceremony. The Breakthrough Prizes honor scientists who have made big developments, and LDR, introduced by Kevi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2014 - 9:30 am

French Montana – “All For You” (Feat. Lana Del Rey Sample, Wiz Khalifa, & Snoop Dogg)

At this point, Lana Del Rey is reaching that Coldplay-circa-2006 level where it’s no longer surprising to hear rappers sampling her on mixtapes. The latest to partake is hangdog Bronx hope French Montana, who dropped his much-anticipated-among-goons Coke Boys 4 tape earlier today. His “All For You” has Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg verses, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 2:59 pm

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Someone’s Trying To Sabotage Lana Del Rey’s Oscar Chances

Of all the original songs that have appeared in this year’s movies, Lana Del Rey’s “Young And Beautiful,” her contribution to The Great Gatsby, has to be considered one of the most impactful, especially given the role it played in the great love story of our time. And it’s one of the 75 songs o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2013 - 10:17 am

2014 Grammy Nominations: Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift … And Sara Bareilles?

The Grammys again announced their nominations with some extra flash and fanfare this year, flipping the old morning podium announcement into another primetime concert special live from the Staples Center in L.A. LL Cool J, who hosted last year’s Grammy broadcast, was back to MC this show as he will for the ceremony next month. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Watch Lana Del Rey’s Tropico Short Film

Lana Del Rey’s new 27-minute short film Tropico works, more or less, as a glossy but bugged-out extended-length music video, a pretentious but sensationalistic dive into her center-free aesthetic. As directed by music-video veteran fantasist Anthony Mandler, LDR and male model Shaun Ross appear in a few very loosely connected vignettes. In the “Body Electric“… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013 - 9:12 am

Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller Producing Crowdfunded Daniel Johnston Movie

Daniel Johnston, the deeply idiosyncratic and cultishly beloved Texas singer/songwriter, has always had a ton of musician fans, but you wouldn’t necessarily expect Lana Del Rey and Mac Miller to number among their ranks. But as the Masked Gorilla reports, the filmmaker Gabriel Sunday is using Kickstarter to help put together a short film called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013 - 10:07 am

Watch SNL’s Kim & Kanye Talk Show, The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time, And Lady Gaga & R. Kelly Performance

Tonight’s Saturday Night Live gave us Waking Up With Kimye, a talk show in which Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad reprised their familiar impressions of shouty Kanye West and whiny Kim Kardashian. Pharoah’s West (which we last saw in his “I Am A Dog” parody) is pretty strong and included some “Black Skinhead”-y yelps to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 17, 2013 - 1:19 am

A-1 – “Summertime Sadness” (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Although Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has moved on to releasing his own material, he first made a name for himself by slightly tweaking other people’s songs in a way that turns them inside out and brings out unforeseen layers of beauty. In a one-off collaboration with San Francisco rapper A-1, Hemsworth turns his attention to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

Sky Ferreira, Icona Pop To Tour With Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus announced via Twitter that she would be bringing two special guests on her Bangerz tour, and now the proverbial beans have been spilled. First up is Icona Pop, who just confirmed that they will be touring with her. Cyrus then tweeted that she would be going on tour with Sky Ferreira, who retweeted… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 12, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Kanye West Is Engaged

Congratulations are in order for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, both of whom are officially off the market. TMZ reports that the pair, who became parents together in June, were engaged last night (on Kim’s 33rd birthday) in spectacular fashion. Kanye flew Kim to San Francisco, where he’d rented out the major-league ballpark AT&T Park. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2013 - 9:16 am

Lana Del Rey Addresses Leaks, Newfound Radio Success

In an interview with Radio.com, Lana Del Rey addressed the recent flood of leaked tracks citing that it made her feel like her “life [was] completely invaded.” She also has an expected alternative radio hit with “Young & Beautiful” from the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, as well as a dance radio hit with a… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 16, 2013 - 5:26 pm
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