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The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

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. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 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

Queen – “There Must Be More To Life Than This” (Feat. Michael Jackson)

So, uh, Queen and Michael Jackson once recorded a song together. Did you know this? I didn't know this. Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, two of the greatest and most distinctive pop-music vocalists of all time, both recorded their parts for a power-ballad duet called "There Must Be More To Life Than This" during the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2014

Michael Jackson – “A Place With No Name” Video

A video for Michael Jackson's "A Place With No Name" from his posthumous album XSCAPE has been released by his estate and label, Epic Records. It premiered on Twitter tonight and was simultaneously broadcast in Times Square in New York. The video was previewed before its release on tonight's episode of So You ThinkMore »

By: James Rettig / August 13, 2014

2 Chainz – “Freebase” Video

A couple of months ago, 2 Chainz released the deeply fun EP-length Freebase mixtape. And after making videos for "Trap Back" and "They Know," he's gone full ridiculousness and turned his video for the title track into a parody of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." 2 Chainz directed the video himself (or, at least,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014

Read Beyoncé’s Tribute To Michael Jackson On The 5th Anniversary Of His Death

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death and Beyoncé has shared some words on her website about what the pop artist meant to her. Read what she had to say below:… More »

By: James Rettig / June 25, 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

Billboard Music Awards 2014: Watch Hologram Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus With Wayne Coyne, Iggy Azalea, & More

Tonight is the Billboard Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas! Which raises questions such as "Why does Billboard throw its awards show in May?" and "Who will be there?" To answer your first question, when ABC brought the show back in 2011 after four years off the air (it aired o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 18, 2014

The Week In Pop: Michael Jackson’s Xscape Is Better Than Nothing

Besides deeply personal reflections, there's more or less nothing left to say about most legendary musicians in this age of universal access and infinite information. Still, in the interest of challenging assumptions, starting nerdy debates for fun, or (most likely) capturing attention someway somehow, revisionist criticism prospers. Bob Dylan's much-maligned '80s output now has More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good” Video

The posthumous Michael Jackson album Xscape is out this week. So is the video for the Justin Timberlake duet "Love Never Felt So Good," which matches archival clips of the late MJ with new footage of JT and lots of enthusiastic dancers and lip-syncers. Like Xscape itself, the video is a lot more fu… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2014

Black Keys Take Turn Blue To Colbert, Patrick Carney Says Michael Jackson’s Xscape Is Fucking Bullshit

Patrick Carney, famously bespectacled drummer for the Black Keys, has made a habit lately of attacking easy pop targets. First, it was Justin Bieber. Now, it's Michael Jackson's retooled-throwaways collection Xscape, which, perhaps not coincidentally, shares a release date this week with the Black Keys' new album Turn Blue. Here's Carney More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014

Stream Michael Jackson XSCAPE

We've already heard six of the eight "new" songs from the posthumous Michael Jackson album, XSCAPE (they are: the title track, "Love Never Felt So Good," "Chicago," "Loving You, "Blue Gangsta," and "Do You Know Where Your Children Are?"). But now, the whole thing -- which includes the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 13, 2014

Michael Jackson – “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?”

In light of the allegations that surfaced in the '90s, a Michael Jackson song called "Do You Know Where Your Children Are?" is obviously a loaded proposition, even before you hear the lyrics about sexual abuse. But it turns out the tune, yet another preview of next week's "modernized" posthumous album Xscape, predates those… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014

The Week In Pop: John Legend Reaches Peak Normalcy

Is he really a legend or isn't he? There's no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent who moves in many circles, who appeals to many demographics, who's such a lock to appear at the Grammys every year that he inspired this genius tweet from our ow… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014

Michael Jackson – “Loving You” & “Blue Gangsta”

We're edging ever closer to next week's release of Xscape, Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, and we've already heard "Chicago" and "Love Never Felt So Good." Now we get to listen to another two tracks: "Loving You" and "Blue Gangsta." The project is set to feature previously unreleased material "contemporaized" by a… More »

By: Sam Behrens / May 8, 2014

Michael Jackson – “Chicago” (Prod. Timbaland)

Michael Jackson never released a Timbaland-produced song while he was alive, which is too bad. Tim was peaking right when MJ was attempting a comeback with Indestructible, and both have such weird and singular rhythmic sensibilities that I have to believe they could've done something awesome together. But Tim has been put in charge of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2014

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”

The idea of a posthumous Michael Jackson album, full of "contemporized" versions of unreleased recordings, is more than a little dubious, but there's a decent chance that the forthcoming Xscape will be a fun listen. We've already heard the title track, and it was a fine example of late-period MJ. The new single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014

Learn How Your HIStory CD Got Made In This Awkward Corporate Video Made For Michael Jackson In 1995

In 1995, Michael Jackson released the double album HIStory: Past, Present And Future, Book 1, a new album paired with a greatest-hits collection. Its marketing rollout was grand and overblown -- BusinessWeek reported that Sony spent some $30 million marketing it -- which meant that it could sell seven million copies in the U.S. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014

Michael Jackson – “Xscape”

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, he left behind a few unreleased recordings, and now Timbaland is overseeing their release, turning "contemporized" versions of those tracks into a new album called XSCAPE. Rodney Jerkins produced the LP's title track, and it comes from Jackson's kinda-underrated early-'00s Invincible period. I'm guessing Jerkins didn't do a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2014

The Week In Pop: Sam Smith’s Miraculous Voice Will Make Him A Star, But What Kind?

Among the attributes necessary for pop stardom, a powerhouse voice is not typically on the shortlist. From Madonna to Rihanna, pop singers have long been able to excel at their occupation without the ability to wail away magnificently. It's counterintuitive given that job #1 for singers is, ostensibly, singing, but there are other more important… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2014
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