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Eddie Van Halen Explains Why David Lee Roth Is Not His Friend, How Van Halen Gave Him Cancer

Eddie Van Halen is a weird motherfucker! Van Halen are about to go on another one of their reunion tours with original singer David Lee Roth, and they’re doing it even though Eddie Van Halen and Diamond Dave don’t particularly like each other, even though Eddie has enough money to never do anything like thi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2015 - 2:31 pm

This Baltimore Protester’s Michael Jackson Dance Is Your Moment Of Zen For The Morning

The situation in Baltimore last night was an absolute heartbreaker on every level. The circumstances surrounding Freddie Gray’s death, which catalyzed all the chaos, are just unspeakably horrible. The Baltimore police’s escalation tactics, their willingness to turn the city into an absolute shitshow before coming close to admitting any sort of fault, is almost worse. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2015 - 9:44 am

The Week In Pop: Roast Aside, Justin Bieber Might Secretly Be On The Right Track

The Roast Of Justin Bieber was tough to sit through — almost as tough as the transition from teen idol to grownup pop star Bieber is trying to pull off. For every Justin Timberlake there are many Jordan Knights, and Bieber risks becoming the next Aaron Carter if he can’t get back to making headline… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2015 - 1:07 pm

The Week In Pop: Zedd And Selena Gomez Bleed The Same Light

“I want you to know that it’s our time/ You and me bleed the same light.” That intuitive nonsense is the hook from “I Want You To Know,” the new single from German-Russian DJ-producer Zedd and Mexican-American singer-actress Selena Gomez. Zedd (born Anton Igorevich Zaslavski) is an ascendant superstar in the vein of Calvin Harri… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2015 - 4:09 pm

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. (“Bang… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

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 new idea, but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 2, 2014 - 4:15 pm

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 - 11:42 am

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 Think YouMore »

By: James Rettig / August 13, 2014 - 10:05 pm

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, I’m assuming “Do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 2:58 pm

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 - 9:09 pm

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 anyone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

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 - 8:48 pm

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 itsMore »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014 - 3:01 pm

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 fun tha… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2014 - 9:46 am

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 telling Rolling Stone what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014 - 9:40 am

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 re-worked songs’ original versions — is available… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 13, 2014 - 2:04 pm

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 allegatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 1:32 pm

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 - 4:27 pm

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 team of producer… More »

By: Sam Behrens / May 8, 2014 - 2:47 pm

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 - 1:44 pm
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