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The #2 song in the country this week is “Can’t Feel My Face,” a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From its disco-funk liquid rhythm to its piercing falsetto hooks to its lovestruck subject matter, the song makes perfect sense as a hit single. The only thing weird about it i… More »

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service’s laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music’s most disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

Tom’s off 5 Best Videos duty this week, so I’m taking over. The last time I was tasked with arranging this list, Rihanna dropped the video for “American Oxygen” exclusively on Tidal and I speculated on whether or not it would have been worthy of inclusion if I had been able to view it. Thi… More »

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Watch Paul McCartney Play “Get Back” With Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard And “FourFiveSeconds” At Lollapalooza

During the encore of his headlining set at Lollapalooza last night, Sir Paul McCartney brought out Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard to assist on “Get Back.” Howard played guitar and sang harmonies and even took lead on the second verse. And in addition to his setlist of Beatles and Wings classics, Macca also busted out… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 1, 2015 - 10:36 am

Baltimore Police Blocked Rihanna From Playing A Free Show For Freddie Gray Protesters

Earlier this year, after Baltimore police beat unarmed young man Freddie Gray to death, essentially without provocation, thousands of people took to the city streets to protest. Plenty of artists declared their solidarity, but Rihanna wanted to do them one better. She wanted to set up a free surprise concert for the protesters at the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 28, 2015 - 9:35 am

Mike Will Made It Shares Preview Of New Rihanna Song

Though most of us are still reeling under the giant, spectacular weight of the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video, Rihanna and her host of collaborators continue to bear down with previews of new music. Rap’s go-to hitmaker Mike Will Made It shared a snippet of yet another new track from her forthcoming album R8. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 20, 2015 - 5:07 pm

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video

Take a deep breath and savor the moment. We’re going to have a very short time before the parents’ groups of the world start loudly freaking the fuck out over Rihanna’s new video for “Bitch Better Have My Money,” so we need to appreciate every moment that that isn’t happening. Rihanna shared a preview of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 8:58 am

Yo Gotti – “Rihanna” (Feat. Young Thug)

We haven’t heard a proper single from Yo Gotti in a while, so it’s fitting that he’d come through on a Monday morning, guns blazing. Back in 2012 he did earn an Album Of The Week distinction for Live From The Kitchen, but the Memphis rapper has been plagued with label deals gone sour during… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 29, 2015 - 11:02 am

Watch The Trailer For Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video

At the iHeartRadio Awards back in March, Rihanna gave a performance of her single “Bitch Better Have My Money” that featured a crew of backup dancers and a helicopter. So given that one of her promo-cycle live performances was already more elaborate than most videos, we should expect big things when Rihanna does get around… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 9:41 am

The Week In Pop: The Unstoppable Competent Mediocrity Of Jason Derulo

“Broke,” the last song teased from Jason Derulo’s new Everything Is 4 before the album’s release this week, both encapsulates and subverts the approach that has made Derulo one of pop radio’s most unavoidable sub-superstars. Ever since the former industry songwriter broke through as a solo artist with 2009’s Imogen Heap-sampling #1 smash “Whatcha Say,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Watch Rihanna’s Moving Saturday Night Live Performance

Rihanna was the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live last night. Disappointingly, she didn’t appear in any sketches alongside Louis C.K., which I think would have been a lot of fun, but she did give two very good performances that made up for it. She had a little fun for “Bitch… More »

By: James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 11:05 am

Watch Louis C.K. & Rihanna’s Short But Sweet SNL Promo

Louis C.K. and Rihanna are the featured guests on this weekend’s season finale of Saturday Night Live, and the show has just shared their cute promo ad, shot alongside cast member Leslie Jones. In one, Jones is overexcited to meet the pop superstar (as she should be), and in the other, Rihanna vehemently denies being… More »

By: James Rettig / May 14, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)”

Diplo may be firmly ensconced in the big-money EDM universe these days, but he still knows how to craft a remix that pushes a song in interesting places without just throwing farty bass-drops all over it. Case in point: Diplo has teamed up with the Toronto producer Grandtheft to rework Rihanna’s anthemic new single “BitchMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2015 - 9:57 am

The Week In Pop: Zac Brown Band Branches Out In The Blandest Way Possible

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Watch Rihanna Perform “Bitch Better Have My Money” At The Met Gala

Last night was the Met Gala, the annual occasion that gives superstars the opportunity to show off their wildest outfits and, boy, did everyone deliver. Rihanna’s beautiful and elegant yet still somehow pizza-adjacent dress drew the most attention, but both Beyonce and Kim Kardashian did their best to upstage her with competing sheer dresses. (J-Lo… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2015 - 8:59 am

SNL’s Last Musical Guests This Season: Wiz Khalifa, Florence + The Machine, Rihanna

Saturday Night Live took to Instagram today to announce the last three host/musical guest pairings of the season. Scarlett Johansson will host 5/2 with musical guest Wiz Khalifa (and, undoubtedly, this doofus). The 5/9 episode will feature Reese Witherspoon paired with Florence + The Machine, hopefully having regained some mobility. And the 5/16 season finale… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Rihanna – “James Joint”

In honor of 4/20, Rihanna has shared another preview of her upcoming eighth LP. “James Joint” is a lush, downtempo interlude built around sensuous funk keyboards and the allure of drugs plus illicit sex. “Don’t say that you miss me,” she beckons, “just come get me.” It’s basically the Rihanna version of a Frank Ocea… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 21, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Hear Rihanna Sample Florence + The Machine In Dior’s “A Night” Teaser

The great Rihanna track tease of 2015 is well underway, so here’s another offering from the impending R8. The song is called “A Night” and it features an excellent Florence + The Machine song called “Only If For A Night” from 2011’s Ceremonials. It appears courtesy of a Dior commercial for the luxury brand’s 2015… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 10:42 am

Watch SNL Parody Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, & Die Antwoord In Home 2 Trailer

Last night, Saturday Night Live poked fun at the animated Rihanna vehicle Home by making a trailer for its sequel that has the strongest imaginary cast list this side of a mixtape. Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Die Antwoord all make an appearance as characters in the film, and a particular… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am
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