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Before we get into the looming sales showdown between Justin Bieber and One Direction, let’s flash back to 50 Cent’s final moment of musical relevance. It was the summer of 2007, and 50 was dropping his new album, Curtis, on 9/11. Kanye West — whose omnivorous, game-changing The College Dropout and Late Registration had seized… More »

When Ellie Goulding announced her new album, Delirium, over the summer, the press release included this quote from the British singer: “A part of me views this album as an experiment — to make a big pop album. I made a conscious decision that I wanted it to be on another level.” This is a… More »

“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

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Rihanna’s Anti Reportedly Out This Week

For whatever reason, the end of the year has become music's blockbuster season, the time when superstars tend to unveil their big surprise albums. And…
Tom Breihan | November 23, 2015 - 8:43 am

Adele: I Regret Working With Damon Albarn

Adele's in press mode in support of her upcoming album 25, and her first major profile is with Rolling Stone, who followed her around for…
James Rettig | November 3, 2015 - 11:14 am

The Week In Pop: Drake, King Of The Memes

"Hotline Bling" is not Drake's greatest song ever. Although the melody and groove have exerted their allure on millions including myself, the production sounds weirdly…
Chris DeVille | October 22, 2015 - 3:40 pm

The Week In Pop: Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato Can Shake Their Disney Pasts, But Apparently Not Each Other

The stars of the Disney Channel's early-'90s The Mickey Mouse Club reboot shaped the way we as a culture think about teen-pop on a foundational…
Chris DeVille | October 15, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Damon Albarn Assesses Kanye, Taylor, Drake, & Rihanna

It's been the subject of rumor and conjecture for a while, but now it's confirmed: Damon Albarn's simian supergroup Gorillaz, once thought to be extinct,…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2015 - 11:53 am

Rihanna Unveils Anti Album Art

We still don't know when Rihanna will release her new album, previously thought to be title R8. Like virtually every other big album this year,…
Tom Breihan | October 8, 2015 - 9:51 am

Rihanna On Rachel Dolezal: “I Think She Was A Bit Of A Hero”

Rihanna almost never gives interviews anymore, but she recently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair and gave the magazine an interview. The interview has…
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2015 - 11:07 am

The Week In Pop: Please Welcome To The Stage Taylor Swift And Father John Misty

A brief timeline of the past week inside the bizarre media Bermuda Triangle that is Taylor Swift, Ryan Adams, and Father John Misty:…
Chris DeVille | September 24, 2015 - 5:42 pm

The Week In Pop: The 18 Most Anticipated Pop Albums Of The Fall

We've been waiting all year for new albums from some of pop music's biggest names, and it's looking like many of them will finally arrive…
Chris DeVille | September 17, 2015 - 4:06 pm

The Week In Pop: Halsey’s New Americana Might Actually Be A Real Demographic

You ever hear a song and think, "Yep, that's gonna be huge," even as it slightly repulses you? Such was the case when Halsey's "New…
Chris DeVille | September 10, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Watch Rihanna And Travi$ Scott Join Kanye West At FYF Fest

After Frank Ocean continued his recent trend of disappointing people by pulling out of FYF Fest two days before the festivities began, Kanye West stepped…
Peter Helman | August 23, 2015 - 1:28 pm

The Week In Pop: Bro-Country Is Temporary, But Luke Bryan Is Forever

Two seemingly contradictory reports from Billboard this week: Bro-country is over and Luke Bryan has another #1 album. Bro-country, as coined by Jody Rosen (then…
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Rihanna Will Be An Advisor On The Voice

NBC announced that Rihanna will be a key advisor on the next season of the popular singing competition The Voice. Last year’s advisors included Ellie…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 13, 2015 - 5:09 pm

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…
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…
Tom Breihan | July 28, 2015 - 9:35 am

The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

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…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

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…
Caitlin White | July 20, 2015 - 5:07 pm
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