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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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Rihanna – “American Oxygen” Video

UPDATE: The official version of the “American Oxygen” video is online now; check it out below.

Rihanna has been steadily rolling out the singles for her new album — that we tentatively believe is called R8 — and today she’s given us the visuals for her latest single, “American Oxygen.” She officially premiered… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 6, 2015 - 5:22 pm

Rihanna – “American Oxygen”

Rihanna debuted a new song called “American Oxygen” during her performance at the March Madness Music Festival in Indianapolis last night, and the studio version of the track popped up as a Tidal exclusive shortly after. It was teased in TV promos last month. “American Oxygen” is the third track we’ve heard from Rihanna’s upcoming… More »

By: James Rettig / April 5, 2015 - 3:48 pm

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

Watch Rihanna Prank Jimmy Kimmel With A “Bitch Better Have My Money” Wake-Up Call

Jimmy Kimmel is a notorious prankster, so for this April Fool’s Day, Rihanna decided to turn the tables. She showed up at Kimmel’s house in the dead of night, snuck in with the help of his wife, and woke him up with a flashing-light filled performance of her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money.”… More »

By: James Rettig / April 2, 2015 - 8:56 am

Carnie Wilson Reveals How Wilson Phillips Ended Up On “FourFiveSeconds”

Somehow in the whirlwind that was the “FourFiveSeconds” drop we all missed an important tweet:

FUN FACT!!!!! Wilson Phillips singing backgrounds on the new Rihanna song #FourFiveSeconds #Total#Honor— Carnie Wilson (@CarnieWilson) February 10, 2015More »

By: Caitlin White / March 31, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro’s streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn’t stop him from rolling out his rebranded product today with lots of fanfare from his famous friends. Rumors before the 5PM livestream suggested that Jay’s newfangled Tidal would be launched with exclusive content from many of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Deputy Says He Produced “90-95%” Of “Bitch Better Have My Money”

Rihanna unveiled her dark, swaggering new single “Bitch Better Have My Money” last week, and it’s already inspired plenty of discussion. But the person who might have the most interesting insight into the track — aside from Rihanna herself — is fast-rising producer Deputy, who spoke with Fader about the story behind the track. More »

By: Caitlin White / March 30, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Watch Rihanna Perform “Bitch Better Have My Money” At The iHeartRadio Awards

Rihanna performed her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money” live for the first time last night at the iHeartRadio Awards in Los Angeles. She came on stage out of a stationary helicopter and did the track wearing a mint-colored fur coat and a pair of thigh-high boots with support from some futuristically dressed backu… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015 - 9:02 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Spring! Finally! It’s above 45 degrees here in New York, and though it’s a tad rainy, color is slowly creeping back into the world. The music realm seems to be doing the same, with irresistible, colorful dance tracks beginning to blossom and populate pre-summer playlists (the almighty Song Of The Summer approaches!). Of course, it’… More »

By: Stereogum / March 27, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

Rihanna’s followed up “FourFiveSeconds” with the second single from her upcoming eighth studio album. It’s called “Bitch Better Have My Money,” a reference to the 1991 AMG album (and song) of the same name. On first listen, it sounds like a pretty decent bop from an artist that’s brought us 11 #1 hit singles. The… More »

By: James Rettig / March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Rihanna – “As Real As You And Me” & “Dancing In The Dark”

Rihanna plays one of the lead voice-acting roles in the new E.T.-esque Dreamworks animated movie Home, and she’s also got a whole mess of songs on its soundtrack album. We’ve already heard the single “Towards The Sun,” which sounds like what happens when Rihanna tries to make a Florence + The Machine song. And we’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 19, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Friday Night Lights Creator Peter Berg Is Making A Rihanna Documentary

Peter Berg has directed plenty of incredible projects, but one of his absolute best is the television show Friday Night Lights. The series was wrought with such a deft perspective, wringing universal themes about love, loss, and family out of a small, football-obsessed town called Dillon with an unsurpassed level of storytelling. So if Berg… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 11, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Prince Playing Spontaneous US Shows, Might Have Contributed A Song To Rihanna’s Album

Prince’s return to making new music has been a source of great joy for those who worship at the altar of the Purple One. His return to touring, however has been mostly confined to sporadic dates in the UK until now. In support of his new album Art Official Age and 3rdEyeGirl’s debut Plectrumelectrum, Prince… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 6, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Watch Rihanna Preview Another New Song “American Oxygen” In March Madness Commercial

Rihanna’s as-yet-untitled next album, which Kanye West executive produced, might still be a little while off. (It has no release date, anyway, which I suppose means nothing anymore.) But we’re in the stage where little shards of songs are hitting the internet, in different forms, all the time. Yesterday, she posted pieces of a new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015 - 8:47 am

Preview New Rihanna Song “Higher”

Robyn Fenty wants to be clear about one thing: She can sing, OK?? Tom already noted that her vocal performance on “FourFiveSeconds” is one of her strongest to date, and it looks like she’s going to be singing her ass of on her forthcoming new album that seems to be titled R8. Rihanna previewed another… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 5, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Rihanna – “Towards The Sun”

Rihanna just premiered a new track with BBC Radio 1. “Towards The Sun” is the lead single from the soundtrack for the new Dreamworks animated movie, Home, which Rihanna stars in and apparently produced an entire concept album for. It’s very much a movie soundtrack song, with a huge chorus that’s dripping with positivity and… More »

By: James Rettig / February 24, 2015 - 10:01 am

Kanye West And Rihanna Are Touring Together This Year

We learned about Kanye West’s plans to tour this year via Rihanna’s charity auction, they recorded the hit “FourFiveSeconds” together, and Kanye is executive producing Rihanna’s album. So although it’s exciting that the two artists are touring together this year, it’s not exactly surprising. Radio.com points out that members of the Kanyetothe forum have dredged… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 23, 2015 - 12:55 pm

The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015

People love to hate Simon Cowell — for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows — but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 12, 2015 - 4:28 pm

iLoveMakonnen Lines Up Drake, Rihanna, Diplo, Skrillex For Debut LP

iLoveMakonnen is one of the most compelling artists coming out of Atlanta’s newest wave of culture-defying hip-hop, and ever since Drake hopped on a remix of his weekday ode “Tuesday” and signed him to OVO, Makonnen’s star continues to rise. Proof? “Tuesday” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. And while he didn’t… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

Hey, it’s over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn’t win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm
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