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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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The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

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…
Chris DeVille | July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 3, 2015 - 1:23 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…
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.
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…
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…
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.,…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
James Rettig | April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

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…
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…
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…
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…
James Rettig | April 2, 2015 - 8:56 am
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