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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 of New York Magazine), indicates “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude.” Bryan has long been one of that scene’s dominant figures, the Alan Jackso… More »

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 »

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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
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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
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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…
Caitlin White | April 6, 2015 - 5:22 pm
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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 versio…
James Rettig | April 5, 2015 - 3:48 pm
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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
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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 i…
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…
Caitlin White | March 31, 2015 - 5:24 pm
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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 hi…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm
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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…
Caitlin White | March 30, 2015 - 2:31 pm
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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…
James Rettig | March 30, 2015 - 9:02 am
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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…
Stereogum | March 27, 2015 - 5:36 pm
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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…
James Rettig | March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm
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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 song…
Tom Breihan | March 19, 2015 - 12:16 pm
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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…
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. Hi…
Caitlin White | March 6, 2015 - 2:16 pm
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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…
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…
Caitlin White | March 5, 2015 - 4:54 pm
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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…
James Rettig | February 24, 2015 - 10:01 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | February 23, 2015 - 12:55 pm
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