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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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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

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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

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

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

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…
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…
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!
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Morning-After Phase: Thoughts On The 2015 Grammys

The most uneventful Grammys in recent memory climaxed with an utterly anticlimactic Album Of The Year winner. Rarely has such a shocking upset felt so…
Chris DeVille | February 9, 2015 - 9:51 am

Grammys 2015: The Best GIFs, Tweets, & Videos

As exciting (?) as Music’s Biggest Night™ itself is, the real treasures are the countless GIFs, videos, tweets, memes, and other ephemera that will survive…
James Rettig | February 8, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Grammys 2015: Winners List

The 2015 Grammys are have officially begun. We'll be updating this post with the winners as they're announced throughout the night. Winners will be appear…
Caitlin White | February 8, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Beck Will Perform With Chris Martin At The Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, and we already know that host LL Cool Jay (cue a collective groan) will not be…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am
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