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The Week In Pop: The Mis-MGMT Of Foster The People

Every few years, a musician achieves that rare combination of commercial dominance and critical acclaim -- and therefore inspires lots of copycats -- only to willfully retreat from the spotlight. This usually involves making an album designed to alienate mainstream audiences and/or distance the originator from the imitators. It also tends to create a vacuum… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 20, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

It's not a proper music video, so it's not on this list, but Yours Truly's series of videos from the Young Turks new years festival in Tulum, Mexico is the greatest marriage of music and moving images that I've seen this week. These clips -- Caroline Polachek singing opera while standing knee-deep i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014

Watch Patti Smith Cover Rihanna’s “Stay” In NYC

With her massive piano ballad "Stay," Rihanna proved to the universe, beyond any doubt, that she can actually sing. Anyone who has heard Horses already knew that Patti Smith is one of of the most expressive singers in rock history, and it's easy to see how the sparse desperation of a song "Stay" that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014

The Week In Pop: Why So Serious, Jennifer Nettles?

My first exposure to Sugarland was the video for "Stuck Like Glue," a 2010 single that injected a shot of unexpected quirk to the heavily codified country radio landscape. I hadn't paid close attention to mainstream country since I was a kid, but somehow "Stuck Like Glue" made its way into my browser and captured… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 17, 2014

The Week In Pop: Stereogum’s New Weekly Pop Column

Welcome to The Week In Pop, Stereogum's new weekly pop column. I'll be here every Thursday with a look at mainstream pop music via essays, track reviews, chart updates, and more. The phrase "Stereogum's weekly pop column" probably raises some questions, so let's get to them right away:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 9, 2014

Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna) Video

Eminem scored a massive hit when he teamed up with Rihanna on "Love The Way You Lie" a few years ago, so when he brought her back for the Marshall Mathers LP 2 track "The Monster," you already knew it was going to be a single. Pop radio has been playing the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2013

Eminem – “The Monster” (Feat. Rihanna)

In 2010, Eminem and Rihanna went to No. 1 for seven weeks straight with "Love The Way You Lie," an evocative duet that, uncomfortably, seemed to capitalize on Rihanna's widely known status as a victim of domestic violence. That potent commercial tandem is back together on "The Monster," a new single from Em's upcoming… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 28, 2013

Eminem Marshall Mathers LP 2 Tracklist Revealed

Eminem is set to release his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 next month, and there's a pretty good chance it'll keep the entire music business afloat for another year or so. We've already seen the videos to his new songs "Berzerk" and "Survival," and now Eminem has unveiled the album's tracklist. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 11, 2013

A$AP Rocky – “Fashion Killa” Video (Feat. Rihanna)

"Fashion Killa" is a fundamentally silly song; it's the Long.Live.A$AP track where A$AP Rocky spends the entire song rattling off the names of fashion brands. But with that gasping Friendzone beat, it's also a sumptuously pretty piece of work. And now it also has a music video that's both deeply silly and sumptuously pretty. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2013

Low – “Stay” (Rihanna Cover)

You might remember earlier this summer Low covered Rihanna's "Stay" at Pitchfork Festival. Now you can hear a studio version of the song. Listen below and check out our ranking of the band's discography here. More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 12, 2013

Watch Low Cover Rihanna At Pitchfork Festival

If you've ever been to Pitchfork Festival you'll know that the Blue Stage is usually the best for seeing more intimate performances. It's tucked away a bit, smaller than the Red or Green stage, and is perfect for a band like Low. During their set yesterday, the band performed a cover of Rihanna's "Stay," telling… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2013

Jessie Ware – “Diamonds” (Rihanna Cover)

The elegant British soul crooner Jessie Ware isn't the first indie-universe fixture to cover "Diamonds," Rihanna's massive 2012 ballad; Zola Jesus already got there. But Ware's cover, recorded for a recent BBC Live Lounge session, is the smallest and tenderest version of the song I've heard: A stripped-back acoustic lament that sounds like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013

The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

There was no getting away from EDM in 2012. While the three-letter hashtag has certainly caused buzz among radio stations and indie blogosphere alike, it's been a big year for dance on and off of the pop charts. Regional styles like footwork, juke, and Jersey club went through genre-bending booms, electronic trap instrumentals filtered their… More »

By: Puja Patel / December 26, 2012

Rihanna – “Diamonds (Remix)” (Feat. Kanye West)

Kanye throws a Lil Reese-checking verse onto the front of Rihanna's "Diamonds," further proof that he's on fire right now. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 16, 2012

Zola Jesus – “Diamonds” (Rihanna Cover)

Maybe it's a case of haunted souls recognizing each other, but if one more exceptionally talented, vaguely gothy indie singer covers a Rihanna hit, we're going to have a trend on our hands. First, Bat For Lashes tried out Rihanna's "We Found Love," and now, a month later, Zola Jesus has recorded a swirling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2012

Rihanna – “Nobody’s Business” (Feat. Chris Brown)

Well, the most speculated-about track on Rihanna's forthcoming Apologetic -- the Chris Brown collaboration "Nobody's Business" -- has hit the web, and it's a big, hiigh production value pop song showing off plenty of '90s radio pop touchpoints. Hear it at B. Scott. They all have WiFi on that Rihanna JumboJet, right? More »

By: Corban Goble / November 15, 2012

Rihanna – “Diamonds” Video

We might as well get used to Rihanna's new single "Diamonds" now, since if past experience is any indication, it'll be completely inescapable for the next three months. (That's not a bad thing! Pretty good song!) The video, directed by Anthony Mandler, is all swoony slo-mo, and it has a whole lot of Rihanna… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 9, 2012

Bat For Lashes Covers Rihanna’s “We Found Love”

"We Found Love" is an unusually dark song for Rihanna, but in the hands of Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, it's several shades darker still. Performing the song on Zane Lowe's BBC show, Khan leaves the original melody intact but reworks the arrangement, stripping it bare and slowing it down, rebuilding it into something spooky… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 11, 2012

Watch Coldplay, Jay-Z, Rihanna Play Paralympics Closing Ceremony

A couple of weeks ago, we beheld the weirdly moving spectacle of Orbital and Stephen Hawking performing together at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. The games ended this past weekend, and last night's closing ceremony had a far more conventional big draw: Coldplay, who called in some favors for their set. The band played "More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2012

Coldplay – “Princess Of China” (Feat. Rihanna) Video

Here's the visual for Coldplay and Rihanna's collaboration "Princess Of China," a clip packed with eye-burning images that would make both Ang Lee and Baz Luhrmann proud. Observations: it contains too may potential GIFs to count and Rihanna gets pretty friendly with the video's main male, as she sometimes does. Adria Petty (Beyoncé'… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 3, 2012