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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds (DJ Mustard Remix)”

Maybe the most striking thing about the unlikely Rihanna/Kanye West/Paul McCartney team-up "FourFiveSeconds" is the way it flies in the face of current pop and…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2015 - 9:15 am
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Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds” Video

Last week, the unlikely trio of Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney released the divisive new single "FourFiveSeconds," an acoustic threat of a song that…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2015 - 9:16 am
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Watch Kanye West And Rihanna Perform At DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night Party

DirecTV held their invite-only Super Bowl pre-party concert last night in Arizona with featured performers Kanye West and Rihanna. Both artists ran through their biggest…
James Rettig | February 1, 2015 - 10:37 am

Watch Rihanna, Kanye, & Paul McCartney Behind The Scenes Of The “FourFiveSeconds” Video Shoot

One good thing about having Rihanna involved with "FourFiveSeconds" is that she's a lot more open and communicative with her fans than someone like Kanye,…
James Rettig | January 30, 2015 - 10:05 pm
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The biggest song this week brought together three of the biggest names in music; it arrived with no warning and exploded into our lives. We…
Stereogum | January 30, 2015 - 4:47 pm
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Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”

The collaboration between Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney has arrived. It's called "FourFiveSeconds." Earlier this week, Kanye played the song for a bunch of…
James Rettig | January 24, 2015 - 8:00 pm
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Kanye Played A New Rihanna Collab To Radio Programmers, Asked McCartney About “Pussy In The ’60s”

Kanye West made a surprise appearance on Wednesday at the iHeartMedia Music Summit for radio programmers, and played them a new song from his forthcoming…
James Rettig | January 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm
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The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that…
Chris DeVille | January 8, 2015 - 4:50 pm
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Hear An Alleged New Rihanna Song Called “World Peace”

Rihanna's eighth album (rumored to be titled R8) was one of the "surprise" blockbuster releases that never materialized in late 2014, but it seems likely…
Chris DeVille | January 2, 2015 - 2:57 pm
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Here’s MoonQuake Lake, Annie’s Movie-Within-A-Movie Starring Rihanna As A Sea Monster And A Theme By Beck & Sia

Last month, Beck and Sia unveiled their fizzy pop collaboration "MoonQuake Lake," which turns out to be the theme song of a Twilight parody that…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | December 15, 2014 - 4:23 pm
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The Week In Pop: Goddamn, People Love Pentatonix

Ever since Glee became a phenomenon in 2009, a cappella music has been building to a pop cultural renaissance of sorts. As that show's cultural…
Chris DeVille | December 11, 2014 - 4:20 pm
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The Week In Pop: With Four, One Direction Keep On Building A Better Boy Band

What constitutes a boy band, anyway? One Direction certainly look and act the part. Ever since forming on The X Factor in 2010, they've filled…
Chris DeVille | November 20, 2014 - 4:47 pm
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Calvin Harris Is Upset And Confused About Rihanna Rejecting His Song For Her Imminent Album

Rihanna had one of her biggest hits ever with "We Found Love," the 2011 song she did with the British dance producer Calvin Harris. Give…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2014 - 3:51 pm
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