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The Week In Pop: Is Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse As Ridiculous As Expected?

I was prepared to ridicule Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse mercilessly. The title is preposterous, obviously; nobody says "chanteuse" except music critics too lazy to spend 15 seconds on thesaurus.com, and no one who spent part of this album's gestation period judging American Idol can really be described as "elusive." Then there wa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 29, 2014

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much "How did Paramore end up on American Idol?" as "Why did it take them so long to get there?" As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014

The Week In Pop: John Legend Reaches Peak Normalcy

Is he really a legend or isn't he? There's no doubt John Legend is a music industry power-player, the kind of safe yet pliable talent who moves in many circles, who appeals to many demographics, who's such a lock to appear at the Grammys every year that he inspired this genius tweet from our ow… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, Pharrell Play The IHeartRadio Awards

In addition to the debut of that "new" Michael Jackson song, last night's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards featured performances by Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Shakira ... wait, don't close your tab yet: there were also appearances by Kendrick Lamar and Arcade Fire. The whole idea of another televised music awards show… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 2, 2014

Warpaint Guitarist Says BEYONCÉ Is Slutty

We've seen this time and again, but if you're a marginally famous person and you say a bad word about Beyoncé, the entire internet will recoil in horror from you. The latest offender is Theresa Wayman, guitarist for the adventurous L.A. dream-pop band Warpaint, who had some words for the "hyper-sexualization" of pop music i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2014

Watch Eminem & Rihanna Peform, Jack White Cameo With Conan At The MTV Movie Awards

If you missed last night's MTV Movie Awards, you have plenty of valid excuses -- Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Coachella, watching people talk about Coachella on Twitter, literally one million other better things you could've been doing. So here are a couple of the things you missed. 8 Mile star Eminem and Battleship star… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 14, 2014

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