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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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Watch Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Eminem, Rihanna, Metallica Perform At The Concert for Valor

The Concert For Valor took place last night on the National Mall in Washington, DC to honor Veteran's Day. An estimated 800,000 were in attendance…
James Rettig | November 12, 2014 - 10:22 am
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The Week In Pop: The History Of Kesha Vs. Dr. Luke

When Kesha and Dr. Luke traded lawsuits earlier this week -- Kesha alleging a decade of sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, Luke alleging that she…
Chris DeVille | October 16, 2014 - 3:18 pm
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CBS Sports Officially Cuts Rihanna From Thursday Night Football

Last week, after the NFL spectacularly bungled its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS Sports opted to cut a pre-taped segment with…
Chris DeVille | September 16, 2014 - 12:20 pm
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CBS Sports Cancels Tonight’s Rihanna Performance In The Wake Of Ray Rice Scandal

CBS has cancelled a Rihanna musical performance that was scheduled to air during tonight's NFL pregame show. Instead, they will show a discussion about Commissioner…
James Rettig | September 11, 2014 - 7:41 pm
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NFL Wants Coldplay, Katy Perry, Or Rihanna To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime

The National Football League rakes in about $9 billion a year, but that doesn’t mean it’s made of money. Do you know how much the…
Tom Breihan | August 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm
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Watch Rihanna Join Eminem At Lollapalooza

As a little preview of their upcoming stadium tour that starts in a week, Rihanna joined Eminem on stage during his headlining set at Lollapalooza.
James Rettig | August 2, 2014 - 1:03 pm

The Week In Pop: Shawn Mendes, TerRio, And Vine’s Six-Second Stars

Whether busking, mailing out demo tapes, or uploading to MySpace or YouTube, conventional wisdom says you have less than one minute to catch the attentio…
Chris DeVille | July 31, 2014 - 4:01 pm
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Tori Amos – “Promise” (Feat. Her Daughter, Natashya) Video

"Promise," one of the songs on Tori Amos' new album Unrepentant Geraldines, is a duet with Amos' 13-year-old daughter Natashya, who, it turns out, ca…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2014 - 9:04 am
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Rihanna Really Enjoyed Germany’s World Cup Win

In case you live under a rock, Germany won the World Cup yesterday and Rihanna may have been more excited about it than anyone. The…
James Rettig | July 14, 2014 - 1:43 pm
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The Week In Pop: Bleachers, The Solo Project Of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Is Really Good

Things we learned about Jack Antonoff -- Fun. guitarist, former Steel Train ringleader, Lena Dunham boyfriend, and, lately, Bleachers mastermind -- in Vulture's great profile
Chris DeVille | July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm
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Watch Grimes Debut “Go,” Her Song For Rihanna, At Governors Ball

Grimes promised three new songs at Governors Ball -- including one she and Blood Diamonds wrote for Rihanna (who passed on it) -- and that'…
Chris DeVille | June 7, 2014 - 5:59 pm
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Rihanna Turned Down A Song That Grimes Wrote For Her

On Friday night, Grimes will play New York's Governors Ball festival. And as she pointed out on Twitter this afternoon, we might want to pay…
Tom Breihan | June 4, 2014 - 4:49 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | May 29, 2014 - 4:31 pm
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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?"…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | May 8, 2014 - 4:27 pm
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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 Second…
Scott Lapatine | May 2, 2014 - 10:24 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2014 - 8:57 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | April 14, 2014 - 8:28 am

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…
Chris DeVille | March 20, 2014 - 3:58 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | January 31, 2014 - 11:37 am
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