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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 League is going to have to pay out in concussion-related lawsuits for the next forever? Fortunately, the NFL has figured out how to optimize yet another revenue stream: Charging artist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 4:12 pm

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. The frequent collaborators performed “Monster” and “Love The Way You Lie” and, more surprisingly, Rihanna provided vocals on Eminem’s “Stan” from 1999’s The Marshall Mathers LP. Watch video from… More »

By: 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 attention of music industry execs. Shawn Mendes did it in six seconds. The 15-year-old Toronto pop singer made his name on Vine, Google’s quick-hit video service, riding looped snippets of Katy… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014 - 4:01 pm

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, can really sing. She also shows up in the song’s brand-new video, which follows Amos’ video for “Trouble’s Lament” as the second one from the album. There’s not much going o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2014 - 9:04 am

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 pop singer has been tweeting incessantly over the past month about the tournament, rooting for the German team every step of the way. And because she’s filthy rich, she went… More »

By: James Rettig / July 14, 2014 - 1:43 pm

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 last week: He lived with his parents in New Jersey until age 28, when Fun.’s “We Are Young” made them superstars. His Fun. bandmates lived there for a while too,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm

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’s exactly what she delivered. “David,” “Sleepwalking,” and “Go” were the titles of the new tracks. Billboard had this to say about the new stuff:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 7, 2014 - 5:59 pm

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 special attention to the last song of her set. The song, Grimes explains, is “kinda different from regular grimes.” That’s because she and frequent collaborator Blood Diamonds wrote the song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 4:49 pm

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 - 4:31 pm

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 anyone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

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 - 4:27 pm

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 - 10:24 am

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 - 8:57 am

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 - 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 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 - 3:58 pm

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 in a crystalline… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2014 - 11:37 am

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 might… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 10:24 am

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 - 2:58 pm

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 - 2:03 pm

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 the track for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2013 - 8:55 am