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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 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…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2014 - 10:24 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | January 17, 2014 - 2:58 pm
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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,…
Chris DeVille | January 9, 2014 - 2:03 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2013 - 8:55 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | October 28, 2013 - 6:03 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 11, 2013 - 9:29 am
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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.
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2013 - 9:19 am
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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…
Miles Bowe | September 12, 2013 - 11:34 am
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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…
Miles Bowe | July 21, 2013 - 2:17 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | February 14, 2013 - 12:12 pm
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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'…
Puja Patel | December 26, 2012 - 2:13 pm
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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.
Corban Goble | November 16, 2012 - 4:27 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | November 16, 2012 - 8:40 am
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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,…
Corban Goble | November 15, 2012 - 3:14 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | November 9, 2012 - 9:45 am
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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.
Michael Nelson | October 11, 2012 - 12:44 pm
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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 game…
Tom Breihan | September 10, 2012 - 9:54 am
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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…
Corban Goble | June 3, 2012 - 5:47 pm
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Rihanna – “Where Have You Been” Video

Remember the beginning of the "Black Or White" video, where Michael Jackson is dancing on the African veldt? Well, that's pretty much Rihanna's video for…
Tom Breihan | April 30, 2012 - 10:55 am

Drake – “Take Care” & “HYFR” Videos

Perhaps because of some unexplained hatred for music bloggers, Drake picked Friday night to release two videos for singles from Take Care, Stereogum's second-favorite album
Tom Breihan | April 6, 2012 - 10:01 pm
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