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Before we get into the looming sales showdown between Justin Bieber and One Direction, let’s flash back to 50 Cent’s final moment of musical relevance. It was the summer of 2007, and 50 was dropping his new album, Curtis, on 9/11. Kanye West — whose omnivorous, game-changing The College Dropout and Late Registration had seized… More »

When Ellie Goulding announced her new album, Delirium, over the summer, the press release included this quote from the British singer: “A part of me views this album as an experiment — to make a big pop album. I made a conscious decision that I wanted it to be on another level.” This is a… More »

“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

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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

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

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

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…
Puja Patel | December 26, 2012 - 2:13 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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 games…
Tom Breihan | September 10, 2012 - 9:54 am

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

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

Grammys 2012 Comment Party!!

It's the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the…
Amrit Singh | February 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Rihanna – “You Da One” Video

While a lot of criticism -- most of it fair -- has been pointed at Rihanna's Talk That Talk, a record that feels rushed and…
Corban Goble | December 23, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Florence Covers Drake’s “Take Care”

Earlier today, Florence + The Machine reshaped Drake's "Take Care" during their BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session at Maida Vale Studios, giving the track…
Corban Goble | November 25, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Rihanna Talk That Talk Comment Party

It almost seems silly to download a Rihanna leak early, since you already know that about half these songs will absolutely dominate the radio at…
Tom Breihan | November 15, 2011 - 8:35 am

Rihanna – “Talk That Talk” (Feat. Jay-Z)

UPDATE: Also below, check out the full version of Rihanna's "Drunk On Love," the new track that samples the xx's "Intro." Rihanna's new…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2011 - 10:03 am

Rihanna – “You Da One”

Rihanna’s latest single, the house-inflected “We Found Love,” has already conquered the world, and we’ve learned that her new album Talk That Talk features an
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2011 - 11:14 am

Rihanna Hearts The xx

Her retro early-'90s-style club banger "We Found Love" has already blown the fuck up, and now we're learning more and more about Rihanna's forthcoming album…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2011 - 12:38 pm
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