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Taylor Swift’s 1989 Is The Bestselling Vinyl Of 2015 So Far

The vinyl resurgence has hit the pop world: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the best-selling vinyl record of the year so far. Nielsen Music released its mid-year charts today and, unsurprisingly, Swift’s fifth album is the best-selling album overall, moving moving 1.33 million in pure album sales and 2.01 million in equivalent album units. More »

By: James Rettig / July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Apple Music Will Be The First To Stream Taylor Swift’s 1989

Taylor Swift has announced that Apple Music will be the first streaming service to offer 1989. Previous reports indicated that the album, which has only been available to purchase since it was released back in October, would not be included when Apple Music launches next week, but Big Machine Records and the tech company seem… More »

By: James Rettig / June 25, 2015 - 11:52 am

St. Vincent, Josh Homme, Disclosure Hosting Beats 1 Radio Shows

Apple Music already poached Zane Lowe to help establish their new internet radio component, Beats 1. The company also signed on Drake and Pharrell as DJs, but even more artists have been added to the company’s roster. More »

By: Caitlin White / June 25, 2015 - 10:38 am

Billy Corgan Forecasts A Bleak Future For Streaming Music

Billy Corgan went on CNBC earlier this week to talk about the state of the music business, particularly regarding Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, and more importantly, Apple’s swift response to that letter. Said Corgan: “Once artists understand the power they have in this marketplace, all heck’s going to break loose … We’re not… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm

Mitski & Ryan Hemsworth Predict The Song Of The Summer 2015

The song of the summer is a slippery, ephemeral thing. You can try to predict it, labels can (and will) try their hardest to make sure that their song is the one that comes out on top, but it’s still an imprecise science. It means different things to different people, certain niches will gravitate toward… More »

By: James Rettig / June 24, 2015 - 11:07 am

Billy Corgan Returns To CNBC To Talk Taylor Swift And Apple

Last month, Smashing Pumpkins frontman and frequent talking head Billy Corgan showed up on CNBC to discuss Tidal, call out the “feckless idiots” of the music industry, and predict that everything will change drastically once artists figure out their true value. Yesterday, he appeared on CNBC again — they should probably just give him hi… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 23, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Apple Caves To Taylor Swift, Will Pay Artists During Trial

With a whole lot of pageantry, Apple Music is about to launch its new streaming service, and it’s offering a three-month free trial subscription. And yesterday, upon learning that Apple was not planning to pay royalties during that three-month period, Taylor Swift wrote Apple an open letter taking the company to task and letting them… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 22, 2015 - 9:24 am

Read Taylor Swift’s Open Letter To Apple Music

A few days ago, it was confirmed that Taylor Swift’s hugely successful album 1989 would not be available to stream on the new Apple Music platform, despite what Apple may have implied during the launch presentation. This morning, Swift put up an open letter to Apple on her Tumblr, detailing exactly why she isn’t making… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 21, 2015 - 10:25 am

No, 1989 Won’t Be On Apple Music

When Apple first announced its new streaming service Apple Music, they said that subscribers would be able to stream everything available on the iTunes store. If that were true, it would’ve been a major coup in the streaming wars, making Apple Music the first on-demand streaming service to offer access to the Beatles’ catalog and… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 18, 2015 - 7:43 pm

The Week In Pop: Hilary Duff Joined Tinder And, Oh Yeah, Made A Decent Album Too

It was obvious from the beginning that Hilary Duff signing up for Tinder was a stunt to promote her comeback album. What wasn’t obvious was what an elaborate stunt it would turn out to be — not just a headline-grabbing move to get people talking about Duff again but the premise for a craven music… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 18, 2015 - 9:42 am

8 Lingering Questions About Apple Music

Apple announced its new Apple Music platform Monday with plenty of fanfare, spawning a range of reactions from “Welcome, Apple” to “Oh ok.” The prospect of its three-pronged streaming/radio/social media attack is a little intriguing, but there’s a lot left to understand about the new services. Here are some of our lingering questions. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 9, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Katy Perry Readies “Bad Blood” Response Track “1984”?

Taylor Swift has never come out and said that “Bad Blood,” her 1989 track and recent #1 single, is a dis song about Katy Perry. She’s told Rolling Stone that it’s about another singer and that the two are “straight-up enemies,” but that’s about all she’ll say. Still, just about everyone agrees that Perry i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2015 - 12:45 pm

The Week In Pop: The Unstoppable Competent Mediocrity Of Jason Derulo

“Broke,” the last song teased from Jason Derulo’s new Everything Is 4 before the album’s release this week, both encapsulates and subverts the approach that has made Derulo one of pop radio’s most unavoidable sub-superstars. Ever since the former industry songwriter broke through as a solo artist with 2009’s Imogen Heap-sampling #1 smash “Whatcha Say,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 4, 2015 - 2:35 pm

Watch Screaming Females Cover Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

The great Jersey punk power trio Screaming Females are no strangers to the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover web series, in which bands pick a song from a list to cover. Three years ago, they made their first appearance, reducing Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy” to flaming wreckage. And now they’re back on the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2015 - 10:32 am

The Week In Pop: Meet Twenty One Pilots, The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of

Grandpa can keep U2; you can leave Coldplay for Mom; Mumford & Sons are strictly the province of perilously uncool older siblings. For a growing swath of America’s teenagers, Twenty One Pilots are the biggest rock band in the world — or are they are pop? Rap? EDM? Forward-thinking mainstream music has always been the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Two Inch Astronaut – “Fifteen” (Taylor Swift Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Next week, cool blog/label Funeral Sounds will release a compilation to benefit Washington D.C.’s Casa Ruby, the only LGBTQ+ resource center in the area. These types of safe spaces are an invaluable resource to a community, and Funeral Sounds has put together an ace lineup of mostly local artists to show their support. Today, we’re… More »

By: James Rettig / May 27, 2015 - 10:59 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was a week crammed full of great videos, way too many to fit onto this list. But my favorite subplot was this: Taylor Swift drummed up weeks of hype and probably spent a fortune to make her kung-fu feminist G.I. Joe cameo party and to unveil it in the biggest way possible for a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Ed Sheeran Wants You To Know He’s Already Successful, But Plans To Catch Up To Taylor Swift

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ed Sheeran expresses some frustration with his public perception. You see, he’s really quite successful, and he thinks it’s time people realized that:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2015 - 11:30 am

Q&A: James Taylor On Songwriting, Sobriety, & Taylor Swift + “Montana” (Stereogum Premiere)

There probably won’t be a James Taylor radio renaissance upon the release of his thoughtful, elegiac new studio album Before This World. Yet, this advent of new material offers us a chance to take a look at a remarkable man’s life while he continues to create music at the age of 67. I was raised… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 18, 2015 - 9:00 am

Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)” Video

Taylor Swift built the “Bad Blood” video to be a massive spectacle. On 5/7, she sent out the first poster featuring a character from it, and from then on it was hard to escape the onslaught of big names as we creeped closer to the video’s debut. Each was met with a flurry of fanfare… More »

By: James Rettig / May 17, 2015 - 8:17 pm
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