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The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year's biggest pop songs; now let's run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014

Dr. Dre Made More Money This Year Than Any Musician Ever

Dr. Dre topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid hip-hop acts a few months back, and now the financial mag has named Dre the world's richest musician overall, a conclusion that should surprise no one after Dre and Jimmy Iovine sold their Beats empire to Apple for $3 billion this year. Thanks largely to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 12, 2014

The Week In Pop: Goddamn, People Love Pentatonix

Ever since Glee became a phenomenon in 2009, a cappella music has been building to a pop cultural renaissance of sorts. As that show's cultural clout died down, Pitch Perfect picked up its slack. The 2012 movie made stars out of Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson and was instantly canonized as one of those… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2014

Watch South Park‘s Holiday Special Featuring Iggy Azalea, Hologram Kurt Cobain, & A Taylor Swift/Bill Cosby Duet

South Park closed out its 18th season with a slew of musical "guest stars" that have generated a lot of criticism and discussion this year. There's a hologram of Kurt Cobain, performances from Taylor Swift and Iggy Azalea, and Stan's dad resurfaces as Lorde, again. There are several duets throughout -- Azalea performs "A Holly… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 11, 2014

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here. // The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won't learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them as part of tonight'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014

The Week In Pop: The Cold Hard Facts On The Year In Pop

Now that December is upon us, publications are starting to roll out their year-end lists. In the preface to our own countdown of the year's best albums, we noted how subjective that pursuit is, but there is a more objective way to determine what music ruled 2014: cold hard facts. And what do you… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 4, 2014

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it -- or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool'… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014

Watch Lorde Talk About The First Time She Met Taylor Swift, Perform “Yellow Flicker Beat” On Fallon

Fresh off a performance at the American Music Awards and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde was interviewed and performed on Jimmy Fallon last night. She talked about the first time she met Taylor Swift at a Shake Shack in New York, that time she pretended to be… More »

By: James Rettig / November 26, 2014

Joni Mitchell Squashed Biopic Starring Taylor Swift

Back in 2012, Taylor Swift was attached to star in a movie based on the 2008 book Girls Like Us, a biography that detailed the rise of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon. Swift would have starred as Mitchell opposite a cast that could have included Mad Men's Jessica Pare as Simo… More »

By: James Rettig / November 25, 2014

Watch American Music Awards ’14 Performances From Taylor Swift, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, & More

The American Music Awards are being held in Los Angeles tonight with host Pitbull. Taylor Swift opened up the show with the live debut of her new single "Blank Space." On Twitter before the show, Swift promised that it was "gonna be crazy. No like, actually crazy." Judge for yourself. Charli XCX did a… More »

By: James Rettig / November 23, 2014

Ariel Pink Wants To Marry Taylor Swift, Is In Love With Ariana Grande

Ariel Pink's pom pom is out today -- it's great, and you can stream it here. And as we all know, Pink's been taking every opportunity in the press cycle to talk a lot of shit about, well, pretty much everything. So it's almost surprising when he has generally nice and reasonable… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 18, 2014

Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Is A Liar Who Sold Her Soul To Google

Billy Bragg must have an invite to YouTube's new Music Key subscription service because he's noticed Taylor Swift's albums in Music Key's library, and he's not happy about it. Swift recently caused a stir by pulling her entire catalog from Spotify, sparking a back and forth between the streaming service, Swift,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014

Watch SNL Parody Ariana Grande, Megan Trainor, Sam Smith, & Lorde With Young Tarts & Old Farts Commercial

A highlight of tonight's funny (really) and cameo-filled (Jennifer Lawrence, Crazy Eyes) episode of Saturday Night Live was the fake commercial for Young Tarts & Old Farts, a compilation of duets in the style of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's recent chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek. This gave the cast an opportunity to break out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 16, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Here's something I wasn't quite expecting: Every last one of the videos on this week's list has some kind of narrative to it, even if that story is just "intense guy wanders around motel and weird things happen." Most of them are pretty cartoony. Some of them involve actual professional actors. All of them are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014

Dave Grohl Weighs In On Taylor Swift Vs. Spotify

Dave Grohl has weighed in on the Spotify debate in light of Taylor Swift's recent decision to pull her entire catalog from the streaming service. In a new interview with Digital Spy, the Foo Fighters frontman said, "Me personally? I don't fucking care. That's just me, because I'm playing two nights at Wembley… More »

By: James Rettig / November 14, 2014

The Week In Pop: Bobby Shmurda Is A Pioneer, But Also A Traditionalist Of Sorts

Bobby Shmurda is a pioneer several times over. The Brooklyn rapper's breakout hit "Hot Nigga" -- or "Hot Boy," as it's known to the radio programmers who've roundly embraced it -- reached a new peak this week, climbing to #6 on Billboard's definitive singles chart, the Hot 100. It's the kind of mixtape track Lil… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2014

Lorde Tells Diplo To Do Something About His Tiny Penis

Diplo spent yesterday by making a running Twitter joke out of Taylor Swift's perceived lack of a booty. First, he said that someone should launch a Kickstarter campaign to get Swift a booty, and then he tweeted the actual crowdfunding campaign that someone started. He made a bunch of jokes about it. And now Lorde,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014

Taylor Swift’s Label Disputes Spotify’s $6M Payout Claim

Last week, Taylor Swift made a big move by pulling all of her albums off of Spotify. The streaming company's CEO Daniel Ek published a blog post yesterday claiming that Swift was expected to receive $6 million in payouts from the service over the next year based on their current growth. Swift's label ha… More »

By: James Rettig / November 12, 2014

Spotify Says Taylor Swift Was On Pace To Earn $6 Million From Their Service This Year

Last week, Taylor Swift generated headlines by pulling all of her music, new and old, from Spotify. She's not the first artist to deny Spotify the use of her music, but she's definitely the most prominent. Talking to Yahoo afterward, she said, "Everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014

Here’s The Inevitable Taylor Swift x Kendrick Lamar Mashup

After all of the back-and-forth between Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar over the past few weeks, it was only a matter of time until someone mashed the two together. Thankfully, it ended up being the Hood Internet, who have a pretty good track record with these sorts of things, and their mix… More »

By: James Rettig / November 10, 2014