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Taylor Swift Trademarks The Phrase “This Sick Beat”

Taylor Swift's Twitter hack didn't expose anything particularly embarrassing, but that's OK, there's plenty to joke about in the public record. Consider, for instance, this Vox report that Swift has trademarked the phrase "this sick beat" -- as in the "Shake It Off" lyric "You could have been getting down to this sick beat" --… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Diplo Says Taylor Swift Fans Are The Worst People In The World

In a new GQ interview, Diplo addresses his controversial comments about Taylor Swift's butt, the ones that inspired Lorde to tweet that he has a tiny penis. He starts out by saying that it was just a joke that got blown out of proportion because Swift is such a prominent figure in the media landscape:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 23, 2015 - 11:15 am

The Week In Pop: Empire, Nashville, & TV’s Music Drama Craze

Rome wasn't built in a day, but Empire's empire might have been. Fox's new drama series about a superstar rapper turned ailing hip-hop mogul debuted to staggering numbers two weeks ago, pulling 9.8 million same-day viewers. The stats have only gone up since, with Empire's next two episodes nabbing 10.3 million and 10.9 million, respectively. More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 22, 2015 - 4:26 pm

The Week In Pop: Forecasting 2015’s Event Albums And Rising Stars

Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world -- sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! -- who will tell you that every year is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 8, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Taylor Swift Beats Frozen As 2014’s Top Selling Album, Jack White Sells The Most Vinyl

Taylor Swift's 1989 has eked out the Frozen soundtrack to become the best-selling album of the year. 1989 has sold 3.66 million copies since it was released back in October compared to Frozen's 3.53 million, according to Billboard. This is the second time that Swift has had the top selling album after she sold 3.22… More »

By: James Rettig / December 31, 2014 - 1:02 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

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. ("Bang… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

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 that Apple… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 12, 2014 - 11:37 am

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 film… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2014 - 4:20 pm

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 - 10:21 am

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's AMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 9:02 am

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 know,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 4, 2014 - 4:38 pm

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 - 9:39 am

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 Swift'… More »

By: James Rettig / November 26, 2014 - 8:41 am

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 Simon and TheMore »

By: James Rettig / November 25, 2014 - 11:38 am

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 medley… More »

By: James Rettig / November 23, 2014 - 8:39 pm

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 things to say,… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 18, 2014 - 5:31 pm

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, and her label. I… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014 - 1:38 pm

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 - 9:18 am

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 - 1:38 pm