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Chances are you’ve watched Silentó Whip, watched him Nae Nae at some point this summer. Perhaps you’ve even Whipped, Nae Nae’d, or done the Stanky Legg yourself. The then-unknown Atlanta teenager born Ricky Hawke — which is a much better pop-star name than Silentó — uploaded “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” to SoundCloud back in January. 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 »

Last year, when the likes of “Trophies,” “0 To 100,” and “How ‘Bout Now” proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading a song to SoundCloud, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent proclaimed him “the Taylor Swift of rap.” Sargent’s thesis was that in an environment where even established stars have trouble getting heavily promoted… More »

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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

The Week In Pop: American Idol Changed TV, But Music? Not So Much

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm

2015 Billboard Music Awards Will Open With Taylor Swift, Close With Kanye West

The Billboard Music Awards have always been at the very bottom of the music-awards-show totem pole. This year, though, the show is determined to make an impact, and it’s bringing out some big guns. Billboard reports that the show will open with the debut of Taylor Swift’s video for her 1989 track “Bad Blood.” A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 12, 2015 - 11:07 am

Kendrick Lamar’s In Taylor Swift’s Star-Studded “Bad Blood” Video

Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 breakout album Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City sold 241,000 copies in its first week, but it never made it to #1, since it had the misfortune to come out the same week as Taylor Swift’s Red. But Kendrick holds no grudges. Since then, Taylor has become a loud and vocal Kendrick fan, telling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2015 - 9:48 am

Taylor Swift Performs All Of 1989 In Tokyo Tour Opener

At this point, Taylor Swift could do a greatest-hits setlist in her sleep, but Taylor Swift is not about the past. Tonight, Swift played the Tokyo Dome, something she couldn’t have done if she was still a country singer. This was the first time she’d done a full headlining show (at least, in a non-Jingle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2015 - 9:46 am

The Week In Pop: Meet Charlie Puth, 2015’s Most Egregious Rising Star

When Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” ended the 14-week reign of “Uptown Funk!” atop the Hot 100 last week, a natural first question was really? Once we all got past the initial shock of a tepid Paul Walker tribute from the Furious 7 soundtrack coming out of nowhere to unseat one of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 11:35 am

Taylor Swift’s Chinese Toyota Commercials Are Awkward Beyond Your “Wildest Dreams”

Taylor Swift took the best song off 1989 and turned it into a Toyota commercial, joining the long legacy of American celebrities appearing in foreign TV spots they’d never agree to stateside. The ad uses “Wildest Dreams” to promote Toyota’s newest hybrid car in the Chinese market. There’s two versions of the ad, but both… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 10:48 am
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