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The MTV Video Music Awards are, by their very nature, extremely awkward. Maybe it’s just that I long since aged out of the network’s key demo, but the entire enterprise feels teeth-clenchingly forced and needlessly faux-outrageous — even Miley Cyrus’ freed nipple in a night filled with NSFW moments. But if you’re a pop-culture addict… More »

“Remember JoJo?” To most of the Western world, that’s a reasonable question. Those who do recall Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque probably envision her as an adolescent, delivering the sleek acoustic R&B kiss-off “Leave (Get Out)” with poise and authority beyond her 13 years. That was 2004, and she followed it up two years later with… More »

Two seemingly contradictory reports from Billboard this week: Bro-country is over and Luke Bryan has another #1 album. Bro-country, as coined by Jody Rosen (then of New York Magazine), indicates “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude.” Bryan has long been one of that scene’s dominant figures, the Alan Jackso… More »

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Miley Cyrus Takes A Shot At Taylor Swift In New Interview

Miley Cyrus is gracing the cover of Marie Claire’s September issue, and although it won’t hit newsstands until 8/18, the magazine has just shared a…
Peter Helman | August 8, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Preview Ryan Adams’ Cover Of Taylor Swift’s “Out Of The Woods”

Yesterday morning, we learned that Ryan Adams had spent the previous night embarking on a fascinating an unlikely project: He was covering all of Taylor…
Tom Breihan | August 7, 2015 - 9:03 am

Ryan Adams Is Covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 In The Style Of The Smiths

Stereogum has a comments section, so we know that there are people out there still resisting the charms of Taylor Swift's ridiculously strong pop album…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2015 - 9:02 am

Grabby Fan Terrifies Taylor Swift On Concert Catwalk

Why do some fans think it's okay to just go up and touch famous people (or anyone) without their consent? It's really, really not, but…
Peter Helman | August 5, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Taylor Swift Explains How She And Kanye West Became Friends

We're going to have to accept the reality that that Kanye West/Taylor Swift collaboration will probably never happen. But West and Swift seem to be…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2015 - 10:12 am

Watch Taylor Swift Cover “Am I Wrong” With Nico & Vinz In Vancouver

Taylor Swift is the world's bestie, and that means she has a lot of friends. She's been putting this fact to use on her massive…
Peter Helman | August 2, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Watch Emilie & Ogden Cover Taylor Swift’s “Style” On Harp

A few weeks back we introduced you to Emilie Kahn and her trusty harp, Ogden, by way of their album's beautiful title track, "Ten Thousand."…
Chris DeVille | July 31, 2015 - 2:10 pm

The Week In Pop: Watch Us Whip Through The History Of Dance Crazes, From Chubby Checker To Silentó

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…
Chris DeVille | July 30, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Watch Nicki Minaj Perform, Discuss Taylor Swift On GMA

Nicki Minaj had been scheduled to appear on Good Morning America's weekly Central Park concert series for a while, but it seems fortuitous that her…
James Rettig | July 24, 2015 - 10:07 am

The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

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…
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Taylor Swift Apologizes To Nicki Minaj For VMAs Spat

Earlier this week, things got a little heated between two pop mega-entities when the VMA nominations came out. Nicki Minaj was a little pissed that…
Tom Breihan | July 23, 2015 - 11:52 am

China May Find New Taylor Swift Merch Uncomfortably Reminiscent Of Tiananmen Square Massacre

On Monday, Taylor Swift announced plans to launch her own clothing and merchandise line for the Chinese market in partnership with, one of the…
James Rettig | July 22, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Quarrel Over MTV VMA Noms

One of the reasons why Nicki Minaj is such a beloved artist is because she's fierce as hell and stands up for herself. Today, she…
Caitlin White | July 21, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Here Are The 2015 MTV VMA Nominations

Who could've predicted that after wagging a foam finger all over Robin Thicke, two years later Miley Cyrus would end up hosting the VMAs? Gue…
Caitlin White | July 21, 2015 - 11:45 am

The Week In Pop: Rachel Platten Feels The Power Of The Taylor Swift Bump

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…
Chris DeVille | July 16, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Watch Taylor Swift Sing “Royals” With Lorde In Washington, D.C.

On her massive American stadium tour, Taylor Swift seems to be resurrecting the gimmick where she sings a song with a different guest at every…
Tom Breihan | July 14, 2015 - 8:33 am

Watch Taylor Swift Bring Out The Weeknd & US Women’s Soccer Team In New Jersey

Taylor Swift really went all-out for her show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ last night. First she brought out dark-R&B star the…
Peter Helman | July 11, 2015 - 10:52 am

GoFundMe Raises Donation Limit To Accommodate Taylor Swift’s Generosity

Taylor Swift is just too generous. On Tuesday, the international pop star donated $50,000 to a GoFundMe campaign for the medical expenses of a young…
Peter Helman | July 9, 2015 - 9:18 pm

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service's laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music's most…
Chris DeVille | July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

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 it…
James Rettig | July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm
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