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When Ellie Goulding announced her new album, Delirium, over the summer, the press release included this quote from the British singer: “A part of me views this album as an experiment — to make a big pop album. I made a conscious decision that I wanted it to be on another level.” This is a… More »

“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

“Hotline Bling” is not Drake’s greatest song ever. Although the melody and groove have exerted their allure on millions including myself, the production sounds weirdly dinky. The lyrics find Drake at his clingiest and most insufferable, trying to control an ex by lecturing her about how she goes out too much and longing for the… More »

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Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

There was a moment in the late '80s when Michael Jackson was both the biggest pop star in the world and, arguably at least, the…
Tom Breihan | August 24, 2015 - 9:58 am

Watch The Weeknd Sing Beauty Behind The Madness Songs, Cover “Drunk In Love” At Billboard Hot 100 Fest

The Weeknd played a headlining set at day one of the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Fest last night. He opened with House Of Balloons' "High…
Peter Helman | August 23, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Stream The Weeknd’s 18-Minute Beauty Behind The Madness Sampler

On the same day his Lana Del Rey collaboration emerged, the Weeknd has shared an 18-minute preview of his new album Beauty Behind The Madness,…
Chris DeVille | August 21, 2015 - 4:55 pm

The Weeknd – “Prisoner” (Feat. Lana Del Rey)

The most intriguing part of the Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness tracklist is “Prisoner,” the duet with Lana Del Rey. They make a head-slappingly obvious…
Chris DeVille | August 21, 2015 - 9:49 am

The Week In Pop: Bro-Country Is Temporary, But Luke Bryan Is Forever

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…
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Hear A Live Preview Of The Weeknd’s Kanye West-Produced “Tell Your Friends”

The Weeknd's ridiculously anticipated new album Beauty Behind The Madness comes out in just a week and a half, and we've still only heard a…
Tom Breihan | August 19, 2015 - 10:05 am

The Weeknd Models Kanye West’s New Yeezy Collection

The lasting peace between GOOD Music and OVOXO basecamp seems to be extending far into the foreseeable future. Our lastest installment of pseudo-collaboration between the…
Caitlin White | August 18, 2015 - 3:18 pm

The Week In Pop: Jordin Sparks Makes The Leap

Historically, American Idol has had trouble producing American idols. The pioneering series was a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon, but you can finish rattling off…
Chris DeVille | August 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

The Weeknd Duets With Lana Del Rey On His New Album

The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey both sing slow, sad, narcotically tinged songs about the toll of the party lifestyle, and both of them somehow…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2015 - 9:32 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At the end of 2014, I put together a list of the year's best videos and noted that the race for the title of world's…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2015 - 3:37 pm

Disclosure Reveal Caracal Tracklist Feat. Lorde, Miguel, The Weeknd

Disclosure's forthcoming LP Caracal will be released in September, and today the duo revealed its tracklist which boasts a considerable number of impressive collaborators. Lorde,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | July 31, 2015 - 11:23 am

The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” Video

"Can't Feel My Face" is the Weeknd's biggest hit ever, narrowly missing #1 for two straight weeks and enjoying the Tom Cruise treatment on Fallon
Chris DeVille | July 28, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Watch Tom Cruise Lip Sync The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” On Fallon

If you've ever seen Rock Of Ages, you've seen the terrifying intensity that Tom Cruise brings when he's pretending to sing songs onscreen. And if…
Tom Breihan | July 28, 2015 - 8:42 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

Watch The Weeknd Debut A New Song In London

The Weeknd is suddenly, against all odds, a titanic pop star, and his album Beauty Behind The Madness is likely going to be a very…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2015 - 11:02 am

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? Guess…
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 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

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

The Weeknd’s New Album Beauty Behind The Madness Is Out Next Month

We've known that we'd be getting a new album from the Weeknd sometime this year for a while now, but now it's official: As Missinfo
James Rettig | July 9, 2015 - 2:50 pm
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