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Watch Jeezy Bring Out Andre 3000, Kanye West, Usher, T.I., Bun B At Thug Motivation 101 Anniversary Show

On Saturday night, Young Jeezy celebrated the 10th anniversary of his landmark debut album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 with a big show at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. He’d billed it as a celebration of the album, and as Rap-Up points out, the show included a few guests who were on that first album: T.I. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2015 - 1:54 pm

The Week In Pop: Nate Ruess Went Solo, Made A Fun. Album Anyway

Andrew Dost got screwed. Last year, when Fun. frontman Nate Ruess unilaterally decided to transform the next Fun. album into his solo debut, he essentially cut his bandmates out of one of music’s most bankable franchises. Fun.’s excellent-if-sometimes-grating 2012 LP Some Nights rocketed the trio from a respectable cult following to multiplatinum Grammy-winning pop superstardom. More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Livestream The Global Citizen Earth Day Concert Feat. No Doubt, My Morning Jacket, Mary J. Blige

The Global Citizen Earth Day rally is taking place today on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to draw awareness to the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and to put pressure on the upcoming meetings of the World Banks and the IMF to enact climate change reform. The big event of the day is a… More »

By: James Rettig / April 18, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro’s streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn’t stop him from rolling out his rebranded product today with lots of fanfare from his famous friends. Rumors before the 5PM livestream suggested that Jay’s newfangled Tidal would be launched with exclusive content from many of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

30 Essential Max Martin Songs

The thought came to me in a drug store. Or a department store. Or the backseat of a taxicab. I don’t remember where it was, exactly, except that it was the type of place where, in 2015, one might hear Taio Cruz’s 2010 hit “Dynamite” playing in the periphery. That is to say: anywhere i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 26, 2015 - 11:51 am

The Week In Pop: What’s Next For Zayn Malik, One Direction, And The World?

Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction was announced the only way it could be in 2015, via an official statement on the group’s Facebook page. (I suppose a series of Snapchats would also have been appropriate.) The crucial sentence and obvious pullquote is this: “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 26, 2015 - 10:39 am

Jermaine Dupri: “Ciara’s New Single Is A Complete Rip-Off Of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad'”

After the recent Pharrell/Robin Thicke ruling, similarities between songs will be scrutinized more than ever. In a new interview, R&B producer Jermaine Dupri points out that Ciara’s potentially career-reviving new single “I Bet” is “a complete rip-off” of Usher’s “U Got It Bad,” which Dupri produced. “I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear… More »

By: James Rettig / March 15, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

Hey, it’s over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn’t win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Beck Will Perform With Chris Martin At The Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, and we already know that host LL Cool Jay (cue a collective groan) will not be the show’s main attraction, nor will it be the winning results. Most of us watch the Grammys for the insanely over-produced performances and incredulous conversation fodder. We already know that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 11:35 am

Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Willie Nelson To Play Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life Tribute Concert

Next month, CBS will air Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life, a tribute to the legendary musician that was put together by the Recording Academy and, naturally, features a ton of Grammy award winners. Performers include Chris Martin, Janelle Monáe, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, and Usher, and they promise us that there will… More »

By: James Rettig / January 14, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Usher’s Walmart Honey Nut Cheerios Download Doesn’t Even Work UPDATE: J/K It Does

A couple of days ago, we told you that Usher had teamed with the corporate duo of General Mills and Walmart for a promotion promising a new song called “Clueless.” All you had to do was go to Walmart, grab a specially marked box of Honey Nut Cheerios, and at the bottom of the box,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 13, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Usher’s “Clueless” Available Exclusively In Honey Nut Cheerios Sold At Walmart

Usher partnered with Honey Nut Cheerios earlier this year for a commercial featuring his new song “She Came To Give It To You,” and now he’s teaming up with them again for a pretty weird cross promotion. According to Billboard, a download code for a new Usher song called “Clueless” will be the prize at… More »

By: James Rettig / November 10, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Watch The Afghan Whigs Cover Jeff Buckley, Fleetwood Mac, & Bobby Womack In Philadelphia; Play With Usher In Brooklyn

The Afghan Whigs are currently on a North American tour in support of Do To The Beast, their first new album in over 15 years. During their live shows, the band has been incorporating excerpts of some covers into their own songs. At their recent show in Philadelphia, they played some of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk”… More »

By: James Rettig / October 6, 2014 - 10:22 am

The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?

“All About That Bass” is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the same thing as great. Meghan Trainor’s breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it is –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Usher – “She Came To Give It To You” (Feat. Nicki Minaj) Video

Usher begins the video for his new song “She Came To Give It To You” by walking through a gambling ring in the back of an empty electronics shop before ending up at the club, where everything isn’t as okay as it seems. Subtly creepy visuals invade the dance floor, stuff like eyes popping out… More »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014 - 9:58 am

The 11 Most Awkward Moments From The 2014 VMAs

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards had their moments, particularly Beyoncé’s show-stopping finale, Charli XCX’s killer run through “Boom Clap” on the pre-show, and Sam Smith’s impressive take on “Stay With Me” (after an introduction from his friend Kim Kardashian West, no less). Also, shout out to Miley Cyrus for turning over her Video Of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 25, 2014 - 11:07 am

VMAs 2014 Videos, GIFs, Vines, & Winners List

Tonight, MTV’s Video Music Awards go down at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This year, the pre-ceremony preparations and parties have been unusually calamitous: Nicki Minaj’s backup dancer was bit by an anaconda, Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, and Suge Knight got shot! So we can only hope things go more smoothly when the… More »

By: Stereogum / August 24, 2014 - 8:34 pm

VMAs 2014 Comment Party

‘Tis the season! We’ve set up our inflatable moonmen in the front yard, decked the halls with anacondas, pulled the hammer-shaped cookies from the oven, and donned our most festive bulletproof vests. Now let’s gather around our televisions and/or laptop screens for MTV’s 31st annual Video Music Awards, live from the Forum in Inglewood. More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 24, 2014 - 7:52 pm

The Week In Pop: La Roux’s Trouble In Paradise Finds Breezy Ways To Brood

Trouble In Paradise is the sound of Elly Jackson letting her hair down. The La Roux singer’s aggressive upward spike of follicles has been combed into a gentle waterslide-like swoop, and her second album — and first without behind-the-scenes bandmate Ben Langmaid — is accordingly looser and less brusque. She has styled herself less like… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 24, 2014 - 4:21 pm
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