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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

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… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015

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

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… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 13, 2014

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… More »

By: James Rettig / November 10, 2014

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

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 i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 11, 2014

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

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… More »

By: James Rettig / August 27, 2014

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 25, 2014

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… More »

By: Stereogum / August 24, 2014

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 24, 2014

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

The Week In Pop: Bleachers, The Solo Project Of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Is Really Good

Things we learned about Jack Antonoff -- Fun. guitarist, former Steel Train ringleader, Lena Dunham boyfriend, and, lately, Bleachers mastermind -- in Vulture's great profile last week: He lived with his parents in New Jersey until age 28, when Fun.'s "We Are Young" made them superstars. His Fun. bandmates lived there for a while… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 10, 2014

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

Usher's lately been working on an as-yet-untitled new album, and first single "Good Kisser" (which just got a Disclosure remix) was a strong first step. But Ursh's new single "She Came To Give It To You" is the sort of thing where, if it doesn't blow up huge, heads should roll in major-label… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014

The Week In Pop: Sia Steps Out Of The Shadows, Sort Of

You've known Sia Furler for a while whether you realize it or not. The Australian singer and songwriter has been hovering around the music industry for nearly two decades. She scored a UK hit with the exceptionally late-'90s-sounding 2000 trip-hop single "Taken For Granted," but the Sneaker-Pimps-meets-Spice-Girls approach didn't fly in the US. Thank… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 3, 2014

Usher – “Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)”

Two years after its release, Disclosure's breakout single "Latch" is now a bona fide pop hit in the U.S. That's awesome news for a lot of reasons, and one of those reasons is the idea that Disclosure will now get to work with whichever pop stars they feel like working with. For example: The duo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 3, 2014

Owen Pallett Explains Why Recent Hits By Ariana Grande, Haim, And Beyoncé Are So Likable

One of the things Owen Pallett mentioned when we spoke with him about his great new In Conflict is that he doesn't want to make a habit of breaking down the music theory behind pop hits as he did for Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and Lady Gaga'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

A quick word about Flying Lotus's "Phantasm" video and videos like it: That's a really good video! Many of the videos like it are good, too! But it's not on the list this week, and neither are any of those. There's definitely, absolutely a place for abstract, non-representational music videos, videos about wandering freaky… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 9, 2014

Usher – “Good Kisser” Video

Usher's last album, 2012's Looking 4 Myself, earned an Album Of The Week from us, his "Climax" is already a modern classic of tricky and thoughtful R&B, and he gave last year's SXSW its most memorable moment when he joined the Afghan Whigs onstage. He is worth your attention. And while hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2014
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