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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 »

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 in… More »

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 »

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MusiCares’ Lionel Richie Tribute Lines Up Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan

Lionel Richie is the latest legacy artist to be honored with the MusiCares Person Of The Year award -- last year's was Bob Dylan --…
James Rettig | October 27, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Watch Jay Z Talk On Kimmel, Perform “Empire State Of Mind” At TIDAL X

Last night, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was packed with stars to celebrate TIDAL reaching the 1 million subscriber mark. (For comparison’s sake, Spotify sits…
James Rettig | October 21, 2015 - 10:19 am

Usher – “Chains” (Feat. Nas) Video

Usher addresses police brutality on his new Nas-featuring song, "Chains." The track is accompanied by an interactive video hosted on TIDAL's website that displays photos…
James Rettig | October 16, 2015 - 12:45 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | July 27, 2015 - 1:54 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…
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…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

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…
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!
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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
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…
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…
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…
Chris DeVille | August 25, 2014 - 11:07 am
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