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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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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
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,…
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…
Chris DeVille | July 24, 2014 - 4:21 pm

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
Chris DeVille | July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm

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.
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2014 - 11:17 am

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…
Chris DeVille | July 3, 2014 - 3:16 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2014 - 2:45 pm

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…
Chris DeVille | June 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm

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,…
Tom Breihan | May 9, 2014 - 3:15 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | May 5, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”

The idea of a posthumous Michael Jackson album, full of "contemporized" versions of unreleased recordings, is more than a little dubious, but there's a decent…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2014 - 8:44 am

The Week In Pop: Sam Smith’s Miraculous Voice Will Make Him A Star, But What Kind?

Among the attributes necessary for pop stardom, a powerhouse voice is not typically on the shortlist. From Madonna to Rihanna, pop singers have long been…
Chris DeVille | April 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Bonnaroo Lineup 2014

Like last year, Bonnaroo is announcing the bulk of its fest lineup via a 30-minute B.L.A.M. (Bonnaroo Line-Up Announcement Megathon) webcast. The 2014 reveal is…
Scott Lapatine | February 19, 2014 - 7:01 pm

The Producers: A Year-End Q&A With Ariel Rechtshaid

As part of Stereogum's year-end coverage, The 2013 Experience, this week we’re presenting a series of interviews with the producers of our favorite songs of
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

SXSW 2013 Friday: Future, T.I., Master P, More

Our SXSW 2013 coverage continues with a detailed report from that FADER Fort show that brought us Future, T.I., and of course, Usher + Sinkane
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Watch Usher Join Afghan Whigs At SXSW

We'll have more on this when we post our SXSW roundup for last night, since your entire Stereogum staff was on hand for it, but…
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Usher – “Go Missin'” (Prod. Diplo)

There's a lot for Usher and Diplo to live up to after "Climax," their breathtaking collaboration with Nico Muhly. Perhaps that track was appropriately titled,…
Claire Lobenfeld | February 15, 2013 - 11:06 am

Watch Dirty Projectors Cover Usher’s “Climax” On Triple J

During a recent session for the Australian radio station Triple J, Dirty Projectors took it upon themselves to cover Usher's "Climax," the one recent radio…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Rick Ross – “Touch’n You (Balam Acab Edit)” (Feat. Usher)

For reasons only known to young laptop murk-designer Balam Acab, the young man has just remixed "Touch'n You," a Rick Ross/Usher collaboration from the former's…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Usher – “Climax (Dave Sitek Remix)”

Sound wizard/TVOTR member Dave Sitek takes Usher and Diplo's "Climax" in a much more harrowing direction in his remix of the track, which is saying…
Corban Goble | July 25, 2012 - 3:20 pm