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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. Thanks i… More »

By: 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 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 - 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 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’s “Bad Romance.” But it… More »

By: 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, 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 alie… More »

By: 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 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 his new single “Good… More »

By: 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 chance that the forthcoming Xscape will be a fun listen. We’ve already heard the title track, and it was a fine example of late-period MJ. The new single “Love Never… More »

By: 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 able to excel at their occupation without the ability to wail away magnificently. It’s counterintuitive given that job #1 for singers is, ostensibly, singing, but there are other more important… More »

By: 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 hosted by comedians Hannibal Buress and Taran Killam and features a super jam with the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and special guests (I’m guessing Foxygen based on this Instagram). Bonnaroo… More »

By: 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 the year. Today, we’ve got Ariel Rechtshaid.

Ariel Rechtshaid might be the only person on the face of the earth who’s worked with both Cass McCombs and Usher… More »

By: 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 + The Afghan Whigs. Jump in:… More »

By: 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 something strange and amazing happened last night at the FADER Fort. The night’s headliners, boozy Ohioan underground legends the Afghan Whigs, were a few songs into a tough and grizzled… More »

By: 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, because “Go Missin'” doesn’t hit the same mark. I did mention earlier this week that Usher does have a boring side and here he’s leaning that way. Diplo’s production, however,… More »

By: 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 hit that shows the sort of melodic sophistication that the group loves. Backed entirely by by some sort of drum-machine sequencer doohickey, the band’s version of the song is actually… More »

By: 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 God Forgives, I Don’t album. Balam Acab’s virtually unrecognizable six-minute version of the song sounds like a lost Man-Thing trudging through a swamp while the guy from Salem howls with… More »

By: 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 a lot because the original is pretty pain-filled as is. It makes Usher sound out of place, in an interesting way, and the cold, strangely futuristic sounds Sitek uses make… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 25, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Album Of The Week: Usher Looking 4 Myself

This week, a couple of seasoned soul-music professionals are releasing new albums that toy around with sonar beeps and European club-music thumps, trying to find the ways that they can use these sounds to convey some serious emotion. In this particular corner of the internet, we’ve been hearing a lot more about one of those… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Usher – “Hot Thing” (Feat. ASAP Rocky)

If early looks are any indication, Usher’s new record, Looking 4 Myself — his first since 2010’s Raymond V Raymond — will drop next week with its eye focused on the Billboard charts. We’ve already heard the climbing, Diplo-produced burner “Climax” but now we’ve got another glimpse of Looking 4 Myself, this time the Neptunes-produced… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 5, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Rick Ross – “Touch’N You” (Feat. Usher)

Rick Ross aims for the radio with the Usher collab “Touch’N You,” a new single from the forthcoming God Forgives, I Don’t. The inclusion of Usher should hint that the track’s reaching for a different vibe than anything included on the gritty, awesome Rich Forever. Nobody strays too far outside their comfort zone on thi… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 15, 2012 - 8:48 am

Watch SNL‘s 100th Digital Short

Last Saturday’s Will Ferrell-hosted Saturday Night Live contained the 100th Digital Short, a celebratory musical number featuring Justin Bieber, Julian Casablancas, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Michael Bolton, Usher, Jon Hamm and about every imaginable character from the Digital Shorts. There might not be many more of these; Andy Samberg is rumored to be leaving the… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 14, 2012 - 9:06 am

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am