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The Week In Pop: Tori Kelly Is Evidence That Sometimes The Machine Gets It Right

Every once in a while the entire music industry seemingly conspires to turn an aspiring pop star into an overnight sensation. Sometimes that consensus is regrettable, as you already kno-ow. But occasionally the monolithic promotional machine gets it right, and we end up seeing Tori Kelly’s name and face all over the place. Victoria Lore… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 21, 2015 - 2:02 pm

The Week In Pop: American Idol Changed TV, But Music? Not So Much

Last year, during this column’s infancy, I expressed what by then had become conventional wisdom: American Idol is washed up. My primary evidence was subjective — season 13 winner Candice Glover was releasing her debut album, and up until then I had never heard of her, a failure of cultural saturation that never would have… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm

The Week In Pop: Zac Brown Band Branches Out In The Blandest Way Possible

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm

The Week In Pop: From The Earliest MP3 To The Latest Britney Spears, A Pop History Of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner”

“Tom’s Diner” is one of those songs you know even if you don’t realize it. Suzanne Vega’s signature song — written about the same NYC diner they used for exterior shots in Seinfeld — has been remixed, covered, and sampled so many times by so many musicians that its melody is basically imprinted on our… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Watch Tove Lo Try To Salvage Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again”

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” is the inexplicable, corny-as-hell #1 song in the United States right now. And Tove Lo is an extremely talented, massively underrated pop artist whose debut you should check out if you haven’t already. But even she can’t salvage this limp track. She did a synthy cover of… More »

By: James Rettig / April 30, 2015 - 10:40 am

SNL’s Last Musical Guests This Season: Wiz Khalifa, Florence + The Machine, Rihanna

Saturday Night Live took to Instagram today to announce the last three host/musical guest pairings of the season. Scarlett Johansson will host 5/2 with musical guest Wiz Khalifa (and, undoubtedly, this doofus). The 5/9 episode will feature Reese Witherspoon paired with Florence + The Machine, hopefully having regained some mobility. And the 5/16 season finale… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 5:13 pm

The Week In Pop: Meet Charlie Puth, 2015’s Most Egregious Rising Star

When Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” ended the 14-week reign of “Uptown Funk!” atop the Hot 100 last week, a natural first question was really? Once we all got past the initial shock of a tepid Paul Walker tribute from the Furious 7 soundtrack coming out of nowhere to unseat one of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 23, 2015 - 11:35 am

The Week In Pop: Walk The Moon Are Our Latest Proof That The ’80s Will Never Die

How many times can the ’80s “come back” before we just admit they’re here to stay? In 2010, Simon Reynolds wrote in The Guardian that the ’80s revival had lasted an entire decade and indicated that it was time time to move on to the ’90s. And although the ensuing five years have given rise… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 16, 2015 - 4:26 pm

The Week In Pop: What Wale Can Learn From J. Cole

On paper, Wale’s rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse’s power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Stream Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign Talk About It In The Morning EP

The L.A. singer and producer Ty Dolla $ign has been making sex-drunk, melodically rich R&B for a few years now, but his career really leveled up when he signed on with Taylor Gang, the label founded by the rudderless weed-rapper Wiz Khalifa. Now Ty has teamed up with his label boss for a free-download five-song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2015 - 11:43 am

Watch Drake, Haim, & Sia Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel Live aired another edition of its ridiculously popular Mean Tweets series, and it was their second one that focused exclusively on musicians. Drake, Haim, Sia, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and more read some harsh tweets from the dark recesses of the internet. For example: “Drake… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 12:19 am

Hear Wiz Khalifa Rap Over Mac DeMarco

Having met neither man, I feel like Wiz Khalifa would get along really well with Mac DeMarco. There would be a lot of laughing, and they might even develop a secret handshake. As it stands, Khalifa decided to rap over the instrumental from DeMarco’s “Chamber Of Reflections,” turning it into a new song called “Smoke… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 17, 2014 - 11:58 am

Mike WiLL Made-It – “Pussy Overrated” (Feat. Future & Wiz Khalifa)

It wasn’t too long ago that Future was warbling in an overly sentimental tone that he “won a trophy” with his engagement to Ciara. Flash forward six months later and the engagement’s been called off and Future seems pretty bitter. Which is probably why he teamed up with Wiz Khalifa, who was recently divorced by… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

The Week In Pop: Tove Lo Is About To Release The Best Pop Album Of 2014 (So Far)

Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson, the pop singer known as Tove Lo, emerged out of Sweden last year with “Habits (Stay High),” a song that pulled no punches in its description of coping with a breakup in the messiest possible way. “I eat my dinner in my bathtub/ Then I go to sex clubs/ Watching freaky… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 25, 2014 - 3:37 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

The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Wiz Khalifa’s Polarizing Pop Career

Some rappers tell jokes, others are jokes. (Big Sean, that lovable cornball, is an amalgam of the two archetypes.) Ever since Wiz Khalifa floated on a cloud of kush smoke from the mixtape underground into top 40 rotation, Pittsburgh’s most famous MC has been in the latter category — a laughingstock among self-proclaimed real hip-ho… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 14, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Wiz Khalifa – “True Colors” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

On Friday, we gushed over Nicki Minaj when she reigned over our best songs of the week. Her appearance on Wiz Khalifa’s new song “True Colors” is nowhere near as good as anything she was involved with last week, but she does make the pretty-bland Khalifa song worth a listen to hear her flex her… More »

By: James Rettig / August 12, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign – “Shell Shocked” (Feat. Kill The Noise & Madsonik) Video

Next month 2007 MTV Movie Award winner Michael Bay revives the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and last week we heard the movie’s theme “Shell Shocked,” a rap song by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign about nunchucks, pizza, and living in an abandoned subway station. Megan Fox and Whoopi Goldberg act i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Well Someone Had To Record The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme

If you’re old enough, you may well remember paying actual money for the soundtrack album from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, possibly on cassette, possibly at a K-Mart. You may even remember what a jam MC Hammer’s “This Is What We Do” was. (Just speaking hypothetically.) That lost era, when movies would include… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2014 - 9:34 am

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 too,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm
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