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Last year, when the likes of “Trophies,” “0 To 100,” and “How ‘Bout Now” proved Drake could score a massive radio hit simply by uploading a song to SoundCloud, Gawker’s Jordan Sargent proclaimed him “the Taylor Swift of rap.” Sargent’s thesis was that in an environment where even established stars have trouble getting heavily promoted… More »

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service’s laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music’s most disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

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 »

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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…
Chris DeVille | September 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm
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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 traditio…
Chris DeVille | August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm
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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 o…
Chris DeVille | August 14, 2014 - 4:47 pm
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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…
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
Scott Lapatine | July 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm
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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 o…
Tom Breihan | July 22, 2014 - 9:34 am
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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
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The Week In Pop: Robin Thicke’s Paula Is Pitiful, But Don’t Pity Him

"Blurred Lines" did a lot of good for Robin Thicke. It made him a household name (and hashtag!), gave him his first #1 single, and…
Chris DeVille | June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah (Remix)” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd) Video

"Or Nah," the recent hit from the Californian R&B libertine Ty Dolla $ign, is a gorgeously textured piece of work, but it's also a total…
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm
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The Week In Pop: 5 Seconds Of Summer And The Evolution Of Pop-Punk Boy Bands

"She looks so perfect standing there/ In my American Apparel underwear" is the new "I like girls who wear Abercrombie & Fitch." Fifteen years ago,…
Chris DeVille | April 17, 2014 - 4:59 pm
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The Week In Pop: Miley Brings The Monogenre To MTV Unplugged

You don't have to be a legit rock star to get an MTV Unplugged these days. In recent years the show has hosted quite a…
Chris DeVille | January 30, 2014 - 6:46 pm
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Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) (Prod. DJ Mustard)

Last year, the delightfully raunchy Californian R&B singer Ty Dolla $ign released his deeply enjoyable Beach House 2 mixtape, which just yesterday produced the butt-centric…
Tom Breihan | January 7, 2014 - 9:42 am

French Montana – “All For You” (Feat. Lana Del Rey Sample, Wiz Khalifa, & Snoop Dogg)

At this point, Lana Del Rey is reaching that Coldplay-circa-2006 level where it's no longer surprising to hear rappers sampling her on mixtapes. The latest…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2014 - 2:59 pm
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The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am
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Mike WiLL Made-It – “Whippin A Brick” (Feat. Migos & Wiz Khalifa)

Atlanta superproducer Mike WiLL Made-It made his name crafting astronaut-status melodic bass ripples for rappers including Future, 2 Chainz, and Juicy J, then jumped to…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Photos: Made In America 2013

The second annual Budweiser Made In America festival, which is curated by Jay-Z, took place over the weekend in Philadelphia with performances by Phoenix, Beyoncé,…
Miles Bowe | September 3, 2013 - 5:04 pm
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Action Bronson – “The Rockers” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)

Action Bronson‘s SAAAB Stories EP is out on Tuesday, June 11th via VICE/Atlantic. The release is a collaboration with Harry Fraud. Here's a new track…
Liz Pelly | June 8, 2013 - 11:40 am
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Watch Frank Ocean, Jack White, Miguel Perform At The Grammys

The Grammys! We spent altogether too much of last night watching and talking about them, and now it's time to pick through the refuse for…
Tom Breihan | February 11, 2013 - 9:20 am
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Wiz Khalifa – “Remember You” (Feat. The Weeknd) Video

If the Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye somehow becomes an anonymous R&B hook-singer dude, we'll all die just a little bit inside. So far, though, Tesfaye i…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2012 - 9:34 am
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Download Wiz Khalifa Cabin Fever 2

A couple of years ago, Wiz Khalifa ascended to one of the most annoying forms of pop stardom imaginable. But he's still the guy who…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2012 - 5:10 pm
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