The Week In Pop

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The Dream Of The Late ’90s Is Alive With Dominic Fike

Dominic Fike was born at the end of 1995, and so was his musical aesthetic. Fike, a singer, guitarist, and rapper from Naples, Florida, looks…
Chris DeVille | August 3, 2020 - 5:49 pm

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Jhené Aiko Is Still Quietly Staking Her Claim As Her Generation’s Defining R&B Singer

Jhené Aiko is a living legend. You wouldn't necessarily know it because Aiko has always been a moody and understated presence -- someone who lays…
Chris DeVille | July 27, 2020 - 5:19 pm

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Before The Chicks Met This Moment, They Spent Their Whole Careers Preparing For It

What does Dixie mean, exactly? For nearly two centuries, the term has been broadly applied to the American South, specifically the states that seceded from…
Chris DeVille | July 20, 2020 - 4:00 pm

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Juice WRLD’s Posthumous Album Is Haunting And Bittersweet

The last track on Juice WRLD's new album is a 30-second spoken-word snippet called "Juice WRLD Speaks From Heaven." This is an unsettling title because…
Chris DeVille | July 13, 2020 - 5:00 pm

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Benee’s “Supalonely” Was A TikTok Smash Even Before The Pandemic Made It Super Topical

What makes a song go viral on TikTok? It's obviously not a scientific process, but viewed through binoculars from the brink of 37, this much…
Chris DeVille | July 6, 2020 - 4:55 pm

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Are Shinedown America’s Most Popular Rock Band?

Filter bubbles are real. Particularly in the social media era, we are all trapped inside a likeminded feedback loop of our own making. I think…
Chris DeVille | June 29, 2020 - 5:00 pm

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John Legend Made A More Interesting Album Than He Had To

The cognitive dissonance is strong. "The Edge" is a 1967 instrumental by David McCallum, the Scottish actor who once starred in the '60s spy show…
Chris DeVille | June 22, 2020 - 4:10 pm

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Four Years And One Remix Later, SAINt JHN’s “Roses” Is A Global Smash

For months it's been approaching from afar, like some dot on the horizon growing larger as it comes careening into focus. Remixed into an electronic…
Chris DeVille | June 15, 2020 - 5:34 pm

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RMR Has It

It was the giddiest kind of what the fuck: a black man in gold fronts, a ski mask, and a bulletproof vest, surrounded by peers…
Chris DeVille | June 8, 2020 - 4:54 pm

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Alec Benjamin Is A Fascinating Voice In Modern Pop, Literally And Figuratively

When Alec Benjamin sings, people listen. This isn't necessarily because he has something meaningful to say, though I'd argue that Benjamin is a more substantial…
Chris DeVille | June 1, 2020 - 3:01 pm

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s Joyous Low-Stakes Rom-Com Continues Unfettered

The television landscape in this era of Peak TV comprises many overlapping tiers and ecosystems. Within this moment of seemingly infinite choice, there are genres…
Chris DeVille | May 25, 2020 - 5:01 pm

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20 Years Ago, Eminem’s “Stan” Predicted The Dark Side Of Modern Fandom

Eminem must have been trembling. It was 4 o'clock in the morning sometime last month, and he'd been awakened by a blaring alarm in his…
Chris DeVille | May 18, 2020 - 3:19 pm

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Kehlani Was Good, And Now She’s Great

With one quatrain buried deep into her new album It Was Good Until It Wasn't, Kehlani Parrish offers what could be a mission statement for…
Chris DeVille | May 11, 2020 - 3:46 pm

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Actress Hailee Steinfeld Does A Decent Pop Star Impersonation

Hailee Steinfeld was precocious from the start. At just 14 years old, Steinfeld scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in
Chris DeVille | May 4, 2020 - 4:17 pm

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The Benevolent Celebrity Livestream Parade Is So Bleak

Livestreams suck. Livestreams have always sucked. There are exceptions -- when your favorite artist logs on, when something incredibly charming and unexpected happens -- but…
Chris DeVille | April 27, 2020 - 4:00 pm
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