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2018 In Review

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

Y'all wanna hear something crazy? I've been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published…
Chris DeVille | December 13, 2018 - 11:00 am

The Week In Pop

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

Everything's coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott's album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for…
Chris DeVille | December 6, 2018 - 11:12 am

The Week In Pop

Alessia Cara May Not Be The Best New Artist, But She’s Also Not Half Bad

When the world met Alessia Caracciolo three years ago, she was the awkward teenager enduring a house party where she did not belong: "Somewhere in…
Chris DeVille | November 29, 2018 - 1:11 pm

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The Week In Pop

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

Everything's coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott's album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for…
Chris DeVille | December 6, 2018 - 11:12 am

The Week In Pop

There’s Never Been A Pop Song Quite Like Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”

It all happened so fast -- and it keeps happening faster.
Chris DeVille | November 8, 2018 - 2:41 pm

The Week In Pop

It’s A Good Time To Be Bad Bunny

The name Ocasio derives from the Spanish "ocasión," which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named…
Chris DeVille | November 1, 2018 - 2:23 pm

The Week In Pop

The A Star Is Born Soundtrack Could Stand To Go Off The Deep End More Often

If you remember any scene from the trailer for Bradley Cooper's new A Star Is Born remake, it is almost certainly the one in which…
Chris DeVille | October 4, 2018 - 1:42 pm

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America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

Quick: Who's the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if…
Chris DeVille | May 31, 2018 - 5:07 pm

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Comparing Shawn Mendes And James Bay, Guitar-Slinging Gods Of Young Adult Contempo

Shawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can't take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at…
Chris DeVille | May 24, 2018 - 3:18 pm

The Week In Pop

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

Charlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless.
Chris DeVille | May 10, 2018 - 2:46 pm

The Week In Pop

Can Sam Smith Put Up Adele Numbers This Holiday Season?

Ever since he made the leap from golden-throated Disclosure associate to sulking adult-contemporary torch singer extraordinaire, Sam Smith has caught the same comparison over and…
Chris DeVille | November 2, 2017 - 5:04 pm

The Week In Pop

Niall Horan’s Solo Album Makes One Direction Seem Dangerous By Comparison

At this point One Direction have been broken up long enough that we're beginning to see what each member of the once-dominant boy band is…
Chris DeVille | October 19, 2017 - 2:16 pm

The Week In Pop

We Are Entering A Golden Age Of Pop Posse Cuts

Who knew the Moulin Rouge-era "Lady Marmalade," which pointed to the past in so many ways, would become such a prescient harbinger of the future?
Chris DeVille | June 29, 2017 - 1:27 pm

The Week In Pop

Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful

Katy Perry opens her new album by singing, "Can I get a witness?" Her promotional tactics for Witness have communicated a similar sentiment, albeit more…
Chris DeVille | June 8, 2017 - 3:42 pm

The Week In Pop

The Chainsmokers Have Pinpointed Pop’s Absolute Middle And They Refuse To Budge

Fast food, like any vice, is fine in limited quantities. Only when you pound Big Macs regularly, Morgan Spurlock-style, do you really suffer from indulging…
Chris DeVille | April 13, 2017 - 11:15 am

The Week In Pop

Rap Is Having Another Pop Moment

"Rap is not pop/ If you call it that, then stop." When Q-Tip spoke those words on "Check The Rhime," the most enduring single from…
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2017 - 1:45 pm
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