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Kanye West, Musical Innovator, Attempts To Transform The Concert Experience

Not long into Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour stop Sunday night in Columbus, after his floating stage had made its first complete pass across the…
Chris DeVille | September 29, 2016 - 12:35 pm

The Week In Pop

Usher Is A Huge Star, So Why Isn’t There More Hype For His Great New Album?

It may have escaped your notice that Usher released one of 2016's most excellent singles because "Crash" -- a glorious synthetic breakup ballad that reminds…
Chris DeVille | September 15, 2016 - 5:04 pm

The Week In Pop

Feat. Who? Meet The Chart-Climbing Guest Singers Vying To Become Actual Pop Stars

Sometimes pop stars come at you from the side. There are many routes to mainstream music celebrity: Hitting it big on social media…
Chris DeVille | August 18, 2016 - 11:39 am

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The Week In Pop

Usher Is A Huge Star, So Why Isn’t There More Hype For His Great New Album?

It may have escaped your notice that Usher released one of 2016's most excellent singles because "Crash" -- a glorious synthetic breakup ballad that reminds…
Chris DeVille | September 15, 2016 - 5:04 pm

The Week In Pop

Views From The Top: The Undying Popularity Of Drake’s Unending Album

Every time Drake's bubble seems ready to burst, it just gets bigger instead.
Chris DeVille | July 21, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Adele Live In New York City, What Happened, Miss Simone? Nomimated For Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today. While (obviously) most of the honorees are in the television realm, a few…
James Rettig | July 14, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Essay

After Empire: What’s The Future Of Hip-Hop On Scripted Television?

The recent announcement that Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson would be developing a single camera comedy called My Friend 50 for FOX was surprising for a…
Al Shipley | December 14, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Mary J. Blige, John Legend Will Play A Very Empire Christmas Special

Empire isn't quite the phenomenon it was at the beginning of the year, but it continues to draw ridiculous monster ratings for Fox. And while…
Tom Breihan | November 23, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Vince Staples Clowns On Empire: “Might As Well Just Bring Crack Back”

If Def Jam debut album Summertime '06 was the only thing Vince Staples contributed to 2015, he'd be having a legendary year, but Staples is…
Chris DeVille | November 16, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Status Ain’t Hood: The Beautiful Absurdity Of Empire’s Prison Rap Scene

Terrence Howard's place in rap history would've been safe if he'd quit after "Whoop That Trick." In the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow, Howard played…
Tom Breihan | October 7, 2015 - 3:37 pm

The Week In Pop

The Week In Pop: Bro-Country Is Temporary, But Luke Bryan Is Forever

Two seemingly contradictory reports from Billboard this week: Bro-country is over and Luke Bryan has another #1 album. Bro-country, as coined by Jody Rosen (then…
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Marvin Gaye’s Son Claims Empire Was His Idea

After successfully suing Robin Thicke and Pharrell over "Blurred Lines," one member of the Gaye family is apparently getting ready to file another lawsuit in…
James Rettig | August 10, 2015 - 12:23 pm

The Week In Pop

The Week In Pop: A New Dad Weighs In On Macklemore’s New-Dad Song

If you want to approach Macklemore as a human being and not a sanctimonious rap-Muppet bent on world domination via free love and cheap clothing,…
Chris DeVille | August 6, 2015 - 3:45 pm

The Week In Pop

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

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…
Chris DeVille | July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

The Week In Pop

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…
Chris DeVille | April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

The Week In Pop

The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

It's gotten to where you can't read about Sam Hunt without reading about Drake. Hunt -- a former college football quarterback and philosophy major turned…
Chris DeVille | March 19, 2015 - 1:58 pm
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