The 20 Best Music Videos Of The 2010s

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Best-VideosIn the very early days of this century, people would still sometimes watch music videos on television. MTV’s Total Request Live was in its halcyon era in 2000, and the show wouldn’t be cancelled until 2008. Meanwhile, YouTube debuted in 2005, changing the way everyone experienced the music video. So the 2010s are the first … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Donald Trump Insults Beyoncé And “Little Bruce Springsteen” At Minneapolis Rally

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Donald Trump just stirred up the Beyhive. And fans of Jay-Z. And Bruce Springsteen’s loyal following. More »

Tones And I Is Turning The World Into “Dance Monkey” Junkies

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Tones And IThis year has already given us one Kevin Garnett “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” viral triumph by the name of Lil Nas X. You probably know that story by heart: A savvy young meme-maker who may or may not have built his online following by running a Nicki Minaj fan account heavily promotes his country-rap … More »

Watch Stormzy Cover Beyoncé’s Lion King Song “Brown Skin Girl”

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Stormzy was recently a guest at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. For his requisite cover, he decided to take on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl,” a song from the pop star’s The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. He brought along the vocalist Stalk Ashley to sing it with him, while he … More »

Seeking Clarity About Clairo

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ClairoA new kind of pop star: In a musical landscape full of false messiahs billing themselves as game-changers, it’s easy to scoff at the notion, but truly transformative figures come along more often than you’d think. How many musical inflection points have been sparked by a magnetic persona who synthesizes a bunch of trends and … More »

The Writing’s On The Wall Turns 20

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Destinys-Child-The-Writings-On-The-WallSometimes, the forces of history converge, and people rise out of nothing to become conquerors. Consider, if you will, Beyoncé Knowles, now appearing on half the movie screens in the United States in talking-lion form even though she really can’t act. More »

Some Thoughts On Beyoncé, Music Trendsetter, And Netflix, Music Trend

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Beyoncé“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »

Beyoncé recruits Major Lazer and Shatta Wale for ‘ALREADY’ on new ‘Lion King’ companion album

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Beyoncé recruits Major Lazer and Shatta Wale for ‘ALREADY’ on new ‘Lion King’ companion albumBeyonce Coachella Homecoming

Disney’s photorealistic reboot of The Lion King may be one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. In addition to all the buzz around the franchise’s 2019 reboot, the film’s star, Beyoncé has given everyone another reason to celebrate with her new companion album, The Lion King: The Gift, which features a host of supporting talent including Major Lazer on “ALREADY.”

This isn’t the first time Beyoncé and Diplo have joined forces, and based on the worldly sonic chemistry they clearly have, it likely won’t be the last. “ALREADY” finds Queen Bey vocalizing over a regal, percussive afrobeat backdrop broken up by spits from Ghanaian producer Shatta Wale. Major Lazer have long maintained how deeply African sounds influence their music—an inspiration they proudly get to showcase alongside Beyoncé on “ALREADY.”