Selena Gomez’s Rare Was Worth The Wait

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Selena GomezRare is an accurate title for a Selena Gomez album. Gomez, the former Disney Channel teen actress turned pop superstar and tabloid fixation, is part of the class of big-time pop singers who haven’t released a full-length project since the middle of last decade — a group that includes Adele, Rihanna, and her former boyfriends … More »

Sondre Lerche – “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” (Britney Spears Cover)

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Sondre Lerche - BritneyEvery year, Sondre Lerche gives Stereogum readers a cover tune for Christmas. In recent years the Norwegian indie veteran has taken on recent pop hits by the likes of Ariana Grande (twice!), Selena Gomez, Drake, Sia, Miley Cyrus, and Beyoncé. For … More »

SHAED’s “Trampoline” Is The Latest Pop Hit Smuggled Through Rock Radio

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SHAEDBecause my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »

Don’t Take Tove Lo For Granted

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Tove LoOne of the best Onion articles ever is headlined like so: “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” This was early 2001, more than a year after Manson became a scapegoat for the Columbine massacre and still several months ahead of 9/11. Despite a disputed election that introduced everyone to the … More »

The Simple Pleasures And Complicated Backstory Of Kim Petras

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Kim PetrasThe rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »

Madame X Is The Best Madonna Album In A Long Time

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Madonna - Madame X“Hey young people – you’re getting older every second. It’s what we do. One day someone will tell you to stop and you’ll be all like ‘fuck you’ just like Madonna.” That was former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes on Twitter the night of the Billboard Music Awards. Madonna and Colombian reggaeton star … More »

Songland Is The Voice For Music Nerds

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SonglandHere is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »

Ciara Is Living Her Best Life But Not Making Her Best Music

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CiaraWith all due respect to her formative influences and one-time contemporaries Destiny’s Child, Ciara is a survivor. More »

“All Star,” “Smooth,” “Mambo No. 5,” And Why 1999 Hits Are So Memeable

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I ain't the sharpest tool in the shedWhen Charli XCX and Troye Sivan dropped their collaborative single “1999” last fall, I didn’t think much of it. (Initially, anyway.) Coming off of an incredibly strong 18-month run for both youthful and youth-focused artists, the song’s punchy synth designs and adolescent wistfulness seemed like an intentional trifle — just a bit of … More »

The Time Has Come To Discuss Yungblud

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YungbludThe name “youngblood” has a rich history in pop music. First there were the Youngbloods, the critically acclaimed folk-rockers best known for their 1967 hit “Get Together.” Decades later along came the YoungBloodZ, the Atlanta rap duo best known for their 2003 smash “Damn!” alongside Lil Jon. Many others emerged along the way including Sydney … More »