PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »
The galactically popular South Korean boy band BTS have a new album called Map Of The Soul: 7 coming out next month, and they’ve got some strange ways of promoting it. For instance: There’s CONNECT, BTS, a global art project in which 22 different artists, in five cities around the world, are all … More »
Rare 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 »
Halsey has spent the past few years ascending to pop music’s upper echelon, and she’s done it without releasing an album. (She was decidedly a smaller deal when she released her last LP Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in 2017.) Next month, Halsey, a consummate singles artist, will return to the business of making full-lengths when she … More »
SuperM are objectively a big deal. The seven-man ensemble brings together members of several prominent K-pop groups: EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, WayV’s Lucas and Ten, and SHINee’s Taemin. That makes them a supergroup, and they flexed their commercial superpowers this week by landing their debut EP SuperM: The 1st Mini … More »
Steve Aoki continues to diversify his booming portfolio, this time alongside Melbourne bounce force Will Sparks on “Send It.” Aoki’s own vocals are featured on the track, and the duo blend their styles by tethering Sparks’ springy soundscapes to a floor-ready synthesized bassline. The artists’ collaboration brings a welcomed update to the Melbourne sound that Sparks helped popularize while taking the characteristically energetic elements from Aoki’s work.
In true Aoki fashion, the music video for the release features a variety of big names—this time in the form of several action sports stars “sending it,” including skateboard deity Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, and big wave surfer Kai Lenny. The video follows recent music video for Aoki’s collaboration with BTS, “Waste It On Me,” which featured seemingly endless celebrity cameos including Ross Butler, his sister Devon Aoki, and Jamie Chung.
“Send It” is out now via Aoki’s own label, Dim Mak.
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This 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 »
Mura Masa has proven the considerable wait for output was worth it, debuting his first original track of 2019 entitled “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.” The English producer/songwriter has been on a swiftly ascending ride since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2017. The album earned him a Grammy nominations as both artist and creative director for the project, while also winning the award for Best Remixed Recording on HAIM‘s “Walking Away” that same year.
23-year-old Alex Crossan (Mura Masa) has been fairly active in 2019, being featured on a BTS video game soundtrack and dishing out reggae-fueled remixes for Koffee. However, it’s hard to prepare fans for this one, as Crossan has finally unveiled the first track from his forthcoming sophomore album. Teaming up with 21-year-old singer/songwriter Clairo — hot off the release of her debut album, Immunity, and recently named Apple Music‘s Up Next artist — Crossan piggybacked off her alt-rock capabilities and dug deep into a retro new-wave sound.
Steering away from his laid-back electronics, Crossan adds soothing guitar melodies and light percussion layered beneath Clairo’s vocals. Listeners will notice Clairo’s alternative influences pop accentuated in the production, as the track chugs along, reaching a drop that features new levels of synth distortion (and a touch of angsty screaming for good measure).
Mura Masa and Clairo are expected to rendezvous once again, as they’ll both be headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 24 and 25, respectively. A joint performance certainly wouldn’t be a ludicrous notion. The release comes with an official music video featuring Clairo and some downright wavy visuals. Watch it here.
A 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 »