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

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Ariana GrandeIt all happened so fast — and it keeps happening faster. More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2018

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Best New Bands 2018This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »

This Spotify Commercial Has Been Banned In The UK For Being Too Scary

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SpotifyA Spotify ad has been banned in the UK for being too scary. The ad, which first ran online before YouTube videos this summer, is centered around a creepy doll that pops up every time Camila Cabello’s “Havana” plays. “The fact that the ad was set inside a home, including a bedtime setting, and featured … More »

Twenty One Pilots May Not Be For You (Because They’re For Everyone)

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Twenty One PilotsIn 2015, Twenty One Pilots were the biggest band you’ve never heard of. By the end of the following year, they were the biggest band, period. More »

Camila Cabello Wins Video Of The Year At The 2018 VMAs

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Camila Cabello’s “Havana” has won the 2018 MTV Video Music Award for Video Of The Year. The video was directed by Dave Meyers. The award was presented by Madonna. The field of nominees this year included the Carters’ “Apeshit,” Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry,” and … More »

Remembering That Strange Moment When Korn Were Pop Superstars

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KornAt first, Korn were a myth to me. When they released their self-titled debut album in 1994, I was 11. I may have glimpsed their spooky dreadlocked scowls in magazines or TV ads, or wherever I found out about new music in that nascent internet era. But for a suburban Christian kid who spent his … More »

A Little Bit Country, A Whole Lot Of Streams: Bebe Rexha Has Cracked The Code

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Bebe Rexha - ExpectationsIf it’s meant to be, it’ll be: Regarding Bebe Rexha’s unlikely takeover of the country charts, this is both the savvy execution and the only explanation. More »

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

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Shawn Mendes: The AlbumShawn 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 the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »

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

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

Watch Charli XCX Debut “Five In The Morning” And Sing With Taylor Swift & Camila Cabello At Reputation Tour Opener

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Taylor-Swift-Charli-XCX-Camila-CabelloLast night was the first night of Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour, which promises to be one of the summer’s big pop spectacles. Swift played at the University Of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and as previously announced, she brought along Charli XCX and Camila Cabello as openers. More »