The Post-Fifth Harmony Power Rankings

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Fifth HarmonyFifth Harmony were the reigning girl group of their era. Although they never came close to the success of their closest predecessors, Destiny’s Child, the group accumulated a rabid fan base of Harmonizers and contributed some sterling songs to the mainstream pop canon, among them “BO$$,” “Sledgehammer,” “Messy,” and their one top 10 hit, the … More »

The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »

DJ Earworm blends Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Drake, and more 2018 favorites in annual mashup

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DJ Earworm blends Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Drake, and more 2018 favorites in annual mashupDj Earworm 2018

For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.

His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more. The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.

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 »