Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … More »

Watch Cardi B & Jerry Seinfeld On Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis

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Cardi B, Jerry Seinfeld, Between Two FernsZach Galifianakis’ comedy talk show Between Two Ferns is back with its first episode since they had Hillary Clinton on during the 2016 election. So it’s been a while! The world has changed! But he got one of the most talked about celebrities (Cardi B) plus another celebrity (Jerry Seinfeld) for the latest … More »

Ella Mai & Jorja Smith, New Queens Of UK R&B

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Ella Mai“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

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Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »

Rita Ora – “Girls” (Feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, & Charli XCX) Video

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Rita Ora Girls VideoNow, after every single featured guest has either publicly apologized for or defended “Girls” in some way or form, the Rita Ora pop posse cut that just won’t go away has a music video to go along with it. Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha all get their time … More »

America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

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J BalvinQuick: Who’s the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if your list only reaches to the end of the English language, it’s far too limited. More »

Cardi B – “I Like It” (Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin) Video

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Cardi-B-I-Like-It-videoLast month, Cardi B released her ridiculously fun debut album Invasion Of Privacy. The whole thing is packed with fun, catchy, immediate songs, but the most fun, catchy, and immediate of them might be “I Like It,” the collaboration with Puerto Rican Latin trap up-and-comer Bad Bunny and Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin. With … More »

Charli XCX Addresses “Girls” Criticism

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Charli XCXRita Ora faced a lot of criticism after releasing “Girls,” a pop posse cut that finds Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha singing about exploring their bisexuality: “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls/ Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.” Kehlani, MUNA’s Katie Gavin, and openly gay pop … 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 »

Cardi B – “Be Careful” Video

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Cardi-B-Be-Careful-videoBack in March, just before releasing her ridiculously enjoyable official debut Invasion Of Privacy, Cardi B shared “Be Careful,” a precise and heartfelt relationship-rap that interpolated Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” just days before Drake sampled the same song on “Nice For What.” When Cardi revealed her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live, it was … More »