CMAs: Watch Performances By The Highwomen, Halsey, Kacey Musgraves, & More

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The 53rd Annual CMA AwardsThe coolest thing that happened at last night’s CMA Awards: Ashley McBryde won New Artist of the Year. (Not bad for a Girl Going Nowhere.) Also, a lot of big names performed. More »

SuperM, Summer Walker, And The Eternal Struggle To Measure Music’s Popularity

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SuperMSuperM 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 »

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 »

6LACK Wishes He Was A Rapper, But As An R&B Singer He’s On The Right Track

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6LACK“I’m an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core.” That’s 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on “Scripture,” a track from East Atlanta Love Letter, the #3 album in America this week. That title and 6LACK’s stage name both reference Zone 6, the crime-riddled section of East Atlanta where he grew up. If you’re among … More »

Lauren Daigle Is The Christian Adele

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Lauren DaigleEvery few years, a major national publication will publish an overview of the Christian music industry. This week, Kelefa Sanneh has a good one in The New Yorker. Sanneh’s history of Christian rock and pop begins way back in the 1950s, with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advice-column exhortation that gospel and the devil’s … More »

Thankfully Paul McCartney’s New Album Only Pretends To Be Modern Pop Music

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Paul McCartneyAt age 76, Paul McCartney is still horny as hell. Judging by the advance singles from the former Beatle’s new album Egypt Station, the guy who once hollered “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” continues to have a very active libido on the eve of his 17th solo studio album. 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 »

Carrie Underwood Says She “Might Look A Bit Different” After Getting More Than 40 Facial Stitches Following Fall

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Carrie Underwood underwent surgery for a broken wrist after a fall on the steps at her home in November, and she’s now revealing she also sustained an injury to her face in the accident. In a letter to fan club members, the singer says she received between 40 to 50 stitches on her face the … More »