Big Reputation: A Trip To Taylor Swift’s Hyper-Maximalist Stadium Tour

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Taylor SwiftI am sitting on a folding chair in the middle of a football field. A few dozen yards in front of me stand two video screens several stories high, each angled slightly toward its respective side of the stadium, converging at the center of the stage like two sides of a triangle. A gargantuan rig … More »

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 »

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 »

In His Big Post-Vegas Moment, Jason Aldean Punts

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Last October, six days after a gunman killed 58 people during his performance at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas strip, Jason Aldean made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. For the show’s cold open, the country star and his band covered “I Won’t Back Down,” which functioned as a dual … More »

Dozens Of Musicians Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King’s Death In “The Dream Still Lives” Video

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. To honor his memory and his work, which is still as relevant as ever, Stevie Wonder has assembled a mind-bogglingly vast lineup of musicians, celebrities, and public figures to share their hopes for the future in a video entitled “The Dream Still Lives.” … More »

Lil Dicky Is Making A Career Out Of Being Charismatic And Problematic In Equal Measure

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It takes real talent to create a song based on the premise that Chris Brown is the man and end up with something likable. For three minutes and 36 seconds — or 5:21 if you’re watching the music video, as more than 57 million people have so far — that’s the illusion “Freaky Friday” successfully … More »

Meet Me In The Middle: Country Music’s Latest Wave Of Aspiring Pop Stars Has Arrived

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There is pulling a Taylor Swift, and then there’s pulling a Taylor Swift. Of the handful of country musicians who’ve briefly gotten a foothold in the pop mainstream — a list that in the past couple decades has included Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Lonestar, Lady Antebellum, and Carrie Underwood among others … More »

Now Charlie Puth Has Candles

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Charlie Puth graces the cover of Billboard this week and the accompanying feature is titled “Puth In Revolt” (yes, like “Youth In Revolt”). The story is littered with unintentionally funny anecdotes about fame, fortune, life in the limelight, and what it’s like to make music (and smoke weed) with Wiz Khalifa. More »

Two Friends release vibrant remix of Charlie Puth’s hit single, ‘How Long’

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Hailing from Los Angeles, producer duo Two Friends have released a bold remix of Charlie Puth‘s hit single, “How Long.” Featuring colorful waves of synth, melodic builds, and playful rhythmic patters, Two Friends have taken the original to new heights by adding their own electronic flair to the piece.

Known for their eclectic dance-pop crossover signature sound, Two Friends have amassed widespread support for incorporating vibrant vocals from an array of artists into their pieces. One of their most renowned tracks, “Emily,” showcases the duo’s ability to master a genre-bending style, and highlights a lively production quality. With their latest take on Puth’s “How Long,” Two Friends gives fans a taste for what’s to come in the new year.