The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

Campsite Dream – Genie In A Bottle

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Dutch duo Campsite Dream are back covering your favorite records of yesterday, with that tropical flair. This time they take on Christina Aguilera’s ‘Genie in a Bottle’ opting for a balearic disco drop, and a stease-y vocal rendition, that’s style and ease for you. Press play, it’s a throwback!

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More Like Maroon 5 Seconds Of Summer Am I Right

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5 Seconds Of SummerWhat happens when a pop-punk boy band grows up? They stop playing pop-punk, apparently. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Post Malone Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

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It’s one of my life’s great regrets, but I can’t deny it: Last Friday I helped Post Malone’s new album Beerbongs & Bentleys break the single-day streaming record. More »

Christina Aguilera – “Accelerate” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Ty Dolla $ign) (Prod. Kanye West) Video

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Christina-Aguilera-Accelerate-video-1525352959Wow, Christina Aguilera really picked the exact right moment to return with a Kanye West-produced comeback single. Her timing could not be any better. Aguilera hasn’t released a new album since 2012’s Lotus, and she’s spent the intervening years as a judge (or, in the show’s parlance, coach) on NBC’s massively popular singing-competition show The … 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 »