Prince Memoir Reveals He Hated Ed Sheeran And Katy Perry’s Music

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PrinceBefore his death in 2016, Prince had started work on a memoir with co-writer and Paris Review editor Dan Piepenbring. And after Prince died, Piepenbring went about finishing the book, using the time he’d spent with Prince and combining it with lyrics, rare photos, scrapbook pages, and cartoons drawn by Prince. That book, entitled The … 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 Revolving Door Between Country And Pop Keeps On Spinning

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Marshmello & Kane BrownPress play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »

Tones And I Is Turning The World Into “Dance Monkey” Junkies

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Tones And IThis year has already given us one Kevin Garnett “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” viral triumph by the name of Lil Nas X. You probably know that story by heart: A savvy young meme-maker who may or may not have built his online following by running a Nicki Minaj fan account heavily promotes his country-rap … More »

Don’t Take Tove Lo For Granted

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Tove LoOne of the best Onion articles ever is headlined like so: “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” This was early 2001, more than a year after Manson became a scapegoat for the Columbine massacre and still several months ahead of 9/11. Despite a disputed election that introduced everyone to the … More »

Look Out America, Here Comes Lewis Capaldi

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Lewis Capaldi“I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.” The sentence is simple; the sentiment is deep. Lewis Capaldi howls these words at the peak of his breakthrough hit, his coarse, hearty vocals lending gravitas to the maudlin piano figure at the song’s spine. “Someone You Loved” is a ballad about the pain of … More »

Everything’s Coming Up Christian Rap

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NFChristian rap is having a mini-moment. More »

Ed Sheeran Breaks The Record For Highest Grossing Tour

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Ed-SheeranEd Sheeran, a man who has presumably never paid more than $30 for a single item of clothing, has now grossed three quarters of a billion dollars in a single tour. Sheeran has been steadily touring for two and a half years behind his massive 2017 album Divide. And now Pollstar reports that … More »

Seeking Clarity About Clairo

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ClairoA new kind of pop star: In a musical landscape full of false messiahs billing themselves as game-changers, it’s easy to scoff at the notion, but truly transformative figures come along more often than you’d think. How many musical inflection points have been sparked by a magnetic persona who synthesizes a bunch of trends and … More »

Some Thoughts On Beyoncé, Music Trendsetter, And Netflix, Music Trend

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Beyoncé“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »