For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.
The rapidly rising R&B star Ella Mai earned a spot on our Best New Bands Of 2018 list. She performed on the Steve Carrell-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live last night, just a month after releasing her self-titled debut album. She sang the sleek single that put her on the map, “Boo’d Up,” … More »
The name Ocasio derives from the Spanish “ocasión,” which means what you think it means: an occasion, a time. According to Ancestry.com, most people named Ocasio are Puerto Rican, in heritage if not in residence, and the word’s “meaning as a surname” is unclear. More »
This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »
“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 »
At first, Korn were a myth to me. When they released their self-titled debut album in 1994, I was 11. I may have glimpsed their spooky dreadlocked scowls in magazines or TV ads, or wherever I found out about new music in that nascent internet era. But for a suburban Christian kid who spent his … More »
With the universally acclaimed R&B love song “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai has become an instant star. It’s been a career-making hit for the south London singer, one that landed her on late-night TV, attracted thirsty superstars for a remix, and has more than a few people proclaiming it the More »
The ascendant British R&B singer Ella Mai didn’t quite come out of nowhere. As these stories often go, there were years of false starts, attempts to crack the industry, before things started to finally catch on. That, of course, has begun to happen for Mai with her single “Boo’d Up.” … More »