Pop Radio’s Love Affair With White Rappers Continues Apace

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“Let You Down” begins with plaintive minor-key piano chords and a trembling vocal run through that omnipresent chipmunk effect, the wildly popular pitched-up modulation that makes the human voice sound slightly alien. The singer intones, “All these voices in my head get loud/ I wish that I could shut them out/ I’m sorry that I … More »

Happy Valentine’s Day, Here’s Eminem & Ed Sheeran’s Terrible Seven-Minute Video About Bad Relationships

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Late last year, Eminem released his more-or-less unlistenable new album Revival. The album hasn’t spawned a real hit yet, so we knew he would eventually turn the godawful Ed Sheeran collab “River” into a single. The day that we dreaded is finally here. The new “River” video is seven minutes long, and it’s constructed, … More »

Hip-Hop Is Evolving, And So Is Tyler, The Creator

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Tyler Gregory Okonma won the red carpet at this year’s Grammys — where his fifth and most recent studio album Flower Boy was nominated for Best Rap Album — donning a mixture of high fashion (a Louis Vuitton scarf) and his own fashion (custom Chuck Taylor High-Tops, a collaboration between … More »

Your Guide To The 2018 Grammys: Will They Leave Kendrick Out In The Cold Again?

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The Grammys are this weekend — Sunday at 7:30PM EST on your local CBS affiliate, to be exact — and as always, we’re (almost certainly naïvely) hoping they won’t suck this time. They probably will; they always do. Yet thanks to a somewhat promising slate of nominees in the major categories, a similarly half-decent … More »

Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers lead Firefly Music Festival’s 2018 lineup

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As Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival prepares to descend upon the Dover International Speedway for its seventh iteration come June 14–17, festival organizers have released the event’s lineup, revealing Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers as Firefly’s 2018 headliners. This will be the first year in Firefly history that the festival will have two hip hop headliners. Also contributing to event history are The Killers, the rock band — headliners of the inaugural Firefly Music Festival back in 2010 — charting the record for the most headlining appearances.

Curating a lineup that will appear to music fans’ many tastes, Firefly’s 2018 talent roster additionally includes Odesza, Lil Wayne, Martin Garrix, SZA, Portugal. The Man, San Holo, and more. Cheat Codes, Party Favor, Whethan, and Jax Jones represent a sampling of the lineup’s electronic artists.

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Passes to the festival will go on sale Friday, January 12 at 10 AM ET. GA passes will start at $269, while VIP and Super VIP will begin at $749 and $2,499, respectively. Those interested in attending Firefly’s seventh year can purchase passes here.

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Firefly Music Festival Announces 2018 Lineup

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Lineups have been slinging on a daily basis for 2018 festivals and today we have been delivered one of the best ones yet. The Firefly Music Festival is set to return to Dover, Deleware form June 14th-17th and they are bringing heavier heat than ever before. Aside from delivering and insanely diverse lineup, the Electronic

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In obvious windfall from Donald Trump’s sizzling economic plan, cassette sales saw 35% growth across 2017

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The world’s a pretty fucked up place these days. You’ve got ice caps melting on either pole, you’ve got more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined — and now, apparently, you’ve got more people buying cassette tapes than healthcare plans. (Actually don’t quote us on that last one).

That’s sorta right, though: according to data released by Nielsen Music Ratings (and published by The Hollywood Reporter), total cassette sales reached nearly 175,000 copies in 2017, which is up from the roughly 130,000 copies that were sold in 2016.

The spike in sales was apparently attributed to the popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie (as well as the Stranger Things Netflix series), but we’re still holding out contention that it might just be windfall from President Trump’s obviously spellbinding long-term business model. I mean, do you really think the Chinese are going to go looking for revenue shares in the lo-fi recordings financial sector? Yeah, didn’t think so…

Some of the top sellers over the course of the year were (obviously) the Guardians and Stranger Things soundtracks, but Eminem (The Eminem Show), Prince (Purple Rain re-issue), and Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface) also fared nicely.

Before you go selling off all your worldly possessions to open up your own boombox repair shop, though, be advised that the increase in cassettes still only accounted for less than a single percent (0.17) of all physical album sales. Apparently, compact discs are still crushing it (just ask your local Best Buy manager).

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01. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (19,000 copies sold)
02. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (15,000 copies sold)
03. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (5,000 copies sold)
04. Soundtrack: Stranger Things, Volume One (3,000 copies sold)
05. Eminem, The Eminem Show (3,000 copies sold)
06. Various Artists, The Hamilton Mixtape (3,000 copies sold)
07. Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (2,000 copies sold)
08. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (2,000 copies sold)
09. Kanye West, Yeezus (2,000 copies sold)
10. Nirvana, Nevermind (2,000 copies sold)

Eminem Attacks Revival Critics On New Remix: “Bitch, Suck My Dick!”

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Eminem’s new album Revival is very bad, and many critics — including our own Tom Breihan — have warned the public about its sonic hazards. Eminem has had it up to here with that noise, so on a new remix of Revival track “Chloroseptic,” following guest verses from 2 Chainz and Phresher, Marshall Mathers … More »

US Olympic Trialist Figure Skates To “Turn Down For What”

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The Winter Olympics are going down in PyeongChang next month, and according to Wall Street Journal Olympics reporter Sara Germano, this is the first year in which Olympic figure skating trialists can skate to music with lyrics. At the US Figure Skating Championships last night, 22-year-old Great Neck, NY native Jimmy Ma took … More »

The 2018 State Of Pop Address

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“Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.” So saith Bono at the dawn of 1983, and he was right — to a point. Flipping the calendar doesn’t initiate any grand transition. The morning after the ball drops, life is right back where we left it. But in another sense, everything changes all the time. Organisms grow. More »