“Hallelujah” Is Not A Christmas Song

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PentatonixThere are many reasons one might be annoyed at Pentatonix, the ruling a cappella group of our time. The singing quintet is hokey and saccharine in the way only a cappella groups can be. They were birthed by reality TV. They temporarily operated with four members despite being called Pentatonix. If you dislike … More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2019

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2019The year is almost over, and the lists are abundant. This one is called The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2019, which is a double entendre, see? … More »

If Only Camila Cabello’s Romance Were As Transfixing As The Love That Inspired It

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Camila CabelloIt’s one of the most exhilarating, terrifying human experiences: a friendship suddenly accelerating into an all-consuming passion. Maybe you’ve secretly fantasized about it, or maybe it hits you out of nowhere. Either way, sparks fly, hormones surge, and you give yourself over completely to this burgeoning obsession. You feel loopy and elated all the time. More »

Hear Weezer & Kacey Musgraves’ Songs From The Frozen 2 Soundtrack

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Frozen 2A number of the songs sung by characters in Frozen 2 appear twice on the soundtrack, once in their original form from the movie and again as recorded by a popular artist. Panic! At the Disco handle “Into the Unknown,” Kacey Musgraves does “All Is Found,” and Weezer cover “Lost In The Woods.” The soundtrack … More »

The One-Hit Wonders Of The 2010s

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One-Hit WondersWhat constitutes a one-hit wonder? It seems like it should be cut and dry, but the designation can be pretty arbitrary, with gut feelings often trumping objective data. The “one-hit wonder” label can sometimes befall an artist with a robust catalog, whose fans will inevitably insist their fave does not deserve to be categorized as … More »

Kacey Musgraves, Panic! At the Disco, And Weezer Announced For Frozen 2 Soundtrack

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The soundtrack for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming Frozen 2, featuring seven original songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez and an original score by Christophe Beck​, is slotted for a 11/15 release, just ahead of the film’s opening on 11/22. Disney unveiled the animated feature film’s track list Monday morning (9/30). New songs, featuring … More »

Alice Merton Is Ruling Rock Radio. Is A Pop Crossover Next?

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Do you remember where you first heard “Royals”? Almost any guess could be correct — and not just because the song achieved the sort of ubiquity you’d expect from a #1 hit. More »

Oshi and Baauer drop off long awaited collaboration, ‘Frozen’

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Oshi-Bauuer-Frozen

Since Oshi‘s emergence on the scene a short time ago, the young UK talent has established himself as a forward-thinking producer who often goes against the grain — a trait that immediately caught the attention of major players like Skrillex, Baauer, and others. If you’re familiar with Baauer’s production style, you’ll recognize an obvious, complementary link to Oshi’s work; a collaboration would be necessary to seal the parallels between the two beat makers. Now, the joint effort has officially materialized on “Frozen,” marking both producers’ first outputs of 2018.

Minimal use of chopped vocal samples and completely free of head-splitting bass drops, Oshi and Baauer proctor an intensely cinematic, futuristic hip-hop/trap hybrid on “Frozen.” Pitched down vocal arrangements and low frequency filters carry the pair’s knocking drum rhythms, as Oshi and his counterpart opt for a fairly reserved progression up until the track’s final break.