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 »

America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

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J BalvinQuick: Who’s the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if your list only reaches to the end of the English language, it’s far too limited. More »

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 »

Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey Drop Highly Anticipated Single ‘The Middle’

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I was a wee 19-year-old puppy struggling to maintain a “work-life” balance in college my ears were initially infiltrated by “Human” by Zedd and Nicky Romero. To follow, Mathew Koma and Zedd blessed with “Spectrum. The rest is history. Zedd is an international superstar, I graduated college, work in corporate America and am sitting here

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Having Conquered Britain, Dua Lipa Is Coming For America Next

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“New Rules” is a great song. Using the ingredients of the moment — nimbly tapped tropical-house keyboards, complex but airy drum programming indebted to Africa and the Caribbean, a morphing stylistic terrain that veers from booming rock-indebted bridges into surging dance-infused choruses — it serves as a contagious canvas for 22-year-old British pop singer Dua … More »

New Music Friday: BloodPop® and Hailee’s Capital Letters is an uppercase TUNE

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Song of the week:
Hailee Steinfeld ‘x’ BloodPop® – Capital Letters

Hailee’s best song since the Haiz EP and BloodPop®’s best song since his last one but the big news is that you should check out Popjustice’s ‘Fifty Shades Freed (Original Soundtrack)’ playlist on Spotify. It is a playlist invented purely to trick, confuse, annoy and finally upset anybody searching for the actual soundtrack, which isn’t out until next month.

Additional notes on this week’s efforts:

  • Obviously the Troye Sivan single would have been Song Of The Week had he not violated the golden rule of New Music Friday.
  • Stefflon Don‘s Hurtin’ Me remix comes at a slightly strange time but if she’s going to whack out a new version of the song to boost streaming numbers we should all just be grateful it’s not an ‘acoustic version’.
  • Hayley Kiyoko‘s Curious is immense and that’s all there is to it.
  • The new Amanda Delara song’s great — she had that really good track Dirhamz last year too.
  • Camila Cabello‘s album is out today; She Loves Control is the best of the new stuff.

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Welcome To Superstardom, Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello stuck the landing so emphatically that it’s easy to forget she leapt in the first place. This time last year the 20-year-old Cuban-Mexican singer from Miami was fresh out of Fifth Harmony, her generation’s most popular girl group, assembled by Simon Cowell from an array of teenage strangers on the short-lived American edition … 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 »

Alesso Addresses His Transition From House to Pop Music

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Just moments before his performance at the AMAs, Alesso sat down with Billboard to talk about the collaboration for “Let Me Go” featuring Hailee Steinfeld, Florida Georgia Line, and watt. “I used to just think about what will work on a dance floor at a festival. Now, I try to put out a song that

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Insufferable YouTubers Are Now Making Terrible Rap Music Too

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There comes a time in every adult human’s life, should they be lucky enough to live that long, when they must conclude that youth culture is trash — or at least it has become entirely indecipherable to anyone old enough to exist outside its bubble. From my vantage point out here, I’m pretty sure what’s … More »