The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »

New Music Friday: Loren Gray, Chris Pine (?), Barack Obama (???)

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It’s the week before Christmas and pop has gone mad

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

Watch Johnny Marr Play The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” Live As A Solo Artist For The First Time

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Johnny MarrJohnny Marr’s nimble, gleaming guitar parts were as essential to the Smiths as Morrissey’s biting wit and unique vocal prowess. The man’s a genius, and although he performs a number of his Smiths classics in concert, before last night he’d never before performed “This Charming Man,” arguably his finest collection of riffs. More »

Prince Fox continues surge to debut album with sweet and abundant ‘Trust’

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Prince Fox continues surge to debut album with sweet and abundant ‘Trust’Prince Fo Trust

Foreshadowing his long-in-the-works debut multi-track release, Prince Fox has uncorked his latest “pop-that-knocks” bestowal, “Trust.” The newest track trails the first delivery from the awaited project, the bouncy bass-inclined “Fake It,” which, like the rest of the greater project’s offerings, features vocals and songwriting, complements of Fox himself.

“Trust” sees the “I Don’t Wanna Love You” you producer meld his broody, lo-fi vocals to rapturously melodic fabric of the track. Just a few years ago on the forefront of future bass movement, Prince Fox continues carving away at avant-garde dance-pop prestige with his benevolently heartfelt soundscapes.

An adept and persistent collaborator, Prince Fox has secured a slew of advantageous features on his radiant catalog, including Bella Thorne and Hailee Steinfeld. A product of his productive range, he’s also tapped electronic outsiders like The Griswalds for more minimal offerings, in the same vein as his Jimmy Eat World re-envision of “The Middle.”

 

Alesso unveils first single of 2018 with ‘REMEDY’

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Alesso unveils first single of 2018 with ‘REMEDY’Alesso Press Shot

After crushing 2017 with chart-topping, radio hits including “Let Me Go” featuring Hailee Steinfeld and Florida Georgia Line, and “Is That For Me” featuring Brazilian vocalist Anitta, Alesso is back again with new music. Making his 2018 debut, the famed Swedish DJ gives fans a taste of his renewed sound on “REMEDY” featuring English singer/songwriter Conor Maynard.

The new single is built on wide appeal, as Alesso incorporates a wide range of instrumentals and rhythms. He kicks it off with soothing piano riffs and a soca-inspired drum beat, all layered under captivating vocals from Maynard. The tune’s break is light, yet pleasing to the ear with melodic harmonies and echoing pitch changes, bringing together a warming, complementary collaboration for the pair on “REMEDY.”

This track is Alesso’s first release on Universal Music Group’s new imprint 10:22pm, and made its live debut on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in NYC’s Central Park. He’ll stay in the US this fall, closing out the main stage with Tiësto at Electric Zoo‘s 10th anniversary prior to a headline set at Imagine Music Festival September 21.

At Least We Can Count On Childish Gambino For Great Videos

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Childish GambinoRemember the early stage of the Drake/Meek Mill beef? If not, let me refresh your memory. More »

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 »