Alt-Pop Hit-Makers lovelytheband Are Not That Lovely If We’re Being Honest

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lovelythebandOnce upon a time what passed for poppy alternative rock was Stephen Malkmus whimpering, “You’re the kind of girl I like/ Because you’re empty, and I’m empty.” Nowadays apparently it’s Mitchy Collins and friends chanting, “I like that you’re broken, broken like me/ Maybe that makes me a fool/ I like that you’re lonely, lonely … More »

Cardi B Is First Female Rapper With Two #1 Hits

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Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It” lifts from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, granting Cardi B an unprecedented feat in the chart’s history, as she becomes the first female rapper with two No. 1s. She first reigned with her debut hit, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” for three weeks beginning 10/07/17. Meanwhile, … More »

More Like Maroon 5 Seconds Of Summer Am I Right

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5 Seconds Of SummerWhat happens when a pop-punk boy band grows up? They stop playing pop-punk, apparently. More »

J. Balvin supplants Drake as most streamed Spotify artist

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J. Balvin supplants Drake as most streamed Spotify artist

Move over, Drake, for Spotify has a new most listened artist.

Spotify announced that J. Balvin assumed the status of the platform’s most frequently streamed artist on June 25, a feat partly  engendered by the release of Balvin’s fifth studio album, Vibras.

“All I can say is thank you, thank you,” Balvin said, “I’m so grateful and proud to be the most heard artist in the world on Spotify. It’s bigger than J. Balvin, it’s the movement and it’s in Spanish. We are proving that Latinos have the power to connect with an audience on a global level without having to leave our identity behind. This is an achievement for the entire Latino community. I’m so grateful to Spotify for the enormous support to the reggaeton movement.”

Only time will tell if Drake will reclaim the title pending the release of his next album, Scorpion, due out on June 28.

H/T: The Fader

Dillon Francis gives Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ an EDM revamp ahead of his new album

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Dillon Francis gives Cardi B's 'I Like It' an EDM revamp ahead of his new album

While chronic jokester, Dillon Francis, has had the EDM world’s ribs tickling as he claimed his prank-fueled vengeance against DJ Snake earlier this week, he’s turned right around and shown he hasn’t skipped a beat in the studio. A celebrated remixer, Francis is known for trying his hand at widely popular tracks like Passion Pit‘s “Carried Away” and Halsey‘s “Bad At Love.” This time around, he’s re-envisioned Cardi B‘s latest single, “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, which, so far, has topped out at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In this sweltering rendition, Francis gasses up the tempo, as well as Cardi’s forceful raps. The remix further accentuates the original’s titillating Latin fervor, and introduces a trap drop that is likely to spice up legions of festival sets this summer.

The remix comes ahead of Francis’ 2018-scheduled Spanish-language album release, from which so far, he’s released a number of tracks, including “Ven,” “We The Funk,” and “Sexo.”

Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … 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 »

Cardi B – “I Like It” (Feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin) Video

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Cardi-B-I-Like-It-videoLast month, Cardi B released her ridiculously fun debut album Invasion Of Privacy. The whole thing is packed with fun, catchy, immediate songs, but the most fun, catchy, and immediate of them might be “I Like It,” the collaboration with Puerto Rican Latin trap up-and-comer Bad Bunny and Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin. With … More »

Tiesto Drops Unexpected, But Incredible Remix of J Balvin’s Monster Single ‘Bum Bum Tam Tam’

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J Balvin has seen a rise to glory that is incomparable to just about currently making music. While the Latin artist has been working in the EDM paradigm for quite some time now, he is best known for his Spanish language releases as well as hip-hop cross tunes. His success has helped him become the

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