Watch An Extremely Bored Justin Bieber Talk About How He Could Beat Up Tom Cruise On Carpool Karaoke

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Justin-Bieber-on-Carpool-KaraokeJustin Bieber just released Changes, his first album in five years. It sucks. It’s really bad. I was thinking about reviewing the album when it came out, but when Changes arrived, it was just a vaporous waft of awkwardly phrased hey-I’m-married-now sweet nothings, and I just couldn’t think of anything more to say … More »

Watch BTS Perform “Black Swan” For The First Time, Play Hide & Seek With Ashton Kutcher On James Corden

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BTS-on-CordenIt’s been fascinating to watch the South Korean pop-idol group BTS proceeding with their conquest of America. Through sheer flash and craft and charisma — without changing their language or doing much of anything else to appeal specifically to American audiences — they’re touring US stadiums and bending our own pop-culture institutions to their will. More »

Kesha Turns The Page

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KeshaHow do you move on? This is the defining question on High Road, Kesha Rose Sebert’s fourth album and second since the public drama that redefined her life and career. More »

Who Should Win, And Who Will Win, At The 2020 Grammys

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Lizzo & Lil Nas XPROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »

The 2020 State Of Pop Address

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Billie EilishThe #1 song in America this week was released more than 25 years ago. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is often deemed the most recent tune to become a holiday standard, but for reasons mostly related to business, technology, and Billboard chart rules, it was not a Hot 100 … More »

Watch Billie Eilish Cover The Beatles, Rap A Ludacris Verse, And Introduce James Corden To Her Pet Spider In Her “Carpool Karaoke”

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Billie Eilish & James CordenBillie Eilish has experienced many superstar milestones this year, among them a #1 album in debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO, a #1 song in “bad guy,” a slew of Grammy nominations. And now she’s become the latest (and quite possibly the youngest) performer to … More »

The Most Savage Things Critics Are Saying About Cats

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Cats, the movie adaptation of the Broadway musical adaptation of the T.S. Eliot poetry collection, hits theaters tonight. It promises advances in “digital fur technology” and the trailer broke the internet because it was so disturbing. It is currently scoring a 14% at Rotten Tomatoes. More »

Watch Mariah Carey Sing “Oh Santa!” With Adorable Dancing Kids On Corden

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Mariah-Carey-on-CordenTwo days ago, Mariah Carey pulled off an historic pop-chart feat. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” her immortal holiday jam, is now the #1 song in America, 25 years after its release. It’s only the second Christmas song ever to hit #1; the last one was 61 years ago. This is … More »

Watch Vampire Weekend Play A Christmasy “Harmony Hall” With A Kids’ Choir On The Late Late Show

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Vampire-Weekend-on-CordenRight now, James Corden, star of the movie Cats, is taking a week off of his Late Late Show to film the Netflix movie The Prom. So instead of James Corden, we’re getting a week of Late Late Show episodes with celebrity guest hosts. Thus far, that’s led to a few fun little musical moments: … More »

Watch Harry Styles Do Carpool Karaoke, Sing “Adore You,” & Interview Himself On Corden

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James-Corden-and-Harry-StylesThis week, James Corden, star of the movie Cats, is taking time off from hosting the Late Late Show so that he can go and promote the movie Cats. Instead of Corden, we’re getting a succession of celebrity guest-hosts. On Monday night, that meant Alicia Keys singing with Billie Eilish. Last night, we … More »