Ed Sheeran Finally Becomes One With The Algorithm

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Ed SheeranThe universe has been expanding for approximately 13.8 billion years, and ever since the advent of recorded sound, popular music has followed suit. New galaxies of sound are constantly springing up and spreading out, intermingling and morphing and exploding. An adventurous music fan is never bored. Yet this past decade the pop mainstream has exhibited … More »

Kaskade remixes Jennifer Lopez’ single ‘Medicine’

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Kaskade remixes Jennifer Lopez’ single ‘Medicine’Kaskade Redu Photo Credit Insomniac

Kaskade‘s been an official remixer on many a tune, but his latest credit might be one of his biggest to date. He was selected to re-work Jennifer Lopez’ latest single, “Medicine,” and in turn has delivered a crossover tune capable of ripping up any dancefloor. Appropriate to the season, Kaskade works J-Lo’s vocals into a lighthearted 4/4 foundation set at a lower-than-average tempo. Long, soft synth notes feel like a sonic breeze, while clever sound effects sprinkled in the background add intrigue.

It seems that Kaskade has developed an interest in diving deeper into the pop space. The icon recently collaborated with Meghan Trainor for “With You.”

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It Might Be Time To Hang Up On Khalid

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Khalid“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Hanging On The Telephone,” “867-5309/Jenny” — pop music history is strewn with songs where the drama hinges on a phone call. Whether you’re a rapper from Houston, a semi-obscure German laptop-pop act, or a duo of chart-topping divas, … More »

Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

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2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »

While You Were Laughing At Mariah Carey She Was Making Yet Another Dope Album

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Mariah CareyDo you remember what you were doing the night of December 31, 2016? Just after midnight, I was at home watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, still smarting from Ohio State’s brutal loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff, when onto my screen bounded Mariah Carey, apropos of nothing. Carey … More »

28 Essential Reggaeton Songs From The Early 2000s To Now

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I was born in San Francisco, CA to two Chicano musicians who connected over their complete obsession with playing and studying music. Once we were old enough to hold instruments, my sister and I expressed some reticence about performing with our parents, but due in part to the closeness of the Mexican family unit and … More »

TIDAL announces fourth annual benefit concert TIDAL X: BROOKLYN, focused on criminal justice reform

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TIDAL announces fourth annual benefit concert TIDAL X: BROOKLYN, focused on criminal justice reformBeyonce Jay Z Erin Benson Flickr

TIDAL has announced that it will return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23 for its fourth annual charity concert. This year, TIDAL X: BROOKLYN will add to the more than $10 million tab that they’ve raised from the first three years of the concert. Following last year’s donations to disaster relief & recovery in places like Houston and Puerto Rico, TIDAL will focus on raising money to help support criminal justice reform, donating profits to a variety of charities including REFORM and Equal Justice Initiative.

Past headliners of TIDAL X have included some of the streaming platform’s most coveted artists, including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Kaskade and Chris Brown, as well as serving as a platform for rising stars like Jessie Reyez, Marc E. Bassy and Kevin Garrett. While headliners haven’t been announced yet, TIDAL members can grab presale tickets here as well as on their mobile app, and the general public will be able to grab tickets Friday, September 7 at 12PM EST. 

Watch Jennifer Lopez Perform & Accept The Video Vanguard Award At The 2018 VMAs

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Jennifer LopezIs Jennifer Lopez an iconic music video artist? The answer is almost certainly no, unless by “iconic music video artist” you mean “artist whose music videos aired on television often enough when I was in high school that I vaguely remember them now.” Is she famous enough that people might tune in to watch her … More »

Jennifer Lopez Is This Year’s VMA Vanguard Award Winner

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The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award is like the MTV Video Music Awards’ version of a lifetime achievement award. This year, it’s going to Jennifer Lopez. Lopez and Sway announced the news on MTV’s Facebook Live this afternoon. More »

Comparing Shawn Mendes And James Bay, Guitar-Slinging Gods Of Young Adult Contempo

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Shawn Mendes: The AlbumShawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can’t take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »