Selena Gomez’s Rare Was Worth The Wait

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Selena GomezRare is an accurate title for a Selena Gomez album. Gomez, the former Disney Channel teen actress turned pop superstar and tabloid fixation, is part of the class of big-time pop singers who haven’t released a full-length project since the middle of last decade — a group that includes Adele, Rihanna, and her former boyfriends … More »

Animal Turns 10

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Kesha-AnimalTen years ago this week, the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 had it all –AutoTune, rapping, yodeling, even a cameo from Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. “TiK ToK,” the debut solo single from the brash belter then known as Ke$ha, was bedheaded yet buoyant, its blippy synths framing a Jack Daniels-scented manifesto for bringing … More »

Kesha – “Resentment” (Feat. Brian Wilson & Sturgill Simpson)

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KeshaNext month, pop survivor Kesha will return with her new album High Road. She’s shared a couple of early singles: The exultant Big Freedia collab “Raising Hell” and the catchy but accusatory “My Own Dance.” But when Kesha first announced the album, the song that everyone wanted to hear was “Resentment,” … More »

Watch Henry Rollins & Cyndi Lauper Sing Black Flag’s “Rise Above” At Home For The Holidays Benefit

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Cyndi-Lauper-Henry-RollinsEvery winter, Cyndi Lauper hosts her all-star Home For The Holiday benefit. The show raises money for True Colors United, the nonprofit that Lauper founded in 2008 to battle against LGBTQ youth homelessness. Last night, Lauper headlined the 2019 edition of the show at the Novo for the event’s first year in Los … More »

On Songs For You, Tinashe Takes Matters Into Her Own Hands

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Tinashe - Songs For YouThere was a time when Tinashe’s momentum felt unstoppable. “2 On,” the R&B singer and dancer’s 2014 breakthrough single, was one of those hits so contagious that Drake couldn’t stop himself from dropping an unofficial remix. Aquarius, the major-label debut album that followed, generated rave reviews. Despite the trendy Mustardwave pops and snaps … More »

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Watch Kesha Perform “Raising Hell” With Big Freedia On Kimmel

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Kesha is releasing a new album at the beginning of next year, High Road, the follow-up to 2017’s Rainbow, which saw the pop star take a turn toward empathetic ballads. Her new single, “Raising Hell” — which came out last week — tries to combine that side of Kesha with the … More »

All Hail King Princess

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King Princess - Cheap QueenKing Princess really is royalty of a sort. Mikaela Mullaney Straus, the 20-year-old upstart who’ll release her debut album Cheap Queen tomorrow, is the daughter of Oliver H. Straus Jr., owner of Brooklyn’s Mission Sound Recording. Like many artists who find their way to fame before exiting their teenage years, she was born … More »

Kesha – “Raising Hell” (Feat. Big Freedia) Video

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Kesha-High-RoadPop-industry survivor Kesha has been through a whole lot of bullshit, especially in her prolonged court and public-opinion battle with former collaborator Dr. Luke, and now she’s ready to get back to the business of being a pop star. Two years ago, Kesha came back strong with her Rainbow album. And yearly next … More »