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 »

Imagine Dragons Frontman Asks Artists To Pledge Not To Work With Dr. Luke

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Dan ReynoldsYears have passed, and the legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke still rages on. Her former producer and Kemosabe Records label boss is suing her for defamation, saying she accused him of sexual and emotional abuse to get out of her recording contract. This week, Kesha suffered another setback when a New York Court … More »

Kesha – “Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)”

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KeshaKesha has shared a new song called “Best Day” as part of the soundtrack to the upcoming Angry Birds 2 movie. Well, technically, she’s shared the Angry Birds 2 Remix of “Best Day,” which might mean that the original will be released later, possibly on her upcoming album. “Best Day” was co-written by Kesha’s friend … More »

Miley Cyrus Can’t Stop Getting In Her Own Way

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Miley CyrusCan you believe it’s been less than 10 years since Miley Cyrus released “Party In The U.S.A.”? The song, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her bridge from the Disney Channel to a grownup mainstream audience, feels like it has existed for several lifetimes. It was in fact released in August … More »

Sir Babygirl – “Praying” (Kesha Cover)

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Sir Babygirl - "Praying"Kelsie Hogue, aka Sir Babygirl, has been an indelible Artist To Watch over the last year. Her debut album Crush On Me was a near-perfect execution of bombastic pop, which is why it’s fitting that today, Sir Babygirl is sharing a cover of Kesha’s undeniably powerful “More »

Pink’s Party Is Still Going Strong, It’s Just Taken A Maudlin Turn

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PinkPink has never fit in — so much so that not fitting in has become part of her personal brand. Despite spending two decades operating from deep within the mainstream machine, Alicia Beth Moore can believably tout herself as a pop star for the outsiders and the rebels. It’s a weird thing to say about … More »