PROGRAMMING 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 »
Despite only releasing one album in the 2010s, Dr. Dre has topped Forbes’ list of highest paid musicians of the decade, earning a reported $950 million. According to Forbes, Dre accumulated his wealth primarily due to his business ventures, most notably through the wildly popular Beats by Dre headphone series which was acquired by Apple.
In contrast, the decades number two earner Taylor Swift earned the bulk of her $825 million through a steady stream of chart-topping albums and her relentless touring. Pop icon Beyoncé comes in third with $685 million, beating out her husband Jay-Z by $125 million.
According to Forbes, if postmortem earnings were accounted for pop superstar Michael Jackson’s reported $2.37 billion would take the top spot. Read the full list below:
There 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 »
It’s one thing for a DJ to hit a home run with a timely placed solo single, but according to Billboard’s Electronic/Dance charts of the decade, it’s the collaborations that hit the grand slams over the course of the 2010s.
In fact, the list’s top five slots are comprised entirely of collaborative singles. Landing on the list are The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, whose cushy, melodic “Something Just Like This” reigned supreme for 25 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 2017, with ZEDD, Maren Morris, and Grey earning a stop in the top ten with everyone’s guilty pleasure “The Middle.” The late Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” which features the uncredited vocals of Aloe Blacc and Major Lazer’s joint with DJ Snake “Lean On” round out the decade’s top tunes, painting a vibrant picture of what’s delivered the heat in the 2010s.
In the scope of full-length LPs, it was Lady Gaga who took gold, as her debut LP, The Fame, logged a total of 62 weeks at the top of the charts during the 2010s. Daft Punk’s decade-blurring Random Access Memories and David Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat took the two and three spots, arguing that traditional DJs are capable of more than hit single after hit single.
In the very early days of this century, people would still sometimes watch music videos on television. MTV’s Total Request Live was in its halcyon era in 2000, and the show wouldn’t be cancelled until 2008. Meanwhile, YouTube debuted in 2005, changing the way everyone experienced the music video. So the 2010s are the first … More »
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 »
Fresh off her lead breakout in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga is teaming up with Ridley Scott to make a movie about the murder of Guccio Gucci’s grandson Maurizio Gucci, the former head of the luxury Italian fashion house, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. More »
Halloween is here, and everyone is getting in the spirit, including the mistress of the mad, the fraulein of freak, Lady Gaga. While Gaga dons Halloween-level costumes day in and day out, she still goes the extra mile for national spook day in various ways, most recently through the ever-traditional pumpkin carving.
On Oct. 30, Gaga posted a picture on her Twitter of her fruit-mutilation session. The pumpkin did not feature any sort of intricate design—just a knife sticking out of the top and the words “FUCK THIS” painted across the hull.
In the bottom left corner of the picture there is an iPhone playing a song titled “Stupid Love.” This would not be the first song with this name. Jason Derulo and Dan + Shay have produced songs with the same title. But based on a few clues such as that the title was listed in all capitals, there was no artwork or artist information, and there have been rumors of a new Gaga song with that name circulating around the internet for quite a while now, new music may be incoming.
Is there new Gaga material just around the corner? See for yourself below.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 30, 2019
Photo credit: Neilson Barnard
13 months ago, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga released “Shallow,” their histrionic, melodramatic, instantly iconic duet from Cooper’s film A Star Is Born. The moment where the two of them sing “Shallow” in the film turned out to be the most electric scene in the entire picture, and since then “Shallow” … More »