6LACK Wishes He Was A Rapper, But As An R&B Singer He’s On The Right Track

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6LACK“I’m an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core.” That’s 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on “Scripture,” a track from East Atlanta Love Letter, the #3 album in America this week. That title and 6LACK’s stage name both reference Zone 6, the crime-riddled section of East Atlanta where he grew up. If you’re among … More »

Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s OTR II Tour Is A Surprisingly Chill Victory Lap

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Jay-Z & BeyoncéOn The Run II is bracketed by a pair of slow dances. OK, technically it’s bracketed by Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” — with Beyoncé taking over Justin Timberlake’s hook duties and thrashing her hair in circles during the Nirvana interpolation — and “APESHIT,” the rousing Migos-powered lead single from the Carters’ new collaborative album Everything Is … More »

Alt-Pop Hit-Makers lovelytheband Are Not That Lovely If We’re Being Honest

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lovelythebandOnce upon a time what passed for poppy alternative rock was Stephen Malkmus whimpering, “You’re the kind of girl I like/ Because you’re empty, and I’m empty.” Nowadays apparently it’s Mitchy Collins and friends chanting, “I like that you’re broken, broken like me/ Maybe that makes me a fool/ I like that you’re lonely, lonely … 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 »

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

In His Big Post-Vegas Moment, Jason Aldean Punts

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Last October, six days after a gunman killed 58 people during his performance at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas strip, Jason Aldean made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. For the show’s cold open, the country star and his band covered “I Won’t Back Down,” which functioned as a dual … More »

Welcome To Superstardom, Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello stuck the landing so emphatically that it’s easy to forget she leapt in the first place. This time last year the 20-year-old Cuban-Mexican singer from Miami was fresh out of Fifth Harmony, her generation’s most popular girl group, assembled by Simon Cowell from an array of teenage strangers on the short-lived American edition … More »

Watch James Corden Get Into Hijinks With Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith

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Eager-to-please British late-night host James Corden may have reached a new apex of jolly starfuckery. On last night’s episode of his Late Late Show, Corden recorded an endless 14-minute comedy bit backstage at a big Jingle Ball pop concert in Los Angeles. In the clip, Corden takes over as general manager of the Forum, which … More »

Don’t Underestimate Pink — Or The Power Of Album/Ticket Bundles

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Pink is having the last laugh. This past summer, when MTV awarded its Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to the singer born Alecia Beth Moore, there was much social media cackling; surely they weren’t serious about elevating this durable and reliable hitmaker to the same iconic level as Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake? … More »

New Music Friday: Rita Ora at the top, a ‘veritable’ jamboree of Q4 madness elsewhere

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Song of the week:
Rita Ora — ‘Anywhere’
Yes obviously Rita’s best single since ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ is a full-on pensivebanger of almost dangerous proportions BUT the big news today is that New Music Friday has gone Q4 MENTAL.

  • Taylor Swift!
  • Two different One Direction members!!
  • Two different Jonas brothers!!!
  • An Emeli Sandé writing credit!!!!
  • A Kelly Clarkson normal song!!!!!
  • A Kelly Clarkson Christmas song!!!!!!
  • A Fifth Harmony (sort of) Christmas song with an absolutely disgraceful and amazing key change!!!!!!!
  • A MARIAH CAREY CHRISTMAS SONG WHICH IS SHIT BUT WHO CARES IT’S A MARIAH CAREY CHRISTMAS SONG!!!!!!!!
  • A Justin Bieber remix featuring some left-over guide vocals from Julia Michaels!!!!!!!!!
  • Fever Ray are back!!!!!!!!!!
  • Feat Sean Paul!!!!!!!!!!!

This. This playlist. This playlist right here. This is the true meaning of Q4.

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