“Despacito” Could Signify A Latin Pop Resurgence Or Just Justin Bieber’s King-Making Power

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It’s not every day a song sung primarily in Spanish goes to #1 in the US. It’s not even every decade. But “Despacito,” a collaboration between Puerto Rican stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, has done it with a late-breaking assist from Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber. The Bieber-featuring “Despacito” remix, you may haveMore »

Liam Payne – “Strip That Down” (Feat. Quavo)

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Every member of One Direction is now pursuing a solo career. Liam Payne wasn’t a big fan of his former bandmate Harry Styles’ album-length bid for rock stardom, and now he’s making a bid for a different kind of stardom with his debut solo single “Strip That Down,” which features Quavo of … More »

Good news if you’re playing 2017 Single Release Bingo, Liam Payne’s single’s out tomorrow

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News just in from Sun showbiz purveyor Dan Wootton who, the details of the below tweet tell us, is currently in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France. Alright for some right guys???

Anyway:

You know, it’s only when you see it all written down that you realise how 2017 this song’s DNA really is.

By a former member of One Direction

Feat Quavo

Ed Sheeran writing credit

All it needs is a guest vocal from Dua Lipa for a total full house.

Naturally, ‘Strip It Down’ poses its own questions.

Questions like: when he’s stripping it down does Liam favour a heat gun, or a chemical stripping agent such as Nitromors?

Like: does the fact that he co-wrote it with Ed Sheeran mean that he unknowingly actually co-wrote it with several other songwriters whose names will be added to the credits in four months?

Like: how will those who’ve spent the last two weeks feeding all their coins into the Harry Styles Thinkpiece Machine react?

Like: if Liam had to spend the next twelve months trying to either drive a bottle of Bacardi or drink a Ferrari, which would he choose?

Like: before agreeing to allow Quavo onto his single, did Liam first seek assurance from the man himself AS KATY PERRY ALSO SURELY DID that his attitudes towards the gays aren’t as bad as everyone thinks?

Like: why is he saying he “used to be in 1D” when as everyone knows One Direction are actually just on hiatus? Has Liam confirmed the band’s ultimate split, or if it’s just about Liam’s departure why isn’t Dan Wootton running with “LIAM PAYNE QUITS 1D”? In fact did Liam quit, or was he kicked out, and if so what could Liam possibly have done to warrant being ejected from the band mid-hiatus? WHAT DID LIAM PAYNE DO???

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The 2017 State Of Pop Address

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Recording artist Drake accepts the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album award onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)Pop music is fluid. Like any vibrant creative field, it exists in a constant state of flux. It has to, or else it would cross over from an active concern to a historical relic, a format frozen in time for museums and reenactments. Pop is special in this regard because unlike rock or jazz or … More »

Mr. Loathsome & Mr. Wholesome: The Weeknd & John Legend Are Finding Very Different Ways Over Pop’s R&B Barrier

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The WeekndPoor Usher. Poor Jeremih. Poor Trey Songz. R&B’s workmanlike radio superstars churn out jam after jam, some of them truly transcendent, yet only rarely do they actually transcend. When they do, it’s often by hopping aboard whatever stylistic wave is reigning that year — think of Usher’s electronic dalliances like “OMG” — than by appealing … More »