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 »

The Path To A Hit Single Is Changing — Just Ask Miley Cyrus & Demi Lovato

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Do you remember “Party In The U.S.A.”? Ha ha, funny question, right? How could you forget it? It was everywhere. There was no escaping it. More »

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 »

Maren Morris Is Your New Favorite Country Singer

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Maren MorrisThe most intriguing Grammys category this year? OK, technically it’s Best Rock Performance, the WTF clearinghouse pitting Beyoncé and Jack White vs. Twenty One Pilots vs. the late David Bowie vs. Disturbed (covering Simon & Garfunkel!) vs. Alabama Shakes. But they probably won’t even hand that one out on TV, so let’s move … More »

Here Are The 2017 Grammys Nominations

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AOTY nomineesThe Grammys announced their 2017 nominees this morning, with Grammy darling Meghan Trainor on CBS This Morning to unveil the big four categories: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The rest of the nominees were announced online soon afterward. Beyoncé leads the field with … More »

We Are Living In The Chainsmokers’ America

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AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 01:  DJ/Producers Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers pose for a photo session at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)When did you realize the Chainsmokers were music’s biggest breakout stars of 2016? Was it when “Closer,” the production duo’s collaboration with budding alt-pop superstar Halsey, debuted as their third top-10 smash of the year following “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”? When “Closer” became their first chart-topping hit? When the song stayed at #1 … More »