The Revolving Door Between Country And Pop Keeps On Spinning

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Marshmello & Kane BrownPress play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »

Shawn Mendes, The Anti-Icon

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Camila Cabello & Shawn MendesShawn Mendes was supposed to play a show in Columbus Monday, but he had to postpone. The arena full of enthusiastic fans who showed up for the rescheduled date on Tuesday didn’t seem to mind. More »

Billie Eilish’s Time Is Now

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Billie Eilish - When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go?“I have taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album!” Billie Eilish announces at the outset of her debut album. The 17-year-old singer then collapses into hysterical laughter with a male cohort — presumably her older brother, a fellow musician named Finneas O’Connell who’s been her close collaborator ever since … More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

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Travis ScottEverything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »

The Boy Band Is Changing, But The Old Model Persists For Now

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Why Don't WeAs long as there has been pop music, there have been boy bands. But ask any American about the “boy band era” and they’ll probably assume you’re talking about the turn of the millennium, when Backstreet Boys and NSYNC led an insurgent army of meticulously styled hormone-activating ensembles. These dreamboat teams were the predominant unit … 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 »

A Little Bit Country, A Whole Lot Of Streams: Bebe Rexha Has Cracked The Code

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Bebe Rexha - ExpectationsIf it’s meant to be, it’ll be: Regarding Bebe Rexha’s unlikely takeover of the country charts, this is both the savvy execution and the only explanation. More »

Watch Chloe x Halle Perform At The MTV Movie & TV Awards

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Chloe-X-Halle-at-MTV-Movie-AwardsWe may not be getting regular Beyoncé performances at awards shows anymore, but at least we get to see her proteges. Chloe X Halle are two young sisters from Atlanta who Beyoncé signed to her Parkwood imprint. They released their full-length debut The Kids Are Alright earlier this year. And last night, they were performers … More »

DJ Mustard Is Just Mustard Now And Here’s His New Single With Nick Jonas

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DJ Mustard has made a name for himself over the last few years as a producer, releasing two albums under the name — 2014’s 10 Summers and 2016’s Cold Summer — and has racked up credits on songs from Rihanna, YG, 2 Chainz, Tyga, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more. He even has … More »