The One-Hit Wonders Of The 2010s

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One-Hit WondersWhat constitutes a one-hit wonder? It seems like it should be cut and dry, but the designation can be pretty arbitrary, with gut feelings often trumping objective data. The “one-hit wonder” label can sometimes befall an artist with a robust catalog, whose fans will inevitably insist their fave does not deserve to be categorized as … More »

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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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 »

Ariana Grande, Normani, & Nicki Minaj – “Bad To You”

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Ariana-Grande-Nicki-MinajThe people behind Charlie’s Angels, the new reboot movie situation that I can’t imagine anyone is all that excited to see, have attempted to pull a Kendrick Lamar/Black Panther trick. They’ve brought Ariana Grande in to serve as an executive producer of the film’s soundtrack album, and it features a couple of Grande-led superstar team-ups. More »

All Hail King Princess

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King Princess - Cheap QueenKing Princess really is royalty of a sort. Mikaela Mullaney Straus, the 20-year-old upstart who’ll release her debut album Cheap Queen tomorrow, is the daughter of Oliver H. Straus Jr., owner of Brooklyn’s Mission Sound Recording. Like many artists who find their way to fame before exiting their teenage years, she was born … More »

Kanye West Plays Seemingly Unfinished Jesus Is King For Audience At NYC “Experience”

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Sunday ServiceWhen Kanye West hosts an event, the pure unpredictability and uniqueness of it will bring out the masses for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Following Sunday Service at the Greater Allen Cathedral in Queens (pictured above), West and company headed to Washington Heights on Sunday night to host the final listening of his JesusMore »

For Better Or Worse, Post Malone Sounds Like Right Now

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Post MaloneTired: a Post Malone posse cut with Meek Mill and Lil Baby. Wired: a Post Malone posse cut featuring Halsey and Future. Inspired: a Post Malone posse cut aligning Ozzy Osbourne with Travis Scott. The blessing and the curse of Hollywood’s Bleeding is that it contains all three pairings and more. Every level of the … More »

Lil Tecca Is The Latest Teen To Crash The Top 10

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Lil TeccaLet’s talk about Lil Tecca, and about Billie Eilish, and about Lil Nas X, and about Khalid, and about the youth movement on the Billboard singles chart. But first, let’s talk about sports. More »

Megan Thee Stallion – “Hot Girl Summer” (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)

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Megan Thee Stallion - "Hot Girl Summer"If you have any sort of online presence, chances are you’ve heard of Hot Girl Summer — the self-empowerment trend started by Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion. But in case you haven’t, allow me to get you up to speed. Her song “Cash Shit,” which blasted her into mainstream stardom earlier this year, included … More »

Some Thoughts On Beyoncé, Music Trendsetter, And Netflix, Music Trend

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Beyoncé“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »