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 »

It’s The Freakin’ Weeknd Baby, I’m About To Have Me Some Crushing Nihilistic Despair

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Viewed one way, it’s a pretty impressive flex: You’re about to headline Coachella, and this is what you drop? … More »

Pop Radio’s Love Affair With White Rappers Continues Apace

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“Let You Down” begins with plaintive minor-key piano chords and a trembling vocal run through that omnipresent chipmunk effect, the wildly popular pitched-up modulation that makes the human voice sound slightly alien. The singer intones, “All these voices in my head get loud/ I wish that I could shut them out/ I’m sorry that I … More »

Steve Aoki Lands On Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets

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From time to time, Jimmy Kimmel shines light on some of the harsh words spoken to celebrities over the days. As social media can often times be a vicious place for celebrities, Jimmy Kimmel makes it a point to show how rude certain people can be online. In addition to Steve Aoki getting grilled, the

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Like The Stay Puft Man Before Him, Marshmello Just Keeps Getting Bigger

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Who knows how many centuries the fortune under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson went untapped before the Grosh brothers happened upon it. The Pennsylvanian preacher’s sons had become seasoned prospectors during the gold rush years of the mid-19th century, and that experience served them well in Nevada’s Virginia Range southeast of Reno, where in … More »

You Gotta Respect Fall Out Boy’s Commitment To Being A Little Much

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Fall Out Boy have always been a lot. God gave singer-guitarist Patrick Stump indestructible musclebound vocal cords that cannot be contained, and he fully indulges their powers. Musically, his songs tend to be big and bold, often dispensing with conventional notions of good taste in their pursuit of stadium-sized glory. As a lyricist, bassist Pete … More »

Grammy President Apologizes For Telling Women To “Step Up” After Widespread Backlash

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There were many ridiculous aspects to Sunday’s Grammy festivities, but probably the most ridiculous was the show’s treatment of women. Although the broadcast made a big show of support for women’s rights by having Kesha and a small army of her peers perform her anti-abuse rebuke “Praying,” the gesture rang hollow in light of … More »

Grammys 2018: Performances From Worst To Best

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Before this year’s Grammys, news broke that Lorde would not be performing at the ceremony, since the producers wouldn’t let her sing one of her own songs — an invitation extended to all four other Album Of The Year nominees, all of whom were men. So in looking at this year’s performances, of which … More »

Your Guide To The 2018 Grammys: Will They Leave Kendrick Out In The Cold Again?

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The Grammys are this weekend — Sunday at 7:30PM EST on your local CBS affiliate, to be exact — and as always, we’re (almost certainly naïvely) hoping they won’t suck this time. They probably will; they always do. Yet thanks to a somewhat promising slate of nominees in the major categories, a similarly half-decent … 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 »