BTS Are K-Pop’s Beatles. Map Of The Soul: 7 Is Their White Album.

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BTSAcronyms are flexible little phrases. Just ask the good people at World Taekwondo. More »

If You Think “Hot Girl Bummer” Is Bad, Just Wait Till You Hear blackbear’s Other Songs

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blackbearIt’s physics: For every “Hot Girl Summer” there is an equal and opposite “Hot Girl Bummer.” I don’t make the rules. Take it up with Isaac Newton or God or the Young Money Records roster circa 2010. More »

Louis Tomlinson’s Walls Sadly Stops Short Of A Full-Blown Britpop Revival

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Louis TomlinsonSince parting ways, the members of One Direction have all carved out their own place in the pop music firmament. Zayn Malik split before the British boy band’s final album, 2015’s Made In The A.M., and immediately banished himself to some hyper-sexualized adult contemporary netherworld. Niall Horan became a folksy soft-rocker … More »

Watch Roddy Ricch Rock “The Box” In A Kobe Jersey On Fallon

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Roddy RicchFor the past three weeks, Roddy Ricch’s viral rap hit “The Box” has been the #1 song in America. It ascended to the top of the Hot 100 despite Justin Bieber’s best “Yummy” promotional efforts and has since blocked Future and Drake’s “Life Is Good” from a #1 debut as well. With his … More »

Kesha Turns The Page

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KeshaHow do you move on? This is the defining question on High Road, Kesha Rose Sebert’s fourth album and second since the public drama that redefined her life and career. More »

Grammys 2020: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

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Tyler-The-CreatorWhat a sad, fraught, fucked-up night of television. The week before this year’s Grammy Awards, the show had already become a vast neon-lit symbol of everything that has always been wrong with the entertainment industry. In the days just before the show, Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan was kicked out of office, and … More »

Meek Mill – “Letter To Nipsey” (Feat. Roddy Ricch)

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Meek-MillThe Grammys can be tone-deaf about a lot of things — most things — but the show got at least one thing mostly right last night. The all-star tribute to the late LA rap hero Nipsey Hussle was a nicely executed moment of catharsis. Nipsey was murdered last year at the … More »

Grammys 2020: Nipsey Hussle Gets An All-Star Tribute

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Meek MillThe late Nipsey Hussle was nominated for three Grammys this year and posthumously became a first-time winner today. The Recording Academy honored him further by staging an all-star tribute on tonight’s broadcast from the rapper’s hometown of LA=. More »

Who Should Win, And Who Will Win, At The 2020 Grammys

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Lizzo & Lil Nas XPROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »

Halsey Is Her Generation’s Most Successful Pop Chameleon

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HalseyFrom the Beatles to Bowie to Madonna, metamorphosis has been an assumed component of pop stardom for decades, and the ability to transcend easy categorization has often been key to such artists’ success. So at a time when the speed of life is accelerating at an alarming rate, in a society where breaking down binaries … More »