The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

Chromeo go all out in new ‘Don’t Sleep’ music video

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It’s been a stellar year for Canadian funk lords Chromeo. The duo impressed with the debut of their fifth studio album in June and have been furthering the momentum of Head Over Heels‘ ever since.

For their latest piece of work — a music video for “Don’t Sleep” with French Montana and Stefflon Don — they’ve tapped actress and model Robin Givens to be the star of the show. The grandiose visual accompaniment to “Don’t Sleep” portrays scenes featuring a woman who’s living in the lap of luxury but is overall unsatisfied with her life.

Director Allie Avital told Billboard that the music video portrays how lonely it is at the top.

“‘Don’t Sleep’ is a 2018 satire for the age of dissatisfaction; the age of overstimulation and Tinder. Robin Givens plays a version of the ‘sad king,’ where the more pampered and entertained she is, the more disaffected she becomes. All the bulging biceps, sponge baths, and lap dances can’t cure her existential void.”

Nile Rodgers & Chic – “Sober” (Feat. Craig David & Stefflon Don)

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Back in 2013, disco legends Chic and their fearless leader Nile Rodgers returned to the spotlight with their contribution to Daft Punk’s hit “Get Lucky.” In 2015, they announced their first album in over two decades, which never came to fruition. Now, they’re back in the studio working with the likes of Bruno Mars, Anderson … 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 »

Bruno Mars, Haim, & Anderson .Paak To Feature On New Chic Album

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Good times! Disco-funk legends Chic have a new album on the way, and according to a new interview with project mastermind Nile Rodgers, it has a very impressive guest list. More »

Bazzi, Tinashe, & Kali Uchis: Three Distinct Visions Of R&B As Pop

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This is a big week for R&B. That’s true first of all in a statistical sense: The Weeknd’s new EP, My Dear Melancholy, just put up 169,000 equivalent album units in its first week — the biggest total for an R&B release since late 2016 (when, uh, the last Weeknd album came out). We … 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 »

So, What’s Popping On The UK Pop Charts These Days?

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“God’s Plan” rules the world. Drake’s dominant single is #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for an eighth straight week, and its ubiquity extends well beyond the United States. Although the song hasn’t caught on in Asia or Africa and is only a minor hit in Latin America, it’s the most popular track globally … More »

New Music Friday: BloodPop® and Hailee’s Capital Letters is an uppercase TUNE

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Song of the week:
Hailee Steinfeld ‘x’ BloodPop® – Capital Letters

Hailee’s best song since the Haiz EP and BloodPop®’s best song since his last one but the big news is that you should check out Popjustice’s ‘Fifty Shades Freed (Original Soundtrack)’ playlist on Spotify. It is a playlist invented purely to trick, confuse, annoy and finally upset anybody searching for the actual soundtrack, which isn’t out until next month.

Additional notes on this week’s efforts:

  • Obviously the Troye Sivan single would have been Song Of The Week had he not violated the golden rule of New Music Friday.
  • Stefflon Don‘s Hurtin’ Me remix comes at a slightly strange time but if she’s going to whack out a new version of the song to boost streaming numbers we should all just be grateful it’s not an ‘acoustic version’.
  • Hayley Kiyoko‘s Curious is immense and that’s all there is to it.
  • The new Amanda Delara song’s great — she had that really good track Dirhamz last year too.
  • Camila Cabello‘s album is out today; She Loves Control is the best of the new stuff.

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