Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Keeps Taylor Swift Out Of The #1 Spot, Again

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Lil-Nas-XThe juggernaut rolls on. Billboard reports that Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ implausible country-rap smash “Old Town Road” is once again the #1 song on the Hot 100, a position that the song has now held for 12 weeks in a row. In the process, “Old Town … More »

Mark Ronson’s New Breakup Album Is Really Good

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Mark RonsonWhere do you go after “Uptown Funk”? The only option is down — in Mark Ronson’s case, down in the dumps. More »

“Old Town Road” Will Never Die, But You Will

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Billy-Ray-Cyrus-Lil-Nas-XThere’s an outdoor pool up the street from my house, and the swim teachers there are pleasantly leathery middle-aged guys who like to play Eagles and Bob Seger songs on weekend afternoons. This weekend, though, “The Weight” faded out, and some familiar spindly guitar notes came in. The boy sitting near me — blonde, cornfed, … More »

The Taylor Swift video is As Expected

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It’s very well lit, I’ll give it that.

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Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down” Video (Feat. Katy Perry)

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Taylor-Swift-You-Need-To-Calm-Down-videoThe great Taylor Swift/Katy Perry beef — the storied saga of “Bad Blood” and “Swish Swish” — ended last year when Perry sent Swift a literal olive branch as Swift was beginning her big Reputation stadium tour. And now that beef has come to its inevitable and glorious conclusion, … More »

Taylor Swift Played The Stonewall Inn Last Night

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift made a surprise appearance at New York City’s iconic gay bar the Stonewall Inn last night for an acoustic performance of her 1989 single “Shake It Off.” Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson was headlining AEG and the Stonewall Inn’s pride celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. More »

A note on sticks and stones

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Two songs, both out today, use a very familiar lyrical idea. On Matoma’s Bruised Not Broken, Kiana Ledé sings that “sticks and stones might break my bones”; in Taylor Swift’s…

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New Music Friday: Naaz knows she’s only existed for 300,000+ years

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Plus! Little Mix return, Bastille and Madonna release albums, and Taylor Swift attempts to end homophobia.

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♫ Listen: Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”

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Did you just fucking tell me to calm down? Don’t tell me to calm down. Do not fucking tell me to calm down. Do you have any idea who you’re talking to? Nobody tells me to calm down. I’ll fuck you up. Listen to me: if you ever tell me to calm down again, you’ll really regret it. I’m not fucking around. Plus, my whole squad is here, and they’re ready to ride. They’ll fuck you up, too. I’m NOT going to calm down. In fact, you know what? I’m feeling wild tonight. You better turn around and march your ass right the fuck out of here if you know what’s good for you. That’s right. See you later. And don’t come back. Nobody tells me to calm down. Fuck.

Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”

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On Thursday, Taylor Swift officially announced her seventh studio album, which is called Lover and will be out on 8/23. A couple months ago, she released “ME!,” its Brendon Urie-featuring lead single and tonight Swift is putting out the album’s second single, “You Need To Calm Down.” “You just … More »