In 1961, a songwriter named Ray Charles — not the famous Ray Charles, a different Ray Charles — wrote a kids’ novelty song called “Fifty Nifty United States” for the weekly variety show Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall. The song includes the names of all 50 states, sort of tunelessly jammed together into … More »
Press play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »
Tired: 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 »
Here is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »
Sometimes you enter into a pop cultural universe late and have to work backwards to fill in the gaps. Maybe you’ve decided to binge several seasons of a popular TV show to participate in the discourse, or you’ve fallen headfirst into a musical subgenre and now have a whole canon to educate yourself on. Maybe … More »
Who are all these people? This was my first time seeing the 1975, and I was shocked at the sea of humanity in front of me, packed together closely with no easy path to the front. Granted, the Manchester band are huge in their native UK, and they’ve been playing Columbus from the beginning, working … More »
We post a lot of different things here at Stereogum, but we have one ironclad rule: We never, ever post month-old videos from German reality TV. It’s etched into our foundation. We just don’t do it. Sometimes, though, two adorable little girls sing the absolute motherfuck out of a 26-year-old song that once threatened to … More »
Will Champlin offers a duality of upbeat hypnotism and heartbreaking lyrics with his latest, “Picasso In My Pocket.” The house-inflected rhythms, intriguing arrays of samples, and organic instrumentation work to beautifully balance out the story presented by the release. Champlin, displaying immense vocal talent, describes a conversation about love and death. The thematic contrast beautifully
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This new music Friday, Hardwell is here to show the world a thing or two about everyone’s favorite — or least favorite — four-letter word. “This Is Love” is now out via his own Revealed Recordings, and it’s ready to endear the masses.
In crafting “This Is Love,” Hardwell had a little help from his friends: Swedish producer and repeat Revealed talent, Kaaze, and Ne-Yo-championed, Island/Def Jam songstress and contestant on The Voice, Loren Allridge. Allridge’s cascading vocals entrench the track in romantic yearning; that is, until the momentous production and ever-rising rhythms flood the listener’s ears entirely as the song relents into a thrusting avalanche of the melodic big room. These are the sounds he has carefully perfected over the years, creating a surefire piece of entertainment to hold until his next big single.
Not that long ago, it seemed genuinely strange to hear the words “Ryan” and “Adams” right next to each other on a big singing-competition show. In 2011, the American Idol contestant Paul McDonald sang a shuffling, Rod Stewart-esque cover of Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up” on the show, and it seemed like a … More »