Don’t Take Tove Lo For Granted

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Tove LoOne of the best Onion articles ever is headlined like so: “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” This was early 2001, more than a year after Manson became a scapegoat for the Columbine massacre and still several months ahead of 9/11. Despite a disputed election that introduced everyone to the … More »

For Better Or Worse, Post Malone Sounds Like Right Now

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Post MaloneTired: 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 »

The Highwomen Are The Country Supergroup This Moment Demands

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THE HIGHWOMENA widely publicized study this year confirmed what anyone paying attention to the industry has long known: Country music is a boys’ club. Back in April, USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative published its study No Country For Female Artists: Artist & Songwriter Gender On Popular Country Charts From 2014 To 2018, which found that … More »

Shawn Mendes, The Anti-Icon

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Camila Cabello & Shawn MendesShawn Mendes was supposed to play a show in Columbus Monday, but he had to postpone. The arena full of enthusiastic fans who showed up for the rescheduled date on Tuesday didn’t seem to mind. More »

Lil Tecca Is The Latest Teen To Crash The Top 10

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Lil TeccaLet’s talk about Lil Tecca, and about Billie Eilish, and about Lil Nas X, and about Khalid, and about the youth movement on the Billboard singles chart. But first, let’s talk about sports. More »

Look Out America, Here Comes Lewis Capaldi

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Lewis Capaldi“I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.” The sentence is simple; the sentiment is deep. Lewis Capaldi howls these words at the peak of his breakthrough hit, his coarse, hearty vocals lending gravitas to the maudlin piano figure at the song’s spine. “Someone You Loved” is a ballad about the pain of … More »

Everything’s Coming Up Christian Rap

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NFChristian rap is having a mini-moment. More »

Seeking Clarity About Clairo

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ClairoA new kind of pop star: In a musical landscape full of false messiahs billing themselves as game-changers, it’s easy to scoff at the notion, but truly transformative figures come along more often than you’d think. How many musical inflection points have been sparked by a magnetic persona who synthesizes a bunch of trends and … More »

Some Thoughts On Beyoncé, Music Trendsetter, And Netflix, Music Trend

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Beyoncé“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »

Ed Sheeran Finally Becomes One With The Algorithm

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Ed SheeranThe universe has been expanding for approximately 13.8 billion years, and ever since the advent of recorded sound, popular music has followed suit. New galaxies of sound are constantly springing up and spreading out, intermingling and morphing and exploding. An adventurous music fan is never bored. Yet this past decade the pop mainstream has exhibited … More »