Lizzo Really Is The Whole Damn Meal

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Lizzo“HAVE U EVER SEEN A BITCH PLAY FLUTE THEN HIT THE SHOOT?” It was a reasonable question. It was also a relevant question because it accompanied footage of the woman who posed it doing just that: first busting out an accomplished flute solo and then breaking into 2018’s biggest viral dance craze with her backup … More »

BLACKPINK’s All-Out K-Pop Onslaught Reaches American Shores

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BLACKPINKLet me take you back to a moment in the not-so-distant past, a proudly and obnoxiously loud era in pop music history known as the early 2010s. More »

It Might Be Time To Hang Up On Khalid

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Khalid“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Hanging On The Telephone,” “867-5309/Jenny” — pop music history is strewn with songs where the drama hinges on a phone call. Whether you’re a rapper from Houston, a semi-obscure German laptop-pop act, or a duo of chart-topping divas, … More »

Billie Eilish’s Time Is Now

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Billie Eilish - When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go?“I have taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album!” Billie Eilish announces at the outset of her debut album. The 17-year-old singer then collapses into hysterical laughter with a male cohort — presumably her older brother, a fellow musician named Finneas O’Connell who’s been her close collaborator ever since … More »

Maren Morris Is A Little Bit Springsteen, A Little Bit Teenage Dream

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Maren MorrisTucked near the end of Maren Morris’ new album GIRL is a lovely little tune called “The Bones.” Like many Morris songs, it’s not about the art of songwriting but could just as easily be an allegory for her expertise in that area. In “The Bones,” a busted old house that has weathered the elements … More »

Sigrid’s Debut Album Will Knock You Out

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SigridSometimes an album title is exactly right. More »

Benny Blanco Has Written Hits For Everybody Else. Now He’s Doing It For Himself.

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Benny BlancoBenny Blanco’s “Eastside” reached #1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart this week, completing a 31-week voyage to the top. The chart tracks Top 40 radio airplay, which means “Eastside” — a brisk, twilit collaboration with newly cemented radio mainstays Halsey and Khalid — has been in steady rotation at pop stations since late July. According … More »

Avril Lavigne’s Disappointing Return

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Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne is back, and as usual, it’s complicated. More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

Backstreet’s Back, But It’s Not Alright

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Backstreet BoysIn the Backstreet Boys’ video for 1998 mega-hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” the group’s tour bus breaks down outside what turns out to be a haunted house. Reluctantly, they decide to stay the night, after which “Thriller”-style horror hijinks ensue. The boys in the band appear in costume as various kinds of ghoulish creatures. If you … More »