Christina Aguilera’s New Album Is Pretty Good. Does Anyone Care?

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Christina Aguilera - LiberationAlong with her fellow ex-Mousketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera proved to be one of the most durable hit-makers of the Y2K-era teen-pop explosion. Long after most of their peers found alternate careers in show business or disappeared from pop culture entirely, these artists kept sending singles to the top 10. Spears survived … More »

Ella Mai & Jorja Smith, New Queens Of UK R&B

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Ella Mai“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »

America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

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J BalvinQuick: Who’s the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if your list only reaches to the end of the English language, it’s far too limited. More »

Comparing Shawn Mendes And James Bay, Guitar-Slinging Gods Of Young Adult Contempo

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Shawn Mendes: The AlbumShawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can’t take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

Post Malone Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

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It’s one of my life’s great regrets, but I can’t deny it: Last Friday I helped Post Malone’s new album Beerbongs & Bentleys break the single-day streaming record. More »

In His Big Post-Vegas Moment, Jason Aldean Punts

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Last October, six days after a gunman killed 58 people during his performance at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas strip, Jason Aldean made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. For the show’s cold open, the country star and his band covered “I Won’t Back Down,” which functioned as a dual … More »

Drake Is Having Fun Again, And People Can’t Get Enough

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Drake announced a new album this week, and depending on its tracklist, it may already be eligible for gold certification — never mind that it’s not out for another two months. 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 »