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 »

Troye Sivan – “Dance To This” (Feat. Ariana Grande)

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Troye Sivan - "Dance To This" (Feat. Ariana Grande)Ascendant Aussie pop star Troye Sivan is ramping up to the release of his sophomore album Bloom. The singles he’s shared thus far — “My, My, My,” “The Good Side,” and “Bloom” — have all suggested the LP will be a leap not just in popularity but in artistry, elevating his music from an enjoyable … 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 »

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 »

Troye Sivan – Bloom

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Martin Garrix collaborator and singer and songwriter in his own right, Troye Sivan, is out with a new track titled “Bloom.” The pop track features an electronic backdrop that weaves in and out of his polarizing vocals.

“Bloom” will be featured on his sophomore album, and follows single releases “My My My!” and “The Good Side.” The track is out now on Universal Music Australia.

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Troye Sivan’s “subversively queer” Bloom is here and it’s 9/10

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Back in the distant past when life was much simpler and all our futures seemed so much less fragile — ie, the end of February — Troye Sivan had a chat with Popjustice and talked for the first time about an upcoming track called Bloom. It was, he said, “complete pop. Like: ‘Katy Perry Teenage Dream’ pop.”

Sonically light, Troye said; lyrically cheeky. A fun song. Very consumable pop.

“Lyrically I think it’s the most subversively queer song on the album,” he added. “I don’t even think it’s necessarily the big single or anything like that, but I really hope the song ends up spreading its wings way further than the people who wouldn’t normally listen to my music.”

Comments on all this now that Bloom is now out in the open:

1. If this exquisite bumbanger is not necessarily the big single ‘or anything like that’ then TS2 is going to be very good indeed, which is to say that if the big one is still to come we are in for Quite A Treat.

2. The idea of it being ‘complete pop’ is quite interesting. It’s hard to think of many current artists who’d stick out something this melodically or structurally straightforward in 2018, still less get away with it. Mind you perhaps the key factor here is that the Teenage Dream feel, now eight years old, is now firmly in the realm of nostalgia. It reminds the listener of being young, or at least eight years less old. Still sounds like a 2018 song though, doesn’t it?

3. This is 2018’s best song about bumming but while the subversively queer element shouldn’t be underestimated, it’s worth noting that pop music is often at its best when it brings people together and Bloom is actually incredibly inclusive because many straight people are also very keen on anal activity.

4. If the CGI Troye from Bloom’s lyric video and the puppet Ed Sheeran from the Happier video spent time together do you think they would get on? Do you think they’d discuss the things that made them different, or would they bond over the things they had in common? Would their chat skim the surface of life’s peripheral concerns, or would they find the conversation heading quickly, inevitably, towards an intense discussion of what it means to be human, and what it means to be something other than human? And would they accept that they are less than human, or would they find clarity in the notion that they are somehow more than human: each here on Earth to do a popstar’s bidding in the world of promotional pop video clips, but each also with their own hopes, dreams, fears and passions? As the evening wore on would they realise that the things that made them so different, Troye’s flickering pixels, Ed’s sponge and fabric, were the opposites that were always destined to attract? Would there be a moment, later on, when their eyes met, but somehow — they’d both realise — not in the same way their eyes had been meeting all evening? Would there be something else this time? Something neither of them could deny any longer? Would they kiss?

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Watch Troye Sivan Turn Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery Of Love” Into Spoken-Word Poetry

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Australian pop star on-the-rise Troye Sivan gave us a taste of what’s to come since his 2015 debut, Blue Neighbourhood, with “My My My!” and its associated remix. Today he becomes the latest artist to perform in Dazed’s Dazed Texts series, reciting Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery Of Love.” Sivan sits and stands in … More »

New Music Friday featuring Marshmello, The Chainsmokers remixes and more

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The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

Marshmello got back to his EDM roots in a brand new single with serene vocals from Leah Culver.

Indie duo Salt Cathedral test poppier waters with their tropical-infused single “No Love.”

Luca Schreiner offered a welcome twist on hip-hop auteur TYLERxCORDY’s viral track “Cheap Situation.”

Patrick Baker serves lush instrumentation and chill vibes on his latest EP, Dusk, courtesy of Armada

KSHMR gets funky on this bass-heavy disco noir number via his side project, The MVI.

Vicetone take it way back on their newest release, a high energy EDM track with Cozi Zuehlsdorff.

It’s hard to pick out the best re-spin from The Chainsmoker‘s newest remix package for their pop-punk crossover single “You Owe Me.”

Borgeous taps into classic electro melodies on his infectious new release — his first as a Casablanca Records signee.

Bingo Players and Goshfather team up for a high energy collab on new single “Everybody.”

Dannic‘s latest via Spinnin’ will have dance floors heating through festival season with its minimal structure and infectious drop.

Graves gets moody on a textured, future-bass inspired new release, a collab with bitbird cohort Duskus.

Klingande‘s collaboration with vocalist Krishane channels late tropical EDM vibes with a pitched up vocal and blissed out tribal-influenced instrumentation.

Hot Chip put their virtuosic twist on Troye Sivan‘s “My My My!” with this nuanced and funky house flip.

Sahar Z & Vic F provide a lush, ethereal progressive contribution to Anjunadeep’s fifth Explorations edition.

Swedish veteran Zoo Brazil makes his LNOE debut, closing out his EP with an entrancing, yet gritty “Socialism.”

Rebelski channels nostalgia and gentle meditation with this sentimental piece from his new ADID EP.

TWO LANES target the brain’s feel-good center with a euphoric future bass cut packed with jubilant guitar riffs and a satisfying drop.