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 »

Meet Me In The Middle: Country Music’s Latest Wave Of Aspiring Pop Stars Has Arrived

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There is pulling a Taylor Swift, and then there’s pulling a Taylor Swift. Of the handful of country musicians who’ve briefly gotten a foothold in the pop mainstream — a list that in the past couple decades has included Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Lonestar, Lady Antebellum, and Carrie Underwood among others … More »

Alice Merton Is Ruling Rock Radio. Is A Pop Crossover Next?

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Do you remember where you first heard “Royals”? Almost any guess could be correct — and not just because the song achieved the sort of ubiquity you’d expect from a #1 hit. More »

Can Sam Smith Put Up Adele Numbers This Holiday Season?

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Ever since he made the leap from golden-throated Disclosure associate to sulking adult-contemporary torch singer extraordinaire, Sam Smith has caught the same comparison over and over again: He’s the male Adele. More »

24K Starboys: Thoughts Upon Seeing The Weeknd & Bruno Mars On Consecutive Nights

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The year was 2011. Winter was on the verge of melting away, but the sounds emanating from the north were still plenty frigid. From out of the newly ascendant Toronto scene that gave us Drake came a dark and mysterious figure calling himself the Weeknd. We’d later learn this person was Abel Tesfaye, a child … More »

Insufferable YouTubers Are Now Making Terrible Rap Music Too

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There comes a time in every adult human’s life, should they be lucky enough to live that long, when they must conclude that youth culture is trash — or at least it has become entirely indecipherable to anyone old enough to exist outside its bubble. From my vantage point out here, I’m pretty sure what’s … More »

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” Video

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Taylor Swift & Zayn VideoThe frightening pop-overlord tag-team of Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik teamed up last month on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” the theme song for the new Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel. And now the track has a moody video from veteran director Grant Singer, which climaxes with both singers trashing some … More »

Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” Video

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Taylor Swift & Zayn VideoThe frightening pop-overlord tag-team of Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik teamed up last month on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” the theme song for the new Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel. And now the track has a moody video from veteran director Grant Singer, which climaxes with both singers trashing some … More »

Country Star Sam Hunt Is Basically A Drake Tribute Act Now

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24:  Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt performs onstage during the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)Hearing “Marvins Room” for the first time was an epiphany. By summer 2011, Drake was already sending profound ripple effects through rap and R&B by basically combining the two disciplines, not just singing his own hooks but veering between rapping and singing within his verses. That bridging of genres extended to his content and persona … More »