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 »

The 2017 State Of Pop Address

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Recording artist Drake accepts the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album award onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)Pop music is fluid. Like any vibrant creative field, it exists in a constant state of flux. It has to, or else it would cross over from an active concern to a historical relic, a format frozen in time for museums and reenactments. Pop is special in this regard because unlike rock or jazz or … More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2016

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Ariana GrandePop pop pop pop pop: It does not stop, even when your spirits drop. Sometimes it’s pretty good, too! Sometimes it can comfort you in your sorrow and anger and confusion; sometimes it can lift those spirits right back up. More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2016

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Ariana GrandePop pop pop pop pop: It does not stop, even when your spirits drop. Sometimes it’s pretty good, too! Sometimes it can comfort you in your sorrow and anger and confusion; sometimes it can lift those spirits right back up. More »

ZAYN & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

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ZAYN & Taylor Swift - "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)"Pop superstars Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have teamed up on a new single called “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” the first new music that Swift has released since 1989. Written by Swift, Sam Dew, and Jack Antonoff, who also produced, the song was created specifically for the film Fifty Shades Darker … More »