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Joey Bada$$’s ‘B4.DA.$$': Album Review

That mysterious photo of Malia Obama in a Pro Era shirt may have flummoxed the Secret Service, but it's the latest indicator suggesting hip-hop revivalism is for the kids. The obsession with NYC's "Golden Age" of rap is no longer solely the realm of bitter, old hip-hop heads, as young New York MCs like Pro …
By: Carl Williott / January 20, 2015

The 14 Best Pop EPs Released In 2014

Album sales have dropped precipitously in the last few years, but the format isn't dead yet, at least when our biggest stars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Justin Timberlake are concerned. But what about a stretch when most of those stars don't release an album? In a year when Billboard replaced the album with "album equivalent …
By: Carl Williott / December 18, 2014

14 Under-The-Radar Synth-Pop Acts We Loved In 2014

Synth-pop has never really gone away since breaking into the mainstream with a little help from Gary Numan and MTV in the ‘80s, but the genre has certainly fallen in and out of favor since then. As luck would have it, we’ve been riding high on a synth spike for about 10 years now, with …
By: Carl Williott / December 9, 2014

John Mayer’s Cover Of Beyonce’s “XO” Gets A Studio Version: Listen

John Mayer last month unveiled a stripped-back cover of Beyonce's "XO" during his Australian tour, and now the permanently sensitive singer has posted the studio version. As with the live version, he's on the harmonica and guitar to …
By: Carl Williott / May 23, 2014

Robin Thicke To Release New Album In July

It's not exactly striking while the iron is hot, but Robin Thicke has announced plans to release a new album on July 1. His seventh album comes one year after he dropped Blurred Lines, and this news led our own Bradley Stern to quip, "Who does he think he is, Rihanna?" Last year's LP of course contained the …
By: Carl Williott / May 22, 2014

Stream Robyn & Röyksopp’s ‘Do It Again’ Mini-Album

Röyksopp and Robyn's five-track Do It Again project is available to stream for the rest of this week ahead of its May 26 release. The so-called mini-album was recorded at the Norwegian duo's studio as a stopgap before they both release new projects at some point following a …
By: Carl Williott / May 22, 2014

‘American Idol’ Winner Caleb Johnson Announces Self-Titled Debut Album

Well, the powers that be over at American Idol wasted no time. Hours after Caleb Johnson was crowned the winner of Season 13 last night (May 21), details of his debut album were announced. The self-titled set will be released August 12 on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records.
By: Carl Williott / May 22, 2014

Kanye West & Jack White Almost Worked Together On ‘Yeezus’

Jack White has been known to take rockism and analog fetishization to cartoonish heights, but guitar music's reigning enigma is too self-aware to not be in on the joke. And in his recent cover story for Rolling Stone, the former White Stripes leader revealed that he is, in fact, a fan of some …
By: Carl Williott / May 21, 2014

The Black Keys Top Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ For First No. 1 Album

The Black Keys' Turn Blue debuted at #1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart, topping Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape, which debuted in the second spot. Considering that one half of the Keys called Xscape "some fucking bullshit that sucks so bad," this feat was doubly satisfying for the …
By: Carl Williott / May 21, 2014

Coldplay Perform “Magic” & “A Sky Full Of Stars” On ‘Ellen': Watch

Coldplay closed out the live finale of The Voice last night, and now with their latest pair of songs on Ellen, I think they've hit for the TV promo cycle. (It's a baseball reference, folks.) Chris Martin and his unsung anonymous …
By: Carl Williott / May 21, 2014

Nicki Minaj’s “Pills N Potions”: Listen

Welp, Nicki Minaj promised her new album The Pink Print wouldn't have a "Starships" on it, and lead single "Pills N Potions" certainly isn't that. But it turns out she was sort of misleading us about this all …
By: Carl Williott / May 21, 2014

‘The Voice': Josh Kaufman Wins Season 6

That's a wrap, folks. Season six of The Voice came to a close tonight (May 20) after a marathon of performances culminating with Coldplay's "A Sky Full Of Stars." After that, Carson Daly lined up finalists Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington and Josh …
By: Carl Williott / May 20, 2014

Little Daylight Dial It Back On “Love Stories”: Listen

Brooklyn's Little Daylight today premiered "Love Stories," a slow-burning ballad off their debut Hello Memory (out July 15). This is the most subdued offering we've heard from the band, but there's still a lot to admire. To this point, they've made their mark constructing exuberant melodies over a crescendo of future-pop sounds, but this cut proves …
By: Carl Williott / May 20, 2014

Cher Lloyd’s ‘Sorry I’m Late': Stream The Full Album

Well, this album kind of snuck up on us! We knew Cher Lloyd was set to return on May 27 with Sorry I'm Late, but we can't believe it has already arrived. Maybe to make up for her apparent tardiness, Lloyd has jumped ahead a few steps and made the full album available to stream.
By: Carl Williott / May 20, 2014

Hear Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’ Bonus Tracks

Coldplay's sixth album, Ghost Stories, dropped yesterday (May 19), and the lovelorn LP successfully stripped away many of the more tired aspects of the band's sound, a transformation sparked at least partly by the dissolution of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's marriage. At nine tracks, it's a quick and quiet …
By: Carl Williott / May 20, 2014

Stream Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’

Mariah Carey's grammatically suspect new album drops in just one week (on May 27), and ahead of the long-awaited release Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse is streaming at iTunes. Of course, we've already heard "Thirsty" (both with and …
By: Carl Williott / May 20, 2014

BANKS Is Beautifully Bitter On “Drowning”: Listen

BANKS has just posted "Drowning," another killer track off her debut album Goddess (out September 9 and available for pre-order here). The song exemplifies the L.A. singer's ability to translate relationship bitterness into a song that is at once biting and …
By: Carl Williott / May 19, 2014

Maroon 5 Announce New Album ‘V’

Maroon 5 are returning this fall with their fifth album, the aptly titled V. The new set from Adam Levine and co. will be released September 2 on Interscope, with the lead single coming out this summer. According to the band's press release, V was recorded in L.A. over the past year and it features a stellar …
By: Carl Williott / May 19, 2014

Robyn & Röyksopp’s “Sayit” Video Might Give You A Headache, But It Is Very Cool

Robyn and Röyksopp have premiered the intense video for "Sayit," off their collaborative mini-album Do It Again (out May 26). The song is a less poppy offering than the title track, with the Norwegian duo's burrowing synth beat at the forefront …
By: Carl Williott / May 19, 2014

Lana Del Rey Sings Alternate Lyrics In Grades’ “West Coast” Remix

We've already heard four official remixes of Lana Del Rey's "West Coast," but now the Ultraviolence …
By: Carl Williott / May 19, 2014

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