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Taylor Swift did it. She actually went through with it. For nearly two years now — ever since her former record label Big Machine sold its catalog, including the master recordings for her first six albums, to music industry mogul Scooter Braun — she’s been talking about re-recording those albums as a fuck-you and an assertion of control. If she couldn’t own the rights to the recordings that made her one of the most successful musical artists of all time, at least she could undercut their value and present her loyal fan base with a way to enjoy that music without benefitting her nemeses. With last Friday’s release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version), that plan is officially underway.

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alternative covers of pop songs, pale waves, girl in red, yungblud, Sofía Valdés

While we love when artists gift us with never-before-heard songs, there’s just something about a cover that will always get us excited.  Since the Punk Goes Pop days, scene artists covering pop tracks have been a popular trend, and vice versa. Through unexpected collabs and covers, we’ve discovered mainstream artists who are truly scene kids […]

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On Tuesday, hardcore artist EU1OGY unveiled his debut full-length album DAGGERS. In celebration of the release, he has dropped a powerful new video for his latest single “HOT BOY.” Inspired by relationships that have gone awry, the striking “HOT BOY” visual offers just a taste of the genre-blending style and personal narrative EU1OGY incorporates into all […]

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Having marked its 50th anniversary, Malaco is the oldest continuously-run indie label in America, and the world’s biggest and most important gospel label. The Malaco catalog has been sampled by everyone from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion to Kanye West and Drake. In this illustrated retrospective, Bowman (Soulsville, U.S.A.—The Story of Stax Records) delves into a half century of Malaco productions, including Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bobby Blue Bland, Z.Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, James Cleveland, and many more. By Rob Bowman (hardcover) $39.95

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Jonathan Mannion

“Mood” was a moment. Even before 24kGoldn and Iann Dior’s collaboration spent eight weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart between October and January, it was a significant milestone in pop music’s ongoing metamorphosis. 24kGoldn and Iann Dior are ostensibly rappers, and their sing-song stylings make sense within the context of the modern hip-hop mainstream. But thanks to an influx of SoundCloud-rap infiltrators who’ve taken a lot from pop-punk, emo, and nu-metal, the modern hip-hop mainstream has quite a bit of rock in it, hence the snappy chord-based guitar riff that was as much of a hook as anything these guys sang. On that note, like hits from forebears like Juice WRLD, Post Malone, and Lil Uzi Vert, “Mood” was self-evidently a pop song, infectiously catchy and irresistibly propulsive. In a historic feat, it topped Billboard‘s Hot Alternative Songs, Hot Rap Songs, and Hot 100 charts all at once.

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After sweeping the Top Three last week, Drake held on to Number One and Number Two For more, check out: (Source)

Anthony Mandler

“Nick Jonas Is On The Verge Of Something Awesome.” This was the headline when I reviewed the Jonas Brother’s self-titled solo album in 2014. My thought back then was that, buoyed by the falsetto-powered pop-R&B jam “Jealous,” Jonas was edging toward a truly fascinating career in pop music. In hindsight, I was extrapolating a lot from one endlessly listenable single — think of “Jealous” as a Muppet Babies version of Miguel’s “Adorn” — and trying to talk myself into the idea of Jonas as some kind of future pop auteur.

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Drake is no stranger to the #1 debut. Three times before, he has landed songs atop the Hot 100 in their first week: with 2018’s “God’s Plan,” 2018’s “Nice For What,” and 2020’s “Toosie Slide.” But never before has he launched three songs directly into the top three spots on the chart. Until today, nobody had.

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On ‘Scary Hours 2’ Drake sounds like he’s growing tired of being the most successful rapper in the world For more, check out: (Source)