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Dennis Leupold

Now that we’ve reached Thanksgiving week, the annual influx of Christmas music that begins as a slow creep in October is about to go into overdrive. In recent years, this has meant a massive surge in streams for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Although a hit upon release in 1994, Carey’s holiday classic is arguably bigger now than ever. It reached #1 for the first time in 2019 and returned to the top of the singles chart last year. Improbably — especially for someone with 19 #1 hits — it has become arguably Carey’s signature song and is universally regarded as a modern Christmas standard.

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Simon Cowell pulled One Direction together in 2010 after Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne had each auditioned as solo artists on The X Factor UK. Better together, at least at the time, the five-piece came in third place in the singing competition. But at this point, mentioning their stint on the show feels as necessary as tracing Justin Bieber’s success back to his time on YouTube or Ariana Grande’s on Nickelodeon. While important stepping stones and key parts of their stories, the feats pale in comparison to literally everything that came after.

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Incoming: Dreamstate, “Set It Off!” Fest, American Music Awards, Pershing Square All Dayer, L.A. WOMAN All Femme Revue, Chad’s Home Fest, Armin Van Buuren, Aurora, the Crystal Method, Foster the People, Everclear, Dirty Bird, Ricky Martin, Harry Styles, Julieta Venegas, Aimee Mann, Enrique Iglesias, San Holo, 100 Gecs, Jenny Lewis, Jim Lauderdale, Yung Bae, GWAR, Clan of Xymox, Japanese Breakfast, X Ambassadors, Beach Fossils, Buscabulla, Hunny, WAVVES, Lovelytheband, Anjunadeep, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Fred Armisen, Sasami, Scarypoolparty, St. Panther, Cuffed Up, Jesika Von Rabbit, Tim Heidecker, the Mystic Braves, Sean Nicholas Savage, All Things Blue, Gavin Turek, Bona Vega, Mehro, Wrabel, Squid, 99 Neighbors, Lucero, Jensen McRae, Asi Fui, Club Oro, Cold Hart, Trousdale, Grady Strange, Moonfuzz, Grace McKagan, Ryan Pollie

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John Esparza

Bruno Mars is a pastiche artist. That’s just who he is. He is very good at it, too — a born entertainer, a gifted songwriter, a master of period detail rivaling any Hollywood professional. Over the past decade, Mars has carved out a space as mainstream pop’s official retro ambassador. You are not ever going to find him pushing music forward, but he can be counted on to show up every couple years with expert facsimiles of bygone genres, overtly fun and catchy music bound to get wedding dance floors grooving and tickle the fancy of people who lament that music isn’t what it used to be. Bruno Mars owns this lane. And with Silk Sonic, he has decided to share it.

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The two-night Fancy Dress Party at Madison Square Garden, announced two years ago, was a Halloween treat worth the wait For more, check out: (Source)

Dan Martensen

At first, I hoped Ed Sheeran could be contained. Nine years ago, shortly after Sheeran got his big spotlight moment on Taylor Swift’s Red, “The A Team” — a saccharine folk-pop ballad from the English singer-songwriter’s debut album + (plus), which had already blown up in his native country — established him as a pop-radio force in America as well. Dude was obnoxiously cloying, and his music was corny even at its best, so I crossed my fingers that he’d go away soon. When Sheeran started rapping and working with producers like Pharrell on 2014’s x (multiply), I suspected it would be his downfall, but no, it made him a much bigger star. He pushed all the way to the center of mainstream pop with 2017’s ÷ (divide), even daring to incorporate dancehall into his sound on the smash hit “Shape Of You.” He duetted with Beyoncé — and she was the one who needed him to get back to #1. He headlined stadiums, performing solo with just a guitar and a looping pedal. And in 2019, he took a victory lap with No.6 Collaborations Project, an LP with all-star rappers and singers on every track.

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Commendably, Harry Styles has been using his recent arena tour to do whatever he feels like doing. He’s booked Jenny Lewis and Orville Peck as his opening acts. He enters the stage to a Shuggie Otis song. In the last two nights, he’s dressed up in tremendously silly Halloween costumes to play shows at Madison Square Garden. (He’s called them his “Harryween” shows, which is a terrible pun, but whatever.) On the first night, Styles dressed up as Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz, and he sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Twitter got very excited about that one.

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Still looking for the perfect Halloween costume? Just look to the stars for inspiration! Here’s what your favorite and/or least favorite pop stars and musicians are dressing up as this year. Happy Halloween!

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This year’s broadcast was the best Grammy show ever. Let’s do it again! For more, check out: (Source)

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