Dionne Warwick and Krayzie Bone Make Beautiful Music Together

It sure is: Halsey, “Nightmare” - Uh, Halsey is the Paul Revere of the impending nu-metal revival. Who knew? Stylistically, “Nightmare” is her take on rap-rock (where rock is defined by, I don’t know, the guitar-less offerings of Twenty One Pilots.) It’s interesting to see a vintage genre defined by machismo and…

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's Boring 'I Don't Care' Is Late to the Anti-Party Pop Song Craze

I... don’t care: Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care” - Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber are a few years too late for the anti-party pop song trend (Alessia Cara’s “Here” dropped four years ago, my god) which wouldn’t totally be an issue if this song, you know, had a hook. Regardless, I expect to hear to it…

Allow Bhad Bhabie and Megan Thee Stallion to Soundtrack the Destruction of Your Nemesis

Y: Bhad Bhabie feat. Megan Thee Stallion “Bestie” - The world needs more songs devoted to friends—or rather muh’fuckin’ best friends—who just want to support each other and/or team up against a nemesis. (Motivate me, baby.) This is like an anthem for the Avengers or Real Housewives cast members who pretend to be friend…

Madonna and Maluma's 'Medellín' Cannot Be Unseen

N: Madonna and Maluma, “Medellín” (video) – Aside from this song’s already offensive and not well (if at all) thought-out lyrics (“We built a cartel just for love,” etc.), these two and the team behind them both decided to dig deeper into the feces they laid out last week with these over-the-top, meaningless visuals.…

Lizzo Makes a Good Song Even Better, BTS Are in Love, and J. Lo Goes Yeehaw

Yes, with luv: BTS feat. Halsey, “Boy With Luv” - I am genuinely concerned with how many times I’m going to listen to this today. “Boy With Luv” is a joyous, pop banger—it’s as if BTS managed to capture the exact sound of a stomach filling with butterflies, the explosiveness of having a good interaction with a crush.…

J. Lo Has Pretty Good Medicine, Aventura Returns, and BLACKPINK Makes Stadium Music

Hell yes: BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love” (video) - In a pop music universe populated with the soft and sad stylings of a young Billie Eilish (and I mean no disrespect, I do like her album), there’s something so incredibly large, loud, and in your face about BLACKPINK. “Kill This Love” is planet-sized: massive stadium…

All of The Perfectly Extra Ensembles at the First Ever Premios Tu Música Urbano

Latinx proudly do the most for social events of all magnitudes. Proof lies in the crowd at any reggaetonero or trapero’s concert, New Year’s Eve at any abuela’s house (wear sweatpants and get chanclas thrown at you in the form of stares from every tia), and, of course, every award show. Telemundo Puerto Rico added…

Lizzo and Missy Elliott Pay Homage to Thick Thighs, Post Malone Doesn't Wow, and Becky G Is Back

Oh hell friggin’ yeah: Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott, “Tempo” - Lizzo continues her streak of putting out ridiculously good singles as she teases her new album, Cuz I Love You, with this call to the dance floor. Lizzo and Missy both bring it as they pay homage to thick thighs, big butts, and your best girlfriends. “Slow…

Carly Rae Jepsen Goes Full-On Cat Lady, Iggy Azalea Falls Flat, and Selena Gomez Snores

Yeah: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Now That I Found You” (video) - This peculiar video stars one cat as the object of Carly’s obsession, which then multiplies into many cats. The cat is creepy at first; it watches Carly shower and does that thing cats do where they sit upright like humans, but ultimately it’s another living…

Mariah Carey Brings Glamour to the NYC Subway, Louis Tomlinson Mourns, and New Maren Morris

Y: Mariah Carey, “A No No” (video) - This video looks like a giant bag of cotton candy exploded in a subway car and everybody just proceeded to have a good time dancing while Mariah Carey stood by singing and looking glamorous. Note her use of air quotes when she sings “irregardless.” Obviously, it’s showtiiime! —

Solange Embodies Effortless Cool, Carly Rae Jepsen's Passable and A Star Is Born Again

Y: Ellie Goulding, “Flux” - As far as ascending, sentimental piano pop ballads go, I was not expecting greatness from Ellie Goulding. “Flux” is good—minimal only in musicality (she goes there with her vocals)—a soft dirge for a past relationship gone awry. I still miss her big, blockbuster-sized anthems, but this…

Bebe Rexha Is No Provocateur, Kehlani Is a Force, and O-Town and the Bachelor Team Up

No: Bebe Rexha, “Last Hurrah” (music video) - Last week my colleague Ashley Reese compared the chorus of Rexha’s latest, “Last Hurrah,” to T-Pain’s “Buy U A Drink” and she was right on the money. For what the song lacks in originality, the music video lacks in... substance and subtlety? A tattooed woman sticks a…

Ariana Grande's a Mess, Cuco's Polished, and MARINA Enters a New Era

It’s a no from me: Ariana Grande, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” - All good things must come to end and unfortunate for Arianators, the warning signs have been there since “7 Rings.” Grande dropped her album thank u, next on Friday and unlike the title track, it’s not straight fire: Grande, who is white,

Billie Eilish Buries a Friend, Nicki Minaj Is Bored, and Luis Fonsi Evolves

Yeah, okay: Billie Eilish, “bury a friend” - The last time I reviewed a Billie Eilish track for this site (“Lovely” ft. Khalid), I wrote that the teenage pop experimentalist does “one particular thing very well, and she does it in every song she releases: whisper-sung vocals and ethereal production that lifts only so…

Weezer Is Unlistenable But Maren Morris Delights

Close, but no: Julia Michaels, “Anxiety” feat. Selena Gomez - Right off the bat, Julia Michaels tries too hard on this song: Over laidback strumming, Michaels talk-sings “My friends, they wanna take me to the movies/ I tell them to fuck off, I’m holding hands with my depression.” Michaels’ earlier songs are strikingly…

Cardi B Creates a Twerk Haven, and Ariana Grande Finds Happiness in Spending

Yes, but do not watch this at work: City Girls, “Twerk,” feat. Cardi B (video) - Ass appreciation is the obvious centerpiece here, but also note the impressive feline body paint, which made a Jezebel staffer comment that Cardi B should’ve starred in Cats. Is this a way of reclaiming the music-video aesthetic of male…

Normani and Sam Smith Wanna Dance With Strangers, and Bhad Bhabie (Sorry) Does It Again

Overall yes, with a couple of caveats: Sam Smith and Normani, “Dancing With a Stranger” – I haven’t stopped listening to this since this morning, which is a testament to two things: How good Normani sounds on this R&B dance number, and the catchiness of the hook. Regardless of whether it’s Normani or Sam Smith belting,…

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