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Ariana Grande proves she is the future of pop with ‘thank u, next’

Let’s all agree, pop music had an exceptionally bad year. Until Maroon 5’s mediocre single “Girls Like You” took over the Hot 100 at the end of September thanks to a hastily-written Cardi B verse and a star-studded yet terribly directed music video, the last pop artist to top the chart was Camila Cabello, whose…

What to look out for at Eurovision 2018

Every year, about 200 million people from around the world tune in to watch the breathtaking grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest — a greater audience than that of any Super Bowl in history. Since 1956, Eurovision has come to be a staple for families across Europe; they gather around a television and applaud their…

Artist to watch: Dua Lipa

“If you’re under him, you ain’t getting over him,” sings Dua Lipa in “New Rules”, the sixth commercial single off of her self-titled debut. The making of the singer’s first album has been a long journey, stretching all the way from early 2015 to June of this year, when the album finally reached the listeners…

The business of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’

Taylor Swift released her sixth studio effort, “Reputation” (stylized as “reputation”), on Friday, Nov. 10. She put out four songs off of the album prior to its release, including two singles with music videos directed by Joseph Kahn, who helmed many of Swift’s most famous videos, including “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood.” Commercially, the singles…

Is Latin pop here to stay?

Just a few years ago, a new Latin artist would need a miracle to achieve the ranks of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran or Rihanna on the pop charts with a song entirely in Spanish. Huge names in Latin music like Enrique Iglesias and Shakira would typically be constrained to the lower half of the American…
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