The Best Pop Songs of 2016

For several reasons, 2016 has been the worst, and pop music wasn’t spared this year’s wrath. This year may go down as one of the most unremarkable years in recent pop memory, filled with forgettable, uninspiring, and just plain awful tracks that made you wish Beyoncé or Adele or Prince or David Bowie could be…

Rihanna’s Long-Delayed ANTI is Solid, But Uninspiring

RATING: 3/5 Let’s just get it out of the way: Rihanna’s ANTI is the messiest album release in recent music history. After three singles of varying success, an executive producer change (Kanye was presumably dropped), a puzzling Samsung promotional campaign, and several non-music projects, pop’s most prolific star finally dropped her eighth record last night. She released…

Thanks to Beats 1, Apple Music Isn’t A Complete Mess

To be perfectly honest, Apple breaking into the streaming music market wasn’t terribly exciting to me. After Tidal famously bungled their launch a couple of months ago, and having been a longtime user of Spotify, I didn’t really see what Apple could offer. If anything piqued my interest, it was the convenience of the entire…

The Best and Worst Performances From the 2015 Grammys

Three and a half hours and twenty-three performances sound like a lot. That’s because it is, and made this year’s Grammys more tedious and boring than usual. Still there were some notable moments sprinkled through the wash of musical saturation (seriously, where were the awards). Some were truly great, others were truly not. Since there…

Grammys 2015: Kanye West Needs To Sit Down

This has gone on far enough: Kanye West needs to have a seat. When Kanye infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to declare “Single Ladies” the best video of all time at the VMAs in 2009, it was shocking, rude, and embarrassing for all involved. It would also set the tone for the next five years…