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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

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The 2014 VMAs Didn’t Suck; It’s 2014 Pop Music That Does

It’s easy to blame last night’s banal VMAs on MTV and their production crew. I mean, no offensive twerking? Surely the network has lost its touch. But that would be too easy, and misses the entire point of the VMAs. What makes the MTV Video Music Awards important is not its celebration of music videos (and

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What’s Going On With Usher Lately?

If there’s one thing that I seem to love doing lately is reminding everyone how much time has passed since my youth. Following in that trend, I’ll drop this little nugget: it has been ten years since Usher released Confessions, his game-changer that became the last album to go Diamond until Adele’s 21. I call Confessions a game-changer because

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XSCAPE: The Michael Jackson Posthumous Album We Always Deserved

After the unmitigated disaster that was 2010′s Michael, the first album released after Michael Jackson’s passing, one could be forgiven for recoiling in horror at another posthumous release. I almost didn’t believe that XSCAPE was real, because I couldn’t imagine why anyone would bother trying to release Michael’s music again. Michael was a blatant cash-in on his death made even

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