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The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

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Is Any Musical Artist Worth a $1 Million Performance Fee?

Before you rush to judge Rihanna's appearance at Sziget this year, consider how essential the model has become.

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Rihanna - "Goodnight Gotham" (Singles Going Steady)

The video has Rihanna turns celebrity on its head here and makes her fans the stars.

Music

Rihanna - "Sledgehammer" (Singles Going Steady)

Rihanna's vocal soaring provides the requisite goosebumps.

Music

FKi 1st: First Time for Everything (Part 1)

With First Time for Everything (Part 1), FKi 1st continues to construct the supersonic bridge to the days of future past with their amalgamation of trap, drum, and bass tones that sound more relevant than tomorrow.

Music

Rihanna - "Bitch Better Have My Money" (Singles Going Steady)

It should shock no one that "Bitch Better Have My Money", the best thing Rihanna dropped in 2015, didn’t make its way to Anti.

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Spectacle of Empty Gestures: Rihanna's "American Oxygen"

The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.

Music

How We All Survived the Astoundingly Morose 57th Annual Grammy Awards

AC/DC opened the telecast with a song called "Rock or Bust", a prophetic ultimatum that was answered all too quickly by a cavalcade of performers who seemed to be tripping over themselves to see who could be the most uninspiring of them all.

Music

Guessing the 2014 Grammys

Predictions and behind-the-scenes info on who will win the 2014 Grammys in ten major categories.

Music

Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 1)

The problem with Drake, and a major flaw of Nothing Was the Same, is Aubrey Graham's continued failure to be convincing in his chosen role.

Music

Low - "Stay" (Rihanna cover) (stream)

Low covered the Rihanna tune "Stay" this summer at Pitchfork and has now offered up a recorded version to raise money for the worthy Chicago-based charity, Rock For Kids

Music

The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

Music

Hashtag Everything: The 2013 Grammy Awards

LL Cool J constantly implored us to Tweet about everything ("hashtag Bruno Mars!"), a majority of the performances left us bored and disinterested, and the most charming person in the room turned out to be Kelly Clarkson. It was a very odd Grammy Awards broadcast this year, and was a very poor one, to boot.

Music

Calvin Harris: 18 Months

Not many people know of Calvin Harris's earlier, more personality-based dance hits, but in a post-"We Found Love" world, Harris is telling us that bigger is better, even if it results in an album that sounds more anonymous and self-important than anything he's done before.

Music

Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

Music

In Defense of Hoping Chris Brown and Rihanna Don't Work Out, Again

The recent news of the reconciliation between pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna highlights how upsetting it is that no lessons were learned from that fateful night in 2009.

Culture

Spies Like Us: Sex Scandal, Racists Tweets and Nobody's Business

The Petraeus sex scandal, liberal 'naming and shaming' of young racists and Rihanna's new single share a common theme: popular culture as survelliance. We all seem to be minding one another's business and keeping a watchful eye on one another.

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Body Image: Chris Brown's Tattoo, Lady Gaga's Weight Gain and Amanda Todd's Suicide

Chris Brown's latest tattoo supposedly boasts violence against women. Lady Gaga has gained weight and now she's attempting to start a 'body revolution'. Amanda Todd, a teenage girl defined (and destroyed) by the image of her own body, committed suicide.

Books

The Half-life of Celebrity: 'Dead Stars'

Bruce Wagner’s latest satire on Hollywood desperation is more furious and of-the-moment than ever, but it’s almost too current: time will quickly melt its relevance like an ice cube in the sun.

Television

Body Politic: Rihanna's Interview with Oprah, Kristen Stewart's Fall from Grace and the Hook Up Cult

This week Flashpoints looks at the female body politic that is reflected in the hall of mirrors of pop culture. Our gaze is cast on what we think we see of Rihanna, Kristen Stewart, and the Fifty Shades of Gray phenomenon.

Music

In Defense of "Call Me Maybe" As the Song of Summer 2012

With Carly Rae Jepsen's recent smash, we are reminded of how great pop music can be whenever it decides to return to fun and innocence.

Music

Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

Culture

Flash Points: Chicks, Sluts and Facebook

This week Flash Points looks at the release of a controversial book sexually 'profiling' women, the slut shaming of Rihanna, and the poor showing of Facebook's IPO.

Music

Sinéad O'Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.

Music

Rating the Performances at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Starting with the most memorable and ending with the most dull (or clichéd), here’s what happened on “music’s biggest night”.

Music

Bored This Way: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

In the wake of a tragic loss within the music industry, the Grammy Awards actually went on a surprisingly respectful, understated route... before turning into the vapid technicolor circus that has become hallmark for the very worst of Grammy broadcasts.

Music

Gleeks and Beliebers Rejoice: In Defense of Pop

Pop music makers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry may get the kiss off from critics, but really, what's the harm in getting your pop groove on to their style of music?

Music

2011: Music’s Most Electronic Year Yet

Vestigial organs like industrial music and the radio dial proved vital in 2011, while house and dubstep were invaded by hordes of uninvited outsiders, proving once again that electronic and plugged-in music is at the vanguard of change throughout the world.

Music

"A Very Strong Underlying Message 4 Girls Like Me": Rihanna's "Man Down" Video

In a culture that glorifies pimping and exploiting women’s bodies for profit, Rihanna's "Man Down" sends a powerful message to both men and women about women's sexual autonomy.

Elizabeth Kaminski
Music

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

The big-budget sequel to the Technicolor Viva la Vida is multi-textured, arena-ready...and boring as hell.

Music

The Year in Music: December 2010

Continuing our look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in December 2010.

Music

Dancing Till the World Ends: Why Does Contemporary Pop Love War?

The Europop renaissance in Top 40 music has ushered in a peculiar fascination with the sounds, smells and visions of war. Seeing pop as a kind of warfare, or warfare in pop, provides a psychic escape for the listener.

Sarah Grant
Music

The Year in Music: November 2010

November 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month full of new releases, award shows, and artist recognition.

Music

The Year in Music: September 2010

September 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of TV events, celebrity arrests, and a lot of new music.

Events

Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys

Performance-filled show often gave excellent tributes to music greats, but barely passed out any awards. This is going to be a long post!

Events

Guessing the Grammys

Predictions on who will win what in the biggest categories, based on industry hype and a little guessing about the academy’s voters.


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