With ‘American Idol’ Ending & One Direction Taking a Bow, Is the Simon Cowell Era Ending?

Austin Hargrave From left: One Direction’s Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles photographed by Austin Hargrave on May 17 in Las Vegas. With American Idol kicking off its final season in January, and One Direction bowing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with what figures to be their swan-song studio album, we might be witness to the […]

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The Music Club, 2013

Sky Ferreira. Photo by Abby Gillardi/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons Dear Accidental Poptimists: You know the phrase, “I don’t just love you, I like you”? I’m not just bringing up this bit of romantic-comedy doggerel now because we’re about to wrap up here, and I … well, very much like all of you. It’s also how […]

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The Music Club, 2013

Entry 6: Number of black acts that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 this year: 0. Rappers MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre of the rap group NWA pose for a portrait in 1991 in New York, New York. Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images My fellow Picasso Babies: We keep trying […]

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Why Is Eminem’s “The Monster” No. 1?

Eminem and Rihanna have been here before. YouTube “The Monster”—America’s newest No. 1 single, according Billboard’s flagship Hot 100 chart—is the umpteenth example of one of the most durable pop tropes of the last two decades: the rough-and-smooth pairing of a gruff rapper and a hook-belting singer. It’s flawlessly constructed—machine-tooled, really—for radio dominance, a stew […]

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