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Why Justin Timberlake Said Bye Bye Bye to R&B and Went Back to the Top of the Charts

Maybe you can go home again. Maybe the world would actually prefer that you went home again. That’s the conclusion one draws from the explosive debut at the top of the Hot 100 by “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”—a buoyant pure-pop single by Justin Timberlake. It’s his lightest confection since the peak of his boy-band days with ’N Sync, and [...] Read more

Why Is Drake’s “One Dance” No. 1?

Twenty years ago this summer, the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 was by a larger-than-life rapper. Through persistence, force of personality, unexpected acting skill, and sheer charm, he’d spent half the ’90s changing the lingua franca of hip-hop. Yet somehow the rapper had yet to top the charts. Finally, in the summer of [...] Read more