Pharrell Defends His “G I R L” Album Cover

For all the excitement over Pharrell’s first solo album in eight years G I R L, which is streaming now on iTunes radio, not everyone was excited about the album cover. Many fans criticized the artwork... Read more »

15 Things Rihanna and Kurt Cobain Have in Common

Kurt Cobain and Rihanna share the same birthday—it's today, February 20. But that's not all they share. While they come from different eras and different scenes, they've got more in common than you might think. From... Read more »

Interview: 19-Year-Old Singer Laurel on Her Classical Training, Quickly Evolving Sound, & Self-Producing Her Album

Female singers with single-word monikers—Lorde, Banks, Kelela, MØ, Elliphant—seem to be having a moment, and now you can add Laurel to the list of future stars. The 19-year-old singer has taken her buzz to the next... Read more »

Erik Hassle – “Pathetic” (Prod. SOHN)

We’ve been longtime fans of Erik Hassle and for good reason. Late last year, the young Swedish singer released one of the most memorable, catchy songs of 2013 in “Talk About It,” which attracted remixes from Vic... Read more »

Watch the Video For Mikky Ekko’s “Stay” Demo

Last week Mikky Ekko shared the demo version of the song “Stay,” which we all know as Rihanna’s hit now. Today he’s shared a clip for the piano ballad. It’s not quite as dramatic as Rihanna’s... Read more »

The 56th Annual Grammy Award Winners

The 56th annual Grammy Awards are on tonight, and we’ll be updating this post with the winners of some of the night’s biggest awards. Tune in on CBS at 8 p.m. EST, or check back with... Read more »

Grimes Started an Instagram Account and it Might Already Be Our Favorite Instagram Account

20 hours ago, Grimes uploaded her first picture to Instagram. It’s an image of her eskimo kissing a dog, and it’s adorable. Since then, she’s uploaded three other pictures—including one of Rihanna giving a gothed out... Read more »

Check Out A Deranged Video From The Guy Who Pretended to Be a Porn Star to Get On Rihanna’s Album

You might remember producer/singer/schemer Mikey Mike from one of the most improbable stories of 2012: Mikey impersonating a porn star via email to get the attention of big name producers and, ultimately, getting his production placed... Read more »

Rihanna’s “Stay” and Miike Snow’s “Animal” Blend Together Perfectly

This mash-up has been in my head ever since I heard Rihanna’s “Stay.” I even tweeted about it back in April. Finally, someone with a beautiful mind (and voice) has made it happen. Here is Rihanna’s... Read more »

5 Things We Learned About the 2014 Governors Ball from Their Reddit AMA

Last week, the 2014 Governors Ball released its full lineup, which included an impressive list of headliners: OutKast, Vampire Weekend, Jack White, and a late addition The Strokes. And just as the festival’s promotors/producers Jordan Wolowitz,... Read more »

Hear the Original Demo Version of Mikky Ekko’s “Stay”

You know “Stay” because Rihanna adopted it. It appeared on her 2012 album Unapologetic with guest vocals from Mikky Ekko. It ended up topping charts in multiple countries and becoming an omnipresent hit, but before all... Read more »

Soundcloud Surfing: 6 Unmissable R&B Remixes

Soundcloud Surfing is a weekly feature that is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of focusing on the brand new music, we dig into the Soundcloud archives and pull out some gems. This week's theme is... Read more »

Creating a Monster: How Bebe Rexha’s Song Became Eminem’s Chart-Topping Hit

This past week, Eminem’s Rihanna-featuring single “The Monster” sold a massive 433,000 copies digitally, its best sales week yet, pushing its total to an impressive 2,224,000 in nine weeks. “The Monster” has been perched atop the... Read more »

How To Dress Well – “Teenage Spaceship” (Smog Cover)

Tom Krell of How To Dress Well‘s cover of Smog’s desolate, lonely 1998 song “Teenage Spaceship” is a richly textured, slow-moving beauty, full of delicate wisps of vocal and hazy melodies. From Tom Krell: so, aaron and... Read more »

Grimes Signs Management Deal With Jay Z’s Roc Nation

Grimes is no stranger to the world of hip-hop. She’s hung out with A$AP Rocky, been remixed by countless rappers, and she’s clearly a Yeezus believer. Now her link becomes a little stronger, as she’s been... Read more »