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U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ iTunes Release Was About Relevance, Not Altruism

In 2014, it takes Apple and U2 to pull off a musical monoculture that rivals both Beyoncé’s 2013 sneak attack and Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want In Rainbows launch. The tech giants and the world-dominating rockers continued their decade-long business collaboration in a big way yesterday during the launch of Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and two different versions of the iPhone 6. Unbeknownst to the masses, Apple released U2’s unannounced but highly anticipated new album, Songs of Innocence, straight into the music library of every iTunes user worldwide. “This will be the largest album release in history. Over a half-billion people own it. Right now,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced, before Bono and co. closed out the presentation at Apple’s Cupertino, California campus with the album’s opening track, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).” … Read More

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Nicki Minaj Graces the Cover of Autumn/Winter ‘Dazed and Confused’

Nicki’s having a moment. With her collaboration with Beyoncé, three performances at this year’s VMA‘s, never-ending theorization about… Read More

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Robert Plant’s “Rainbow” Video Takes an Obsolete Cue From Baz Lurhmann

Robert Plant’s single, “Rainbow” (off his new album Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar) is gorgeous – he goes almost full-out Bono with… Read More

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A Music Hoarder’s Eulogy for the iPod Classic

So there was an Apple event this week. Didja hear? There was a bit of coverage. Most of it focused on the zippy new iPhone 6, or the totally logical and necessary iWatch (seriously, I stopped wearing watches because of my iPhone, the snake is eating its own tail here), or the surprise free album by U2. But it also marked the official end of the “iPod Classic” — which, like Coca-Cola Classic, used to just be the damn iPod — and nobody seems to care all that much. Am I the only one who mourns for the… Read More

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Meghan Trainor Is No Feminist, But “All About That Bass” Has a Message Some Teen Girls Desperately Need to Hear

It takes two hands for me to count how many of my straight male friends have solicited my opinion on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” currently the No. 2 song in the country, since its release three months ago. “Fifty million viewers can’t be wrong,” one such pal countered a couple weeks back, nearly five million views ago. Usually I would laugh off such justifications, pointing to the two billion views PSY racked up for “Gangnam Style” amidst his short-lived wheelie-poppin’ on the zeitgeist, but I am less certain of Trainor’s novelty status, despite her Diet Feminism approach to pop music.

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New David Bowie Single “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” Coming This November

On November 18th, David Bowie will release a massive compilation celebrating his 50 weird, wonderful years in music. Included… Read More

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