Police in China Detain Canadian Pop Star Kris Wu on Suspicion of Rape

The police in Beijing said Saturday they had detained Kris Wu, a popular Canadian Chinese singer, on suspicion of rape amid a #MeToo controversy that has set off outrage in China. The police did not provide details of their investigation into Mr. Wu. But it comes several weeks after an 18-year-old university student in Beijing accused him of enticing young […]

Pop Smoke’s Second Posthumous Album, ‘Faith,’ Hits No. 1

“Faith,” the second album by the Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke to be released since he was shot and killed in February 2020 at the age of 20, tops the Billboard chart this week, just as the previous one did. But the difference in listenership was stark: “Faith” opened with 88,000 equivalent album units, including 113 million streams and 4,000 in […]

Pop Smoke’s Memory Lives On, and 14 More New Songs

“Faith,” the second posthumous album from Pop Smoke, includes collaborations with Kanye West, Dua Lipa, 42 Dugg, Future and others. But this track, early in the album, is jarring and stark. Not simply because it’s still eerie to hear Pop Smoke rapping with a blend of menace and joy, but because of its chilling beat — produced in part by […]

Pop Smoke ‘Faith’ Track List Revealed

Released on July 3, 2020, Pop Smoke’s first studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has charted for 52 weeks. It also gained international success, hitting No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums tally, where it charted for 45 weeks. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon also charted in Greece, Germany, Australia […]

Jam & Lewis Shaped Pop History. They’re Working on Its Future, Too.

Some of the premium instruments were once in a storage space across the street — the Linn drum machine they used on the album “Control”; the SP1200 drum machine they employed on Jackson’s “Miss You Much,” “Escapade” and “Love Will Never Do Without You”; the OB-8 synthesizer that gives “Encore” its bass notes along with Lewis’s live playing (yes, that […]

BTS ‘Dynamite’ Funko Pop Figures at Walmart

Walmart is stocking dynamite. BTS “Dynamite” Funko Pop figures, that is. The K-pop superstars are rendered for a special “Dynamite”-themed set of seven, available through an exclusive with Walmart. For a price of $60, you’ll get your very own 3 3/4″ versions of RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. But you’ll need to exercise some patience; the […]

Ed Sheeran’s Glossy Late-Night Pop, and 12 More New Songs

In the video for his new single “Bad Habits,” Ed Sheeran boldly declares, “We live in a society.” Though I could have lived my life contentedly without ever seeing the British musician dressed as a glittery, high-flying hybrid of the Joker, Edward Cullen and Elton John, the track itself is a reminder of Sheeran’s knack for sleek songcraft. “My bad […]

Rauw Alejandro Draws a Fresh Blueprint for Spanish-Language Pop

“¿Cuándo fue?,” the 10th track from Rauw Alejandro’s new album “Vice Versa,” provides an unexpected jolt. As the Puerto Rican singer mourns the departure of a lover, the producer Tainy blends rivulets of synths and delicate percussion, allowing them to bleed into a hiss of hot air. Suddenly, a skittish breakbeat drops, plunging the track into rave territory. The transition […]

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