pop music


The Artist Writing Pop Music About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

With her new song—written the day her family members had their refugee visas rejected by the Australian government—Wafia wants to make listeners feel less removed from the crisis in Syria.
Leila Ettachfini
This Week in 2007

Rihanna's Forgotten Bob Marley Cover Deserves a Rewatch

Before the mononymous icon was a multi-genre success, her cover of "Is This Love?" provided a poignant glimpse of her transformative talent.
Mitchell Sunderland
This Week in 2007

Happy Ten-Year Anniversary of Dads Paying $3,000 for Hannah Montana Tickets

"Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus" was supposed to be "The Wall" of tween pop concept albums, but its promotional tour turned into the first controversy of Miley's career.
Mitchell Sunderland
This Week in 2007

Britney Spears Was a Great Blogger

Before she ruled Instagram, Britney Spears maintained a personal blog that showed an intelligence and sense of humor rarely attributed to her.
Mitchell Sunderland

After Pop Music, Janelle Monae Reinvents What It Means to Be an Oscar Contender

In best picture contender "Moonlight," Monae plays the surrogate mother to a young gay boy.
Fran Tirado

How Pop Stars Who Have Worked with Dr. Luke Reacted to Kesha's Lawsuit

Taylor Swift may have donated $250,000 to support Kesha, but many of Dr. Luke's main collaborators—including Ciara and Pitbull—have stayed silent.
Mitchell Sunderland

Marina and the Diamonds Refuses to Be Your Pop Star

Although Marina Diamandis has released three successful albums, gaining millions of fans, she doesn't see herself as a traditional pop star. We met the Welsh singer in London to find out why.
Mitchell Sunderland
former child stars

My Night with Aaron Carter and the Aaronators

More than a year after we watched him give the performance of a lifetime at a Mexican restaurant in New Jersey, Carter continues to impress audiences around the world. This year, the former child star has courted a cult-like online following called...
Amy Lombard