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The Trolls Soundtrack Is the Worst Album of the Year—And For That, Justin Timberlake Should Not Be Forgiven

If Justin Timberlake were a Troll doll, he would have been abandoned at the bottom of my toy box with all of his hair cut off long, long ago. His throwing Janet Jackson under the bus, hopping in the driver’s seat, running her over repeatedly, and sampling the sounds of the wheels crushing her body in his music in the…

A Brief Chat With a Vocal Coach On Why Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’ Sounds So Jarring

Earlier this month when Lady Gaga released “Perfect Illusion,” a scream-pop explosion that edges on rock, my immediate reaction was a physical cringe. Produced by Mark Ronson, BloodPop (Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, it’s the first single from her next album Joanne. While Gaga is known to…

Lizzo Perfectly Captures Last-Call Disorientation in Her Terrific New 'Phone' Video

Those of us who’ve closed the club when management flips on the lights at 4 am will deeply relate to Lizzo’s new single “Phone,” for which the bright and so-real video we’re premiering here. On the minimalist drum track, whose syncopation works perfectly with the voguers she’s got in her video, the Minneapolis boss…

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