This 29-page PowerPoint presentation about Lorde is a true passion project

It’s fairly obvious for anyone even remotely following the tabloids that Jack Antonoff, the 34-year old Bleachers founder and ubiquitous pop producer, is dating 21-year old New Zealand pop star Lorde, whose 2017 album, Melodrama, was produced by Antonoff. Still, that hasn’t stopped the pair from denying such rumors at…

Recording academy president says women need to “step up” if they want to win more Grammys

Though the bulk of the statuettes had been handed out before the 60th Grammy Awards telecast began, the ceremony was still a lively affair thanks to stirring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Kesha, and Childish Gambino. But as the night went on, astute viewers noticed how few female nominees were making their way to…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

The A.V. Club’s 20 best albums of 2017

There was too much to listen to in 2017—not just albums, of which there were once again thousands, a barrage of releases from major-label veterans and SoundCloud up-and-comers alike, all vying for your attention. There was just too much of everything: a persistent, buzzing storm of push notifications and free-floating…

On Melodrama, Lorde throws a party for all of our messy selves

“She’s so melodramatic.” It’s an insult nearly every young woman has had lobbed at her, anytime she’s dared cross the heavily policed gates of emotional regulation. Many times it’s even directed to women by other women as a way to devalue feelings, which should always be minimized and neatly packaged when expressed,…

What are you listening to this week?

On Tuesday, the rapper Prodigy died at the age of 42. A lot of rappers who released their best work in the ’90s trailed off in the ’00s, but Prodigy stayed prolific and rangy. In 2013, he released the head-turning Alchemist collaboration Albert Einstein, which contained one of his best, grouchiest, old-man-iest…

Lorde’s latest single invites you to search for the “Perfect Places”

We’re two weeks out from the release of Melodrama, the sophomore album from Grammy winner and platinum-selling pop singer Lorde. And the New Zealand singer-songwriter seems to be filling the time with an equal mixture of concerts, cute gestures to the world’s smoothie makers, and new music. After releasing “Green…

Here are the new albums to expect this June

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

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Lorde releases club-friendly “Green Light,” her first single in 3 years

Just a few days after releasing a mysterious teaser that didn’t offer any information other than a date—today’s date, to be specific—Lorde has released a new single. Titled “Green Light,” the song is the first new single from Lorde in about three years—her last single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” off of the The Hunger…