It’s hard to believe, but 12 months ago popular dance music meant earthshaking crescendos and wub-wub bass drops. One year later—the occasional twerk track aside—it’s all about retro grooves and intimate funk.
Wearing many musical hats, Aloe Blacc has dabbled in nearly every genre imaginable, including hip-hop, soul, funk and R&B. But even he couldn’t have guessed it would be “Wake Me Up,” a dance/country hybrid with Avicii, that would become his biggest hit to date.
With a hand in records by Jay Z, Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, no producer had a more dominant—or exciting—year than Skateboard P. But that’s nothing new. Pharrell’s killer catalog stretches back over 22 years. What better way to honor music’s man of the year than with an exhaustive look back on his catalog? Dive in.
From trips to Tijuana to getting cozy backstage with artists like 2 Chainz, Myspace was everywhere in 2013. Take a trip down memory lane with some of our best photos of the year. Caution: there might be some naked ladies painted in gold, a few blunts being smoked and Riff Raff.
The pop queen’s eighth album ‘Britney Jean’ might be fresh on the market, but that doesn’t mean her deeper catalog should be ignored. From masturbation to Sad Girl realness, she's got an arsenal of repeat-worthy bangers. Keep calm: It’s Britney, bitch!
With this year’s ‘Sunbather,’ the San Francisco band made a metal record beloved by critics and fans alike, and even those who don’t like the genre. It was a transcendent record that put Deafheaven at the top of 2013’s must-watch list. But did they expect it?
From Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes to Bill Clinton and Prince, everyone has been whipping out their phones to snap selfies this year. We rounded up our 25 favorite game-changing ones and gave them awards. Who caught our lens?
With a slate of bangers that set the club (and the web) on smash, Ferg’s ‘Trap Lord’ immediately put to rest any doubt that the A$AP Mob was a one man crew. But the hits haven’t changed the Harlem native. Instead, the Hood Pope is still chasing the art, confident that the rewards will come.