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If you’re a Lana Del Rey fan, you should thank Hector Silva. As a publicist at Shore Fire Media, Silva began working with Del Rey when she was a total unknown, got her through some difficult early patches (coughSNLcough), and helped build her into a Platinum-selling star. Now, Silva and partner Amanda Pitts have their own company, Chromatic Publicity. Within 18 months, Chromatic spearheaded publicity for Julien Baker's debut album, and their work helped...
About halfway through The Weeknd’s new album, Starboy, the Toronto R&B star fades at the conclusion of “True Colors,” a slow song that comes as close as a song can come in 2016 to being a power ballad. When the next track queues up, it’s not Abel Tesfaye—the man known as The Weeknd—that you hear, but it is another familiar voice: Lana Del Rey, a guest star and previous collaborator. That song, titled “Stargirl Interlude” is...
Hello, it's me, your music editor for the past two months (!) ready to look back on 2015. We've run quite a substantial collection of year-end lists, separate by genre for greater scope--folk, country, rap, experimental, EPs, pop, rock, and overrated albums all got their due. But the truth is, no one really listens to music with the idea of ranking an album or a song against others. And even when we try, personal bias...
What the fuck is pop music? More than any other year, 2015 forced us to grapple with what we mean by the term. Do we mean the word's historical roots in "popular," as one radio DJ helpfully mansplained to me on the phone a couple weeks ago? Do we mean the way these songs sound--big, glittery, sharp, packed with the youthful approximations of exultation and wonder? Or do we mean celebrities superpowers, artists whose...

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