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Derek Wong


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Rina Sawayama’s ‘Hold The Girl’ Exemplifies When Ambition Falls Short

The British–Japanese singer’s second studio album is overflowing with zeal, but not enough direction.

A Night Out at Grandma's Philly

Grandma’s Philly brings bite–sized portions of Northern Thailand to Philly.

Why You Can't Remember What Happened at Last Year's VMAs

What used to be the peak of pop culture is now a tightly choreographed snoozefest

Rookie Mistake: A K–Pop Dilemma Between the New and Old

Why newer K–pop rookies in recent years have struggled to capture the attention of the public.

Camila Cabello Shows Her 'Familia' to the World.

The pop singer’s third album tries to balance authenticity with commercial appeal. Like family, the results can be messy.

Even for Indie, Lizzy McAlpine Is Distinctly Her Own in ‘five seconds flat’

The Philly native’s third studio album is her best and most mainstream record.

Surprisingly, the 2022 Grammys Weren’t Bad

The Grammys kept what worked in 2021 and applied it to a post–pandemic awards ceremony.

The Search for the Perfect Pop Song

Recent copyright infringement lawsuits surrounding Dua Lipa's "Levitating" highlight the constraints of modern pop songwriting.

Dua Lipa Proves She's The Female Alpha of Pop Music at the Wells Fargo Center

Supported by Lolo Zouaï and Caroline Polachek, the pop star performed a 90-minute set with all glam and no missteps.

Mitski Wants You to Know that She Didn’t Want to Make 'Laurel Hell'

Following her supposed exit from the music industry, Mitski dusts off her skills to create an introspective comeback album about her career.

Rethinking the Vegas Residency

What was once a graveyard for dying stars is now prime ground for artists to progress their careers.

James The Seventh Is More Than Your Next Indie–Pop Darling

The 21–year–old artist combines her past and her TikTok presence to tell a potent story.

K-Pop Is Becoming Increasingly Westernized. It’s Not Just Because of BTS.

Newer K-Pop groups, dubbed the "fourth generation," are seeing faster launches in the Western market than ever before.

On 'Dawn FM,' The Weeknd Continues To Exert His Power Over Pop Music

The semi–surprise release manages to one–up his 2020 blockbuster, 'After Hours.'

TWICE Has, Indeed, Found the Formula of Pop Perfection

The girl group has never sounded more self–assured than on their third full–length Korean album.

Why You Hear “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Weeks Before Dec. 25

November and December are now officially "Mariah Carey Season."

In ‘XOXO,’ SOMI’s Charismatic Voice Is Nearly Drowned Out By Collaborators

The K–pop soloist’s debut album was supported by well–known BLACKPINK producer, TEDDY.

The Voice: Where Aspiring Musicians' Dreams Get Snuffed Out

The reality singing competition had never produced a major music star from its winners.

Five Songs That You Need to Have for Your Midterm Playlist

Here are five songs to crush that looming midterm.

Satanic Shoes and Fake Pregnancies: Lil Nas X's Marketing Genius

How Lil Nas X uses provocative marketing tactics to promote queer voices.
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