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How to Have a BRAT Summer

This summer is about partying, having existential crises, and working it out on the remix

From the moment Megan Thee Stallion crowned summer 2019 “Hot Girl Summer,” each subsequent summer has fought to earn its own moniker. And just before the solstice, Charli XCX came to claim the crown with her album BRAT. The very instant the neon green album cover made its way to our Spotify feeds, it was clear it would be an instant classic.

And now, after sitting with the album for a few weeks — and blasting it through my headphones like armor against the heatwave — it's undeniable that these timeless tracks will define summer 2024. So everyone, like your pilot after a flight, I’d like to be the first to welcome you to BRAT summer.

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These Can't All Be The Songs of the Summer: Summer Hit Showdown

With hits like Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso,” Billie Eilish’s “LUNCH” Chappell Roan’s “Good Luck, Babe” and more, we’re having a 2016 summer and it feels so good.

Each new song is claiming to be the song of the summer. This is not random TikTok singers doing their obligatory self-promo with the tried-and-true hook: “Did I just write the song of the summer?” But don’t blame them. Blame the labels that are vying for a number-one hit. Blame TikTok for making songs viral overnight. Or blame each and every one of us who exclaims “song of the summer!” whenever our favorite songs come on the radio. There’s even a Spotify playlist power ranking all of this year's contenders.

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Barbie, Baby!

How Greta Gerwig’s Barbie Is The Hottest Thing This Summer

“Barbie has a great day every day. Ken only has a great day if Barbie looks at him.”

- Helen Mirren, narrator for Barbie

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The Barbie Soundtrack is Going to be a Classic

The soundtrack for the new Barbie movie announced, featuring Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Ice Spice, and … Ryan Gosling?

Barbie Movie Trailer

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Does anyone remember Disney Channel’s Disneymania albums?

During the golden era of Disney Channel Original content, the channel would release a compilation of their hottest stars singing their hottest songs. The Disneymania series ran for 8 years, between 2002 to 2010, and put out seven albums.

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2023 Grammy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

Good thing Taylor Swift fans were too busy in the Ticketmaster death queue to riot over her snubs

Taylor Swift at the 58th GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA on February 15, 2016.

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It is with an apprehensive and tired sigh that I announce: the 2023 Grammy nominations are out.

The Grammy Awards are music’s most exhilarating and disheartening night of the year. Year after year, we’re all forced to sit through hours of pomp and ceremony. At the end of it, stars are disappointed by losses and audiences are disappointed by the boring spectacle the show has become.

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Remembering SOPHIE: The Futuristic Producer's 5 Career-Defining Songs

SOPHIE, who pioneered the subgenre now known as "hyperpop," died January 30.

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Sophie Xeon — the avant-pop producer known mononymously as SOPHIE — died January 30 in Athens, Greece, where the artist was living.

"Tragically our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident," SOPHIE's record label, Transgressive, announced in a statement. "True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell. She will always be here with us." SOPHIE was 34.

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