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  1. song review
    Billie Eilish and James Bond Are a Perfect Marriage“No Time to Die” is possibly the quietest Bond song ever, and one of the few times you get to hear Eilish raise her voice to a shout.
  2. going solo
    Hayley Williams’s Solo Debut Was Worth the 15-Year WaitI would’ve guessed the Paramore front woman’s first solo single would be a full-tilt pop-radio assault. I’m happy I was wrong.
  3. song review
    Drake and Future Are Way Too Good at Memeing ThemselvesThe video seems destined to live as a constellation of GIFs.
  4. song review
    R&Bieber’s Back, for Better or WorseThe pivot back to R&B is a fascinating one for Justin Bieber, if you remember what happened the last time he tried it.
  5. song review
    Billie Eilish Has a Freak-out About Sudden Fame on ‘Everything I Wanted’It’s an impostor-syndrome fantasy, feeling like the love and respect you enjoy are undeserved and easily withdrawn.
  6. song review
    The Quiet Strength of Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You to Love Me’“Lose You to Love Me” is naked honesty, lyrically and musically.
  7. radio vulture
    A New, Ever-Complicated Era of Frank Ocean Is Upon UsIs Frank Ocean circling album mode again?
  8. song review
    Harry Styles’s ‘Lights Up’ Is Deliciously UnsubtleThe spiciest detail in all of this is the timing.
  9. song review
    Ari, Miley, and Lana’s Charlie’s Angels Song Can’t Make Its Pop Stars Align“Angel” blends styles that sound fine alone but struggle to jell together, such is the vastness of the space between the singers present.
  10. song review
    Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks Come Full Circle on ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’At this point, both Swift and the Chicks have fairly complicated relationships with country.
  11. song review
    ‘I Forgot That You Existed’ Is Taylor Swift in All Her Passive-Aggressive GloryIt’s self-care as snark.
  12. song review
    Taylor and Miley Tell Two Tales of Love and Loss on ‘Lover’ and ‘Slide Away’If there’s anything to be gleaned from these singers’ divergent walks, it’s that there’s no stress-proof way to live in the public eye.
  13. song review
    Taylor Swift Returns to Her Signature Devastating Songwriting on ‘The Archer’It’s the most relatable of her new singles.
  14. song review
    Where Is Taylor Swift Going With This?Advocacy requires poise; Taylor Swift campaigns are freight trains.
  15. song review
    Was This Really the Best Drake and Chris Brown Could Do?They fly on autopilot on “No Guidance,” their first-ever one-on-one collab after all these years of drama.
  16. song review
    Katy Perry’s ‘Never Really Over’ Is the Comeback Single She Desperately NeededHer new Zedd-produced single is a slight return to the motivational fare Katy Perry’s best at.
  17. song review
    Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s ‘I Don’t Care’ Is an Anxious Summer JamThe duo’s first proper duet gives them a vehicle to pout about bad parties and good girlfriends.
  18. song review
    Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is, Uh, Cute But Cloying“ME!” aims to reach the masses by sacrificing nuance for fun-for-the-family relatability.
  19. song review
    FKA Twigs Has Had Enough of Celebrity Culture on Her First Song in Three YearsAfter an engagement to Robert Pattinson, “Cellophane” shines a light on the suffocating scrutiny of falling in love with the public watching.
  20. song review
    Beyoncé’s ‘Before I Let Go’ Cover in Homecoming Is Just As Timeless As BeychellaHomecoming — and its companion live album — is what we talk about when we talk about public figures being “unapologetically black.”
  21. song review
    Lil Uzi Vert Comes Out of Retirement With ‘Free Uzi’The story behind the song means more than the song itself.
  22. song review
    Sky Ferreira’s Big Comeback Song Goes Full Twin PeaksWhat if we heard from Laura Palmer’s ghost? Sky Ferreira’s first single in six years envisions what she’d say.
  23. song review
    Tame Impala Is More Subdued Than Ever on New Song ‘Patience’It might make you think about the passage of time … and also maybe yachts.
  24. song review
    Schoolboy Q’s New Song Is a Reminder Why He’s One of the Best Rappers We’ve GotIt’s not even two minutes long but it’s still a blast to listen to.
  25. odes
    An Ode to Solange’s Best New Song ‘Almeda’“Almeda” plays with a special alchemy of everything that feels banal, but special. Brown skin, black braids, brown liquor — sip, sip, sip.
  26. song review
    Cardi B’s Album Intro, ‘Get Up 10’ Is Bronx Rap Poetry at Its FinestInvasion of Privacy opens with a blunt, brazen, and beautiful manifesto.
  27. radio vulture
    The Weeknd’s ‘Wasted Times’ Does Drake Better Than Drake CanHow long until the Weeknd replaces Drake entirely?
  28. radio vulture
    Lorde Plays It Safe With Her New Single ‘Green Light’The song is quality radio fare that’s perhaps too faithful to the style of its predecessors.