Max Martin

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    The Five Types of '90s Pop Songs

    I should begin here: During the actual '90s, I was much too busy listening to Japanese videogame soundtracks (educate yourself) to actually enjoy '90s pop music. My first-hand memories of most of it are hearing it in a car, at a skating rink, on somebody else's Discman, and shaking my head in lonely ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Who Played at the Presidential Inauguration Ball? Everybody who Could Offend Nobody

    There's something fascinating and a little frightening about putting together a playlist for an event that is not you sitting in front of your computer in a bathrobe, refreshing Twitter. All the things you take for granted in the music you enjoy--the little background flourishes that charmed you onc ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    The Problem With... Katy Perry's "Part of Me"

    ​When I saw Katy Perry last summer, one scene that stuck with me occurred during "Hot N Cold," where Katy donned a number of costumes under a hula-hoop curtain. I think that represents Katy's career: A series of cut-away costumes replaced behind a magical curtain. Katy Perry's latest, "Part o ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    May 29, 2008


    Robyn (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)

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    March 27, 2003

    Bottle the Spin

    The "40 best artists making music right now?" Nah.

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    November 22, 2001

    Sum 41

    November 23 and 24

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    December 28, 2000

    Crit and Shap 2000

    The worst of the worst

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Just Beautiful

    A year so good, not even Sleater-Kinney makes the Top 10

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    July 27, 2000

    In sync

    The Dark Side of Oz? Man, that's just the tip of the iceberg

  • Music

    August 5, 1999

    Cheers for Spears

    A "rock star" writes an open letter to Britney Spears

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    June 17, 1999

    Candy corn

    Or: What do cake walks, the Backstreet Boys, and Jon Cunningham have in common?