Pop Stars and Flop Stars: A Pithy Summary of the Week’s Events Featuring Halsey, Frank Ocean, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, and More

Previously On PS & FS
Twenty One Pilots makes history, Justin Bieber melts down.

Climb to the top of the pops and dive deep down into the depths with the flops in our new, improved edition of Pop Power Ranking (now called Pop Stars and Flop Stars).

Welcome back to Pop Stars and Flop Stars, which, as I explained earlier, is a revitalized (and shortened) restructuring of the feature formerly called Pop Power Ranking. Here’s the drill: each week, I’ll name a Pop Star — someone who secured the lion’s share of No. 1s, trophies, and/or other cultural gold stars (both tangible and intangible) — and one Flop Star who… well, you get the idea. And that’s about all there is to say. Let’s get into it.

This Week’s Pop Star(s): The Chainsmokers and Halsey

Well, we now live in a world in which Halsey has a No. 1 single to her name, so I guess Trump is going to be our next president after all.

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This Week’s Flop Star: Blake Shelton

The internet never forgets anything — except for all the times it was convenient to do so — and so it was only a matter of time before several old racist, homophobic, sexist, and otherwise offensive tweets by pop-country superstar (and boyfriend of Gwen Stefani) Blake Shelton resurfaced, which they did last week. Media coverage of those tweets gathered steam, forcing Shelton to issue the world’s worst, smuggest non-apology of all time (above), which is saying something in an age where terrible, smug non-apologies are a daily occurrence. (That said, I must thank Shelton for giving me the week’s biggest laugh with, “Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career…”.)

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