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Oops, Sorry Boss; Springsteen’s “High Hopes” Accidentally Released Early

Bruce Springsteen fans awaiting the release of his new album High Hopes got an unexpected foretaste on Saturday when the record accidentally became available for sale on Amazon ahead of its January 14 release date, as reported by Billboard. The snafu  occurred briefly on Amazon’s mobile site, with tracks from the record available as MP3 downloads. The mistake was quickly corrected, but not before fans were able to purchase the […]


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Worst of 2013: The Electronica/Dance Hall of Shame

After celebrating the best that 2013 has had to offer, here’s a look at five of the worst/dance electronica albums to have been inflicted upon the unsuspecting public over the last twelve months. will.i.am – #willpower Not content with dragging hip-hop down to its lowest common denominator level with the Black Eyed Peas, the creatively bankrupt will.i.am then did the same to dance music with a moronic canon of ringtones […]


Ike and Tina Proud Mary

Rock Rewind: “Proud Mary”

For the last Rock Rewind of 2013, I’ve picked a bit of an anomaly. “Proud Mary” is one of those few songs that became a signature hit for more than one act, so it doesn’t do the song justice unless you tell both stories. John Fogerty wrote the song in the late 1960s, and his band Credence Clearwater Revival released the tune in 1969 on their sophomore album Bayou Country. […]


Cyril Hahn

Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles Of 2013 (10-1)

Concluding our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2013, (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here, 20-11 is here), here are numbers 10-1. 10) Western Disco – “The Sun” Surely the only Ibiza anthem to begin with a recorder, this charming Pied Piper-style slice of Balearic house instantly lodged itself in the brain on first listen, while its lush synths, laid-back grooves and gospel-tinged vocals also helped to create this […]


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The Top Five Indie/Alternative Albums of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the artists who have released stellar work over the past year. I don’t mind telling you I had a hard time whittling this list down to five—this was simply an amazing year for the indie scene. To help make up for it, I’ve added a couple of honorable mentions at the end. Here are my picks […]


Justin Bieber Believe

Justin Bieber “Retiring” From Music?

Apparently, the latest trend in pop music publicity stunts is to send confusing messages about possibly quitting music.  After Lana Del Rey confused the Twitter-verse last summer by calling her short film Tropico her “farewell project,” teen pop icon Justin Bieber has set up a similar bit of sensation by announcing his own retirement—even as his management team has flatly denied it. Perhaps a bit suspiciously, Bieber chose late Christmas […]


Johnny Mathis

Pop Rewind: Johnny Mathis “O Holy Night”

Though now over 150 years old, the carol “O Holy Night” remains an all-time favorite during the holidays. Originally composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 as an adaptation of a French poem by Placide Cappeau, it was first adapted for English by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855. Since then, as is common with so many traditional carols, “O Holy Night” has endured numerous versions, revisions and additional verses to the […]


Nadezhda kolokonnikova

Pussy Riot Members Officially Freed From Prison

Both denounce amnesty as a PR stunt

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two remaining members of Pussy Riot incarcerated in the Russian prison system for “hooliganism”, were officially released from prison this morning under the terms of a widely publicized amnesty bill, according to CNN. But spending nearly two years behind bars has apparently not quelled the defiance of either inmate, nor their disdain for Vladimir Putin. Immediately upon release, both Pussy Riot members decried the […]


The 20/20 Experience Complete Experience

The Five Most Notable Musical Artists of 2013

In my first installment of 2013 end-of-year lists, I talked about five musical artists whom I felt were overrated in comparison to the media acclaim they received. This week, as promised, my second installment names five musical artists who definitely deserved the attention they got this year. Here’s my list of the top five most notable artists of 2013. See if you agree.   5.  Arcade Fire This alternative act […]


Eartha Kitt Santa Baby

Pop Rewind: Eartha Kitt “Santa Baby”

One of the most-covered modern Christmas tunes in memory, “Santa Baby” has been recorded by everyone from Maria Muldaur to Natalie Merchant to Taylor Swift to Miss Piggy—and even by a few guys (like Michael Buble and comedy duo Homer & Jethro). But not even Madonna in her prime could match the subtly delicious delivery of the one who sang it first—singer/actress/Broadway star Eartha Kitt. Written by Joan Javits and […]


Jessie Ware

Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles Of 2013 (20-11)

Continuing our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles of 2013, (40-31 is here, 30-21 is here), here’s a look at numbers 20-11. 20) Katy B – “5 AM” Following on from comeback single “What Love Is Made Of,” Katy B continued her transition from Queen of Dubstep to vocal house diva with this typically classy tear-stained tale of a morning after the night before. 19) Jessy Lanza – “Kathy Lee” […]


Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot To Be Freed Under Russian Amnesty

This week, Russia has confirmed that the remaining jailed members of Pussy Riot are to be freed early under the terms of an amnesty bill approved by Parliament in honor of the 20th anniversary of that country’s post-Soviet constitution. But apparently not before Vladimir Putin issued a parting shot. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, as reported by NDTV and NME, Putin (who backed the amnesty bill) emphasized that their […]


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Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums Of 2013 (10-6)

Continuing our countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2013 (20-16 is here, 15-11 is here), here are numbers 10-6. 10) Thundercat – Apocalypse Much less of a chin-stroker than his Brainfeeder labelmates, singer-bassist Thundercat took in everything from melancholy-drenched electro soul (“Tenfold”) to 70s yacht-rock (“Without You”) to fully-fledged party funk (“Oh Sheit It’s X”) on a wondrously hook-laden second effort which proved he’d fully outgrown his mentor, […]


Ian Watkins

Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Sentenced to 35 Years for Child Sex Charges

In a follow-up to our report on Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleading guilty to 13 charges of sex crimes involving children, on Wednesday, December 18, Watkins was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to a total of 35 years in prison. Among the litany of charges against Watkins and two unnamed women (for legal reasons referred to as “Mother A” and “Mother B”) were charges of possession of child pornography, conspiracy […]


Beyonce Drunk In Love

Beyoncé’s Stroke of Genius Pays Off

Self-titled surprise release breaks sales records

Last week, as you may recall, R&B star Beyoncé took a huge gamble by issuing a surprise, release of her self-titled album, effectively bypassing the media outlets completely by announcing no release dates and releasing no singles—no advance promotion or marketing whatsoever. She sweetened the pot further by including a complete music video package with the album—a music video for each track, plus three additional videos. A year-and-a-half’s worth of […]


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