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Britney Jean

Britney Spears “Britney Jean” –Album Review

RCA (2013)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there was a lot riding on the release of Britney Jean, Britney Spears’ widely-touted, much anticipated new album. Several years past a string of erratic, meltdown-like behaviors and PR nightmares in which she became the worst caricature of herself—with some of the offstage drama news as fresh as her stint last year on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor—for the past few months […]

One Direction Midnight Memories

One Direction “Midnight Memories” –Album Review

Syco Records/Columbia (2013)

“Whether they can keep up this momentum by traveling this rut-ridden road remains to be seen. But for now, they’re here, topping the charts, and wooing young hearts.” Apologies if it is narcissistic to quote yourself, but this is what I wrote about One Direction a mere year and a half ago when their debut album Up All Night was imprinting their pretty faces indelibly into the hearts of ‘tween […]

A Great Big World Say Something

A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera Release “Say Something” Video

It’s been a great big year for A Great Big World. The duo of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino have made a splash with their brand of piano-driven pop, touring with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and landing two charting singles before even releasing a full-length album. Their latest single, “Say Something,” got a huge boost recently when they released a new version of it with Christina Aguilera adding vocal […]

Christina Perri Human

Christina Perri Is Only “Human”—Listen

Three years ago, singer-songwriter Christina Perri won over the hearts of music fans everywhere, not just by her single “Jar Of Hearts” but also by the story of discovery and whirlwind success that surrounded it. When the demo version of the tune played on the Fox series So You Think You Can Dance in the summer of 2010, Perri was an unknown, unsigned artist waiting tables for a living; a […]

Daughtry Baptized

Daughtry “Baptized” –Album Review

19 Recordings/RCA (2013)

From one point of view, it’s hard to feel sorry for Chris Daughtry. After his shocking 4th-place elimination from American Idol Season 5, his popularity has carried him onward to become the best selling AI alumnus who didn’t actually win the competition, going platinum with his first two outings and trailing behind only Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood in total record sales. On the other hand, he does deserve a […]

Lady Gaga ARTPOP

Lady Gaga “ARTPOP” –Album Review

Interscope (2013)

“The devil whispered behind the leaves, ‘It’s pretty, but it is art?’” –The Conundrum of the Workshops You gotta hand it to Lady Gaga; she’s nothing if not creative and ambitious. You never know from moment to moment what she’s going to do, say, look like, or wear; in a sense, she’s turned keeping-people-guessing into an art form in itself. Her long-awaited, much anticipated effort ARTPOP springs from a self-proclaimed […]

Sky Ferreira Night Time My Time

Sky Ferreira “Night Time, My Time” –Album Review

Capitol (2013)

I have a confession to make. Well, more than one, actually. The first confession is that tracking the burgeoning career of model/songstress Sky Ferreira has been more than a little frustrating for me. Her look, her voice and her persona are all captivating, bearing the marks of a genuine pop star—but up to this point we have only had vague and contradictory glimpses into who she is as an artist. […]

Katy Perry PRISM

A Multi-Faceted Katy Perry: “PRISM” –Album Review

Capitol (2013)

Let me just start with this: “Roar” has got to be the catchiest single that Katy Perry has ever released—this, from a proven hitmaker. Suffice it to say that the bar was raised several notches by that single, meaning her latest effort PRISM gets to launch up against a huge wall of expectations. Remarkably, those expectations are met…with a roar. (Sorry, couldn’t help it.) As a rule of thumb, I’m […]

Richard Marx Right Here Waiting

Pop Rewind: Richard Marx “Right Here Waiting”

While Richard Marx has remained active in the music scene as a performer, songwriter and producer since being discovered by Lionel Richie three decades ago, most people remember the gritty-voiced pop-rocker for his string of radio hits in the late 1980s—and among them, the song below is likely the one we remember most. “Right Here Waiting,” a simple, piano-led ballad, was released in 1989 as the second single off of […]

Miley Cyrus Bangerz

Miley Cyrus “Bangerz” –Album Review

RCA (2013)

Listening to the first couple of minutes of “Adore You,” the opening track from Miley Cyrus’ much-hyped album Bangerz, you would almost forget that the last couple of months of controversy and pot-stirring had ever happened. “When you say you love me, know I love you more,” she sings, ever so sweetly. “You and me were meant to be in holy matrimony / God knew exactly what he was doing […]


A Huge Week for Lorde

Tops Billboard charts, live US television debut on Jimmy Fallon

This has seriously got to be the biggest week of Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s life. Known to the masses simply as Lorde, she has seen her debut album Pure Heroine drop to solid initial worldwide sales (see our review here), watched as her hit single “Royals” dethroned Miley Cyrus for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and made her national television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—all in the […]

Lorde Pure Heroine

Lorde Proves Her Staying Power on Debut “Pure Heroine”

Universal Music NZ, Ltd. (2013)

From outward appearances, the sudden worldwide success of New Zealand teen-songstress Ella Yellich-O’Connor (nee, Lorde) seems like an anomaly. After all, she’s not a Disney child actress-turned-pop-star like Selena Gomez (or a Disney child actress-turned-slut like Miley Cyrus); nor is she a used-up-and-spit-out femme fatale persona like Lana Del Rey. Look at a picture of her; nothing about her says bigger-than-life. She comes across as just about as normal a […]

Cher Closer to the Truth

Cher: Strong as Ever on “Closer To the Truth”

Warner Bros (2013)

It must be the week for music icons in their ‘60s to release landmark new records. Not only did we see 66-year-old Elton John release the remarkably defining record The Diving Board this week, but 67-year-old Cher is out with Closer To the Truth, her first record in nearly 12 years. I gotta be honest: I was impressed with Elton John, but I was flabbergasted by Cher. Seriously. While all […]

Christina Grimmie With Love

The MIMO Interview: Christina Grimmie

In many ways, 19-year-old pop singer/songwriter Christina Grimmie is a picture of indie artist success. Although unsigned, she’s released an EP and a full-length album, gained a global following, toured with her mentor Selena Gomez, and even won an American Music Award as a “New Media Honoree,” (an honor also awarded to hip-pop duo Karmin and rapper DeStorm Power)–all largely through building and maintaining a strong fan base through social […]

Madonna Secret Project

Madonna to Release Short Film via BitTorrent

“Secretprojectrevolution” marks the launch of her Art For Freedom project

Prior to her notorious and hugely successful MDNA tour last year, Madonna ventured into film direction with W/E, an indie film which garnered mixed reviews but landed an Oscar nomination. Yesterday, as Rolling Stone reports, the dance-pop superstar announced the release of a new 17-minute short film secretprojectrevolution, which she co-directed with Steven Klein. The film will be made available for free download via BitTorrent, and will mark the official […]

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