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Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira Changes Upcoming Album Title and Release Date—Again

Man, this has to be setting some sort of record. (Pun intended.) After several years of announcing a debut album, only to postpone said debut and release an EP instead, synth-pop chanteuse Sky Ferreira has actually managed to surprise us by moving her elusive release date forward a few months. The last we heard over the summer, the album formerly titled I’m Not Alright had been changed to I Will, […]


Fergie Gives Birth to Boy, Names Him After Crazy Rock Star

Axl Jack Duhamel. Singer Fergie gave birth to a 7-pound, 10-ounce baby boy on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. He’s the firstborn to Fergie and her husband, actor Josh Duhamel, who married in 2009. And with the name given him, Fergie joins the society of recent celebrity parents who give their children names no one will ever forget. (Remember North West earlier this summer? Or Ivy Blue Carter?) Although […]

Capital Cities

The MIMO Interview: Capital Cities

A couple of years ago, few people had ever heard of electro-pop act Capital Cities. They started off as most indie bands do, with an EP, a single, and a lot of hope. As it turned out, that single, “Safe and Sound,” topped the Modern Rock charts in 2011, attracting the attention of Capitol Records, who signed the act in 2012. “Safe and Sound” got another big push with a […]

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt Has Parkinson’s, Can No Longer Sing

Eleven-time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt had been experiencing trouble controlling her voice, as well as other muscles in her body, for some time. In an interview Friday with AARP, she revealed why: she has Parkinson’s disease. Although the 67-year-old vocalist had been experiencing symptoms for “seven or eight years,” she had attributed the symptoms to tick bites and did not get a correct diagnosis until around 8 months ago. The […]

John Mayer Paradise Valley

John Mayer “Paradise Valley” –Album Review

Columbia Records (2013)

Contrary to popular belief, time apparently does not heal all wounds—or at least, heal them as quickly as people would like. Even though it’s been several years since John Mayer has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, his name still seems to be a bit polarizing when spoken in public, evoking memories of arrogant, off-the-cuff statements and TMI stories of girlfriends past. But here’s the thing: almost […]

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Justin Timberlake To Release “20/20 Experience” Sequel This Fall

For some artists, it’s apparently feast or famine. After a seven-year hiatus from releasing new music (during which he ventured into several acclaimed acting roles), superstar Justin Timberlake made a highly respectable comeback earlier this year with the release of The 20/20 Experience. Even then, we were hearing reports that Timberlake had been extremely productive in the studio preparing for 20/20 and had actually come up with far too much […]

Lady Gaga Applause

Lady Gaga “Applause” Leak Met With Angry Reaction from Singer, Fans

Leaks removed from the Internet

Apparently Lady Gaga’s “monsters” fan base are more than fiercely loyal; they are also notably protective of her music. When snippets of Gaga’s upcoming single “Applause” leaked online over the weekend, the violation was met with an angry response not only from the singer, but also from the fans themselves. “Lord, in HEAVEN WHY” was Gaga’s first tweet, followed quickly by “YOU JUST COULDN’T WAIT THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR […]

Lady Gaga Artpop

Lady Gaga Divulges “ARTPOP” Album, App Details

It’s a simple case of supply and demand. The fewer details released about Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP, the more precious the information becomes, and the more people pay attention when anything is said about it. Up until recently, the Gaga camp has been fairly tight-lipped about the album’s progress. But yesterday, the popstar took to Twitter for a bit of Q&A with her fans, during which she revealed just […]

Backstreet Boys In a World Like This

Backstreet Boys Act Their Age “In a World Like This” –Album Review

K-BAHN, LLC (2013)

It’s now safe to say the era of the “boy band” is experiencing a revival. With young whippersnappers like One Direction now dominating the charts on one end, and long-goners like New Kids On the Block trying to regain relevance on the other, a pop landscape once void of boy bands now finds a full array of testosterone-laden attempts to make the tween girls swoon. It’s also safe to say […]

Bruce Hornsby and the Range The Way It Is

Pop Rewind: Bruce Hornsby and the Range “The Way It Is”

As the music of the 80s began to evolve and take shape, piano-driven music gave way to synthesizers and electronic keyboards. For several years, piano pop barely made it on to the radio. Then there was this song. When Bruce Hornsby and the Range came out with breakthrough single “The Way It Is” in late 1986, there was literally nothing on the market that sounded anything like it. It was […]

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Biggest Fan Contest Canceled When “Creepy Guy” Wins

So here’s a question: what do you do when you’re a 23-year-old female pop superstar, you hold a contest to identify your biggest fan, and the winner is a 39-year-old man who promises to smell your hair during the photo op? Simple: you cancel the contest on a technicality. That’s precisely what happened with Taylor Swift this week when a man known simply as “Charles” won Boston’s Kiss-108 FM “Taylor […]

Selena Gomez Stars Dance

Selena Gomez “Stars Dance” –Album Review

Hollywood Records (2013)

When you think about it, Selena Gomez is really in a fairly undesirable position. Just turning 21, she’s navigating this awkward transition place between shedding the sweet Disney kid image and being viewed not only as a serious pop star, but as an adult. And the on-off-on-off relationship with Justin Bieber is a double-edged sword, because while it’s given her some natural publicity and gotten her name known—it also means that […]

Sara Bareilles The Blessed Unrest

Sara Bareilles “The Blessed Unrest” –Album Review

Epic Records (2013)

Let’s be honest: it can be very difficult to create a pop album that the critics actually like—more difficult than people realize. The reason, I believe, is that pop music almost by definition (at least these days) stays near the surface of human emotion, turning its energy mainly to singable hooks and/or danceable beats and the stuff that will make it—well—popular. And the fact is, most music critics are looking […]


Pop Rewind: Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer”

After Peter Gabriel left the band Genesis in 1975 (prompting band drummer Phil Collins to take the frontman slot), he embarked on a successful solo career which continues to this day. But his post-Genesis breakout as a worldwide phenomenon didn’t come until he finally agreed to assign an actual title to his fifth solo album (his first four were untitled, and have come to be known as Peter Gabriel 1,2,3 […]

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