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Lady Gaga Channels Julie Andrews, Actually Sings at Oscars

Wows audience with 'Sound of Music' tribute (plus, recap of other Oscar performances)

Oscars this, Oscars that, blah, blah. Birdman, blah blah, can’t believe what she was wearing, blah blah…Save all that for somewhere else. Did anyone catch Lady Gaga’s performance??? Behind her onstage flamboyance, constantly-changing appearance and wild swings between outrageous clothing and no clothing at all, it turns out Lady Gaga can actually sing. I mean really sing, y’all. During the 87th Academy Awards last night, the surprise musical performance of the […]

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Sixties’ Pop Legend Lesley Gore (‘It’s My Party’) Dead at 68

Lesley Gore, the pop singer best known for her 1963 smash hit “It’s My Party,” died Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after a struggle with lung cancer, according to Lois Sasson, Gore’s partner of 33 years. Gore, a non-smoker, was 68. Gore was only sixteen years old when she was signed to Mercury Records by another music legend, producer Quincy Jones. Released in 1963, “It’s My Party” went on to […]

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The Top Five Pop and Rock Albums of 2014

Yeah…I know…another year-end list. You’re going to find lots of Top 20 and Top 50 lists of best albums of 2014 on the Interwebs right about now, but for this list, I wanted to keep it short—narrow it down to five pop/rock albums that aren’t just really, really good (because there are lots of records that could be on that kind of list), but also albums that broke ground artistically […]

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Pop Rewind: Tracy Chapman “Fast Car”

If you’re like me, the first time you heard Tracy Chapman’s unique, low-timbre voice rambling along over the signature guitar riff on “Fast Car,” your first reaction was, “Hey, this is good. Who IS this?” Indeed, that was the general reaction to a young singer-songwriter who didn’t fit the mold or the expected popstar image of any who had come before her. “Fast Car,” a melancholy reflection of the cycle […]

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Kendrick Lamar Freestyles Over Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Taylor Swift is not the only star who can “Shake It Off”. T-Sweezy fans and hip-hop fans alike will rejoice to know that Kendrick Lamar covered Taylor’s song with his own swingin’ freestyle. And what’s even better? Taylor clapped back. First Kendrick stopped by K104′s “Dede In The Morning Show” in Dallas to express his two thumbs up for Taylor’s hit. They heard him say on a previous radio show, […]

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Pop Rewind: Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, collectively known as new wave electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, had been generating interest in the club scene for several years before their breakout single “West End Girls” catapulted them to international fame. In fact, the version of the song most of us have heard wasn’t the first time it was released as a single. Tennant and Lowe had previously met noted electro-music producer Bobby […]

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Pop Rewind: Jim Croce “I Got a Name”

Today, September 20, marks the 41st anniversary of the death of singer-songwriter Jim Croce in a plane crash, traveling between two shows on the same day. He had just finished recording his album I Got a Name the week before his death. The title track of the album was scheduled for release as a single the following day. While Croce’s talent as a songwriter is now considered iconic, Croce’s life in […]

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Surprise! Taylor Swift Is No Longer Country

In a highly hyped PR move that shocked the music world and left country fans crying their eyes out, one-time country sweetheart Taylor Swift dropped the bombshell this week that she is going pop. (In case you are the Sheldon Cooper type—that was sarcasm.) During her Monday evening Yahoo! Live Stream atop the Empire State Building, the songstress announced that her upcoming album 1989 would be her “first documented, official […]

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What Is 5 Seconds of Summer Doing Right?

And seemingly out of nowhere…they appear.  Just two years ago, no one outside of their native Australia knew who pop-rock act 5 Seconds of Summer were. A few million YouTube views later, they get a shout-out from boy band One Direction, followed by an invite to tour—and whammo! Their debut album sells nearly a quarter million copies in its first week, topping the Billboard 200. Suddenly, 5SOS are the new […]

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Robin Thicke’s Dramatic Plunge

How the “Blurred Lines” singer went from chart topper to bottom dweller in one short year

My, my, my.  If you ever needed proof of how fickle the public can be, all you need to do is look at the sales numbers from last week’s release of Robin Thicke’s latest album Paula. At this time last year, Thicke had the top song of the spring/summer.  “Blurred Lines” was tearing up the radio, and its accompanying NSFW music video was filling the screens of mobile devices around […]

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Ed Sheeran “x” –Album Review

Asylum Records UK/Warner (2014)

Am I the only one who heard Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” on the radio for the first time and thought it was just pandering to get on the charts? Or is Pharrell really the goose who lays the golden eggs these days? Yeah, I was perhaps one of the few who was actually disappointed with the lead single from Ed Sheeran’s sophomore album x—not because “Sing” isn’t catchy or danceable (Pharrell […]

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Pop Rewind: Michael Jackson “Black or White”

Yesterday, June 25, marked five years since the “King of Pop” passed away. It only seems fitting, then, to pull another Michael Jackson hit out of the vault for this week’s Rewind. “Black or White,” Jackson’s ode to racial harmony, was the lead single from 1991’s Dangerous, blending pop, dance, rap and a touch of metal into a highly catchy tune that dares you not to dance to it. The […]

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Lana Del Rey “Ultraviolence” –Album Review

Lana Del Rey/Polydor (2014)

A couple of years ago, during a less-than-flattering moment in Lana Del Rey’s emerging career, I wrote an article explaining why we shouldn’t write her off just yet.  Ultraviolence is why. Since Born To Die was released (to mixed reviews but impressive sales—the music fans have the final word, after all), Del Rey has been essentially doing two things.  First, she’s been giving the world time to get used to […]

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Lily Allen “Sheezus” –Album Review

Parlophone/Warner Bros. (2014)

One thing about Lily Allen—you have to take her for who/what she is. If you try to approach her latest release Sheezus from the perspective of—I dunno, artistry—you’re going to find a lot to complain about, and some critics have already done so.  Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying it isn’t art (I’m not saying it is, either).  I’m just saying you have to take it as you find it, […]

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Listen to Michael Jackson Posthumous Single “Love Never Felt So Good”

It’s been nearly five years since we lost Michael Jackson, but a team of producers headed up by Timbaland and executive producer L.A. Reid have been hard at work helping keep his memory alive, most notably with an upcoming posthumous album Xscape, a collection of “contemporized” unreleased tunes reportedly mined from about 40 years’ worth of demos. During last night’s broadcast of the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, L.A. Reid officially […]

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