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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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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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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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Taylor Swift Dominates Win Category at American Music Awards

Recap, highights and lo-lights of the AMA Awards 2013

Despite some of the negative vibes country-pop artist Taylor Swift has generated of late with her penchant for targeting ex-boyfriends in her music, her popularity with her fan base continues to soar. This was demonstrated at Sunday night’s 41st American Music Awards telecast as fans voted her Artist of the Year for a record third time. “My lucky number is 13, and so far you guys have made 2013 the […]

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CMA 2013 Awards Nominees Announced

Swift, Musgraves lead with six each

As the 47th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards nominees were announced Tuesday morning in New York City (by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line, in case you were interested), two surprise names led the pack for largest number of nods: Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves, who landed six nominations each. Musgraves is a bit of a surprise mainly because she is such a newcomer, but her edgy album Same […]

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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 […]

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Kanye-Swift VMA Debacle Resurfaces with Leaked Audio

Interesting timing. In the wake of this year’s announced MTV Video Music Award nominations, Gawker has released an audio file that allegedly secretly captured Kanye West ranting during an after-party following his stage rush of Taylor Swift during 2009’s VMA awards. Lest you need reminding—which if you watch television, you probably don’t—West notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech on live television during the 2009 VMAs to declare that fellow nominee […]


Top Five Country Music Movers and Shakers [2012 In Review]

We’re reviewing some of the more interesting and insightful post on MIMO in 2012. Back in April, our country music writer Rob Burkhardt shared his list of country music movers and shakers. Several months and multiple awards shows later, it’s interesting to see how right Rob was about some of his picks–how many of them are truly reshaping the country genre. Have a look! –Ed While country music has been […]


Best Pop Albums of 2012

Over the past few years, it seems pop music in general has slowly emerging from a slump, with the sterile electro-pop sounds and autotune being balanced out by a bit more in the way of folk, rock and acoustic elements. This growing diversity of sound is reflected in some of this 2012’s best pop albums, as you’ll see in my list below. It was actually a bit difficult to put […]


Why Taylor Swift Snubbed the Major Streaming Services with “Red”—For Now

It appears you can’t always play your favorite music for free on Spotify, Rhapsody, Mog or other streaming music services. The artist and label have to release it to those services. It was all over the news this week how Taylor Swift’s hot new release Red was decidedly NOT going to be available for streaming, perhaps for a couple of months, at least. In other words, if you want to […]


Taylor Swift “Red”: Does It Live Up to the Hype?

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One would think it was Superbowl weekend. Let’s just say when retailers like Walgreens use their marquis to count down the days until Taylor Swift’s Red is available, it’s a sign of just how much hype has surrounded the release of the latest album by country music’s hottest young superstar. The pitfall with this much PR, of course is, that there is a huge expectation that the album must live […]


Taylor Swift Releases New Single, Announces New Album “Red”

During a Google+ Hangout live chat on Monday, country superstar Taylor Swift surprised and delighted fans with an announcement of her new album Red, to be released October 22. She also announced the release of the first single from the album this week, titled “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Surprise. It’s about an ex. Anyhow… Swift said during the chat that she had been working on material for […]


Top Five Country Music Movers and Shakers

While country music has been going through a sort of identity crisis in recent years, there are a few acts that are helping re-focus or re-define the genre, to help take country into the next generation. Sometimes these “movers and shakers” are impacting country mucis by their crossover appeal, occasionally blending elements of pop and rock into the mix (if you’ve read me at all, you know I’m a “purist” […]