In Defense of Lana Del Rey

On Saturday night, Lana Del Rey performed on Saturday Night Live. By the next morning, the internet was abuzz: The Huffington Post proclaimed "Internet Sensation Bombs On Her U.S. TV Debut." NBC's Brian Williams called her a "Brooklyn hipster" and "the least-experienced musical guest in the show's…


MuuMuse Presents: A PowerPoint Presentation of the Various Reasons Why Keri Hilson's "Gimme What I Want" Is Amazing

On the train ride home today, somewhere between pondering the solution to global poverty and attempting to shake off a recurring day terror involving a toaster oven and The Real Housewives of New York's Ramona Singer (I don't feel emotionally prepared to discuss it yet), I said to myself: "Self,…


The Time I Saw Katy B's Debut Performance in America (But Mostly Took Glam Shots With Adrienne Bailon)

Yesterday evening, I had the great pleasure of attending UK grime-pop princess Katy B's debut US performance at Le Bain as part of the Giant Step/Steve Madden Music Series. After meeting up with my friend Jake, my worst nightmare Jon (of Alis-Blog, he's literally the worst) and Jon's roomie…


Britney Spears: I Wanna Go (Video Review)

FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU AND FUCK YOU: IT'S THE VIDEO PREMIERE OF BRITNEY'S I WANNA GO." You think you're ready for this? *Hands seashells.* Well, alright then...LEZ GO.


Jumping Trains with JoJo at the Girls Who Rock 2011 Benefit Concert

Last Friday night (no Katy Perry segues, please), MuuMuse contributor Sam Lansky and I had the great pleasure of attending the She's The First: Girls Who Rock 2011, a benefit concert to raise money for the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda. After munching on some free Pop Chips and taking shots…


A Moment Like This: Kelly Clarkson Performs at the Confide + Conquer Event in NYC (May 25)

While Scotty McCreery was busy being crowned the winner of the tenth season of American Idol last night, I was standing five feet away from the one and only American Idol in my heart: Kelly Clarkson.


Beyonce: Run The World (Girls) (Video Review)

The revolution begins now. From the mere behind-the-scenes photos alone that surfaced last month, the Francis Lawrence-directed clip for Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" already promised to be epic. Then came the trailers, which--in hindsight--promised something much different thematically:…


Amazing Things I'm Listening to From Sweden, Vol. 3

Fact: In Sweden, it is illegal to make bad music. Okay, so this may not be empirically true, but it is a reality that the Swedes are known for exporting pop of the very highest quality. In my ongoing series, Amazing Things I'm Listening to From Sweden, I discuss the best Scandipop that's been…


Spark: The Delicate, Darling World of Natalie Walker

I was first introduced--sorry, introduuced to Indiana-born singer Natalie Walker back in 2006. Formerly a member of the trip-hop troupe Daughter Darling, Walker debuted amongst a surge of fellow indie-pop songstresses that dominated the blogosphere (not to mention the soundtracks of nearly every…


Hot Club Track of the Week: Talia Coles - Never See You Again

Having already provided her songwriting skills to artists including LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild, Teddy Riley and Deborah Cox, Harlem-born singer-songwriter Talia Coles is no stranger to the music industry. Yet "Never See You Again," Coles' first release since her 2010 Dancehall mix-tape smash…


Amazing Things I'm Listening to From Sweden, Vol. 2

Fact: The Swedish government puts trace quantities of MDMA in the drinking water in Sweden. Because of this, Swedes feel their emotions with earth-shattering profundity, and have no choice but to make devastatingly beautiful pop music about it. Fact: What I just wrote was not entirely true. (They…


Daily B: Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me (Video Analysis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Edv8Onsrgg Last night, Britney Spears released the highly anticipated video for her latest single, "Hold It Against Me," directed by Jonas Åkerlund. This is an analysis.