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.


Muusical Chairs Volume 1: From Siobhan Donaghy to BoA

Okay--new post idea! This is Muusical Chairs, or essentially the "6 Degrees of Separation/Kevin Bacon" game. The idea is to take one pop star, connect the musical dots to another, and maybe share some previously unknown pop tidbits in the process! This one's an easy start, but I'm sure I can…


Club Track of the Week: Zoe Badwi - Freefallin'

Break out the poppers--we're going down under! As we all well know, Aussieland is prime pickin's for disco divas: The Minogues, Holly Valance, Olegendia Newton-Jesus...the list goes on and on. This week's club bumper is Zoe Badwi's "Freefallin'," which was first released in Australia back in July…


Bargain Bin Adventures: Corina - Give Me Back My Heart

After the success of my Bardeux post, I think it's time for another round of bargain bin adventures! Last Saturday, I found myself rummaging at a Goodwill in Somerville, MA after an amazing brunch with amazing friends at a tiny restaurant in the area that I will not tell you about for fear that…


Spike Heels and Skin Tight Jeans: An Ode to "Graffiti My Soul," A Perfect Xenomania Production

In light of the recent news/gossip published in the UK's The Sun about Britney's alleged sessions with powerhouse pop production team Xenomania (seizing, crying), I've decided a Xenomania appreciation post is in order. While there are simply too many brilliant Xenomania productions to count…


A Wonderful Song From A Wonderful Album: Jessica Mauboy's "Maze"

So here's a post I've meant to do for over a month. Jessica Mauboy is the runner-up from the fourth season of Australian Idol. For those who haven't encountered her name yet in their musical journey, a very brief history: Jessica Mauboy has a very listenable and melodic voice, comparable to that…


Last Dance, Last Chance: A Very Thorough X Factor Final Performance Night Review (December 11)

THIS IS IT, as one of the X Factor judges famously sang 17 years ago (oh my God, 17 years?!): The STAR-STUDDED X Factor final show is finally upon us! And thank God, because I'm totally over it.