Aly & AJ Don't Go Changing

'Don't Go Changing': Aly & AJ Keep Making Excellent Pop Music Against the Odds

It's a bit of a miracle that Aly & AJ are still doing what they're doing. Once a Disney-powered Hollywood Records mainstream teen-pop project - "Potential Breakup Song" forever, obviously - the girls eventually disbanded and rebranded as 78violet, then un-branded, and returned as themselves, only…


Taylor Swift Brendon Urie Me

'ME!': The Bree-Hee-Heezy, G-Rated Return of Taylor Swift (With Brendon Urie)

Taylor Swift's back. You probably already knew that because, in true Taylor Swift fashion, she made sure you knew it with a seemingly endless scavenger hunt of sparkly, pastel-hued clues across her Instagram - and even sprinkled hints in her own speeches and editorial features over the past few…


Madonna Maluma Press Shot Medellin Medellín

Madonna & Maluma Turn Back Time With a Trip to 'Medellín'

Pack your bags, bitch: we’re taking a trip to Colombia with Madgeluma. Madonna - sorry, Madame X - and Maluma, (one of) my Colombian husband(s), are knocking at our door, tickets (and champagne) in hand, ready to head to the airport for a lush, sultry escape to “Medellín.” And, oh, how much I…


Dido Still On My Mind

'Still On My Mind': Dido Makes a Warm, Welcome Return (Album Review)

Six years after the release of her last studio album, 2013's Girl Who Got Away, Dido - Ms. Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, if you're nasty - didn't really need to come back. She's sold over 40 million albums worldwide, and is responsible for co-inventing the concept of a "stan"…


Hikaru Utada Face My Fears

'Face My Fears': Hikaru Utada & Skrillex Lead Us Into the Future (Bass)

It's been 84 years (actually, though - way longer than the #10YearChallenge, at least), but Hikaru Utada - the artist formerly known as Utada Hikaru, and briefly just Utada - is finally fulfilling her fate. Or, well...her contractual obligation to provide a theme song for the third installment of…


Robyn

'Honey': The Sad, Sweet Resilience of Robyn (Album Review)

"It’s not about getting to the end, but enjoying where you are in the moment." Call your girlfriend, and tell her the old Robyn can't come to the phone right now. Or...ever again. Nearly a decade after her last studio album, the culmination of three mini-albums packed full of floor-filling…


Lady Gaga A Star Is Born

An 'A Star Is Born' Soundtrack Guide for Fellow Basic Gays

So, you saw A Star Is Born starring Stefani Joanne Angelina I'm An Italian Girl From New York Germanotta and Bradley There Can Be 100 People In The Room and 99 Don't Believe In You, You Just Need One to Believe In You Cooper, and you really liked it like I did. Or, maybe you didn't even like it,…


Marina Neon Gold X Emotional Machine

Marina Makes a Welcome Return to the Mess That's America

It's been 84 years, or at least a small handful, since Marina Diamandis - heretofore known as Marina & The Diamonds, henceforward simply Marina - graced a U.S. stage. If memory serves correctly (or, well, Billboard telling me so), the last time she performed stateside was during the final few shows…


Cher Dancing Queen Gimme Gimme Gimme ABBA

'Dancing Queen': Cher Does ABBA Cheraoke and Everybody Wins (Review)

Cher didn't need to do anything. A well-documented non-fan of her own work (and certainly not too keen on Madonna, either), the 72-year-old living legend could have easily kicked off her fourteen millionth farewell tour next year with just ("just") her twenty-five studio album discography and an…


Utada Hikaru Hatsukoi

'Hatsukoi': Utada Hikaru Comes Full Circle (Album Review)

"Everything will, without exception, surely, without a doubt, eventually end. Just as it will always be." Utada Hikaru is beginning anew. Again. Two years after Fantome, a heartbroken-but-hopeful return after a nearly decade-long break between studio albums, the tragic death of her mother and the…


Lykke Li So Sad So Sexy

'so sad so sexy': Lykke Li's Night Drive Through Depression & Dope Beats (Album Review)

Lykke Li's had a bad year. Or two. Maybe more. “I’ve been through some shit," she told The Guardian, succinctly. Specifically, she's been dealing with the exhausting emotional contradiction of a birth, a death and a relationship on the rocks at almost the same time. “I don’t know if many people…


Christina Aguilera Accelerate

'Accelerate': Christina Aguilera Brings Us Up to Speed (Single Review)

The year is 2018, and Christina Aguilera - Legendtina, as she's sometimes known 'round these parts - is in a weird space. The kids don't really know who she is, and who she is now is not the same person the public remembers her to be. As a result, "Accelerate" probably isn't what anyone…