"Hung Up" to "Hello": Two Odes to Telephonic Torture, One Decade Apart

Technology can be so cruel. Sure, it's helped to create a "global village," connect fans to their idols, provide Brazil countless opportunities to trend on Twitter and spoil us with an endless supply of porn, puppies and Britney GIFs — but it also just makes us feel so very lonely scrolling…


Jessie Ware: Devotion (Album Review)

While Adele continues to conquer the world with her record-breaking 21, an honest collection of bluesy, rollicking odes to heartbreak and sorrow (which is still the best-selling record of 2012, despite being released last year), England may well have just found themselves their next humble…


Madonna Beats Basically Everyone's Opening Week Sales With Basically No Promo, Remains Queen

According to Hits Daily Double, Madonna's MDNA will top the Billboard 200 chart this week at #1 with 357,943 copies sold. EDIT: The official Billboard report is in--Madonna clocks in at #1 with 359,000 sold. From Billboard: Madonna remains in second place among women with the most No. 1 albums.…


9 Terrific, Awful and Awe-Inspiring Moments From the 2012 Grammys

Last night was the 54th Annual Grammy Awards! Or was it the 2012 CMT Music Awards? I literally couldn't tell, what with all the banjos, geetars and all that. No, it was The Grammys! A time when the industry comes together to honor REAL music! A time to dress tastefully and bring a bishop as a…


MuuMuse Presents: The Top 50 Singles of 2011

Two weeks ago, I presented my Top 25 Albums of 2011. Now...it's time for the Top 50 Singles of 2011! If the album list was tough, this was one step short of impossible, Shontelle style. Between rock-solid offerings from my favorite pop princesses, to stunning debut tracks from some of MuuMuse's…


MuuMuse Presents: The Top 25 Albums of 2011

There's no way around it: 2011 was an astoundingly good year in pop music. Not since the 2007 reign of Kylie's X, Britney's Blackout, Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad and Girl's Aloud's Tangled Up has there been such a strong showing in pop: We found love in the most hopeless of places, hung onto a…


Adele Dethrones Legendtina After Just One Week on the Billboard Hot 100 With "Someone Like You"

"Did you hear, Flopdele? "Moves Like Jagger" is #1 in America." "Wait, what? Seriously? Ew. Just a moment--someone hold my cigarette." Well, so much for that: After a shocking coup last week with her triumphant rise to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 aboard Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," Legendtina…


Florence + The Machine Begins Next Era with "What the Water Gave Me"

Yes, it's true: The witchy Miss Florence Welch has returned! After several months of touring 'round the world and many weeks spent recording with acclaimed British producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Kate Nash) at England's famed Abbey Road Studios, the fiery-headed chanteuse is back with "What The…


Fade to Black: In Remembrance of Amy Winehouse

It's a weird, awful phenomenon when an artist dies. There's the initial news reports, the disbelief, the outcry and sorrow from fans, the pandering by non-fans crawling out from the woodwork, the detractors, the well-intentioned wise words, the mean-spirited off-color jokes and everything else in…


MTV Fail? Weighing In On the MTV VMA 2011 Nominees

Another year, another MTV Video Music Awards, which means it's time for a whole 'nother round of Kanye rage and death threats from Britney stans demanding to know whether or not she'll be performing this year. But before we get into that whole mess--it's the nominees for the 2011 MTV VMAs! Last…


Adele Tops the Charts, Gets Remixed to Brilliant Effect, and Generally Remains Flawless

Is there anyone more deserving of smashing global success than Adele? She's lovely, sublimely talented, and down-to-earth — and her sound has evolved from 19's highly listenable but rather unassuming adult-contemporary pop to 21's striking collection of enormous, earth-shaking four-minute…


Adele Performs "Someone Like You" at the 2011 BRIT Awards

Adele helped to kick off the 2011 Brit Awards tonight with a performance of "Someone Like You," the final song off of her incredible sophomore record, 21. The supremely talented UK songstress absolutely nailed the performance of her devastating piano ballad, proving exactly why her latest album…