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'Motivation': Normani Provides Hope for the New Generation of Pop Stars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKXSh14svlQ Finally, the promise of a new pop supreme. Just last week, I was leaning heavy into my Bitter Aging Gay feelings and bemoaning the demise of the Pop Spectacle - apart from a rare handful of standouts and rising stars, obviously. Throw down your swords…


'1989': Taylor Swift Makes Her Triumphant Pop Debut (Album Review)

The year is 2014, and Taylor Swift has produced one of the strongest pop records of the year in 1989. But...her? Even if you've never counted yourself as a Taylor Swift fan (a Swiftie, for the sake of political correctness), it would be irresponsible (or impossible?) to look past her thunderous…


Carly Rae Jepsen Serves Pure Pop Perfection on 'Kiss' (Album Review)

From the second after fellow Canadian crooner Justin Bieber tweeted her name, Carly Rae Jepsen's life changed. It's not that Jepsen was necessarily new to the industry, though: Back in Canada, the bubbly chanteuse was already known after placing 3rd overall on the 5th season of Canadian Idol,…


Daily B: Britney Talks Femme Fatale Tour in January 2012 Issue of V Magazine

The Living Legend, The Sensual Seductress, The Enchanting Mistress Miss Britney Spears opened up to V Magazine for their 2012 Music Issue to discuss 2011's Femme Fatale Tour, including her pre-show rituals (she prays!), backstage goodies (hummus and pita bread!) and her thoughts on the tour as a…


Christina Aguilera's New Single Produced By Max Martin?

Yes! At least, that's according to KIIS FM program director Julie Pilmar. After an Aguilera stan badgered Pilmar to send a happy birthday tweet to Lady Xtina earlier today, Pilmar began to spill a few minor details about the upcoming release, tweeting back: "her new song is amazing!" Xtina fans…


Cher Lloyd: Sticks + Stones (Album Review)

In September of 2010, the world (well, the UK) watched as a jittery Worcestershire-born girl named Cher Lloyd strolled across the stage--suited in a a fitted black jacket and shredded white jeans--to audition for the X Factor. After a brief grilling by the judges regarding her name and age ("You…


Kelly Clarkson Delivers Her Strongest Set Yet With 'Stronger' (Album Review)

Kelly Clarkson's come a long way in just under a decade. After becoming the first (and let's be real, still easily the best) winner of American Idol in 2002, the singer first made her official mark with 2003's Thankful, a debut collection complete with safe-yet-amazing post-Idol balladry…


Cher Lloyd Unleashes RiRi-Rific Second Single: "With Ur Love (feat. Mike Posner)"

For those who might not have loved the wailing, bananas o'clock frenzy of 17-year-old songstress Cher Lloyd's noisy UK debut, "Swagger Jagger," here's your breath of fresh air: "With Ur Love," featuring Mike Posner. The Almighty Lloyd's easy breezy mid-tempo finds the young singer catching…


Amazing Things I'm Listening to From Sweden, Vol. 4

Fact: The Swedes are a superhuman race sent from the future to make amazing pop music. Due to this undeniable truth, Swedish pop stars you've never heard of snatch wigs from your favorite pop stars for fun -- just because they can. In my ongoing series, Amazing Things I'm Listening to From Sweden,…


Bonnie McKee Readies Solo Career, Will Be Unstoppable

Bonnie McKee just tweeted that she’s in New York shopping for record deals. Here’s why you should care: At the age of 16, the self-described wild child’s big voice and startlingly self-assured songwriting chops ignited a fierce bidding war between Interscope and Warner Brothers. After…


Britney Spears: Femme Fatale (Album Review)

To review a new Britney Spears record, for me, is a bit like asking a crazed pageant mother if she believes her daughter is a star. Sure, she might have spilled apple juice (or Cheetos, more fittingly) all over her glitz costume, forgotten the steps to her baton routine halfway through the…


MuuMuse Approved: Avril Lavigne - Wish You Were Here

STOP YOUR LIFE. After nearly a decade of anticipation, Avril Lavigne has finally recorded a song that is as good as "Complicated." There's always been a curious dichotomy in Avril's sound. Since the beginning, half of her music has been a product of the hyperactive Dr. Luke punk-lite school of pop…