Madonna, ‘Rebel Heart': Track-By-Track (Part One)

by Bradley Stern

Madonna, you bitch. You #unapologeticbitch. Last night — well, early this morning, or whenever you’re reading this — the Queen Of Pop semi-released her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, in a swift, Beyoncé-ian drop on iTunes. Of course, unlike Bey, Madonna’s been digitally navigating us through every single song title, lyric and produce included on her upcoming LP… Read the full article


Various Artists, ‘Utada Hikaru No Uta’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Utada Hikaru hasn’t released a studio album in over four years (that’s well over 300 years by Japanese pop standards), but her presence in the music industry is still felt. Strongly. Back at the end of 2010, the prolific singer-songwriter announced that she would be taking some time off to live life for a bit.… Read the full article


‘Broke With Expensive Taste': Azealia Banks Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

There was a time — the past two years, to be exact — that Broke With Expensive Taste existed merely as a punchline. But, in a testament to the true bizarreness of 2014, a time when Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and Taylor Swift now rule the airwaves, Azealia Banks suddenly decided to drop her eternally delayed debut… Read the full article


‘Only Human': Cheryl Should Probably Start Caring Again (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]t was perhaps all too prophetic that Only Human already sounded like an apology in album title form. “Sorry about this. I’m only human, loves!” That was just one of the signs, but really, Only Human missed the mark from the very beginning. Ever since Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez-Versini Cheryl Just Cheryl went solo… Read the full article


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

by Bradley Stern

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 rise to superstardom over… Read the full article


‘Aquarius': Tinashe Leads The Way (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

The dawn of a new era is finally upon us. While “2 On” is most likely the point of entry for most fans of Tinashe in the past year, the LA-bred songstress has been working her way up in the industry for years. Of course, you should already know that. “Tired of y’all not doing… Read the full article


‘Queen Of The Clouds': Tove Lo Takes Pop To New Heights (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Rising Swedish singer-songbird delivers a debut record full of heartbreak and bad habits — and effectively saves pop music in 2014.


FKA Twigs, ‘LP1′ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

To me, the most important and innovative thing happening in music right now is something that can be lumped into a (very broad) genre called “future R&B”: Moody, minimal music for the midnight hour comprising dozens of acts, including The Weeknd, Jhene Aiko, James Blake, BANKS and Tinashe. FKA Twigs, a British-bred singer and dancer… Read the full article


G.R.L.’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is Pretty G.R.E.A.T., Actually (Review)

by Bradley Stern

When you think about it, it should be all systems G.O. with G.R.L. The Robin Antin-curated, Dr. Luke-helmed fivesome — made up of an X Factor USA finalist (Simone Battle), an ex-Paradiso Girl (Lauren Bennett) a slay-sational actress (Natasha Slayton), a former Canadian pop starlet (Emmalyn Estrada) and a dancer who STARRED IN BURLESQUE (Paula van… Read the full article


Sia Faces Her Fear — All ‘1000 Forms’ Of It, To Be Exact (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Sia wants to be heard — not seen. That’s been happening for a while now, whether you were aware or not: As Pop’s Most In-Demand Songwriter©, Sia’s held a historic run behind-the-scenes over the past four years, responsible for penning everything from Christina Aguilera‘s “You Lost Me” to David Guetta‘s club-dominating “Titanium,” to Ne-Yo‘s “Let… Read the full article