Katy B, ‘Little Red’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Katy B first burst onto the scene with her sturdy dubstep-laced 2011 debut, On A Mission. Three years later, and she’s still on that mission. But this time around, perhaps as a response to the waning popularity of dubstep, Katy’s traded in a bit of the wobbling sound of songs like “Katy On A Mission” from… Read the full article


Beyoncé, ‘BEYONCÉ’ (Album & Video Review)

by Bradley Stern

Mystery in the digital age is a form of art, and Beyoncé has perfected the craft. In a world where anything and everything newsworthy is tweeted, blogged and Instagrammed within milliseconds, one of the most famous pop stars in the world dropped an entire record, complete with 17 music videos, on iTunes at midnight on… Read the full article


Britney Spears, ‘Britney Jean’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Britney Jean is Britney’s “Most Personal Album Ever,” so this review is about to get a little more personal (raw) — it’s not just blind standom. People can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth. But the question is…can you handle mine? The one opinion I’ve consistently held when it… Read the full article


Lady Gaga, ‘ARTPOP’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Lady Gaga wasn’t kidding: Her ARTPOP really could mean anything. Like nude yodeling in the woods with Marina Abramovic. “I am every icon.” The Jeff Koons gazing balls. The Perez Hilton Is Stalking My Entire Life And Trying To Kill Me tweets. #StopTheDramaStartTheMusic. That cardboard square “Applause” opener at the 2013 MTV VMA’s. Fozzi the… Read the full article


Avril Lavigne, ‘Avril Lavigne’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

“I don’t care if I’m a misfit, I like it better than the hipster bullshit. I am the motherfucking princess!” Avril Lavigne proudly declares, middle finger hoisted in the air, on her latest single, “Rock N Roll.” It’s both entirely embarrassing and enthralling all at the same time — and that’s the beauty of Avril… Read the full article


Sky Ferreira, ‘Night Time, My Time’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]ky Ferreira‘s debut record, Night Time, My Time is effectively pop music’s own version of Guns N’ Roses‘ Chinese Democracy — an album so delayed, so mired in controversy and setbacks that its mere existence seemed fabled even until the final few minutes before it surfaced on iTunes. Somehow, the time has come. The turbulent… Read the full article


Review: Fifth Harmony’s Debut EP, ‘Better Together’, Is Here At Last

by Bradley Stern

When it comes to Fifth Harmony, anything could happen. (Anything could happen. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.) In today’s case, the release of Better Together — the debut EP by the X Factor alumnae — happened. The girls have come a long way since coming together as a group called LYLAS (and then 1432, and then Fifth Harmony)… Read the full article


SOS (Bangerz): The Rebel Yell of Miley Cyrus (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

The truth is, it’s not very easy to like Miley Cyrus these days. If it isn’t her corny onstage antics — the twerking, the tongue, the teddy bears, etc. — her newfound #SomethingMoreUrban vocabulary and overuse of words like “homie” in interviews, the everything-but-the-labia barely legal porn shoots with the pervy Terry Richardson, there’s that… Read the full article


Diana Vickers: ‘Music To Make Boys Cry’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Music To Make Boys Cry is one of those rare instances when a pop star gets it just right. Diana Vickers, if you’re not already familiar, is a Season 5 X Factor UK alum — but don’t hold that against her. Like so many British reality TV pop exports (hi, One Direction!), Diana quickly went… Read the full article


Natalia Kills: Trouble (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

“I felt like Perfectionist was 100% of less than 100% of me,” Natalia Kills explained to me earlier this year while we spoke about the follow-up to her debut. And in a lot of ways, she was spot-on: While her 2011 record had plenty of radio-friendly, dark-pop offerings (including “Mirrors” and “Wonderland”), there was still… Read the full article