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


Selena Gomez, ‘Stars Dance’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Selena Gomez isn’t exactly known for her powerhouse vocals or show-stopping choreography. As a pop star, Selena’s greatest strength lies in her sugary-sweet charm and euphoric, lovey-dovey electro-pop offerings — from 2010’s “Naturally” and “A Year Without Rain,” to 2011’s “Love You Like A Love Song,” to 2012’s “Hit The Lights.” (The fact that she’s… Read the full article


Pet Shop Boys, ‘Electric’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

The Pet Shop Boys need no formal introduction at this point, obviously. After nearly 30 years in the industry, the prolific British synth-pop duo — individually known as Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe — has inarguably become one of the most important, influential and continuously innovative electronic acts of all time, helping to shape the careers… Read the full article


Ciara, ‘Ciara’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Last June, Ciara held a listening party in New York for her upcoming album, One Woman Army, due in October of 2012. So much for that. In retrospect, One Woman Army would have made for a more fitting title for Ciara’s fifth studio album, considering the R&B-pop princess endured such a long and complicated uphill… Read the full article