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


Ask Embla, ‘Northern Light’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

One of the best pop records of the year is currently topping the charts in Norway — but you probably haven’t heard about it yet. Ask Embla is the pairing of two incredible songwriters: Arnthor Birgisson and Ina Wroldsen, both of whom are responsible for penning tracks for some of our favorite pop stars over… Read the full article


Kristinia DeBarge, ‘Young & Restless’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In the span of approximately six months in 2009, Kristinia DeBarge bubbled up, exploded and fizzled out. She didn’t burst out of thin air, though: Kristinia initially made her debut over a decade ago on FOX’s iconic 2003 experimentation in Idol for tweens, American Juniors (which also spawned Pretty Little Liars starlet and future country-pop… Read the full article


Charli XCX: ‘True Romance’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Charli XCX is one of the few Internet-born, blog-approved acts worthy of the hype. The buzz began long ago, way back—back to the glory days when MySpace was still (mostly) a thing, and artists like Lily Allen were leading the charge of the self-made, DIY pop star. At the time, she was billed as a… Read the full article


In Praise of the Bad Bitch: Cassie’s ‘RockaByeBaby’ (Mixtape Review)

by Bradley Stern

The last time we heard a full set from Cassie, officially speaking, was her self-titled debut in 2006, which included the icy electro-R&B masterpiece that’s singlehandedly kept her name relevant in music for over 7 years: “Me & U.” She returned in February last year with the transcendent, Ibiza-lite “King Of Hearts,” and again later… Read the full article


On Sally Shapiro’s ‘Somewhere Else’…

by Bradley Stern

Guess what? The new Sally Shapiro record, Somewhere Else, is very good! In case you’re under the impression that Sally Shapiro is content three albums deep into her career, she’s not. “The title describes the recurrent theme in the music and my life, to somehow never be satisfied with what you have, or where you… Read the full article


Dawn Richard: ‘GoldenHeart’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

After serving as one-fifth of one of the greatest American girl groups of the past decade (Danity Kane–RIP), followed by a turn as one-third of the short-lived, yet briefly brilliant Diddy – Dirty Money, singer-songwriter Dawn Richard is finally, at long last, getting her rightful shine as a solo star.


JoJo Busts Loose on New Mixtape, ‘Agápē’

by Bradley Stern

In the immortal words of Lil’ Kim and Christina Aguilera: Never can, never will, can’t hold us down. Not one to be muzzled by her all-but-defunct, ultra shady record label Blackground Records and their contractual death grip on her career, ever-talented singer-songwriter (and birthday girl) JoJo‘s decided to exorcise some of her demons this December…for… Read the full article