Cher Lloyd: Sticks + Stones (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

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 look more!” Louis Walsh exclaimed… Read the full article

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

by Bradley Stern

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 (“Anytime”), soulful R&B-pop offerings (“Just Missed The Train”)… Read the full article

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Life Through Cinderella’s Eyes: Dancing to the Drum of Nicola Roberts

by Bradley Stern

Nicola Roberts is a different kind of pop star. There’s just no getting around it, really: Ever since her name was called as one-fifth of the band that went on to become Girls Aloud during the finale of the 2002 reality series Pop Stars: The Rivals, the Lincolnshire-born redhead with porcelain skin stuck out like… Read the full article

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Wynter Gordon: With The Music I Die (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

It was right after she first began posting demos on her MySpace–songs like 2007’s spacey “Surveillance” (which remains as next level today as it did the day she unleashed it upon the world), that I first took notice of Wynter Gordon, the 23-year-old underdog with a superstar’s worth of potential waiting to be unleashed each… Read the full article

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Beyoncé: 4 (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

If you’re looking for Sasha Fierce, don’t bother: She’s gone. Well, not entirely–she’s certainly still there twerking her hips above the militant beat of “Run The World (Girls)” and the frenzied horn-filled club bounce of “Countdown,” but for the most part, the divalicious alter ego of one of the world’s greatest entertainers has (temporarily?) stepped… Read the full article

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Florrie Returns with ‘Experiments EP’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

After the release of her critically acclaimed Introduction EP back in 2010, UK singer-songwriter-drummer Florrie is back for another round. The former Xenomania in-house band member–who first rose to prominence as a solo artist after giving away a handful of electro-pop gems produced by Fred Falke on her official website–returns on June 14 with the… Read the full article

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Simon Curtis: RA (Album Review)

by Sam Lansky

For those of us who have been following Simon Curtis from the very early days of his career, RA is a pretty big deal.

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Lady Gaga: Born This Way (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

On Saturday night, Lady Gaga sat spread eagle atop a delivery table on the stage of Saturday Night Live, belting out “Born This Way” while grasping her very pregnant prosthetic belly before flooding the delivery table with goo and glitter. “My water just broke,” the 25-year-old superstar tweeted late on Sunday night. And today, on… Read the full article

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Kitsune Maison Compilation 11 Makes the Hipsters Dance (Album Review and Giveaway)

by Sam Lansky

Kitsuné, seminal purveyors of fashionable dance music, are out with their latest collection of well-curated indie pop cuts this week. Here are some reasons why this is a good thing: 1. Although most Kitsuné compilations skew heavily toward the indie dance spectrum, this one is actually “indie dance” themed. This means that it’s indier and… Read the full article

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Jennifer Lopez: LOVE? (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

When Jennifer Lopez‘s “Louboutins”–an ode to the couture cobbler–was released to a less-than-tepid response in the last week of 2009, Lopez seemingly began to struggle to find her footing in the market (excuse the pun), eventually taking a leave from her longtime label Epic Records in 2010. Yet only weeks after the announcement made the… Read the full article

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