Last Friday night (no Katy Perry segues, please), MuuMuse contributor Sam Lansky and I had the great pleasure of attending the She’s The First: Girls Who Rock 2011, a benefit concert to raise money for the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda. After munching on some free Pop Chips and taking shots of some of… Read the full article
While Scotty McCreery was busy being crowned the winner of the tenth season of American Idol last night, I was standing five feet away from the one and only American Idol in my heart: Kelly Clarkson.
The revolution begins now. From the mere behind-the-scenes photos alone that surfaced last month, the Francis Lawrence-directed clip for BeyoncÃ©’s “Run The World (Girls)” already promised to be epic. Then came the trailers, which–in hindsight–promised something much different thematically: There was revolution, combat, drama. But as it turns out, the clip for Bey’s latest single… Read the full article
Fact: In Sweden, it is illegal to make bad music. Okay, so this may not be empirically true, but it is a reality that the Swedes are known for exporting pop of the very highest quality. In my ongoing series, Amazing Things I’m Listening to From Sweden, I discuss the best Scandipop that’s been quietly… Read the full article
I was first introduced–sorry, introduuced to Indiana-born singer Natalie Walker back in 2006. Formerly a member of the trip-hop troupe Daughter Darling, Walker debuted amongst a surge of fellow indie-pop songstresses that dominated the blogosphere (not to mention the soundtracks of nearly every trendy television show of the time, including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and… Read the full article
Having already provided her songwriting skills to artists including LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild, Teddy Riley and Deborah Cox, Harlem-born singer-songwriter Talia Coles is no stranger to the music industry. Yet “Never See You Again,” Coles’ first release since her 2010 Dancehall mix-tape smash “Nikki Wine,” marks a personal milestone: It’s Coles’ first solo single… Read the full article
Fact: The Swedish government puts trace quantities of MDMA in the drinking water in Sweden. Because of this, Swedes feel their emotions with earth-shattering profundity, and have no choice but to make devastatingly beautiful pop music about it. Fact: What I just wrote was not entirely true. (They use GHB.) Seriously though, the music coming… Read the full article
Last night, Britney Spears released the highly anticipated video for her latest single, “Hold It Against Me,” directed by Jonas Ã…kerlund. This is an analysis.
Okay–new post idea! This is Muusical Chairs, or essentially the “6 Degrees of Separation/Kevin Bacon” game. The idea is to take one pop star, connect the musical dots to another, and maybe share some previously unknown pop tidbits in the process! This one’s an easy start, but I’m sure I can dream up more complex… Read the full article
Break out the poppers–we’re going down under! As we all well know, Aussieland is prime pickin’s for disco divas: The Minogues, Holly Valance, Olegendia Newton-Jesus…the list goes on and on. This week’s club bumper is Zoe Badwi‘s “Freefallin’,” which was first released in Australia back in July of last year. Penned by English singer/songwriter Amy… Read the full article