Amazing Things I’m Listening to From Sweden, Vol. 2

by Sam Lansky

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

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Daily B: Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me (Video Analysis)

by Bradley Stern

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.

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Muusical Chairs Volume 1: From Siobhan Donaghy to BoA

by Bradley Stern

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

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Club Track of the Week: Zoe Badwi – Freefallin’

by Bradley Stern

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

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Bargain Bin Adventures: Corina – Give Me Back My Heart

by Bradley Stern

After the success of my Bardeux post, I think it’s time for another round of bargain bin adventures! Last Saturday, I found myself rummaging at a Goodwill in Somerville, MA after an amazing brunch with amazing friends at a tiny restaurant in the area that I will not tell you about for fear that many… Read the full article

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Spike Heels and Skin Tight Jeans: An Ode to “Graffiti My Soul,” A Perfect Xenomania Production

by Bradley Stern

In light of the recent news/gossip published in the UK’s The Sun about Britney‘s alleged sessions with powerhouse pop production team Xenomania (seizing, crying), I’ve decided a Xenomania appreciation post is in order. While there are simply too many brilliant Xenomania productions to count (well, maybe I’ll do one once a week or something!), I… Read the full article

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A Wonderful Song From A Wonderful Album: Jessica Mauboy’s “Maze”

by Bradley Stern

So here’s a post I’ve meant to do for over a month. Jessica Mauboy is the runner-up from the fourth season of Australian Idol. For those who haven’t encountered her name yet in their musical journey, a very brief history: Jessica Mauboy has a very listenable and melodic voice, comparable to that of Jordin Sparks,… Read the full article

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MuuMuse Presents: The Top 50 Singles of 2010

by Bradley Stern

Still hot from the Internet-killing, bandwidth-shattering success of yesterday’s Top 40 Albums of 2010 list (including a most major of giveaways, in which I’m giving away ALL TEN ALBUMS that made the Top 10 of the list–you still have time to enter up until January 2!), I now present MuuMuse’s Top 50 singles of 2010.… Read the full article

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MuuMuse Presents: The Top 40 Albums of 2010 (And A Very Special Giveaway!)

by Bradley Stern

Here we go again: The end of another year in music! 2010 may well be remembered as the Year of the Future (if not the Year of All Hearts—hint hint!): A year of fembots, androids, bionic women and time-traveling adventures deep into the 22nd century. Space-age love stories and robo-dramatics colored a large portion of… Read the full article

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Last Dance, Last Chance: A Very Thorough X Factor Final Performance Night Review (December 11)

by Bradley Stern

THIS IS IT, as one of the X Factor judges famously sang 17 years ago (oh my God, 17 years?!): The STAR-STUDDED X Factor final show is finally upon us! And thank God, because I’m totally over it.

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