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On Whitney: When 'The Bubble' Bursts

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watched a snippet of Whitney -- the TV movie -- this weekend. The one directed by Angela Bassett. The fact that I only watched a snippet is the only "review" you need. It was just too Lifetime for me.

60 and Going On Timeless: Happy Birthday Annie Lennox

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

I credit Annie Lennox as being the artist who first turned me onto the joys of pop music in the dawning of my teen years. So to celebrate Lennox's milestone 60th birthday (she's born on Christmas Day), I'm spotlighting one non-single from each of her 15-plus albums since 1981.

The 13 Most Underrated Madonna Songs

Pandora Boxx | Posted 12.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Pandora Boxx

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Madonna fan. I have been since I was a wee lad dancing around my bedroom lip-syncing to "Borderline". In honor of her 13th album release, here are 13 underrated Madonna songs.

Bruno Mars: The Downest Dude on the Planet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

You don't have to know the history of funk to feel it. But knowing where he gets all that funky stuff -- and those crazy legs -- makes it a whole lot funkier. And more fun.

6 Reasons a Beatles-Like Phenomenon Can't Happen Again

Candy Leonard | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Candy Leonard

Looking back on this 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, music fans and cultural observers of all ages often ask, "Can anything like the Beatles happen again?" The question itself is somewhat rhetorical and acknowledges the singularity of the Beatles phenomenon.

Kate Davis: All About That Bass but So Much More

Roxane Assaf | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf

Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project Postmodern Jukebox turning Meghan Trainor's megahit into a genre-bending stride-and-swing.

Ryan Kristobak

How Kanye West Inspired This Artist To Think Differently About Pop

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment

A lot of artists blend a variety of genres in order to create a more unique sound within the mainstream. Some put hip-hop and rock together, others tr...

Every Step You Take, Every Toe You Break

Roz Warren | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
Roz Warren

What to do? Stay off my feet. Catch up on my reading. And, to hasten the healing process, try some "positive affirmations," or, as I have always thought of them, "bullsh*t."

Beloved '90s Singer Returns To The Recording Studio

OWN | Posted 11.14.2014 | OWN

R&B singer-songwriter Shanice, known for her 1991 chart-topper "I Love Your Smile," wants to prove she's no one-hit wonder. After being dropped from h...

The Alternative Rock Duo Breaking It Down With Tegan & Sara

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Once winding down after years in the music industry, singer Jarrod Gorbel and guitarist Blake Sennett are back on the map as alternative rock duo Nigh...

With the Power Pop of III, Jessica Campbell Can Count Her Blessings

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

She's a sweet Carolina native with a voice as luscious and refreshing as a glass of iced tea on a sweltering summer day. But don't let that sunny disposition and alluring Southern accent fool you.

Ryan Kristobak

Totemo Just Broke All Of Pop's Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment

Totemo doesn't just break the rules of pop on her debut EP, "Heavy As My Dreams." She finds the line, crosses it, and then draws another one wherever ...

Hoodie Allen And Ed Sheeran Team Up As Superheroes In Silly New Music Video

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.03.2014 | Teen

We're all about this fun and catchy display of teamwork. Rapper Hoodie Allen and British pop sensation Ed Sheeran have released a playful new video...

'Queen of the Clouds' Tove Lo: "I Sing Things I Wouldn't Say"

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.21.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I find it really cool when people have this artist persona they can put on," admits singer Tove Lo. "They can go out and act like this other person; I can't pull that off...I can't censor myself."

Don't You Forget About These: New Compilation Salutes the 'Second British Invasion'

Eric Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Eric Williams

The track list of "Reign" skews toward, if not technically one-hit wonders, artists whose greatest popularity was concentrated in a brief timespan, and the song selections tend toward those which will likely get first mention in their originators' obituaries

Get Down Harmony: Exclusive Interview With Luke Rathborne

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

SOFT is an album with effortless shifts from rock to pop to a fusion of genres -- but then again, what is pop and what is rock? In Rathborne's world there are no restrictions -- sound is sound, music is music, and sincerity inhabits each track, cutting straight through.

Battle of the Sexists: 'Blurred Lines' VS. 'Rude'

Em & Lo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

With "Blurred Lines," you know you're getting a sexed-up, sexist song -- there's no hiding it. With "Rude," its retro sexism is hidden under layers of romance and love, which makes it more insidious.

One Direction Star May Or May Not Be Kissing A Male Friend In This Vine

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Living in the public eye is the story of Niall Horan's life, but the latest influx of rumors about the pop heartthrob? He may not just swing "One Dire...

Lady Gaga Takes Tel Aviv and Leaves Monsters Wanting More

David Duran | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
David Duran

Although the actual stage show wasn't as elaborate as some might have anticipated, the lights and sound, in addition to Gaga's energy was enough to keep the crowd on their feet for the entire set.

The Best Singles of the 1990s That Missed the Top 50, Part 2

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

If some of these are unfamiliar, take a listen -- they might just change your life for the better as they did mine twenty some years ago.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Streaming and Dreaming

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Omgid Omigod Omigod. I am so embarrassed. I'm a grown woman and I just got the equivalent of a time out.

Catey Shaw's New Release Proves She's Not Some Hipster Gimmick

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

Earlier this summer, Virginia-born singer-songwriter Catey Shaw released a video called "Brooklyn Girls," celebrating her new home and the women who r...

The Antidote for 'Anaconda' and Minaj

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.

The Best Singles of the 1990s That Missed the Top 50, Part 1

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Today, many of these tracks have fallen into obscurity, but they deserve another listen, as they still sound incredible. In alphabetical order, here are my picks for the 90's best singles that missed the Top 50 (with accompanying video links).

In the Days of Sam Smith, We Rediscover Sam Sparro

Stephen Grant | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

His impressive debut album, "In the Lonely Hour" delivers solid power pop ballads while also getting soulfully smooth as heard in the latest single "I'm Not the Only One."