What's striking about this month's top 10 list is the quantity of pop songs it contains by folks who aren't archetypal pop stars.
I give it my all, pedaling as hard as I can. My legs burn. I am Karlie Kloss. I am a supermodel. I am a Victoria's Secret Angel and I HAVE WINGS DAMMIT.
Authenticity is the new perfection. If you want to strive for something, strive for that. Then you know you'll be in alignment with who you want to be and how you want to show up in the world.
True, she has her dorky side that can sometimes be a little cringe worthy -- but don't we all? She has faced adversity and millions of critics, but has still come out on top.
Following her recent blockbuster album launch (2 million in sales and counting), US musician Taylor Swift could perhaps lay claim to the crown of America's "Merchant Princess," and could teach many retailers and shopper marketers a thing or two about the science of "selling stuff."
It seems Taylor Swift is everywhere these days except Nashville. The guy selling newspapers on the corner in the nation's capital listening to gospel tunes through his ear buds has heard her newest ditty "Shake It Off," even if it was a muffled version in a passing car.
If Styles ends up being straight, the implications of his recent statements would be practically revolutionary. At his age, following the "bro" code typically means acting as straight and narrow as possible. How many straight guys are comfortable with being mistaken for gay or bisexual?
I had a quick moment to speak with the ever-so-busy Clare Foley. It was hard to cut my list of 25+ questions down to under 10, but this girl is so worth it!
The fundamental question is one of fairness. Are artists being rightfully compensated for their contributions? And what about future artists? Will sufficient incentives exist for them to make music?
Those with a knowledge of New York and the history of its comedy scene will recognize Shonali Bhowmik immediately due to her rock 'n' roll sensibilities, her ties to some of the most innovative comedic acts, and of course her distinctly contagious laugh.
As if parenting wasn't hard enough, we have to deal with judgmental PTA moms, discontent in-laws and the opinions and jeers of total strangers. It just makes a mama want to shout, "Knock it off!" So... I did!
Taylor Swift's use of a "breakup" can provide both a symbolic lesson and a tool for many women around the world who are entrenched in traditional feminine roles that hold them down or keep them from moving forward.
Whatever qualms I had about Taylor have been shattered for good by her new album, 1989. The hesitant electro-synth beats on Red turn into a confidently pop album with a plethora of insanely catchy tracks, and I couldn't love it more.
I get it. You like Aphex Twin, Tourist, Gold Panda and Flying Lotus. These are names that people don't hear as often as say Taylor Swift and Beyonce, but don't act like you are above popular music. Enjoying less popular music does not make you smarter than everyone else. I'm not a genius, but I don't think intelligence works that way.
To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.
Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.