This year was rife with some great and relatively diverse popular music, and it's time we give some artistic cred not just to the capital-A Artistes who care not for the embrace of the masses but to the hit makers who have probably shaped the future of wedding receptions for decades to come.
The best songs of 2012 did more than please listeners' ears; they also advanced the genres they represented, whether it was pop, hip hop, rock, EDM or whatever we're calling Fiona Apple's music these days.
By Julie Miller, Vanity Fair On Monday night, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights honored Taylor Swift with its pres...
Every year, the radio station Z100 throws an annual Jingle Ball Concert. For 2012, they are having some amazing artists perform, such as Justin Bieber, Cher Lloyd, One Direction and many more.
We like our presidents to be one of us, a regular person who drinks Bud Light and knows who Taylor Swift is. But the reality is, that's just the packaging. We really want a person who's NOTHING like a normal human.
I was never properly diagnosed with anxiety, but my whole family has a problem, and it doesn't take a genius to figure it out. The world could be melting into a pit of fire and I would still be worried about whether or not I have apples at home for breakfast.
For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.
Devastating news for anyone who spent the past few months tracking Taylor Swift's romance with Conor Kennedy (even going as far as writing fan fiction about the singer's odd relationship with Conor's grandmother Ethel Kennedy): Taylor and Conor have allegedly broken up.
She is charm personified. Sort of half-innocent, half-smart, philosophically looking at her success and not believing it or being taken in by it. Don't know when I have been so impressed by a personality I don't even know and will probably never meet.
When is it a good time to meet your new flame's family? Is it a good idea to attend a big family event early in a relationship?
Maybe it's because I'm too old. Or maybe it's because I'm just plain jealous. Or maybe, seriously, it's because I train teachers and work with hundreds of adolescents. In any case, I'm seriously shocked at the lack of length of today's shorts and dresses.
Last week, Taylor Swift released the video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," her ridiculously catchy smash-hit new single from the upc...
This is not to suggest that Taylor has not experienced pain. Everyone has. But where she fails -- and where most pop music fails -- is that she has not communicated that pain in an honest way. She is not leveling with us, and in music, that doesn't fly.
What gets me are all the Kennedy-haters out there warning Taylor (in print) to "run don't walk" to the nearest exit; that Conor is a Kennedy and Miss Swift will surely end up in some tragic situation.
Sure, pop music seems to have little in the way of ... umm ... depth. The question is whether God is present even in what can seem to be vacuously superficial. Can what initially appears to be a cheesy song be a way to imagine God singing sweet nothings to you?