Each release was either a bloated, masturbatory "meh" (Gaga, Timberlake), a bland retread aimed squarely at third graders (Perry), or a bafflingly mixed bag of roaring promise and faux-controversial poppycock (The fair Cyrus bird).
If a male artist goes from YouTube sensation to being courted by every major label, he is in charge. But if an emerging female artist gets asked to contribute to the Girls soundtrack, she must be a sell-out, a puppet, mangled to sell something the corporations already own.
"There's a great music scene in Austin, but if you really want to be seen by the right people and have the right opportunities, you need to be based in Los Angeles. Then again, because of the Internet, anything is possible from anywhere."
Rising pop star Natalia Kills isn't just being compared to female pop superstars. She's actually keeping company with them. The West Yorkshire native has already opened for Ke$ha, Kelis, and Robyn and Katy Perry.
As I watched the acoustic version of 'I'm Good, I'm Gone' from her debut album Youth Novels, I was introduced to an alternative singer-songwriter from Sweden who, at just 25, is miles ahead of her tender age.