• Taylor Swift Reputation

    Taylor Swift Breaks Free on ‘Reputation’

    TAYLOR SWIFT SWINGS THE DOOR OPEN ON ‘REPUTATION,’ REVEALING HERSELF TO FANS FOR THE FIRST TIME. It was five years ago when I met Taylor Swift for the first time. I was at an awards show afterparty in Nashville, unknowing that the most famous singer in music was just behind a set of closed doors. While grabbing a mixed drink cocktail from the bar, I ran into a friend. One who had been spending the evening with Taylor and her friends, and who later led me “behind the curtain,” through a sea of people to the entry of a room that held the secrets of an early Taylor Swift reputation.…

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    Cassadee Pope Summer Sizzles

    If you’ve felt a rise in the temps, it’s not just because the summer heat is upon us. Cassadee Pope delivered her long-awaited new Summer EP today and, with the help of the single and video of the same name, it’s helping steam up the season. Telling the story of a red hot love affair that heated up on “the boardwalk” and ended at the season’s end, “Summer” is sure to hit home for those with an impassioned love story above the age of 18. With country radio currently filled with sweet summery ballads, Pope’s single delivers what music lovers really want this time of year — a turn the volume up, roll the windows down kinda…

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    Ariana Grande Is A Dangerous Woman

    Ariana Grande dropped her new single, “Dangerous Woman,” last night. The sultry new single is the title track from the singer’s third album and the follow up to the poorly received debut song “Focus,” which came out late last year. Fans and critics slammed the highly anticipated single, comparing its sound to the likes of a thrown out track from Christina Aguilera‘s Back To Basics era. Grande quickly took to social media to let fans know that the track is a departure from the rest of the upcoming album and that a new one would surface soon. Early this year, the singer announced that she was back in the studio and changed…

  • Entertainment

    Album Review: Adam Lambert ‘The Original High’

    On June 16th, Adam Lambert will release The Original High, his third studio album. The first on Warner Bros. Records, who he signed with after parting ways with RCA Records late last year. In April, the former American Idol finalist released the album’s lead single “Ghost Town,” which is already showing well on the charts and radio. There’s no doubt that the reunion with his “Whatya Want From Me” co-writer Max Martin and Shellback, who serve as the album’s Executive Producers, contributed to it’s early buzz. While Lambert is perhaps the most controversial — and vocally talented– contestant from American Idol‘s 14 seasons, his need for reinvention was clear after his first two efforts fell flat with the masses.…

  • Five Knives Savages

    Album Review: Five Knives ‘Savages’

    Five Knives Savages Combines Pop Appeal with Electronic Beats and Rock Personality When I named electronic pop-rockers Five Knives the Artist to Watch in 2012, I never expected their debut album would (finally!) drop more than three years later. To be fair, the band released The Rising, an EP featuring five updated mixes of the band’s best tracks from before they inked a deal with Red Bull Records, in 2013. And now, after a handful of successful viral music videos, a stint on the Van’s Warped Tour and endless opening slots for bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and Twenty One Pilots, the born-to-be headliners drop the most exciting album of the year, Savages. Five Knives debut…

  • Entertainment

    First Listen: Five Knives “Savages”

    If you’re a long time follower of my musical tastes, you’re likely already in-the-know about the electronic pop act Five Knives. I named them the top artist to watch in 2012, and watch I did. I watched as the band, who started as a hardcore punk-rock band with electronic driven beats, toured the U.S. with acts like Smashing Pumpkins, Twenty One Pilots and Icona Pop and I continued to watch when their singles slid up the Billboard Dance charts. And now, I’m watching again as the band prepares for the release of their first full-length album — out June 2nd — with the catchy lead single “Savages.” As a lead single, “Savages” redefines…

  • Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece

    Kelly Clarkson: Piece By Piece | Album Review

    Since the release of her last record, Kelly Clarkson‘s personal life has done a complete 180º turn around with the marriage to her manager’s son, Brandon Blackstock, the birth of her first daughter River Rose and a continued battle of public scrutiny about her weight. Though she has never been one to flaunt her personal life through the tabloids and often ignores stories of her weight, Clarkson instead shifts focus on her music and her voice. The voice that won her the title of America’s first Idol in 2002, a bundle of Grammy Awards and countless radio hits. On Tuesday, the singer will deliver her seventh studio album Piece By Piece, which has been noted as the singer’s most…

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    Taylor Swift Pops on ‘1989’

    When Taylor Swift hinted at a departure from her country beginnings earlier this year, it was no real surprise to most of her die hard fans or critics. Especially following the wide reaching ‘Red‘ album, which premiered on Tragic Kingdom two years ago and featured a wider range of musical influences than her previous sugar coated country chart-toppers. In true Swift form though, she took her 80’s dance pop inspiration to the limits – and perhaps even beyond – on her fifth and most recent effort ‘1989‘. The synth driven beats and pounding drums provided by pop-music masters like Max Martin and Ryan Tedder mixed with Swift’s new take on vocal production make for the singer’s most mature…