Jennifer Holliday is not going. And even though it’s been 23 years since the Grammy winner – the original Effie in Broadway’s “Dreamgirls” – released a secular solo studio album, she’s telling you … and you … and you.
It’s a new year, but we’re not done gushing over Beyoncé and that juggernaut of an album she surprise-dropped to a web blitz of industry-shattering joyousness.
So much for that high-concept, post-modern ingenuity that “ARTPOP” promised even before Lady Gaga hawked it as the album of not the year, not the decade, but of the millennium. This isn’t that album. Not even close.
…by the end of “Prism,” you kind of wish Katy were still kissing girls and blasting Reddi-wip from her tits.
Goodbye, Hannah Montana; hello tongue-wagging, midriff-baring Miley Cyrus. Slipping out of her child-star skin, the infamous twerker leads a band of misfits to independence and self-empowerment on “Bangerz,” a fully realized breakout from Billy Ray’s former Disney-star daughter. She’s not so innocent anymore, and that’s the point.
To find the truth on Cher’s first album of new material in 12 years, look beyond that over-polished, Britney-circa-”Femme Fatale”-era cover art, wherein the diva must’ve confused this shoot for a JCPenney underwear catalog.
The advantage of being an aging icon is the artistic freedom to do whatever the hell you want. And when you’re Elton John – legend, diva, grand master of pop – your high-ranking order merits an LP like “The Diving Board,” a throwback in the sense that he recorded it, upon the request of producer […]
Nitty-gritty details are few concerning the highly publicized drama between The Civil Wars twosome Joy Williams and John Paul White, but the fallout was at least intense enough to cause a tour cancellation, talk of a possible breakup and this album: a gothic-dark speculative set of neo-folk songs strewn with wounded hearts, religious undertones and […]
It’s probably safe to call “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke’s ubiquitous dirty ditty that your grandma can’t get enough of (hey, it’s catchy!) – the song of the summer. It’s now officially the longest charting No. 1 single of the year so far, and because of its modestly produced easy-on-the-ears groove, this is something we […]