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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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Sound Advice For Five Teen-Pop Acts

11/30/2013 11:00am EST
One Direction
We love teen-pop acts, even if often times we're critical and skeptical of them.  Maybe it's fair and then again maybe it's not and I'm just a 'hater', but nothing fuels my pen more than writing about the young-uns and their musical endeavors or lack-there-of.  Sometimes those endeavors are strong while other times they are questionable.  Regardless, who better than me to provide sound advice to further elevate the games of five of the hotter teen acts? No one, that's rhetorical!

1. Austin Mahone

Dude, release the album already! “What About Love” caught fire where none of the rest of ...
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Lorde Explains Comments Calling Drake And Nicki Minaj 'Irrelevant'

11/27/2013 5:03pm EST
Lorde
Lorde has explained why she called Drake and Nicki Minaj irrelevant in a recent Interview magazine issue, following criticism from Complex.

Lorde said in the interview about her hit Royals, "Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn't relate to me - or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, 'How are we listening to this? It's completely irrelevant.' I basically just wrote what we were all thinking." Complex wrote that Lorde had dissed the mu...
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Selena Gomez Responds To Lorde's Anti-Feminist Remark

10/14/2013 8:35am EDT
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has hit back at comments made by Lorde after she deemed the singer's music anti-feminist.

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine the Royals singer, a self-confessed feminist, revealed she was made "sick" by the way Gomez portrays women in her track Come & Get It.

The 21 year-old star has now responded to the remarks during an interview on radio station Hot 99.5, in which she questions Lorde's take on feminism.

She says, "I appreciate everybody's opinion, especially because I've covered Lorde's music lots of times. I think she is super talented and I think i...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 3

10/13/2013 2:50pm EDT
Ariana Grande
Welcome to the final part of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013.  Here is where I housed my honorable mentions, which were many.  If you missed the previous two posts, here’s how I opened them up respectively, beginning with Favorites and ending with Least Favorites:

Favorites:

“As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and som...
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Review: Lorde 'Pure Heroine': Lorde Proves 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' On Her Impressive Debut

10/9/2013 11:50am EDT
Lorde
Few 16-year olds draw buzz that transcends their ‘demographic’.  Basically, the teen star is supposed to appeal to a teen fan base, right? Well that’s typically how it works, but New Zealand  singer/songwriter Lorde seems to have a better grasp of the ‘artistry’ thing.  Basically, Ella Yelich O’Connor is thinking more towards her future as opposed to playing it safe and assimilating to expectations.  Rather than deliver a less meaningful teen-pop album,  she embraces being a serious singer/songwriter.  The benefit of this is a highly anticipated debut album, led by hit single “Royals”.

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Lorde: Taylor Swift Is 'Unattainable,' Not Good For Young Girls

10/1/2013 3:07pm EDT
Lorde
Lorde has blasted fellow musician Taylor Swift for her image, calling it too perfect to be healthy for young girls.

In an interview with Metro magazine, she said, "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls. 'I'm never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can't I be as pretty as Lorde?' That’s f--king bulls--t."

Lorde later responded to a fan's question about her comments, writing on her Tumblr page, "i think i cocked that up a bit and what i said wasn’t put in context also. what i meant was: there’s a lot of importance pla...
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