Power Pop

Why Does Five Seconds Of Summer Think They 'Suck'

7/26/2015 12:02pm EDT
Five Seconds Of Summer Says, 'We Kinda Suck,' After Success Of N
Five Seconds of Summer feels "they kinda suck" after the smash release of their latest single "She's Kinda Hot."

The band spoke to News.com.au and revealed that the song details their feelings on life. "We've all felt like we suck and don't fit in sometimes."

"She's Kinds Hot" smashed its way to No. 1 on the digital charts of 37 countries after the band shocked fans with the tune's surprise release on July 24. It was the most shared track on Twitter soon after it dropped.

The Australian rockers admitted to News.com.au that the inspiration for the tune was their boredom at listening to th...
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50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”

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Taylor Swift Superfan Wedding Shocker

6/14/2015 8:30am EDT
Taylor Swift Fan Has Dream Come True At Her Wedding
Not only did a Taylor Swift fan marry her real-life love at her idol's concert, she also met her idol on the same day!

Katy Harris tied the knot with fiance Chris Eisenmann outside of Swift’s concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on June 12 and the bride documented the fun experience on her Instagram feed.

Harris revealed, “As I was making our homemade outfits for Taylor (as I have done every two years when she comes to town), (I made) a joke about wearing my gown to the concert,” Harris wrote.

“(This) turned into us driving to Philly to get a marriage license and planning a...
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10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter

1/11/2015 4:00pm EST
10 Summery Songs To Help With The Worst Of Winter
Winter has finally arrived in most of North America, and with it comes miserable cold, gray skies, and a lingering sense of depression that are enough to drag anyone down. Luckily, here are ten of the best "summery" songs from last year to help deal with the season.

10. "Deep End" Coucheron featuring Mayer Hawthorne

If there ever was a perfect soundtrack to swimming in a pool overlooking the L.A. skyline on a hot Summer day, this would be it. The track combines smooth R&B inspired keyboard parts with a relaxed tempo and a bridge sung by Mayer Hawthorne that is simply stunning in a manner ...
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Katy Perry Shares Sexy Lingerie Selfie

11/14/2014 10:41am EST
Katy Perry Shares Sexy ‘Lolita’ Inspired Bed Selfie
Katy Perry knows how to turn men on.

The sexy pop singer posted a selfie inspired by the film "Lolita" on Instagram, stating, "Felling v Lolita right now."

The 30-year-old took the photo while relaxing in Australia during a stop on her Prismatic World Tour.

The photo has been retweeted for more than 24,000 times since it was first uploaded on Thursday.

Perry is notiously private and rarely posts selfies on social media, so it is a rare treet fans get to see the singer off-stage.

Maybe Perry was doing a little light reading, as she was inspired by the 1955 controversial book "Lolilta...
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Taylor Swift Debuts New Look

11/13/2014 6:02pm EST
Taylor Swift Debuts New Look On Wonderland Magazine
Singer Taylor Swift debuted a new look on the cover of the independent magazine Wonderland and the singer is barely recognizable!

Swift's new look of barely-there makeup and bold brows, as well as natural curls pulled away from her face has fans taking a second glance at the singer's natural face.

The reaction? Beautiful.

In the accompanying article, Swift again spoke about the joys of remaining single and how social media is creating the downfall of civilization.

The singer revealed, "Twitter's dark underbelly is that it gives people a veil of anonymity: they can have a terrible day at...
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CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'

10/25/2014 8:25pm EDT
CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'
On their latest EP soiree This Past Year, pop-punk merchants A Failed Apology are, at times, more punk than pop (“This Past Year...,” “Say It, I Love You”) thanks to punchy guitars and driving rhythms, though there are instances when the pop outweighs the punk (“Keep Your Head Up,” “The Way I Think Of You”) due to severe bouts of call-and-response vocals and unavoidably catchy hooks (the Knuckle Punk and Real Friends shout out in “Keep Your Head Up” is just the icing on the cake). Just as the band did with “Goodbye” on their previous EP The Weekend, A Failed Apology turns down the lights an...
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CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'

10/20/2014 7:13pm EDT
CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'
Let It Happen’s Cause + Effect will make you remember why you fell in love with the powerpop/pop-punk genre in the first place – The Starting Line, Something Corporate, Further Seems Forever – their lasting influence can be felt throughout Cause + Effect, an album that offers a gorgeous combination of saccharine hooks, endearing melodies and heart-on-sleeve songwriting (“Burst and Bloom,” “Spent”). Cause + Effect is mature for a debut – believe it or not this is the band’s debut – with introspective lyricism rife with memorable lines (“Sinner/Saint’ - ‘We’re all waging war/But I’m a raging ...
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Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

6/19/2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...
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Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers

6/12/2014 10:22am EDT
Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers
Indie's greatest super group has finally returned after a long four year absence from the world, and "Brill Bruisers" is the perfect reminder of why the Canadian band "The New Pornographers" does power pop better than anyone else, period.

The track is filled with all of the signature AC Newman tricks, loud, brash guitar parts, intricately layered harmonies, and easily one of the catchiest choruses featured in a song this year.

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, and the whole of the group are also involved in this record, but it's clear that once again Newman is at the helm, and "Brill Bruisers" pro...
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