Today is the release day of Liberation, Christina Aguilera’s sixth album, so fans will be fixated on that record, but it is also equally the 20-year anniversary of a very important song in the singer’s career. The average person might know “Reflection” as just another Disney song, a pop ballad from Mulan sung in the […]Read More Admiring Christina Aguilera’s “Reflection” 20 years later
heyKaty Perry is currently in the middle of the European leg of her global-trotting Witness: The Tour and is set to conclude it in August later this year, so the era for her fourth major label studio album is technically not over yet. Witness, which dropped today exactly a year ago, is probably the most […]Read More One year later: Could anything have acquitted Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’?
Bionic may have been Christina Aguilera‘s most iconic, failed era, but statistically, it’s nothing compared to its successor two years later, 2012’s Lotus, which was barely an era anyway. But before we begin deflowering Lotus, it’s only fair to highlight certain key events in Christina’s career in between albums. 2011 saw the singer, now past 30 […]Read More ‘Lotus’: When Christina Aguilera’s career further withered (Xploring Xtina Part 5)
I must’ve come across about Victoria Aveyard’s novel Red Queen at least once or twice since it was published back in 2015. But I never bothered giving it proper attention until around a year ago when it was briefly mentioned in a media law lecture about film rights. I finally read the novel, and I’m pleasantly […]Read More ‘Red Queen’: a member of post-renaissance dystopian royalty (review)
I am not a fan of Shawn Mendes. I barely know the Canadian 19-year old’s music, and I already hate the handful of pop singles I encountered where his pubescent voice yells mediocre hooks. Yes, that includes “Stitches”, “Treat You Better” (“bedder danee caaan!” kills me every time) and even that insufferable duet with Camila […]Read More Shawn Mendes’s self-titled third album is gentle goodness (review)
When “Work” summited the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2016, Rihanna collected her 14th number-one single in the US and surpassed Michael Jackson as the artist with the most fourth-largest number of chart-toppers in the country. Today, she holds tight to that position, behind only The Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18) and Elvis Presley (17). […]Read More Can Rihanna surpass Mariah Carey as soloist with the most No. 1 hits?
Bionic. Flop. Even to this day, either words evoke the nostalgic memories of when I was a 16-year old teenager witnessing the miserable unfolding of Christina Aguilera’s fourth studio album. The Bionic era is iconic for all the wrong reasons: my hopes were huge, fresh off of me discovering her discography a year earlier, and […]Read More ‘Bionic’: How Christina Aguilera became a flop (Xploring Xtina Part 4)