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)
I’m not a fan of country music. There, I’ve said it, so you can only imagine my initial reaction when I found out Kylie Minogue’s fourteenth studio album, Golden was taking a trip down Nashville. In fact, I ignored the album and its singles for ever, explaining this delayed review that I’m finally writing for […]Read More At 50, Kylie Minogue is ‘Golden’ and gleaming (review)
It’s been awhile since I visited rihannanow.com, Rihanna’s official website. Yes, singers actually still own their own websites, although all of it is handled by their teams. I was reading the site’s bio page (text annoyingly written in lowercase with no italics when mentioning album titles) when I noticed a few factual errors or plain […]Read More Who the hell wrote Rihanna’s ridiculous website biography?
For a pop singer in her prime, four years is a lifetime between albums, yet that was the amount of time Christina Aguilera took to put out a follow-up to her career-redefining Stripped. Back to Basics, which dropped in 2006, is the third English pop album in her catalog, but the second and final studio album […]Read More ‘Back to Basics’: Christina Aguilera’s over-sung, overstuffed throwback (Xploring Xtina Part 3)
Following a much-buzzed performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Christina Aguilera’s “Fall in Line” is now in full motion as the singer’s second official single from her upcoming album Liberation. The 37-year old singer just released a cinematically filmed music video co-starring Demi Lovato, who is featured on the pop ballad. It’s no wonder […]Read More Christina Aguilera releases cinematic, bigger-budgeted “Fall in Line” music video