‘Lotus’: When Christina Aguilera’s career further withered (Xploring Xtina Part 5)

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 […]

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‘A Certain Exposure’ is certainly not my idea of exposure to Singapore books (review)

Reading Crazy Rich Asians actually left me hungry for more books about my own country of Singapore, so I started with a 2014 book by Cambridge University and Harvard Law School graduate Jolene Tan. A Certain Exposure, the Singaporean author’s debut novel, is described in the blurb as a “classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly […]

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Can Rihanna surpass Mariah Carey as soloist with the most No. 1 hits?

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). […]

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