Solange’s ‘When I Get Home’ is a well-crafted, nourishing experience

On March 1, American singer and songwriter Solange released her fourth studio album, “When I Get Home” (2019). It was a relatively low-key release: no singles, no promotion — aside from an interview last October and a page on Black Planet — and barely any time for fans to prepare for the musical genius’ latest work of art. […]


Hozier shows he is back on his fulfilling album ‘Wasteland, Baby!’

A lot can change in the music industry in five years. An artist’s outlook and creative process can be completely different — as can their degree of mainstream success. La Roux’s album “Trouble in Paradise” (2014) came five years after “La Roux” (2009), with “Trouble in Paradise” (2014)  barely capturing the essence of the success […]


‘Thank U, Next’ is Ariana Grande’s most cohesive, consistent album to date

Ariana Grande is arguably one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She’s practically breaking records left and right, from becoming just the fifth artist to have multiple songs debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 rings” to her music video for “thank u, next” breaking YouTube’s 24-hour views record for […]


Little Mix preaches self love, sisterhood on ‘LM5’

The news broke on Nov. 9: British girl group Little Mix has parted ways with Simon Cowell’s Syco record label just days before the release of their fifth album. For members Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, who — like boy band One Direction — had formed a group on Cowell’s show “The […]


Sabrina Carpenter showcases talent, maturity in pop perfection ‘Singular: Act 1’

Former Disney Channel stars have often traveled down similar roads to success in the music industry. From Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez to Hilary Duff, these childhood favorites went on to produce fun pop hits (or, in the case of Cyrus, controversial pop bangers and scandalous music videos). The newest member of this group is Sabrina Carpenter, whose latest […]


John Legend offers a new holiday classic with ‘A Legendary Christmas’

December is over a month away, but John Legend just gave music lovers an early Christmas gift. The talented singer celebrated another religious holiday (and earned an EGOT in the process) with his leading turn in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” on Easter Sunday this year. He’s kicking off the most wonderful time of the […]


The Weeknd’s pain is our joy in ‘My Dear Melancholy’

Since his debut mixtapes in 2011, The Weeknd has captivated listeners with tales of heartbreak and empty hedonism. Born Abel Tesfaye, the singer spent much of his early career as an R&B enigma and steadily acquired a devoted fan base. Though The Weeknd has since become a household name, appearing on the “Black Panther” (2018) […]


On ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ Chloe x Halle are the voices of a generation

At 19 and 18, respectively, Chloe and Halle Bailey are doing more than most superstar musicians working today — and they’re doing it better. After making an appearance on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” (2016) visual album and opening for the pop legend on the European leg of her “Formation” world tour, the Atlanta natives landed roles playing twins […]


Is This Thing On?: Hayley Kiyoko, exceeding expectations

Some may recognize her as the spunky guitarist from the film “Lemonade Mouth” (2011), and others may know her affectionately as Lesbian Jesus, the moniker given to her by fans. Either way, Hayley Kiyoko is worth keeping an eye on. The bleach blonde L.A. native released her first full length album, “Expectations” (2018), last Friday. The […]


Kacey Musgraves shines during her ‘Golden Hour’

Known for her sharp wit and even sharper writing instincts, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has never been afraid to speak her mind. Her 2013 debut, “Same Trailer Different Park,” announced Musgraves as one to watch and tackled many unexplored topics in country music, such as sex, drugs and loneliness. Singles “Merry Go ’Round” and “Follow […]


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