Music’s new over-Lordes and innovators

In 2013, the world’s biggest artists created an unexpected amount of innovative, provocative music, often forsaking tried and true formulas. It seems this innovation race is being propelled from the bottom, largely by an extremely talented new crop of female singers. This group has been able to take hold at a time when the most […]

Female vocalists stand out

With the release of Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, all eyes are on the leading ladies of the music industry — women who have incited both criticism and praise for their recent decisions. The artists featured in this week’s list are refreshing additions to the recent flood of ladies making waves in the […]

Stars shine despite censored dress code

“Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure […]

Obama attracts Trojans at LA Live

President Barack Obama stopped in Los Angeles on Sunday to speak at his star-studded “30 Days to Victory Concert” at LA Live. More than 6,000 people packed the Nokia Theatre to hear an all-star lineup of musical acts including Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. Actor George Clooney, Mayor […]

2012 brings more of the good girls versus the bad in music

We don’t seem to know how we like them. With contemporary female artists, there seems be a spectrum of innocence and promiscuousness, and we sort of like to put a singer on one end or the other. The good girl charms us into adoration, while the bad girl shocks us until we find ourselves listening […]

Popular musicians draw inspiration from personal lives

The 2012 Grammys have come and gone, but an interest in the honorees’ artistic inspiration remains. For many of the hottest artists, their personal lives make for songwriting gold — and sometimes the messier their lives are, the more brilliant an artist’s work becomes. Adele took home a whopping six Grammys, including record of the […]

Songwriters deserve credit from listeners and music world

For every great artist, there’s often a greater songwriter at work behind the scenes. That’s because a significant amount of artists, many of them mainstream, show up to sing their songs and build their brands but do not compose the material. In the rap and rock worlds, not writing one’s own material is more unusual. […]

Katy Perry poised to break records with new single

She’s taken us up and down California, into outer space and to the greatest Friday night party the world has ever seen. Now, Katy Perry is at it again with her latest single, “The One That Got Away.” The release of this song marks the sixth single from Perry’s record-breaking sophomore effort, Teenage Dream, and […]

MTV European Music Awards Nominations

And the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards are in! It seems Lady Gaga, the cross-dressing star of last month’s MTV Video Music Awards here in the good old USA, is leading the pack with a whopping six nominatios. The prestigious international awards ceremony will be held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on […]

VMAs show all that glitters

MTV has been criticized for its lack of actual music programming these days. However, the music was spot-on for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga (or Mister Gaga, to be precise) opened the show with “You & I,” dolled out in drag and backed by an ensemble of greasers. Her vocals are so […]