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ROBYN MAKING MUSIC AGAIN — AND IT GETS BETTER (READ ON)

Yesterday Robyn posted the photo you see below on Instagram with the text “We are making music again. #royksopprobyn”. The photo shows the singer posed in front of Röyksopp’s Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland, who she previously collaborated with on two tracks, Röyksopp’s single “The Girl and the Robot” and the song “None...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: WHITE LIES: SMALL TV

White Lies has decided to follow up their recent album Big TV, which we’ve already reviewed here on Love is Pop, with a new EP called Small TV, which they’re currently selling 1000 copies of on CD and once they’re gone it will be gone forever. Well, except for on the internet, where...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: THE WALKING STICKS: SEND THE NIGHT

In 2008, when twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst were just 16 years old, they became the youngest songwriters signed by Cherry Lane Music Publishing (now BMG). Cherry Lane’s roster includes such heavyweights as Black Eyed Peas and John Legend. In 2009, singer/songwriter Chelsea Lee was signed to Atlantic Records. In 2011, she...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: JAMES BLUNT: MOON LANDING

Although he’s always maintained a moderate level of popularity in Europe, James Blunt is still known as a one-hit wonder here in the States. His hit? 2004’s inescapable “You’re Beautiful,” a song which critics loathed but the masses adored. I always found it amusing that it became such a bit hit because on...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: POLLY SCATTERGOOD: ARROWS

27 year old British singer/songwriter Polly Scattergood’s artistic sensibilities run much deeper than those of your typical pop artist. Musically and lyrically, her songs are above-average, even on the quote unquote art pop scale. Her talent truly is that remarkable. But, she is not for everyone. (Her first album was criticized by The...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT REVIEW: BEADY EYE: IZ RITE

OK, so, the lame spelling of the song’s title is tacky, but Beady Eye’s new single “Iz Rite” is one hell of an infectious tune. In fact, it’s fan-fucking-tastic. Easily the best song Beady Eye has put out thus far. And one that rivals the best Oasis tracks. Basically, what we have here...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: ROBBIE WILLIAMS: SWINGS BOTH WAYS

In 2001 British music star Robbie Williams, formerly of the boy band Take That, did the unthinkable when he released a swing album for his fourth album, following three hugely successful pop albums. It was called Swing When You’re Winning, the title being a pun on the title of his previous album, Sing...
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REVIEW: JANUARY BLU: “TRIP TO THE MOON”

Singer/songwriter January Blu was raised under the Southern California sun in a loving home where music was everywhere, particularly on the piano where her father would serenade her mother, but January also cites the “sound of waves crashing” and “wind gusting,” among her childhood exposure to music. Growing up, January was bullied at...
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REVIEW: PRISCILLA AHN: LEAVE IT OPEN

Sometimes I randomly find things on iTunes that pleasantly surprise me. I was certainly thrilled when I found a new single by Priscilla Ahn, one of my favorite artists, a few days ago. And it did not disappoint me. “Leave It Open” finds Priscilla venturing into the realm of electro-pop a bit more...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: KELLY CLARKSON: WRAPPED IN RED

Well, well, well — it’s finally happened! Kelly Clarkson has finally made a long-awaited Christmas album! And it just might be the best Christmas album since Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas. In other words, it’s nothing short of iconic and it’s quite possibly the best Christmas album released by any artist during the past...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: AVRIL LAVIGNE: AVRIL LAVIGNE

I loved Avril Lavigne’s first two albums, 2002’s Let Go and 2004’s Under My Skin. Still love ’em. But, if I’m being brutally honest, I thought her next two albums, 2007’s The Best Damn Thing and 2011’s Goodbye Lullaby, were just plain terrible. Fucking awful, even. I gave them both a fair shot...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: TINA ARENA: RESET

Tina Arena’s career is an interesting one. She is of Italian descent and hails from Australia, where she was a child star prior to becoming a major singing sensation as an adult, but since 2008 she’s been based out of Paris. Just over a decade ago, Tina released a couple of French singles...
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FREE DOWNLOAD: GAVIN TUREK + GIORGIO MORODER: I Love You Giorgio (Re)mixtape

Pop singer/songwriter Gavin Turek has just unleashed a rather original — and fantastic — mixtape. It’s called I Love You Giorgio (Re)mixtape and it finds her cleverly adding vocals to some of electronic pioneer Giorgio Moroder’s greatest instrumentals, including “Utopia Me Giorgio,” “Lost Angeles,” “Chase” and others. She wrote her own original lyrics...
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