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Troye Sivan: Blue Neighborhood

“Already at his young age he’s grown too big for his surroundings. It’s exciting to hear someone so young and confident on the cusp of greatness.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Ellie Goulding: Delirium

“Ultimately, it’s the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding’s distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Selena Gomez: Revival

“There are some songs as good as anything she’s done and the production is professional all the way thanks to heavy hitters like Stargate, Max Martin, and Hit Boy. It makes for a solid pop album overall, but it’s a little too formulaic and predictable to rate among her best work.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog […]

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Robert Delong: In the Cards

“…even when he’s tackling complex emotions, DeLong never forgets to keep his songs hip-swayingly straightforward and melodically memorable.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

“The commercial strides are obvious. The creative advancements are less apparent, obstructed by some unappealing measures, but they’re in there.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Demi Lovato: Confident

“…it’s little surprise that Demi often fares best with the numbers that are brassy: the big, heavy swing of the title track, the same-sex seduction of ‘Cool for the Summer,’ the empowering ‘For You’ and ‘Lionheart,’ the latter a gleaming wall of sound.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Avicii: Stories

“The pleasing, alive, and diverse Stories is a fine reason to think of Avicii as a producer of attractive music, with EDM, pop, and all other genres on a sliding scale.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Disclosure: Caracal

“Although the tracks rarely surprise, frequently falling back on familiar sounds and structures — loping basslines and synthesizer shadings that escalate at the same tempo always arrive on time, for instance — they’re as well-built as those of the debut, and the Lawrences, along with their songwriting partners, cover the ups and downs of falling […]

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Carly Rae Jepsen: E-Mo-Tion

“The excellent ‘Your Type’ is so deftly self-deprecating and catchy that it could actually be a Robyn song, while the title track and ‘Boy Problems’ capture longing and heartache in ways that feel like they were written for everyone’s inner junior high schooler. An even more consistent album than Kiss, E-MO-TION further defines Jepsen as […]

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Hillary Duff: Breathe In. Breathe Out

“… the appeal of Breathe In. Breathe Out. is how Duff keeps the focus on the song, so everything, even the rhythms, is coloring on cuts of soft, clean contemporary pop. That the album is ever so slightly out of fashion is also endearing, for it suggests Duff sings this pristine dance-pop not because she […]

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Madonna: Rebel Heart

“Rebel Heart was introduced to the world with an indiscipline uncharacteristic of Madonna. Blame it on hackers who rushed out a clutch of unfinished tracks at the end of 2014, a few months before the record’s scheduled spring release. Madonna countered by putting six full tracks up on a digital service, a move that likely […]

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Ne-Yo: Non-fiction

“Patched together and sprawling even in standard form — it’s the television edit compared to the director’s cut deluxe edition — Non-Fiction nonetheless contains more standouts than any Ne-Yo album since Because of You. There’s some frivolous content, such as the fireside acoustic number ‘Story Time’ and rote EDM squib ‘Who’s Taking You Home.’ Beyond […]

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Meghan Trainor: Title

“By the time the record winds its way around to the Motown bounce of ‘Lips Are Movin’ — a single equally inspired by vintage 45s and Amy Winehouse’s snazzy new-millennial revival that’s the best song here — Trainor’s giddiness has become ingratiating, so it’s easier to warm to her considerable skill at pastiche and performance. […]

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Stromae: Racine Carree

“At first look, Stromae’s pumping Euro-disco with a dash of hip-hop and world music may seem fairly indistinguishable from offerings by many others artists on the Continent. As incongruous as it sounds, what sets Stromae apart from his peers are actually his lyrics — something that you do not hear too often (read: never) when […]

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Jennifer Lopez: A.K.A.

“[T]his record attempts to push J-Lo further into modern dance, by having her duet with T.I., Pitbull, and Rick Ross, not to mention Iggy Azalea….A bit more of A.K.A. is devoted to this cacophonic attack than usual… and while that’s a heavy indication of how Lopez wants to rebrand herself for 2014, the sound also […]

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Shakira: Shakira

“Shakira is the rare pop star who can pull an album together through sheer force of personality. Whatever the setting, she not only sounds comfortable, she sounds powerful, and that goes a long way toward making Shakira a nice state-of-the-art pop album for America and the rest of the world.” –All Music Guide Check Our […]

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Little Mix: Salute

“The sophomore full-length album from Little Mix, 2013’s Salute, showcases the British all-girl group’s bright, high-energy pop music….Ultimately, while Salute retains all of Little Mix’s infectious, teen-friendly ingredients, it reveals a new recipe for fans whose palates have matured right along with the band.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Fifth Harmony: Better Together

“Better Together is the debut EP from the (predominantly) teenage pop group Fifth Harmony, the quintet that formed during the second season of Fox’s reality singing competition The X Factor….They keep it energetic throughout and switch styles with ease and confidence. This features the group’s first single, the Billboard Hot 100 hit ‘Miss Movin’ On,’ […]

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Britney Spears: Britney Jean

“Typically, whenever a self-titled album arrives fairly far into an artist’s career it signifies a rebirth, a moment when the musician reconnects to what’s real and true….Prior to its December 2013 release, Britney called Britney Jean one of her most ‘personal’ records, a term that carries a certain weight, suggesting that the brief album… would […]

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“Just before the release of The 20/20 Experience, the Roots’ Questlove, who opened as a DJ for Justin Timberlake’s SXSW festival appearance, announced that there would be a sequel. A little more than six months later, it was released, consisting of more recordings from Timberlake’s May-June 2012 sessions with friend Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, and James […]

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