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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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Cher: Closer To The Truth

“After half a century in the music industry, it’s amazing that Cher is still making records in 2013. That Closer to the Truth is any good at all is even more shocking… [T]he album has a fully modern sound, a large portion of the songs… are hooky and fun, and her voice, aided by technology [...]

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Hilary Duff: Hilary Duff

“There’s silliness here, such as the hipster putdown ‘Mr. James Dean,’ but that makes the album feel endearingly adolescent. And that’s the greatest charm of Hilary Duff — it might take itself a little seriously, it might be a little uneven, but it feels like the soundtrack to the life of a smart, ambitious, popular [...]

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Backstreet Boys: In A World Like This

“Backstreet Boys take sideways glances toward their past but focus on the present, happy to keep things smooth even when the rhythms get a little heated….In a World Like This is a surprisingly mature and fine record from a former boy band that seems unafraid to act its age.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Pet Shop Boys: Electric

“[T]his taut, electro-disco wonder kicks off with the Kraftwerk-meets-Giorgio Moroder highlight ‘Axis’ and stays in the zone with both icy cool productions from Stuart Price (Madonna, Seal, Kylie Minogue) and a bpm count that remains high with nothing coming close to a slow dance ballad….An excellent, unexpected, and infectious triumph.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“The soundtrack to the 2013 Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots features the original cast performing the songs with music and lyrics by ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein….Featured in the musical are performers Billy Porter, Stark Sands, and others. In 2013, Kinky Boots won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.” [...]

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