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Michael Jackson: Xscape

“Timbaland and Reid evoke the Michael Jackson we all love and miss, finding songs that are worthy and giving them arrangements that are simultaneously nostalgic and modern. It’s a difficult trick to pull off but they largely succeed, so Xscape is a worthy and memorable coda to Jackson’s career.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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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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Pharrell Williams: G I R L

“Compared to his albums with N.E.R.D. and In My Mind, this is easily Pharrell’s second most enjoyable album, just behind the original version of In Search Of… from 2001. It’s fun, frivolous, and low on excess.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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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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TLC: 20

“[T]his set is a decent introduction to one of the biggest pop groups of the ’90s. Released a week ahead of the film’s premiere, it features all nine of the group’s Hot 100 Top Ten singles….The group made three of the best ’90s pop-R&B albums, and 2002′s 3D was no embarrassment.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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Icona Pop: This Is…Icona Pop

“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and [...]

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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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Haim: Days Are Gone

“There is nothing cool about Haim’s music, and that’s why it’s so refreshing. While many of their contemporaries engaged in a contest to find the most obscure influences, and ’80s revivalists sucked synth-pop and new wave dry, the Haim sisters dug up the decade’s biggest, poppiest sounds and fashioned a captivating debut album out of [...]

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Lorde: Pure Heroine

“Where Lana Del Rey favors a studiously detached irony, Lorde pours it all out which, in itself, may be an act: her bedsit poetry is superficially more authentic but the music is certainly more pop, both in its construction — there are big hooks in the choruses and verses — and in the production, which [...]

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Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

“[O]n every track, she sounds more mature than ever before. Despite its flashier moments, there are also plenty of ballads….Brassy empowerment jams like ‘Maybe You’re Right,’ ‘Do My Thang,’ and ‘FU’ sell Cyrus as an independent woman, and the album accomplishes that mission: Bangerz transforms Miley into a pop star who won’t — and can’t [...]

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Paramore: Paramore

“Easily the band’s most adventurous, experimental, and accomplished release to date, Paramore’s fourth studio album, 2013′s eponymously titled Paramore, is a landmark, a genre-breaking masterwork that, like Madonna’s Like a Prayer or U2′s Achtung Baby, finds Paramore crystallized into the seminal, cogent rock band we always knew they’d grow up to be.” –All Music Guide [...]

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Ciara: Ciara

“At her best, Ciara comes on less as a full-blooded personality or even an object of desire and more as a glamorous big sister, the one you want to be when you grow up, who knows all the right moves on the dancefloor and in life. Complexity and personal drama ain’t in it: Ciara holds [...]

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Selena Gomez: Stars Dance

“Thanks to the strong songs, Selena’s reliably strong vocals, and the variety of sounds, it adds up to be another fine entry in her catalog and just another example of why Selena Gomez is one of the best pop stars making music in 2013.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox

“Mars’ light vocal delivery and way with a hook is quite appealing. The record sounds good, too, with able production help from heavy hitters like Mark Ronson, Diplo, Emile Haynie, and his own crew, the Smeezingtons.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Mika: The Origin of Love

“Mika has flirted with dance music and electronic sounds since Life in Cartoon Motion, but on The Origin of Love he commits to it in a much bigger way…The album’s other highlights show that he’s still a keen and witty singer/songwriter, especially when it comes to love’s more confusing aspects.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Along with co-producer Jerome ‘J-Roc’ Harmon and fellow songwriter James Fauntleroy, the Tims have made a refined and distended follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds… [A] pleasant and grown release from a charismatic entertainer.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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