Turning 10: It’s Not Me, It’s You

By 2009 Lily Allen had become a notable force within the music industry. Her debut album Alright, Still had peaked at number 1 in the UK and went to sell over 1.1 million copies. The album peaked at number 20 in the US and went to sell over 600,000 copies. She had scored 4 top…

Albums of 2019

So, here we are 17 days deep into 2019 and I’m already looking forward to so many releases. DIDO – STILL ON MY MIND To say that I’ve been waiting for this album for years is an understatement. What we’ve heard so far has been compelling. Friends and Hurricanes are moody, poignant and engaging. The…

Songs of 2018

It’s crazy to look back on the year and try to even pinpoint a certain set of the “best songs” of 2018. Many songs are on this listen because they’re meaningful to me. Many songs are on this list because they’re expertly produced and vocally executed. Not all of the songs I picked were singles,…

Albums of 2018

When I consider ranking albums, it’s always pretty difficult for me to assign numbers to them. I love albums because of what the music does to me, what the music brings to my life. It’s very personal, which is why I always find Top 10/Best-Of lists written by a select group of critics difficult to…

Kylie: Every Day’s Like Christmas

Though I try to be inclusive, I must admit that my favorite holiday is Christmas. Mind you, I’m as gay as all hell and am agnostic to boot; however, the music, the decor, the festiveness of it all is what keeps me coming back for more each year. Kylie Minogue released one of the campiest…

Dido: Still on My Mind

Let’s break it down: it’s been 5 years since Dido’s last album, Girl Who Got Away, and her Greatest Hits album. It’s also been 15 years since Dido last went on tour. On November 9th Dido announced her upcoming album, Still On My Mind, and also announced a word tour which will take her across Europe…

Thalia: Valiente

Thalia’s Valiente is finally out. The lead up has been quite successful thus far. No Me Acuerdo became a viral hit that resulted in high chart positions and large streaming volumes. The song was eventually certified 4x platinum in the United States. Lento, the second single, also has been a viral and streaming success. Thalia…

MARIAH: CAUTION

Team! It’s finally happening. I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was a young child in 1993 laying in bed listening to Hero on repeat. What is finally happening you may ask? I’m seeing Mariah Carey live in concert whilst she is on her Caution World Tour. Considering the quality of the music being…

Paulina Rubio: Pau Power

I still remember this moment like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 2000 and a song came on the radio that just inspired me to believe that living in 100-degree weather was worth it. This was a song that sounded like summer, was inspired by summer, and ingrained itself in your thoughts by…

Thalia: Arrasando

Purchasing Shakira’s Donde Estan Los Ladrones opened so many musical doors for me. It opened the flood gates to a genre of music I never felt comfortable listening to but was a part of my heritage and identity. Shakira was considered Latin Rock. Her grungy look and distinct vocals made her a critical darling; however, there […]