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Why Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu’s “Q.U.E.E.N” is Helping Destroy the Gender Binary

“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am”, chants Monae on her new single, “Q.U.E.E.N” with the infamous and captivating Badu. With a video that portrays the powerful duo as space rebels frozen in time by

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Why Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu’s “Q.U.E.E.N” is Helping Destroy the Gender Binary

“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am”, chants Monae on her new single, “Q.U.E.E.N” with the infamous and captivating Badu. With a video that portrays the powerful duo as space rebels frozen in time by

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“It’s Been Awhile, … But I’m Here Now” aka Oops, I Haven’t Posted A Lot

So, I haven’t posted in a bit of time – about five months or so. First and foremost, my bad. Some may know, but  I am a college student and just finished my junior year; the spring semester, of which,

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“It’s Been Awhile, … But I’m Here Now” aka Oops, I Haven’t Posted A Lot

So, I haven’t posted in a bit of time – about five months or so. First and foremost, my bad. Some may know, but  I am a college student and just finished my junior year; the spring semester, of which,

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Best in 2012 – Grimes Bring Dream Pop Back

Coming out the gate early with a January released, Grimes’ Visions may have faded from some’s memory, but the record proves to be a brash and energetic innovation on how to make a do-it-yourself record and electronic sounds. It might

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Best in 2012 – Grimes Bring Dream Pop Back

Coming out the gate early with a January released, Grimes’ Visions may have faded from some’s memory, but the record proves to be a brash and energetic innovation on how to make a do-it-yourself record and electronic sounds. It might

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Best in 2012 – Solange Knowles Finds New Groove in “True” EP

Aiming to give her big sister, the famous Beyonce, a run for her money, Solange Knowles’ newest effort, the EP True provides a look into a kaleidoscope of sounds. Knowles gain notoriety, and rightfully so, for running forward musically and

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Best in 2012 – Solange Knowles Finds New Groove in “True” EP

Aiming to give her big sister, the famous Beyonce, a run for her money, Solange Knowles’ newest effort, the EP True provides a look into a kaleidoscope of sounds. Knowles gain notoriety, and rightfully so, for running forward musically and

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Best in 2012 – Frank Ocean Opens Up About Life and Sexuality in Channel Orange

An unexpected turn came for the 25-year-old this year when he ended up releasing his major label debut, channel ORANGE. The first bits of controversy came when a music reviewer cited bits of lyrics in songs like ‘Forrest Gump” and

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Best in 2012 – Frank Ocean Opens Up About Life and Sexuality in Channel Orange

An unexpected turn came for the 25-year-old this year when he ended up releasing his major label debut, channel ORANGE. The first bits of controversy came when a music reviewer cited bits of lyrics in songs like ‘Forrest Gump” and

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NEWPOPISM through 2012: A WordPress-Based Look Back Through the Year

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the

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NEWPOPISM through 2012: A WordPress-Based Look Back Through the Year

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the

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Best In 2012 – Wynter Gordon Shows She’s More Than A Beat

Starting off the list is the in-progress series of releases from dance force Wynter Gordon. After finally releasing her debut album With The Music I Die, Gordon has taken on a more alternative route and has worked on a series

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Best In 2012 – Wynter Gordon Shows She’s More Than A Beat

Starting off the list is the in-progress series of releases from dance force Wynter Gordon. After finally releasing her debut album With The Music I Die, Gordon has taken on a more alternative route and has worked on a series

Phlo Finister May Be The Best New Thing to Happen in R&B And Already Wants Out The Game.

A lot of interesting things are happening with Phlo Finister this week. She just released the first real single off of her Poster Girl EP, a slow tune titled “Hotel Miami”, while also prepping to release the official video for

Phlo Finister May Be The Best New Thing to Happen in R&B And Already Wants Out The Game.

A lot of interesting things are happening with Phlo Finister this week. She just released the first real single off of her Poster Girl EP, a slow tune titled “Hotel Miami”, while also prepping to release the official video for

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Azealia Banks, Rihanna Get PLUR With Sea-Punk Influenced Performances and Videos

So, I don’t want to say I predicted it – though I did – but sea-punk is slowly becoming more and more prominent in mainstream music outlets, most recently thanks to both Azealia Banks and Rihanna. Oddly, in the span

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Azealia Banks, Rihanna Get PLUR With Sea-Punk Influenced Performances and Videos

So, I don’t want to say I predicted it – though I did – but sea-punk is slowly becoming more and more prominent in mainstream music outlets, most recently thanks to both Azealia Banks and Rihanna. Oddly, in the span

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Expanding to More Than Just Music – Artists Verging on Interactive Video Games

More and more, it seems, music artists are looking towards areas of technology to grow and expand their creative brand. For many of them, they will often fall back on a previously earned college degree in a field like fine

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Expanding to More Than Just Music – Artists Verging on Interactive Video Games

More and more, it seems, music artists are looking towards areas of technology to grow and expand their creative brand. For many of them, they will often fall back on a previously earned college degree in a field like fine

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Boeing Boeing takes off at Saint Peter’s University – Behind The Scenes

Despite the issues involving Hurricane Sandy turning the area of New Jersey and New York into a blackout of isolation, Argus Eyes Drama Society, the student-run theatre group at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, have dealt with rain, wind

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Boeing Boeing takes off at Saint Peter’s University – Behind The Scenes

Despite the issues involving Hurricane Sandy turning the area of New Jersey and New York into a blackout of isolation, Argus Eyes Drama Society, the student-run theatre group at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, have dealt with rain, wind

Clayton Hawkins' 'PIXELS' & the Possible Realities of a Successful Gay Male Pop Star.

Clayton Hawkins’ ‘PIXELS’ & the Possible Realities of a Successful Gay Male Pop Star.

Let’s say it now – Clayton Hawkins is a pop artist who is a dude who happens to like dudes. There’s no big reveal with smoke and mirrors and odd throwing back between “he” and “she” pronouns in his songs

Clayton Hawkins' 'PIXELS' & the Possible Realities of a Successful Gay Male Pop Star.

Clayton Hawkins’ ‘PIXELS’ & the Possible Realities of a Successful Gay Male Pop Star.

Let’s say it now – Clayton Hawkins is a pop artist who is a dude who happens to like dudes. There’s no big reveal with smoke and mirrors and odd throwing back between “he” and “she” pronouns in his songs

So... I went through a hurricane and a trip to Chicago, and here's my playlist for it.

So… I went through a hurricane and a trip to Chicago, and here’s my playlist for it.

So, I first must apologize for the lack of updates. As you may or may not know, the east coast was hit by Hurricane Sandy and many went without power for several days, nearly up to two weeks. I was

So... I went through a hurricane and a trip to Chicago, and here's my playlist for it.

So… I went through a hurricane and a trip to Chicago, and here’s my playlist for it.

So, I first must apologize for the lack of updates. As you may or may not know, the east coast was hit by Hurricane Sandy and many went without power for several days, nearly up to two weeks. I was

Marina & The Diamonds sits cheerfully as a male model paints her nails in new video.

Marina & The Diamonds Takes Back The Power With New “How To Be A Heartbreaker” Video

Throughout the history of time, women have often overtly expressed their sexuality in order to feel free from oppression and the thought that women must follow the ideal of the pure virgin. Even the beginnings of religion, like that of

Marina & The Diamonds sits cheerfully as a male model paints her nails in new video.

Marina & The Diamonds Takes Back The Power With New “How To Be A Heartbreaker” Video

Throughout the history of time, women have often overtly expressed their sexuality in order to feel free from oppression and the thought that women must follow the ideal of the pure virgin. Even the beginnings of religion, like that of

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, As You May (Or Probably Do Not) Know.

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, As You May (Or Probably Do Not) Know.

For many, the struggles of life are hard enough as it is with a caring and supportive family unity in place. When adding issues of abuse and violence into the home, many find it difficult to cope with domestic violence.

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, As You May (Or Probably Do Not) Know.

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, As You May (Or Probably Do Not) Know.

For many, the struggles of life are hard enough as it is with a caring and supportive family unity in place. When adding issues of abuse and violence into the home, many find it difficult to cope with domestic violence.

Yes, Sky Ferreira Is Pretty. No, It Is Not Okay To Make Her Body The Focus Of Your Story

Yes, Sky Ferreira Is Pretty. No, It Is Not Okay To Make Her Body The Focus Of Your Story

When you search Sky Ferreira’s name, the latest articles about her new video - for the track “Everything Is Embarrassing” - come up and, interestingly enough, the five latest seem to make specific note of what she’s wearing. All five also make

Yes, Sky Ferreira Is Pretty. No, It Is Not Okay To Make Her Body The Focus Of Your Story

Yes, Sky Ferreira Is Pretty. No, It Is Not Okay To Make Her Body The Focus Of Your Story

When you search Sky Ferreira’s name, the latest articles about her new video - for the track “Everything Is Embarrassing” - come up and, interestingly enough, the five latest seem to make specific note of what she’s wearing. All five also make

Is "Gangnam Style" Here To Stay? PSY Nears Top Of Hot 100 With Viral Song Sensation

Is “Gangnam Style” Here To Stay? PSY Nears Top Of Hot 100 With Viral Song Sensation

It’s been a meme, it’s been a top Youtube search, it’s been a viral media sensation, and now the song that has us all singing ‘Hey, sexy lady!’ is transitioning into real commercial success. I’ve blogged about “Gangnam Style” and

Is "Gangnam Style" Here To Stay? PSY Nears Top Of Hot 100 With Viral Song Sensation

Is “Gangnam Style” Here To Stay? PSY Nears Top Of Hot 100 With Viral Song Sensation

It’s been a meme, it’s been a top Youtube search, it’s been a viral media sensation, and now the song that has us all singing ‘Hey, sexy lady!’ is transitioning into real commercial success. I’ve blogged about “Gangnam Style” and

Kesha Unleashes Lyric Vid For 'Die Young' - Are Lyric Videos The New Music Video?

Kesha Unleashes Lyric Vid For ‘Die Young’ – Are Lyric Videos The New Music Video?

Do you remember when “lyric videos” would be uploaded to an artist’s official VEVO account by their label, mainly when the song was from a new artist that might not have been big yet to secure funding for an actual

Kesha Unleashes Lyric Vid For 'Die Young' - Are Lyric Videos The New Music Video?

Kesha Unleashes Lyric Vid For ‘Die Young’ – Are Lyric Videos The New Music Video?

Do you remember when “lyric videos” would be uploaded to an artist’s official VEVO account by their label, mainly when the song was from a new artist that might not have been big yet to secure funding for an actual

Lady Gaga in what she calls her "burqa swag".

Lady Gaga Has A Controversial New Rap Song, “Cake Like Lady Gaga” (And It’s Brilliant Too)

Would you believe someone if they told you that there was a new Lady Gaga song out that featured the young artist rapping about her love for marijuana and that it included lyrics like: “I’ll mop you all across the

Lady Gaga in what she calls her "burqa swag".

Lady Gaga Has A Controversial New Rap Song, “Cake Like Lady Gaga” (And It’s Brilliant Too)

Would you believe someone if they told you that there was a new Lady Gaga song out that featured the young artist rapping about her love for marijuana and that it included lyrics like: “I’ll mop you all across the

What Exactly Does The Success of "Gangnam Style" Mean For Korean & Asian Artists?

What Exactly Does The Success of “Gangnam Style” Mean For Korean & Asian Artists?

Here’s an interesting fact: In my lifetime – I was born in 1992 – there’s only been two Asian artists to top the Billboard Hot 100, the standard charting system in the United States for music. One is Bruno Mars,

What Exactly Does The Success of "Gangnam Style" Mean For Korean & Asian Artists?

What Exactly Does The Success of “Gangnam Style” Mean For Korean & Asian Artists?

Here’s an interesting fact: In my lifetime – I was born in 1992 – there’s only been two Asian artists to top the Billboard Hot 100, the standard charting system in the United States for music. One is Bruno Mars,

Here's A Playlist of Awesome Songs for The Month of October (They're Great, I Promise)

Here’s A Playlist of Awesome Songs for The Month of October (They’re Great, I Promise)

Let’s get this out of the way, right now – I don’t usually ‘do’ playlists. I used to have a hard time understanding the point of them. I can’t just toss songs I like together. Everything needs to have some

Here's A Playlist of Awesome Songs for The Month of October (They're Great, I Promise)

Here’s A Playlist of Awesome Songs for The Month of October (They’re Great, I Promise)

Let’s get this out of the way, right now – I don’t usually ‘do’ playlists. I used to have a hard time understanding the point of them. I can’t just toss songs I like together. Everything needs to have some

Ten Lyrical Gems From P!nk's New Album "The Truth About Love"

Ten Lyrical Gems From P!nk’s New Album “The Truth About Love”

Usually, by the time you’ve come to your sixth studio album as a pop artist, you understand how a classic pop song should go – from the production, the melodies, the lyrics, etc. This kind of systematic pop creating could

Ten Lyrical Gems From P!nk's New Album "The Truth About Love"

Ten Lyrical Gems From P!nk’s New Album “The Truth About Love”

Usually, by the time you’ve come to your sixth studio album as a pop artist, you understand how a classic pop song should go – from the production, the melodies, the lyrics, etc. This kind of systematic pop creating could

Natalia Kills Wants You To 'Drink The Kool-Aid' With New Single "Controversy"

Natalia Kills Wants You To ‘Drink The Kool-Aid’ With New Single “Controversy”

Natalia Kills is a big fan of everything on the pop continuum of that falls on the darker side of things. She even described her debut album, 2011′s Perfectionist, as “dark pop”. She’s also a fan of chanting a series

Natalia Kills Wants You To 'Drink The Kool-Aid' With New Single "Controversy"

Natalia Kills Wants You To ‘Drink The Kool-Aid’ With New Single “Controversy”

Natalia Kills is a big fan of everything on the pop continuum of that falls on the darker side of things. She even described her debut album, 2011′s Perfectionist, as “dark pop”. She’s also a fan of chanting a series

Five Reasons Why Charli XCX Is Destined To Become Pop Royalty

Five Reasons Why Charli XCX Is Destined To Become Pop Royalty

She may be making some headlines within the United States due to the amazing crew of young artists she’s been hanging out with recently – Sky Ferreira and Azealia Banks are always good company – but the UK-based 20-year-old is

Five Reasons Why Charli XCX Is Destined To Become Pop Royalty

Five Reasons Why Charli XCX Is Destined To Become Pop Royalty

She may be making some headlines within the United States due to the amazing crew of young artists she’s been hanging out with recently – Sky Ferreira and Azealia Banks are always good company – but the UK-based 20-year-old is

For Your Information, Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" is Amazing

For Your Information, Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” is Amazing

Sky Ferreira has had a fair share of twists and turns with her debut album – possibly entering its second incarnation after Ferreira’s debut EP As If!, though brilliant in every sense of the words “SUPER POP!”, failed to garner

For Your Information, Sky Ferreira's "Everything Is Embarrassing" is Amazing

For Your Information, Sky Ferreira’s “Everything Is Embarrassing” is Amazing

Sky Ferreira has had a fair share of twists and turns with her debut album – possibly entering its second incarnation after Ferreira’s debut EP As If!, though brilliant in every sense of the words “SUPER POP!”, failed to garner

"Gay Rap" and Why Mykki Blanco's Changing the Rules of Music

“Gay Rap” and Why Mykki Blanco’s Changing the Rules of Music

Mykki Blanco may have built a following within art communities and within the hipster scene during the last couple of years, but something that separates the aspiring 25-year-old from the rest of the alternative music community is that Blanco, also known as Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.,

"Gay Rap" and Why Mykki Blanco's Changing the Rules of Music

“Gay Rap” and Why Mykki Blanco’s Changing the Rules of Music

Mykki Blanco may have built a following within art communities and within the hipster scene during the last couple of years, but something that separates the aspiring 25-year-old from the rest of the alternative music community is that Blanco, also known as Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.,

"Witch-Huh?" "Sea-What?" - Four Subgenres Finding Their Place in Pop

“Witch-Huh?” “Sea-What?” – Four Subgenres Finding Their Place in Pop

With the rise of the internet and changes to just how music is shared digitally, subgenres within music, that would have remained hidden outside of a select few fans, are now slowly starting to influence what could be considered one

"Witch-Huh?" "Sea-What?" - Four Subgenres Finding Their Place in Pop

“Witch-Huh?” “Sea-What?” – Four Subgenres Finding Their Place in Pop

With the rise of the internet and changes to just how music is shared digitally, subgenres within music, that would have remained hidden outside of a select few fans, are now slowly starting to influence what could be considered one