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On July 23rd, 2020, Swift stunned the world when she announced she would be releasing her eighth studio album folklore at midnight. That album went on to immediately garner widespread critical acclaim, including a number of end-of-year lists and a slew of Grammy nominations — including Album of the Year. It was also the top-selling album by a female artist of the year and saw Swift pivoting to a folksier and more alternative sound that allowed her lyricism to shine. By all counts, she’d managed to have a great year career-wise in the face of a raging pandemic. One could…


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image belongs to Miley Cyrus/RCA Records

Miley Cyrus is perhaps the one popstar from the current generation nobody can pin down. We’ve all witnessed her rise from teen Disney star to worldwide pop superstar, though one could argue, it hasn’t always seemed like a seamless transition. Still, it would be remiss of anyone to shrug off Cyrus’s career to date and the impact she’s already had on pop culture. Cyrus was initially meant to have led up to her latest album with three separate EPs, coming back from the tepidly-received country era Younger Now, which would offer a pop-centric amalgamation of her previous sounds. Things took…


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Disco is Kylie Minogue’s fifteenth studio album and sees Kylie Minogue returning to her longtime disco roots after flirtations with country on Dancing and modern dance-pop on Kiss Me Once. Though both of those albums were received well, both albums were seen as somewhat of a decline in quality for her after her triumphant return on 2010’s Aphrodite. Even then, to anyone familiar with her career, Disco sounds like a no brainer of an album. Minogue has traditionally always kept a toe in the worlds of dance-pop and disco, and 2020 has proven to be a big year for the…


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image belongs to Ariana Grande/Republic Records

Ariana Grande delivered a stunning announcement in early October: her sixth studio album was finished. Though there were signs Grande had concluded recordings, such as tweeting about delivering her final mixes, it was still a shock to fans as she had only wrapped up her last album’s era in mid-2019. That album — thank u, next — had only come about six months after her fourth studio album and received widespread critical acclaim and massive commercial success, going on to be nominated for two Grammys and having one of its singles “7 Rings” be nominated for two Grammys as well…


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Astrid S’s debut album Leave It Beautiful has been long overdue. Norwegian pop star Astrid S first burst onto the scene in 2013 and has been steadily putting out material since then, mostly finding success in her home country. She’s done background vocals for superstar Katy Perry and recorded a duet with Shawn Mendes, and even found time for a collaboration with American country singer Brett Young. However, it’s no secret Astrid’s debut album has had a bevy of false starts, mostly due to her label pushing for international success that has proven elusive. Between 2016 and 2019, Astrid released…


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Image belongs to Sasha Sloan/RCA Records

Sasha Sloan has had a pretty meteoric couple of years and she has been on the scene for about six years, a comparably short time for a new artist to go from a complete unknown to being on a major label with a following. Sloan was only at the Berklee College of Music for a year when she landed a publishing deal at 19 with Warner/Chappell, so she dropped out to pursue her passions by moving across the country to Los Angeles. Sloan would go on to feature on tracks with Kaskade and ODESZA before releasing her solo material and…


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Róisín Murphy is constantly one of the most eccentric and interesting female artists of our time. First breaking out onto the scene as one half of the alternative dance duo Moloko. Murphy’s breakup with her partner Mark Brydon led her to pursue a solo career, which began with an electronic-jazz fusion debut Ruby Blue and even ended up in what was supposed to be a blockbuster dance-pop record Overpowered. Murphy has released two albums since then — Hairless Toys and Take Her Up to Monto, both of which saw her adopting more experimental styles and continuing to allow her to…


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Ava Max first gained worldwide momentum in 2018 with her surprise breakout hit “Sweet But Psycho”, but it wasn’t her first stab at becoming a pop star. Max tried releasing music on her own to no avail when she was 19, but it wasn’t until she met producer Cirkut at a party that things picked up traction. Max and Cirkut began writing material together, eventually putting out a song on SoundCloud that garnered attention from labels until Max finally signed with Atlantic Records. During that time, Max began figuring out her artistic identity and adopted the surname Max as she…


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It’s only been 6 months since Dua Lipa put an indelible stamp on pop culture and established herself as a superstar to watch with her second studio album Future Nostalgia. However, the COVID-19 pandemic largely paused Lipa’s plans to heavily promote the album as likely intended. Inspired by her fans’ enjoyment, Lipa connected with American DJ The Blessed Madonna to create a mixtape that would “take the party up a notch”. …


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It’s no secret to anyone that Katy Perry’s career has taken somewhat of a downward turn, including Perry herself. Perry racked up hit after hit during her first three album campaigns, including a notable hot streak during Teenage Dream that established her as a hitmaker. However, during her last album Witness, Perry struggled to land another hit after its lead single “Chained to The Rhythm” and encountered the backlash (some of it warranted, most of it undeserved) that comes when society decides a female pop star’s viability is over. Following that album, Perry experienced depression, prompting her to check into…

Adam Antar

26 year old avid music listener, breaking down new music releases sporadically. twitter: @addylune

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