Why “Style” is Taylor Swift’s best 1989 single so far

Taylor Swift - 1989

Taylor Swift continues her pop domination with the release of “Style” this week. The ephemeral visual is the sultriest one yet from Swift’s highly successful 1989 era, featuring a ridiculously hot dude and some hot fashion from Tay Tay.

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Slant Magazine not impressed with Rihanna’s new single, “FourFiveSeconds”

Rihanna - FourFiveSeconds (featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney)

So, this weekend, Rihanna—queen of RnB/pop/dance, sometimes model and ultimate bad girl—casually dropped a new single, “FourFiveSeconds.” The song features Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney.

People are freaking out about the song, not just because it’s the first glimpse into Ri Ri’s next album, but also because it’s so different from what she’s done before. No thumpin’ beat, no heavy production. Just an acoustic guitar.

But there’s at least one media outlet that’s not impressed: Slant Magazine.

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Here are the best pop singles of January 2015

Doing It - Charlie XCX featuring Rita Ora

Yes folks–the first month of 2015 is almost done. That means it is time for a quick recap.

January is often a slow month for pop music because it follows the busy fourth quarter, when major acts release their stuff. But this month wasn’t bad. In fact, it was a great one for pop music. Have a look at my pick for the top 6 singles of January 2015 in the list below.

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Can Kelly Clarkson ever dominate pop again?

Hearbeat Song - Kelly Clarkson single

Last week, Kelly Clarkson officially launched her comeback with the release of her single “Heartbeat Song.” Produced by Greg Kurstin, this is Kelly’s first non-Christmas, non-greatest hits single since “Dark Side” was released in 2011.

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Ellie Goulding wants you to “Love Me Like You Do” in her Fifty Shades of Grey single

Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do (Single from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)

Partnering with hitmaker Max Martin, Ellie Goulding’s distinct vocals soar in “Love Me Like You Do,” her single for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. The song’s production seamlessly move from the emotional verses to the soaring chorus, which is easily its best part. “Love Me Like You Do / Love, Love, Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie sings against a pulsating, hypnotic beat.

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