5 reasons BEYONCÉ is a triumph [REVIEW]

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Beyoncé’s fifth studio album has been called many things, from “game changer,” to an elaborate “gimmick.” But behind the unexpected release of the album and the unprecedented buzz about it after, BEYONCÉ is in fact a musical triumph. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. The big surprise

Let’s start with the obvious: No one else could have pulled off BEYONCÉ except for, well, Beyoncé. The bombshell release—without the elaborate marketing hype that usually precedes major pop releases—surprised even the directors and the producers who worked on the album.

“I had no clue it was coming,” Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, who wrote and produced “No Angel” told RollingStone.  “I never heard the final version till last night.” Talking to BuzzFeed, Ricky Saiz, director “Yoncé,” added, “It was a complete surprise even to the people involved.”

In an industry that is primarily single-driven, it was a gutsy move not to release a single first and to create videos for every single song: Beyoncé essentially turned the music game on its head.

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Why Wrapped In Red might be Kelly Clarkson’s best album so far [REVIEW]

Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red

Christmas music. The mere phrase reminds me of rushed production and cheesy lyrics. But I have huge respect for Kelly Clarkson and her Christmas special was great, so I thought I’d give Wrapped In Red a listen.

I’m glad I did because this is actually a pretty good album.

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5 most disappointing pop albums of 2013

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It has been an interesting year in pop music. While established artists like Daft Punk and Pharell electrified the charts, some pop comebacks didn’t quite pan out. Here are 5 albums that left me wanting more.

Katy Perry - PRISM (cover art) - Album review

  1. PRISM – Katy Perry

I liked PRISM (for the most part), and I like Katy Perry. But the third album from the Teenage Dream pop star simply fell short. If Katy had gone through any musical maturity, PRISM didn’t show it. I know she can do better.

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