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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These are 2015’s most anticipated album

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“2015 will be the best year for music since ever.”

That’s according to BuzzFeed, who this week published an article about the 52 most anticipated albums of 2015. From Kanye to Kendrick Lamar, the list pretty much includes everyone and anyone who matters in music.

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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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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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LIVE BLOG: Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale

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Photo: Kelly Clarkson’s Facebook page

10:01 PM: “I don’t do drugs. Don’t you need to be using drugs to go to rehab?” Really cute skit.

10:04 PM: That note. “Run, Run Rudolph” is so Kelly. Loving this performance.

10:06 PM: “I love hunger. But it’s just not sexy enough.” – William Shatner is pretty funny in this skit.

10:10 PM: “TMZ would just love to get their hands on these.”  Trisha Yearwood and Reba!

10:11 PM: Not loving this gown on Kelly. But she sounds good opening “Silent Night.”

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10:14 PM: With all due respect to Trisha Yearwood and Reba Mcentire, I’m not really feeling this collaboration.

Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood & Reba Mcentire
Photo: Kelly Clarkson’s Facebook page

Kelly’s first Christmas special, KELLY CLARKSON’S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TALE, aired onWednesday, December 11th at 10/9c on NBC. Here are some highlights:

10:18 PM: “My Favorite Things” isn’t a Christmas song, but I love this performance. Reminds me of big-band week when Kelly was on Idol. (She performed “Stuff Like That There” that week.)

10:22 PM: “George Clooney is going to be Santa Claus.” Uhm, I would LOVE to see that.

10:24 PM: The dress during the “Wrapped in Red” performance is the best thing Kelly has worn so far this evening. The vocals are perfect.

10:26 PM: “George? Bush?”

10:27 PM: Looks like Blake Shelton doesn’t know how to iron clothes. He should stick to his day job. :)

10:33 PM: The vocals keep getting better. Loving “Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing).”

10:36 PM: Totally wasn’t expecting “Walk Away” to be used on this Christmas show. I guess Kelly really loves this song?

10:44 PM: How many ways can one say “perfection”? Kelly Clarkson doing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” justice.

10:49 PM: “Christmas isn’t about her career.” Nice lesson. I guess.

10:55 PM: “Underneath the Tree” is probably going to become a Christmas classic…eventually. Love this tune!

10:58 PM: And that’s a wrap! Loved this Chrismast special. I wouldn’t mind at all if NBC turns this into an annual thing.

Kelly Clarkson glows (and sounds amazing) in “Underneath the Tree” music video

Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red

To help kick off your December, Kelly Clarkson released the official music video for “Underneath The Tree”, her holiday smash that recently topped the Billboard AC chart. The live-performance video was shot  during the taping for Clarkson’s upcoming Christmas special, Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale, airing next Wednesday, December 11th on NBC.

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