Dawn Richard Premieres Electro-Bounce Track 'Break Me': Listen

Always full of surprises, Dawn Richard caught fans off guard on Wednesday (May 17) when she premiered the previously unreleased track, "Break Me". The electro-bounce record holds an ethereal consistency which aligns closely with previous work in Richard's Blackheart and Redemption eras. With a synthesized, sensual voice that rides along to a blunt 808 bass line, the singer proclaims, "I'm not scared to be me."

A reminder that Demi Lovato's 'Tell Me You Love Me' is a gem amongst R&B albums that heal

The day before, July 23, had been the seven-year anniversary of losing the vocal powerhouse Amy Winehouse. Unfortunately, I prematurely imagined a similar fate for Lovato, driving my pain for the 25-year-old talent even further. Being on age with Lovato, I essentially grew with her through TV screens and iPod minis, rather unapologetic about enjoying both her pop bops and matter-of-fact opinions. But I didn't convert into a true fan—one who would end up traveling to Newark back in April to see in concert—until she released Tell Me You Love Me last year.

Katy Perry's 'Witness' Fails as 'Purposeful Pop,' But Succeeds as Future Pop

When Katy Perry described her yet-to-be-titled Witness as “purposeful pop” on the 2017 Grammys red carpet -- followed by a politicized live debut of its first single, “Chained To The Rhythm” -- she may have shot herself in the foot somewhat. Following the description, listeners expected her upcoming  set to be a politically charged record resisting the Trump administration: After all, Perry’s referring to herself as an “advocate” and “activist” -- who very publicly sang and stumped for Hillary Clinton...

Nelly Furtado's 'The Ride' May Be the Most Slept-On Release of 2017: Critic's Take

Over the weekend at a karaoke bar in the southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a couple got up to sing Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's "Promiscuous." After they finished their sentimental moment, I turned to a friend and asked, "Did you know she just released an album at the end of last month?" "Wait... What? No way! What has Nelly Furtado been doing?" It wasn't the first time I received that type of reaction. In fact, it's been universal for the past few weeks since the pop star released her sixth studio album, The Ride.

Trey Songz: Anticipation 3 Album Review | Pitchfork

At the end of last December, videos surfaced of Trey Songz destroying a stage at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit during a mini-temper tantrum. The event staff who prevented Trigga from performing past the venue’s 11:30 pm curfew presented him a golden opportunity for free promo—the smirk on the singer’s mugshot, which went viral, all but announced “new music is dropping soon.” Sure enough, Trey Songz and his frequent collaborator, Fabolous, surprised fans with their joint EP *Trappy New Years *on New

T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System Album Review | Pitchfork

T.I.’s tenth studio album* Us or Else: Letter to the System* emerges from Us or Else, a six-track EP from September 2016 that found him in a revolutionary mood. The new LP, fleshed out with nine new tracks, is just the latest point on a timeline of the rapper's growing social consciousness. He has been a high-profile proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement; his album follows in the wake of his march in solidarity for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the firing of an appropriating protégee...