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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Mylène Farmer: INTERSTELLAIRES

In 2010 Mylène Farmer, the most popular French artist in the world, surprised fans when she released her first album without longtime collaborator Laurent Boutonnat, Bleu Noir. Her formula with Boutonnat was simple: Laurent wrote the music and she wrote the lyrics. At least that’s how the credits read. I should think there...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SINDY: SELFIE

BACKGROUND: French singer Sindy is a member of a collective called Team BS, which was started by a highly successful French rapper/producer who goes by the name La Fouine. The group is called Team BS because the name of La Fouine’s record label is Banlieue Sale (translation: Dirty Suburb). Most of the team...
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NEWS: THE CORRS ARE BACK!

Yes, the most exciting music rumor so far this year is true: Ireland’s most legendary band, The Corrs, are back!  As in, the hugely popular and highly successful family band are making a new album and planning to tour!  That’s all that is known as of yet, so I thought I’d give you...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: STROMAE: “CARMEN”


"Carmen" is French artist Stromae's latest single from his excellent album Racine carrée. It is a "tribute" to Twitter and our consumption of tweets. (He even has a crazy blue Twitter bird following him around throughout the video.)...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: PETITE MELLER: “BABY LOVE”


I am very excited to tell you about French singer/songwriter Petite Meller's fabulous new single (and video), "Baby Love." Although she's yet to release a full-length album, to me it feels like Meller has already released a few because each single she releases is like a special...
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4TE: READY TO TAKE THE WORLD OF J-POP BY STORM

review and interview by Michael McCarthy previously published on OtakuDX Before we get to our interview with J-Pop’s future stars 4TE, I wanted to present a review of their wonderful double A-side MORE / 一歩ずつ… 4TE — pronounced Forte/for-tay — is a red hot new Japanese pop group based out of the U.S....
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: YSA FERRER: SANGUINE

Ysa Ferrer is an artist who half of our readers have likely never heard of while the other half are undoubtedly quite familiar with her. If you live in the States — where we’re based — then you’re probably not familiar with her. But if you live in Europe, she’s practically a household...
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VIDEO / REVIEW: JOLIN TSAI: “PLAY”


Jolin Tsai is arguably the queen of Chinese pop, though I'd say that Elva Hsaio and Coco Lee are right behind her. In any case, she's a massive diva releasing one hit album after another for at least ten years now. Here, fresh, modern beats that...
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