Lady Gaga is the most divisive pop star on the planet and new album Artpop isn’t likely to change that, but it does at least get her back in the pop groove.
Being hyped, whether its in the traditional music press or on internet blogs or social media, can be a double-edge sword. For every Lady Gaga who has gone on to huge fame and success, there’s a Lana Del Rey who gets all-but crushed when the backlash starts before you’ve even released an album. Currently getting hyped are US bands Alabama Shakes and Haim, but do they live up to it, and can they survive it?
I’ll be doing a Top 20 Albums Of The Year piece soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d do a quick Top 10 Songs, made up of the 10 tracks that have meant most to me this year. Some of them will be appearing on my top albums, others won’t, but I love them all…