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LA Times: Selena Gomez’s ‘Stars Dance’ Review

“Stars Dance” is exactly the kind of album one makes in 2013 if you want to keep the pop sugar of the Disney tween cabal but mix in some broken glass and a club bathroom nosebleed. Its productions are rooted in today’s pop-EDM default mode, but as that stuff goes, “Slow Down” is pretty capable, […]

Billboard: Demi Lovato Album Review

At this point, Demi Lovato’s story of success is well-known and does not need to be further dissected. In 2012, the 20-year-old scored her biggest hit to date with the sumptuously simple “Give Your Heart a Break,” headlined a well-received summer tour to support her 2011 album “Unbroken” and increased her national profile by sitting […]

Billboard: Lil Wayne’s ‘Carter IV’ Debuts at No. 1

It’s official: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” has sold 964,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily enabling its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his third No. 1 album following “Tha Carter III” and “I Am Not a Human Being.” » Full story on Billboard.com

Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

A word that captures Jill Scott’s vibe of late? “Free.” “That’s the word I’ve been using,” Scott says with a laugh. She’s calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, “The Light of the Sun.” With its June 21 release, Scott — singer, songwriter, actor, […]