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TJ Jackson

When music fans talk about the most talented and successful families in the business, the Jacksons are most likely an essential part of the discussion. In 1965, soon after a young Michael Jackson and his brother Marlon joined their older brothers Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie to form The Jackson Five, the band began to develop into a worldwide sensation. This laid the foundation for Michael and Janet Jackson’s huge solo careers. Now, a new generation of the Jackson dynasty is carving out their own way in the world of music and they are certainly no less talented. In fact, the next generation of Jackson musicians is diverse, versatile, and on the verge of having its own stars. Perhaps the most noteworthy to watch out for is TJ Jackson. …


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Pop Awards

For everyone already struggling to keep their New Year’s resolutions, yearning to return to familiar habits, and for everyone craving a degree of normalcy after the challenges of the past twelve months, we can tell you that the Pop Awards are back, launching as usual on the third Sunday of the year. And for the sake of everyone calling for change, the Pop Awards return bigger and better! Pop Magazine presents the Pop Awards 2021 with five additional categories. Now with a total of ten categories, the 4th annual Pop Awards are celebrating the best artists, albums, songs, and music videos of the past year. You can vote for your favorite nominees from today, January 17. Online voting accounts for 50% of the total. The other 50% will come from ballots cast by our expert panel of music journalists. Check out all of the amazing nominees and choose your top picks. Be sure to get your vote in by March 7 to help your number one in each category to make the cut and join the ranks of our highly regarded winners. …


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Passenger — Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted

Passenger’s eleventh full-length studio album, “Songs For The Drunk And Broken Hearted”, is one of the first records released in 2021. A perfectly timed and perfectly fitting album to come to terms with the discomforting sensations many of us have experienced over the last year. Filled with engaging melodies, soft vocals, and personal moments, this ten-track collection explores the artist’s melancholy side. In this album, we find similarities to his previous LP, “Runaway”, which was nominated for the Album Of The Year Award at the Pop Awards 2019. …


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Joe Bonamassa — Royal Tea

If you’re a die-hard fan, you’d already be familiar with Joe Bonamassa’s urge to take risks and explore new territories, but the blues rock maestro is back with yet another surprise for his fans and all the music lovers. Joe Bonamassa comes forward with a new album, “Royal Tea”, to pay tribute to his British heroes: Led Zeppelin, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Cream, whose influences shaped him to be the virtuoso he is today. To draw inspiration for his new album, Bonamassa flew to London, and set up in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. The ten originals of the album were all written and recorded in the historical studio. …


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Maria Mena

Following the success of Maria Mena’s debut album, “Another Phase”, in her home country Norway, the gifted singer-songwriter from Oslo has developed quite a following throughout Europe. With her delicate voice, heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting, and lush pop arrangements, she is certainly an artist on track to advance within the global music scene. The seven-track EP “They Never Leave Their Wives” is the most recent release from Maria Mena, a sincere and emotional collection of songs that deals with her divorce. …


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Bon Jovi — 2020

As we enter the last quarter of 2020, a million people have already died from the virus, white supremacy is more prevalent than ever before, and a significant number of people are unemployed. In a time like this, American rock band Bon Jovi has a new album for us, named after the gloomy year, but with a message of hope and positivity, and a reminder that we are in this together. Most of the album was recorded in 2019 and originally it was set to release in May 2020, but the sad state of affairs made Bon Jovi reconsider the mood of the record. As fans will notice, “2020” is nothing like the band has ever recorded before. …


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Alicia Keys — Alicia

With the release of her seventh album, Alicia Keys shows that she still has her feet firmly on the ground and her heart in the right place. Delayed by almost half a year due to the pandemic, this eclectic mix of musical style and passion was definitely worth the wait. Simply titled “Alicia”, this album has been deemed by Alicia Keys herself to be the most personal of her records yet. …


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Joy Denalane — Let Yourself Be Loved

Having earned the reputation as Germany’s Queen of Soul throughout her two-decade-long career, Joy Denalane successfully secures her title with fifth studio album, “Let Yourself Be Loved”. Making her US debut on the legendary Motown Records, this album reflects the label’s historical greats, including Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, in a harmonious mix of 60s and 70s retro soul. Hailing from Berlin and with most of her previous records written in German, Denalane returns with her first English-language LP since “Born & Raised” in 2006. “Let Yourself Be Loved” demonstrates the sheer talent of someone who can create pure emotion with no language barrier. …


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Gregory Porter — All Rise

For many, 2020 has been a year of chaos. This includes Grammy-Award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, hit hard by his brother’s virus-related death in May. Yet, besides all the drama, it’s also a year of celebration for Porter. 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of his debut album, “Water”, as well as the release of his highly-anticipated new album, “All Rise”. After months of delays due to the pandemic, it is finally available now. His sixth studio record is an exploration of love, religion, and resilience. “All Rise” begins with the drum-heavy, mid-tempo track “Concorde” that draws the listener in. …


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American Aquarium

Frontman BJ Barham and his band American Aquarium have shown that when it comes to social and political topics, what you need is a lot of empathy and some rocking country music to start the conversation. The band’s latest album, “Lamentations”, has shown the true depths of Barham’s songwriting and storytelling, touching upon hard-hitting themes including immigration, divorce, and addiction, with each song presenting major issues that often challenge our personal faith. Coming up with the title for American Aquarium’s new record way before its May 2020 release and the outbreak of the pandemic, it couldn’t have been more prophetic. …

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