Mozez — Lights On

How do you classify an artist who seamlessly blends experimental EDM, pop, R&B, soul, and gospel? You don’t. You simply sit back and enjoy the ride. And what an enjoyable ride it is! With his new album, “Lights On”, Mozez takes us on a spiritual journey that will leave none of us indifferent. These past months have been bleak and difficult for many of us, and the future seems uncertain too. However, Mozez has hope, and he’s ready to share it with the world. His message of universal love is carried by his incredibly smooth voice. …


Ellie Holcomb — Canyon

Let us go down to the river to pray. Ellie Holcomb’s new album is here, and it feels like a gulp of fresh water on a hot summer day. Amidst the struggles and the negativity brought about by the pandemic and the social climate, “Canyon” is a unifying cry from the heart. The upbeat melodies are not groundbreakingly original, but they are pleasant and catchy enough to be worth listening to. However, the real treat in the Nashville-born singer’s third album are the lyrics. With recurring themes of light, hope, and healing, the album feels like an old friend talking…


The Imaginaries

The multi-talented husband-and-wife duo of Shane Henry and Maggie McClure, together known as The Imaginaries, has published their self-titled debut album in March. The folk rock LP was recorded alongside other great musicians in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and covers themes such as love, faith, and struggle. The first two songs on the record, “Revival” and “Walking On A Wire,” were released as singles, accompanied by amazing music videos that were shot in the duo’s home state of Oklahoma. These songs set a beautiful tone for the rest of the ten-track album. Shane and Maggie are incredible vocalists and musicians, whether…


Grace Pettis

It’s time to pay attention because Grace Pettis’ master class on feminism is in session. Born from a travelling songwriter and a poetry scholar, the love for beautiful music and powerful lyrics is in her blood. She authors or co-authors all of her songs, putting a little bit of herself into each of it. She does not simply sing the words of others. It’s her heart and mind that can be heard on each of the tracks on her brand new album “Working Woman” — and what a beautiful heart. All of her songs are infused with a touching passion…


Kaleo — Surface Sounds

Since the release of their multi-platinum hit “Way Down We Go” in 2015 and the subsequent studio album “A/B”, Icelandic rock band Kaleo is immensely popular. The band’s music is infused with blues and folk, and tends to trickle down one of two tones: soulful garage grunge driven by rugged riffs or a more lyrical tranquility sprinkled with falsetto and acoustic delicacy. On their new full-length record, the band remains comfortably distinctive, playing in many of the same shades as they did previously, yet another testament to the band’s remarkable grip on American soul and roots music and song structure…


Noga Erez — Kids

Israeli musician Noga Erez has released her eagerly anticipated sophomore album just in time for the Passover weekend in the Jewish tradition — a Passover gift, if you will. At first listen, “Kids” is a catchy, well-produced, rhythmic trip around what it means to be young in today’s world. Erez’s personal style is unmistakable, and that’s not only true for her sound but for her unconventional visuals as well. At the Pop Awards 2021, she was nominated for the Music Video Of The Year Award with “Views”. …


Jon Batiste — We Are

Louisiana native Jon Batiste is a star — there is no question. Throughout the past year, he has been busy with numerous projects and performances, including co-engineering the original motion picture soundtrack for “Soul”, appearing at the Juneteenth celebration in Brooklyn, and continuing his work as the musical director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he performs with his band, Stay Human. The Juilliard graduate was also nominated for two Grammys and one Academy Award. Jon Batiste returns on his new studio album as a household name. “We Are” is filled with 13 tracks of soulful optimism, gorgeous…


Pop Awards

Today is the day. Pop Magazine is ready to announce the winners of the Pop Awards 2021. An incredible number of votes has been cast and counted, and the results are in. We have combined the votes from the public voting with the votes cast by our expert panel of music journalists, each accounting for 50% of the total. We are so grateful for your participation in the voting process. The 4th annual Pop Awards have not only seen a high turnout from music fans, we have also doubled the number of nominees and categories to a total of 50…


Zara Larsson — Poster Girl

Zara Larsson first came to fame in 2008 when she won the Swedish version of the competition show Got Talent at just ten years old, with stunning renditions of songs by Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. Those who have seen Zara’s performances predicted a great future for her in the music industry and she has proven them right over and over again by releasing two successful studio albums and numerous Platinum-certified hit singles. At only 23 years old, she’s now releasing her third opus, “Poster Girl”. This new album is filled with lively melodies, contemporary dance-pop beats, and fun voice…


Tash Sultana — Terra Firma

Tash Sultana returns with a 14-track gem of a sophomore project: “Terra Firma”. The album is everything that listeners hoped it would be, with spellbinding riffs and vulnerable lyrics guiding listeners every step of the way. But this comes as no surprise to her fans, as Sultana has always been a versatile artist open about her internal struggles, which include a history of drug addiction as a teenager. Sultana’s self-examination shines beautifully and relatably throughout “Terra Firma”. The Australian multi-instrumentalist certainly knows how to craft melodies and words that allow listeners to peer into her soul. Since busking on the…

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