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…


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…


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…


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. …


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…

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