Month: October 2014

Album Review: Taylor Swift Does Pop Her Way on 1989

A couple of days ago, I wrote that Taylor Swift might not understand pop music. After the release of three songs from 1989 ahead of its release, it seemed to me that Taylor was lessening her craft to fit into the pop landscape, which led to shockingly disappointing material that would tarnish her reputation as a prolific

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Retailers vs. Apple Pay: The Stupidest Industry War

Last week, Apple finally activated Apple Pay, its much touted mobile payment system using the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple is admittedly late to the game on this one: NFC terminals have been around for years, and other smartphones have been using mobile payment systems (notably Google Wallet) for quite some time. However,

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I Don’t Think Taylor Swift Gets Pop Music

On Tuesday, Taylor Swift released “Welcome to New York”, the second promo single for 1989, the country singer’s first official foray into true blue pop music. Following the release of “Out of The Woods”, I have to admit that my expectations were pretty high. I figured that “Shake It Off”, which I derided last month,

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When Did Nick Jonas Become a Pop Star?

If you told me six months ago that Nick Jonas, one-third of the Jonas Brothers, would be poised for genuine pop superstardom, I probably would’ve laughed. It wouldn’t have been a malicious laugh. It’s just that the premise seemed so unlikely. After the Jonas Brothers imploded last year, for reasons no one really understands, can

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