Exclusive: PopBytes chats with Eden xo

Eden xo

Eden xo is ready for pop domination. It took a few false starts before she emerged as the confident and exciting songstress that she is today. The 25-year-old musician started out in a female-fronted punk band, Shut Up Stella, before moving to England to collaborate as a songwriter with some of the biggest hit makers it pop. When she returned to the US, she fronted Jessie and the Toy Boys (interviewed by PopBytes back in 2011), but after a MORE

Music Video: St. Vincent’s “Birth In Reverse”

St. Vincent

Thanks to the never-ending supply of "album of the year" lists being published again, St. Vincent is getting one last victory lap before we jump into a new calendar year. And rightly she should, because St. Vincent (the album, not the artist or the movie) really does deserve to be ranked in the upper tier. Anyway, now's probably as good a time as any to release the music video for her single, "Birth In Reverse," in which she serves high-fashion MORE

DJ Earworm dropped his “United State of Pop 2014″ mashup!

United State of Pop 2014

We are now less than like three weeks away from the new year, which means only one thing: The year end retrospectives—so many year end retrospectives! Because at this point, the writers of the web have clocked out for the year and we want to do something easy and fun and quick so that we can all go home and get turnt on eggnog. (You haven't been truly turnt until you've been turnt up on rummed eggs.) Anyway, to kick off the retrospective MORE

Beyoncé’s “7/11″ has a #FLAWLESS music video

Beyoncé "7/11"

Last week, we were blessed with a pair of heavenly delights as Beyoncé debuted two brand new songs which would be appearing on the platinum edition of her 5th self-titled studio album (available now). Well, one of them, "7/11", already has its own music video, and Beyoncé managed to put everything I like in it: Christmas, fake nunchucks / lightsaber fights, and pure unadulterated college girl drunkery. Also, Beyoncé! Get off that rolling chair MORE

Beyoncé blesses us with two new tracks … “7/11″ & “Ring Off”

beyonce

Like all massively selling albums, Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album (released by surprise last December without any promotion or announcement) is getting its own box set platinum edition tomorrow (iTunes), which can only mean one thing: new bonus tracks–yay! So take a listen to the two new songs that will be included on the box set, "7/11" (now with a music video) and "Ring Off". I have absolutely no idea what "7/11" is about ... MORE

Azealia Banks is a ‘Broke “Ice Princess” with Expensive Taste’

Azealia Banks

It's been a while since we talked about Azealia Banks, mostly because her musical output (fantastic though it is) kind of got eclipsed by her feuding with everyone. Thankfully, her album Broke with Expensive Taste (iTunes) has finally seen its long overdue and highly anticipated release–SHE'S BACK! THANK HEAVENS SHE'S BACK! It's like a Christmas miracle! (I'm fully aware that Xmas is still over a month away, let me have this.) Anyway, here's MORE

#AMAZING: Jinkx Monsoon covers Radiohead’s “Creep”

Jinkx Monsoon "Creep"

While the rest of the web talks about Kim Kardashian balancing a champagne flute on her ass (which, despite her protestations, doesn't require any talent. I should know: I can balance a champagne flute on my ass too, and lord knows I have zero talent), let's talk about something far less depressing: Jinkx Monsoon covered Radiohead's "Creep" on her record, The Inevitable Album, and she just released the music video–it's AMAZING. I don't mean MORE

Adore Delano: “My Address is Hollywood!”

Adore Delano

You know, we're in the homestretch of 2014, and I've been so focused on Christmas and New Years (we already got Thanksgiving out of the way here in Canada–sorry 'bout it) that I almost forgot about another momentous yearly ritual: The announcement of the next season of RuPaul's Drag Race. It's coming, and it's coming soon! And just think, almost a year ago today, Adore Delano was announced as one of the competitors on the show. And now? She's MORE

BANKS has me ‘Beggin For Thread’ on repeat

BANKS

A few weeks ago I caught BANKS' second sold out show at The Wiltern, which also was the final night of her Goddess Tour. I caught 26-year-old Los Angeles based singer / songwriter BANKS (Jillian Rose Banks) last December at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge–and although I was quite impressed by her vocals–nothing grabbed me that night. Fast forward to September–BANKS drops her debut album, Goddess (on Harvest Records), I fall completely MORE

Sinéad O’Connor has ‘8 Good Reasons’ (maybe 9 now)

Sinéad O'Connor

I've loved Sinéad O'Connor for years and her tenth studio album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss (released on Nettwerk), is definitely one of 2014's best! Catch her just released music video for "8 Good Reasons," one of the album's best tracks as Sinéad gets quite candid in the lyrics. Having been raised Catholic–I get everything that Sinéad has been so vocal about over the year–her brave performance on SNL in 1992 remains MORE

Ferras knows how to “Speak In Tongues”

Ferras "Speak In Tongues"

Easily one of this year's best releases ... don't miss Ferras' new music video for the title track of his EP, Speak In Tongues. I got to see him open for Katy Perry (having just signed to her new label) a few months ago and he was fantastic. Please do pay attention when I actually manage to give a male artist the time of day ... as many of you know that I am so all about the ladies when it comes to music–but then you a have guy like Ferras pop MORE

Gwen Stefani is back with “Baby Don’t Lie”

Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie"

I've been patiently waiting for Gwen Stefani to grace us with new solo material ever since the release of The Sweet Escape, back in 2006 ... which doesn't seem all that long ago but it actually has been eight long years! Thankfully, No Doubt's (totally stellar) 2012 release, Push and Shove, helped tide me over for a bit. Yet once I heard Gwen was joining The Voice as judge, I knew it would be the perfect time to plot her much needed return to the MORE

Don’t Miss Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video!

Nicki Minaj "Anaconda"

Every summer, there's always one song that I can single out as "the worst". This year, that honor went to Jason Derulo for "Wiggle," a song that makes me grind my teeth into powder. Jason has always been the king of hooks that annoyed me to no end, but "Wiggle" holds a special place in my heart for having a hook that's simultaneously irritating, childish and lecherous. Patton Oswalt has this great bit about how G-rated filth is infinitely MORE

Taylor Swift has decided to “Shake It Off”

Jessica Simpson

All right, full disclosure: While I will occasionally rag on Taylor Swift for some of her dumber moves, I actually really like most of her music. What? She has a good voice and she knows how to write catchy songs. Yes, as much as I like to buff my indie credibility, I will always have a soft spot for fluffy top forty stuff. That being said, Taylor has a new single out (the first cut from her just announced new album, 1989) called "Shake It Off" MORE