Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it…

Is Conor Maynard More Adventurous? ‘Contrast’ Shows Some Tinges


If ‘teen’ is a suffix on your age, then you shouldn’t be too suggestive musically, right? Well, that has seemed to be the trend throughout the year. British pop singer Conor Maynard is 20 and January 8, 2013 saw the U.S. release of his debut Contrast. Because I have such an ‘affinity’ to teen-pop/youthful-pop – at least to criticize it…