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Top 20 Pop Albums of 2015...in Haiku Form

Tired of reading year-end lists? I feel you. Here are my favorite 20 pop albums of 2015, with bite-sized poems attached. Listen, and enjoy

1 / 20

Christine & The Queens, “Christine & The Queens”

Transcendent debut:
Even if you don’t speak French,
These songs will move you.

2 / 20

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Emotion”

Believe the critics:
Carly Rae’s post-"Call" career
Will make your heart swell.

3 / 20

Years & Years, “Communion”

The synthesized soul
Of Communion can yield both
Dance parties and tears.

4 / 20

Holychild, “The Shape of Brat Pop of Come”

Candy-coated pop
From a duo of dreamers;
These songs don’t slow down.

5 / 20

Fifth Harmony, “Reflection”

“Worth It” was a smash,
But these five girls were BO$$es
Before radio.

6 / 20

Shamir, “Ratchet”

Hate “ratchet-ass goons”?
None exist in Shamir’s line
Of spastic vision.

7 / 20

Troye Sivan, “Blue Neighbourhood”

Hard not to get lost
In these lovelorn confessions.
Hark, a star is born!

8 / 20

Grimes, “Art Angels”

Pop’s most singular
Auteur keeps reinventing,
And we keep dancing.

9 / 20

Hailee Steinfeld, “HAIZ” EP

First, an Oscar nom,
Then a flawless first EP?
She SHOULD love herself!

10 / 20

Little Mix, “Get Weird”

The rhythmic Salute
Gets a more diverse sequel,
And LM still soars.

11 / 20

Empress Of, “Me”

“How Do You Do It”?
That is, how do you write such
Breathtaking lyrics?

12 / 20

Chvrches, “Every Open Eye”

Glasgow trio makes
More immaculate songs for
Fake John Hughes soundtracks.

13 / 20

Adele, “25”

Only thing bigger
Than Star Wars released this fall!
Neither disappoints.

14 / 20

Selena Gomez, “Revival”

The complexities
Of “The Heart Wants What It Wants,”
Given space to breathe.

15 / 20

One Direction, “Made In The A.M.”

Zayn who?? Just kidding.
Slight step down from Four, but the
A.M. still shines bright.

16 / 20

Brandon Flowers, “The Desired Effect”

The Killers frontman
Finds his solo mojo; thanks,
Ariel Rechtshaid!

17 / 20

Demi Lovato, "Confident"

Cool for the summer,
Yes, that’s true; but Demi is
Stone-cold great all year.

18 / 20

Róisín Murphy, "Hairless Toys"

Not the pop triumph
To follow Overpowered,
But lovably strange.

19 / 20

Shawn Mendes, "Handwritten"

What are better than
Six-second loops? Full songs with

20 / 20

Justin Bieber, "Purpose"

Is it too late now...
To hop aboard the Biebs Train?
Call it a comeback.

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November 21: King Kendrick

Kendrick Lamar graces the cover of Variety magazine, where he discusses his praised career, slew of hits, the country's political state and more. “America will survive once it recognizes the position it’s in, and the trials that it’s facing. Once people stop being nonchalant to it and recognize it, that’s when," he explains. "When it’s not something that’s just swept under the rug because we’re the quote-unquote ‘greatest country in the world.’”