Sunday, December 30, 2012
Posted by David Kenniston
December was a month of movement. No, literally, I moved back to Los Angeles. It's been a heck of a month, and only three of my fellow panelists were able to join me, and I have to say their work has been done for weeks and it was I who needed to catch up. But as Meryl Streep-as-Julia Child says, "never apologize" when you're creating, so I'll just head right into this, the final list of selections from the year 2012. We have two retrospectives of different kinds of the careers of two of the biggest stars of our time, Kylie Minogue and Kelly Clarkson, as well as variously successful collaborations between controversial artists from will.i.am and Britney Spears to Diane Warren and Jessie J. There are the latest works from two R&B/pop vets, Ciara and Ne-Yo, picks from the sophomore outings of Ellie Goulding and Shoshana Bean, and pieces from two stunning newcomers: pop singer Brittany McDonald and soul vocalist Daley.
As always, there's a good crop of new stuff here you may or may not have heard, so we hope you'll check out anything here you think might interest you. For an extra bit of fun, each panelist has selected one of this month's selections as his or her "Top Pick." What's yours? Enjoy, share and please send your thoughts, whether you think we're right on or full of shit. We're very likely both.