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Michael Gallucci is the senior editor at Ultimate Classic Rock. His previous gigs include editor-of-chief at, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.

Rihanna, ‘Unapologetic’ – Album Review

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Does Rihanna ever sleep? She’s released an album a year since 2009, plus she’s appeared on various remixes and other artists’ cuts as a featured singer since her 2005 debut. Where does she find the time?

After glancing at the list of songwriters, producers, studio magicians and guests who make up her seventh album, ‘Unapologetic,’ you can assume she catches a few Z’s while everyone else is putting together her records.

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Christina Aguilera, ‘Lotus’ – Album Review

Christina Aguilera
RCA Records

The last time Christina Aguilera made an album, in 2010, she sounded as robotic as the cyborg she played on the ‘Bionic’ cover. But three seasons as a coach on ‘The Voice’ have brought the diva back down to earth, at least a little. She sounds more human on ‘Lotus,’ her seventh album, but she also sounds a tad desperate – for a hit, for attention, for the adoration dumped on Taylor Swift.

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Ellie Goulding, ‘Halcyon’ – Album Review

Ellie Goulding
Simon Emmett

Ellie Goulding's hit single 'Lights' has the dubious honor of being one of the slowest-climbing songs to ever reach the top of the charts. 'Lights' debuted in the Hot 100 in May 2011 and finally reached No. 2 this past August -- 15 months later. The leisurely success of the song, a highlight of the British singer's 2010’s debut album of the same name, put plans for her follow-up LP, 'Halcyon,' on hold.

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Top 10 Halloween Videos

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As you will see in our rundown of the Top 10 Halloween Videos, All Hallow's Eve isn't just about gorging on Kit Kats and dressing up like your favorite super heroes. It's also about scary stuff like zombies, haunted houses, possessed little kids and that creepy voice Nicki Minaj uses on 87 percent of her songs.

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No. 5 Halloween Video: Rihanna, ‘Disturbia’


Rihanna plays a caged prisoner in a fright wig, among other roles, in this jumpy Halloween video that juggles about a dozen different scenes. The dungeon where she's held also includes raggedy-dressed dancers, a stuffed wolf and rooms that reveal sideshows featuring different versions of the Bajan songstress. The quick, frantic edits make sure you never h

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No. 7 Halloween Video: Missy Elliott, ‘Get Ur Freak On’


Missy Elliott's super freaky jams always sound like something otherworldly -- so it's no surprise that one of her best songs sets its cameo-stuffed video in a dingy sewer populated by a bunch of dancing girls, lots of dry ice and a pasty leather-sporting  freak. The scene occasionally shifts to a park filled with

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No. 9 Halloween Video: Katy Perry, ‘E.T.’


The E.T. in Katy Perry's hit song has little to do with the Reese's Pieces-lovin' alien. But Kanye West does play a "big-headed astronaut" who floats through the sky in a glowing orb while spitting a couple of verses. Mostly, though, the sci-fi video stars a sex-hungry space girl (played by Perry, of course) drifting

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