How Prince Taught Me About Female Sexuality

He helped me realize there are men who enjoy being submissive to women — and that being a woman who’s more sexually experienced than a man isn’t something to hide or being ashamed of.


As a little kid in the early 1980s, I remember watching the video for Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” for the first time, as I experienced the magic of cable television and MTV in my family’s first house. I could not look away from this man with the hairy chest, single hoop earring, and feathered hair. When I was around 11 or 12, my sister was in college and dated a guy who was a huge Prince fan. He let me listen to his records, including the B-sides and bootlegs, like “Girl,” “Erotic City,” and “17 Days.” I felt like I was a member of a club with select membership.

I’ve been fascinated with sex since an early age, and even as a child, I knew Prince was “nasty,” but it drew me to him even more. Prince built a reputation on his risqué songs, like “Head” with lyrics that said, “I know you’re good, girl/ I think you like to go down.” With songs like “Soft and Wet,” it’s easy to think that Prince only sees women as objects made for sexual pleasure, but looking further, his songs show women with the same sexual urges as men. Acts like Salt-N-Pepa and Madonna were equally important in showcasing women’s desires through song during my childhood, but Prince’s work resonated more with me. His music shaped my own sexuality because it helped me realize there are men who enjoy being submissive to women, that there are men who are willing to admit to helplessness during sex, and that being a woman who’s more sexually experienced than a man isn’t something to hide or being ashamed of.

His ’80s catalog, in particular, was a revelatory mix of sex, politics, and religion. He sang as a man unafraid of changing how society looked at masculinity, a man who enjoyed a more sexually experienced woman, and as a man willing to follow a woman’s lead.

“Darling Nikki,” from the 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack, details a one-night stand. It has all the markers to offend — a sex fiend of a woman masturbating in public who abandons her conquest after using him. On the surface, the song has much in common with 1982’s “Little Red Corvette,” another song about a one-night stand with a promiscuous woman. However, in “Little Red Corvette,” Prince’s persona warns the woman against her sexually adventurous lifestyle and attempts to “tame” her into monogamy. In “Darling Nikki,” the object of the woman’s affection has no problems with being used and ends the song begging for her to come back. Also, “Darling Nikki” was the catalyst for Tipper Gore, ex-wife of former Vice President Al Gore, to become co-founder of the Parents Music Resource Center, which led to “Parental Advisory” stickers on music deemed too explicit for children.

People frequently sing “Darling Nikki” to me because of my nickname (although I spell it differently) and love for Prince, but they don’t realize how empowering the song was for me once I became sexually active as a teenager. As I matured, I frequently warred with the idea of being a “good girl” who doesn’t talk about sex openly because it meant I was “easy” and yet wanting to express myself sexually in an open and honest way. I was warned that when women talk about sex, no matter how innocently, it makes people want to have sex with her, and that could have dangerous consequences. Even though “Darling Nikki” is told from the point of view of her conquest, I felt drawn to the woman in the title, bold and memorable. I wanted to be like her. I haven’t followed Darling Nikki’s exact footsteps, and my journey to realizing my full sexual self hasn’t always been straightforward, but I often think of her and the song when challenging myself sexually.

Beyond fast-paced rock and pop songs like “Darling Nikki,” “Little Red Corvette,” or even “Raspberry Beret,” where Prince sings about succumbing to the wiles of women more sexually experienced, he has more traditional R&B-like ballads, making sexual demands of his lovers for their mutual satisfaction. In “Do Me, Baby” from 1981’s Controversy and “Scandalous” from the 1989 Batman soundtrack, he asks to be touched and explored and lets the objects of his desire know that he’s at their mercy. Despite the persona’s obvious eagerness to make love, he lets his partners set the pace. In “Do Me, Baby,” he waits for his lover to lay him down, a sure sign of the other’s readiness. In “Scandalous,” Prince croons, “Anything’s acceptable / just ask me / and I’ll try it.” He’s willing to follow someone else’s lead. In these songs, Prince sings of his overwhelming desire for his partner but doesn’t rush the rendezvous. He encourages his lovers to lead, knowing that his being in a submissive position will be mutually beneficial.

When people jokingly wonder how a man who wears heels and makeup, challenging ideas of masculinity, is able to date so many women, I often think of songs like “Do Me, Baby” and “Scandalous.” He understands the need to give his partners room to take charge and how doing so doesn’t equal a threat to his manhood. On the album version of “Do Me, Baby,” Prince ends the song with his orgasm, begs his partner for help, and finally asks to be held. The vulnerability he displays perhaps answers the question of how this diminutive man in eyeliner and lace can be considered a ladies’ man. It set a high bar for me when it came to my own sexual partners. I expected my boyfriends to let me lead sometimes and to express neediness without shame. My disappointment was frequent, so I’d return to Prince’s music to daydream.

As much as Prince’s music gave me permission to accept my own sexual maturity, his discography is not without issue. Sometimes he is flat-out hypocritical and misogynistic. “Little Red Corvette” borders on what we’d now call slut-shaming. On stage, Prince frequently pairs women dancers together in sexual mimicry, and yet some of his lyrics scold women about being bisexual. On the 1979 self-titled album, the song “Bambi” attempts to convince a woman to abandon her female lover because “it’s better with a man.” Prince ends the song declaring, “Bambi, I know what U need / Bambi, maybe U need 2 bleed.” In the 1982 bootleg single “Xtraloveable,” Prince’s persona tries to seduce a woman by asking her if she wants to take a bath with him. He praises her because she doesn’t brag about her love life and doesn’t appear to be loose with her affections: “What I dig the most is the way that U keep your sugar in your hand / till I want it.” However, later he claims he’s “on the verge of rape” then: “I’m sorry / but I’m just gonna have 2 rape U / Now are U going to get in the tub / Or do I have 2 drag U?” Prince moves from seduction to rape, and it’s jarring. Here, his usual submissive role is gone and replaced with an overly aggressive one. One moment, the song’s persona is happy that his lover makes him wait, and the next he’s threatening rape because she doesn’t respond to his advances quickly enough.

Prince recently performed “Bambi” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with the all-female band he fronts, 3rdEyeGirl. He didn’t sing the final threat of violence, but the overall sexist sentiment of the song remained, especially considering the fact that Prince stood in front of an all-woman band. Perhaps Prince decided to play the song because it’s more rock than funk or R&B and showcases his rock guitar talents. It remains an odd song selection.

In 2013, Prince released “Extraloveable Reloaded,” with sanitized lyrics. The sugar in hand becomes a vague “it,” and any mention of rape is scrubbed. Since Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, he’s become increasingly conservative, refusing to play most of his racier songs that cemented his place in pop culture. Recent music like “Da Bourgeoisie” returns to shaming a woman for her bisexuality, but “Breakfast Can Wait” hints that the old, raunchy Prince is still around.

Prince still has moments where he wags his finger at a woman because of her choices, but then I think of “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” from the 1987 album Sign O’ the Times. It’s a song so important to me that I have a line of its lyrics tattooed around my left ankle. In it, Prince’s alter ego Camille sings in the perspective of a man who wonders if becoming a woman would lead to a closer relationship with his current female lover. Again, Prince disrupts heteronormative ideals of masculinity by being willing to change genders for more significant connection, the kind shared between women.

It’s hard to reconcile the Prince of gender-fluidity with the one who refuses to comment on same-sex marriage. I’ve overlooked his bouts of hypocrisy and sexism to concentrate on what I’ve learned from his music over the years. With his music, I gave myself permission to be bold and shameless in my desires. As a Southern woman, I’ve grown up dancing to a lot of music that directly contradicts my feminist beliefs, like bass and bounce. Lyrics demanding women to pop their pussies or guaranteeing material goods in exchange for satisfactory sex fly directly in the face of the idea that a woman is more than her body and sexuality. It’s not enough to shrug off the misogynistic verses simply because of a good beat. Not only did I give myself permission to speak freely about sex, I also had to allow myself to be a complex person who enjoys flawed artists and their art.

Prince’s early catalog taught me things about myself I wasn’t even aware I was learning at such a young age. When I made the decision to become sexually active as a teen, I imitated Prince’s moans and gasps from his songs as practice to make sure I would sound sexy in bed. To this day, you might catch me making sounds straight from “Do Me, Baby,” “Girl,” or “Vibrator,” a Vanity 6 song Prince wrote. That’s what was sexy to me — a man willing to vocalize pleasure and be vulnerable and so I sought to translate that into my own sex life. Despite his increasingly conservative beliefs and his occasionally sexist lyrics, Prince helped me achieve an honest and good sex life. For that, I’ll always be grateful.

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You Love Music, But Did You Know How Much It Affects Your Life?

Think of your favorite band or your favorite song. There are more reasons behind your favorite band and song than you know. What kind of music you listen to says a lot about you as a person and can also influence a lot of the things you do. Don’t believe it? Learn more about how music changes you below. 

1.) A song that gets stuck in your head is called an “earworm.”

2.) Your heartbeat changes to mimic the music you listen to.

3.) You don’t like the original version of a song because it’s better. You like it because it’s the one you heard first.

4.) Musical training can significantly improve motor and reasoning skills.

5.) Singing or playing music can help depression.

6.) The type of music you listen to affects the way you perceive the world.

7.) Loud music can make a person drink more in less time.

8.) Angry music improves your performance when you try to achieve goals. It makes you focus on rewards, increases persistence, and makes you feel in control.

9.) Flowers are known to grow faster when music plays near them.

10.) Ambient noise can improve creativity.

11.) Listening to music while working out measurably improves physical performance.

12.) Music can significantly distract us while driving.

13.) Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.

14.) The music you love when you are 20 years old will probably be the music you love for the rest of your life.

Music shows more about you and who you are as a person than you would ever believe. It can also alter moods and speak to you. So the next time you make a mixtape or share something on Spotify, know that you’re really sharing a part of yourself with someone else.

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These 20 Celebrities Are Loved By Most People. They Also Committed Some Crimes.

Celebrities are all about their image. They pay a lot of money to a lot of people so that we only see the very best side of them.

But when they go around breaking the law, that image gets a little more difficult to keep clean. Sometimes, the crimes happened before they found fame, but that doesn’t make it any easier on their PR person. Some of these stars succeeded at making us forget anything ever happened, while others… Well, they might have gotten off easy with their legal punishment, but their careers may never fully recover. Take a look.

1.) Bill Gates: Driving without a license and speeding.

The Microsoft billionaire was arrested twice in the 1970s for driving without a license. First in 1975 while speeding and again in 1977 when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

2.) James Brown: Theft, assault, possessing firearms and domestic violence.

At age 16, the “Godfather of Soul” was sentenced to 3 years in prison after getting arrested for theft. Later he was taken in 1988 when a high speed chase ended with the discovery of illegal weapons and drugs in his car, then assaulted the arresting officer. He spent 3 years in prison again. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, his third wife Adrienne Rodriguez had him charged with domestic violence four separate times.

3.) Vanilla Ice: Possession of a firearm, assault and battery.

The rapper has been arrested several times, first in 1991 after threatening a homeless man with a firearm, then again in 2001 for assaulting his wife where he was sentenced to probation and family counseling. He was brought in a third time in 2008 for battery, again in an altercation with his wife.

4.) Mark Wahlberg: Attempted murder and assault.

When the actor was 16, he attacked two Vietnamese men with a wooden stick and was initially charged with attempted murder before pleading guilty to assault. He served 45 days of his two year sentence.

5.) Hugh Grant: Soliciting a prostitute.

In 1995, the actor caused a stir after being arrested for lewd conduct in a public place with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown. At the time, he was in a highly publicized longterm relationship with Elizabeth Hurley. He appeared on The Tonight Show the week following his arrest where he candidly (and affably) spoke about the incident.

6.) Will Smith: Aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

Smith was arrested in 1989 for being part of an assault that left one of the men practically blind. The actor was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and criminal conspiracy, but the charges were later dismissed.

7.) Tim Allen: Cocaine possession and drunk driving.

Long before he was grunting away on Home Improvement, the “Tool Man” was arrested in 1978 at age 25 for possessing over 650 grams of cocaine. He served two and a half years for that sentence, then ran into the law again in 1997 for driving under the influence. For that he served a year’s probation and attended rehab.

8.) Christian Slater: Drunk driving, assault, possession of a firearm, sexual assault.

The boyish charm started fading away in 1989 when Slater was arrested for driving under the influence. He was then arrested twice in 1997, first for assaulting his girlfriend while drunk and then again for attempting to board a flight while carrying a loaded gun. In 2005, he was arrested and charged with third-degree sexual assault after grabbing a woman’s behind on the street.

9.) Winona Ryder: Grand theft.

The actress decided to end a shopping spree one day without actually paying for any of the merchandise. She was sentenced to 3 years probation, but her career is still trying to resurface after the event.

10.) Wesley Snipes: Failure to pay taxes.

Snipes spent three years in prison after being found guilty of three misdemeanor accounts of failure to pay taxes. He was released in April 2013.

11.) Martha Stewart: Insider trading.

She only served five months of her sentence in prison before being allowed to finish the 2-year sentence at her home.

12.) Li’l Kim: Conspiracy and perjury.

At the peak of her career in 2005, it was discovered that the rapper lied in front of a grand jury regarding her friend’s involvement in a murder outside of a New York recording studio. She spent 366 days in jail and was greeted by fans upon her release in July 2006.

13.) Paris Hilton: Driving under the influence.

The hotel heiress has had several run ins with the law, but in 2006 she was arrested and served three weeks in prison for driving intoxicated.

14.) Khloe Kardashian: Driving under the influence.

Before her reality show, Khloe was arrested in 2007 for driving drunk and sentenced to three years probation. She then broke that probation and was sentenced to 30 days in prison, but only served 3 hours due to overcrowding.

15.) Kiefer Sutherland: Driving under the influence.

The actor has been brought in not once, not twice, but four times for driving intoxicated. First in1989, then 1993, 2004 and finally in 2007 when he was sentenced and served 48 days in prison.

16.) Jay Z: Assault.

In 1999, Jay was sentenced to three years probation after a fight broke out in a night club that ended with him stabbing a record executive in the stomach.

17.) Matthew McConaughey: Drug possession.

The actor was discovered in his home, naked, dancing and playing bongo drums after a neighbor called in a noise complaint. They searched his home and found marijuana and paraphernalia, but those charges were eventually dropped and he simply paid the $50 noise fine.

18.) Woody Harrelson: Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Before everyone knew his name, the actor was arrested in 1982 for disorderly conduct when he was found dancing in the middle of a street. He then resisted arrest but was able to avoid jail time by paying a fine.

(H/T: So Bad So Good, Buzzfeed.)

I had forgotten about so many of these. This is going to make me feel different about going to the movies for awhile.

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Definitive Proof Lady Gaga’s Stage Show Will Never Be Topped

Mother Monster forever.

1. Let’s face it, Lady Gaga deserves every YAAAS that comes her way.

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2. She is nothing but PURE FIRE and works hard to create an iconic world around every single one of her performances.


3. Her stage show has been described as an “electro-pop opera” that guarantees fans both an incredible visual and audio experience.


The Monster Ball tour broke records for a debut artist because she’s THAT good.

4. And you’ll NEVER pay to see her lip sync at a show.

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5. She’s all about a powerful entrance.




Pop star starter kit: Large white curtain, projector, fog machine.

6. Even if it means coming out of a human-sized egg.


Or a “vessel” as Gaga calls it.

7. She’s not afraid to bleed to death on international television.




8. Or play a piano that is LITERALLY on fire.


That wig could have easily caught on fire but she powered through!

9. Only Gaga could go from being a human canvas for a vomit/paint mixture…



10. … to this ethereal angel sent by Jesus himself.


11. She’s really into being a canvas on stage… because she’s a WORK OF ART.

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12. Her outfits prove that even a bra can ignite a conversation.


13. And that no one has looked this good in a seashell bra since Ariel hit the scene.

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14. The hair is a performance in and of itself.

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15. Even when the hair is in her hand and not head.

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16. She risks her life battling fame monsters on stage.

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17. And transforms your everyday piano into a giant gold stiletto.


18. Even other pop superstars want to share the stage with this force of nature.


Elton and Xtina transformed themselves into Gaga clones too.

19. For those that think that Gaga is all about the look and not the voice, take a gander at this.

20. And this.

It speaks for itself.

21. Little monsters continue to remember her concert six years after the fact.

How the hell am I still having monster ball 1.0 withdrawals… It’s 2015… #pcd #monsterball

— ChristianSaad (@Christian Says)

22. And even celebrities today agree that Gaga’s still serving up all sorts of realness in 2015.

YES GAGA.Show them your CHOPS!

— DebraMessing (@Debra Messing)

23. Gaga is a fearless performer whose creativity knows NO bounds. You’ll never know what she’s brewing up in that perfectly styled wig next.

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No One Should Have Been Surprised Lady Gaga Slayed At The Oscars

Mother Monster has ALWAYS been the best.

1. So you probably saw Lady Gaga’s EPIC tribute last night to The Sound Of Music.

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If not, watch the full performance ASAP here.

2. Like, Gaga came out in this stunning white ensemble and BROUGHT. THE. HOUSE. DOWN.

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3. It was so powerful it legit had Julie Andrews, AKA Maria Von Trapp herself, in TEARS.

4. Strangely enough, people actually seemed SURPRISED that she killed the performance.

Anyone else shocked? @ladygaga showed exactly how classy she is tonight. Very beautifully done. Her versatility amazed me tonight. #Oscars

— nationalist909 (@Daniel Dempsey)

Is this really @ladygaga 👀 ?? I’m like super shocked right now!!!! Seriously #shocked #Oscars

— MorganMylesLIVE (@Morgan Myles)

8. So if you think Lady Gaga is just some pop star with some crazy outfits, you need to SIT YOUR ASS DOWN and receive an education about what an epic artist she truly is.

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9. Let’s start with her voice, because DUH. Have you heard her stripped-down acoustic version of “Edge Of Glory”?

10. How about her Grammys duet with Tony Bennett? It’s obvious that Gaga doesn’t just have a voice for pop… but for jazz and theater.

11. Now let’s go way way back, before she was famous. She basically was DESTINED for greatness, because she learned to play the piano at age four and was accepted to the Juilliard School at 11 …


However, she didn’t attend.

12. … and she also studied at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School for the Arts.

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13. Just check out this ethereal performance from when Gaga was at NYU. It’s clear the talent has ALWAYS been there.

14. Y’all should ALSO know Gaga signed her first record deal at the ripe old age of 19.


You were probably doing keg stands as a freshman at the same age.

15. And you want to talk talent some more? Gaga wrote her lead single “Just Dance” IN 10 MINUTES.


Can your faves even?

16. So yeah, Gaga knows a thing or two about writing and producing music — she’s churned out tracks for Britney Spears, Fergie, the Pussycat Dolls, and Jennifer Lopez, as well.

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She ain’t just some vocalist for hire like some other pop stars out there! NOT NAMING NAMES but you know who you are.

17. But Gaga ALSO is an incredible live performer. Maybe you remember her insane dance moves… sick vocals… and crazy piano skills from her Grammys performance with Sir Elton John?

You probably should watch it. Right NOW.

18. Or what about her fiercely theatrical VMAs performance of “Paparazzi” in 2009 where she DIED ON STAGE???

19. We also CANNOT forget her truly inspired music videos. Like “Bad Romance” which has been viewed more than 600 MILLION TIMES on YouTube alone.


20. Or “G.U.Y.” which also featured The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?!?!?


21. Or how about “Telephone,” where Gaga had the balls to bring in Queen Bey as a FEATURED artist?!?!


22. We can also get statistical. Let’s start with her SIX Grammys…

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23. … and her 13 MTV VMAs …

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24. … and three straight No. 1 albums!!!


25. This also wasn’t the first time Gaga was called in because a major event needed a one-of-a-kind headliner. Maybe you heard about the time she played for the MOTHERFUCKING Queen of England

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Check out her full performance here.

26. … or when she closed out NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom with a string of seven — SEVEN!!! — sold out shows.

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27. Basically, if you had a set of eyes and ears and were paying attention to music the past few years, last night’s performance should NOT have been a surprise.


28. So let’s recognize Gaga for what she REALLY is: the baddest, most talented chick in the GAME.


29. All together now: “YAAASS GAGA YAAASS!”


30. We can’t wait to see what you’re gonna do next.

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Sara Ramirez on Extra at the Grove singing “The Story” (VIDEO)

Tony winner Sara Ramirez finally get to mix the best of both worlds by being an actress and singer!

The much talked about “Grey’s Anatomy music event” was for the most part a huge success thanks to Sara who lead the ensemble of cast singing well-loved music used on the show over the past few years for the special musical episode.

Promoting her self-titled EP and the Grey’s Anatomy album (available exclusively on iTunes), she stops by to meet Mario Lopez at the Grove last Thursday, March 31. She performed “The Story” originally performed by Brandi Carlile. The song is featured on her EP and the Grey’s Anatomy album.

Allison Iraheta’s single “Friday I’ll Be Over U” getting some love from the press


Genre: Pop/Rock
“Friday I’ll Be Over U” is the first single from the debut album of American Idol season eight finalist Allison Iraheta. On Friday, October 2nd, 2009, a small snippet was released to fans who called Allison’s line at 323-982-8897. The single was released to radio stations on Monday, October 5th. It will be officially released through digital distribution on October 20th, 2009.

Allison’s debut album will arrive in stores and online on December 1st including her soon-to-be-smash “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

from EW’s Michael Slezak:

“Allison’s debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (the first 2:20 of which is streaming at PopEater) is the real deal, an aggressively jaunty kiss-off track that juxtaposes genuine, hard-edged attitude from Idol’s season 8 fourth-place finisher with a chorus as unapologetically addictive as Grape Bubble Yum.

Right from the opening “Oh yeah,” you can tell Allison’s having a great time dragging her lie-telling crush back to the customer-service desk for a full-money refund, and the age-appropriate lyrics (”Got my heart by tellin’ lies/ You weren’t what you advertised”) seem designed to spark mass sing-alongs with teenage girls (both inner and actual) across the nation.

Even better, when Allison repeats the song’s title at the end of the second verse — “No, no, I ain’t gonna cry/ Go and be with her tonight/ I really don’t care what you do/ ‘Cause Friday I’ll be over you” — the tart twist of harmony comes off like an homage to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” (with hints of the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and an opening guitar line that somehow reminds me of Blur’s “Song 2? thrown in for good measure).”


from Lyndsey Parker of Y! Music (Yahoo):

“Interestingly, while “Friday” rawks pretty hard–as one would expect from AmIdol’s all-time rockingest rock chick EVER–it doesn’t quite have that bloozy, classic-rock vibe fans might have expected, given Allison’s recent Idols Live tour songs (Janis Joplin’s “Crybaby,” Heart’s “Barracuda,” Foghat’s “Slow Ride”). Instead it is a thoroughly modern affair, reminiscent of the fizzy, attitudinal girl-pop of Scandinavian indie-disco darlings the Sounds and criminally underrated pop-rocker Fefe Dobson…with a coy nod to fierce ’90s femmes like Veruca Salt and Elastica, and a little bit of Toni Basil/Kim Wilde-esque retro-’80s flavor thanks to copious syncopated hand-claps and bloopy, bubbling synths.

This single very effectively and unapologetically establishes just exactly who Allison Iraheta is, with a confidence rarely displayed by recording artists even twice her age. That’s exactly what a debut single should do.”

from Jim Farber of NY Daily News:

“If I alone judged “American Idol,” 17-year-old rocker-chick Allison Iraheta would have come in second in this year’s competition – just behind berserk rock-opera god Adam Lambert.

(In fact, she came in fourth).

Luckily, listeners will soon have a chance to correct this grave injustice. Iraheta’s first single, “Friday I’ll Be over You,” which was leaked to Popeater, comes out any day now. (Iraheta’s full, debut CD doesn’t arrive until Dec. 1st).

If the single’s any indication, we have a lot to look forward it. It’s a zippy blast of rock-inflected pop, much in the Joan Jett mold, though modified by more production gloss than that hard star would ever allow.

While the song’s chorus slicks things up in too obvious a bid at radio play, the verses retain Iraheta’s hoarse-throated charm. She’s always had a great capacity for attitude and a muscular range, both shown off to strong effect here.

The song, penned by teen-pop-czar Max Martin, has just the sharp hooks it needs. But it’s Iraheta’s credible, p.o.’d attitude that makes it stick. While so many young female stars – from Avril Lavigne to Miley Cyrus – feign an ornery style these days, Iraheta sounds like the real, snarling deal.”

Check out Allison’s official fan website here.

(VIDEO) 2012 Promo with Adam Lambert and single “Time for Miracles”

In stores Tuesday, November 24th, Adam Lambert’s yet untitled debut album already garnered number one spot in for presale orders! A-list collaborators for the album include Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, Green Day producer Rob Cavallo, Australian electro auteur Sam Sparro, glam-pop piano man Ferras, Swedish hitmaker Max Martin, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Lady Gaga producers RedOne and Claude Kelly, Nashville songwriter Aimee Mayo.

This anthem song “Time for Miracles” for the movie 2012 is a guaranteed hit. In the video, Adam shares a little bit about the song and this epic, mind blowing film. The movie is showing in November as well.