(Let’s see…she’s from New York for starters…and rather than like winning a reality show, she actually got her start by playing loads of divey bars on the Lower East Side. Like the Scissor Sisters before her, she’s taken glammy, trashy New York club pop and generated a huge buzz in Europe – a buzz which has now bounced back to the States. She’s only 22 but regularly and sincerely name checks cool influences from well before her time – influences like Grace Jones and The Factory. Her sincerity is key. These aren’t names that have been spoon-fed to her for dropping into interviews – she’s living and breathing this stuff. Ask most 22-year-old pop stars who their influences are and see what sort of lame answers you get. Clearly this is not your mother’s Aguilera. She’s also really into fashion and loves underground darlings – and Stylesightings faves – like Gareth Pugh and Martin Margiela. Her music though is unapologetic POP, which I really love her for. She manages to make the mainstream more interesting while reminding the cool kids that it’s okay to dance. Forget the Gwen comparisons – she’s the new Madonna. xx eddie)
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