PEOPLE Music Critic

The couple's breakup has turned Coldplay's melancholy streak a deeper shade of blue
New songs by Justin Timberlake and Coldplay, to classics by Diana Ross and Cyndi Lauper, are what our critic has on repeat
PEOPLE's music critic breaks down the list of contenders
The singer's latest album has a few standouts but fails to capture her usual campy magic
The singer's third studio album features unlikely pairings with R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Too $hort and Twista
This pop blockbuster easily beats her 2010 hit-laden behemoth Teenage Dream
The 20-year-old's new album, released Tuesday, packs moments of emotional power
It can't top its more challenging, cohesive predecessor, but stands on its own