Los Angeles Times


This gorgeous singer is a tabloid force of nature (particularly through the lens of the ongoing saga with her controversy-courting ex-boyfriend/assailant, Chris Brown), and her constant media presence would be a lot easier to take if there were interesting music left in its wake. But all we have is icily overproduced, mostly generic pop that's indistinguishable from much of the pop charts, and no amount of significance read into its depressing backstory adds any depth. Charles Sykes / Invision / AP