I'm actually surprised one of my female relatives "of a certain age" has not emailed me a Bruno Mars video with the subject line "ADORABLE!" because he's totally the kind of non-threatening pop-star/male human that aunts and grandmothers can get behind. Mars churns out music for the mainest of streams—think an Old Navy commercial for a bikini meets a Target commercial for a hot-pink blender. Now, Ellie Goulding is also pop, but she's got more sparkle and dramatic flair to her. Her newest album, Halcyon, is almost entirely about breakups, but has that powerful "I'M SAD BUT DEALING" punch of La Roux or Florence + the Machine, with Skrillexesque (say it fast) electronic backbone. EMILY NOKES Also see My, What a Busy Week!