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!