About Us


The Pop Smarts is the successor to the music blog Critic of Music, which garnered over 7,000,000 pageviews in 7 years before being sold in 2019. The Pop Smarts builds on its body of work with playlists, reviews, articles, and artist profiles, as a research-based digital outlet.

The Pop Smarts seeks to take a classical approach to evaluating music and art, focusing on traditional, technical interpretations but also incorporating modern notions of criticism and poptimism as well. These are applied with a focus on and appreciation of contemporary pop musicians whose works are too often dismissed or removed from critical discourse.

The work of The Pop Smarts belongs solely to a New York City-based classically trained musician and current recording industry professional. There is at least one post a week, typically every Friday. We are currently seeking advertising partners who are interested in purchasing prime space on our site, which is seen hundreds of thousands of times each quarter. For professional/business opportunities or inquiries, music submissions, or more, one can reach out to admin@thepopsmarts.com.


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