Monthly Archives: April 2011

Friday’s Blast from the Past: John Lennon – Imagine

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I recently saw the movie, Nowhere Boy, about John Lennon’s childhood and finding out who his mother was.

For this week’s “Blast from the Past”, I thought I would put up one of my favorite Beatles song’s, “Imagine”. I remember first hearing this song as a remix, I didn’t even know it was a Beatles song until later in life. So, I’m posting the original and a remix.

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2011: The Year of the Female Pop Star

I’ve been wanting to say that for a few months now, but I wasn’t sure if I was too hasty in making that remark. The year isn’t over yet, and hip hop is all over the radio station, so much it’s nauseating how much I can switch back and forth from Eminem to whatever the hip hop artist of the month is.

Not to bash hip hop, I do like good hip hop and Tinie Tempah is definitely refreshing, also Diddy and Kanye West have made good hip hop albums, and Eminem did make some good hits, what’s playing on the radio… just feels like I am losing brain cells just listening to it.

But, what IS happening in music, and on the charts is the female pop star. Hip hop may be dominating radio, but the girls are dominating the charts, on iTunes, every time I look, I see Adele, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Lady Gaga with their latest hit. Even Jennifer Lopez, Black Eyed Peas (ok, not, a solo pop star, but Fergie does get a lot of attention), Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, Jessie J, Taylor Swift are making the charts and making a team of female singers not to be messed with.

This year, the number one artist seems to rotate between Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Britney Spears and Adele. The Fab Five in 2011. Their singles get leaked, or audio only samples are shown on Vevo before the official music video is released and their latest dance pop hit can’t help but make number one or a lot of noise on the internet.

What’s so intriguing about these artists? They all have an edge, their music is catchy, danceable and they all have some kind of scandal in one way or another. Maybe not so negative a scandal, as Katy Perry, with a wedding to Russell Brand, but definitely interesting and gossip-worthy, and Adele is too new to the scene to have any scandal. She’s also the credible singer, and not a dance pop star, but her music is making waves.

New starlets are crawling into the cracks, it seems like daily. Kerli, Adele, Oh Land, Clare Maguire, Ellie Goulding, Skylar Grey, Naomi Scott are these new up and comers that are making a splash in their own way.

I decided to do a little experiment. For today’s iTunes 200, I counted up the hits of all the female pop artists (excluding Country, so Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood aren’t in this recording, but should be noted as they each have a position on the iTunes 200 as of today), and I wanted to calculate who was on top as of this moment.

Female pop solo artists make up 20% of the iTunes 200 as of today.

Adele and Katy Perry both have 6 songs on the charts, making them the leaders as of this moment. Adele, Katy Perry and Britney Spears round up the top 3 positions. Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry and Britney Spears all together have 21 songs in the Top 200.

It’s interesting to see the numbers, I thought I would see more of a percentage, but when you think about it, just for female pop stars alone, it’s a big percentage. There is also a lot of country and hip hop and Glee songs (Glee has 7 songs on the chart).

Which Pop Star will reign supreme? Wait until the end of the year to see how it all goes down. For now, I’m enjoying this pop explosion, and looking forward to following up all the newbies on the music scene.

Remixes of the Top 3 Songs right now.

Katy Perry’s “E.T.”

Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends”

Adele “Rolling in the Deep”

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A Star is Born – Clare Maguire “The Shield and the Sword”

Clare Maguire could be the next Adele/Lady Gaga/Cher. A striking voice, this Irish singer-songwriter is exploding onto the music scene. I feel like pop music is in a run for its money. Maguire is completely fresh, the music video, shot in a museum is visually artistic.

Something I kind of noticed in the music video, I don’t know if it is intentional, but I kind of feel like she is playing different pop stars. When she is sitting with the golden men around her, she kind of looks like Adele in the music video “Rolling in the Deep”.

When she has the blond wig, she looks like Lady Gaga.

And she looks like Katy Perry with the sunglasses with the long dark hair.

Maybe a homage to Pop Stars Past? Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone like Clare Maguire comes into to shake up the music business. Check out the music video for her latest single, “The Shield and the Sword”.

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Stereo Love, Pumped Up Kicks, yeah, I Like That

Here’s some new, interesting music for you. The accordion is making a comeback in Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull’s “On the Floor” and in Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina’s  “Stereo Love”. “Stereo Love” kind of reminds me of dance music in the late 90s. It’s feels like tropical, vacation music.

A song I heard on the radio today for the first time, was “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. Apparently, this was a demo song that got leaked and became popular. Take a listen.

I song I just really like, even though it’s controversial is “I Like That” by Richard Vission & Static Revenger feat. Luciana. It kind of reminds me of Benny Benassi and I really like that hard house sound.

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Dan Wilson – Cry

I didn’t get to find an indie artist for today’s Indie Artist Mondays, so I decided to go with a song that’s not so popular. Here is Dan Wilson’s, “Cry”. He was the lead singer for Semisonic and also wrote songs for Adele. This song, “Cry” is from the album, Free Life. This is mellow, singer-songwriter music, kind of like James Blunt.

Check it out, and let me know if you like him.

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Miguel – Not Much of an Indie Artist Anymore

I first heard of Miguel when I went to the Viper Room last year to watch BMI’s The Next Fresh Thing, a showcase of new acts. I went to see Krys Ivory, I heard of her from an indie record label internship that I was in when I first moved to LA, and the event was hosted by BMI, so I thought I would go. When I first got into the Viper Room, Miguel was performing. The whole place was packed and he was killing it. I haven’t seen a performer so top notch like that in a while, and still haven’t since. He was dancing, singing on point and had amazing charisma.

After the set, I talked to him for a minute, telling him that he convinced me to be a fan, he was very nice to me. Not only was he a fabulous performer, but a genuinely nice person. I followed his career since, and he has performed at festivals, worked with Usher and continues to get bigger. His single is a slow jam, but live, he is extremely energetic, and is definitely worth seeing live.

This is his single, “All I Want is You”

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Mr. Hudson Feat. Kanye West, Chipmunk feat. Keri Hilson and Eric Turner in Street Fighting Man

The new way to hear about artists? Have them featured with today’s biggest artists.

I like this music trend, where artists take other newcomers under their wing, collaborate and bring to light these new talents.

I really like Mr. Hudson’s “Supernova”. I actually could really do without Kayne’s rap. I like the music video, I know lights in music videos are going to get bigger and bigger.

Chipmunk has Keri Hilson in, “In the Air”. It’s just a light-hearted song.

I was also wondering who Eric Turner was in the song “Written in the Stars” with Tinie Tempah. He’s a Swedish/American singer, in a band called Street Fighting Man. Not a big fan, but I’m excited to see what is coming next in Turner’s career, as I loved, “Written in the Stars”.

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