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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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An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

Quite an introduction indeed.

I stumbled upon this English singer-songwriter, guitarist on Vevo. I posted her “Lights” video in my previous post “Girl Power- Female Music Videos” and I continued to look into her music. I started to fall in love and now I am a fan. That takes a lot for me to become an instant fan.

I checked out her EP, “An Introduction to Ellie Goulding” the only downloadable version for the U.S., there are other albums only available to Europe. How unfortunate. There is also some other songs available online, like the cover of Elton John’s “Your Song”

On her EP, there are four songs “Starry Eyed”, “Guns and Horses”, “The Writer” and “Lights”. I’m not really a fan of “Guns and Horses” but the other songs are very good. I love her soft, innocent voice. Her voice is simply sweet. “Starry Eyed” definitely has a European pop feel to it. I think “Lights” has a more crossover feel. “Lights” has an American electro-pop feel that could rival Goldfrapp and Ladyhawke. I think her voice fits slow ballads and the electro pop as well. When I first heard her voice, it reminded me a little of Florence + the Machine and Bjork. I always categorize artists from previous artists that I’ve heard. I really like her look as well. Very soft features and she has her left side of her hair shaved, so she has a slight rocker edge, even if it’s subtly. It’s hard to find artists that inspire you and also make you want to emulate them. Her lyrics are cute and light. Honestly, I probably could just listen to her talk, her voice is mesmerizing.

I’m eagerly waiting for her to explode into the U.S. market. Although, I am afraid there’s a possibility of that never happening, only because the U.S. market is saturated with songs about sex, anything shocking and hip hop. I’m hoping a great and unique artist like Ellie will find an American audience, because she definitely deserves it.

You can buy her EP here: http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Ellie-Goulding-EP/dp/B0043CM504/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296586179&sr=8-1

For some reason I was having trouble finding her again on iTunes.

“Starry Eyed”

“Under the Sheets” not available to U.S. Markets…

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Girl Power- Female Music Videos

Wow, just took a first look at “Lights”  by Ellie Goulding. Amazing video. The song is great too. (and look for a blog covering this artist soon…).

Also just premiering is Jessie J’s new music video feat. B.o.B. I didn’t like her previous music video “Do it Like a Dude”. “Price Tag” has something to say, and it is a beautiful video as well.

I’ve also been in love with this music video by Medina. She just looks like a Greek goddess with such a unique look. I love this video. I love the club scenes, the bedroom scenes, the alley scenes. It’s its own mini-drama. The lighting is amazing too. It’s also sexy. This is the Dash Berlin remix, and the other remixes are definitely worth a listen (also Deadmau5 remixed this song).

What do you think?

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