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Summer of Paradise: La Roux and Tiesto’s new albums

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La Roux Trouble in Paradise album cover

La Roux – Trouble in Paradise 

Some cool music has been released lately, just in time for the hot weather to start rolling in. Funny how the two albums I’m talking about today both have “Paradise” in the title. Seriously, I didn’t plan it! Haha.

I’ve been anticipating La Roux’s album release of “Trouble in Paradise” on July 22, 2014, but for now, you can download some of her singles. I recommend “Let Me Down Gently”. For fans of La Roux, you’re used to the up-tempo “BulletProof” and “In for the Kill”, and upon first hearing “Let Me Down Gently” and was annoyed that it wasn’t more upbeat. But I kept listening to it, and you know what? It totally grew on me and I think La Roux does a great job mixing 80s synths and modern pop for a perfect blend of music.

Check out the music video here:

In the music video, it’s pretty toned down with La Roux singing to the camera and a gorgeous landscape later on in the music video. The song speak for itself.

Tiesto - A Town Called Paradise

Tiesto – A Town Called Paradise

Tiesto is has also released “A Town Called Paradise” which is available now on iTunes. It’s a great album, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars for sure. Some awesome banging tracks on there. There really isn’t one song on the album that ISN’T catchy. But the thing is, I LOVE pop music, I love catchy stuff, but just because a song is catchy doesn’t mean I’ll automatically like it, songs like “Let’s Go” with Icona Pop… yeah, sure, it’s ok… but I’m kind of not so thrilled with it. I think the best banger out of the album is “Wasted” and after that “Light Years Away”.

Check out “Wasted” here:

I really don’t care for the music video at all. Seriously, *yawn* they should have just had people partying at a festival with cool lights or something. But listen to the song, it’s awesome.

What do you think of Tiesto’s new album? Excited for the new La Roux album?

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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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New Music: Pop & Dance Tops the Charts

There’s a lot of good music coming out lately. Well, I love Pop/Dance music, so Ke$sha and Britney Spears’ latest is definitely on repeat at the moment. Right now on iTunes Top Ten; Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Rihanna, round out the dance and pop hits, along with Cee Lo Green, Adele, Eminem and Pink. I’m a fan of dance and pop music, I love to dance, so I’m loving this new Pop/Dance phase going on on the charts right now.

Britney Spears “Till the World Ends” is the latest track to drop this week. A dance anthem. It’s fun, danceable and it grows on you. I also like how the lyrics are carefree, and also mocks the coming of 2012, when the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world.

Also, Jennifer Lopez topping the iTunes charts, has a new music video with Pitbull. Again, more dancing, more fun. I liked it. The song takes a long time to get started, but when the chorus starts in, it’s fun, danceable and reminds me of J.Lo’s good ‘ol days with “Waiting for Tonight”.

Also, what’s on my playlist at the moment is Christina Aguilera’s “Bound to You”. Yes, not a Pop/Dance song, although Burlesque just released on video and watching this movie again, I was reminded of this beautiful ballad, and I cannot get it out of my head, so check it out.

What do you think of Pop/Dance music now? A lot of people complain music sucks and horrible music is being promoted. I think there is a lot of good music out there, and you need to look for it, whether it be through Pandora, iTunes, Vevo, the radio, etc. It’s out there. Find out what you like, and with social media, talk about it.

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