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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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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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Music Right Now – Britney Spears, Tinie Tempah and ABDC comes back…

What’s new? Britney Spears new music video “Till the World Ends”. The music video takes place on December 21st, 2012, apparently when the worlds ends. What does Brit do at the end of the world? Dance with her posse of dancers, that’s what! They hide underneath a sewer and just dance their brains out. I won’t ruin the end for you, you’ll have to just see it for yourself, do they survive?

Also burning up on the radio is Tinie Tempah’s feat. Eric Turner, “Written in the Stars”. I’m loving Turner’s voice, his hook/chorus is the best part of the song. I’m going to have to investigate Eric Turner and I’ll be back with my results. I think this song would be fabulous as an acoustic version…

And one of my favorite shows, America’s Best Dance Crew is back on MTV, premiering last night. I love watching great dancers and this is the best dance show on TV. Screw Dancing with the Stars, they’re not dancers, just learning to be a dancer, ABDC is young, fresh and innovative with their dances. A little off topic from my blog, but… music and dancing go hand in hand. Without music, there wouldn’t be dancing (and with out memory, there would be no music, and that’s for another blog for another day, if you wish…).

In celebration of ABDC, I will show you one of my favorite ABDC moments and another underrated show, LXD, one of my favorite episodes as well.

Beat Freaks

And I can’t embed the video for LXD, so click on this link here to watch “Robot Love Story”.http://www.hulu.com/watch/158343/the-lxd-robot-lovestory. Beautiful music, amazing dancing. A must-see if you enjoy dance.

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