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    Pop Music

    "I suppose it's fine if you want to be """entertained""""

    Is the 'pop era' pretty much over, Lady Gaga maybe its final ironic post-Britney self ingestion? What counts as good pop music now that the kids are all downloading hardcore porn instead, while hipsters and gays in their thirties angrily explain they should be listening to Robyn and Nicola Roberts.

    I mean... The Saturdays? It's not that they're terrible, but they feel like a pop era tribute act. And Ke$hat? Or possibly I am old.

    This is good pop music:



    Is anything stuffing your ears and the charts?


    [ETA: rewritten moderately less wankily]

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    Errrrrm, in a way!

    The UK Riots kicked off about 20 minutes after Swagger Jagger (LOL) was announced as the official number 1. I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    "Cleopatra's Theme" went on to greater fame having been nominated as the official anthem of the 1999 Highland Games, and was played at the coronation of the Tsar of Moldova following the reinstatement of the monarchy in the former Soviet Republic.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_(band)




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    I LOVE Cleopatra's Theme. I think she had a solo stint a few years ago? I don't really remember.

    Anyway, pop music! It's great. We should use this thread more so we don't upset the seriousfaces elsewhere in OMA.





    There's a new Alphabeat single out on Monday! I always thought it was criminal that DJ wasn't a hit, the whole second album was bloody brilliant. I do hope Anders has eaten since then, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Whappo View Post
    We should use this thread more so we don't upset the seriousfaces elsewhere in OMA.
    Frankly they should suck it. Pop is all there is.

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    Yesssss. Pop.

    Artists I hope are the talk of the pop in 2012:

    Grimes
    Sky Ferreira
    Azealia Banks
    Alphabeat

    Let's also bring back Nelly Furtado and No Doubt to the scene, see what they can offer.

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    When I think of great pop music, I usually drift to the 80s. I think there are strong cues to be taken. Not just Morrissey and the dark crowd. All of Genesis' 80s stuff was simple, and mostly improv. And, I don't think there is a theory of pop, that, like, only The Matrix has perfected.

    I am not sure if Katy Perry should cover Tears for Fears, but she ought to play with her natural voice. I don't think pop is over. I think it's bored.



    I know this is unpopular, but I like Ke$ha, but she's thinking about country music...sooo...

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    There was a discussion in another thread about music in the 90s vs. the music of today. I think a big difference between what was happening in the 90s (and various other decades, compared to the past 10-15 years in pop music) is that what you could find in the mainstream was so much more eclectic and artist-driven. The subject matters of songs on the radio these days are incredibly narrow. You’ve got your shallow love songs.. angry shallow love songs.. dance songs about dancing (in the club).. having sex (in the club.. or after finding each other in the club).. and spending money (before, after, and in the club).

    Don’t get me wrong, I still listen to (and love) my share of mainstream music. But it seems like if you want an opportunity to penetrate the masses, you have to follow a very strict, watered-down, corporately controlled criteria. There are lots of invisible lines you better not cross.. things you better not say.. and it’s gotten very stale.

    Also, practically everything is young now. I remember when Brandy came out with her debut album in the early 90s and her being 14 was so different at the time. It used to be much more commonplace for mainstream artists to be older.

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    I love Beyonce's "Love on Top" ... fun video, too. I know it didn't spin off many hits, but that was a good album.

    Grimes is great, but I don't think of her as being very pop. I mean, she has hooks, but she's like a beat-ier Cocteau Twins or something.

    Katy Perry I just want to go away. Yeesh. I'll give her "Teenage Dream," though ... that song is awesome.

    Nelly Furtado has a new album coming out this year. It's been an eternity! I hope it's decent. Folklore was great, and she sexed up nicely on Loose. I'll be curious how the new record performs ... it felt like Loose did really well without exactly making her a bigger star, if that makes sense. And it's been six years since her last English-language album. Six years is an ETERNITY in pop music.

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    I hate to interject my random Japanese bullshit into yet another thread, but can we talk about how this dumb fucking song will not leave my head?


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    This South Korean song wouldn't leave my head a while back, but I kinda love the little whistle melody.


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    I'm all for Ke$ha and I heard that she is working with The Flaming Lips! That should be an awesome mixing of glitter. Oh, and I also really liked her cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright".

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    I don't think pop is over. I think it's bored.
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    Bob Dylan


    (Ke$ha and Flaming Lips would be hilarious though)

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    http://wearsthetrousers.com/2009/10/...o-thrill-2009/
    Capitalising on the minor success of their debut album, 2007’s Galore, Canadian group Dragonette return with possibly one of the best electro-pop albums of the year EVER.

    Though Martina's gotten a little more attention with her guest work I think their own stuff is in a popleague of its own.








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