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10 Things I Love About Pop: Week 2

15 Oct

Welcome to my second column of 10TILAP (here’s last week’s) where I’ll be counting down what’s great, good and pretty gruesome in the world of popular music this week. This week we have: whinging from Matt Cardle! New Radiohead music! And a celebration of my supreme stalking abilities. As my latin teacher once said, ‘you’re only as good as your search engine terms.’ Hope you enjoy!

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Girls Just Want To Have Fun (And Sometimes Puke In Roller-Skates)

9 Aug

Photos From Last Night: Beyoncé runs down a hill in a wedding dress… Katy Perry passes out.

A journalist once told me that the advent of blogging and the rise of amateur journalism led to a sloppy attitude to writing and a lack of thorough research. As a writer for Can You Hear This, I was reminded of these words earlier this week. On Thursday, there were misinformed articles about Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night and the singles record that she broke. She did indeed break a record of having the most Number 1s from a single album with Teenage Dream, singing her way past Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake’s 4 Number 1s from The Fame and FutureSex/LoveSounds. A considerable achievement but not the one to which most headlines alleged. Despite what many articles claimed, she has not yet tied with Michael Jackson’s record of 5 Number 1s on the Hot 100, only the Top 40 which is compiled through radio plays. In fairness, most of the articles have been adjusted and footnoted appropriately. And earlier this year, Perry did surpass a significant milestone as she became the only artist to spend an entire year in the Hot 100 Top 10; an impressive feat for a singer who many thought would simply kiss a girl and then retreat to one-hit-wonderdom.

 
 
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Wrong In All The Right Ways: Should We Singalong To Pop Music’s Current ‘Weirdness’?

27 May

From Left: The cast of Glee celebrate their insecurities; Lady Gaga in a comparatively normal outfit.

In an endearing (but nonetheless undeniably commercial) advertisement for Google Chrome, Lady Gaga tweets to her little monsters: ‘This is our moment.’ And it sure seems she’s right. For anyone who doesn’t know what a trending topic is or doesn’t have a YouTube account, the term ‘little monster’ is a name attributed to a fan of Lady Gaga (herself being the ‘mother monster’). Is it a confirmation of their alternative group mentality in the face of adversity, or a brilliant marketing-ploy? Perhaps it’s a little of both. Either way, people buy it. Lady Gaga has 10 million followers on Twitter and was recently revealed as Forbes’ most influential woman. I should say now that I don’t like her music at all, Poker Face in particular left me cold.  But what does interest me is the general shift in pop music to celebrating the different, and not forcing its listeners into recognisable public form. I’m aware that Lady Gaga, as The Awl noted, has not invented every contemporary modern pop music factor. Weirdness itself is not an invention of the last two years. The existence of artists like David Bowie would deconstruct any such misconceptions. Even Gaga’s contemporaries are keen to embrace the weirder school cliques. To her ‘nitty gritty dirty little freaks,’ Pink sings ‘raise your glass if you are wrong, in all the right ways.’ But there can be no doubting that Lady Gaga well and truly shoves weird into the all-singing, all-dancing spotlight. In a meat dress. And a lobster hat. But what does this mean for pop music, and is it something we should regard with a cynical eye or truly ‘raise a glass to,’ as Pink suggests?

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