EightiesAnd30

Leader
Leader
Leader
Leader
Leader
Leader
Leader
Leader
Leader
Collected (75)
Playlists (2)
Tracks (28)
Narratives (4)
Videos (28)
Themes (0)
Artists (8)
Albums (5)
Singles (0)
Collected Playlists (0)
Contributions (680)
Simply Red (130)
Duran Duran (80)
Roxette (70)
Eurythmics (60)
Nik Kershaw (50)
Howard Jones (50)
More (12)
Biography (110)
Biography (1)
Followers (4)
Following (105)

TRACKLIST

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

NARRATIVES

Written by “@EightiesAnd30”

The last teenage popstar of the 90s… and absolutely the Millennium Teenage Queen

It’s quite common for us to dispute about who was the first worldwide star in a specific period. For example, the first top artist in the third millennium, or, in the next period, who will be the shining star of the 20s. But if I should say who was the last pop queen of the second millennium, the girl who, with her songs and videos, introduced us to the 2000s, well, there is no doubt. Britney Spears broke down full speed into the world of pop in late 1998 with her first song and video. Her success was so huge that her debut album, released at the end of 1999, topped the charts in many many countries, and her fantastic career definitely skyrocketed. Britney Spears was only 16, and she played the role of the attractive teenage girl, always balancing between being innocent and being attractive, a continuous teasing game of moves and gazes. She was not the first, of course; Lio and Elli Medeiros in France during the early 80, Madonna and her “Like a Virgin” look in the States, Sabrina Salerno with her “Boys” in Italy, Patsy Kensit of Eighth Wonder and Kylie Minogue were teenage icons of beauty and joy of life in the UK during the late 80’s. Many of them are still active, and few of them have been able to remain faithful to their character, and also to evolve during the years. Britney Spears did all of this. I can’t think of any Britney’s hit during all the years, that would not perfectly fit also in the early Britney character ad attitude. It’s a sort of, how to say, everlasting Britneyism!

Written by @EightiesAnd30 from 80and30
Jul 22, 2019

Kylie Minogue, or the Impossible Princess of pop and dance: when your talent is so clear, it really takes a little spark to start a big, big fire!

There is something that can help understand if the debut album of an artist is going to be followed by a whole lifetime of success, or if it is just the success of a good album. A good album is, literally, an album of good hits. The success of the album and of the artist is somehow driven by the success of the hits. But nothing is granted of course for the next album or the next hits. But sometimes talent is so clear, that the equation reverses. When the artist is really a world class talent, the hit simply doesn’t matter! The success cannot be controlled, and the fame explodes. That’s really what Kylie Minogue lived at the beginning of her pop career with the album Kylie! She was very famous in Australia, her own country, as a tv serial actress. Actually, her sister Dannii was even more famous! At the age of 19 she was invited to sing at a charity event. A massive success! This sort of random performance kicked off a career like very few others! Kylie quickly became an icon, the Impossible Princess of pop in the 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and definitely will be for the next decade too! Today we know and love dozens of her hits and videos, we have seen unforgettable live and tv shows, and it all began with this album. And the weird thing is, the success of the Kylie-icon and of the Kylie album went far beyond the success of the single hits! I mean, the hit was composed of ten songs, nine of them composed by Stock Aitken and Waterman, who used to create very similar music for the artists who worked with them. And these songs are actually similar, in sounds and words, to a lot of other music that the three producers created at the end of the 80s for, say, Rick Astley, or Sinitta, Mandy Smith, or Bananarama (and very different from the early Bananarama music! Yet, this album broke the ceiling. Kylie Minogue became an icon herself, independently from her hits. She was a beautiful nice funny girl with a great voice singing happy songs, but there was a lot more in her, that was immediately clear. A singer with more than 80 million copies sold, a choreographer, an actress, a fashion designer, a children book writer, a woman who fought a disease and turned it into an opportunity for spreading awareness and science research fund raising. In a word, Kylie.

Written by @EightiesAnd30 from 80and30
Jun 14, 2019

An ordinary day in Summer 2008… and suddenly the first worldwide star of the third millennium was born!

It often happens like this. You wake up one morning, it seems a quiet, ordinary day, and might not even realize it, but the world of music is going to change forever in a blink of an eye, and nothing will be like before. This happens when a new album is released, and the album is going to sell millions and millions of copies in the next periods. Its tracks will be downloaded for years, billions of times by young people from every country of the world. This also happened in 2008 when Lady Gaga released The Fame. A title that is also a goal and a destiny for the album and for the artist. Actually, the first single was released some months before, and Lady Gaga already gained some popularity especially in the US, so she was definitely not new to the music scenes. But nobody could probably forecast the skyrocketing career that was about to begin. The new album featured several worldwide hits, but most of all introduced to the world a new dance and pop icon, with a very personal style. She learnt a lot of lessons from the iconic divas that came before her, and raised the bar to new, unprecedented levels of provocative and teasing images and clips. The name Gaga was born almost randomly during a conversation with her producers, who were talking about Queen and mentioned their milestone hit “Radio Ga-Ga”. It sounded great as a stage name for new star, and the brand Lady Gaga was born! For those who loved the 80s music, she definitely took inspiration from Madonna style, controversy, and taste for excess. For those who loved the 90s music, she is a sort of Gwen Stefani brought to the extreme level. For those who love 2000s music, she is simply Lady Gaga, the first and purest star of the millennium. What I really love in this wonderful woman, artist and performer, is the continuous escalation of her production, be it lyrics, music, and videos. You have never seen anything like this before. But, will you be ready for the next level?

Written by @EightiesAnd30 from 80and30
Jun 04, 2019

VIDEOS

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

THEMES

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

No Items.

ARTISTS

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

ALBUMS

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

SINGLES

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

No Items.

PLAYLISTS

Collected by ”@EightiesAnd30”

No Items.

About

“@EightiesAnd30”

I used to live in the 80s, and I still do, day after day, song after song.

Followers

“@EightiesAnd30”

Following

“@EightiesAnd30”