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The Golden Age Of Pop: Avril Lavigne Kicks Off The Greatest Era Of Pop Music With The Fun, Defiant & Rule-Breaking “The Best Damn Thing”

To this day, I’m still one of the biggest fans of Avril Lavigne. Sure, there was a clear shift in her persona and music at a certain time, but I never was one to buy into conspiracy theories. There is no Melissa! Avril Lavigne has always been Avril Lavigne, and she still makes great music, it’s just not what everybody wants. She started off hating the world at a very young age, giving us the sad girl jams of the early 2000’s with her iconic debut Let Go featuring hits like “Complicated” and “I’m With You.” She followed that up with my personal favorite Under My Skin, which was even darker and sadder with songs like “Nobody’s Home” and “My Happy Ending.” But then it seemed like the sad girl wasn’t as sad anymore — which shouldn’t be an issue. If someone is feeling much better about themselves and the world around them, it would make sense to support them. Everybody wanted their sad jams, though. I guess I could see where they are coming from. If Christina Perri or Lana Del Rey made an album of just bright, shining, happy music then I would be very much concerned. But I still don’t think it’s fair to criticize this record. Avril Lavigne’s The Best Damn Thing properly kicked off the greatest era of pop music which I call “The Golden Age Of Pop.” Following this huge release, we received some of the best songs and albums from the biggest pop artists of today like Rihanna and P!nk and we were soon introduced to the true saviors of pop music, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Releasing this album was necessary — not only for Avril — but for women in pop music to officially throw away all of the rules and become the frontrunners. Allow me to dive in a little deeper to The Best Damn Thing.

Jul 04, 2019

I Turned 25 This Week And The First Thing I Did Was Listen To Adele’s 25

One of the hardest things about writing this specific piece is acknowledging the fact that I’m getting older. Every single day I continue to age and every moment feels like it disappears a little too quickly. Sometimes I think my time is running out and that I need to do everything I can before it’s up. Of course, this shouldn’t be the correct way to go about it. For some, each age brings something new and exciting to explore. I’d like to think that way, but I’ve always been a constant worrier. Maybe it’s because I’m a huge emotional mess. And I think that’s why I connect with artists like Adele so much. I’m not saying that she’s a huge emotional mess, but she definitely isn’t afraid to express the way she’s feeling, and she does it beautifully. Sometimes it hurts a little more than it should. Before my birthday, I told everyone that the only proper way to kick off the day would be by listening to 25 by Adele alone in my room right after I wake up. I received a few laughs and some unwavering support from my fellow empaths, but I really don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea. I didn’t need to feel so hard at such an early hour on this day of all days. I understand that 25 focuses more on the relationship aspect of being in your mid-20s, but I think it offers some very unique perspectives on what it’s like to grow up and mature despite the constant hardships. I’m not sure what this means for what my 25th year will bring, but if it’s love, then I guess I know how to handle it in the best way possible thanks to my good pal Adele.

Jun 28, 2019

P!nk Is At The Top Of Her Game With Her Last Great Album, The Raw And Rambunctious ‘The Truth About Love’

P!nk is one of those pop artists who you can’t seem to escape. She’s been in the game for years upon years and she’s still on everyone’s radar. Her hit catalogue actually dates back to the late 90’s. She was in two girl groups, Basic Instinct which disbanded before any official material was released and Choice which only released one song “Key To My Heart” for the Kazaam soundtrack. Soon after, P!nk was given the option to go solo, which she did, and for good reason. P!nk quickly found success with her first couple of solo records Can’t Take Me Home and Missundaztood spawning iconic singles like “Don’t Let Me Get Me” and “Just Like A Pill.” I remember listening to some of P!nk’s songs when I was just a child, and I so vividly recall her fantastic Kid’s Choice Awards performance of “Get The Party Started.” For someone to be killing it back then, and to still be so prominent in today’s musical climate, it’s incredible and it takes a real artist to do that. P!nk had been through all kinds of phases, portraying herself as the hardcore bad ass chick for most of her career, which was a different approach from peers like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears who were used as more sexual icons known for their looks. Even with everything seemingly being against the type of artist P!nk presented herself as, she was able to power through her many different eras, finding success over and over again. P!nk was a certified hit maker, with impressive vocal abilities and a unique vulnerability to her lyricism. She soon found herself at the center of the radio, producing hit after hit with tracks like “So What” and “Raise Your Glass,” ultimately peaking with what I believe is still her best record to date, The Truth About Love.

Jun 28, 2019

I Can’t Believe I Witnessed The Downfall Of My Favorite Artist

If you know me or have read literally anything I’ve ever written, then you would know that I absolutely love Katy Perry. I love Katy Perry. She was my favorite artist. I was known as the “Katy Perry guy” in high school. I legally own all of her albums and I forced my mother to buy me tickets to see her. Katy Perry was the main artist I was rooting for in the battle for mainstream success. After 3 iconic albums, Katy Perry did what any smart musician would do and she gave herself a much needed break. After countless broken records and chart-topping singles, it was best not to rush into another album too quickly for fear of a decrease in quality. During that break, Katy Perry continued her reign by performing during the Super Bowl Halftime show to the largest audience ever. She was obviously at the top, and she had the support. It seemed that even the slightest misstep wouldn’t be enough to take her down. Well, the break was going on for a little longer than anticipated… The first thing we heard from Katy Perry after her disappearance was the Olympic anthem “Rise” which didn’t capture the same uplifting power of her previous hits like “Firework” or “Part Of Me.” It was slower and it didn’t pack as much of a punch, I mean, it was for the Olympics. Something more fast-paced would’ve been more appropriate. Another misstep was not servicing the single to all streaming platforms. During its first week, “Rise” was only available for streaming on Apple Music. As a Spotify fan myself, I felt that this cut off a large percentage of her audience because “Rise” debuted at no. 11, before falling and never reaching a new peak. At least during the first week, I felt that the extra steaming would’ve done wonders, giving Katy Perry another top 10. “Rise” wasn’t the type of song for one’s musical return anyway. It wasn’t big enough. It didn’t have the same energy that her previous chart-topping lead singles had like “California Gurls” and “Roar.” And it pains me to say the same thing when it came to introducing us to her next full-length record Witness.

Jun 28, 2019

Carly Rae Jepsen Proves She’s No One-Hit-Wonder With “Emotion,” The Perfect Pop Comeback Of The Decade

Just putting this out there… I totally discovered Carly Rae Jepsen. I know, this seems like another attempt for a music obsessed weirdo to shove how great they are at finding new music before it blows up in your face, but I definitely claim Carly Rae Jepsen. And I always have. I could call up one of my good friends right now. She’ll tell you. Before the mainstream success of “Call Me Maybe,” I recall spending nights listening to “Tug Of War” and “Sunshine On My Shoulder” from Carly Rae Jepsen’s first record. The first song I heard was the single “Bucket” from the Much Music Awards. It didn’t seem like much to claim to discover someone like Carly Rae Jepsen with the media already deeming her as a “one-hit-wonder” because she never seemed to be able to top “Call Me Maybe.” She had a moderate radio hit “Good Time” with Owl City, and it did alright, but was easily forgettable. The rest of her singles from Kiss failed to capture attention as well, making it appear that Carly Rae Jepsen was doomed to never return to the public’s eye. It made sense. “Call Me Maybe” was a one-of-a-kind hit that seemed to swallow up everything else around it. With this being the first Carly Rae Jepsen song for most of the world to hear, it kind of screwed over any chance you got to immediately outshine it with a follow-up. Honestly, Kiss was lacking potential hits anyway, so it would appear that Carly Rae Jepsen was doomed to be extinct by the next year. And for a while, she was. Nobody really thought they’d hear anything from her ever again. But then something unexpected happened...

Jun 21, 2019

Tove Lo Presents: Queen Of The Clouds, An Ambitious Romantic Pop Tragedy In 3 Acts

Swedish pop genius Tove Lo made herself known in the year 2014 when she released her wonderful debut record Queen Of The Clouds, which is actually concept album broken into 3 parts: “The Sex,” “The Love,” and “The Pain.” I would say that’s quite an ambitious start to one’s career, especially as an artist who was relatively unknown. So, you could understand my surprise when I decided to give the set an official listen. I was actually quite impressed. As far as modern pop records go, I believe Queen Of The Clouds was able to hold its own and stand out as a great model for what the mainstream market should be looking for. And she was able to stand out, for a good amount of time. Her collaboration with Alesso, “Heroes” was played all over the radio and “Talking Body” and “Habits (Stay High)” were nearly inescapable. But in cases like Charli XCX and her two major hits of the same year “Boom Clap” and “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, it has become increasingly harder for up and coming pop artists to find and keep a place in the spotlight. In no way does that make Tove Lo any less than other pop artists, but I also wouldn’t say that her newfound underground status makes her better than them either. The other interesting thing about Queen Of The Clouds and each of Tove Lo’s follow-up records is that they each seem to have a specific theme, and appear to be broken up into parts. It makes for a unique listening experience and it allows you to really focus on each individual message that is trying to be conveyed. So, I went back and sat down with Queen Of The Clouds and realized that it was much deeper than I had originally thought. It’s actually a Romantic Pop Tragedy that has been divided into 3 parts of a doomed relationship, and I felt it would be fun to get deeper into the story act by act.

Jun 21, 2019

Introducing Lizzo: Your Next Music Obsession

I’m sure the name Lizzo is starting to become common knowledge at the time of me writing this. She’s practically blown up due to what I would best describe as “perfect timing.” Everything just seemed to work in her favor around the same time. But for those who don’t know, Lizzo has actually been in the game for years previously releasing two albums Lizzobangers and Big Grrrl Small World both to critical acclaim. Her most recent release, the very well-received Cuz I Love You is actually her third full-length record and her second major-label release after her Coconut Oil EP. I remember the first time I came across Lizzo was a few years back on a short-lived MTV program called Wonderland which created a unique environment for artists to come together and perform some of their new stuff. This is way past the point of MTV actually caring about music, since they stopped actually showing videos years before it, but it was cool to see that they were trying. Admittedly, I was watching for two of my favorite artists JoJo and Hayley Kiyoko, and Lizzo didn’t appear as a performer, she was actually one of the hosts of the show. I wasn’t aware that she was an artist at the time. There was one time when I saw her freestyling with an artist, but I didn’t think anything of it. I just thought she was having a bit of fun. Well, little did I know that this Lizzo girl was soon to become a household name, and honestly, a top contender for the next Grammy ceremony.

Jun 20, 2019

I Know Every Gay In The World Is Gonna Hate Me, But The Truth Hurts, And So Do My Ears After Listening to Pop 2

Now, before I get attacked and severely beaten by all of the Charli XCX stans, I consider myself one of you. I’ve had the joy of seeing this wonderful artist live twice. The first, as an opener for one of my actual favorite artists Halsey and then a second time at a free event in my city, where she signed one of my albums and we got a picture together. I generally enjoy her music, but there are times when she missteps, because everyone does once in a while. Charli XCX has some great records — every fan of hers can agree on the genius of her debut album True Romance. I absolutely loved her follow-up album Sucker, despite some people absolutely despising it. And I enjoyed her first mixtape Number 1 Angel, which I feel is way better than her second one Pop 2. Number 1 Angel makes great use of the features, while also not slapping on too many. There’s also way less auto-tune. I don’t know why, but Charli XCX is absolutely obsessed with including auto-tune in her tracks. She’s starting to become known for it. When the song “The Middle” by Zedd featuring Maren Morris came out, there was an article revealing artists who were considered for the song, and Charli XCX was one of them. She tweeted in response saying that Zedd didn’t really care for the amount of auto-tune she uses — not in a mean way, of course. But, it just goes to show you that she has a bit of a problem with it, especially in Pop 2.

Jun 14, 2019

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