When Britney Spears first emerged with her signature song “… Baby One More Time” in her pigtails while waiting for the boring class to end so she can dance with her female friends in the corridor area, kids like me knew that we have a new pop star to look up to. When she really showed us “how we want it to be” in terms of stage presence, unique voice and dance choreography, we found a new hero. The Spice Girls just disbanded and we were looking for a new female pop figure to help us get through the tough days with dance and music. In a snap, an American teenager breaks into the music scene as a solo artist. Her name is Britney Spears and she opened the door and paved way for other teen pop princesses that will soon follow her footsteps like Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson and of course, her ‘rival’ Christina Aguilera. Although I honestly love Christina, I also love and appreciate Britney Spears up to this day.
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LADY GAGA WAS UNSTOPPABLE. Honestly, I don’t think Lady Gaga’s management had an idea on how big she was going to be. She literally dominated the dance charts worldwide. Her music videos were controversial and everyone – whether a fan or a hater – wanted to know more about the girl behind the one-of-a-kind alter ego. Yes, we know that she wants fame and she will do anything to get it. But now, she will be exploring the darker side of the supposedly glamorous exterior of fame and sex. I’m not sure if her label panicked because of the high demand from the music lovers, but the team decided to release The Fame Monster EP much to the delight of the Little Monsters. According to one interview, Lady Gaga was inspired by horror and gothic films from the 1950’s and we can see the inspiration in the music videos released from this specific special album.
When Destiny’s Child decided to take a break as a group, the three ladies decided to pursue their solo projects. Michelle Williams worked on a gospel album while Kelly Rowland’s pursued Pop & RnB. Meanwhile, lead singer Beyonce starred is some movies and released songs that are part of the OST’s. In fact, she is the last among the Destiny’s Child members to launch a solo debut album. I guess it was all for the better. As they say, there’s perfect timing for everything. When “Crazy in Love” was released as the first single, a lot of people asked: Will she be able to pull it off as a solo singer? Well, we all know the answer by now, right? She is the Queen B and will always be on the top of our lists of the Most Powerful Women in Music. Though she produced a lot of albums through the years, I still consider her first as my top favorite. Wanna know why? Keep reading!
The 90’s is best remembered for boybands and girl groups. Some made an impact and became very successful while some disappeared with just one or two hit songs. Surely, the Spice Girls is the best girl band up to this day. Their male counterpart? No doubt it’s the Backstreet Boys! They have the right ingredients for the perfect boyband: Good looks, pleasing personality, outstanding dance skills and of course, a natural talent in singing. During their peak, music magazines often feature them on the centerfold and most of my friends had a crush on Nick Carter. He is like the counterpart of the Spice Girls’ Emma Bunton a.k.a. Baby Spice (and I believe they dated for a while!). My favorite was Kevin Richardson, which is like the counterpart of my favorite Spice Girl Victoria Beckham a.k.a. Posh Spice. Were you able to see a pattern there? I believe that the reason why Backstreet Boys earned a loyal fan base is not only because they produced good songs – it’s more than that.
Before she was rebranded as the Aphrodite of pop music, Kylie Minogue was once a teen star with a string of dance hits and love songs that is soooo 80’s – and it’s a good thing! For those who are unaware, the Australian goddess started her career as a child actress and later on became a soap opera sweetheart playing the role of Charlene Robinson in ‘Neighbors’ and was paired with Jason Donovan, whom she will eventually record a cheesy love song with. It is funny because the wedding episode of that show was shown in the year that I was born! Thanks to the MTV Classics show, my father’s FM radio job and the Karaoke channel that was once available in cable TV in the Philippines, I am aware of some of Kylie’s work in the 80’s to the early 90’s. Are you ready to go on a trip to memory lane? Let’s go on a Bubblegum pop adventure – 80’s style!
2008-2009 is an integral year in my life. I just graduated from college and I was about to embark on a journey to the corporate world. The sudden need to commute to work on a rush hour can be daunting that’s why having my iPod mini as a companion in train and jeepney rides kind of helped. I tend to stick to my old favorites, but during that time, I got interested with a newbie pop singer named Lady Gaga. She is a protégé of RedOne whose songs were all over the place that year. When I saw her music videos on TV and the sort-of brand new YouTube, I just thought that well, she has it. But I never thought that she will be THAT big. Let’s be honest here: Most of the female singers who were big those days where either band members embarking on a solo route (Gwen Stefani and Fergie) or those who took a while before they scored that big hit (Rihanna and Katy Perry). When you go to the dance-pop route with no public history, you really need to exert a lot of effort to be noticed and to gain loyal followers. Ladies and gentlemen, Lady Gaga is one of the few brave artists who chased fame by singing about it.
Rihanna matured a lot. If you recall back to her “Pon de Replay” days where the young Barbadian singer who simply ‘wants to put the music up’ to being that one friend you can share your “Umbrella” with to the ultimate liberated icon who is not afraid to tell the whole world how much she values her sexuality – and that she’s in-charge of it. I love Rihanna’s songs, but in the past years, I only managed to buy three of her albums (ANTI, Loud and Talk That Talk). When I am alone at home on a weekend procrastinating when I know I have a to-do list, I sometimes just play Talk That Talk and it automatically makes me get up, groove and hustle like Queen RiRi. I was not surprised when Rihanna released Talk That Talk even if she was still sporting her red hair for the Loud era. By that time, Rihanna is one of those artists who spoils her fans and followers by releasing an album almost every year. Before one loses interest in a Rihanna single, a new one comes out. She’s a music machine, yo!
Boybands were a big hit in the 90’s. Some of the big groups that emerged include Backstreet Boys, Take That, 5ive, Boyzone and NSYNC. As a young girl living in the Philippines, these bands normally go on a promotional tour in Southeast Asia first before they take the risk and gain confidence in serenading the hearts of potential fans in their home countries. I remember a young Justin Timberlake with his curly blonde hair singing and dancing with four other good-looking guys in the tune of “Tearin’ Up My Heart” in one of the noontime TV shows. That time, Backstreet Boys and a number of boybands have been to the country and this is yet ‘one of those’ groups. For me that time, they were too generic. Boybands of the 90’s are the whole package – they can sing, dance and have the good looks worthy to be posted in our room walls. It was also normal for every group to have that one person who really stands out because of the overall package. Backstreet Boys has the boy-next-door prototype Nick Carter, Boyzone’s Ronan Keating is truly the star and with NSYNC, it was the youngest but most talented member named Justin Timberlake.
I remember clearly how I first encountered the name Jennifer Lopez. I was at home watching TV with my parents when a news special about the autobiography film of the late Latina icon ‘Selena’ will finally be shown in the theaters. The actress playing the lead role is a mere newbie in the movie business. Although I wasn’t that familiar with Selena’s music and her impact to the Latino community, the actress named Jennifer Lopez has the looks, charisma and talent that the late Selena has. A couple more movies after, the actress who once played the role of a singer is now a singer making her own name in the music industry. She will no longer be known as ‘the girl who played Selena’. Nah, she’s Jennifer Lopez!
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