This year more than ever the Grammy’s went pop. Which makes this genré the most important of them all and will prove as the descision point for the Big Four categories. See what we pick, and comment below, who do you think will take home the pop trophies?
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
▪ “King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles
▪ “Halo” (Live) – Beyoncé
▪ “Chasing Pirates” – Norah Jones
▪ “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
▪ “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
Of the pop categories, this one had the weakest selection of all. Beyoncé’s Halo should not be eligible as it won this category last year, and Chasing Pirates is an obscure song both lyrically and melodically and failed to crack any pop chart this year. And isn’t that what Pop music stands for? Popular. On the contrary the other three nominees are all perfect picks for this year; King is a simple traditional pop song, Romance is a high production smash hit, and Teenage Dream is a fun, summer, song (and this is one of the few categories where that is acceptable).
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Teenage Dream by Katy Perry has great production and a killer dance beat, perfect for a pop song.
Bad Romance was the biggest snub in both Record and Single of the Year the academy will likely award Gaga for her groundbreaking, heavy synth tune.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
▪ “Haven’t Met You Yet” – Michael Bublé
▪ “This Is It” – Michael Jackson
▪ “Whataya Want from Me” – Adam Lambert
▪ “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
▪ “Half of My Heart” – John Mayer
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After taking a week off letting Bruno Mars stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 Katy Perry’s Firework returns to the top. This is the fourth non-consecutive week this song has been atop the chart. Last year, Perry stayed at #1 for 6 weeks with California Gurls and an additional 2 weeks with Teenage Dream.
Last week’s chart victor Bruno Mars’s Grenade fell to #2 on the chart, and Ke$ha’s We R Who We R hung on to #3.
At last night’s People’s Choice Awards Katy Perry picked up the awards for “Favorite Female Singer” and “Favorite Web Celeb”
Both Eminem and Rihanna earned a myriad of honors at the 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards on January 5th. Eminem won four awards: Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite Song, and Favorite Music Video. The latter two awards were shared with Rihanna who also earned Favorite Pop Star at the show. The two are also side-by-side this week on the Billboard charts; Eminem is at #2 with Recovery while Rihanna resides at #3 with Loud. Neither artist attended the event.
Katy Perry won two awards for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Web Celeb, she accepted her awards hinting at summer dates for her California Dreams Tour.
Usher, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Paramore each nabbed one award. Paramore did not attend the ceremony as their band is going through a rebuilding phase after losing two members last month. They are set to talk to MTV on Friday (Jan. 7) addressing the issue.
Also, Selena Gomez, who picked up Favorite New Artist performed her hit A Year Without Rain, at the show. The album of the same name is in stores now.
Suprising snubs, both Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber went home empty handed. Also suprising, Britney Spears lost in the Favorite TV Guest Star category. Tough Luck!
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As predicted a very purple Katy Perry picked up “Favorite Female Artist” and “Favorite Web Celeb” at the People’s Choice Awards. The award was aided by her 3 #1 singles from her album Teenage Dream.
The diva was up against fierce competition that included Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.
Perry left the stage saying that we can see her on her “California Dreams” Tour this summer. Offical dates have yet to be announced.
What do you think? Were you happy to see Katy win?
Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery first topped the Billboard 200 in June, but it seems it may top the charts yet again. Hits DailyDouble is reporting that next weeks charts will be a toss-up between Eminem and current chart superior Taylor Swift. Neither of the releases for these album occured in December or November which shows that 2010 was owned by a few Blockbuster albums rather than many that sold above-average.
Next week’s album charts will be driven by iTunes and other music stores giftcards. The teen market will be in demand, so it is projected that Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West will occupy spots #3-5 on the albums charts; Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are also expected to rank in high positions.
What do you think? What did you buy with your giftcards?
To be honest, I have never understood Avril Lavigne. Her music is consistently too teen-pop for adults and too rock for kids. I thought the Canadian’s career was over after the release of her last album The Best Damn Thing, but after her amazing sample on Rihanna’s Cheers I thought maybe Lavigne’s career had changed for the better.
After receiving the free download from “liking” Avril Lavigne on Facebook I realized that Lavigne has not changed at all as an artist. She failed to grow or mature her sound in her four year absence from the music scene. BUT four years ago there was MUCH less competition in the female-pop genre it is nearly impossible for Lavigne to stand out from the likes of Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.
With a quick lyrical switch WTH could be a song featured on a Miranda Cosgrove album, not the sound of a nearly 27 year old rocker with nearly 10 years of experience in the industry. Our prediction: the song and her forthcoming album Goodbye Lullaby due March 8 will flop.
Only time will tell.
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Rating: ** (out of 5 stars)
Although 2010 was filled with many great successes including Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, and Drake the year was also filled with some major flops. I mean, Did anyone now Christina Aguilera released an album in 2010? So at a point in the industry when you are only as popular as your latest hit the only underlying question is why? Looking back T.I., the Black Eyed Peas, Ciara, and Ne-Yo were some of the biggest stars in the industry, but 2010 failed for all of them, so we at thatLOUD are seeing why stars flop.
Part 1/4: Lack of a Hit Single
The Black Eyed Peas started 2010 as the industry’s biggest band. After releasing their increibly successful The E.N.D. in 2009, an album that spawned 5 Top 10 hits the band released their follow-up this November entitled The Beginning (lol, right). Unfortunately, although the albums fared similarly in titles they did not in critical and commercial performance. When E.N.D. spent two weeks at #1 Beginning peaked at #6.
The week E.N.D. was released the Band’s song Boom Boom Pow reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, not long after that I Gotta Feeling would reach the chart’s pinnacle and in March 2010 the Pea’s song Imma Bee topped the chart.
Beginning on the other hand only produced The Time which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, but the song is terrible. It represents their album very poorly, and many have called it the worst on the album.
This case is not unique to the Peas. Lee DeWyze, Christina Aguilera, and Ciara also failed to produce a hit single that attracted consumers to purchase their album. It is vital that an album consistently produces quality singles for the album to sell.
Next Up: Part 2/4: Likeabilty