Since her arrival on the musical scene almost 15 years ago, Britney Spears has been on the forefront of the pop music industry. From her cute teen looks to sexy dance track, Britney has done all that could be done while remaining in the boundaries of pop music, and according to her longtime music producer Dr. Luke, his client has now become bigger than the pop genre itself.
During his interview with MTV at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards, Luke pointed at songs like Toxic’ and ‘Piece of Me’ and ‘Oops! … I Did It Again’ to prove his point and said that apart from all of them being influential, they also are shining examples that Britney can’t be confined to a single genre.
So when the duo took to the studio for the creation of Femme Fatale, Luke said that he kept the experimental musical nature of Britney in his mind. He recalled “She wanted to keep on with that and do stuff that was forward-thinking. So we put some dubstep stuff in there, in bridges; snuck it in different places and I hope it ended up good. I hope you like it.”
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It’s well-known fact now that Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale is a fusion of pop and dance music, with the added sexy flavor contributed by the singer herself. Britney’s 2008 album Circus reached the number one spot on music charts almost immediately upon its release, even though it wasn’t marketed and hyped up like her latest collection. The strategically released snippet, sneak peeks, and the carefully planned promo campaign means that Femme Fatale has already reached the #1 spot on iTunes, as well as on Internet Radio stations. According to industry analysts, if the same momentum is maintained, the album will be number on all the music charts by next week. Continue reading Is Femme Fatale Good Enough to Take the Number 1 Spot? »
The 90’s music era was a time filled with alternative music, pop and rap. Also it was a decade when the so-called one-hit wonder phenomenon was born. The tastes of music fans varied dramatically during this period. The more popular artists for this decade were mostly bands and artists who enjoyed a kind of resurgence in the music scene after their popularity from the 80’s lost some ground; others were new artists who were just starting to make a name for themselves. In many ways, the music in the 90’s was the product of a major series of changes in the music industry and in listener tastes. Continue reading Top 10 90’s Music Songs »
We all knew this day would come. The downfall of the compact disc was inevitable once technologies like MP3 players and streaming Internet radio started gaining consumer acceptance. It was only a matter of time before the industry realized the trends of our times and readjusted their distribution strategies. However, the demise of the compact disc, although in the making for at least a decade, is only starting to show visible signs. Sony recently announced that it would be shutting down one of its two compact disc manufacturing plants in the States and commented, in no uncertain terms, that the main reason for the closure was the increasing dominance of digital music distributed via the Internet.
The era of the compact disc is officially over. We have not used them for at least half a decade (my personal collection of CDs is gathering dust in a corner of my attic). They have ceased to be a part of our lives. Compact discs will join the likes of cassettes and vinyl records, collected by fringe enthusiasts and ignored by the rest of the general populace. Like most technologies that have outlived their purpose, compact discs will be remembered with nostalgia but rarely missed.
Compact discs will join the likes of cassettes and vinyl records, collected by fringe enthusiasts and ignored by the rest of the general populace…
Truth be told, I’m a little surprised that it took this long to for the compact disc to be retired and for plants to be shut down. Officials at the plant linked the rise of the digital music and online piracy to the decision to shut the compact disc manufacturing plant down, and they are spot on. Personally, I have not bought a single CD in the last two years. Most of the music I want is readily available online. Additionally, I can pick and choose which tracks I want from an album and get other interactive features a compact disc simply cannot offer me. I don’t even know where my CD player is right now! Likewise, millions of other people across the world rely on their MP3 players today to satisfy their musical needs.
As you probably know by now, it’s a boy for Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish.
Together with his civil partner, film director and producer David Furnish, 62 year old Sir Elton John will be making a major change as they both enter into parenthood. It was confirmed by Elton’s publicist, who is based in Los Angeles, that the baby was born to a surrogate mother on December 25th as everyone was celebrating one of the most joyful holiday seasons. Continue reading From Piano Man to Diaper Man: Elton John Welcomes First Son »
This is the second article in a three-part series “15 Great Artists You Should Hear”. You can read Part 1 here.
Here is the second part to a list of great artist you need to hear! We all know how vast the musical spectrum can be; there is a lot of good, a lot of bad, but definitely a lot you should hear.
9. Serge Gainsbourg: France’s version of Sinatra is the iconic emblem of European cool. Serge was like Bob Dylan, Sid Vicious, Neil Diamond, and of course Sinatra, all rolled into one. Starting his career in the 60’s, Serge did everything, folk, pop, ballad, rock and roll, phsycadelic. His albums have been sampled time and time again. The best album to pick up is the revered “Melody Nelson” – this crowning achievement has been marked as essential by such current artists as Beck. Continue reading 15 Great Artists You Should Hear, Part 2 (Artists 9-5) »
Michael Jackson’s “Neverland Ranch” has been notorious for many things. It was the home of one of this century’s most eccentric pop stars. Now that home may become an equal opportunity school for music.
Due to a couple of criminal investigations, Michael Jackson had not lived at Neverland for more than a couple of years at the time of his death. He had all but retreated from the public eye due to the constant barrage of paparazzi and invasion of his privacy. In the end, Jackson’s worst enemy was himself, when he lost his famed ranch due to debt. Continue reading Neverland Ranch: Musical School? »