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March 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm #410232
And I know the public had massively dropped their support for them after Geri left the group, but I think it’s weird how Goodbye and Holler weren’t big hits in most markets. Those are songs begging to be big hits, even if they were coming from the Spice Girls after the popularity decline.March 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm #410231
Tonight I’m Getting Over You would have been a #1 single if people hadn’t already decided that Carly Rae Jepsen should be a one-hit wonder.
I agree XO should’ve been a huge hit and that it feels like one.
I also think it’s weird “I’m a Slave 4 U” didn’t get to #1.February 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm #371522
I actually think the same thing. Most of Katy’s songs were already huge digital sellers back when they were released, so I guess they weren’t make huge leaps because the generation that buys singles on iTunes that would want a Katy Perry song already got it. But still, what is happening with Missy Elliott is absolutely spectacular to witness. Her sales have grown an incredible 1000%.February 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm #371519
Yeah, three songs on the iTunes top 10, all more than 10 years old, when the main performer’s biggest rise is up to #30 pretty much constitutes stealing the show, make no mistake about it.February 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm #371516
It’s kinda weird. The one to see the singles skyrocket on iTunes wasn’t really Perry, but Missy. And people seem to be talking more about the dancing sharks than Katy herself. I’m not hating on the performance, which I thought it was fun to watch and had impressive production values, and I know this happens because Missy really stole the show, but I really thought all the attention on her was gonna be bigger after the performance.November 3, 2014 at 8:53 am #398496
Would she release Out Of The Woods as a single since she made it available before the album was released though? Isn’t it considered to be a promo single already? I thought it was.November 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm #398488
The more I hear Blank Space, the more I like it, to the point I might even have started to prefer it to Out Of The Woods (which is still great). I like how brutally honest and even sorta snarky Taylor talks about how she goes through different boyfriends. There’s nothing shameful about being young and dating a few guys, even if you don’t think you have a future with them, so it’s nice to see her owning up to the persona people (unfairly) criticize.October 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm #403703
Look, I’m not gonna pretend that Madonna or Beyoncé and other female pop stars are activists. They are not. But isn’t one of the goals of feminism to spread it’s influence on all areas of our lives, including arts and culture? And if one shares the ideals and objectives even if they’re not a formal advocate of the cause, aren’t they allowed to be included in the cause? Or if even if one is not aware or haven’t studied it but whose actions, however small or subjective they might be, can be positive for feminism in a given context, be a part of this? I’m not writing off the academic perceptions of feminism, it would be foolish of me to do that. But I do think we have to weigh different forms in how feminist objectives can be achieved even if they are not how the ideology first came to be, especially because feminism isn’t a hermetically sealed concept.October 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm #403685
It’s complicated. I do think Beyoncé (especially Destiny’s Child Beyoncé and early solo career Beyoncé) gets overpraised for her supposed feminism, no matter how talented she might be, and how excellent some of her early singles are, because the gender roles in her music are generally kinda messy without being aware of how they might be superficial reversions of roles, that in turn end up perpuating an new stereotype and idealization of women that necessarily aren’t as positive as they might come off. That said, I do think that Beyoncé is finally maturing in her position on the matter, and I praise her for being able to elaborate well on her music why marital bliss and feminism aren’t mutually exclusive, and that is having both while being very sexually aggressive is no problem.
I disagree with Lennox’ judgement, because I think that the vision that a woman who happens to have a very overt sexuality is not a feminist is even more outdated than anything Beyoncé might have done in the past, and seems to come from the more academic and elitist perception of what feminism is. I think Lennox is an incredibily talented woman, and I wish I had her brain, really, because she is extremely intelligent as well. I also realize that my opinion as a man, even if one who is gay and was raised by a very feminist mother, will come from a very different place than she does, and I respect that immensely. But I have to disagree with her when it comes to this point, and not just about Beyoncé especifically. That “twerking is not feminism” comment in another interview she gave, just… no.
Beyoncé is no ideal, but the sexualized aspect of her music and identity is no reason for why she can’t be considered a feminist. They just happen to exist in very different extremes of what that means, in my humble opinion. If she meant to be more critical of the impact that Beyoncé can have on an audience uninformed of what the term actually is, she could have done it a lot better.October 25, 2014 at 11:53 am #398452
I’m actually surprised to say this is probably her best album yet. 80’s synth-pop inspired music fits her very well.October 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm #402797
Yep, Adele is the biggest lock I can remember from the time I’ve been posting here, although I think Michael Jackson was probably unstoppable for Thriller as well.October 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm #398405
Out Of The Woods is one of her best songs. Might be my favorite from her since Safe & Sound. I never thought she’d pull off a Robyn-like song this well, but it’s amazing how effortless this feels while still having an emotional punch. I also think this might be one of her best vocal performances yet.July 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm #313420
I’m glad we’ll get more Valerie Cherish, but I do think it has been too long. And the general premise the show had was more interesting back then, I think. I don’t know, I’m very suspicious about this. The timing to make it still feels very random. And nothing the people involved have made since was very good. This might end up a huge disappointment. But I think Kudrow was great, so hopefully it will work.January 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #388356
Beyonce > 4 > B’ Day > Dangerously In Love > I am… Sasha Fierce