Announcing her return like a fluorescent cannon ball, the album’s opening track is the omnipresent gay anthem “Woman’s World,” Cher’s most recent stab at dancefloor obliteration. As much as this song dabbles in disco-diva cliche, something about it just works. Cher sells the hell out of the song’s “torn up, busted, taken apart” lyrical conceit, and her performance makes this one of the year’s best singles, not to mention a hell of a way to kick off her new material. More »
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Unfortunately, summer is not here to stay and, as a matter of fact, already seems to be looking for the exit signs. Before we give in to another school year or worse — long pants and sweaters! — we’re heading out to the club for a final twirl. Make that five final twirls…we could never resist a list.
So dance music enthusiasts, throw on your shorty-shorts and meet us in the middle of the floor for one last boogie as we count down this summer’s top five dance jams! These songs kept us hot all summer and we’ll probably keep playing them well into the autumn months. We don’t care, we love them! More »
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a decade since the dawn of Richard X Presents His X-Factor (released on August 23, 2003), mainly because it continues to sound about ten years ahead of its time. One part greatest-hits collection, one part Bizarro World NOW! compilation, His X-Factor had nothing to do with the televised talent competition of the same name (a mere coincidence that nonetheless caused record company headaches) and everything to do with forging a new and exciting pop sound.
At the height of an early-’00s UK Pop Renaissance, the producer found himself behind two of the charts’ biggest singles: Liberty X’s “Being Nobody” and Sugababes‘ “Freak Like Me.” Both singles were dark, dirty re-imaginings of classic dance hits, but with a little something extra. Although the word “mash-up” would go on to become a cultural buzzword — meaning stick this Celine Dion flop atop Blondie‘s“Heart of Glass” and resend it to radio — what Richard X was pioneering had more to do with the spirit of re-purposing bits of the old to make something entirely new.
Join us below as Richard X joins us to discuss the first (and last?) volume of X-Factor. More »
Even luckier for us, Richard X has taken time out of his production schedule (he’s currently working with A*M*E and MKS, among others) to chat about the EP, his work with Annie and just what kind of trouble two friends can get up to with an online translator. More »
Yes, the rise of the boy band would likely never have happened without MTV’s long-running afternoon countdown show (it aired from September 1998 to November 2008 — so remember, the MTV VMA-winning “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” pre-dated the series by only a few months), a phenomenon the Backstreet Boys, along with *NSYNC, helped to cement in the annals of popular culture. With Backstreet celebrating their 20th anniversary this year (WHAT?) and ready to release their new album In A World Like This on July 30th, we’ve got them on our minds again. Not to mention, this fall marks the 15th anniversary of TRL’s debut and the fifth anniversary of its final adieu. In honor of both, we salute the 10 greatest Backstreet Boys videos of the TRL era: clips which just happen to have attained #1 status on the show’s fan-based countdown, thankyouverymuch.
So let’s all imagine ourselves as we were a decade back in time, seated on a bleacher in front of Carson Daly whilst a scrolling ticker displays the words “I LOVE A.J.!” across our hearts, and remember these peak moments of Nick, Brian, Kevin, Howie and, of course that untameable rascal, A.J. More »
Selena, a veteran of such Disney Channel fare as Wizards Of Waverly Place and Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, long ago proved she could deliver the goods away from the House of Mouse, scoring hits with her band The Scene and making her own impression with critics alongside Hudgens in the controversial Spring Breakers. Now the newly-minted showgirl (check that album cover) and erstwhile Beiber consort (she made him cry) is 21 and Scene-less, riding the wave of another big radio hit and to releasing her first truly “solo” album. In commemoration of this new phase in her career, we’re taking a look back at her top five greatest video moments!
Yes, a Selena Gomez retrospective: because when you’re 21 in Hollywood, it’s already time to start thinking about those Lifetime Achievement Awards. All kidding aside, if these five clips don’t cement Selena as one of pop music’s most exciting starlets, we give up on pop music. (Until Cher’s new album, at least.) More »
So as we sink our teeth into another disco opus from England’s most prolific duo, let’s have a look back at the best-of-the-best of their musical pairings, team-ups and remixes. They really have worked with everyone — so many that we left out big names like Elton John and Yoko Ono (and even Alcazar) and still ended up with a dozen definitive titles. Check them out, then let us know which Pet Shop Boys collaborations you think should be on this list. More »
Those who were around to witness the inception of Björk‘s solo career may be scratching their heads and wondering where, exactly, the last two decades have gone. Has it really been so long since the manic Icelandic pixie popped out of a volcano and impressed us with her Debut? (Technically this was her second solo album, if you count the obscure jazz LP she made at age 11.) Indeed it has. This month, the ex-Sugarcube and high priestess of art-pop celebrates two decades of musical innovation as the highly influential Debut turns 20. That said, in spite of its advancing age, Debut’s futurism has aged exquisitely. More »
So before you light up the grill, pour the margaritas or blow off your fingers with an illegal M-80, dial up these 13 freedom-themed anthems for the ultimate soundtrack to Fourth of July fun. We promise lots of surprises and absolutely no overplayed clunkers. That’s right, we’re saying ENOUGH! to Katy Perry’s “Firework.” That girl needs a day off, too. More »
As is our usual wont, we’ve spent hours combing through various research materials (YouTube) for pop hits that reflect fatherhood and the unique brand of wisdom that can only come from a man who finds interesting things to do in a garage for an entire weekend. Or maybe yours likes crosswords? Fathers are a species all their own, aren’t they?
So in the spirit of celebrating the paternal bond, we present 10 classic songs in which male vocalists (father figures, if you will) dole out helpful advice, words of encouragement or just plain old common sense to the young people in their lives. Play it for your dad and see what kind of witty gems he comes up with. If it’s something along the lines of “turn up that fabulous playlist, child!” then our work here is done. More »