As 2012 becomes a distant memory, we’ll say goodbye to Haylor, Kim Kardashian as a single lady and Britney on The X Factor. But, if we had to guess, we’d say that there are a few residual hints, or should we say “hits,” of the year that was that aren’t going anywhere just yet.
Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears are arguably some of the most famous names in music—past and present.
Both are very similar in age and have been peers in the music industry since they began their careers in 1993. They were cast members of Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club, which ran until 1996. However, their childhood friendship would soon face intense speculation as they left The Mickey Mouse Club to continue to pursue music careers.
These days, it seems that the United States is experiencing quite a bit of what some would call a “British Invasion.” From the excitement over the London Olympics to the boy band One Direction, the U.S. is brewing with British fever. Just last year, the UK’s hit reality competition The X Factor hopped over the pond for its first season. On September 12 The X Factor will return to Fox with fresh talent, new judges and plenty of entertainment.
Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, N’Sync and The Backstreet Boys. What do they all have in common you may ask? They all represent the “Golden Age” of Pop music. A perfect formula for Pop music is; an individual or group, who’s young & attractive, capable of carrying a tune and makes catchy music teenagers wanted to dance to. Remember when they all dominated the Billboard charts” They were constantly everywhere. Over exposed and in high demand. These teen Pop sensations were probably a poster plastered on every inch of your bedroom walls, and all over your notebooks or T-Shirts. In the year of 1999 (13 years ago to be exact) women of all ages shamelessly chased after the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync. While singing I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys) and Tearin’ Up My Heart (N’Sync) and crying profusely. Britney Spears was teen Pop royalty and Christina Aguilera was a Genie in a Bottle, who splashed onto the scene with her impeccable vocals. Artists such as these were apart of a once in a lifetime experience. What may have impressed fans the most was that they were relatable, as the Pop stars were teenagers themselves.
Living in an area of Boston that’s overwhelmingly populated by students, it’s hard to walk down the street at any given time without music blasting from windows. Typically the people who turn their abrasive music up loud enough to reach you on the sidewalk are the Frat type, turning up their dirty rap or top 40 playlists. But over the past year, the music has seriously changed; now when I walk down my street at 10p.m. on a Saturday night, what I mainly hear is bass heavy beats and serious drops of electronic music. Dubstep.
While dubstep is defined as a genre of dance music originating in South London which has “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals,” dubstep’s recent rise into serious mainstream popularity has changed it from a grimy, interesting underground scene to the newest fad for frat bros and hippies alike. Don’t believe me? I doubt the underground DJ’s who originally started incorporating heavy bass imagined their work being redone for the newest Britney Spears album, as it has been continuously talked about Rusko doing. But the problem is, with that transition, the music has seriously suffered from it. While this dilemma almost always arises when a previously unrecognized genre gains mainstream appeal, both the rapid speed at which dubstep arose and nature of the music have intensified how much the quality of the music has deteriorated. Suddenly, instead of musical talent and the patience to learn an instrument is beside the point; anyone with a hard drive large enough to download mixing software and a couple hours on their hands is a self proclaimed musical genius.
Whether you prefer Pop, Country, R&B, Hip-Hop or Rock, there is no doubt you will find a tour that will satisfy your tastes this summer. Your favorite artists from all spectrums of music are in full swing as they gear up for their worldwide summer tours. Various artists are teaming together such as Rihanna and Cee-Lo Green, Lil Wayne with Keri Hilson, Rick Ross, Lloyd and the Far East Movement as well as come back artists such as Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance who are combining a diversity of sounds and collaborations to make as a popular trend for summer concerts making you feel like you’re getting the most for your buck. Where on earth will we find these artists you ask? At some of the biggest summer music festivals that are massively expanding each year! For those of you repping the Midwest, Summerfest continues to be named the world’s largest music festival, based in Milwaukee, spans out 11 days, playing on 11 stages, with over 700 bands making this a truly unbelievable and endless lineup; headliners such as Jason Mraz, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and The Black Keys just to name a few. The beauty of these festivals is the opportunity to show an equally eclectic mix of genres and artists. Get ready to release your rock hand, booty shakin’, line dancing and air guitar moves all summer long.
We’ve all been sitting around all summer waiting to hear the latest on Glee. Here are some of the rumors that Pink and Black found.
1. Bye, bye music on Glee!
Sadly – Kinda true! Ryan Murphy, Glee creator, confirmed that season two was going to be scaled back to five numbers, saying “…What we realized is people love the numbers but they love the characters just as much. So in the second season we’re going back to five numbers.”
2. Rachel and Finn: Together forever?
Gasp! True – for season two, at least! Ryan Murphy plans to see how Finchel plays out, saying: “Rachel and Finn broke up twice. So, let’s keep them together–these two very different people–and let’s really see how an entire season, if there’s no breakup scenes, what that couple looks like at the end of the season.”