The 90s were ruled by girl groups. The queens of En Vogue, TLC, Destiny’s Child and the Spice Girls reigned supreme on the charts. But so far, the new millennium has seen a dearth of really kick ass girl groups on the U.S. charts. Now that One Direction has cracked open the market for boy bands, who are the lovely ladies waiting to sneak in, tear up the harmonies and serve some soul? Well, we’ve got five girl bands in particular that are winning us over with their own particular brands of pop. Forget all about “Spice World”…it’s their world now.
One of the most amazing things about the evolution of the music industry is that music is suddenly more accessible than ever. The days of having to go out of your way and make a special trip to a record shop are long over. Now, the only thing standing between a consumer and a song they want to buy is the speed of your wireless connection. This advancement of technology has its costs, though: Many have penned obituaries for the medium that energized the music business in the 80s and 90s, the compact disc. Read more…
When we began compiling our Best Songs of 2012 list, there were many differing opinions, and after briefly toying with the idea of pitting all our staff against one another in a Hunger Games fight-to-the-death scenario against the backdrop of Times Square, we conceded that the most diplomatic and least murderous thing to do would be to each submit our own list. You know, in the name of preserving a civil work environment and whatnot (not to mention our longstanding policy of avoiding contact with the human resources department). So while we didn’t battle it out in a conference room or some such nonsense, each one of us faced an internal battle — choosing our favorite songs of the year.
As far as consensus is concerned, there were 21 songs that appeared on multiple ballots, but only eight that appeared on three or more lists: Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” (4 ballots), Frank Ocean‘s “Pyramids” (4 ballots), fun.‘s “We Are Young” (4 ballots), Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know” (3 ballots), P!nk‘s “Just Give Me A Reason” (3 ballots), Usher‘s “Climax” (3 ballots), Azealia Banks‘ “212″ (3 ballots), and Miguel‘s “Adorn” (3 ballots).
(Btw, before we get into this, we’d like to note that we put together the following Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure: VH1 Staffers Pick Their Favorite Songs Of 2012. It’s sequenced in alpha order by artist first name, so we wholeheartedly recommend you hit Shuffle while listening to this 92 track playlist. Now, on with the show…)
Here’s some music that’ll make your mid-week blues feel more like end-of-week joy. Swedish duo Icona Pop, Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, have shared a stream of their newest EP, Iconic, with the web and it if played correctly (all the way through) it should cure your weekday woes. Joining the irritable pop anthem, “I Love It“, five other tracks prove Icona Pop to be consistent with their musical heritage (Swedes truly make the best pop) and confirming their “iconic” band name. Melodic synths, thumping drums, choruses perfect for screaming sing-alongs: It’s like ABBA for 2012, if you ask me. (And I am not referring to the A*Teens.)
The best part about an EP? It’s short, and exactly the length time it should take to get ready for a night out.
Summer, summer, summertime…time to sit back and unwind. Hey, if that’s how Will Smith recommends to spend the months of June, July, and August, who am I to argue? As my colleagues Bené and Zara have attested, summer’s a time to be spent outdoors with friends, preferably with a boombox in proximity. We’re going to start counting down the 2012 Song Of The Summer very soon, but for now, here are three songs that I’ll be hitting repeat on all summer long.
NOMINATION: Icona Pop, “I Love It”
EXPLANATION: Why do Swedes make the best pop music? Someone really ought to research this! While we all anxiously await for someone else to do the heavy lifting with that essay, I’m going to be bouncing around my apartment cranking this electro-pop earworm all the way up to 11, shouting “I DON’T CARE!” like a madman. The pulsating beats that dare you not to bounce up-and-down while pumping your fists (not fist pumping, though, because that’s lame), the crazy catchy sing-along melodies, the fact that it clocks in at exactly 3 minutes … all of these ingredients create a perfect recipe for a summer jam.