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I also couldn’t disagree more about that top 3. All of them are very overrated as videos even if the songs are memorable. And I’m always annoyed when music critics praise “Nothing Compares 2 U” for it’s simplicity. So, you have a medium as open to innovation and creativity as the music video, freeing directors while giving them a big budget (in the case of big music stars) and a woman crying against a black backdrop is the best VMA winner of all time? No way I can agree with this. The overpraise that something can get purely for being minimalist will always bother me.
Top 3 should be Peter Gabriel, Missy Elliott and Madonna (depending on the day, I might switch Ray Of Light for We Found Love though).
I love Outkast to death, but it did not deserve to beat (in terms of the actual video itself) “99 Problems” and “Toxic”, just like “Lady Marmalade” did not deserve to beat “Weapon of Choice” based on quality alone. That’s the problem with Video of The Year winners: they are usually more of a symbol of what was most prominent in pop culture at the time than truly awarding what’s best.
I like Britney’s single, but damn, that video is just terrible. The only excuse I can see for it is that the videos she beat were just as bad (that was probably the weakest Video Of The Year line-up ever).
I agree there’s no way Piece Of Me is better than Losing My Religion.
Is that a “I Get Lonely” sample on “Be My Baby”? I don’t think it is, but there’s a few similarities between the two. And from that, I’ll use this comment to add that even though her voice is Mariah-like, the music itself feels closer to Janet to me.
This preview has actually made me a bit excited for the album, something even “Problem” (blame Iggy) and her debut couldn’t pull off. I’m a bit more poptimist about it now. Strangely though, the third song is the one I liked the least even if she really invests a lot of her vocals on it. “Love Me Harder” and “Be My Baby” are the best songs she has here so far, I think. The first might even be my favorite Abel feature in a while (as brief as it is).
Red is one of the popiest albums to have ever popped.
“I can’t think straight, I’m so gay” – I don’t why I love this line, but I do. Well done, Mary Lambert.
Also, I have seen Meghan Trainor’s name charting for a few weeks now, but I just assumed it was another generic dance-pop shit by the title (like that terrible Britney/Will.I.Am song “Big Fat Bass”). I had no idea it was about bass as in Motown bass for a Supremes-like single, and that the song would be so fun and positive. And she’s kinda funny too. I like when pop artists make good use of their sense of humor, and what’s especially great about this one is how confident she comes off, like the pretty talented girl she is even if her weight isn’t the beauty standard. That song was a nice surprise.
That beat and the hooks in “BO$$” really is all kinds of awesome, I’m surprised. Finally an exciting pop 2014 song (could never really get behind Problem as much as I wanted to because of that lame Iggy verse). Too bad it’s not crossing over like it deserved to though.
No offense to Charli and this new girl, but while good music is always something to cherish, I find it hard to get excited about this kind of popstar recently. I miss when artists like Michael, Prince and Madonna did pop that was so bold and really demanded your attention, you know? People who make great music and also aim for world domination. This year there’s some good pop, but not very ambitious pop (Beyoncé being the exception).