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25
Jun
14

25 June 2014 – Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea) – Problem – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

I swear, Iggy Iggs is going to be a Hall of Famer in a hurry!

 But let’s not focus on how this song is part of history – as Iggy Azalea’s first two singles to chart are at #1 (the long-ago featured “Fancy“) and #2 (this) , the first artist to do that since The damn Beatles! – but instead on the topline artist, who I have been meaning to write about for a very long time.  Indeed, Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande – a performer of several fun pop songs – is probably the most unjustly ignored artist on this blog.

Well, our ignorance ends today, and it ends with some funky saxophone blasts!


Let me assure you that a lot of other artists want to work with Iggy now. Stay tuned.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/1lT3FNe. Please check it out over there!

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24
Jun
14

24 June 2014 – Sia – Chandelier – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

Let’s start with the song.  Most people in the US didn’t know who Sia was until “Titanium”, her song with David Guetta (which, for some reason, hasn’t made it to this blog yet.  Strange.).  Now that we do, she can rise and grow on her own.

No offense meant to Flo Rida and “Wild Ones”.  She was featured there, too.

Her first single off her sixth album – yes.  Sixth.  She’s been around for awhile. – is a seemingly happy song about partying…. until you listen to the lyrics, and realize it’s about a very sad party girl.  The video is happy, though, featuring a very happy, lively dance routine by Maddie Ziegler.  US television viewers will recognize this girl from Dance Moms.

And the sequence in the hallway starting at 2:45 makes my back hurt.

Oh, but that crazy dancing can’t be real….

Oh, but it is.  And yes.  That is Sia in the corner, not facing the camera.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/1pyKkyQ. Please check it out over there!

23
Jun
14

23 June 2014 – Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

A few years ago, Rolling Stone Magazine did a feature on women in rock music   They ran a contest on their site to determine who would be on the cover – it was a flip cover, but it was a cover.

Karmin won. And you know I was campaigning hard for them.

The artist they beat in the finals of this NCAA-type tournament?  Rita Ora.  Now, I had no idea who Rita Ora was, but I. Knew. I. Didn’t. Like. Her!

After hearing her new single – already a huge hit overseas – I know I was wrong about her.  This song, written and produced by Calvin Harris, is a clear possibility to be declared Song of the Summer. Sure, she’s prematurely comparing her song to Whitney Houston, but that doesn’t mean this is not a solid tune.

(By the way, Rolling Stone did a nice article on Rita Ora, too.)

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/1nwsqeM. Please check it out over there!

21
Jun
14

20 June 2014 – The Pierces – Believe In Me – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

I had never heard of The Pierces before a few days ago.  And yet they’ve been around for years.   YEARS!

The Pierces are Allison and Catherine Pierce, and they released their debut album in 2000(!). Oh, my shame!

They even do the theme song for the TV show Pretty Little Liars!   How have I not heard these ladies before?!

I will atone for my sins with their new single.  The 2-part harmonizing is beautiful.  Their latest album, Creation, is scheduled for a September release.  Check ’em out!

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/1nqzRUN. Please check it out over there!

10
Jun
14

9 June 2014 – Lorde – Tennis Court – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

This song was the original B-side to “Royals“, but has now found some modest and (hopefully) growing success as a single in its own right.  It’s a song about her rise to stardom – she’s been working with Universal since she was 13, so this wasn’t entirely unexpected.  Watch the worldwide “Royals” video, and you see it ends….. on a tennis court, with the beginning of this song.

This video is really boring.  Unless you like looking at nearly motionless emo New Zealander redheads.  The song, on the other hand, is powerful and deep, typical of Lorde’s compositions.

As a bonus, here’s Lorde actually performing the song, and not just staring at you. It is really great that 1. the song sounds more fuzzed-up live and 2. she looks like she’s still enjoying herself!

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/1oP0eEU. Please check it out over there!

05
May
14

5 May 2014 – MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

She doesn’t appear prominently in her own video.  Amanda Warner’s huge voice, however, shines through in this amazing, aching song.

Notice how I didn’t just call her MNDR.   Sure, she goes by that name on stage, but, technically, this song is by the duo, which means Peter Wade is the mastermind behind the music. They certainly act as a duo, even if she acts solo under the same moniker.

Confused yet?  Don’t be.  Just enjoy the music!

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/Rl0yAn. Please check it out over there!

28
Apr
14

28 April 2014 – Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood / Are You Satisfied? – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

I know, I know, we’ve been terrible about posting!  So let me bring you up to speed.

I am currently completely and totally obsessed with Marina and the Diamonds.  So why not post a song, from her 1st album (which has more of a singer/songwriter feel) about her being completely and totally obsessed with America?

Because ‘Merica.

And because Marina is freaking brilliant in her imagery and song construction.  

Really, I have had THIS song stuck in my head for WEEKS!  It’s a song about believing in yourself, specifically when pursuing your dream of getting a record deal.  This is a quiet version of the song, from the KCRW studios.  And it’s my current favorite song.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://ift.tt/1h78DyK. Please check it out over there!