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2013 Year in WTF Music Review

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One of my favorite times of the year is December. Some might think that’s because of Christmas… but nay, my favorite holiday is my birthday because we all have some degree of narcissism. Some might think that’s because of the snow… but no, you try walking up UW-Madison’s Bascom Hill in over a foot of snow. Some even might think that it’s because of the holiday season in general… but no, I live in Chicago, IL and I hate tourists so add that with Michigan Avenue and you’ll find I pretty much stay in my house during the holiday season. The reason December is one of my favorite times of the year is because of all the “2013 Year in Review” posts that come out. Whenever I read one of these posts, my thoughts are either 1) “oh right that happened, I tried to forget,” 2) “No way! That totally happened in 1999, not 2013,” or 3) “LOL I should have read the news more often, when did this happen.”

Obviously, this is a music review website, so I should probably focus on 2013 Year in Review: Music, but I really do urge you to take a look at the more general news story versions of 2013 Year in Review posts because I guarantee you missed the dumbest things that happened this year. Here’s my review of 2013 Music though… enjoy…

1. Big artists released new albums.

Katy Perry’s Prism (October 22): First time to my site? I’m obsessed with Katy Perry. Although not the best album of the year (we’ll get to my opinions on the best later), it is hands down an awesome album. Prism doesn’t stray too far from the sounds of Teenage Dream, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for someone like Katy Perry. With hits like “Roar,” “Walking on Air,” “Dark Horse,” and “Unconditionally” already being constantly replayed on the radio after just one month, Katy Perry clearly doesn’t need to change her sound. Plus, she’s Katy Perry – just try not to love her.

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (March 19): JT came back. Technically, JT came back twice since The 20/20 Experience was released in two parts. The first part debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 968,000 copies in its first week. People were excited for JT to say the least.

Kanye West’s Yeezus (June 18): Guess what? I’ve never listened to this album. But hey, it came out and it was huge. I haven’t really given Kanye West the time of day since he named his child Blue Ivy. The album deserves some recognition though because Yeezus debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 327,000 copies in its first week. Plus, we’ve all seen that music video for “Bound 2” right?

OneRepublic’s Native (March 26): This album was actually meant for 2012 (circa August 27th, 2012 with “Feel Again”), but wasn’t ready in time, and was thus released in 2013. I have no problem with an artist publically announcing that their album is not ready in time – beautiful things take time, right? And oh my god, Native is beautiful. Native peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but a solid number one in my heart (still not the best album in my mind, have patience).

Honorable mentions: 1) Beyonce, 4 (March 29); 2) Drake, Nothing Was the Same (September 24); 3) Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail (July 9).

2. There were a lot of really, really bad reunions.

This year was like the reunion of the 90s. First there was Destiny’s Child at the 2013 SuperBowl Half-Time Show. It literally lasted like 20 seconds and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even turn on Kelly or Michelle’s microphones. Great attempt #1 though, Music Industry. The second reunion was NSYNC at the 2013 VMAs. It lasted a little longer, and at one point Justin Timberlake was actually in the background. In addition, the whole time, you’re like “oh their microphones aren’t on either” and then all of the sudden, JC decides to sing the most unnecessary “baby, baby, baby” just to prove he thinks he’s still memorable. The final reunion of 2013 was TLC at the American Music Awards. They sang “Waterfalls.” Like no, “Scrubs” or go home.

3. EDM made some great moves.

Daft Punk. Random Access Memories had to have been one of the most anticipated albums of 2013, or maybe I was just so anxious for it that I felt the rest of the world was too. We hadn’t heard new Daft Punk since Human After All dropped in 2005, so Random Access Memories was eight years overdue. The album is the duo’s most successful album overall, as it debuted at number one in over 20 countries worldwide and eventually reached number one on 23 different charts.

Avicii. True was Avicii’s debut studio album and it is amazing. The album first came to listeners’ ears in April 2013 when Avicii released a 60-minute mix on SoundCloud, and then it continued to reach ears when Avicii played over 40 total minutes of the album at Ultra Music Festival in his set. The three singles released from the album – “Wake Me Up,” “You Make Me,” and “Hey Brother” – have been quite successful, too. Although the album only peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, it’s no doubt that this was an exciting year for Avicii.

EDC. Electronic Daisy Carnival made a lot of moves this year. I don’t think we need to discuss that it happened, that it increased in size, that it spread to new locations, or that it was probably amazing (I obviously didn’t make it this year… or any year so far, but it is on my bucket list). What EDC really taught us this year was the true positive economic impact that festivals have despite what non-festival goers think and protest. If you still don’t believe that festivals are GREAT and POSITIVE, check out Insomniac Event’s Economic Analysis of EDC Chicago 2013.

Swedish House Mafia. Although the soundtrack for the One Last Tour came out in 2012, the tour started and ended in 2013. I had tickets, but school comes first (my mother told me that… trust me, I would have been there) so I didn’t make it. Over 1 million fans saw the end of the Swedish House Mafia era on their last tour – that doesn’t include the people, like myself, who tuned in to see their final performance together at Ultra Music Festival.  “We came, we raved, and we fucking love you.”

4. Miley Cyrus made her mark. It happened, it was necessary to include it in the review, but we don’t need to speak about it more.

5. Nielsen/Billboard released the mid-year Music Industry Report. The trends: vinyl sales up, streams up, digital track sales down. So what we really see here is an increase in hipsters listening to vinyls (just kidding, I have my own collection that I love), a lot of people listening to music on Spotify, and a lot less people purchasing music with a lot more people illegally downloading music. But really, the report is really interesting and I’m very interested to see the end-of-year report, too.

6. A lot of really great albums came out from new artists.

CHVRCHES, The Bones of What You Believe (September 24). While CHVRCHES didn’t first come to the scene in 2013, they’re pretty new and The Bones of What You Believe was their first studio album that dropped this year. The album got some great recognition too: it was number 32 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 and received a score of 81/100 on Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim.” In addition, it reached number one on the US Independent Albums chart.

Lorde, Pure Heroine (September 27). Lorde has to be one of the biggest new names in 2013. …Like “Royals” – I’ve heard that song every day for the past six months at least. She even just had her cover of the Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” included on the Catching Fire soundtrack. Her album, Pure Heroine, peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. Lorde is seriously talented and her voice is seriously unique. The girl is 16 – ponder that for a bit.

HAIM, Days Are Gone (September 30). HAIM (anyone Jewish, please help) has actually been around for a while, but their first album, Days Are Gone, was just released in 2013, a few months ago. The album has some great new sounds (similar to Fleetwood Mac, I hear), but my favorite is definitely “Send Me Down.”

7. My personal opinion… The Number 1 Album of 2013: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack.

Do soundtracks count as albums when it comes to figuring out the best one of the year? They do in my mind. The Gatsby soundtrack was huge. If you didn’t like the Gatsby soundtrack, it’s safe to say you actually do not have a soul. Regardless of your feelings toward the movie (if you didn’t like it, you didn’t read the book, plain and simple), you have to love the soundtrack. There were huge names associated with this album: Jay Z, Beyoncé, Will.I.Am, Fergie, and Florence + the Machine. There were new artists on this album: Lana Del Rey, The xx, Gotye, Nero, and Sia (ok those aren’t new, but less known at the time). When the track list and first trailer for the movie including some of the songs came out, the album started becoming highly anticipated. The album blew away predicted sales and chart performance. Within its first week of release, it had sold over 137,000 copies and was at number two on the Billboard 200. The Gatsby soundtrack deserved all the recognition it got and more – my Twitter feed and my Facebook news feed were filled with Gatsby Soundtrack links for weeks after the release – it was everywhere and it deserved to be. Sure, it didn’t strike a number one, but sometimes we need to look at the content of the album rather than the sales and chart positions of the album.

8. Finally, the end of year mashups that were released YESTERDAY:

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WTF’s Review of 2011’s Music Industry. Shockingly, it was positive.

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I think last year, at this time, I made a prediction that the music in 2011 was basically just going to suck. However, I think I have been proven wrong with the impact of Adele and the advancing of the indie genre with Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons. We had the introduction of Beats by Dr. Dre (which I’m happy to say that, thanks to Santa Claus and Christmas, I am currently listening to music through right now), and Spotify brought a new way of launching a variety of music to listeners (furthering the idea of the Long Tail. The music industry also transitioned from a business model to a subscription model (which thanks to UW-Madison’s fine, fine education, I actually understand what that means now… well, sort of).

Before you can discuss the rest of the positives of the music industry’s bounce back in 2011, you have to understand the state it was in before. In February, EMI, the record label for The Beatles and Pink Floyd in the past and Katy Perry and Coldplay in the present, hit bottom and was split in half: its recording division being sold to Universal $1.9 billion and its publishing division to Sony for $2.2 billion (Knopper, 2011). On a smaller level, Chicago’s Q101 and New York’s WRXP, two alternative radio stations responsible for the introduction of Coldplay and The Black Keys, left the music industry and switched to talk radio. The most obvious, we lost a music legend, Amy Winehouse.

So, moving on to the positives. According to Rolling Stone magazine, The Year of Adele had a major impact on the music industry. Her album, 21, sold 14.5 million copies in 10 months and boosted the overall album sales by three percent in the US. Then, there was the introduction of, and fight over the control of, the Music Cloud – Spotify, iTunes Match, Google Music, Amazon Cloud, and MOG. (For more information on those, check out Rolling Stone’s article “Digital Music’s Cloud Revolution.”)

I think that Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad sums it up best: “…we all continue to wrap our heads, hearts and wallets around a world in which music isn’t an object or even a possession anymore, but – in terms of artist’ livelihood, anyway – a means to sell tickets, placements, merch, swag, scents, booze, and every other conceivable revenue tributary of Brand Me.”

With that in mind, let me introduce the Top 30 Songs of 2011, my way.

There are some general guidelines for my list. First, it was created based on an average rating compiled from Billboard Top 100 Songs of 2011, iTunes Rewind 2011, and Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Singles from 2011. Second, the song had to be on a minimum of two lists in order to be eligible for WTF Music Review’s list (as much as I wanted OneRepublic’s “Good Life” to be on my list, I had to cut it). Third, I did not count a Not Rated (NR) as a 0, but instead I just did an average based out of two; therefore, it might not be the most reliable list, but who cares. Fourth, if an artist had more than one song on my list of 30 Songs of 2011, I don’t bother repeating myself so the second (or third, fourth, etc.) song doesn’t have information to go along with it. Fifth, and finally, I’m only talking about the top 10 songs because I realize how long this post is already and I need to take into account the “news hole” (check out what I learned in my Journalism class this past semester). Deal with it.

1. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

(Billboard = 1, iTunes = 1, Rolling Stone = 1)

Adele had a great year, hence why all three lists had her hit single, “Rolling in the Deep” ranked number one of 2011. Her album itself, 21, sold 14.3 million copies.  “Rolling in the Deep” spent 51 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, just jumping up six spots this past week to number 35. Although Adele did not take away any American Music Awards for “Rolling in the Deep, the single won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing in the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Recently, the single was listed as a 2012 Grammy nomination for Record of the Year, Best Short Form Music Video, and Song of the Year; in addition, the producer of the Record, Paul Epworth, was nominated for Producer of the Year. It’s no argument that this song should be number one (and believe me, I tried really hard to figure out a way to put Katy Perry at number one). The most current rumor, according to Billboard.biz and Rolling Stone Magazine is that Adele is currently slated for two performances in 2012 and a tour, but with her recent surgery and two cancelations in 2011, I can’t be too sure. All I know is, we definitely have not heard the last of Adele.

2. LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem”

(Billboard = 2, iTunes = 2, Rolling Stone = NR)

Although not present on iTunes or Billboard’s top albums of 2011 lists, LMFAO’s album Sorry for Party Rocking did a pretty nice job on its sales this year. Also, to be honest, Billboard’s list is a little less than trusting seeing as it has three Justin Bieber albums and two Glee soundtrack albums on it. The song had an extraordinary amount of radio airplay time, not just for a season, but also for a prolonged period of time. In addition, the memorable video was nominated for Best Choreography at the 2011 VMAs. Then, LMFAO closed the AMAs by performing this song, as well as their second single “Sexy and I Know It,” even bringing on guests such as Justin Bieber (who completely embarrassed himself) and David Haselhoff, followed by parading the stage in their underwear.

3. Katy Perry – “Firework”

(Billboard = 3, iTunes = 3, Rolling Stone = NR)

Katy Perry had a record-tying year, proving to be extremely successful overall. Teenage Dream was not a new album to the year – it was actually released in August 2010. However, “Firework” was the third single from the album to reach the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, preceded by “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream.” Katy did not stop at “Firework,” however, as she followed up with two more number one singles from the same album, “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night,” allowing her to tie Michael Jackson’s Billboard record. This accomplishment didn’t go unnoticed since Katy Perry was awarded with an achievement award at the 2011 American Music Awards after giving an acoustic performance of her current sixth single, “The One That Got Away,” which is currently sitting at number three on the Hot 100 chart.  Currently, “Firework” is also nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy, along with Best Pop Solo Performance. At the VMAs, it took Video of the Year, but Katy Perry was nominated for a total of 10 awards. Finally, Katy Perry wrapped up her California Dreams Tour this year after visiting 94 cities and performing 122 times. Billboard rated it the number 13 tour of 2011.

4. Bruno Mars – “Grenade”

(Billboard = 6, iTunes = 4, Rolling Stone = NR)

I genuinely did not think this song did as well as it did, and was extremely shocked when I saw it rated so high on the end-of-the-year charts. The only real thing I remember about this song is all the comments mocking the lyrics of the song, including ones like, “Why would someone be throwing a grenade at a woman?” Regardless, it was a good song. “Grenade” is up for Record of the Year in the Grammys this upcoming February. The album which the song is off of, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album in the 2012 Grammys. For Bruno Mars himself in 2011, he performed a tribute to Amy Winehouse and proceeded to pick up his first AMA, winning Favorite Pop/Rock Male.

5. Pitbull – “Give Me Everything”

(Billboard = 5, iTunes = 6, Rolling Stone = NR)

The most overplayed song… ever. To me, it was really catchy at first and I listened to it all the time, then the radio caught on, and I listened to it a lot less. The song did really well though. Pitbull performed this song at the 2011 VMAs, though it was not nominated for any awards. In addition, “Give Me Everything” peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100; the song is now falling off the chart, but has been on it for 39-running weeks. However, the song’s reign did not end in the US, as it also reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart. However, the song also got some negative PR this year when Lindsay Lohan sued Pitbull for referencing her in the song… really, Linds, get over it.

6. Katy Perry feat Kanye West – “E.T.”

(Billboard = 4, iTunes = 7, Rolling Stone = NR)

See Katy Perry “Firework”

7. Cee Lo Green – “Forget You”

(Billboard = 7, iTunes = 5, Rolling Stone = NR)

I remember driving around to this song this past spring, but after a while, it became one of the many songs archived on my iPod never to be played again. It was not a bad song; I just don’t necessarily see what was so great about it to make it to an average of number seven on this list for 2011. In fact, its presence was most prominent in 2010, when it released in August, and was nominated for multiple Grammys (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video), as well as won Best Urban/Alternative Performance. It did have presence in 2011 though, when, in March, it became the best-selling song in the USA in 2011, selling 1,865,000 times.

8. Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera – “Moves Like Jagger”

(Billboard = 9, iTunes = 8, Rolling Stone = NR)

This song, as well as Adam Levine’s appearance on Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice,” really helped boost both Aguilera’s and Maroon5’s success this year. “Moves Like Jagger” reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 the week of September 10. This song has also been nominated for a 2012 Grammy: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song has been listed for a total of 453 weeks in 21 different charts, which according to acharts.us, is more than any other Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera song.

9. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

(Billboard = 8, iTunes = 10, Rolling Stone = NR)

Along with Adele and Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj owned 2011. Currently, she is nominated for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance (for “Moment 4 Life”), and Best Rap Album (for Pink Friday) in the 2012 Grammys. In addition, “Moment 4 Life” was nominated for Best Collaboration in the 2011 VMAs. Specifically, “Super Bass” won the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video and was also nominated for Best Female Video. There was also the YouTube sensation Sophia Grace that grew famous from their cover of “Super Bass.” This song has been on Billboard’s Hot 100 for a total of 20 weeks, peaking at number one. Also, look out for Nicki Minaj’s one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in 2012… uh, enough said.

10. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”

(Billboard = 13, iTunes = 9, Rolling Stone = 11)

It’s nice to see this kind of music in the top 10 songs of the year. First, I’d like to encourage everyone to pick up the rest of Foster the People’s album, Torches, because it is exceptional. “Pumped Up Kicks” was overplayed this year, which would have killed it… if it weren’t so good. I like to call it a unique sound. The song was nominated for Best Rock Video at the VMAs, but sadly did not win. The song also never reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100; it peaked at number three where it remained for eight weeks.

11. The Black Eyed Peas – “Just Can’t Get Enough”

(Billboard = 10, iTunes = 14, Rolling Stone = NR)

12. Jennifer Lopez – “On The Floor”

(Billboard = 11, iTunes = 15, Rolling Stone = NR)

13. Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”

(Billboard = 18, iTunes = 11, Rolling Stone = NR)

14. Britney Spears – “Til the World Ends”

(Billboard = 27, iTunes = NR, Rolling Stone = 3)

15. Enrique Iglesias – “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”

(Billboard = 16, iTunes = 16, Rolling Stone = NR)

16. Chris Brown – “Look at Me Now”

(Billboard = 21, iTunes = 13, Rolling Stone = NR)

17. Adele – “Someone Like You”

(Billboard = 24, iTunes = 12, Rolling Stone = NR)

17. Rihanna – “S&M”

(Billboard = 12, iTunes = 24, Rolling Stone = NR)

17. Lady Gaga – “The Edge of Glory”

(Billboard = 29, iTunes = NR, Rolling Stone = 7)

20. P!nk – “F**kin’ Perfect”

(Billboard = 19, iTunes = 20, Rolling Stone = NR)

20. P!nk – “Raise Your Glass”

(Billboard = 17, iTunes = 22, Rolling Stone = NR)

20. Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

(Billboard = 14, iTunes = 25, Rolling Stone = NR)

23. Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”

(Billboard = 26, iTunes = 18, Rolling Stone = NR)

24. Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”

(Billboard = 31, iTunes = 17, Rolling Stone = NR)

25. Lupe Fiasco – “The Show Goes On”

(Billboard = 28, iTunes = 21, Rolling Stone = NR)

26. Ke$ha – “Blow”

(Billboard = 33, iTunes = 19, Rolling Stone = NR)

26. Jeremih & 50 Cent – “Down on Me”

(Billboard = 22, iTunes = 30, Rolling Stone = NR)

26. Lil Wayne – “6 Foot 7 Foot”

(Billboard = 41, iTunes = 28, Rolling Stone = 9)

29. Ke$ha – “We R Who We R”

(Billboard = 30, iTunes = 27, Rolling Stone = NR)

30. The Black Eyed Peas – “This Time (Dirty Bit)”

(Billboard = 37, iTunes = 23, Rolling Stone = NR)

Ha! You thought I was done? Never. The year still had more great music. Now, it’s obvious that the album of the year was Adele’s 21, but how about the other albums that were released in 2011 that never quite made it to the top of the charts? First, there was Wisconsin’s finest Bon Iver’s album Bon Iver. Not only did it help me focus on my studies, but the song “Holocene” received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Then, the album as a whole was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album. In addition, Bon Iver was nominated for Best New Artist himself. Bon Iver had a big impact on music in 2011: it helped bring the indie music world to big time music industry with its Grammy nominations.

Another album I must discuss is Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials. The album, which was just released in late October/early November, depending on where you live (which we all know I lived in the UK that day), although did not sell as many copies as the group’s first album, Lungs, is sure to continue being a big hit in 2012. Already, it has had two big hits, “What the Water Gave Me” and “Shake It Out,” and the group was recently seen performing on Good Morning America’s Fall Concert Series. In addition, they have already announced a UK tour for next year, and hopefully, for my sake, will visit the US very soon.

FOR THE FINALE! Music has had a good year. Physical album sales dropped 10 percent in 2010, but with the help of Adele, rose three percent in 2011. It was also expected that in 2011, digital sales would jump 10 percent. In general, the music didn’t suck too bad either – I mean, I’m thrilled to have the Artist of the Year be Adele rather than a no-talent rap star (lots of offense should be taken there). I can’t predict where music will go in 2012, but I’m hoping it continues to improve. Adele’s reign will end and will hopefully be followed with another album (23, perhaps?). Katy Perry will either break the record or peak at number three. Indie music might continue to make its way up the popular music ladder. Radio stations might continue to replay the same ten songs on a loop. The Cloud might change music, as we know it, forever. Hey, Kelly Clarkson came back this year… maybe The Spice Girls will come back in 2012. There’s no way to really predict what will happen. The music industry always seems to surprise us. What I know is that I’ll be here to make more sarcastic comments along the way.

My reaction to the “The One That Got Away” music video was actually shock.

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Well, I didn’t think it was possible to spend five hours straight watching Katy Perry videos on YouTube, but somehow I managed to do it yesterday. I think I was just a little too excited for today. Some people are celebrating today because it’s 11-11-11 (November 11, 2011) or maybe because it’s Veteran’s Day (a big thank you to all the Veterans), but I’m celebrating the release of Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” music video.

In just 4 weeks, the song has jumped to number 18 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. When you look at that fact, you realize that Michael Jackson really does have some competition. It was unsure whether or not Katy Perry would be able to get her sixth number 1 single and break the Hot 100 record, but I think that “The One That Got Away” is proving she’s capable of anything.

I couldn’t think of a better place to debut this video than on Ellen DeGeneres by the way. It’s not even fair to have two funny women on the same show at one time. Actually though, to be honest, I was too busy watching “He’s Just Not That Into You” with some fun kids this afternoon to see Katy on Ellen’s show, and it didn’t occur to me until now that I could have asked my parents to record it since I’m going home. I’m more than disappointed in myself, but I’ll find another way to watch it. Trust me. The Katy Perry obsession I have will not let me survive without watching it.

So, let’s get to the actual review instead of me blabbing about my Friday agenda and obsession. Two thoughts went through my head: this is new and HOLY CRAP. Let me explain those two reactions. The first, “this is new,” refers to the fact that is a completely different side of Katy Perry that hasn’t ever really been exposed. When I think of Katy Perry, I think of (honestly) bunnies, rainbows, and candy. Of those three things, the rainbows and candy make sense, but I’m not quite sure why bunnies come to mind… if someone has an explanation for that, I’m open to thoughts.

It’s not entirely the first time that this side of Katy Perry has been revealed. The music video for “E.T.” strayed away from the bunnies, rainbows, and candy, but in reality, it was still crazy and out of the ordinary. Then we have my personal favorite, “Firework,” which got really serious, but Katy Perry still looked beautiful and there were still fireworks popping out of everyone’s chest; in addition, every story had a happy ending.

So, by “this is new,” I mean that we see for the first time a depressing story coming from Katy Perry. For the first time, I didn’t want to smile and jump around while listening to Katy. There’s black hair (and white hair), grunge, awesome American flag pants, sad events, and deep emotions that make you want to jump through the screen and hug her (wait, well, every time I see a video of her I want to jump through and hug her).

I want to clarify that this a good “new.” Katy Perry definitely CAN act. It’s impressive. I love music videos that have a real story line and when I can actually empathize with the characters, it makes it even more enjoyable and easier to follow along. That’s exactly what happens in the music video.

The second thought, “HOLY CRAP,” simply comes from when I saw the end of the music video and did not expect what happened to happen. That’s the only explanation I have to that reaction.

Overall, Katy continues to impress me. This is the music video that will push her up another seventeen spots to number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In all truth, if “The One That Got Away” doesn’t make it to number 1 and if Katy Perry doesn’t beat the Billboard Hot 100 record, I’m going to be extremely shocked.

Let’s go for the Billboard record, Katy!

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We’re all aware of my complete obsession for Katy Perry so it’s only appropriate that I make a completely unnecessary post about her announcing her sixth single, “The One That Got Away.”

Take the poll at the end of this post!

It’s like the equivalent of either “Mannequin” or “Fingerprints” off her first album, <i>One of the Boys</i>. However, if you haven’t heard this song, then what are you doing reading this? It was released one of the biggest albums ever released. It’s  a little slower than the five most popular songs on the album, but it’s still got Katy Perry’s amazing vocals and it still makes you want to eat candy while you listen (and yes, I am eating candy and listening to it right now). The meaning of this song is pretty standard and easy to decipher… I mean, it is the song title. Still, a nice pop background with Katy Perry’s voice and equally catchy lyrics makes a great song.

It’s completely different from the other five singles that came off her album Teenage Dream. That’s not a bad thing though. It’s the fall season now so the need for jumpy, extremely hyper pop summer songs is gone. Personally, I think the sixth single should have been “Hummingbird Heartbeat,” but since that song already has huge success, maybe this song is just what Katy Perry needs to set a new record and take it one step farther than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. That’s right – right now, Katy Perry is tied for the most number of singles – five – to reach the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, and “The One that Got Away” has the potential to make her the only person (ever) to have six number one singles from the same album. I think she can do it, but do you?

Sunday Special: Billboard’s Hot 100 – Deserving?

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Feel free to watch the rest of this video from YouTube user BillboardGoddess, but the part I’m addressing starts at 7:10 and covers the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 countdown. This is a new segment that I plan to cover each Sunday: the Hot 100 – are we happy to see it so high or are we disappointed that it’s climbed its way to the top?

10. “Lighters” – Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars

I always enjoy hearing Bruno Mars’s voice; he has a very unique voice that was a surprisingly beneficial addition to this generation’s music. However, I’m happy to hear him as a featured artist in this song rather than a solo artist in his own song. As always, Eminem busts out raps better than any white man I’ve ever heard. I mean no offense to any race, but white men in the 2000s haven’t really shown that they can successfully rap. Then you hear, Royce da 5’9″ throw down a verse containing seemingly popular lyrics amongst raps these days: “What goes up must come down.” A little cliché, but Royce da 5’9″ has a somewhat soft voice that makes it acceptable. The only complaint I have with this song is the fact that this man thinks Royce da 5’9″ is a cool name.
Overall, thumbs up/glad to see it working its way to the top.

9. “Good Life” – OneRepublic

First, always listen to this original version rather than the remix version with B.o.B. No offense to him, but OneRepublic is just one of those bands that should stick with its musical genre rather than expand to rap. Second, I’m sad to see this moving down the list. The radio played it just enough to not make me hate it and OneRepublic created a good enough song to make me love it. It’s got a background whistle that I wish I could whistle along with, but unfortunately I never learned how to whistle, and Ryan Tedder’s beautiful man voice that I love to sing along with. In addition, it’s got a realistic message because this is the good life so live it.
Overall, thumbs up/sad to see it working its way off the list.

8. “Edge of Glory” – Lady GaGa

Let me admit that Lady GaGa does scare me, but she puts out some pretty addicting music. This song may be working its way off the Billboard list, but I don’t see its fame ending anytime soon – it will have quite the life span in clubs and remixes. Lady GaGa always successfully releases the perfect dance songs and “Edge of Glory” is no different. It’s a great pop song with a spontaneous beat and not-annoying vocals so don’t expect to see it disappear despite Billboard’s list.
Overall, thumbs up/moving off the radio and into clubs.

7. “Tonight Tonight” – Hot Chelle Rae 

I’m fortunate enough to see Hot Chelle Rae live in just a week so hopefully I’ll have more to say about them then, but for now, they definitely impressed me with their debut song. I always enjoy hearing an actual alternative band make it big, and I suppose Hot Chelle Rae has a somewhat pop feel to them, but it’s as alternative as the Hot 100 list will get during summer. This song screams summer with both the upbeat rhythm it gives and the lyrics such as, “There’s a party on the rooftop, top of the world” and “Just don’t stop, let’s keep the beat bumpin’.” I definitely expect to see more than a one-hit-wonder from these guys.
Overall, thumbs up/will stick around until the end of summer.

6. “How to Love” – Lil Wayne

For me, this is disappointing for Lil Wayne. Maybe it’s my inability to really sit down and listen to what is now considered rap, but it also might be that I remember the Lil Wayne that introduced “Lollipop” and “A Milli,” two songs with low beats and fast lyrics. I just don’t think that summer was the right time for Lil Wayne to release a slow, sappy love song. Apparently many disagree with me on this because it’s worked its way to number six on Billboard’s Hot 100, but I’m entitled to my opinion. I always expect more out of bad boy Lil Wayne.
Overall, thumbs down/skip it when it plays on the radio.

5. “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

If you’ve read my past posts, you’ll know that I think this song is way too overplayed; that’s why I am glad to see it working its way down the list and, hopefully soon, off the radio. I love Adele, don’t get me wrong. She’s amazingly talented and has an absolutely beautiful voice. “Rolling in the Deep” is magnificent and Adele’s vocals continue to surprise me, but it’s time for another one of her songs to be recognized. Let “Rumour Has It” work its way up.
Overall, thumbs up/but get it off the radio.

4. “Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj

The only thing addicting about this song is the repeated vocals and corresponding rhythm of “boom ba boom boom bass.” I’m not even sure if those are the correct words, but really, they aren’t words to begin with. Nicki Minaj can do a decent accompaniment or short verse in someone else’s song, but I don’t think she has enough talent to actually have a solo career. I apologize if you disagree with me, but I hear nothing truly unique about this song.
Overall, thumbs down/missing the creativity.

3. “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer

Save this brilliant song by taking it off this list and limiting its play on the radio. I truly believe this song is great and deserved all the attention it got, but it’s getting overplayed. I’m glad to see it climbing down the list because now it can get its rest. Let the clubs and remixes play it from now on where its true purpose can be served. It’s a song that makes you want to dance with its upbeat rhythm and fast, easily-heard lyrics.
Overall, thumbs up/but overplayed on the radio.

2. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” – Katy Perry

I admit that my Katy Perry bias will get in the way of this review once again. This song is perfect for summer and perfect for the Billboard Hot 100. I’ll be seriously shocked if it does not reach number one. Katy Perry worked her way up from a home that didn’t approve of MTV (not like that would have an effect because they don’t actually play music) and created songs that include lyrics such as, “And we took too many shots. Think we kissed, but I forgot.” If you’re like my friends and I, this song became the 2011 Summer Anthem.
Overall, thumbs up/let it peak at the top.

1. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

I’m proud to see LMFAO in the number one spot. This song has been around for a few months now and it’s got just enough bass and upbeat to make it popular. It’s more techno or dubstep feel made it reach many different types of music lovers and the radio just barely stayed away from the overplay limit so that it didn’t annoy everyone that heard it. I can’t really predict much for this song – will it stay at the top for a few more weeks or it will quickly make its descent?
Overall, thumbs up.