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Raised in a crack house and adopted twice...

2019.11.12 01:35 maxwitty11 Raised in a crack house and adopted twice...

TW; Rape, drug use, physical and emotional abuse
This is going to be a long ass post but I just need to get it all off my chest because holy fuck I just started the recovery process and the more I talk about it, the more I realize that I was horribly, horribly abused. I had a really difficult session with my therapist today and a lot came to light and I feel like a scared child again. Bear with me, this is really difficult. ALSO DO NOT READ THIS ON YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL OR SHARE ON OTHER PLATFORMS, I'D REALLY APPRECIATE IT IF YOU DIDN'T USE MY TRAUMA FOR VIEWS THANKS.
Okay so I'm 25 year old lady and I always say that my life gets better as I get older. I was born to parents who were addicts, and my two brothers and I were put up for adoption after our mom suffered a near-death overdose. You can imagine the neglect and abuse we suffered in this drug den. I remember scavenging for food, cigarettes being put out on me and my brothers, my biological father gave us all small tattoos when we were toddlers because he was paranoid that we'd be kidnapped and needed something to identify us by if that ever happened. Tons of other things happened too, but I don't remember a lot as I was 6 years old when I was put into foster care. I was separated from my brothers and I remember being so scared when I was asked what grade I was in because I didn't know, so I just guessed. I lost my first tooth visiting my mom in the hospital while eating an apple. I'll never forget the blood transfusion bag and being really scared. That was the last time I saw her for years. I eventually was reunited with my younger brother, but my oldest brother was sent away because he had anger issues.
My younger brother and I were fostered with an older couple in their 70s with an insane smoking habit. We were two of 7 foster children for this couple. There was me, my younger brother, another set of brothers near our age, two older sisters, and an older young man. Needless to say, they had their hands more than full and they were abusive and neglected to care for us as well. I continued to scavenge for food, eating raw meat, sneaking downstairs to see what was under the fridge, I remember eating a tube of toothpaste one night (nothing happened lol). I got sick once and because I didn't make it to the bathroom to vomit, I was forced to sleep on the kitchen floor for a few days. If we got in trouble, our foster father would grab us HARD by the back of the neck and shove us down a dark hallway for an undetermined amount of time.
We lived in this foster home from when I was 6-9. By this point in my life, I'd started to show signs of intense anxiety. I was constantly nauseous and would dry my mouth out by swallowing all the moisture over and over until my mouth was dry, all the while searching for trash cans to vomit into and exits to escape from. I had problems holding onto stools, resulting in explosive accidents at times. I rarely actually threw up, but felt sick almost all the time. This was viewed as attention-seeking behavior and I was punished as a result. No one heard my cries for help.
When I was 9 years old, my younger brother and I were told that we'd adopted by one of the 2nd grade teachers in our school and her family. I was ecstatic. They already had children who I knew of who were slightly older than us and as far as I was concerned, this teacher was a really nice woman. We moved in with them on May 23, 2003. I thought my life would finally be changing for the better and that we'd be a happy family.
This is the point that I'm going to introduce you to the whole family and assign pseudonyms... A- The biological daughter of this family, who was 14 at the time. B- The biological son of this family, who is 15 months older than I am. C- My younger brother, who is 15 months younger than I am. D- Adoptive mother E- Adoptive father
Things stared of as smoothly as they could with two traumatized children who've had no stability in their lives. But this family had no clue what they were in for. Firstly, they were highly regarded in the community, with "D" working as a school teacher and "E" as a captain of a local fire department. They have a wonderful reputation for helping those less fortunate, with "D" teaching religious education classes and teaching Spanish-speaking children to speak English. Their children were popular, smart; their home was stunning.
Not too long after we were taken in, things started to go really wrong. "B", their biological son, started raping me. He manipulated me to the point of convincing me that it was some sort of secret relationship and it was ok because "we weren't technically related". I, being afraid to be put back into foster care and having no concept of what an appropriate relationship was, let it happen. For a while, he wasn't able to penetrate me but I remember the first time he did.
I remember "D" opening the door while "B"'s pants were around his ankles. When she demanded to know what was going on, he said that he was just mooning me. She believed him. I remained silent. He raped me for years, and it didn't end until high school when he got into his first serious relationship. Even then, it happened a handful of times. My bedroom was right next to the bathroom and he'd shower late at night and come into my bedroom when everyone was asleep. He wouldn't leave me alone if I said no. They had a "movie theater"/ play room in the basement with an attached laundry room. Almost any moment he'd get, he'd take advantage of me. It happened at other family members and friends houses, it happened on vacations, it happened in the back seat of the family minivan, underneath a blanket with the whole family driving home from a Super Bowl party. It was the Super Bowl that Justin Timberlake had ripped off Janet Jackson's nipple cover. I wasn't safe anywhere.
Because "A" was 14 when I was adopted, she viewed me as an invader in her home. She was in the throws of puberty and ANGRY and abusive to me. I didn't find out until much later that she was struggling with anorexia and bulimia. This family was experts at pretending nothing was wrong and that they were the picture-perfect American family. I was terrified of both her and "B" because they both beat me and "C" up for the fun of it. Oh man, you should have seen the chunk of hair she took out when she found me playing with her Breyer horses. She also told me (a pale red head) that oils reflect the sun so I won't get a sunburn...... yup.
Anyways, "C" and I obviously were very troubled. "C" had more apparent issues as he had a fractured skull and crossed eyes as a result of an accident in our biological home. He also had more apparent behavioral issues, like ADHD. I was high-functioning and well-spoken so I must have just been acting out for attention. I was punished, with just a bed frame and 5 outfits and a few books and decorations. I had no privacy. I was told I wasn't trying hard enough in school when I couldn't even understand why I was having such a difficult time. I was made to scrub grout between tiles with bleach and a toothbrush. They'd ask questions like, "What's wrong with you?!" and "What do you want us to do/How should we handle you?" when I couldn't communicate what I wanted and needed.
"C" and I still scavenged for food and when we were caught with the smallest amount of food, we were interrogated for hours until we admitted who ate what food. "C" had an accident once and tried to hide it, and when they found it, they shoved his face into the pile of shit like he was a fucking dog... There's so much that happened but we'd be here for weeks if I sorted through all of that shit.
So. Today at therapy. My therapist asked a few really intense questions and then says, "There's a reason their biological daughter had an eating disorder and their son turned out to be a perpetrator... there was something much deeper going on. You never talk about "E" (adoptive father), what what he like?"
Now, I thought the reason I'd never talked about him was because I thought he was by biggest supporter and, even though I knew this family was FUCKED, he was the least fucked in my mind. At that time, I thought we were close. He was very loving and affectionate, which was something I didn't have as a young child. I held onto that love. What I didn't realize was that he was also being very inappropriate with me. He wasn't raping me like their son was, so it totally went over my head. Keep in mind, I'd never had any sort of healthy parental figures, friendship, nothing was consistent for me and I trusted the wrong people at times. He would kiss me on the lips, get me to lay on top of him to "take a nap", and I never realized that this was not how a father should act around his teenage daughter. One day, I posted a picture with him. He had his hands wrapped around my waist from behind and was kissing me on the cheek... someone commented saying that they didn't know that my boyfriend was an older guy. When I told them that it was my father, they PMed me saying that I should consider taking the photo down because it was a VERY STRANGE photo.
The only red flag I got from "E" was that he liked to slap my butt, mostly when I was going up a flight of stairs in front of him. I asked him to stop after a while because it made me really uncomfortable. He stopped for the most part, but it happened every now an again. When I was old enough to start dating (17), I sent my long term boyfriend a photo in a bikini and "E" went ballistic and called me a whore.... ok mr. sexualize the fuck out of your child ass bitch. I can't believe it took me this long to realize that you're a pedofile.
Anyways... my therapist pointed out to me that I missed the fact that I was molested by my adoptive father because I was too busy trying to survive the rape from my adoptive brother. That hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt violated all over again.
I ran away from this family when I was 18, with no shoes on my feet and only the clothes on my body, and I never went back. I contacted them when I was 20 to tell them what had happened, of course it fell on deaf ears. We were never heard or seen by this family. The parents treated us like shit because they didn't know how else to deal with traumatize, troubled children. And now, they act like they never knew us, or like we ended up on drugs like our biological family. Their biological children have moved on, gotten married, and have children with the full support of a family. Must feel nice.
Side note: I've since become friends with my biological mother and all three of us are back in her life. She's been sober for 16 years. Her addiction stunted her and she acts like she's my age so I view her more as a friend.
I'm left picking up the pieces left of myself and trying to navigate my way through life. I'm incredibly emotionally stunted and reactive. I'm unable to work at them moment because I couldn't hold a job. I spend weeks in bed sometimes. I feel alone and lost and now I finally have people in my life that want to help me and they love me and I am just... crippled by this.
I've finally gotten into intensive therapy, have a wonderful psychiatrist and team of doctors working with me to get my life on track. No one ever took me seriously in my past and I've greatly suffered because of it. I am trying my hardest to be optimistic about the future. I was told that I can press charges or file a police report if that's something that I want to do, which I never thought I could do. I'm not in any rush to do that at the moment, I'm just trying to process when I dealing with. But I will tell my story publicly one day. I'll let the community know who that family really is.
I met an older single woman a couple of years ago. She has no children of her own but had started a nonprofit organization for patient advocacy. She's a fucking badass, and she really took me under her wing to try and get me to be a functioning adult. She found my doctors and therapists and drove me to my appointments in the beginning because I was too petrified to move my own life along. She saved my life. I'd still be so lost without her. We are finalizing my adult adoption in January.
Feel free to ask questions because I'm sure this is confusing and I've missed details. If a moderator needs me to verify this story, feel free to contact me.
photos of the tattoos our biological father gave us
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2019.06.12 07:20 KendallSchofield The number-one songs when each team won their last Stanley Cup

24 franchises have won the Stanley Cup since the end of the Challenge Cup era in 1915. Here are the best selling songs in the US and Canada at the time of each team's last championship. I've included Youtube links for ease of access.

Washington Capitals June 7, 2018 Nice For What (Drake) This Is America (Childish Gambino)
Pittsburgh Penguins June 11, 2017 Despacito (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber) Same
Chicago Blackhawks June 15, 2015 See You Again (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth) Same
Los Angeles Kings June 13, 2014 Fancy (Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX) All of Me (John Legend)
Boston Bruins June 15, 2011 Rolling in the Deep (Adele) Same
Detroit Red Wings June 4, 2008 Lollipop (Lil Wayne feat. Static Major) 4 Minutes (Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake)
Anaheim Ducks June 6, 2007 Makes Me Wonder (Maroon 5) Same
Carolina Hurricanes June 19, 2006 Hips Don't Lie (Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean) Do I Make You Proud (Taylor Hicks)
Tampa Bay Lightning June 7, 2004 Burn (Usher) Yeah! (Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
New Jersey Devils June 9, 2003 21 Questions (50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg) In da Club (50 Cent)
Colorado Avalanche June 9, 2001 Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, & Pink) Days Like That (Sugar Jones)
Dallas Stars June 19, 1999 If You Had My Love (Jennifer Lopez) Livin' la Vida Loca (Ricky Martin)
New York Rangers June 14, 1994 I Swear (All-4-One) I'll Remember (Madonna)
Montreal Canadiens June 9, 1993 That's the Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson) Same
Edmonton Oilers May 24, 1990 Vogue (Madonna) Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor)
Calgary Flames May 25, 1989 Forever Your Girl (Paula Abdul) Like a Prayer (Madonna)
New York Islanders May 17, 1983 Beat It (Michael Jackson) Same
Philadelphia Flyers May 27, 1975 Shining Star (Earth, Wind, and Fire) Thank God I'm a Country Boy (John Denver)
Toronto Maple Leafs May 2, 1967 Somethin' Stupid (Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra) Canada (The Young Canada Singers)

Things get a little complicated before 1940, when Billboard released their first 'best selling records' list. First of all, no Canadian data past this point. We don't have any US charts either, but thankfully we can get a pretty good idea of the best-selling songs over a year. The data is sparse from the get-go and gets pretty unusable the further we go back, so I'll be stopping at 1915 when the Cup switched to the once-a-year format we know today.

Montreal Maroons April 9, 1935 Cheek to Cheek (Fred Astaire)
Ottawa Senators April 13, 1927 Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)
Victoria Cougars March 30, 1925 Sweet Georgia Brown (Ben Bernie)
Seattle Metropolitans March 26, 1917 Over There (Nora Bayes)
Vancouver Millionaires March 26, 1915 Hello Frisco! (Olive Kline & Reinald Werrenath)

The Stanley Cup has gone unrewarded twice: in 2005 and 1919. 2005 would have given us We Belong Together by Mariah Carey in the US, and Tell Me That You Love Me by the American Idol Season 4 Finalists in Canada. The song of 1919 was After You've Gone by Marion Harris.
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2019.05.22 17:32 JaguarGator9 JaguarGator9's History of Halftime- Day 39: Super Bowl I Halftime Show (University of Arizona Marching Band, Grambling State University Marching Band, Al Hirt)

In the build-up to Super Bowl 50, I started one of my favorite series to date- a series on the history of the Super Bowl halftime show. I took an in-depth look at every halftime show from Super Bowl XVIII-on, watching these shows many times (which, for certain shows, was an absolute pain). Because of this ongoing series, I have reviewed 36 halftime shows, looking at the really good, the really bad, and at times, the really ugly.
But why did I start at Super Bowl XVIII? I started there for one reason- YouTube or some other video platform had the full show for every show from that Super Bowl onward, and I wanted each post to be consecutive. I didn’t want to seem like I was hopping around from show to show for no reason. While some of the first 17 halftime shows are on YouTube, some of them are not, and might never be.
That changes today. There’s nine halftime shows prior to Super Bowl XVIII, as of this writing, that are available on YouTube, and I plan on reviewing all nine of them to get the number of halftime reviews to 45 out of a possible 53. What did the first few halftime shows look like? What changed over the years? Throughout this series, we’ve had an idea of where we were and where we are now, but where did we all start?
We started with the Super Bowl I halftime show. The very first halftime show for the NFL-AFL World Championship Game. Let’s dive in and take a look at the inaugural halftime show.
Background Information
When I was initially starting my series, I said that there were seven eras in halftime show history. These eras were very distinct from each other, with the focus of each of these eras being different. For example, in the mid-2000s and late-2000s, from Super Bowl XXXIX to Super Bowl XLIV, you had the Classic Rock Era, where the halftime show was strictly classic rock artists. The Poly-Performer Era, which followed the Classic Rock Era, centered around a clearly defined headlining act, though there were surrounding guest stars (Bruno Mars as the headliner for Super Bowl XLVIII with the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a guest, Madonna as the headliner for Super Bowl XLVI with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, and LMFAO as guest stars, etc.).
For this first halftime show, it was a part of the Marching Band Era. The first nine of these halftime shows were pretty much traditional college halftime shows with a bit more fanfare attached to them. They centered around a marching band playing songs. It wasn’t until a decade later that things began to shift… but we’ll get to that later.
I’ve got no articles about the show from the time, because this show was from 1967 (and to find any online articles, even archives, from 1967 is tough), and the halftime show was not talked about in the same light that it is today. Even for a lot of the shows in the 1980s, I had trouble finding more than one article talking about it, so to expect anything from that for the first few halftime shows is going to be a stretch. However, there is this video from SB Nation talking more in-depth about one of the stunts from this halftime show and what had to happen behind the scenes for it to occur. It’s a quick video, and it’s worth a watch.
Amazingly enough, though, the first halftime show did have some star power. Alongside the marching bands from Arizona and Grambling State (and I’m very surprised that they got Grambling, since the Super Bowl was fairly far away in Los Angeles, and usually they stick to local and nearby marching bands), they had Al Hirt, a trumpeter who had multiple top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964. “Cotton Candy” hit #15 on the charts, and “Java” hit #4 on the charts. I have no idea how Super Bowl I got more star-power than a lot of the shows from the 1980s.
So there’s the background. We’ve got two marching bands, a really famous trumpeter, some local drill teams from the Anaheim area, and a few other surprises along the way. How does the very first halftime show ever hold up?
The Show
Full Show
Before even reviewing this show, I have to say that I’m impressed that there’s even footage available. It’s not the TV feed (this is definitely the feed that Arizona taped the show with), but considering that a lot of Super Bowl I isn’t even available today because the footage was taped over, the fact that this halftime show exists in its entirety in 480p is impressive.
As for the actual show, it starts off with the band marching out of the Packers’ end zone, playing “The Sound of Music.” On one hand, I get it; that soundtrack has some songs that still hold up to this day, and in the middle of the 1966 season, the movie became the highest grossing film of all-time. But on the other hand… is the football crowd the same crowd that’s going to enjoy music from a Broadway show and a musical? I’m not sure that there’s much overlap. Put it this way- the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen is absolutely fantastic (minus the glove song; that serves absolutely no purpose in the show and is an absolute drag to get through). But if the NFL announced that a marching band would play “Sincerely, Me” as the pregame entertainment to a game, even though that song is an absolute banger, I’m not sure that the overlap would be there.
Even more confusing is the fact that this song has nothing whatsoever to do with the rest of the show. As you’ll discover, the show is about honoring the four corners of America and the NFL. This song has nothing to do with that. Maybe it’s because it was popular and was something that all four corners of the country enjoyed. Maybe it’s because the composer of the song is American. This song feels very out of place at a football game for a variety of reasons.
While the band is playing the song and marching to midfield, they’re forming diamonds and arrows and other shapes while a baton twirler named Richard Smith performs a routine. At the end, the band forms a flower around Smith, ending the first song. The band then performed a routine highlighting the music of the South while forming a steamboat, and brought along famous trumpeter Al Hirt to assist. The audio quality on this is not the greatest; I’m assuming it sounded better watching it live in 1967 with the actual CBS or NBC feed, or watching it at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, because the first part of this with the high notes did not sound great. The second performance, “A Bugler’s Holiday,” sounded way better (lower notes); I’m not going to fault the halftime show for this, since we’re dealing with 1967 technology and I have no reason to believe that Hirt gave a bad performance.
I guess the criticism here when you have a trumpeter like Hirt is that they didn’t highlight him enough. Hirt was completely unnecessary to the performance. You could’ve easily played that song or “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” with just the band and without him, and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. They were trying to have Hirt as a soloist and the band as the backing accompaniment, but it didn’t work. There was nothing special about having Hirt there. It’s almost like having Stevie Wonder do a halftime show but restricting him to a part in a backing choir… oh wait. Remind me again why the NFL followed up the Michael Jackson halftime show with a country snooze-fest even though they got Stevie Wonder?
Getting back to the actual show, as the South part ends with a trumpet and a half note formation, we move to the West, where there’s some baton twirling, which is then followed by, I kid you not, a gunfight. I’m trying to imagine anything like this happening at a halftime show today. Obviously, this is all fake, but after a bunch of people die and Doc Holliday wins and steps over the bodies, we go to the North, as the band plays the industrial sounds of factories from there. A machine is brought out onto the field, and a baton twirler comes out of it. This then transitions into the sounds of the East, where the Liberty Bell and its signature crack are formed. I don’t know why they spent so little time on the North (that part felt very rushed and hastily put together compared to the other three regions, especially the South), but the tribute to America ends on that note.
I’ll give this show credit- the music sounds really good. It’s a quality marching band, and I’m sure better audio systems would highlight that even more. And the shapes that the band creates are well done; I can clearly tell that they formed the Liberty Bell, I can clearly tell that they formed a trumpet, and I can clearly tell that they formed a flower. When I reviewed a lot of the shows from the 80s and 90s, there were moments where I think I knew what they were going for, but the execution wasn’t there at all. Here, the execution is nearly-flawless.
Now, it’s time for the NFL and AFL tribute. The band exits its Liberty Bell formation, and forms two stick figures. Large footballs are brought out onto the field. As the two giant people move (a move that will never not look cool when done right, as it is here), the people kick the football, and out comes two people in jetpacks, who fly around the field for a few seconds. Considering this was 1967, this is unbelievably cool; this technology had practically just been invented. The two giant people shake hands, and then disassemble to form a map of the United States, where each team’s flag is planted in the appropriate geographic location. Oddly enough, this is the first time that the Grambling band appears; why a band came all the way out from across the country (presumably by bus, since aviation wasn’t what it is today) just to form a map of the USA for two minutes seems a bit weird.
The PA announcer then announces one-by-one every single team in the NFL and the AFL. The music cuts out as the announcer just goes one by one through each team. This part drags forever. At least it’s not done in rap form like Super Bowl XXV, but the idea of announcing every single team in the leagues and placing them on a map doesn’t work. It especially doesn’t work when the majority of your teams are in two clusters of the country, making it really hard to point out who’s where.
The show ends with a playing of “This is My Country,” with the two bands being joined by the USC chorus. When this ends, balloons and pigeons are released into the sky. All while this is happening, I’m realizing that the Super Bowl XIX halftime show was a shameless rip-off of this show, but way worse. It had jet packs. It had cowboys. It had balloons being launched. It had a playing of “This is My Country.” It’s practically the same exact show. This isn’t penalizing the Super Bowl I halftime show, since this show was the first to come up with it; it’s just pointing out how awful that Super Bowl XIX halftime show was. I had it as my second worst halftime show ever, and it looks even worse now.
A surprising amount was going on during this halftime show. So what changes would I make?
My Fix
Whenever I try and fix a halftime show, I have to stay within reason and work with what I’ve got. I can remove performers, but I can’t add performers. If I said that my fix for this halftime show was to just hire The Beatles, that would defeat the entire purpose. With that being said, it’s not a perfect halftime show (far from it), and I would make some changes.
The biggest change I’m making involves the trumpeter there, Al Hirt. He had some legitimately big hits at the time, and even had the theme song to a show on ABC called The Green Hornet. Why not make him the main focus of the halftime show? I’m going to divide the show up into three parts. The first is the band walking out, making some shapes, and eventually forming the shape of a trumpet. What they walk out to while playing, I don’t know. Maybe they walk out to “I Love You, California,” since the game is in Los Angeles.
After they play that, we get to Al Hirt. The marching band is still a pivotal part of this show, as they’re still going to be playing music and creating shapes and figures to cover the field with. However, now, they’re relegated to a backing role. Hirt takes the spotlight, with the marching band accompanying him. We start off with a medley of “Cotton Candy” and “Sugar Lips”, doing one minute of each of those songs; while neither of those songs could probably go the full two minutes on a stage like this, one minute should suffice. Follow that medley up with a cover of “Yesterday” by The Beatles. Yes, he did a cover of “Yesterday” that was released in 1966, and you can hear it on Spotify off of one of his 1967 live albums. With a full live marching band accompanying him, this could have been really good.
After that, we go to “Java,” which is his biggest hit. The song takes two minutes to complete, and would be followed by Hirt’s final song, which is the theme to The Green Hornet. Have people dressed up like characters from the show and have the marching band back Hirt up while “flying” around the field in the Green Hornet logo. Do all of that while Hirt is killing it on the trumpet, and it could look and sound really cool. Following all of that, Hirt exits the stage, leading to the final portion of the show- the celebration between the AFL and NFL.
As Hirt leaves, the marching band would form the two stick figures kicking the football, leading to the jetpack launch. When they land, some NFL Films-esque music is played by the band as they form the shape of a football and as balloons and pigeons get launched into the sky. By doing a show like this, you not only highlight a pop culture figure and utilize him really well, but you are still able to keep the fanfare that comes from having a marching band do the halftime show.
On one hand, this show does feel somewhat like wasted potential, since they had a really good trumpeter and only had him out for a few minutes at most while he didn’t stand out too much from the band. And, the show did drag at times, notably during the map portion where they just read off a list of teams in the NFL and AFL. However, for the very first halftime show where they really didn’t know what they were doing, I’m somewhat impressed. The band sounded and looked great. The pacing wasn’t bad; even if I disagreed with some of what they did, I can’t say there were too many completely dead moments.
Does this compare to the shows of today? No, and I’m not sure I’d be revisiting this show anytime soon. But, this is way better than a lot of the shows I watched during the 1980s. There was way more fanfare involved in this show than I expected. Especially by 1967 standards, this is impressive. It’s still going to rank pretty low on my list, but all things considered, they did the best with what they had.
1) Super Bowl XXXVI- U2
2) Super Bowl XLIX- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
3) Super Bowl LI- Lady Gaga
4) Super Bowl XLVIII- Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
5) Super Bowl XLI- Prince
6) Super Bowl XXVII- Michael Jackson
7) Super Bowl LII- Justin Timberlake
8) Super Bowl XLVII- Beyonce, Destiny’s Child
9) Super Bowl XXXV- *NSYNC, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J Blige
10) Super Bowl 50- Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
11) Super Bowl XLIII- Bruce Springsteen
12) Super Bowl XXXIV- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
13) Super Bowl XLVI- Madonna
14) Super Bowl XXXIX- Paul McCartney
15) Super Bowl XXXIII- Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
16) Super Bowl XXX- Diana Ross
17) Super Bowl XLII- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
18) Super Bowl XXXVII- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
19) Super Bowl XLV- The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
20) Super Bowl LIII- Maroon 5, Big Boi, Travis Scott
21) Super Bowl XXXII- The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Queen Latifah, Boyz II Men
22) Super Bowl XLIV- The Who
23) Super Bowl XXII- Chubby Checker, The Rockettes
24) Super Bowl XXXVIII- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Nelly, P Diddy
25) Super Bowl XXVIII- Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, The Judds
26) Super Bowl XXXI- Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown
27) Super Bowl XXVI- Winter Magic, Gloria Estefan
28) Super Bowl XL- The Rolling Stones
29) Super Bowl XXIX- Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Indiana Jones
30) Super Bowl I- University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band, Grambling State University Marching Band, Al Hirt, Anaheim High School Drill Team and Flag Girls
30) Super Bowl XXI- Disney
31) Super Bowl XVIII- Disney
32) Super Bowl XXIII- Elvis Presto
33) Super Bowl XXIV- Salute to New Orleans & The Peanuts
34) Super Bowl XX- Up With People
35) Super Bowl XIX- Tops in Blue
36) Super Bowl XXV- Disney, New Kids on the Block
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2019.04.10 19:10 tonyv1999 Britney Spears and The people who hated her: An essay on feminity in the early 2000s

I was watching a Lindsay Ellis essay video where she apologies to Stephanie Meyers for all the shit Stephanie got for Twilight. The TL: DR, Stephanie Meyers has always been nothing but nice and sweet to her fans and critics and deserves credit for not suing E.L. James and throwing the entire legally of Fanfic into a high profile case. Also Twilight the books are not great, but they do not deserve the shit they got from the mainstream and even from feminism and it says a lot about how society treats teenage girls that Transformers the 2008 movie is a fun blockbuster popcorn flick and the 2008 Twilight movie was a plague on humanity, when they are both pretty mediocre. This is a trend I've noticed, we as a society decide to hate something beloved by girls, then five years later we write think pieces about it and apologize. It happened to Titanic, it happened to the shaming of Anne Hathaway for...liking her job. And I'm starting to see it happen to Jennifer Lawrence. So I'm throwing my hat into the ring and doing a write up of the way Britney Spears was treated not just by the media, but also by her peers.
So, The year is 1998, happy pop music is about to make a comeback after bottoming to grunge, rap, R&B and power ballads for most of the decade. Ace of Base and the Spice Girls set up the stage, but the ones who would take it would be the boy bands The Backstreet Boys and N'sync and Christina Aguilera, but the one with the song that got the most critical acclaim would be Britney Spears. With an iconic music video, a distinct voice and dance skills that today's girls could never. Britney would become one of the most famous women in the world by 2002, selling millions of albums and selling out stadiums across the world. She would also become one of the most hated.
Avril Lavigne and P!nk both of them were marketed as anti-Britney, women who unlike Britney didn't sing about love and boys and Partying and breakups, these two sang about...Love and boys and partying and breakups...But with a guitar and they were like angry about it. Avril said about Britney in 2002 "I mean, the way she dresses — would you walk around the street in an ****in' bra?" she asks rhetorically... "Britney Spears goes up onstage and dresses like a showgirl. She's not being herself up there because she's dancing like a ho. Is she ho? She says she's a virgin. Y'know, it's just not clicking. She's doing one thing and saying another thing, y'know? It's definitely not what I'm going to do." So, yeah that is Avril slut-shaming Britney and implying that if a woman ever dares to show off any kind of skin she must be a whore willing to bang. Very "Not like the other Girs." But 2002 was a different time and Avril herself seemed to realize that in 2008. "No one else has it as hard as Britney," she told the magazine. "I feel bad for her. How does she even think with all those flashbulbs?" Avril saw Piece of Me in 2016 and the two of them took cute pictures together.
As for Pink, well she sang, in Don't let me get me "I'm tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears, she's so Pretty Pretty, that just ain't me" Which could be interpreted as a compliment, but that theory goes out the window when Britney in 2002, talks about a comment Pink said. From Rolling Stone magazine "she’s referred to Spears as a “puppet on a string.” According to Spears, Pink made the remark a week after sending Spears flowers to her hotel room. “She probably [said] that to protect her whole gimmick thing,” Spears says. “I respect that, but don’t be a hypocrite and put me down when you’re, like, performing with your belly showing, too. “I still think her music rocks,” Spears continues. “But the whole thing hurt my feelings. I felt like, ‘I thought you liked me. You sent me flowers.'” Somehow "I thought you like me, you Sent me flowers" is one of the most heartbreaking things I have read, but it says alot that these two women used Britney (Who it seems like that never met) as a punching bag, an easy target, because she was everything "not like the other girls" hated. Pretty, blonde, upbeat and they harassed her for it. It appealed to their fanbase of young teenage girls who wanted to harass the pretty cheerleader, who in real life was probably super nice and took dance for five years. Pink also changed her tone after 2007, saying in a 2016 interview, “I think Britney Spears is one of the sweetest humans to ever live,” Now, of course, you could say all of these women were young and under management and had an image to fit, which would be true, but also I wonder if that is how they truly felt at the time. Of course like all women they grew out of it.
IF THIS HAPPENED TODAY: If Billie Ellish called Ariana Grande a whore, she would issue an apology within the week and Twitter would harass her for months.
Eminem While Pink and Avril eventually apologized for to Britney at least for there past, Eminem never has because, why would he. He had a fanbase of young angry men and like all young angry men, he loved to harass women. From his own mother and ex-wife to Christina Agulira to Lindsay Lohan, Eminem loved mocking women from looking like men to being sluts to being ugly. in the early 2000's thought the easiest target was Britney.
""These f---ing brats can't sing and Britney's garbage/ What's this bitch, retarded? Give me back my 16 dollars." He also he said in The real Slim Shady "I'm sick of all you girl and boys groups all you do is annoy me, So I've been sent here to destroy you." Eminem insulted Britney for the same reason Avril and Pink did. She was a stand-in, a person high school boys could associate with the popular girls they hated because they wouldn't fuck them.
IF THIS HAPPENED TODAY: When Kanye wrote a line about having sex with Taylor Swift, he asked for permission. Of course, that story goes off the rails, but the point here is that he asked.
Justin Timberlake Justin and Britney meet at a young age on the set of the Mickey Mouse, they started dating after they both got insanely famous. They wore the iconic denim outfits. Then they broke up. The reasons for the breakup vary, some say he cheated, others say she cheated, but I'm not here to talk about that. I'm here to talk about the aftermath most importantly, the Cry Me A River music video, where Justin includes an obvious Britney stand-in as his cheating girlfriend. This was Justin's first big hit and was piggybacking off his break-up. A couple of years and a throwing of Janet Jackson under the bus later, Justin released What..goes around, A song pretty obviously about Britney. This was four years later by the way. That wasn't enough, apparently, after Britney's breakdown Justin and Timberland wanted to work with her on a single, for a comeback and they both got offended when Britney said no because she wanted her comeback to be on her own terms. Basically, both of them were like "We tried to get her, but she's a crazy one man." Justin Timberlake made his solo career off the back of his relationship with a woman. It doesn't help that after they broke up the rumors came that he was going around town saying Britney wasn't a virgin.
IF THIS HAPPENED TODAY: It does, Justin fans attack Selena everytime they breakup..and that is not ok.
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2019.02.05 02:37 sconce2600 The List 2019: Who's out!

The Lineup is out, bold denotes acts that ended up on the lineup
The following are out due to lack of precedent
2018 OSLs lineup
2017 OSLs lineup
Out due to gigs at AT&T Park (Capacity: 41,915)/Levi's Stadium (Capacity: 75,000) in San Francisco and Santa Clara CA
Out due to gigs at Shoreline Amphitheatre (Capacity: 22,500) in Mountain View CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Oracle arena (Capacity: 19,596) in Oakland CA
Out due to gigs at the Chase Center (Capacity: 18,064) in San Francisco CA
Out due to gigs at the Golden One Center (Capacity: 17,608) in Sacramento CA
Out due to gigs at the SAP Center (Capacity: 17,496) in San Jose CA
Out due to gigs at the Concord Pavilion (Capacity: 12,500) in Concord CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Greek Theatre (Capacity: 8,500) in Berkley CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Capacity: 7,000) in San Francisco CA (February through November)
Out due to gigs at the Frost Amphitheater in Stanford CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Masonic (Capacity: 3,165) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Paramount Theatre (Capacity: 3,040) in Oakland CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at SVN West (Capacity: 3,000) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the City National Civic (Capacity: 2,850) in San Jose CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Warfield (Capacity: 2,300) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Mountain Winery (Capacity: 2,278) in Saratoga CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Fox theater (Capacity: 2,250) in Oakland CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at 1015 Folsom (Capacity: 1,400) in San Francisco (May through November)
Out due to gigs at UC Theatre (Capacity: 1,400) in Berkley CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Fillmore (Capacity: 1,050) in San Francisco CA (May 9th through November)
Out due to gigs at the Regency Ballroom (Capacity: 1,050) in San Francisco CA (May 18th through November)
Out due to gigs at the August Hall (Capacity : 1,000) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Mezzanine (Capacity: 1,000) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Uptown (Capacity: 863) in Napa CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Bimbo's 365 (Capacity: 685) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Great American Music Hall (Capacity: 600) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Cornerstone (Capacity: 600) in Berkeley CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Chapel (Capacity: 500) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Slims (Capacity: 500) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to gigs at the Independent (Capacity: 500) in San Francisco CA (May through November)
Out due to playing Bottlerock in Napa CA (May 26th-28th) (top 48 acts only)
Out due to being the top 13 acts from BottleRock 2018
Out due to playing Second Sky Fest in Oakland CA (June 15th)
Out due to playing Clusterfest in San Francisco CA (June 21st-23rd)
Out due to playing Burger Boogaloo in Oakland CA (June 30th-July 1st)
Out due to playing Sonoma Harvest in Glen Ellen CA (September 22nd-23rd)
Out due to playing Flow festival in Finland (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Ypsigrock festival in Italy (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Boardmasters festival in the UK (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Way out West festival in Sweden (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Smukfest in Denmark (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Oya Festival in Norway (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing SonneMondSterne Festival in Germany (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing The Boaty Weekend in Spain (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Boomtown Fair in the UK (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Haven Festival in Denmark (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Sziget Festival in Hungary (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Haldren Pop Festival in Germany (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Grape Festival in Slovakia (same weekend as OSLs)
Out due to playing Summer Well in Romania (same weekend as OSLs)
Out for other reasons
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2019.01.08 09:25 seriouslyokay Which K-Pop Artist to Stan Based on Which Popheads Fave You Stan: A Guide

So there's this problem with people trying to get into K-pop where they have no idea where to start since there's so many groups and artists and whatever. So I figured I'd make a list chronicling a bunch of faves here at popheads and what k-pop artist I'd recommend to someone that likes a particular artist. Thus, this 34-artist long list was born.
First up, no hate and shadiness in this post. As much as possible, I'm gonna try to be positive about all the artists here. Yeah, I'm gonna make jokes about their careers or affiliation and whatever, but this is about stanning and sharing in stanning, so nada to jokes about the quality of their music or performances. Also, some of these are gonna be a stretch, so I'm gonna try my best to compare them in the descriptions. If they seem like too much of a stretch (because they are) well, listen to the artists anyway.
Sorted alphabetically, btw.


Who to Stan: Lee Hi

Songs to Start With: Dream, Breathe, One-Sided Love
If you're a fan of iconique balladeers with powerful voices like Adele or 90s piano songstresses like Sarah McLain, look no further than Lee Hi, k-pop's resident ballad superstar. With titles such as "One-Sided Love" and "Breathe," her discography will have you reaching for the tissues in no time. A personal favorite of mine is "Dream" from her first album, where she expresses a dramatic inflection in her voice worthy of a spot in 19, 21, or 25.

Ariana Gande

Who to Stan: Chung Ha

Songs to Start With: Gotta Go, Roller Coaster, Why Don't You Know
Chung Ha has been through a lot. What's most telling is the fact that within the first couple of years of her career, she set aside some of the money she earned pay for the debt that her family incurred while she was growing up. Finding fame through a popular television show, she's the newest rising star of K-pop, and aside from her instantly lovable personality, she has a unique vocal profile, striking visuals, and consistently produces bops. If you want to get in early and watch her become a superstar, the time is now.

Avril Lavigne

Who to Stan: Dreamcatcher

Songs to Start With: YOU AND I, Good Night, Wonderland
If you listen to their songs before you watch any of their music videos, you might wonder: seriouslyokay, what the hell, this sounds more like Evanescence than Avril! You'd be right. Their music is an unusual fusion of metalcore, J-rock, and k-pop, and if you look at their b-sides, you'll discover that they go from punk rocker to total bopper with every track, much like early Avril. How many k-pop groups can dance this well to a bangin' rock song in a music video about a haunted house? Not many.

Bebe Rexha

Who to Stan: HYO

Songs to Start With: Sober (ft. Ummet Ozcan), Punk Right Now (ft. 3LAU), Wannabe
EDM queen Bebe Rexha got her start being a feature in nearly every DJ's music, from Martin Garrix to The Chainsmokers. Hyoyeon, shortened to HYO, is following a similar trajectory - featuring in songs by Ummet Ozcan and 3LAU among others. And as an added bonus, she's one of the best solo dancers in k-pop.


Who to Stan: BoA

Songs to Start With: Woman, Kiss My Lips, Only One, Like It!
Beyonce is queen for many reasons, one of which is her longevity. From her days in Destiny's Child to APESHIT just a few months ago, she's been the queen for longer than some popheads have been alive. BoA is one of the most lasting voices in the industry. She started her career in 2000, and has produced hit after hit for 18 years. K-Pop artists don't normally make it this long, but her career doesn't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Her phenomenal dancing and stage presence, unique voice, and ownership of her image, have given her the moniker "Queen of K-Pop." See her new song 'Woman,' where she dances better than you will ever be able to.

Bruno Mars

Who to Stan: BTS

Songs to Start With: Blood, Sweat & Tears, FIRE, IDOL
What do these two have in common? Aside from some brilliant genre-blending (because Bruno picks some great collaborators) their greatest assets are their flair for performance and magnetism, which have made them some of the biggest stars on the planet. Even if you pick out any BTS live performance at random, you'll instantly see just how strong their stage presences are as a group. Also, another thing they share is that their songs are absolutely incredible for hyping up a crowd - just see any crowd losing their mind to a performance of IDOL.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Who to Stan: f(x)

Songs to Start With: 4 Walls, All Night, Red Light
I'm not gonna lie - there's a good chance that if you like Carly Rae Jepsen now, you're probably an f(x) fan already. If you're not, then f(x) is a girl group from SM Entertainment founded in 2009. Their music is retro, fascinating, and all kinds of explosive - which has made them a favorite of the gays. (at least the K-pop gays) Do yourself a favor and just listen to everything they have. (And then be sad because they're disbanded)

Christina Aguilera

Who to Stan: SISTAR

Songs to Start With: Touch My Body, I Like That, Give it to Me
This comparison probably isn't fair because it's so obvious. The members of SISTAR have openly acknowledge how much they were influenced by Christina Aguilera. Hyolyn auditioned using Hurt, her and another member SoYou covered it during a TV show. Their music video for Don't Leave Me is one gigantic homage to Candyman, right down to the costumes. So if you want get into a group that is great at everything XTina is known for - sexy bops and a powerhouse set of voices - SISTAR is a great fit.


Who to Stan: Psy

Songs to Start With: Last Scene, FACT, LOVE
Psy is an artist that came to prominence because of memes, but is actually a highly skilled rapper with great musicianship. Does that remind you of anyone else? Popheads favorite Cupcakke of course! Just like Cupcakke is actually a brilliant artist, Psy has been making great music for years. All you need to do is look a little deeper than the first single of the album. If that sounds unbelievable, listen to Last Scene - an acoustic rap song with a female featured singer.

Dua Lipa

Who to Stan: Blackpink

Songs to Start With: Playing with Fire, Forever Young, Kiss and Make Up (Duh)
Blackpink and Dua Lipa have one important thing in common - in about 4 years of being active, they both have exactly one album that they've been adding stuff to over and over again. That doesn't stop them from releasing bops though. Chances are, if you're a Dua fan, you've already heard Kiss and Make Up, so just keep going! Blackpink are known for phenomenal fashion sense, the diverse personalities of their members, and both great rapping and vocals.


Who to Stan: Epik High

Songs to Start With: Bleed, LOVE STORY, Eyes Nose Lips (ft. Taeyang)
There's two sides to Drake. There's the "bop" Drake, of One Dance and God's Plan and Nice for What fame, and there's "sadboi" Drake with Take Care and Marvin's Room and Hold On, We're Going Home. Epik High is a rap duo that has a little bit of both, but their best tracks, imo, are their sad ones. So if you feel like calling your exes at 3am or crying over someone you never actually dated, give this a listen. Even better if your ex is Korean.

Frank Ocean

Who to Stan: Dean

Songs to Start With: D (Half Moon), Instagram, Pour Up (ft. Zico)
You're a bi male that is confident enough in his sexuality to cry. Or something like that. Anyway, Dean is the resident alternative R&B star of k-pop. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that he makes some of the most unique music in the industry right now, and the album art of his fantastic first extended play 130 Mood: TRBL will fit right in with whatever "alt aesthetic" you're rocking today.

Imagine Dragons

Who to Stan: WINNER

Songs to Start With: REALLY REALLY, Special Night, Island
Imagine Dragon basically makes "stadium-pop," music that fits both large performances at arenas and hearing it over your car radio. Characteristics of this genre include supremely catchy hooks, upbeat melodies, and tons of crossover potential. WINNER is exactly that, with their track REALLY REALLY being played in every corner of South Korea for nearly a year. And the music video for it even shares some DNA with Thunder.

Justin Timberlake

Who to Stan: NCT

Songs to Start With: Whiplash, Baby Don't Stop, The 7th Sense, Cherry Bomb
Let's get this out of the way - trying to understand exactly how NCT works is nearly impossible. They're a group comprised of 5 or something groups in one group, and there's NCT 127 and NCT U and NCT M and NCT 2018 and whatever. But if you boil it down, a lot of NCT's music are incredibly well produced, slick genre-bending slappers with dirty baselines and catchy vocals built of the genetic DNA of the best of 20/20 Experience and FutureSex/LoveSounds. Watch out for that "long-ass ride" line in Whiplash and The 7th Sense. Your ass will shake. (Oh, and these boys can dance. Like, seriously dance.)

Janet & Michael Jackson

Who to Stan: SEVENTEEN and SF9

Songs to Start With: SEVENTEEN - Very Nice, CALL CALL CALL, Getting Closer // SF9 - Now or Never, Easy Love, KO
Perhaps no musical artists are better dancers than Janet and Michael, so if you stan them, you're likely the kind of person that gets enthralled by incredible choreography. SEVENTEEN and SF9 are the strongest dancing groups in k-pop by far, and if you care about dancing at all, do yourself a favor and watch the dance videos for Seventeen's "Very Nice" and "Getting Closer, and SF9's "Now or Never" and "K.O." which are nearly unbelievable to look at. Also, watch out for Seventeen's performance unit (a sub-group of dancers in the group) and SF9's Taeyang.

Jack Antonoff/The Bleachers

Who to Stan: AKMU

Songs to Start With: RE-BYE, Melted, Dinosaur
AKMU, short for Akdong Musician, is a brother-sister musical duo. The brother, Lee-Chan Hyuk, is one of the most talented producers and songwriters in the business, producing and writing nearly all of their songs himself, while the sister, Lee Su-Hyun, has a phenomenal voice. Together, they make music that is expertly produced, very well-sung, and bounces around wildly from genre to genre, with pop that has everything from a folksy veneer to upbeat electronics to soulful blues songs, like their discography highlight RE-BYE.

Kanye West

Who to Stan: BIGBANG

Songs to Start With: FXXK IT, Fantastic Baby, Good Boy (G-Dragon & Taeyoung)
YG Entertainment, the record label that BIGBANG is under, is notorious for its aggressive control of its artists and the image surrounding them - which has led to much frustration from fans about the lack of releases. Early in their formation, BIGBANG's leader, G-Dragon, wrestled away creative control from YG's CEO, leading to BIGBANG having the most creative freedom out of any groups in K-Pop. And this has come with gigantic success, with BIGBANG having some of the most uninhibited, expressive, and daring albums and music videos in the entire industry, and paving the way for other unexpected k-pop artists to find mainstream success.

Kero Kero Bonito

Who to Stan: TWICE

Songs to Start With: What Is Love?, Signal, TT
If I had to pick 3 music videos to introduce someone to k-pop with, What is Love? would almost certainly be one of them. Featuring possibly the cutest concept in the world, where the members of Twice reenact scenes from popular movies, the song is upbeat, energetic, and extremely "k-pop" in the most widely understood sense of the world. But it is an absolutely energetic, adorable bop, and fans of Kero Kero Bonito's electro stylings will feel right at home in Twiceland.

Lady Gaga

Who to Stan: HyunA

Songs to Start With: Babe, Lip & Hip, I'm a God Girl
HyunA describes her genre as "performance-oriented music." Her music videos often have a high amount of sexual or suggestive content (often either getting straight-banned from television or being highly censored), are surreal, and expressive while often satirizing popular culture. Not only that, but she has the dancing and rapping skills to back it up. This is perhaps best shown by the darkly satirical bop Babe (my personal favorite song of hers) which describes the continued infantilization of her and other k-pop artists by fans and the media. Any Little Monster would eat her music up.

Little Mix

Who to Stan: EXID

Songs to Start With: DDD, Up&Down, Lady
Or, alternately, their predecessors, Girls Aloud and Spice Girls. If I had to pick a group that most closely resembles British girl-group pop, EXID would fit that to a T. Their music is very similar to a lot of the best of brit-pop, and I (personally) think they make some of the biggest bops right now, of any artist.

Lorde & Grimes

Who to Stan: LOONA

Songs to Start With: SOLO - Egoist, Eclipse // SUB-UNIT - Sweet Crazy Love, Love4Eva (ft. Grimes) // GROUP - Hi High, favOrite
There is perhaps no group easier to stan than LOONA beacause you're guaranteed to like at least one of the 12 solo acts or 4 sub-unit groups. But the best thing about LOONA is how willing they are to take "pop" and twist in all sorts of different directions - from the infectious electro-alt of LOONA yyxy to the girl-crush love anthems of ODD EYE CIRCLE to (my personal favorite k-pop song of 2018) the phenomenal track "Egoist" from Olivia Hye.


Who to Stan: SNSD (Girls Generation)

Songs to Start With: I Got A Boy, Gee, Into the New World
You stan true icons only. Just as Madonna redefined the landscape for pop girls, both commercially and artistically, SNSD or Girls' Generation changed the game for K-pop everywhere with their music, dancing, and brand. The centerpiece of their discography is "I Got A Boy," an absolutely thrilling 4 and a half minute song that has 5 acts and alternates in genre between electropop, hip-hop, upbeat dance music, new jack swing, and theatrical power ballad. If that sounds insane, just listen to it.

Mariah Carey

Who to Stan: Mamamoo

Songs to Start With: I Miss You, Egotistic, Starry Night
Mamamoo stands out because of their mature sound and powerful vocals, which are widely considered some of the strongest in the genre. Add to that their diva flair and gorgeous looks, and you have a dish that lambs won't be able to resist. Check out their vocal riffs on the power ballad "I Miss You" for a great idea of their style.

Max Martin

Who to Stan: Red Velvet

Songs to Start With: RED - Russian Roulette, Dumb Dumb, Power Up // VELVET - Bad Boy, One of these Nights, Kingdom Come
Who likes bops? Well, Max Martin makes bops. All of your favorite bops, and I have no other way to describe Max Martin's style than just complete bops for every mood - Hands to Myself, Bang Bang, Dangerous Woman, Wildest Dreams, No Tears Left to Cry, all bops, all different moods. Red Velvet's style alternates between "red," which are infectious, energetic pop songs, and "velvet," which are sultrier, darker tracks. Perfect for whatever bopping mood you're in today.

Nicki Minaj

Who to Stan: Jessi

Songs to Start With: Gucci, Spirit Animal, Boing
Jessi isn't exactly in the mainstream k-pop establishment. But I don't think she really gives a fuck, because she's going to let her booty shake in music videos if she wants to, and none of y'all are gonna stop that. Jessi's primarily engaged in making energetic club bangers that will make your booty shake while making you feel like a billion dollars. As she says in Spirit Animal (a track that clearly borrows a flow from Onika) "I'm a sex symbol, in a stretch limo."

Panic! At the Disco

Who to Stan: Exo

Songs to Start With: Tempo, Monster, Mama
Brendon Urie has the best male voice in pop today. That's pretty hard to dispute. If you're a fan of Urie and Panic, then you must love great voices, and Exo has that in spades. They have some of the best vocalists in the industry, which makes for some pretty brilliant vocal harmonizing. There is an extended acapella section in Tempo that will send you to the heavens if you're not prepared.


Who to Stan: Day6

Songs to Start With: I Wait, Congratulations, Days Gone By
Day6, much like Paramore, toes the line between pop-punk, indie rock, and straight-up pop, often teetering on that line from track to track. That just makes their music all the more exciting as what is likely the most prominent rock band in Korea. I Wait is a dramatic, punk-rock track that could've been pulled straight from Brand New Eyes, while Congratulations is the kind of bitter, upbeat pop-rock that fits right at home on their self-titled.


Who to Stan: Tiffany Young

Songs to Start With: KOREAN - I Just Wanna Dance, Heartbreak Hotel, Talk // ENGLISH - Over My Skin, Teach You
Holy fuck I stan this girl so hard. Okay, so my bias is showing a bit in this supposedly objective description, but Tiffany is a fave of mine. She's a former member of Girls Generation that released ONE OF THE BEST k-pop solo albums of all time (I Just Wanna Dance), with this incredible song written by Girls Aloud alum Nicola Roberts called Talk. After being treated unfairly by SM for a dumb controversy, she left the company and took control over her own music, and has been English music since. Like, yes we stan this strong, bop-making girl. (Also, she has two Spotify accounts - TIFFANY and Tiffany Young, listen to both)

Taylor Swift

Who to Stan: IU

Songs to Start With: Palette, BBIBBI, Friday
IU is the best-selling and most popular k-pop solo artist of this generation, much like Taylor Swift. Also like Taylor Swift, she writes nearly all of her own music now, which is uncommon for k-pop idols. And lastly, also like (cough pre-reputation) Taylor Swift, her discography is mostly composed of either relaxed, guitar-driven tracks or chill pop songs. But she is very much her own artist, and it only takes a quick listen through her songs and a read at the lyrics to see that she has a lot of ownership over her music and image.


Who to Stan: Hyolyn

Songs to Start With: Dally, See Sea, BAE
Hyolyn, a former member of SISTAR, has been a solo artist since her group disbanded. Hyolyn can do it all - rap, dance, sing, and look absolutely amazing all the damn time. And her genre hovers between a blend of R&B and pop, similar to Tinashe.

Troye Sivan

Who to Stan: Holland

Songs to Start With: I'm Not Afraid, I'm So Afraid
Holland is the first openly gay K-Pop artist, and that has - unfortunately - come without much mainstream popularity. It's not exactly easy to be openly gay in Korea, and it is even worse if you're trying to be famous. But in his first music video, which features couples of varying sexual orientations, people of different ethnic backgrounds, and him kissing a man, Holland sings that he's "not afraid anymore," and I definitely believe in him.

The Weeknd

Who to Stan: Taemin

Songs to Start With: MOVE, Body, Drip-Drop
There are a lot of "sexy" k-pop artists, but none that are quite as explicit about it as Taemin. With songs like Move, Body, and Sexuality all basically being an ode to sexiness and the female body, Taemin makes the best hoe anthems in the business and has a lot in common (at least, two of his albums) with our favorite Starboy. I dare you not to blush a bit.
If you wanna listen to any of the k-pop songs here, I compiled a Spotify playlist with every first recommended track I listed for each artist. But it'll be even better if you just look them up on Youtube and watch their videos, because K-pop is a very sensory experience.
I left out a bunch from here (both popheads faves and k-pop artists) but maybe I'll make a part 2 if people enjoy this.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Edit: Fixed some errors pointed out by some lovely popheads. Thanks all!
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2019.01.06 14:50 Mcheetah2 Random Shit 329

The History of Random Shit

So back before YouTube and Facebook were a big deal, there used to not be too much to kill hours of your day with, on the internet. (You know, besides nerd shit and readin' and what fag's got time fer that?) So, one of the big things on the internet in the 2000-2006 era was troll sites. 4chan wasn't much of anything back then, but it was mainly shit like Newgrounds, YTMND (You're The Man Now Dog), eBaum's World, Something Awful, and blog sites. Cable TV was still a powerful thing back then (it only completely stopped being relevant around 2013-2014) and one of the biggest things to shit on was the MTV Video Music Awards. Early internet pioneers used to have this thing where they would get drunk as shit and then roast said MTV Video Music Awards. 2003 was especially infamous as it had the Britney Spears-Madonna lesbian kiss, and 2004 had the Janet Jackson nip-slip "wardrobe malfunction" meme coined by Justin Timberlake. (Nowadays, it'd be considered sexist to not show the nipple.)
The one I remember the most used to have a blog called "Random Shit." And every day he'd post. And every single post he'd do on that day was numbered, such as "Random Shit 135" or "Random Shit 172." His site wasn't like some lame Blogger site either; it was his own site with primitive-as-fuck HTML coding and a black background with red text. One of his posts was on the plastic things at the end of shoelaces. It was a whole POST on what those things were called, why it upset him he didn't know (aglets, FWIW), and how much it infuriated him. This was funny-ass shit back in the day. Believe me. And he was only half-joking, too. Another post he made was about the aformention MTV Video Music Awards were he would just be apologetically un-PC and also unnecessarily angry at stuff for no reason and constantly cursing. And he would shit-talk everyone! He especially had some kind of anger towards then-MTV VJ Gideon Yago. He made fun of his name, saying how he grew up in an Amish school and was so pussy, he got the shit kicked out of him by the other Amish kids, including the girls from the segregated classrooms, and how he had a speech impediment and pronounced his name G-G-G-G-G-G-Gideon! He then went into a rant about how the chances of seeing Britney's snatch was as likely as most Hasidic Jews smelling like shit. You'd assume he was drunk off his ass if his writing wasn't so legible. Also, speech-to-text wasn't really a thing back then (and even if it was, it would've gotten every other fucking word wrong, like it does today). I laughed my ass off reading this kind of shit. The semi-drunk insane ramblings of a madman bemusing pop culture and not even doing it for the LOL's; simply because he had an internet connection and wanted to express himself.
Another one of these shitposters was a beloved internet blogger named Matt Hocking, who wrote a weekly column called the Raw Satire. Now, from the name, you'd think it'd be some late night talk show-esque political piece or something from a wanna-be Jon Stewart. But nope. "Raw" literally referred to WWE Monday Night RAW and it was a wrestling parody column. You see, they used to do written wrestling show recaps on that site. The RAW Satire was a parody show recap written in the style of The Onion. And it was also lore-as-fuck too. It had entire years worth of backstory and inside jokes, as if it literally was an alternate reality version of the WWE at the time. Things like Randy Orton being a literal retard with a speech impediment who always won by making people slip and fall (his version of the RKO), John Cena being a Marky Mark like rap parody, Kofi Kingston permanently having his name changed to Kofi Johnston for the rest of the entire series' run because a celebrity guest host mispronounced it live on RAW one night,, Rob Van Dam being a happy-go-lucky stoner akin to a Hannah Barbera cartoon, "Dashing" Cody Rhodes having a gimmick where he'd literally dash around the ring until his opponents got tired and lose, a female Tough Enough contestant being a series regular and butt monkey of the satire, and more. When I was a kid, this was the FUNNIEST SHIT EVER. I was literally his greatest fan when reading this parody column in school. Hell, it'd still be funny if you can actually find the RAW Satire online.
Anyway, much of the humor came in random absurdism. (Especially since that was hot shit in the 2000's with Aqua Teen Hunger Force and the Friedberg and Seltzer parody movies that teens and kids loved and every adult despised, like Meet The Spartans and Date Movie.) Oh, and the RAW Satire writer was also obsessed with Yu-Yu Hakusho, for some reason. (I guess because "Hakusho" sounds like "Hock;" half his last name.) Sadly, he had zero interest in Yu-Gi-Oh. Oh, and he was also obsessed with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. So much so, he turned Beth Phoenix into a lawyer just for that one-note joke. Still... Good times.
So anyway, this subreddit is sort of an homage to all of that from back in the 2000 to 2006 era on the internet. Maybe "random" isn't as accurate of a word to describe the site as "surreal" or "shitpost" would be. But hey, I didn't name the original fucking site.
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2018.12.05 06:42 radiofan15 A post mortem of Britney Jean, 5 years later


“I can't believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but its true and I'm really proud of that”
This quote from The Legendary Miss Britney Spears would most likely haunt her for the rest of the career, especially because it came in the eve of the release of her infamous 2013 album Britney Jean, whose title anticipated a rare introspective look into a star with over a decade on the spotlight (most of the times for the wrong reasons)… also, it came right after her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, became her first full-length effort without any songwriting input from the Princess of Pop, although a Japanese bonus track features a co-writing credit from her.
Of course Britney Jean deserves most of the criticism it receives and yet, it also deserves way more than just being outright ignored even by most of Britney’s diehard fans: Britney Jean is more than just Work Bitch and 13 b-sides, is more than Brit’s most dated-on-arrival release… Britney Jean is a case study of what was pop in its time, what changed and why it stopped being as popular as it once was….



Early 00s pop music was being left aside by the general public during the heydays of gangsta rap, Timbaland/Pharrell-infused R&B and rock/nu-metal… at least until around the period between 2007 and 2009, the start of the Golden Era for popheads: The anthemic choruses, the prominent synths, the light and care-free nature of the lyrics, everything was there to pump you up and make you dance… however everything would change in 2013, when streaming was finally introduced to the Billboard formula. After the satirical K-pop track Gangnam Style by Psy took the world by storm, it was noticed how in the United States the song was blocked from the top spot by the inconsequential One More Night by Maroon 5, even if Style had the lead in sales for most of the 12 weeks it stayed at the Top 10 (as you might have guessed, radio had something to do with that), pushing Billboard to update their methodology and add streaming to the mix.
The first song that benefited from the change in the tracking methodology would prophetize what would come next for the charts in general: Harlem Shake, a nearly-instrumental meme song debuted at the top spot and stayed there for 6 weeks total. Another novelty song, Ylvis’ The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) would visit the Top 10 later in the year based on virality alone.
Although rap, indie music and more traditional pop music found their way during this year, the presence of outliers like Lorde’s Royals, genre-defying tracks like Avicii’s Wake Me Up! (a country/folk tinted EDM anthem) and Florida Georgia Lane’s Cruise (considered the grandfather of the bro-country genre, made popular on pop radio thanks to a tackled-on rap feature by Nelly), and the aforementioned viral hits not only showed that general audiences were craving something new, but their success would pave the way for a big change in pop music.


"Sometimes you don't need to use words to go through what you need to go through, sometimes it's an emotion you need to feel when you dance, that you need to touch. And the only thing that can touch it is when you move a certain way."
Britney Spears on the For The Record documentary, one of the rare glimpses she gave us on her life before Britney Jean
Britney, of course, was partially a pioneer and a tail-rider of the maximalistic electro sound of the era, as proven by the influence and cult following of what most people consider her magnum opus, or at least her more direct and honest album, 2007’s Blackout, which is ironic considering that Britney only has two writing credits in the whole project and how even The Unstoppable Danja called it ‘impersonal’.
After Blackout, Britney would continue to ride the same sonic palette with her follow-up, 2008’s Circus and then move onto Femme Fatale, which, in spite of its “forward-thinking” nature (as described by the label-appointed producer and current persona non grata Dr. Luke) and slick production, it was heavily criticized for its anonymity and lack of input of the singer in the record, which led to Britney to defend herself stating, rightfully, that she had nothing to prove.



The mastermind behind Britney Jean was none other than hitmaker will.i.am, whose involvement on the record came as a surprise to no one given how they have collaborated twice at that point and get along really well (you can read more about it in this post I made a couple of months ago), however, the Black Eyed Peas frontman doesn’t deserves all of the credit for the record as Britney herself decided that she would be more involved and had a pivotal role into the making of this record.
Although the early stages of the album pointed towards a more hip-hop release, will.i.am’s involvement and her chemistry with Britney put her forward into the recording and making of the album.
Realizing that she wanted a more straightforward release that wasn’t as bouncy and genre-hopping as her predecessors, Britney searched with will.i.am a series of collaborators that could help her bring her ideas to life, as she didn’t wanted to sing impersonal songs that her team just happened to receive; this, unfortunately, ruled out the involvement of the Saint Patron of pop production Max Martin, although it relegated Dr. Luke to a sole bonus track so that’s a win in my book. Britney Jean is her only release in which she’s credited as a co-writer in each track, including bonus tracks… her closest before that was In The Zone in which 9 of the 14 (including bonus) tracks sported a Britney co-write.


I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to […] I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears.
I am a performer.
I am a Mom.
I am funny.
I am your friend!
I am Britney Jean.
Britney Jean Spears
Britney has never been the kind of performer that would pour her soul into her lyrics, and even have occasionally distanced her private life from her lyrics (she famously rejected the Timberlake-bashing Sweet Dreams My LA Ex, later given to ex-S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens as her debut single), although in the few glimpses we have gotten from her real persona (the stunning Everytime and the dubious My Baby for example) have always leaved her fans with the idea of her getting more involved with the subject matter of the tracks… I mean, the exploration of fame in tracks like Circus and Piece of Me are great, but what about explorations of who is Britney?
Britney Jean is her first album released in her 30s, and after finally deciding to get this involved in the songwriting department 15 years into her singing career was no fluke: chalk it up to coincidence, to the fact that it was long due given her background (Britney had lived A LOT of unwanted stuff during her career, married twice, had two kids, survived the most public mental breakdown unimaginable and more while being one of the most successful female performers currently working… also, that year she had ended her engagement with her manager Jason Trawick) or to misogyny (if you wanna go there) but female singers seems to go personal and/or mature in their 30s, with some popular examples including Madonna’s Like A Prayer (described by her as being "about my mother, my father, and bonds with my family"), Mariah Carey’s post-divorce genre-bender Butterfly (if her birth year is believed to be 1969), Beyoncé’s whole post-Matthew Knowles era (4 was released three months before she turned 30), Nicki Minaj’s back-to-my-roots release The Pinkprint and Katy Perry’s purposeful woke pop release Witness (Katy, I love you but 💀) among others.
Another thing to consider is that doing “personal” songs have always being interpreted as tracks with stripped-away or piano-driven arrangement, something that Britney, who had sung about being on the club or having sex (or even both on the same track) so many times it kinda become her trademark, is not something she’s might get allowed to do, especially when the current-at-the-time pop scene and Britney’s then-current sound were a far cry from the kind of sound these “confessional” tell-all songs normally have.


(this was a real hashtag that was worldwide trending topic on Twitter in September 2013)
With the anticipation of what a Britney-fied personal record would sound like, anticipation was in an all-time high among fans… so it was natural that her most introspective record would be anchored with an EDM song called Work Bitch. In Britney’s defense, will.i.am pointed out almost immediately how the braggadocio track didn’t represented the album but it was rather about Britney Spears herself.
Promoted with what was heavily rumored to be a 6.5-million-dollars budgeted video which was supposedly heavily sanitized from its originally sexed-up original version (more on that later), the video itself represented most of the promotion the whole album received, as the album’s second and final single (Perfume) was left to rot in negligence after the album’s release.
Outside of a couple of TV appearances (not performances, just interviews), including one to promote her then-upcoming “2-year” Las Vegas residency Britney Spears: Piece of Me, and an E! documentary about the making-of the album and said residency, no actual promotion took place for Britney Jean, which led to the inevitable.



Britney Jean was unleashed to the world on December 3rd of 2013, one day after the Princess’ birthday, and was a big commercial disappointment, debuting at number 4 on Billboard with sales of 107,000 copies (a little bit more than a third of the sales of Femme Fatale), even lower than those of her debut album …Baby One More Time; 3 years after its release, BJ had sold less in the United States than FF in its opening week, although it was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA… this February. Internationally, the release didn’t fare any better and debuted at record-low positions for her releases in most international markets, including missing the Top 30 in the UK.
As most of you already know, reviews we’re nasty all around, the worst of Britney’s career. Because of the somewhat mean content of some of those reviews, I would instead resume what are the biggest perks critics had with the release:


After one of the songs leaked ahead of the album’s release, there were accusations that backing vocalist Myah Marie (who had appeared on Brit’s previous two albums) was the lead singer not only on said leaked track but also in a large portion of the album (this is what she sounds like), accusations that Marie herself denied as well as Britney’s reps.
Her representatives claimed that Marie wasn’t involved in neither Perfume nor Passenger, the tracks that were the source of most of the controversy, and ultimately she wasn’t credited in none of those songs, although she’s credited as a (not background) vocalist in several of the other tracks of the album (mostly the Preston-produced songs as Work Bitch, Tik Tik Boom, Til It's Gone, Chillin' With You and Now That I Found You), including Alien (in which she’s not credited), who had a vocal steam leak in 2014 which showcases how uncanny is Myah’s impression of Britney is. A credited background singer is Sia in her co-composed single Perfume, which was the source of a weird misstep when Britney was caught lip-syncing to a version of the song with Sia’s vocals forefront in the mix.
A lot has been said about how Britney’s signature singing ‘baby’ voice is not her real one, how do they compare and how much damage has done to Brit’s current vocal chops, and even though she can still sing wherever she wants to, it’s quite obvious that she’s not that comfortable with it and, as such, she prefers to enhance her voice with the use of technology and some studio trickery… also, she might have gotten used to it considering how effortless and vivid were her earlier performances… here’s I’m A Slave 4 U at the 2001 VMAs just because how iconic it is.


"People can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth.
The question is: Can you handle mine?"
Britney Spears in a song that’s not from this album and not originally from her
Described by critics as “a concept album about the loneliness of pop life”, Britney Jean actually open with quite a promise with Alien, a mid-tempo, melancholic, airy, ethereal dance pop opener that works as a more teenage-sounding version of Ray of Light, which is not surprising considering the involvement of said album’s mastermind (the aforementioned William Orbit) and that sonically picks-up where FF closer Criminal left off, but lyrically is quite different, as it portrays Britney having an intimate and personal realization that she, after years of tumultuous and erratic events, has lost grip of who she was and how she felt like an extraterrestrial in her own world; however she realizes that she’s not longer alone as she looks at the glow in the stars as a light to guide her home away from her insecurities of the past, and to feel safe and finally finding comfort in her true skin, as the chorus repeats the catchphrase ‘not alone’ “until it is pitchshifted up like a departing space ship
Originally intended to include Gaga in the song (and also supposed to be released as a single, which unfortunately didn’t happened), Alien was considered the conceptual and musical highlight of the project by critics, and is easily the most personal, vulnerable and my personal highlight of the project… which made everything that came afterward a hard pill to swallow. Before that, I can’t help to mention THE GLITCH (2:14 in the song), which was apparently, as everything wrong with music of the period, will.i.am’s fault.

Work Bitch (alternatively known in censored form as Work Work, or in the explicit version as Bitch Bitch) is a hard hitting EDM smasher and heavy mood-whiplash, which was definitely not co-written by Sebastian Ingrosso, in which Britney gently asks us (over a basic club beat which grows more overloaded as the song moves forward) is we want a hot body, an European luxury car (either a Bugatti, a Maserati or a Lambo skirrt skirrt skirrt) or to sip martinis while partying in a big mansion in France, only to disappoint us by calling us bitches and telling us to better work as if we were supermodels and she was RuPaul.
WB is, if you wanna practice some mental gymnastics, more ‘personal’ than its given credit for, as Britney details how much benefits she gets from hustling all these years, and inviting us to dance with that smashing wall-of-sound-laden beat that drowns most of the track. Way more forward-thinking and exciting that everything that comes after it, WB has become somewhat of a new classic for the Princess of Pop, and is pretty much deserved of said designation.
Perfume, co-written by Sia, is another album highlight (actually Britney’s favorite from the album) and one of the finest ballads of Brit’s late-catalogue. Written about her ex-fiancé Jason Trawick, the song deals with Britney’s insecurity about a current relationship, with Britney singing with some of her strongest vocals in years about how she believes that her partner is cheating on her and how she puts on her perfume in order to mark her territory. Released with a tie-in with her perfume Fantasy, the song kinda flopped worldwide and halted all of the promotion of the album, however it still remains (alongside the rawer Dreaming Mix, included as a bonus track) as one of the most interesting songs in 2010s Britney catalogue.
The music video, directed by known troll and middling talented videomaker Joseph Khan, has an unreleased director’s cut in which the straightforward concept of a cheating partner is changed to that of Britney playing the Angelina Jolie role in a gone-wrong version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith sans the boyfriend who is also an assassin.
It Should Be Easy finds Britney’s voice drown in both the auto-tune setting used by Kanye for the Runaway coda and the vocals of guest-star will.i.am in the chorus, all while produceco-writer David Guetta rehashes Swedish House Mafia (which originally broke up the same year in which BJ was released). The song, about Britney imagining a bright-normal-future with a man who had stolen her heart, stating that love “shouldn't be complicated”. Although I like this song, and her team obviously likes it to as it commissioned remixes to be serviced to clubs, it signals when things start to go somewhat downhill.
Tik Tik Boom, the T.I.-assisted fifth track, was always dubbed as a potential third single (remixes were commissioned but nothing official ever came up), and it’s not hard to see why: as one of her rare collaborations with a rapper, the static-y, dance-floor ready production presents Britney teasing a male partner with a night of… well… tik tik boom… that means sex, doing so while serving some circa-2001 sexy vocals as T.I. raps about treating her like an animal up to the point that PETA (which hates Britney) should be called in response. It’s fast, it’s straightforward and yet, it’s kinda forgettable and also very disappointing coming from or Princess Urbanney.
Guetta comes back with Body Ache, another outdated EDM bop in which Brit (accompanied by vocoder and several dozens of vocal distortion treatments) sings about the kind of ‘I wanna dance so hard it gonna turn you on’ anthem which Miss Spears can do on her sleep, with a backtrack that sounds straight out of the EDM will.i.am was doing with the Peas during the Beginning/E.N.D. era. Also it ends in a somewhat anticlimactic way.
Personal Britney makes a return with this track that wouldn’t be too out of place in FF: The Guetta co-written Til It’s Gone, in which Brit realizes that, after losing the love of her life (Trawick), her life would never be the same, or how “you never know what you got 'til it's gone”. Coming some two years to late sonically, in terms of lyrics the track it’s another story, as some interesting imagery pops here and there and it’s nice to leave the dance floor behind, especially when talking about a woman who (at least in the previous albums) rarely shut up about them.
Katy Perry arrives on the record but not as a feature, but as a writer, in the Diplo-produced, Sia-co-written and Prism outtake Passenger, in which some interesting EDM beats moves out of the way after the opening (they come back, don’t worry) to reveal a refreshing and very welcome electropop rock song with some great Britney vocals about letting someone to guide her after she’s willing to let herself be his ‘passenger’. Great lyrics, daring production, good vocal performance… it’s not hard to see why critics loved this track so much, and it’s a shame it gets buried among so much underwhelming stuff.

Chillin’ with You, the album’s most infamous moment, finds Britney dueting with her sister, ex-Nickelodeon star and attempted country singer Zoey Meredith Brooks, about hanging out together and drinking wine (Brit likes red, Chase Matthews' ex likes white wine) while, as the southern white suburban moms they are, they feel they have nothing else to worry about. Although the lyrics are… well… cute, and the subject matter is decidedly novel by Britney’s standards, the mixture of country and EDM doesn’t mash as well as the producers might had expected… also, the fact that their vocals were so obviously recorded in different sessions (as showed by the kind of chemistry you only see in cheesy 70s movies starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin) makes the whole ordeal so surreal.
The album closer in the standard edition is Don’t Cry, a FUCK YOU MR. TRAWICK song in which Britney reassures his man that it’s not worthy to cry as their relationship was always directed to end no matter what they do, and how she’s gonna go to not see him all tear eyed. The bouncy but subdued dubstep back track by pop goblin and producer will.i.am enhances what is arguably Britney’s best vocals in the whole album and some really nice lyrics which still doesn’t work as an album closer.
Sia comes back in the first bonus track of the deluxe edition, Brightest Morning Star, and she brings with her current pop Pariah (that would be Dr. Luke, but he’s only in this track) to the mix, on a track about God (or maybe about her kids, according to Dr. Puke), or at least one that implies to be one; in Sia’s words: ‘Britney was extremely sweet. She came in with the title ‘Brightest Morning Star’ and told me that’s how Jesus found his way. She wanted to write a kind of gospel song that wasn’t ramming it down your throat’. Despite the good intentions, BGS is no Jesus Walks and it gets short in the musical department, with a surprisingly weak instrumental which doesn’t do any good service to the song.
Britney continues her religious quest with Hold on Tight, a mid-tempo ballad that in which Miss Spears details how God comes into her dreams (or it might be an Incubus?) showing her the path to righteousness, even when the road is not as friendly with her, and… to be honest, this is my least favorite song on the album, it’s just so forgettable even if it’s quite refreshing in the context of BJ.
To end the evening, Britney continues her unintentional audition to become a gospel singer with Now That I Found You, a shameless EDM track (with early-10s euphoric drop and everything) about how incomplete she was until she found Him (to be honest, this could also be another love song, but after two bonus tracks about God it’s easy to see where she was pointing towards with the vague lyrics) and how everything is better now. Unlike the forgettable predecessors, NTIFY is fun (dated? Sure… but also fun), it’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s happy, and one of my favorite songs on the record… even if co-writer Guetta basically ripped off his own hit Without You from 3 years before.


Britney Jean is not an autobiography, it’s not a tell-all gossip-venting machine, it’s a clean, overproduced product of misdirection and lack of focus… and yet it’s actually fascinating in several ways: it’s arguably the greatest resume you would find of how pop music sounded in between 2008 and 2013, it’s a great bridge between the impersonal heavily-polished Femme Fatale and the serviceable and engaging Glory, which saw Britney leading the way on how everything would sound from the start.
It’s quite ironic how the album’s naming (taking a cue from Janet Jackson’s Damita Jo, her actual middle name) plays against it, as self-titled releases (unless they are debut albums) are associated with being in control of your output or reinventions (pop examples includes Paramore as their first release as a trio, Beyoncé to fit the minimalistic sounds and Janet Jackson’s janet. to showcase independence from the Jackson family) and unless you’re Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel or Weezer, the idea of having a second eponymous release usually means that audiences should expect to experience the performer in a never-seen before way. 2001’s Britney was the album that give a meaning to the phrase “I’m not that innocent” spurred in her previous effort, with lyrics talking about womanhood and sexuality being complemented with R&B vibes and rock/hip-hop elements. Britney Jean, when compared to Femme Fatale, is way behind the difference between Britney and Oops!... I Did It Again, which in retrospective is even worse as the relative freshness and reinvention of Glory leaves the ‘openness’ and ‘variety’ of BJ in shambles.
One of the album’s biggest mistakes is in its sequencing: the first three tracks are the obvious highlights, the next three are basically DOA EDM songs, the next four are the most “adventurous” musically speaking and the bonus tracks are all about God. Taking out some of the ‘pure club’ anthems could theoretically create an album more deserving of its ‘personal’ label, going full Spinal Tap and amp up the production values to do something crazier might have given us something that was at least digestible in a single listening.
The album, as it is, is not perfect, but it’s far from the dumpster fire more people called it, including some of the most interesting Britney songwriting in years (or even her career) and some tracks that are already started to show signs of cult classic. The only positive thing most people seems to agree with is how short it is: with the alternative mix of Perfume included, BJ is ‘only’ 50 minutes long (the standard edition is just 36 minutes long), which is something most performers (even today) seems to struggle with.
Also, she didn’t came to play games with the art cover and aesthetics this era, the album cover and the booklet is her most gorgeous to date, with the former having her most flattering front picture of any of her albums and the neon typography creating a very pleasing contrast with her elegant black-and-white imagery (in the deluxe edition) or the elegantly, milky pastel coloring of the standard edition.



Britney and her team gave up quite easily on Britney Jean and, honestly, they shouldn’t be blamed: the offer to have a Vegas Residency with a salary of $15 million dollars per year seems like the kind of offer a pop star and mother of two with enough money already for several timelines would accept, with the album itself being more of an afterthought.
Britney was originally slated to remain on the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for two years but ultimately extended her run for another two years, before finally touring overseas (without an album attached to the performances) during 2017 and 2018.
Because of the lack of promotion, Britney Jean underperformed when compared to Miss Spears’ previous releases, with estimated worldwide sales (as of April 2018) being close to 1.3 million copies, less than a third of Femme Fatale’s sales.
Truth be told, BJ flopped hard… HOWEVER, not everything would have turned out that terrible (not even in a million years it would have sold as much a FF but at least the downfall could have been smaller) with some actual promotion and interest from Brit herself.


BJ is, in my opinion, a compilation of the era, the resume of “in the previous episode of” that you get on serialized TV shows, a farewell to the bombastic era of synth-heavy EDM club anthems with gratuitous drops and interchangeable lyrics. During the genre’s opus, some performers tried to bend this sound (and their equivalents) to their benefit, either mixing it with their style or playing with the boundaries of the sound: it could be a Taylor Swift doing a We Are Never Getting Back Together to get a broad crossover hit, a Lady Gaga mixing multiple genres to create a sonically complex pastiche called Born This Way, or even straight-up jumping almost seamlessly from rap/R&B to club bangers like Nicki Minaj did in Roman Reloaded. Britney in Britney Jean did almost the opposite of that.
Britney Jean is, in some ways, a time capsule of the era in its rawest and purest form (some might differ and replace those buzzwords with generic and bland), with the average user being able to trace mostly any track to a style, influence, sub-genre or even performer. Listening to BJ is like watching a 70s movie in VHS in an old, square TV, basically an unintentional period piece that reflects the volatile, bombastic and extravagant style of those golden years of 2008-2013, which, within the mindset of Britney Jean sounds kinda tired and bland, surprising no one when that branch of pop went back into obscurity and irrelevance almost as fast as grunge music did when Kurt Cobain died.
Britney Jean came up in a time of transition of popular music, with streaming showing the kind of power it had on the charts and more subdued, minimalistic music taking the world by storm. Popular music, as you might already noticed, evolved into a slower, more melodic, calculated, numb, almost anticlimatic entity which was more fitting with our current social and political climate. To paraphrase Todd in the Shadows: 2013 had a hit literally called Happy and 2018 had both a hit called SAD! and another called Happier with a video about a dog that dies.
In terms of Britneyology (both the study of Britney Spears and the religion dedicated to her persona), BJ is also a glimpse into Britney the full-fledged artist. Britney has never been the kind of performer that gets heavily involved into her music, with Britney’s role being generally limited to the choice of songs, sequencing, development of sounds and themes with her assigned team of writers and producers, and performing of course; sometimes Britney gets involved into the heavier portions of her music (the classic Everytime is a great example of it) but most of the time she remains quite anonymous, with her voice and choice being overwritten by the men on charge, something that became quite apparent during and after the Dark Ages (2004-2008) with the cancelling of the legendary Original Doll, her lack of songwriting credits in both Blackout and Circus, and her much-criticized anonymity in Femme Fatale.
BJ was Britney deciding who does want to work with, what does she wants to sing and even how to equilibrate her musical and visual persona. Britney has always being in control of how is she portrayed on official media, most famously rejecting an animated concept for the video of …Baby One More Time in favor of a Lolita-inspired take on catholic school girls, and then the slow process from jailbait to grownup woman. During the post-production of the Work Bitch video, she clashed with director Ben Mor over the kind of content the video should show, as she was a mother in her 30s now instead of an unreachable male gaze fantasy.
With BJ, the Legendary Miss Britney Spears showed us how much she has changed since that controversial 2003/2004 period (the last time she was that involved with an album) in which she received the Kiss of Death from Madonna, suffered her infamous accident and, of course, married twice in a calendar year. This new Britney was a much-different person, and her voice deserved to be heard, and even if the results weren’t the greatest, it was a step into the right director for Britney to get what she always wanted: being a full-fledged artist capable of taking her own decisions and learning from her mistakes.


Coincidentally in 2014 most of the ambassadors of the dominant pop sound of the early 10s were either taking a musical break, flopping or changing lanes, so that year paved the way for the transition of what do we define as popular music, with the winners of the evolution race being trap (Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen), meme music from awful people (Bobby Shmurda’s Hot Nathans) or untalented losers (T-Wayne’s Nasty Freestyle, Silentó’s Watch Me), trop pop (OMI’s Cheerleader, Justin Bieber’s entire Purpose era) or whatever outlier track dared to pass through those filters.
What happened afterwards is a horror story most of popheads tells in fire camps a la Are You Afraid of the Dark?


Glory , the follow-up Britney Jean, received very positives reviews and was considered a strong return-to-form for Britney, and even if it wasn’t as successful as her label might have wanted, the truth is that, at the end of the day, whatever Britney decides to do next (and considering the direction she seems to be taking) it can be as underwhelming as Britney Jean.

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2018.08.22 08:44 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: popheads top posts from 2017-08-21 to 2018-08-21 03:26 PDT

Period: 364.52 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 96641
Rate (per day) 2.74 264.31
Unique Redditors 444 9635
Combined Score 358413 2444377

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 13704 points, 40 submissions: impeccabletim
    1. [FRESH] Taylor Swift - Gorgeous (985 points, 761 comments)
    2. [FRESH VIDEO] Camila Cabello - Havana (feat. Young Thug) (825 points, 254 comments)
    3. [FRESH VIDEO] Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut to the Feeling (616 points, 135 comments)
    4. Demi Lovato releases official statement and is now focusing on sobriety & healing (592 points, 41 comments)
    5. Robyn - Missing U (435 points, 100 comments)
    6. Allie X thanks popheads for her 2017 Album of the Year write up by u/bwc222 (432 points, 50 comments)
    7. [FRESH] Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss (429 points, 99 comments)
    8. [FRESH VIDEO] Katy Perry - Swish Swish (feat. Nicki Minaj) (424 points, 268 comments)
    9. [FRESH] Eminem - Walk On Water (feat. Beyonce) (415 points, 290 comments)
    10. [FRESH] Lorde - Homemade Dynamite Remix (feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA) (392 points, 155 comments)
  2. 13636 points, 42 submissions: Me-Luigi
    1. Nicki Minaj's 'Queen' Rollout Reeks Of Desperation And Hypocrisy (791 points, 370 comments)
    2. Spotify Now Displays Songwriter Credits (632 points, 66 comments)
    3. YouTube just added songwriter, label and publisher credits to millions of songs (574 points, 48 comments)
    4. [FRESH] Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li (483 points, 62 comments)
    5. Beyonce confirmed for The Lion King 2019 (445 points, 83 comments)
    6. Rita Ora called for a minute of silence at 538 Koningsdag before performing Lonely Together for the first time since Avicii passed (442 points, 2 comments)
    7. Nicki Minaj tweets and deletes “3”, continuing the countdown she started yesterday (420 points, 53 comments)
    8. BloodPop hints that a collaboration between Lady Gaga and SOPHIE is happening (410 points, 92 comments)
    9. "I Like It" reaches #1 in the US (395 points, 211 comments)
    10. Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande - Bed (393 points, 149 comments)
  3. 7264 points, 22 submissions: sapphire1921
    1. American Idiot by Green Day hits UK charts ahead of Trump visit. (786 points, 108 comments)
    2. ABBA to release new music for first time in 35 years!! (2 new songs) (684 points, 75 comments)
    3. Lady Gaga makes history as the first female performer to headline Wrigley field (sold out, 41k) (556 points, 44 comments)
    4. All of Australia will be singing 'Untouched' by The Veronica's at once (August 4, yes it's a legit event) (449 points, 39 comments)
    5. Joanne World Tour is officially the highest grossing female tour of 2017 (75.6M so far) (385 points, 43 comments)
    6. Carly Rae spills more details on 'CRJ4' (New Yorker Festival) (327 points, 54 comments)
    7. Dua Lipa looks set to record the next Bond Theme. (Ed Sheeran & Jessie J also in the running) (320 points, 127 comments)
    8. Lorde's 'Supercut' will be sent to Australian radio this week (new single) (311 points, 31 comments)
    9. All Aboooard!!!... Carly Jepsen to perform on cruise ship (win tickets) (308 points, 77 comments)
    10. Carly has already written 75 songs for the new album, and held multiple listening parties. (Japan Radio) (305 points, 94 comments)
  4. 6623 points, 16 submissions: shabuluba
    1. Publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit. (1347 points, 121 comments)
    2. HDD: Ariana Grande will drop the first single from her next album on April 27 (666 points, 128 comments)
    3. Spotify will no longer feature R. Kelly's music in editorial or algorithmic playlists (641 points, 179 comments)
    4. Hayley Williams on Mental Health: 'I Didn't Laugh For a Long Time' (457 points, 21 comments)
    5. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer [Trailer] (387 points, 63 comments)
    6. Coachella's first weekend will be streamed live on YouTube again. 74 artists, including Beyoncé, confirmed so far. (381 points, 25 comments)
    7. Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for 'DAMN.' (348 points, 45 comments)
    8. Rihanna plans to make a reggae album (301 points, 54 comments)
    9. [ARTICLE] How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice: After hiding behind an alter ego for years, the pop star is ready to step into a more authentic self with “Dirty Computer.” (293 points, 41 comments)
    10. [FRESH] Janelle Monáe - Make Me Feel (291 points, 15 comments)
  5. 6450 points, 16 submissions: claudiolemos
    1. Lorde: “In the next 5 years I want to entirely do a record, everything. Write it completely myself, produce it.” (1041 points, 202 comments)
    2. Carly Rae Jepsen registered a new single called "Play It On Repeat". Probably being released after Dec 8 performance on Jimmy Kimmel. (605 points, 62 comments)
    3. Taylor is on the cover of TIME's Person of The Year: The Silence Breakers (482 points, 170 comments)
    4. BTS Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Love Yourself: Tear' (475 points, 141 comments)
    5. ...Ready For It? MV coming Thursday (429 points, 253 comments)
    6. The Yodeling Walmart kid will perform at Coachella alongside Post Malone (406 points, 83 comments)
    7. [DISCUSSION] Kim Petras on Dr. Luke: "I would like my fans to know that I wouldn’t work with somebody I believe to be an abuser of women" (368 points, 233 comments)
    8. Dua Lipa is the SNL musical guest on February 3 (360 points, 63 comments)
    9. Charli XCX - 5 In The Morning (354 points, 41 comments)
    10. Christina Aguilera just changed her social media layout. New era incoming! (335 points, 63 comments)
  6. 5949 points, 19 submissions: ThereIsNoSantaClaus
    1. Childish Gambino - This is America (681 points, 141 comments)
    2. Cardi B 'Moves' to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 With 'Bodak Yellow', Post Malone Debuts at No. 2 With 'Rockstar' (554 points, 441 comments)
    3. Owl City will be joining us for an AMA on June 1st! (444 points, 136 comments)
    4. [FRESH VIDEO] Troye Sivan - My My My (389 points, 184 comments)
    5. Kanye West has returned to Twitter and is currently removing his entire tweet history. (346 points, 83 comments)
    6. new Cupcakke album 'Ephorize' coming January 5th (310 points, 68 comments)
    7. Tom Petty Found Unconscious in Full Cardiac Arrest (304 points, 29 comments)
    8. Radiohead's publishers say no lawsuit has been issued against Lana Del Rey and that they never asked for 100% of the publishing, only to be credited as writers. (301 points, 106 comments)
    9. AMA Announcement: MØ will be joining us tomorrow at 1PM EST!! (292 points, 41 comments)
    10. Kanye West & Kid Cudi - Kids See Ghosts (282 points, 100 comments)
  7. 5427 points, 11 submissions: JunkyGS
    1. [Fresh] Lorde - Run Away With Me (Carly Rae Jepsen Cover) (1529 points, 196 comments)
    2. Pitchfork: Nicki Minaj, 6ix9ine, and the Alarming Normalization of Predatory Behavior (737 points, 176 comments)
    3. Rihanna calls Snapchat out on Posting an Ad that Jokes about Domestic Abuse (698 points, 118 comments)
    4. Aretha Franklin Reportedly in “Gravely ill” Condition (559 points, 28 comments)
    5. Kendrick Lamar Can’t get a Pass for Supporting XXXtentacion (472 points, 117 comments)
    6. Kelly Clarkson Gave Up Millions in Royalities Because She Did Not Want Her Name Next to Dr. Luke's (370 points, 52 comments)
    7. [Discussion] When Did Feminism Become a Job Requirement for Female Pop Stars? (247 points, 115 comments)
    8. Bon Iver Rants about Grammy and Defends Lorde (211 points, 50 comments)
    9. All 3 of Reputation’s Singles make the Top 5 of Biggest Drop Offs in Spins in Pop Radio History (204 points, 176 comments)
    10. Lily Allen Embraces Her Spiral: “I’m sure this album will be a commercial disaster” (203 points, 14 comments)
  8. 4925 points, 12 submissions: mokitsu
    1. Lorde and her family receive a Diamond plaque for "Royals" (1009 points, 72 comments)
    2. [DISCUSSION] Melanie Martinez is being accused of rape.... (875 points, 500 comments)
    3. Carly changes IG bio - "When you move it's like a disco darling" - possible hint? (734 points, 109 comments)
    4. VMAs ratings sink: almost 50% of viewers gone in three years, down by more than a million from last year! (310 points, 101 comments)
    5. Complex reveals Kendrick and The Weeknd will have a collab on the Black Panther soundtrack (307 points, 23 comments)
    6. Nicki Minaj confirms collaboration with Cardi B and Migos (278 points, 77 comments)
    7. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee becomes the first latin song to be certified diamond (257 points, 49 comments)
    8. [ARTICLE] Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers (248 points, 127 comments)
    9. [ARTICLE] Bjork Speaks Up About Sexual Harassment Experience (231 points, 27 comments)
    10. Beyonce becomes the first woman to have three albums with over 1 Billion streams on Spotify (227 points, 33 comments)
  9. 4468 points, 16 submissions: Piccprincess
    1. [DISCUSSION] It's official. "Look What You Made Me Do" just broke Adele's record for most views in the first 24 hours on a YouTube video. (650 points, 293 comments)
    2. 2017 Album of the Year #32: Taylor Swift - reputation (331 points, 83 comments)
    3. Calls To National Suicide Prevention Line Tripled After Logic's Grammy Performance (315 points, 26 comments)
    4. Charli teases release of new song on instagram (310 points, 20 comments)
    5. Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour Opening Night (308 points, 386 comments)
    6. Kesha's tour has completely sold out! (280 points, 34 comments)
    7. LWYMMD breaks Hello's record for fastest Vevo certified music video (100 million views) (273 points, 53 comments)
    8. Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show won an Emmy! (269 points, 36 comments)
    9. DJ who groped Taylor Swift gets new job in country radio under a pen name (241 points, 65 comments)
    10. Fake Happy is Paramore's next single (236 points, 34 comments)
  10. 4455 points, 2 submissions: GoWestYoungKanye
    1. Lorde isn't performing at the Grammys because she wasn't allowed to perform by herself, while all of her male AotY counterparts were offered solo spots (Variety) (2454 points, 316 comments)
    2. you can predict whether a year was good based on whether or not pitbull charted in the top 40 with a song not with lil jon that year (2001 points, 123 comments)
  11. 4348 points, 10 submissions: swiftawaywithme
    1. [FRESH VIDEO] Taylor Swift - Delicate (804 points, 487 comments)
    2. Taylor Swift announces Camila Cabello and Charli XCX to be the opening acts on the reputation Stadium Tour (752 points, 170 comments)
    3. [FRESH VIDEO] Dua Lipa - IDGAF (610 points, 156 comments)
    4. [FRESH VIDEO] Taylor Swift - End Game (feat. Ed Sheeran & Future) (573 points, 314 comments)
    5. Homemade Dynamite Remix ft. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA tomorrow! (375 points, 128 comments)
    6. Drake Claims 7 of Hot 100's Top 10, Breaking the Beatles' Record, As 'Nice For What' Returns to No. 1 For Eighth Week (332 points, 272 comments)
    7. [FRESH PERFORMANCE] Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It? (Live on SNL) (266 points, 137 comments)
    8. Drake Dethrones Drake Atop Billboard Hot 100 as 'In My Feelings' Replaces 'Nice for What' at No. 1 (228 points, 145 comments)
    9. Never Be The Same video this Thursday (216 points, 34 comments)
    10. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin's 'I Like It' Vying for No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Next Week (192 points, 91 comments)
  12. 4195 points, 10 submissions: MashLuke
    1. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES (588 points, 256 comments)
    2. [FRESH ALBUM] Charli XCX - Pop 2 (577 points, 207 comments)
    3. Lorde's album 'Melodrama' was actually hung in the Louvre (569 points, 66 comments)
    4. American Boy by Estelle featuring Kanye West came out 10 years ago! (510 points, 63 comments)
    5. [FRESH] Rita Ora ft. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX - Girls (452 points, 193 comments)
    6. 2192 women sign an open letter against abuse in the Swedish music industry. Zara Larsson, Robyn and Tove Lo are a few of the women who have signed. (413 points, 86 comments)
    7. popheads_irl (336 points, 26 comments)
    8. [DISCUSSION] Zedd released "Clarity" 5 years ago! (277 points, 58 comments)
    9. [FRESH ALBUM] Kali Uchis - Isolation (240 points, 66 comments)
    10. [DISCUSSION] Charli XCX might be directing a music video with a similar concept to "Boys" for Rita Ora's upcoming song, "Girls" (233 points, 41 comments)
  13. 3501 points, 11 submissions: VodkaInsipido
    1. Tyler the Creator says he is making a pop album next. (537 points, 40 comments)
    2. So ummm... NICK JONAS COMMENTED IN OUR SUB FOR GQ. (363 points, 94 comments)
    3. Kim Kardashian confirms Kanye West rapped for a terminally ill fan before their death. (362 points, 84 comments)
    4. Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean/Kanye West might be in the studio together. (338 points, 36 comments)
    5. [FRESH] The Popheads Magazine, Issue 1. (320 points, 71 comments)
    6. Björk's label speaks up about the physical abuse she received from Lars Von Trier. (318 points, 19 comments)
    7. Nicki Minaj had to convince Kanye West to keep Monster on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (315 points, 103 comments)
    8. I listened for the first time, rated and ranked all of Madonna's 13 studio albums: here are my thoughts on them. (286 points, 74 comments)
    9. Robyn says her new album will come out 'some time this year'. (234 points, 33 comments)
    10. Janet Jackson opens show with video denouncing white supremacy and domestic terrorism. (228 points, 37 comments)
  14. 3268 points, 8 submissions: schoolboy43
    1. Camera man behind Beyoncé's Coachella performance: "She's the hardest working artist I think that I've ever seen" (634 points, 82 comments)
    2. This is 17-year-old Avicii in 2007 asking people in a forum if they liked his music. This one hurts. (619 points, 23 comments)
    3. The Guardian gives Beyoncé's Coachella performance 5 stars: "Beyoncé is in a league of her own. She is the greatest of a generation." (512 points, 210 comments)
    4. Despacito (with 5B views) has been removed from YouTube by hackers (449 points, 95 comments)
    5. [THROWBACK] Britney Spears' iconic 2000 VMA performance has been posted in HD on YouTube. (390 points, 70 comments)
    6. Ariana Grande's manager confirms new music this Friday (264 points, 40 comments)
    7. Troye Sivan - Dance to This ft. Ariana Grande will be a mellow dance track. (205 points, 17 comments)
    8. Ariana Grande updates her social media (195 points, 14 comments)
  15. 3184 points, 5 submissions: InfernalSolstice
    1. For every upvote this gets, Shape of You drops 1 spot on the All-Time Billboard charts (1793 points, 43 comments)
    2. Ariana Grande - The Light is Coming (feat. Nicki Minaj) (491 points, 624 comments)
    3. Troye Sivan - Dance for This (feat. Ariana Grande) (433 points, 233 comments)
    4. Justin Timberlake & Janet Jackson To Headline 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show (246 points, 51 comments)
    5. Jordan Feldstein, Maroon 5 Manager, Dies at 40 (221 points, 39 comments)
  16. 3035 points, 1 submission: Zalbu
    1. Swedish DJ Avicii Dead at 28 (3035 points, 335 comments)
  17. 3025 points, 2 submissions: adamsandleryabish
    1. Demi Lovato Suffers Heroin Overdose, Transported to Hospital (2326 points, 559 comments)
    2. Demi Lovato Has Agreed to Go to Rehab (699 points, 93 comments)
  18. 2913 points, 9 submissions: ThatParanoidPenguin
    1. 2017 Album of the Year #4: Lorde - Melodrama (452 points, 41 comments)
    2. [FRESH] Drake - Carly Rae Jepsen's Plan (423 points, 10 comments)
    3. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek took "many, many" Nashville trips to get Taylor Swift back (415 points, 92 comments)
    4. [FRESH VIDEO] LORDE - SUPERCUT (411 points, 11 comments)
    5. Spotify Launches Tool That Shows How Many Female Artists You Listen To (290 points, 172 comments)
    6. Lorde covered St. Vincent's New York with Jack Antonoff at her show today in Brooklyn (273 points, 48 comments)
    7. After accusations of mistreatment, Jeremih is removed from his own tour, opener Teyana Taylor now headlining (250 points, 63 comments)
    8. posts going by so fast no one will see im straight (206 points, 16 comments)
    9. What happened to chart-dominating indie pop? (193 points, 62 comments)
  19. 2858 points, 8 submissions: angusaditus
    1. [FRESH] Taylor Swift - ...Ready for it? (925 points, 748 comments)
    2. Camila Cabello’s Havana is Number 1 in the UK (389 points, 77 comments)
    3. Camila Cabello's debut album "Camila" comes out Jan 14, 2018 (366 points, 133 comments)
    4. [FRESH] Camila Cabello - Real Friends (294 points, 112 comments)
    5. Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' Headed for No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Next Week (256 points, 90 comments)
    6. Hot 100 update: Havana at #2, Gucci Gang at #7 (225 points, 185 comments)
    7. Ariana Grande to appear on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show tuesday May 1st (206 points, 38 comments)
    8. [FRESH ALBUM] Aly & AJ - Ten Years EP (197 points, 19 comments)
  20. 2850 points, 9 submissions: thatgreekguyraul
    1. After two years, I finally listened to Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen. Why didn't this work of art receive more attention? (453 points, 118 comments)
    2. Ariana Grande’s “The Light Is Coming” samples a 2009 Pennsylvania town hall meeting where a man shouts, “You wouldn’t let anybody speak!” at Senator Arlen Specter. (378 points, 148 comments)
    3. Ariana Grande teases the letters 'r.e.m.' upside down on Twitter, possibly a new single or album name. (353 points, 72 comments)
    4. Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman website taken down, rumors circulating that she will release a new song tonight (337 points, 53 comments)
    5. Camila Cabello's 'Havana' music video has reached over 8.3 million views in less than 24 hours. (329 points, 131 comments)
    6. After a long wait, New Rules by Dua Lipa has officially climbed into the Top 3 on Spotify's Global Top 50 chart (305 points, 62 comments)
    7. Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande photographed hanging out together, rumors of a collaboration circulating (252 points, 55 comments)
    8. 15 years ago today, Beyoncé released her iconic critically acclaimed hit "Crazy In Love" (245 points, 41 comments)
    9. Cardi B Holds Atop Billboard Hot 100 With 'Bodak Yellow,' Demi Lovato Hits Top 10 (198 points, 151 comments)
  21. 2739 points, 9 submissions: omrimayo
    1. LSD -Genius Ft. Sia, Diplo and Labrinth (447 points, 79 comments)
    2. Demi Lovato - Sober (393 points, 121 comments)
    3. Adele is coming -- working hard on her next album! (368 points, 125 comments)
    4. HDD FINAL: Travis 223k; Nicki 190k!!! (307 points, 101 comments)
    5. HDD FINAL NUMBERS: 5SOS #1 140k, THE CARTERS #2 125K. (298 points, 197 comments)
    6. Florence and the Machine - Big God (259 points, 42 comments)
    7. Dua Lipa teasing her new single "Electricity", the collaboration with Silk City - soon enough! (231 points, 22 comments)
    8. SOPHIE - “Is It Cold in the Water?” Named Best New Track on Pitchfork! (227 points, 34 comments)
    9. Pharrell Williams & Camila Cabello - "Sangria Wine" (209 points, 96 comments)
  22. 2684 points, 6 submissions: potrap
    1. Selena Gomez has had a kidney transplant as a result of her lupus (1341 points, 118 comments)
    2. Atlantic Records (one of Charli XCX's labels) Under Fire for Allegedly Calling Albums 'Mixtapes' to Avoid Properly Paying Producers (356 points, 35 comments)
    3. Atlantic Records' "5 In The Morning" press release states: "Charli XCX has been working solidly in the studio over the past months, the fruit of which will be rolled out over the summer with a series of releases." [full text inside] (295 points, 49 comments)
    4. SZA is "making an album" with Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker (250 points, 40 comments)
    5. Lady Gaga is back in the studio (235 points, 37 comments)
    6. 12 artists (and Britney) celebrate 10 years of Blackout. (includes Charli XCX, Julia Michaels, Tinashe, and HAIM) (207 points, 50 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. sapphire1921 (24470 points, 1275 comments)
  2. Piccprincess (20859 points, 436 comments)
  3. joshually (20533 points, 586 comments)
  4. ThatParanoidPenguin (20405 points, 284 comments)
  5. animefangrant62 (19458 points, 415 comments)
  6. thegeecyproject (17234 points, 259 comments)
  7. potrap (14932 points, 420 comments)
  8. Number3rdInTheVoting (14315 points, 310 comments)
  9. shy247er (14182 points, 314 comments)
  10. BrokenGlassSparkling (13444 points, 314 comments)
  11. LittlestCandle (13435 points, 481 comments)
  12. impeccabletim (13300 points, 314 comments)
  13. wonderbitch26 (13262 points, 192 comments)
  14. easykhoa (13039 points, 216 comments)
  15. Daydream_machine (12960 points, 207 comments)
  16. Ghost-Quartet (12471 points, 329 comments)
  17. KLJohnnes (12465 points, 340 comments)
  18. 137288 (11508 points, 408 comments)
  19. currentlyquang (11506 points, 443 comments)
  20. WhatAGayTwist (11346 points, 512 comments)
  21. Nerdy_boy_chris (11335 points, 248 comments)
  22. JustinJSrisuk (11217 points, 351 comments)
  23. axestogrind (11189 points, 146 comments)
  24. amumumyspiritanimal (11136 points, 405 comments)
  25. InfernalSolstice (10873 points, 279 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Swedish DJ Avicii Dead at 28 by Zalbu (3035 points, 335 comments)
  2. Lorde isn't performing at the Grammys because she wasn't allowed to perform by herself, while all of her male AotY counterparts were offered solo spots (Variety) by GoWestYoungKanye (2454 points, 316 comments)
  3. Demi Lovato Suffers Heroin Overdose, Transported to Hospital by adamsandleryabish (2326 points, 559 comments)
  4. Is almost everyone on this sub gay? by igottaaskyo (2189 points, 2 comments)
  5. you can predict whether a year was good based on whether or not pitbull charted in the top 40 with a song not with lil jon that year by GoWestYoungKanye (2001 points, 123 comments)
  6. For every upvote this gets, Shape of You drops 1 spot on the All-Time Billboard charts by InfernalSolstice (1793 points, 43 comments)
  7. Literally just a picture of Lorde by Piesnberg (1642 points, 35 comments)
  8. [FRESH VIDEO] Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do by Cryomatic (1590 points, 945 comments)
  9. [Fresh] Lorde - Run Away With Me (Carly Rae Jepsen Cover) by JunkyGS (1529 points, 196 comments)
  10. [FRESH] Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do by PopheadsBot (1473 points, 2402 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 1443 points: okaiokaiokaiokaiokai's comment in [FRESH] Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
  2. 1403 points: BrokenGlassSparkling's comment in Lorde isn't performing at the Grammys because she wasn't allowed to perform by herself, while all of her male AotY counterparts were offered solo spots (Variety)
  3. 1278 points: 7mad's comment in [FRESH] Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
  4. 1025 points: pblack177's comment in Demi Lovato Suffers Heroin Overdose, Transported to Hospital
  5. 988 points: McBawse's comment in [FRESH VIDEO] Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
  6. 941 points: VincentOfGallifrey's comment in Swedish DJ Avicii Dead at 28
  7. 916 points: wonderbitch26's comment in Lorde: “In the next 5 years I want to entirely do a record, everything. Write it completely myself, produce it.”
  8. 892 points: JunkyGS's comment in [Fresh] Lorde - Run Away With Me (Carly Rae Jepsen Cover)
  9. 871 points: omgcow's comment in [DISCUSSION] Melanie Martinez is being accused of rape....
  10. 865 points: Lemonasta's comment in [FRESH] Taylor Swift - ...Ready for it?
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2018.07.28 01:00 autobuzzfeedbot 37 Celebrity Facts That'll Change Your World View

  1. Google Images was created after Jennifer Lopez wore that infamous dress at the 2000 Grammys.
  2. And YouTube would never exist if it weren't for Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl.
  3. Leighton Meester was born in jail.
  4. Ellen DeGeneres is distantly related to Kate Middleton.
  5. Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank would be the same age as Barbara Walters if they were still alive today.
  6. Before their huge falling out, Katy Perry used to carry a lock of Taylor Swift’s hair around in her bag.
  7. Khloé Kardashian suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2001 after a car accident in which she went through the windscreen. She still suffers long-term memory loss as a result.
  8. Justin Timberlake’s mom became Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian when they were 12.
  9. Woody Harrelson's father, Charles Harrelson, was a hitman who was charged with multiple murders.
  10. Bryan Cranston was once a suspect in a murder investigation.
  11. Steve Buscemi was a firefighter with the FDNY as a teenager and returned to help with the aftermath of 9/11.
  12. Leonardo DiCaprio's first name was decided when his mother was pregnant, looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a gallery in Florence, and he kicked for the first time.
  13. Ryan Gosling was almost in the Backstreet Boys.
  14. Beyoncé cried backstage after Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs in 2009.
  15. And Taylor Swift has a framed photograph of the incident in her Nashville home, with a handwritten caption reading: “Life is full of little interruptions.”
  16. The link between the Kardashians and OJ Simpson is well known but in a weird twist of fate, Kim Kardashian made her TV debut on the same day he carried out an armed robbery which led to a 33 year prison sentence.
  17. And Kendall Jenner's middle name is Nicole, after Nicole Brown Simpson – who, until her murder, was Kris Jenner's best friend.
  18. Benedict Cumberbatch was abducted by six men with guns while filming a show in South Africa in 2005.
  19. Nicolas Cage’s actual name is Nicolas Kim Coppola. He chose his stage name based on his favourite comic book character, Luke Cage.
  20. Barack Obama, Martin Luther King and Hillary Clinton have all won more Grammys than Katy Perry.
  21. Whitney Houston produced The Princess Diaries.
  22. Kim Kardashian was just two months away from giving birth to North West when her divorce from Kris Humphries was granted. Had it not been finalised by the time she gave birth, Kris would have been the presumed legal father, and Kanye West wouldn’t have been able to issue a voluntary declaration of paternity either.
  23. Beyoncé was the first choice to play Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, but she lost the role because she refused to audition.
  24. Ariana Grande always wears her hair in a ponytail because it's permanently damaged from the years of dyeing required for her roles on Nickelodeon.
  25. Emily Blunt had a stutter in childhood so debilitating that she couldn’t hold any conversation. It was only cured by acting.
  26. Kesha once broke into Prince's house to plant her demo tape in the hopes of cracking the music industry.
  27. Rebel Wilson became an actor after contracting malaria and hallucinating that she’d won an Oscar.
  28. Megan Mullally was fired from a role in Finding Nemo because she refused to use the high-pitched voice she used for her Will and Grace character, Karen Walker.
  29. Sarah Jessica Parker was the only one of the four main characters in Sex and the City not to get naked during the show, because she had a no-nudity clause in her contract.
  30. Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe in Friends, but she turned it down.
  31. Harry Styles very nearly didn’t make his X Factor audition because he was hospitalised after coughing up blood.
  32. Emma Stone attributes her trademark husky voice to having colic as a baby.
  33. Oh, and she's also a natural blonde.
  34. Taylor Swift is the the first and only artist in history to win both Best Pop Album and Best Country Album at the Grammys.
  35. Mark Wahlberg and Seth McFarlane were supposed to be on the aeroplane which hit the North Tower on 9/11.
  36. Prior to his death, Robin Williams had a stipulation in his contract that for any movie or event he did, the company hiring him also hire a certain number of homeless people and put them in work.
  37. And, finally, Michael Jackson approached J K Rowling to turn the Harry Potter books into a musical. She turned him down because she didn’t think it’d be successful.
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2018.03.28 22:45 tfulto List of Likely/Possibly/Impossible artists for FYF 2018

I thought it would be good to have a list of artists and their possibility of being at the fest this year, because I like lists and thought it'd be helpful to keep things all in one place. Also hopefully it could generate some discussion too! I had some free time so I jotted down every artist mentioned on this sub for FYF 2018 and did a little research into their tour dates to determine the probability that they'd be at FYF. I broke it into a few categories: Confirmed, Likely, Possible, Long shot, Likely out and Out. Feel free to correct me if I've missed something or suggest other artists and I can add them.
FYF takes place on July 21-22, 2018
Edit 4/2/18: I've put artists that ended up on the lineup in bold, as well as added a section of who we failed to predict.
Who we missed (21 artists):
So here goes:
Likely (6/13 artists made the lineup)
These artists have no LA date on their upcoming tour May through September, will be in the area within a few days of the fest, and have an opening on the weekend of 7/21-22. My guess is that most of these will make the lineup.
Possible (7/38 artists made the lineup)
These artists have no LA date on their upcoming tour May through September, and have the entire weekend of 7/21-22 free, but might not necessarily be in the area based on their tour dates. I'm guessing 1/3 of these will make the lineup.
Long shot (7/81 acts made the lineup)
These artists have no LA date on their upcoming tour May through September but are either across the country/continent within a week of FYF or have no US dates announced, or are on a touring hiatus (meaning they currently have no dates announced). A few of these might make the lineup.
Likely out (4/53 artists made the lineup)
These artists have at least one LA date on their upcoming tour through September, or have two LA dates in 2018. The other instance is that they only have one day of the weekend free, making them have to travel across the country in only one day. I'd say maybe only 1 or 2 of these could make the lineup.
Definitely out (0/20 artists made the lineup)
These artists are booked throughout or playing out of the continent on FYF weekend.
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2017.05.08 18:03 Dictarium [DISCUSSION] My Pop Essential Albums List: Version 2

A True Pop Essentials List, Version 2
The last time I made one of these was about a year ago and I did it in 2 days because of a spontaneous conversation I had with theallrightgatsby. This time, I've taken around three weeks spread out over a few months, and put more thought into it as well.
I've done my best to compile a list of albums that, if you listen to front-to-back, will give you a perfectly crisp view of what pop music is, what it was, and what it could be in the future (though, as you'll see with the drastic change that's happened throughout the course of pop history, this is very difficult to predict).
There are 179 albums here. For artists who are sufficiently important but don't have a solid album-length body of work, a "Greatest Hits" record has been used. Hyperlinked to every decade header, you'll find a collage of all the albums in that decade for your bookmarking purposes if you'd rather view them like that.
Every album here, in my opinion, meets one or more of four criteria:
  1. Too popular to ignore (e.g. Nevermind)
  2. Incredibly influential (e.g. The Man-Machine)
  3. Incredibly high-quality pop album (e.g. Make It Big)
  4. High-quality album exemplary of a pop sub-genre that deserves recognition (e.g. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket)
One last note, I think it's silly to call an album that isn't even 3 years old "essential". For this reason, my list only goes up to 2014. Carly stans will have to wait a year before she is up for her first ballot.
Before I talk anymore, let's get to the albums themselves.


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
1948 Rosemary Clooney Essential Rosemary Clooney traditional pop & big band "Mambo Italiano"
1954 Nat "King" Cole Unforgettable traditional pop & jazz "Answer Me, My Love"
1955 Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours blues "Mood Indigo"
1956 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley rock'n'roll & blues "Blue Suede Shoes"
1957 Ray Charles Ray Charles blues & jazz "I've Got A Woman"
1958 Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me traditional pop & big band "Come Fly With Me"
1959 Chuck Berry Berry Is On Top rock'n'roll "Johnny B. Goode"
1978 Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits country "Hey, Good Lookin
1988 Perry Como All Time Greatest Hits traditional pop "Magic Moments"
2003 Patti Page The Millennium Collection traditional pop & country "Tennessee Waltz"


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
1960 Elvis Presley Elvis is Back! rock'n'roll & blues "The Girl Next Door Went A' Walking"
1962 Peter, Paul & Mary Peter, Paul & Mary folk "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"
1962 The Four Seasons Sherry & 11 Other Hits traditional pop & pop rock "Big Girls Don't Cry"
1962 Bobby Vinton The Best of Bobby Vinton traditional pop "Mr. Lonely"
1963 The Beatles With the Beatles rock'n'roll "All My Loving"
1963 The Beach Boys Surfin' USA surf rock "Surfin' USA"
1964 The Ronettes Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes baroque pop & traditional pop "Be My Baby"
1964 The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go r&b & soul "Baby Love"
1964 Johnny Cash I Walk the Line country "Folsom Prison Blues"
1965 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited folk & blues "Tombstone Blues"
1965 The Rolling Stones Out of Our Heads r&b & rock'n'roll "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
1965 Otis Redding Otis Blue soul "Change Gonna Come"
1966 The Beatles Revolver psych rock & pop rock "Yellow Submarine"
1966 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds surf rock & baroque pop "God Only Knows"
1966 The Supremes The Supremes A' Go-Go doo-wop & soul "You Can't Hurry Love"
1967 The Temptations With a Lot o' Soul soul "All I Need"
1967 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band psych rock & baroque pop "With A Little Help From My Friends"
1967 Love Forever Changes psych rock & psych pop "Alone Again Or"
1967 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? psych rock "Purple Haze"
1967 Marvin Gaye & Tami Tarrell United soul "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
1967 Loretta Lynn Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' country "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'"
1967 Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen folk "Suzanne"
1968 Sly & The Family Stone Dance to the Music funk & soul "Dance to the Music"
1968 The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo country rock "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
1969 The Beatles Abbey Road classic rock & pop rock "Something"


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
1971 The Beach Boys Surf's Up pop rock "Surf's Up"
1971 Marvin Gaye What's Going On r&b & soul "God Is Love"
1971 Sly & The Family Stone There's a Riot Goin' On funk "Family Affair"
1971 Carole King Tapestry singer-songwriter "I Feel the Earth Move"
1971 John Denver Poems, Prayers and Promises folk & singer-songwriter "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
1972 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust glam rock "Starman"
1973 Stevie Wonder Innervisions r&b & soul "Higher Ground"
1973 Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road piano rock "Bennie and the Jets"
1973 Paul McCartney and Wings Band on the Run pop rock "Band on the Run"
1975 Parliament Mothership Connection funk & soul "Give Up the Funk"
1975 Queen A Night at the Opera glam rock & hard rock "You're My Best Friend"
1976 Boston Boston arena rock "More Than a Feeling"
1976 The Eagles Hotel California classic rock & glam rock "Hotel California"
1977 Bee Gees & Various Artists Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack disco & soul "Stayin' Alive"
1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours glam folk "Dreams"
1977 Kraftwerk The Man-Machine synthpop & electronic "The Robots"
1977 David Bowie Low art rock & art pop "Sound and Vision"
1977 Elvis Costello My Aim is True retro rock & pop rock "Alison"
1977 Earth, Wind & Fire All 'N All funk "Serpentine Fire"
1978 Blondie Parallel Lines power pop "Heart of Glass"
1978 Chic C'est Chic disco "Le Freak"
1978 Various Artists Grease retro pop "You're the One That I Want"
1979 Michael Jackson Off the Wall disco "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
1979 Donna Summer Bad Girls disco "Hot Stuff"
2008 ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits disco "Dancing Queen"


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
1980 Talking Heads Remain in Light new wave & afrofunk "Houses in Motion"
1980 Diana Ross Diana pop soul "Tenderness"
1981 Olivia Newton-John Physical dance-pop "Physical"
1982 Michael Jackson Thriller synth pop "Baby Be Mine"
1982 Alabama Mountain Music pop country "Mountain Music"
1982 Duran Duran Rio new wave "Hungry Like The Wolf"
1982 Hall & Oates H20 soul & new wave "Maneater"
1982 Prince 1999 funk & synthpop "Little Red Corvette"
1982 Marvin Gaye Midnight Love r&b & soul "Sexual Healing"
1983 The Police Synchronicity reggae & new wave "Every Breath You Take"
1983 New Order Power, Corruption & Lies new wave "Age of Consent"
1983 Lionel Ritchie Can't Slow Down r&b & soul "All Night Long (All Night)"
1983 Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual teen pop "Time After Time"
1983 David Bowie Let's Dance dance-pop "Let's Dance"
1984 Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain pop rock & synthpop "Let's Go Crazy"
1984 New Edition New Edition r&b & soul "Mr. Telephone Man"
1984 Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. classic rock & pop "Dancing in the Dark"
1984 Wham! Make It Big dance-pop "Heartbeat"
1985 Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair new wave "Shout"
1985 Phil Collins No Jacket Required pop rock & dance-pop "One More Night"
1985 Kate Bush Hounds of Love art pop "Running Up That Hill"
1986 Madonna True Blue dance-pop "Papa Don't Preach"
1986 Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet hair metal "Wanted Dead or Alive"
1986 Pet Shop Boys Please dance-pop & electronic "West End Girls"
1986 The Smiths The Queen is Dead indie pop & goth rock "Frankly, Mr. Shankly"
1987 Whitney Houston Whitney synth pop "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
1987 Michael Jackson Bad hard rock & funk & soul "The Way You Make Me Feel"
1987 George Michael Faith adult-contemporary "Faith"
1987 U2 The Joshua Tree alternative rock "Where the Streets Have No Name"
1988 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper pop rap "Time to Chill"
1988 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman folk rock "Fast Car"
1989 Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 r&b & hip-hop "Black Cat"
1989 Madonna Like a Prayer electronic & pop rock "Like a Prayer"


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
1990 Whitney Houston I'm Your Baby Tonight r&b & new jack swing "I'm Your Baby Tonight"
1990 Depeche Mode Violator electropop & alt. rock "Personal Jesus"
1991 Michael Jackson Dangerous r&b & new jack swing "Black or White"
1991 Nirvana Nevermind grunge "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
1991 Pearl Jam Ten grunge "Even Flow"
1992 Dr. Dre The Chronic west coast hip-hop & gangsta rap "Nuthin But A 'G' Thang"
1993 Counting Crows August and Everything After alternative rock "Mr. Jones"
1993 Mariah Carey Music Box adult contemporary & r&b "Dreamlover"
1994 Green Day Dookie pop punk "When I Come Around"
1994 Weezer Weezer alternative rock & power pop "Buddy Holly"
1994 The Notorious BIG Ready to Die east coast hip-hop "Juicy"
1994 Boyz II Men II r&b & hip-hop pop "I'll Make Love to You"
1994 TLC CrazySexyCool r&b & hip-hop pop "Waterfall"
1995 No Doubt Tragic Kingdom ska punk "Don't Speak"
1995 Mariah Carey Daydream adult contemporary & r&b "Always Be My Baby"
1995 Alanis Morisette Jagged Little Pill alternative rock & pop rock "Hand In My Pocket"
1995 Selena Dreaming of You latin pop "Dreaming of You"
1995 Björk Post art pop "It's Oh So Quiet"
1995 Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory? britpop "Wonderwall"
1996 Spice Girls Spice teen pop & dance-pop "Wannabe"
1997 Mariah Carey Butterfly r&b & hip-hop pop "Butterfly"
1997 *NSYNC *NSYNC teen pop "I Want You Back"
1997 Janet Jackson The Velvet Rope r&b "Together Again"
1997 Shania Twain Come On Over pop country & adult contemporary "You're Still the One"
1998 Madonna Ray of Light dance-pop "Frozen"
1998 Cher Believe techno pop & synthpop "Believe"
1998 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill hip-hop & neo-soul "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
1999 Backstreet Boys Millennium teen pop "I Want It That Way"
1999 Eminem The Slim Shady LP hip-hop "My Name Is"
1999 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time teen pop "...Baby One More Time"


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
2000 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP hip-hop "Stan"
2000 Britney Spears Oops!... I Did It Again teen pop "Oops!... I Did It Again"
2000 *NSYNC No Strings Attached teen pop "It's Gonna Be Me"
2001 Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and Jacket pop punk "First Date"
2001 Kylie Minogue Fever dancepop & europop "In Your Eyes"
2001 Daft Punk Discovery house & electropop & disco "One More Time"
2002 Maroon 5 Songs about Janes pop rock "This Love"
2002 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head piano rock & britpop "Clocks"
2003 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin' pop rap & gangsta rap "In Da Club"
2003 Alicia Keys The Diary of Alicia Keys neo-soul & r&b "If I Ain't Got You"
2003 The White Stripes Elephant alternative rock "Seven Nation Army"
2004 Usher Confessions r&b "Confessions Part II"
2005 Fall Out Boy Form Under the Cork Tree pop punk & emo "Dance, Dance"
2005 Jack Johnson In Between Dreams acoustic pop "Better Together"
2005 Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine art pop & jazz pop "Better Version of Me"
2006 Fergie The Dutchess hip-hop pop & dance-pop "Fergalicious"
2006 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds dance-pop & r&b "SexyBack"
2006 My Chemical Romance The Black Parade pop punk & emo "Teenagers"
2006 John Mayer Continuum blues pop & acoustic pop "Vultures"
2006 Amy Winehouse Back to Black r&b & soul "Rehab"
2006 The Knife Silent Shout synthpop & techno "Forest Families"
2007 Kanye West Graduation pop rap "Good Life"
2007 Britney Spears Blackout dance-pop & synthpop "Gimme More"
2007 Mark Ronson Version motown & funk & pop soul "Oh My God"
2007 Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad dance-pop "Don't Stop the Music"
2007 T-Pain Epiphany pop rap "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"
2007 M.I.A. Kala world & hip-hop pop "Boyz"
2007 MGMT Oracular Spectacular electropop "Electric Feel"
2008 Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak pop r&b & synthpop "Street Lights"
2008 Beyoncé I Am... Sasha Fierce pop r&b "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"
2008 Lady Gaga The Fame dance pop & disco "Just Dance"
2008 T.I. Paper Trail southern hip-hop & pop rap Whatever You Like
2009 Rihanna Rated R r&b & hip-hop pop "Rude Boy"
2009 Lady Gaga The Fame Monster dance pop "Bad Romance"
2009 The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D hip-hop pop & EDM "I Gotta Feeling"


Year Artist Album Genre Highlight
2010 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy arena rap "Power"
2010 Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans pop r&b & soul "Just the Way You Are"
2010 Justin Bieber My World 2.0 teen pop "Baby"
2010 Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid neo-soul & r&b "Dance or Die"
2010 Ellie Goulding Lights synthpop "Lights"
2010 Katy Perry Teenage Dream teen pop "California Gurls"
2011 Adele 21 pop soul "Someone Like You"
2011 Skrillex Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP progressive house & dubstep "With You, Friends (Long Drive)"
2011 Beyoncé 4 pop r&b & soul "Countdown"
2011 Drake Take Care hip-hop & r&b "Marvin's Room"
2012 Frank Ocean Channel Orange alternative r&b "Super Rich Kids"
2012 Calvin Harris 18 Months electro house & dance-pop "Feel So Close"
2012 Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox pop r&b & soul "Young Girls"
2012 Lana Del Rey Born to Die alternative pop "Summertime Sadness"
2012 Passion Pit Gossamer indie pop & synthpop "Carried Away"
2012 Taylor Swift Red country pop "The Last Time"
2012 Beach House Bloom dream pop "On the Sea"
2013 Lorde Pure Heroine indie pop & ambient pop "Ribs"
2013 Beyoncé Beyoncé alternative r&b "Partition"
2014 Taylor Swift 1989 dance-pop "Style"


that list is quite daunting. It's 179 albums, but at about 25 albums per decade early on and later going up to about 35 albums per decade, that's only about 2-4 albums per year which even then seems incredibly restrictive. But, regardless, you may be saying to yourself, "Self, that sure is a shitload of albums," and your Self may respond "Yeah, it is. Isn't there an easier way to get acquainted with pop as a genre?"
Yes, yes there is.
This time around, I'm including something I'm gonna call (for lack of a better name; suggest some in the comments if you think this one's shit) the "Platinum Essentials". This is a list of 50 albums picked from the list above that is a much more of a handshake than a hug with the pop genre, but should still give you a pretty good understanding of it.
Maybe once you've tackled those 50 albums, you can dive deeper into this list!
Anyway, here's the

Platinum Essentials List

"Golly gee. 50 still is an awful large number," you might be continuing say. I agree, it is! So what I've gone ahead and done is put together 7 playlists of all of the "Highlight" songs from the list that you can breeze through in, like, 11-12 hours.
Here they are:
  • The Chronic is not on spotify. I've replaced a song from that with a song from Dr. Dre's 1999 album, 2001.
  • Taylor Swift's entire discography is not on Spotify. She is not included in the playlists as a result.

Fun Statistics

It's hard enough to make one essential pop album, but more than one?! That's crazy! Here's the artists who appeared multiple times on the list.
Two Times
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Supremes
  • Sly & The Family Stone
  • Prince
  • George Michael (one with Wham!)
  • Janet Jackson
  • Eminem
  • Taylor Swift
  • Rihanna
  • Lady Gaga
  • Bruno Mars
  • *NSYNC
  • Fergie (one with the Black Eyed Peas)
Three Times
  • The Beach Bys
  • Marvin Gaye (one with Tami Tarrell)
  • Diana Ross (two with The Supremes)
  • David Bowie
  • Mariah Carey
  • Whitney Houston
  • Madonna
  • Britney Spears
  • Kanye West
  • Justin Timberlake (two with *NSYNC)
  • Beyoncé
Four Times
  • The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson (across three decades!!)
Five Times
  • Paul McCartney (four with The Beatles)
Here are the years with the most essential albums:
Seven Albums
  • 2007
  • 1967
  • 2012
Six Albums
  • 1995
  • 2006
  • 1982
  • 1977
  • 2010
Five Albums
  • 1994
  • 1983
  • 1971


  1. Are there any glaring omissions in your eyes? Anything that has no business being here?
  2. How many of these albums have you listened to? As a frame of reference in case you're discouraged, I've only listened to 75 front-to-back and I made the damn list!
  3. What do you think makes an album "essential"?
  4. Starting next week (I think), I want to bring back the Essential Pop Album of the Week segment I used to do. What albums should I start out with? Also, the reason I stopped it before was because it was just annoying to do every week. If anybody wants to volunteer to do a particular album as a guest writer, let me know. I'll come up with a template of some kind and find a date for you or something.
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2016.02.05 22:05 JaguarGator9 JaguarGator9's History of Halftime- Day 32: Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show (Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

In 2010, a song was getting a considerable amount of airplay on the radio called “Nothin’ on You,” and it featured upcoming rapper B.o.B., and upcoming singer Bruno Mars. I listened to that song all of the time, and I thought that Bruno Mars was a really good singer. Let’s be clear- if you wanted substance and you wanted people that could actually sing, 2010 was a really dark year for music. The #1 song was by Ke$ha, Taio Cruz appeared on the top ten songs of the year twice, and there were some great lyrics and substance in songs that either hit #1 on the charts, or nearly hit #1 on the charts, including “OMG,” “Cooler Than Me,” and “Imma Be” (and a man on two of those songs ended up performing at halftime of the Super Bowl the next year).
Bruno Mars’ rise to fame was a very slow rise, as for years, he was the guy writing some of the biggest hits in music. However, once he made it, he just kept going and going, and seemed to become the biggest male pop star in the world in a matter of three years. Consider this- when Super Bowl XLVIII’s hosting site of MetLife Stadium was announced in April of 2010. Bruno Mars had not released a solo single in his entire career yet. However, three and a half years after he released his first solo work, he was headlining that halftime show. Most artists need at least a decade’s worth of material (or close to it) to get the opportunity to get the halftime show; with Bruno Mars, he had two albums worth. Did he have enough material for the show? Would this show just carry his career forward? Let’s dive right in and take a look at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show.
Background Information
Before I get into any announcements or anything regarding the actual show, I’m going to talk about the power of the halftime show. It’s not just a way for an artist to promote their music; it’s much more than that. Don’t believe me? Just watch and take a look at this report by Forbes on 2/3/14. One day after Bruno Mars’ halftime show, ticket prices for the remaining shows on his tour jumped from $150 to anywhere between $500-$600. There was a report that for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the league wanted the artists to pay them for the show; many people cried foul, and while it sounds like a greedy move on the NFL’s part, if you look at the numbers after Bruno Mars did the halftime show, you can somewhat understand where the league is coming from.
Anyways, let’s get into the announcement. Instead of showing you guys an article, how about an announcement video?. This was the announcement video shown on Bruno Mars’ official page and on various commercials leading up to the game and throughout the season. Note the date that it was posted- September 8, 2013. The opening game of the year was Ravens at Broncos, but aside from that, every other game for the entire NFL season had not been played yet. 9/8/13 was the first Sunday of the season. This was an extremely early announcement by the league. On top of that, here’s a video from FOX Sports where Bruno Mars came on the air to announce his halftime show (note that FOX held the rights to the Super Bowl that year). There are also some announcement stories from USA Today, CNN, and Rolling Stone, just to name a few. If you note the USA Today one, that came out on September 7, as they leaked the story beforehand.
Here’s an article from The New York Times leading up to the halftime show; the funniest part of the article is the constant referring to Bruno Mars as Mr. Mars. There was also this article from Billboard about how he would handle the cold weather. Remember that he is from Hawaii (and there was a bit of a controversy about the league not getting a more established artist from New York/New Jersey, such as Billy Joel or Bon Jovi), and that this halftime show was expected to take place in freezing cold temperatures and snow. It wasn’t that cold when all was said and done, but keep in mind that as someone that lived in the New York/New Jersey area at the time, the snow started to come down about an hour after the game to the point where I did not have school the next day.
Bruno Mars said before the show that he wasn’t going to trapeze at this show, and that he was merely going to perform his songs while singing and dancing, and not have all of the special effects get in the way of his performance. He also explained in that article how he chose the Red Hot Chili Peppers as his co-performers, saying that they were one of his personal favorite bands of all-time. On January 10, there was this report by Rolling Stone that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be joining Bruno Mars at the halftime show, continuing on with the Poly-Performer Era tradition of having one main performer, but an additional performer play alongside the clear headlining act.
Again, every halftime show has to have a controversy. This one might be the stupidest one of all-time, though, because if you knew anything about the history of the halftime show and the logistics behind it, you’ll know why this exists. There was a report that came out that said that during their number, Flea’s bass wasn’t plugged in, and that they were miming their instrumentals. It was so much of a controversy that the band actually had to release a statement on their official website about why they did it. If you know anything about the halftime show, you’ll know that this is a complete non-issue. The general rule of thumb for the halftime show is that the vocals are live, the guitar may or may not be live, and everything else is mimed. What else are you going to do? I’d much rather have that than have a sound check gone completely wrong in front of 150 million people. The band flat out said in the first paragraph that everything was mimed because of the NFL’s restrictions, which they completely understand. The fact that people tried to make a controversy out of this was mind-boggling, because it’s literally common sense.
From a personal perspective, what do I remember about this halftime show? This was the most excited that I ever was for a halftime show. I am a huge Bruno Mars fan, and I’ve seen him in concert twice. I saw him once at a state fair for free where he put on a show for 40,000+ people, and I saw him again on a different tour at the Barclays Center where he put on, hands down, the greatest concert I’ve ever seen in my life. It was ninety minutes of straight energy and incredible vocals. When the halftime show was announced, I wanted him as my second choice; I wanted Bon Jovi to do the show as my top choice. However, I was really happy with the selection of Bruno Mars. By the time the show came around, most people fell into two camps (according to Facebook comments and other comment sections)- those that hated Bruno Mars but wanted to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and those that hated the Red Hot Chili Peppers but wanted to see Bruno Mars. I fell into the latter category; I don’t hate the RHCP (I like a lot of their popular stuff; they’re not my favorite band, but songs like “Under the Bridge” are classics), but I just didn’t see how they’d fit at this halftime show. Going in, I thought that Bruno Mars was capable of doing the entire twelve minutes by himself.
However, opinions can change, and I can be surprised (I’ve been surprised many times before when doing these reviews). So, how does this halftime show hold up?
The Show
Full Show
I should note that with this halftime show, much like with the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, there was a pre-show video, where the entire city of New York was instruments. It was cool (although some thought it was a bit creepy); I chose this full show video, though, because it was the best picture quality. Note that Pepsi did not do this for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, and I’d be a bit surprised if they did it for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show in a few days.
Anyways, the lights in the stadium go off, and we see a choir of children singing “Billionaire,” holding hands. All they do is sing the chorus of the song, and I completely understand why this is the opening, because it’d be very hard to start off the show with the drum solo. You need some sort of introduction; much like Beyonce needed some introduction in “Love on Top” to be able to pull that number off, Bruno Mars needed something before doing his intro. I’m not sure if the kids lip-synched that number (since they never zoomed in on the kids, it’s likely, though I don’t hold it against the kids because it is thirty seconds, and it’s not the focus of the show), but after that’s done, you see Bruno Mars playing the drums on a separate stage.
You’ve got this guy known for his singing ability, and he starts off the show playing the drums. I knew someone who was in the halftime show as one of the fans on the field (since they are brought back here for the second straight year), and they said that this was mimed instrumentals, and that Bruno Mars was not actually playing the drums live that day. However, I’ve seen him do something like this on tour- he can actually play the drums. This may have been pretend, but could you even notice? He does this with such precision, and the drums are an incredibly hard instrument to mime and fake play, especially in a close-up shot like this. He does a drum solo for a minute while on a platform that slides back to the main stage (similar to the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show stage), and it’s one of the boldest yet greatest introductions at any Super Bowl halftime show.
Notice anything about my favorite introductions? My top three are this one, Beyonce’s, and Michael Jackson’s, in no particular order. I’d probably put Beyonce’s on top, but only by a hair. The top introductions in my list took chances, and they paid off. Michael Jackson just stood there for two minutes. Beyonce performed a cappella, and Bruno Mars did a lengthy drum solo. One thing you’ll notice about this halftime show is that it truly felt like Bruno Mars was up there to prove himself, since he had not been a pop star for a long time. He does everything in this show, from sing live to dance to play the drums. That playing the drums moment went on for the perfect amount of time; I didn’t think it was too long at all, because it sounded great.
It also transitions perfectly into the opening number, “Locked Out of Heaven.” I thought that Bruno Mars was going to start the show straight-up like Tom Petty or Paul McCartney and just start it with “Treasure,” but the way this one worked, I’m glad I was wrong. Bruno Mars’ backing band, The Smeezingtons, comes out, dressed the same way as Bruno Mars (the first time ever in Super Bowl history that this occurred), and the stage, in terms of its setup, looks eerily similar to Bruce Springsteen’s stage design from Super Bowl XLIII. He does the first verse, chorus, bridge, and final chorus, and this number is pretty much perfect. From the drum introduction to the vocal performance (one of, if not, the best vocal performance at any halftime show for the entire twelve minutes), everything just works with this number.
After “Locked Out of Heaven,” he moves into “Treasure,” where he performs the first verse and chorus. What I love about this performance is that when the backing band and when Bruno Mars encourage the crowd to dance and have fun, they do so without interrupting the show, and they give you a reason to get up and dance and put your hands together. The pacing on this number is perfect- one verse and one chorus is all you need for a song like this. I also love the lighting around the stadium at certain points in the song, and throughout the entire performance. Really, this number is flawless.
However, after “Treasure,” we get to the greatest part of the halftime show, and from a pure entertainment perspective, my favorite part of any halftime show ever. Remember how I keep saying that performing unknown songs at the Super Bowl is a recipe for disaster, and that it never works? It’s worked twice in the history of the halftime show. The first was with Prince at Super Bowl XLI, where he performed “Baby, I’m a Star.” The second is this number right here, when Bruno Mars performed “Runaway Baby.” I’ve never heard this song on the radio before, and it was off of his first album, so he didn’t do it for self-promotion reasons. That being said, as a Bruno Mars fan, I knew this number was coming, because the live version is significantly better than the studio version. There are many songs out there where the live version is better, and this is one of them.
What’s not to love about this performance of “Runaway Baby”? It’s not just the vocals as to why this performance absolutely rocks; it has to do with everything else in between. When the breakdown happens, he does a cover of “Shout,” while gradually getting softer and louder and facing the microphone towards the crowd. Once that’s done, he does his best James Brown dance, and it looks incredible. There’s this part where there’s a white background and every member of the band’s shadow is pitched up against the wall, and it also looks great. Then, he does the James Brown dance again, this time, adding some spin moves and a split at the end of it. He performs the bridge of the song, which leads into the appearance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Before I break down the performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, let’s analyze these first seven minutes of the halftime show. The first seven minutes of this halftime show is the best first half of any halftime show I’ve ever seen. I can’t find a single flaw with the first half of this show, and seven minutes in, I thought that this was going to be the halftime show to be the best of all-time and top U2’s. All this show had to do was do exactly the same thing in the second half, and it’d be golden. All the show had to do was just not screw up, and everything would be incredible, because that first half was flawless. Even as a Bruno Mars fan that somewhat knew what to expect, I was blown away by the first half of this show.
So, what happens when the Red Hot Chili Peppers come on? Everything gets destroyed. Again, I’ve got nothing against the RHCP; they’re a very good band with a lot of great songs. However, this doesn’t fit. Bruno Mars was doing perfectly fine on his own, and just as his show was gaining momentum, the RHCP come on and destroy it. Sometimes, the guest artist and the main artist gel really nicely together, and sometimes, they don’t. However, this may be the most frustrating example of the guest artist and the main artist not gelling, because the show was doing perfectly fine with Bruno Mars there, and “Give It Away” is a completely different song than anything else that Bruno Mars has in his catalogue.
There are many problems with this part of the show, aside from the fact that the two artists just don’t gel together. For one, Anthony Kiedis’ microphone is really low, to the point where it is very hard to hear anything that he is saying over the pre-recorded instrumental track. Secondly, the pacing on this song is atrocious. The first two verses and two choruses are being performed here, along with a breakdown and the ending. It’s not the full song, since the full song is close to five minutes long, but it’s awfully close to it. Part of why this show worked before was that it had a sense of pacing and timing. Performing a song for three minutes just doesn’t work, and this entire number just sounds like a mess. The part where Bruno Mars is just yelling “jump” sounds laughably bad, and completely out of his element.
Whereas everything about the first half of this show was right, everything about those three minutes where the Red Hot Chili Peppers come on is wrong. It just doesn’t fit one bit; it feels like two separate shows that were just randomly thrown together for no reason. Madonna and LMFAO actually blended and gelled better, in terms of the theme, than Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers did.
Once that’s done, we get some pre-recorded messages from troops overseas. I feel like this part goes on for a bit too long, but I don’t have a major problem with it. I just don’t like the drastic shift in the tone of the show; we went from a hard-rocking song to some messages from Americans serving in the military with almost no transition whatsoever. However, once the messages are done, we hear the final song of the show, “Just The Way You Are,” which continues the trend for the third straight year of having a slow and powerful song close out the halftime show. I do like the fact that he is standing on a completely different stage here away from the crowd. The crazy thing is that I’ve watched this show about fifty times in the last two years, and only now did I realize that the circular stage was rotating. It’s a nice touch that I never picked up on before writing this review.
We get that shot of both the fireworks and Bruno Mars at the same time; this cross-shot was done at the Super Bowl XXX halftime show, and it works a lot better here, because Bruno is on the left and the fireworks are on the right (they’re not both in the center, because that was very dizzying). The pacing on this number is a lot better- it’s one verse and two choruses, with some crazy powerful vocals at the very end of the number. I’m not sure if “Just The Way You Are” is a great closing number for an event like this in the same way that “Halo” was last year, or “Firework” would be the year after this, but it still works. He thanks the crowd, and that concludes the show. How I would describe this show, quite simply: the first seven minutes were unbelievable, the appearance by the RHCP was awful (I remember at my Super Bowl party that everyone just had a confused look on their face when they came on and stayed on for three minutes), and it picked up a bit at the end. Still a fantastic show, but it could’ve been a lot better.
My Fix
There are some halftime shows that are, quite simply, not fixable, no matter how hard you try. I felt that way with a lot of the halftime shows from the 80s and, to an extent, the 90s. However, if the second half of this halftime show just did the same thing that the first half did, then we’d be talking about this halftime show as the greatest of all-time. It’s already talked about as one of the greatest of all-time, but this fix is about possibly making it the absolute greatest of all-time. Remember that I have to work around what I’ve got (a Bruno Mars halftime show), but I can get rid of any other artists that aren’t the headlining act. You can pretty much tell where this is going- I’m cutting the appearance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It just doesn’t fit.
With the first seven minutes, I change absolutely nothing. That was perfection at its finest, and a thoroughly entertaining performance. During “Runaway Baby,” after the bridge, instead of transitioning into “Give It Away,” just do the final chorus (it’s about fifteen seconds, so it takes the same time as the transition does). After that, move into the first chorus, first verse, and second chorus of “Marry You,” doing it at a faster tempo. This takes about a minute, and will look something like this. It’s another one of those songs that’s better live than it is on the studio recording. Go from that into a verse, chorus, and the bridge of “Just The Way You Are,” eliminating the message from the military members.
After that, close out the show with “Gorilla.” You still have about three minutes left by the end of this (and remember that I have no problem with the closing song being longer than the rest, since it’s got to be since it’s a closer), so you could do the first verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, and then the final breakdown at the end. Yes, I know the lyrics are highly questionable, and you may have to alter one or two lines at the end (like the breakdown line about “once I get inside you,” which was so controversial that it had to be bleeped out on MTV’s VMAs- the irony is that this was the same VMAs show (2013) where Miley Cyrus did her entire routine with Robin Thicke), but just imagine this number ending the show. I thought that Bruno was going to end the halftime show in real life with this number, especially because he ended his concerts on tour with it, and because of the live ending. Much like I said that the changes to Prince’s halftime show would’ve put it ahead of U2, these changes would’ve put Bruno’s show ahead of U2.
The disappointing part about this show is that it loses tons of momentum towards the second half. However, the first half of this halftime show is the best of any halftime show I’ve ever seen. You can see why ticket prices for Bruno Mars’ show immediately shot up after the halftime show- because his live shows are exactly like that, except longer. Once the Red Hot Chili Peppers came on, the show derailed for a bit, as their appearance did not fit at all. It was a disappointing inclusion of a guest artist for a headlining artist that did not need it. That being said, this was still an incredible halftime show, and while I hated the two and a half minutes by the RHCP, the time when Bruno Mars was out there is enough to put this show near the top of the list.
Well, we’ve almost made it. One more halftime show to go, and it comes from Katy Perry. How does that halftime show hold up? Check back later tonight to find out.
1) Super Bowl XXXVI- U2
2) Super Bowl XLVIII- Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
3) Super Bowl XLI- Prince
4) Super Bowl XXVII- Michael Jackson
5) Super Bowl XLVII- Beyonce, Destiny’s Child
6) Super Bowl XXXV- *NSYNC, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J Blige
7) Super Bowl XLIII- Bruce Springsteen
8) Super Bowl XXXIV- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
9) Super Bowl XLVI- Madonna
10) Super Bowl XXXIX- Paul McCartney
11) Super Bowl XXXIII- Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
12) Super Bowl XXX- Diana Ross
13) Super Bowl XLII- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
14) Super Bowl XXXVII- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
15) Super Bowl XLV- The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
16) Super Bowl XXXII- The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Queen Latifah, Boyz II Men
17) Super Bowl XLIV- The Who
18) Super Bowl XXII- Chubby Checker, The Rockettes
19) Super Bowl XXXVIII- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Nelly, P Diddy
20) Super Bowl XXVIII- Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, The Judds
21) Super Bowl XXXI- Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown
22) Super Bowl XXVI- Winter Magic, Gloria Estefan
23) Super Bowl XL- The Rolling Stones
24) Super Bowl XXIX- Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Indiana Jones
25) Super Bowl XXI- Disney
26) Super Bowl XVIII- Disney
27) Super Bowl XXIII- Elvis Presto
28) Super Bowl XXIV- Salute to New Orleans & The Peanuts
29) Super Bowl XX- Up With People
30) Super Bowl XIX- Tops in Blue
31) Super Bowl XXV- Disney, New Kids on the Block
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2014.08.27 03:18 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am Mary Murphy, dancer, choreographer, and judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. AMA!

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Were there any dancers in the history of the show that you fought hard to keep and were outvoted? And anyone who made it far that you weren't particularly impressed by? No, I felt everybody that I wanted to make it in the top 20 this season made it. But there have been seasons where I was an advocate for a certain dancer, and everyone was for them through Las Vegas week, and then when it came to the final vote, the judges did a flip flop. I was devastated when a certain contestant I thought was for sure going to make it in did not. I was outvoted. It certainly has happened to me in the past.
I just want to add that there were a couple people I fought for this season that i fought for, but I wish i had fought harder for. And that was for a young girl called Ya-ya, and a young man called Silky. Both of them were terrific hiphop dancers. I do hope we get another season, and I do hope that they come back. And I just think that Ya-ya was featured in the movie Step-Up that came out a few weeks back! Amazing. She was brilliant in it. And she was an animator. And Silky is a hiphop dancer.
Hi Mary, Could you tell us more about the timeline from one show to another? I was curious about when the dancers start working on their routines, and when they finish, because we always hear about major problems in dress rehearsal, but we never actually see any. Thanks Yeah, I don't know the exact timeline. The only thing I know for sure is that they get Thursday off, and they have 8 hours, usually 2 days, where they do a run-through of wardrobe and costuming, and they still have press & publicity to do on days they are supposedly "off." On Sunday & Monday they get their first time to develop their packages, learning it for the very first time. And then on Monday, after they have that, they are still working on the group number, and they only get a total of 6 hours with a choreographer for the duet. And they get about 8 hours total on the group number. And on Tuesday, they have "dry blocking" where they get 15 minutes on that stage, where the director and lighting will decide what angles for the routine, which lights will change and when, and what camera angle will be used. And then the day of, they will get to run through a few times, they will have a dress rehearsal, and within 1/2 hour to an hour of that rehearsal - it's showtime.
Hi Mary! What kept you motivated and inspired during your thyroid cancer treatment? And; what is your favourite artist to dance to? Hope you're having a great day! Certainly when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, it makes you take a step back. But my friends, my closest friends, are what inspired me, and my cousin who had had thyroid cancer before me, certainly coached me through it and supported me through it. I think the scariest thing I heard was that the tumor might mean I might never speak again. That was the most traumatic. And I was so happy and relieved when I woke up in recovery, that they would know immediately whether I could or couldn't, and when I could, that is all that mattered to me. The biggest thing was thinking I couldn't hear my laugh ever again, because my laugh is part of how i find the humor in life every day.
And I certainly love to dance to Beyonce, the Black Eyed Peas, Nelly... I have rituals before a show. I have a playlist and a list of things I do before every show.
Would you be willing to give us an example or two of your rituals? :) Yup. I start the day off very light, listening to my music playlist, some Barry White, then I move into Earth, Wind & Fire. Then I move into Beyonce, Madonna, and then I usually go out and listen to Black Eyed Peas gonna have a good time tonight - I'm thinking of adding Pharrell's Happy to my playlist. I wear some Tiffany perfume. I do a dance exercise program on the way to my dressing room. Then I do about 7 face treatments before my makeup artist arrives at my room. I use a laser, I put different masks on my face, I'm all shocked and ready to go!
Do you like Joel McHale and The Soup? I love Joel McHale. I've been on his show many times, hahaha with him making fun of me, but he's actually invited me down and I have been on his show, and I told him the very first time he made fun of me, he made me cry, and he said "oh Mary, don't you know, the whole show adores SYTYCD?" so I started to get upset if I wasn't on his show! Haha! So it's cute - I know that MadTV has done a whole SYTYCD thing, their whole crew has told me they love the show, and you know you've made it when they do that type of stuff. But at first when you haven't had anything like that happen to you, it hurts your feelings, but then when you get used to it, it's like "Bring it!" And when you get to know them, you know they don't mean any harm. Just the fact they love SYTYCD means everything to me.
Do you still keep in touch with past winners? Any favorites? You know, anybody that has even been - being a winner on SYTYCD is a very select group of talented people. I adore them all. And yes, the fact is, we do keep in touch. The only winner that i haven't seen in quite a few years now- oh my god - Sabra. She's the only one I haven't seen or heard of in years. And now it's really tough to get these kids to show up - they have to go through their agents and managers now! All these kids are now getting that kind of work, that's one of the great things about the show, most of the top 20 now are well-rounded dancers which makes them more marketable. They can do contemporary, tap, jazz - it makes them more marketable.
What are some of your favorite routines from the show, and which particular contestants really struck you as stars? Certainly. Tyce Diorio's was certainly at the top of my list. There have been many - and I mean many- amazing numbers on this show, feeding me and Mia's addiction. As well as the Hummingbird routine. Sandy Moore's Table Routine. Christopher Scott's Sand Routine - the stage was covered in sand, it was just magnificent.
Well, certainly, Twist has become a star hasn't he! Tarrington, and Catherine McCormick looked like an old time movie star, and she went on to star in a Step-Up movie, and Tarrington was the star of FAME, so they had that star quality when we saw them. I knew Julianne Hough as a child, I knew she was going to be a star. And she's currently going to be the new judge on DANCING WITH THE STARS.
What is ur favorite thing about your job? My favorite thing about my job is that I get to witness magic from time to time in a dancer's life. With a 30 year career behind me. I didn't realize how precious those times are. I think I only walked over the dance floor one time in my career where I felt like one with the universe, and that magic happened. It's a rarity in a dancer's career. But I get to witness it. Something magical every single week. That's the best part about my life and my job. I'm very grateful to be a part of a show that brings magic like this to television.
Mary is there any way to get more swing dancing on this show? Would love to see some Lindy Hop. Also what's up with a lot of the "ballroom" on the show becoming mostly side by side dancing with barely any time in hold (like last weeks fox trot) Of course, yeah, we've only had West Coast swing this season, and I agree, I would love to see more swing dancing on the show! I of course helped to get Lindy Hop on the show in the first place, and would certainly love to see it back. As far as choreographers choosing not to use close holds, it's because of only 6 hours, if they feel the contestant won't be able to do it justice - they will opt not to put it in. Just as if I knew they couldn't do it, they only had 6 hours, if they can't prove it to me within a few minutes that they know how to do it, I won't put it in. So many dances today are not done in close hold.
How did you get to be on Degrassi and what do you think of your role on Degrassi (you were a crazy person)? Also, who was you favorite dancer on SYTYCD? Being with the group from Degrassi in Canada, I certainly loved being on all 4 seasons of SYTYCD Canada and my time up in Toronto. I do hope the show comes back, like it did come back in Australia again, because I miss my Canadian family. Degrassi was certainly a fun role for me, and I love that they included me with the Degrassi family. I miss it all so much up there! And I am still in contact with all of our Canadian choreographers - Liz Brown, John Marciano, Sean Cuseman...
Hey Mary! I'm wondering how the process of picking guest judges for the show works. Any specific celebrities you and Nigel are itching to book for next season? Thanks for doing this, I'm a long-time fan of SYTYCD. This has been a great season so far! You know, it's usually people that we've wanted or people that we meet while we're out and about that come up to us and tell us what a huge fan they are, and then we find out that they are celebrities with a dance background. Of course, I have celebs I am itching to have on the show as a guest judge. i would love Justin Timberlake to sit next to me! Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Madonna, and Mikhail Baryshnikov are at the top of my list. Hahahahaha! Wouldn't that be cool?! If I could have them all at once, I'd die! I'd be in judge heaven!
Bring back Anna Kendrick! RIGHT?!?!?!! I love her!! We had the best time together on the show as well! These movie stars, they have a big schedule! She's probably filming Twilight 6 or something, hahaha.
Hello! Are there any songs you would like to see the choreographers on the show use? If so, which songs and which styles would you like to see danced to them? Right now there wouldn't be any song in particular - but certainly music is so important. And the fact that you know, the songs are being delivered now in the hands of the choreographers to use, sometimes that song brings the choreography to life, or vice-versa, for example Jar of Hearts, that was not heard of for the most part until it was used on SYTYCD. And then that song became famous after being heard on the show.
What do you think are the chances the show gets renewed for next season? I think we're probably - we always hold our breath, you never know, in television, whether you'll get another season or not. I have a good positive vibe around the show, and certainly a good vibe around the executives at FOX, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. Any television show- it is a business, and the business affairs are going to be really what makes the decision.
Lol. Thanks for replying Mary! I can certainly understand you getting overwhelmed. SYTYCD is the only "reality" show I ever watch, I don't know anything about dance, yet watching these kids and the amazing choreography routinely has me saying out loud: "holy s--t!" I feel the same way! HAHAHAHAHA.
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2013.11.13 05:03 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Hi, I'm Amber Sym, Playboy Model, Actress and Horror Hostess extraordinaire ;) AMA!

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Can you reply to me so I can tell my brother I was talking with a Playboy model? That's funny, your brother said the same thing last night ;)
Was Playboy your first modelling experience? How did you apply to work for Playboy? No. My first modeling experiences were the typical "no-pay" gigs with GWC's (guy-with-camera) to "build" my portfolio. With the one exception of RNB2 photography. He essentially is the person who "discovered" me.
Playboy contacted me via email to be a participant in PLAYBOY SHOOTOUT. At first I thought it was BS. I was wrong :)
Thanks for the AMA... What are your thoughts on Dyson vacuums? They suck.
Hey Amber! What does your perfect guy look like, and what are 3 of his personality traits that draw you to him? Oh and, want to be my friend? I like guys that are confident, charismatic and passionate about something (what exactly that thing is is less important than the fact that they are passionate about it -- if that makes any sense).
Lookswise I prefer them to be taller than me and stronger than me. And if they have kindofabigdong it's a plus ;)
How tall are you? ;) I'm 5'6" and I'm stronger than I look...
You préfer men with à large pénis? Seriously? I thought you weren't just another stupid and utterly shallow model. Boy, was ï wrong. Look at the name of the guy who posted the question and get back to me...
You are very pretty, in a more 'natural' way than I expected. Have you ever gotten cosmetic surgery or been pressured to? I am 100% natural. I don't even color my hair. I've never been pressure to get plastic surgery but I know SO MANY girls that have. Literally one of them just sent me a picture of her new boob job while I was doing this AMA.
Edit: Did I already mention that you are gorgeous? I'm feeling a little light headed. I prefer cheeseburgers. No milkshake = no deal!
What is the one location you really want to travel to for the series? Seattle Underground. Although I'd love to do some paranormal investigating in Hawaii!!
Hi Amber! I just have one question for you. How do you normally react or respond to these type of tweets? That sort of tweet is a necessary evil of social networking. I generally ignore it. In that particular case I blocked him this morning. A better route to go in getting a girl's attention would be a tweet like this. As far as the tweets like this are concerned @Amber2Sym #dreamgirl #beautiful Those are nice I suppose but more often than not if I go to their page they've sent a similar tweet out to a dozen Playboy models, pornstars and actresses.
Was modeling a childhood dream or you realized that you liked it later on? Also, how far do you think are your pictures from what you look in day to day life? I actually stumbled into modeling. I went to a shoot as a chaperone and after the shoot ended the photographer asked me to come back for my own shoot. And I did.
Hi Amber! Everyone knows how you're a hard worker and what you've been doing lately, but can you tell us about something you've done that not many people know about outside of your field of work that you're very proud of? It can be anything, small or big Thankyou! Acting-wise I recently won the "rising star" award at the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival.
Once upon a time I was skilled at Parkour. But then my wrists decided to conspire against me!
And I recently acquired a Rubicks cube. I can now solve one side without looking at directions :)
Parkour? What crazy stories do you have from when you did that? One time I was jumping from limb to limb on a fallen tree and I slipped and scraped my shin all up. I thought I still had a scar from it but I just checked and can't find it. So yay for that!
Moment in your career that made you go "Wow, I never would have dreamed I'd get to do this" My "wow moment" was when Playboy flew me to Panama and Hawaii and paid me to do a bunch of amazing stuff!
I host a podcast that has guest celebrities come nerd out about tv, film, etc. I would love to have you on an episode! Can we make this happen? Yes we can. Message me at my Facebook page. I don't know how to work Reddit messages yet.
Do you plan on just staying in america for your show, or do you plan on eventually expanding outward? I think it would be cool to do the Paris catacombs. I would LOVE to expand the show! I think it would be very franchise-able. That said, I imagine a Parisian would probably play the lead character for FRANCE IN THE SHADOWS!
Also, do you find Benedict Cumberbatch attractive? This is an extremely polarizing issue. I had to Google Benedict. I don't find him attractive. But he does look a little like Dennis Quaid...
Cheeseburgers, milkshakes, waffles ... all that and you still look heavenly. How do you do it? It's mostly just cheeseburgers and the occasional waffle. Milkshakes are few and far between. (But don't tell BlackSwanX that).
also, how much of yourself is there in Countess Lenore? As far as diet and exercise go (I assume that's what you were getting at) I mostly eat small portions and walk a lot. On occasion I get motivated to start an exercise regiment but those are usually short-lived :(
How often are people skeptical of your acting abilities do to your previous work at Playboy? I don't think most people are aware of it when I audition. The people that are aware are usually bringing me in because of the personality I displayed in Badass.
How did your family react when you told them you were a Playboy Model? I'll let you know once they find out ;)
But seriously, my mom just found out this year. She had the usual questions, "do you regret it", "are you happy"? After we talked about it she seemed fine with it.
As far as I know, she's never seen the pictorials.
I can't say I'm super familiar with your work, what would you suggest that I check out? And since I'm not super familiar with your work, I've got a more generic question: what's your favourite episode of The Simpsons? (I may or may not have been binge watching the DVDs) As far as my adult modeling career is concerned, what I hear most from people is their favorite photoshoot is "Wet Dreams" and their favorite video shoot is "Sweetest Sin". Google is your friend with those ;) To stay current I suggest you join my facebook page and take a look at the Kickstarter link - both of which are in the "info section" :)
I don't have a favorite Simpsons episode. I've somehow missed that portion of pop-culture :(
All right, let me fire up the google machine ... Ummm, holy shit. Wow. I can't believe what I've just seen. You've missed The Simpsons?!? I'd suggest you watch seasons 3-8. Also, you're amazingly beautiful. I will add it to my queue. But in all fairness I've had Hocus Pocus at the front of the line since early October and I still haven't found the time to watch it...
What kind career were you doing before the modeling or currently when modeling/ acting isn't enough? Any backup plans? I have a degree in business marketing and I had a sales job before I made the commitment to become an actress.
To make ends meet I regularly do promotional modeling and waitressing.
Awesome, where can I have you as a waitress! Only the coolest restaurant in all of Orlando!
You're into Horror, do you support sending GWAR to the 2015 Superbowl Half-time show? Change.org/GWARBowl. To be honest, I'm not that familiar with GWAR :( I did go see NIN on Halloween. That was quite the experience! So I'm voting for NIN!!
I also saw NIN an Halloween this year in Orlando. I'm also from Michigan. That is all. Were you in the stands or on the floor?
Link to www.youtube.com. If they took so much offense to Janet Jackson's nipple I don't think GWAR has much of a shot at superbowl glory. Mainly because of the prosthetic nutsack.
Go Lions!
NIN? I now like you more. My favorite color is black. How much do you like me now, Graham ;)
Floor. Edit: we ask the questions here. :(
You are the perfect drug :) I see what you did there.
I'm going to put you on the spot here. Would you rather have your face shit on by Sarah Jessica Parker after a bad meal from Taco Bell, or would you have John Goodman fuck you in the ass while he's screaming anti-Semitic remarks at you? I'd rather be eating the Taco Bell while SJP and JG do their own thing in the FAR corner.
Crunchwraps are delightful!
What would be your ideal date? Milkshake included! :) My ideal date is less about the event and more about the person I'm with. That said I do love me some late night Wafflehouse. Or maybe I'm just hungry right now?
Waffle house is the best. I love their food themed songs on the jukebox. I've never noticed they have food themed songs. Guess I'm too cheap to be jukeboxing :(
Check them out next time. there's one all about hash browns. Suddenly that Justin Timberlake SNL sketch "Bring it on down to omeletteville"is stuck in my head...
What been your favorite playboy shoot? Also any crazy playboy and or paranormal stories? My favorite shoot was the KILLER INSTINCTS shoot with Fab Fernandez because it was cool dressing up with the leather, the ninja sword, the guns and the motorcycle. It made me feel like a badass! That said I prefer the video from that shoot to the photos.
Craziest Playboy experience Link to www.youtube.com
Craziest Paranormal experience (starting at 2:02) Link to www.youtube.com
Have you been in any of the playboy magazines? What is it like modelling there? I have been in three Special Editions magazines. Lingerie August-September 2012 Lingerie December-January 2013 Natural Beauties December-January 2013.
Modeling for Playboy was nice. I've worked with a bunch of different photographers and they were all talented and professional.
Hi Amber! Can you tell us a bit more about your latest project? Is America in the Shadows building on Florida in the Shadows? The new show takes the best parts of the old show and adds in horror re-enactments of the legends and triples the length!
Is there more to life than being ridiculously good looking? And, have any of your friends died in a freak gasoline fight accident? Being "ridiculously good looking" is a very small aspect of life. In fact being pretty has it's own set of drawbacks. Link to www.youtube.com
What are some things in the playboy mansion that the general public would not know about? What's the craziest thing you've seen at one of the parties in the mansion? I've never actually been to the mansion or to one of the parties. I can only imagine the debauchery that goes on inside...
Is there anyway for you to gain access to it? Is there like an application that playboy models fill out to see who gets picked out of them all? I've received emails about parties in the past. But I don't remember any of the details. I live in Orlando so trekking to LA just for a party isn't that appealing to me.
And let's be honest, I'm not big into parties. I'm kind of a home-body :/
Ok, I am very late to the party but will give it a shot - What is your typical day like? It all depends on what I have going on career-wise.
Right now my days are spent putting together the latest project I'm a Producer on. But today I also drove two hours to do a call back for an acting role (nailed it!) and then drove two hours back to do a modeling shoot to be a "Mac Chick of the month" for Macenstein.com.
My Ideal day would be an acting gig. Wake up, go over lines, drive to set, work the typical 12 hour acting shift, drive home and crash.
I'm kind of like that too, but if I had an opportunity like that I wouldn't pass it up. Very few people are allowed access, and It's a once in a lifetime thing! I think that's more of a male fantasy. Now, if you had a hook-up to get me on THE PRICE IS RIGHT that would be my equivalent :)
Stay home and reddit you crazy bastard. Honestly, "stay home and reddit" does sound like more fun to me.
work the typical 12 hour acting shift, drive home and crash. In my line of business there's little distinction between a weekend and a weekday.
Honestly, doesn't sound a whole lot different from a regular job. I do promo gigs when they arise (often weekends), do shoots when they happen (usually weekdays) and grab acting gigs anytime I can (eitheor).
Ok, now let me ask this - what's your typical weekend like? I'm somewhat of a homebody so when I do have a day or two without a project to work on (it's been awhile) I like to veg out or watch a movie.
TIL the female equivalent to being in the playboy mansion, is being on the price is right. Link to www.youtube.com
See? Plus there's so much stuff to look at here. Lots of porn sure, but other stuff like... AskCulinary buyitforlife. freebies. bestof Astronomy EarthPorn foodforthought. mildlyinfuriating. oldschoolcool. museumofreddit. SO MUCH STUFF AMBER! It's like a golden ticket! A lifetime supply of information!
Haunted travel series sounds fun. On a 1-10 scale, 1 being there are is no such thing as ghosts, just Scooby Doo characters in masks, 10 being Dead people talk to me, how much do you buy the paranormal stuff? That's a really good question. I think it's a "possibility". I've had one terrifying encounter when I was 17 and still living in Michigan. But to answer your question I guess I'll say 6.
"I've had one terrifying encounter when I was 17"..If you don't mind answering, what happened? For brevity's sake I'll just link to this video. My story starts 2:02 seconds into it.
Link to www.youtube.com
Sorry what's your favorite color? Despite what I said in an earlier post, it's actually pink. I know, I know, it's cliche... But black and grey are my second and third favorites.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years. Is there a plan? In five years I would love to be a working television actress. Hopefully with a few seasons of AMERICA IN THE SHADOWS under my belt...
There are freckles?! You must be imagining things. Behold, the freckles!!! Link to twitter.com
Are you able to support yourself with modeling and acting or do you have another job, and if so, what do you do? I can't. Not yet anyway. But I'm hopefully getting close to that.
I do lots of promotional modeling (i.e. working events and passing out samples/free stuff/etc.) and, cliche of all cliches, waitress on occasion.
How was it working with Easton Corbin and are you now a fan of country music? Working with Easton was inspiring. He was very hardworking and dedicated. He was already a month into his tour at the time and still had a month to go.
I was already a fan of country music. I pretty much listen to everything. But my new favorite country song IS "All Over the Road". What can I say, it's super catchy!
I'm curious, what music videos were you in? Easton Corbin's "All Over the Road". Link to www.youtube.com
Go Radio's "Go To Hell" Link to www.youtube.com
Stiletto Red's "Bigger Man" Link to www.youtube.com
Hanging on Hope "Through You" Link to www.youtube.com
What is required to become a playboy model? Mainly you have to be at least 18 years old. The rest of the requirements are subjective -- have a pretty face, have a pretty body.
Having a waist-to-hip ratio between 0.67 and 0.8 is useful. I am a natural 34C - 24 - 34. So my WHR is exactly that of the "average" centerfold at 0.7.
What is your craziest story while working for playboy? Sitting on a live alligator. And kissing it.
Link to www.youtube.com
of all that is awesome. Second that is one lucky gator! Especially when you consider he was also straddled by two other Playboy models :)
I loved your act in Fiend Fatale. Is there any chance it will go further? Director Steven Shea is shopping it around. Last I talked with him he was shooting a project here in Florida and prepping a big horror gig In Louisiana. But hopefully after that...
If you were to shoot for playboy or digital desire again, do you ask them for another pictorial or would they have to contact you again first? There is a constant dialogue with both groups. I did shoots with both of them the last time I was in LA (which was a couple of months ago).
Have you ever had an awkward encounter with a fan? No one has ever recognized me as "playboy model" Amber Sym. So be on the lookout world to see who can be the very first person to ID me!
Do you have friends that model too? Any new pictorials in the near future? Actually the bulk of my friends are also models and/or filmmakers. Those are the people I tend to meet and socialize with on a day-to-day basis.
New video and pictorial on Babes.com next week (you can see a sneak preview of the video right now). And new pictorial and video up on Digital Desire at the end of the month.
One last Q. Do you get royalties from pics/videos or is it a one time payment thing? Sometimes the owners of the photosets sell them to other websites/magazines/etc. Generally this has been done under a bulk packaging deal in which I received a one time royalty payment.
The last time this was done the photos from Digital Desire were sold to Penthouse, Hustler and Australia's Picture Premium magazine. The latter ended up being my first ever cover (it turns out I'm a big deal down under!)
Are playboy models expected to have sex with Hugh Hefner? I've never met Hugh, conversed with Hugh or even seen Hugh. I once messaged him on Twitter. He didn't respond :(
Thank you for answering my question. I do have one more. You're obviously a very pretty woman. Do you feel that pornography in general changes how society perceives beauty? I think readily accessible pornography (i.e. the bedrock of the internet) devalues beauty. In the "war of the sexes" I think it's a resounding "win" for the men.
Men can vicariously experience a sexual encounter with a pretty woman without all the work it would take to arrange such an interlude. Why make all that effort when you can just go home, fire up Reddit and type "Amber Sym" in the search bar?
For women, devaluing beauty increases the value of wit, charm and all the intangibles of personality. So for some women devaluing beauty may actually be a benefit. For others it may be devastating because that's all they have going for them.
If you could pick any place to go for vacation, what would it be? I would go to Europe for a month long exploration of my roots.
If you ever do, give me a shout, I'll be more than happy to help in any way I can, hints, tips, directions, lending you a car ... :) And where would those roots be? My roots are German, Irish, Polish, Italian, French, Scottish, English and Luxembourgian. I think that's it.
How much money do you make per year in your current career, and how much money have you made total in your current career? As an actress/model I'm guessing I make 10k a year. And I've been doing it for three years. So approximately 30k total.
Cool! I never expected an answer. I wish you good luck and all the best in your career! Thank you. Hopefully it's just beginning!
How much do you make in a year? My last trip to LA lasted a week. I shot for 2 days and did a stint on Playboy Radio. I was paid $3,000 but had expenses of $500. That was BY FAR my most lucrative gig of the year. For the next 51 weeks combined I will probably make less than 10k.
Wow not what I expected. What else do you do to earn some money? Do you work at a fast food joint part time? I also do promotional modeling and waitressing. And the occasional paid acting gig :)
Cool...so all in all - how much are you raking in? About 10k a year. Not exactly "raking" it in. More like "scraping" it in...
I haven't got any questions, just wanted to say thanks for the detailed, thought out responses. Definitely one of the better AMAs I've read through. Thank you for saying so :) Makes it all worthwhile.
If this ever happens I want to see some "Update" in future episodes just like in Unsolved Mysteries. It was always cool knowing that a viewer helped catch criminals or provide extra information. I got to say your voice is ridiculously sexy. By "this" I'm assuming you mean AMERICA IN THE SHADOWS. I'm not sure how "updates" could be included.
Yes, that is what I meant. Sorry that I was unclear. I do think it's difficult to incorporate but I think viewers may be able to give their own personal experience on a given topic. Of course credibility could be a serious issue. Regardless if this is possible I wish you the best with the show! Thank you. Feel free to jump aboard the ATS bandwagon!
Hi, I'm Dan, CVS employee, Musician and Cook. Nice to meet you. :) Nice to meet you, Dan. Hope you enjoyed it!
I've never seen more ";)" faces in my life... Don't go here then -- you won't be able to handle it ;)
Haha I'm glad you're still active on this ;) I find it therapeutic...
Hello Amber, I was not familiar with your work and so I just looked for some pics of you. So my question is this: Oh my god you are gorgeous. I'm pretty sure that's not a question ;)
No question. Hope you're having a nice day though. Carry on. I challenge you to think of a question. 3...2...1... GO!
Fair enough. (I swear I wasn't trying to be a dick, I'm a struggling filmmaker myself, and for the last year I've been consulting helping other people with their campaigns. I was just trying to help.) Good luck with your projects. If you have any advice on mine I'm all ears :)
I assumed you didn't like Benedict Cumberbatch because you didn't like gingers. But you must be a carrier. ;-)
I need more proof than that. If you know what I mean That's what this is for!
As beautiful as you are, how do you feel when you see the touched up stuff of you afterwards? Unless you're just magic like that... I do prefer them being touched up -- but there's a limit. It also depends on how much freckles you want.
How has Hugh been doing these days?? I've never met Hugh. But from his recent nuptials I'm guessing he's a happy man ;)
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2013.02.24 03:30 annoyedatwork Tired of Another One Bites The Dust and/or Stayin' Alive? Try the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme. Or, inappropriately, Sting's Be Still My Beating Heart.

Recert class got me wondering what else worked within the 100+ bpm confines, so I did a quick search and came up with:
100 bpm
Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Dishwalla - Counting Blue Cars
Eric Heatherly - Flowers On The Wall
Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper
Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos
Jewel - Intuition
Jennifer Lopez - Ain't It Funny
Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From The Block
The Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright
Sean Paul - Get Busy
Onyx - Slam
P!nk - You Make Me Sick
Pras, ODB, Mya - Ghetto Superstar
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Snoop's Up Side Your Head
Sugar Ray - Fly
Sugar Ray - When It's Over
They Might Be Giants - Boss Of Me (From "Malcolm In The Middle")
Boy George - The Crying Game
Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
U2 - Mysterious Ways
Black Eyed Peas - Hey Mama
LL Cool J - Headsprung
Brook Valentine - Girlfight
Chris Brown - Run It
Snoop Dogg Feat Pharell - Beautiful
Bobby Brown - Every Little Step
Snoop Dogg - Candy
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Herb Alpert - Rise
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
Shakira Hips - Don't Lie
All American Rejects - Gives You Hell
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Miranda Lambert - Gunpowder and Lead
Mitch Ryder - Jenny Take A Ride
Stray Cats - Rock This Town
10,000 Maniacs - What's The Matter Here
5th Dimension - You Don't Have To Be A Star
Badfinger - Day After Day
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Boom! (Shake The Room)
Terri Clark - I Just Wanna Be Mad
Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
Scorpions - The Zoo
Alice In Chains - Would
Fall Out Boy - This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
Tantric - Breakdown
Sara Evans - Born To Fly
Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love
Judas Priest - Electric Eye
Elvis Presley - Hard headed Woman
Silver Connection - Fly Robin Fly
Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Sublime - Date Rape
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You
Van Halen - Beautiful Girls
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Stevie Wonder - I Was Made To Lover Her
Conway Twitty - Tight Fitting Jeans
Fat Joe & Nelly - Get It Poppin'
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds - Don't Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby
Britney Spears - Crazy
Stevie Wonder - Ma Cherie Amour
Bryan Adams - It's Only Love
D.M.X. - Party Up
Rolling Stones - Mother's Little Helper
Color Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up
Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boys - Get Low
Soul II Soul - Back To Life
101 bpm
Bel Biv DeVoe - Do Me
Ludacris - Area Codes
Heart - Magic man
Highwaymen - Highwayman
Brooks & Dunn - Ain't Nothin' 'Bout you
Sawyer Brown - Trouble On The Line
Osmond Brothers - One Bad Apple
Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
Al B. Sure - Rescue Me
Charles & Eddie - Would I Lie To You
Staples Singers - I'll Take You There
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Brian Setzer - Jump Jive & Wail
Guns & Roses - Paradise City
Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write The Book
Led Zepplin - Ramble On
Melissa Etheridge - Like The Way I do
Sting - Be Still My Beating Heart
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Indigo Girls - Watershed
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Sammy Kershaw - Chevy Van
Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing
Marshall Tucker Band - Fire On The Mountain
Nelly - Ride Wit Me
Ying Yang Twins - Salt Shaker
Partidge Family - I Think I Love You
Big & Rich - Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy
3rd Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Kind Of Life
Pink - Just Like A Pill
102 bpm
Goo Goo Dolls - Here Is Gone
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Billy Joel - The Entertainer
Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
Scorpions - Another Piece Of Meat
Rod Stewart - Forever Young
Melissa Etheridge - Dance Without Sleeping
Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie
Neil Sedaka - Laughter In The Rain
Mickey & Silvia - Love Is Strange (Dirty Dancing)
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Membrane
Wrexx In Effect - Rump Shaker
Troggs - Wild Thing
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
Jay Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Kriss Kross - Jump
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Brooks & Dunn - Neon Moon
Carl Douglas - Kung Foo Fighting
Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast
Cher - Half Breed
Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
George Benson - Turn Your Love Around
Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me
Coolio - Too Hot
Pilot - Magic
Styx - Fooling Yourself
Aerosmith - Train Kept a Rollin'
Indigo Girls - Three Hits
Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days
Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
J Geils - Must Have Got Lost
REM - End Of The World As We Know It
Joe Walsh/James Gang - Walk Away
Peter Gabriel - Salisbury Hill
White Town - Your Woman
DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat
Blake Shelton - Honey Bee
Kid Rock - All Summer Long
Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
103 bpm
Blessid Union Of Souls - She Likes Me For Me
Tom Cochran/Rascall Flatts - Life Is A Highway
AC/DC - Let Me Put My Love Into You Babe
Don Williams - Tulsa Time
Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of Londan
Siomn & Garfunkle - Cecilia
Los Del Mar - Macarena
Breton Wood - Gimme A Little sign
Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hurray
Soup Dragons - I'm Free
Abba - Fernando
MVP & Stagga Lee - Rock Ya Body
ZZ Top - I'm Nationwide
Waylon Jennings - Lukenback, Texas
Gap Band - Oops Upside Your Head
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
Three Dog Night - Old Fashioned Love Song
Grateful Devil - Friend Of The Devil
Melissa Etheridge - Similar Features
Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking
Journey - Any Way You Want It
KT Tunstall - Black Horse & Cherry Tree
Coasters - Poison Ivy
CrazyTown - Butterfly
Michael Penn - No Myth
Otis Redding - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
Larry Groce - Junk Food Junkie
Youngbloods - Get Together
Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers
Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
Hootie & The Blowfish - Only Wanna be With You
Simply Red - Stars
Frankie Valli & Four Seasons - Oh What A Night (December 1963)
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
Janet Jackson - Nasty
John Cougar - Jack & Diane
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow
Coolio - Fantastic Voyage
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Al B Sure - If I'm Not Your Lover
Olivia Newton-John - Magic
Supremes - Love Child
Ides Of March - Vehicle
Johnny Cash - Burning Ring Of Fire
Chumbawumba - Tubthumping
Chris Cagle - Chicks Dig It
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
Nu Shooz - I Can't wait
LFO - Every Other time
Leona Lewis - Bleeding love
Smashmouth - Allstar
Joe Nichols - Brokenheartsville
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
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2011.01.27 23:23 casusev Counting Down The Greatest Super Bowl Games of All Time. #7 (Hulu)

What was the best Super Bowl to watch in history? No, not the two juggernauts who fought to a crawl, or a historically significant blowout. We’re talking about those Super Bowls with comebacks, last-second defensive stands, and even helmet catches that leave you feeling` antsy even watching the highlight film a few years later.
Hulu tracked down the best football mind we could find, FootballOutsiders.com creator and ESPN columnist Aaron Schatz, to give you the answer. He’ll be counting down his choices of the ten best Super Bowls—with the help of NFL Films—every weekday until Super Bowl Sunday.
#7 Super Bowl XXXVIII (2003): New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers
(Note I feel I must apologize to Carolina fans. This video is an hour long love fest for the Patriots. Don't expect to see much of your team.)
Perhaps no Super Bowl is a better match for the half-hour highlight film, as nearly all the activity in Super Bowl XXXVIII came in the second and fourth quarters. Carolina’s Muhsin Muhammad caught the longest touchdown pass in Super Bowl history, an 85-yarder from Delhomme, to give the Panthers the lead in the fourth. The two teams traded scores before Brady drove the Patriots into field-goal range in less than a minute, and Adam Vinatieri put it through the uprights to give New England their second title in three years. Final score: New England 32, Carolina 29.
Some tidbits from Wikipedia:
I thought it would be fun to discuss these as we wait for Super Bowl XLV. All up to date for now. Will post #6 tomorrow. Sorry for the spam.
Full List:
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