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#QuickListen Review: Demi Lovato’s “Body Say”

Demi Lovato answers back to Ariana and Selena’s bedroom talk.

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Less than a year after her latest album ‘Confident’ (October 16, 2015) was released, Demi Lovato has impatiently debuted the first taste of her next album. “Body Say” follows in the footsteps of Ariana Grande‘s “Dangerous Woman” and Selena Gomez‘s “Good For You” by serving as Demi’s take on a seductive and minimal production. It’s a big change from the power-driven vocals and themes her usual singles favor. And I have to say that I love the chorus! The chorus is multi-textured with Demi and its production commanding, “If my body had a say, I wouldn’t turn a way!” Then reducing to a seductive, “Touch, make love, taste you.” And the trade-off gives the song a unique structure from that.

If the single’s artwork is any indication of what she may be delivering in its visual — it looks like your basic call to a slinky bedroom setup. However, this song’s style doesn’t really vouch captivating/compelling visuals from today’s current artists anyways (unlike Madonna, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears).

Overall, It’s a good sign if her next album will be taking this direction because it challenges her to allow her music and lyrics to take precedence over her vocals for once. If you haven’t heard it, it’s currently avaible to stream on Spotify (below) and on iTunes’ Apple Music. Give it a listen!

 

What are you opinion on Demi Lovato‘s new song?! Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Collaborative Playlist: Vol 2. “High-Intensity Cardio Motivation”

This month’s theme was:

INTENSE songs to work out to

I enjoyed collaborating last month on a playlist so much, I decided to make it a monthly project! This month I asked for help creating a playlist for the gym and running tracks. I got a lot of throwbacks and some great dance tracks. The playlist came together perfectly. I got so many responses! I field tested the playlist this morning and approved it myself! So all the songs are cardio-approved. The playlist ends with Enya‘s “Only Time” — I added that for the final cardio resting period… The suggestion was more playful than serious, but I wanted to make sure I incorporate all the suggestions you guys gave!

Check out the playlist below and FOLLOW it on Spotify!

 

Make sure to participate next month in my next playlist collaboration!

Follow my personal spotify account HERE to see the latest playlists from The Pop Pyro! And follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

6 Music Videos (+ Playlist) That Prove INNA is the “Queen of the Summer”

INNA is a “Queen of the #ClubRockers” by night and “Queen of the Summer” by day!

 

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Although summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, it is still hot as hell and the sun is out and inspiring a wave of summer music to quench our thirst!

…So stop listening to your father’s Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley and The Beach Boys music! There’s a GRANDE DAME SUMMER DIVA you may or may not be utilizing during the summer months! Sure Britney Spears, Kesha and Kylie Minogue fulfill all of our party desires throughout the year… But INNA is an exotic pop fruit that is ripest and juiciest in the summertime!

Whether you’re already a fan or need a little convincing: here are a few videos that will immediately immerse you into the finest beats and sounds that are served best with a frozen beverage and tons of sexy swimsuits dripping with water. And don’t worry, I know you’re going to like what you see so I’ve also completed a Spotify playlist at the bottom in conjunction with this flaw-free beachy music video list!

HERE ARE 6 OF INNA’S BEACHIEST (and sexiest) MUSIC VIDEOS:

1.) “Cola Song”

Though it’s one of her more pop-leaning tracks, “Cola” is literally the body anthem for everyone working hard for that “Coca-Cola bottle shape” this summer! It’s a great introduction to the fun effervescence of INNA! 

2.) “Amazing”

This song was a major success in Europe when it was released and exemplified her perfection as a dance-house artist with a finely tuned aesthetic for beach-craving music fans! 

3.) “Caliente”

The title says it all, the song and video are HOT! No one makes a beach video like INNA! And do you recognize the guy in the video? That’s Madonna‘s former boy toy, Jesus Luz. INNA has the Queen of Pop’s same taste in men…. Coincidence? I think not. 

4.) “Crazy Sexy Wild”

I love the playfulness of this video. The song really makes you want to take a stroll down Venice Beach and that’s exactly what she did just before snatching that poor man’s tip money. 

5.) “Sun Is Up”

Another masterpiece, INNA commands, “Sun is up! Move your body..” That’s it. She really secured her spot as the “Queen of the Summer!” 

6.) “Endless”

There are so many more videos I could share but just like an endless night partying in the delirium of an Ibiza nightclub, the party must (never) end. “Endless” perfectly cures any party comedown (or hangover) with this flawless house-chillout music video. The video has a domestic violence theme…. but just ignore all that and admire her beauty and the calmness of this song!

INNA is my queen of these summer months and I hope that the videos entice you to incorporate her music into all of your summer adventures! Watch ALL of her music videos on her official YouTube account! And you can follow and stream my playlist with more of her summer-ready jams below! 

Which songs are your favorites? Let me know on Facebook and Twitter! Also follow me on Instagram!

 

20 Powerful Diva Deep Cuts You Need In Your Life (+ Playlist)

Never send a man to sing a woman’s song

One of my favorite sub-genres in pop music is the underrepresented but most-respected POWER BALLAD. It’s the one style that can perfectly parallel some of the most intense and emotional moments of our lives. Many attempt it, but only a few artists actually succeed at crafting the perfect one. Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion are obvious vocalists that have perfected the genre. But there are a few others that have aced the challenge of recording one as well. We’re all familiar with “I Will Always Love You” and “The Power of Love” but there are so many more that are hidden deep in some of our favorite artists’ albums! They’re usually tucked in last as album closers, rightfully so, because these divas give everything they have left in them with these songs. So below I’ve compiled a list of some strong songs that may have slipped past you over the years.

20 Powerful Diva Deep Cuts You May Have Missed:

1.) “I Surrender” – Celine Dion

This is the song that inspired this entire list. When I think of this song, I consider it one of the best songs never released as a single. And above all, it is powerful in a way that only Celine can demonstrate. It’s no wonder why so many aspiring singers cover this song as an exhibition of their vocal talents.

2.) “Pulse” – Toni Braxton

The title track from Toni Braxton’s last solo album that could almost be considered a deep cut in itself. This is an all-encompassing diva song — it had to make this list. It also empowered Toni Braxton to get back in the studio after being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in 2008. (YouTube audio is not the finished album version. Listen to it on my spotify playlist below)

3.) “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is another one of the great vocalists of our time (RIP Nippy) and this was a great song recorded for the incredibily successful ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack. The song is everything we’ve come to love her for.

4.) “Lift Me Up” – Christina Aguilera

Even if you doubt Christina Aguilera in any way…. Just watch the video. She reuinted with Linda Perry again for this song. As always, it’s a match made in heaven between them two. Amazing. Flawless. Perfect. All of the sort. 

5.) “The Art of Letting Go” – Mariah Carey

Though it’s riddled with cheeky lyrics… Mariah Carey still manages to expertly veil it all with power and conviction as she builds to a masterful climax worth listening for. 

6.) “Lionheart” – Demi Lovato

If you haven’t heard Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ album, then you probably missed this song. Don’t miss it again! The song originally caught her attention after the loss of her puppy Buddy. She declares the track is an ode to the “lion heart” and fire we all have, animal and human alike, inside of us.

7.) “Sober” – Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson effortlessly shifts between vulnerable and powerful vocals in this song. She was inspired to write the song after a friend gave her relationship advice with the line, “pick all the weeds and keep the flowers.”

8.) “The Great Escape” – P!nk

Is the song about suicide or America’s epidemic of adults masking their problems with prescription pills and addictions? I don’t know…  Why don’t you decide. It’s one of P!nk’s few deep cuts that doesn’t go full-bluesy/folky. Great song.

9.) “Turning Tables” – Adele

Is anything from Adele really a deep cut at this point? This might not be a very deep cut, but it’s still deep nonetheless. 

10.)  “Loved Me Back to Life” – Celine Dion

This was her first single from her 2013 album of the same name. It’s also penned by the talented Sia. So it technically shouldn’t be a deep cut… But it failed to impact any radio stations and many of you probably missed it… So here it is! One of her best songs she’s ever recorded in my opinion. 

11.) “Understand” – Christina Aguilera

12.) “Breakaway” – Celine Dion

13.) “Vanishing” – Mariah Carey

14.) “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” – Whitney Houston

15.) “Hero” – Toni Braxton

16. ) “Blank Page” – Christina Aguilera

17.) “I Don’t Believe You” – P!nk

18.) “Side Effects of You” – Fantasia

19.) “Fix A Heart” – Demi Lovato

20.) “King” – Tamar Braxton

Check out the playlist of all the songs below! And follow it HERE:

What did you think of the list? Which song is your favorite and which songs did I miss? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

ALBUM REVIEW: Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’

Ariana Grande wears a few different hats in ‘Dangerous Woman’ and luckily none are latex bunny ears.

 

I had a few reservations approaching Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ considering that I was a bigger fan of “Focus” and the aesthetic she was previewing with that song over “Dangerous Woman.” And maybe she was right about changing the direction of the album… If its opening track “Moonlight” (former title and direction of this album) offers any glimpse about it. The song is an utter bore. It is cute, but I feel like I’ve heard her do these dreamy fifties doo-wop songs too many times along with that damn ponytail of hers.

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Ariana Grande shows off her “moon” tattoo as a tribute to her track “Moonlight.” And much like its effect on myself, the song seems to have her eyes heavy and head bobbing back from fighting sleep.

She follows “Moonlight” with “Dangerous Woman” and we’ve all heard it and moved on from it. So after that is “Be Alright” which is actually a really delightful song that’s also been available for a while. “Into You” is the first track that really captured my attention for the album. It begins with a budding beat as she intercepts with an assuring whisper, “I’m so into you // I can barely breathe.” Claps and other elements are softly introduced with precise timing until she reaches the song’s ultra-catchy and dance-provoking chorus. The song is one of the standouts from the album.

Ariana Grande makes a questionable creative decision to bring an island sound to her collaboration with Nicki Minaj Side To Side.” It’s not a very interesting or great song. And Nicki’s participation feels more like a cheap stand-in for Rihanna, who could have really validated this track. Another collaboration follows with “Let Me Love You.” Lil Wayne is on the track which actually sums up the delinquency of this track; It sounds horribly dated (bad side of 2008-ish).

Greedy” would be better placed after “Focus” than here behind the uncomfortably stale Lil Wayne collaboration. It’s still a fun track though. I was really surprised when I finally made it to her unexpected collaboration with Macy Gray. “Leave Me Lonely” is the single-best ballad of the album. And the song perfectly executes a smokey jazz club singer vibe for which Ariana always shoots for but rarely hits. Macy Gray painfully coos, “Dangerous love // your no good for me” and I was immediately impressed.

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The next few tracks (Everyday, Sometimes, I Don’t Care and Bad Decisions) kind of flatline. And just as I was thinking of quitting and giving myself a break from the album — a bright shining moment happens….. “Touch It” is possibly the best song Ariana Grande’s ever recorded. It is almost a refined, and better, second-take of “Dangerous Woman” and sees Ariana’s lyrics and vocals in a more off-kilter, uncontrolled and powerful way. All of these elements are what I felt DW was missing. For the first time her vocals had some grit and pain to give the conviction her voice has always lacked. The entire production is a bouncing but perfectly balanced explosion of R&B, electro-synth and dynamic/unpredictable melodies. The song bests the entire albums offerings. I will be playing it till the end of time.

‘Dangerous Woman’ is not an entirely solid or cohesive project but there are a handful of songs that would make the dive into it worth the commitment to its lengthy 55-minute listen.

Buy Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ album now on iTunes and in stores! You can also stream it now (below) on Spotify!

 

What are you favorite songs from the album? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

3 Things Britney Spears will do at the Billboard Music Awards to steal the show!

No one does a memorable awards show performance quite like BRITNEY SPEARS!

 

In just three short days, the 2016 Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC at 8PM EST. The lineup of pop diva performances is simply unheard of this decade. P!nk, Demi Lovato, Rihanna and Fifth Harmony are just a FEW of the esteemed performers (full list here) that are sure to bring relief to the drought of high-energy and extravagant pop performances that the industry has been missing. And if the return of multifaceted female pop performers to the Billboard Awards stage isn’t enough to make you drool, Britney Spears and Celine Dion will be given top honors and subsequent performances!

Celine Dion has persevered from a very difficult year already and will give a very powerful performance of the classic Queen song, “The Show Must Go On.” But it is Britney Spears who will plant the flag onstage and reclaim her rightful place on the awards show stage while setting the bar high and for what it means to be an all-encompassing-fierce-pop-diva-superstar-electrifying-smash-force to be reckoned with! OMG! [catches breath]

How do I know this? Well it’s simple and I’ll provide a quick 3-point list that will tell you what exactly Britney will do this Sunday to make the biggest impact and buzz-worthy moments at the show.

 

Here are the 3 things Britney Spears will do:

1.) SHOW UP

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Britney’s effortless talent at being the center of attention.

Britney Spears‘ presence is literally so powerful, magnetic and captivating (don’t forget; also a ratings phenomenon) that she’s a shoe-in for being the most talked about entertainer of the night by default.

2.) OPEN THE SHOW

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Britney will have prime real estate as the show’s opening number. Although the show confidently boasts no shortage of star powered performances, it’s highly doubtful any of them will top the magic that Britney possesses. tumblr_nqo0ixYsDn1u50xuco2_500

3.) MOP THE FLOOR WITH HER TALENT

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When the first beat hits during her performance it will be the moment every B-Army fan, and naysayer alike, will choke on the mediocre laurels they’ve been resting on and be blessed with the unrequited talent they’ve been too blind to ask for. Britney’s dance moves are in tip-top shape and she has the music catalog to back it up. So the T-Mobile arena on Sunday night is going to wish it had a bigger stage after she’s done with it!

The basic moral of this story: Britney Spears is going to slay the fuck out of viewers on Sunday night! 

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Now, its your civil duty as a fan of pop divas to express your love and commentary of the performances during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night! Attend my online viewing party via Facebook to share your live reactions and opinions of the show with myself and other fans! Join below!

JOIN THE POP PYRO’S BBMA VIEWING PARTY HERE!

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DEBUT: Follower Collaboration Playlist! Vol. 1

The first ever playlist collaboration has been made! The theme/question was:

“THE LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO.”

Yesterday I had a #QuestionOfTheDay that asked follwers of The Pop Pyro on Facebook to leave a comment of the last song by a female pop artist they listened to. I then compiled all of the responses and made a Spotify playlist so that everyone can see what each other are currently listening to! It boasts over 2.5 hours of music for your enjoyment! And naturally, it includes a large block of Britney Spears tracks. But it also includes a ton of dance hits and some delightful throwbacks! This turned out to be a great playlist to refer to when you can’t decide on what to listen to. It has everything! 

Check out and FOLLOW the playlist below!

Make sure to participate next month in my next playlist collaboration!

Follow my personal spotify account HERE to see the latest playlists from The Pop Pyro! And follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

THE QUEEN OF 2016’s FIRST QUARTER IS…

The QUEENS of Q1 2016 are:

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Fifth Harmony’s track “The Life” wins the Quarter 1 Song Tournament!

 

Fifth Harmony‘s song “The Life” BARELY surpassed dumblonde‘s votes, literally, in the final hour. And as I was watching the time and votes it was literally vote-for-vote between the two. Rihanna’s work didn’t fare too well on this last round but still made third place this quarter.

 

Congratulations to the girls and “The Life” for becoming my inagural Q1 winner! Keep an eye out for song premieres the next 3 months to compete in the my Q2 tournament this summer! See you then.


The bracket rankings:

  1. Fifth Harmony – “The Life”

  2. dumblonde – “remember me”
  3. Rihanna – “Work”
  4. Gwen Stefani – “Make Me Like You”
  5. Iggy Azalea – “Team”
  6. Demi Lovato – “Stone Cold”
  7. Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”
  8. Adele – “When We Were Young”
  9. Fifth Harmony – “Work From Home”
  10. Selena Gomez – “Hands To Myself”
  11. Ariana Grande – “Be Alright”
  12. Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
  13. Taylor Swift – “New Romantics”
  14. Bebe Rexha – “No Broken Hearts”
  15. Ariana Grande – “Dangerous Woman”
  16. Meghan Trainor – “No”

 

Congratulations to the young women of Fifth Harmony! Pre-order their album ‘7/27‘ and get the song “The Life“instantly! Follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and let me know what you think of the queens of Q1 this year.

[TOURNAMENT] FINAL Q1 Song Battle!

VOTE for one of THREE finalists!

Only TWO votes separated Rihanna‘s “Work” from matching Fifth Harmony‘s “The Life.” And I felt that having the #1 album and #1 song on the Billboard charts this quarter deserves one more chance at the crown. So Rihanna and Fifth Harmony BOTH move on to the final song battle! dumblonde outsmarted Gwen Stefani‘s “Make Me Like You” last round with their beachy spring song “remember me.” You will only have ONE day to vote for these three songs this round! I will announce the winner tomorrow night (April 8th). VOTE-VOTE-VOTE and SHARE this poll to help your favorite song win!

 

Revisit each song before making your final decision in the poll:

Rihanna – “Work”

dumblonde – “remember me”

Fifth Harmony – “The Life”

 

 

POLLS CLOSE TOMORROW EVENING! Which song do you want to take the crown? Let me know here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

FULL FINAL Roster

Song Premiere + #QuickListen Review: Jennifer Lopez “Ain’t Your Mama”

Boy, things are about to change ’round here.

Jennifer Lopez releases her new song “Ain’t Your Mama” ahead of her performance tonight (April 7th) on the American Idol series finale.

The track is co-written by Meghan Trainor and produced by Dr. Luke and reunites her with a contemporary sound that, much like her reused photos in the single cover from her 2003 Esquire spread, is better suited for an earlier time in her career. “Ain’t Your Mama” begins promising with a hard-hitting chorus that could have introduce a heavier urban dance track, but instead drops its energy to contemporary pop melodies through the verses. It will be interesting to see how she performs this live because the song could use the dynamics of a live band to spice up the song altogether.

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The chorus is great but the rest of it feels lazily-produced; cut-print-released; rushed to possibly to meet deadlines for the American Idol finale performance. The song aims to be a spicy/fun anthem for over-supportive women, but on first listen, not sure it entirely accomplishes that. Hopefully after the live performances, music video and hearing it a few more times might enhance the song some. But for now it’s a bit dull. Love you always, J. Lo.

Listen to the track below!

 

How do you feel about the new song? Are you excited to see her perform it on Idol? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.