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

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

Demi Lovato Body Say Cover

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!

 

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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!

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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!

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!

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[ROUND 2 BATTLES CLOSED] The OFFICIAL 2016 Q1 Song Tournament Post

VOTE-VOTE-VOTE in these next battles!

We have our first set of WINNERS! The battles were extremely close during the first round and all these songs edged out their competitors during the final stretch.  The new battles are going to be tough! So without further ado, below is the current roster and following that are the polls to vote for your favorite songs! Polls this round will close WEDNESDAY! Make sure to share the polls to help your favorites win!

Current Bracket (Round 2):

Full Round 2 Roster

 

ROUND 2 BATTLE POLLS ARE OPEN! VOTE BELOW!

 

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IGGY VS 5H

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The OFFICIAL 2016 Q1 Tournament Post (Updated)

This is the official post for The Pop Pyro’s Q1 Song Tournament.

I will use this post to update the new battles as they are announced over the weekend. Check back here for the latest update on the bracket and find links to each battle’s individual post with videos. Polls for this round end Monday (April 4th) evening!

Here is the current bracket: (Sunday April 3rd)

 Full Round 1 Roster

 

VOTING FOR ALL ROUND 1 BATTLES ARE CLOSED:

 

 

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[Tournament] Round 2: Selena Gomez Vs. Demi Lovato

THE DISNEY DIVAS DUEL!

Both of these teen-pop sensations have released their third singles from their latest albums this quarter. Who earns the crown this round?

 

Are you team SELENA GOMEZ:

OR

Are you team DEMI LOVATO:

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VOTE EVERY HOUR! Let me know which song you picked on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Share the poll to help your favorite win!

Vote for other battles!

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Fifth Harmony Vs. Rihanna

Click HERE to vote!

 

 

 

 

Quarter 1: Tournament Roster Reveal

 Let’s choose the QUEEN of 2016’s first quarter of music!

I have a few favorites of my own, if they make it to the year-end list, I will later reveal. But first, I want you all to choose your picks. The songs were chosen from songs released and discussed on The Pop Pyro starting January first through today (March 30th). There are also a few wildcards thrown in. Let’s have a little fun now! The bracket will be revealed each day as I start a new song battle.

Check out 2016’s Q1 roster:

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Q1 Lineup

Have any favorites already? Get ready to vote and share to keep them in the tournament! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more posts!

 

#QuickListen Review: ‘Confident’ – Demi Lovato

(Originally blogged: October 16, 2015)

I approached this album with the thought of ‘Confident’ being Demi Lovato’s bid for her first Grammy nomination. The bar was set pretty high. Do I believe this is a Grammy-worthy collection of tracks? No, but I wouldn’t write-off this album entirely. Though few and far in-between, there are a few shining moments.

Album Cover for 'Confident'Album Cover for ‘Confident’

Expectations for this album were pretty high because she introduced it as her most “confident” and “best” album to date. I’m doubtful it took much confidence to produce an album that is a near-complete rehash of melodies and sounds from her previous albums. Nor are there any new lyrical themes to aid and intrigue to the vulnerability she’s also attempting to express. And if she’s not repeating herself, she borrows Iggy Azalea to give a Demi-version of “Black Widow” with their collaboration “Kingdom Come”.

Demi Lovato hits the triumphant mark she’s (always) aiming for with the standout mid-tempo track “Lionheart”, which has all the optimism and energy you’d expect from her. Few tracks like “Old Ways” and “Waiting for You” seem to benefit from an urban/trap influence under her Disney-rocker vocals. The album ends with “Father”, a well-written song about her late father, which really didn’t deserve that overzealous and overstated gospel production it was given.

‘Confident’ is hardly a departure from her previous albums. Lovatics should still be pleased with the offerings of this album. Although I wouldn’t bet a penny on her getting an album nomination at the Grammys, hopefully there’s a pot of gold or a genie lamp she can wish upon to have “Cool for the Summer” nominated in a pop category.

Song of the Year: “High By The Beach”

Lana Del Rey hypnotizes her listeners again with “High By The Beach”

Choosing a single song for “Song of the Year” was the toughest category to do. So many songs this year were great. It seemed impossible to cut it down to one song. But after a lot of back and forth, I decided that Lana Del Rey’s song, “High By The Beach” is worthy of that trophy.
I’ve devoted most of the other categories to the most proper female pop artists. Lana Del Rey can’t necessarily be labeled a pop starlet by any means. But “High By The Beach” is possibly as mainstream pop as we will get from her. So after juggling a few songs, I chose the song from the one we most likely won’t see very often on any “pop songs” lists.

Promotional shot for Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach”
“High By The Beach” opens with a haunting melody that immediately changes the environment of your mindset. And when the light-trap beats are introduced in the chorus it catches you off guard and permanently commits you to the remainder of the song. Many songs are effortless and follow you as you continue living your life. But this song grabs your attention and transports you to the scene that it’s living in; controlling you. It’s rare that a song can do that. It’s familiar territory for Lana Del Rey, considering it’s kind of “her thing.” So that’s one reason that this song excels in a place other pop songs fail.
The music video for “High By The Beach” was equally tantalizing and captivating. The video is not obvious of its purpose when it begins. It follows Lana Del Rey through a beach house as she seems to be avoiding something. It ends up being a paparazzi taking pictures from a helicopter. This gave the video a scene with a wind effect that surely had Beyonce dialing every contact, in jealousy, to try and recreate later. And then with a fantasy finale, she grabs a huge sci-fi gun to shoot down the helicopter.

Another promotional shot for Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach”
The song has the right amount of pretentiousness while still being a win for the girls of pop music. Lana Del Rey continues to mesmerize the music industry with her unique music and vocals. For that, I picked “High By The Beach” for The Pop Pyro’s “Song of the Year.”

The Pop Pyro’s pick for “Song of the Year”

Other Top-Picked Songs This Year:

More Top-Picked songs from The Pop Pyro

In No Order:

  • Demi Lovato – “Cool For The Summer” Easily this summer’s anthem. Demi killed it.
  • Zedd ft. Selena Gomez – “I Want You To Know” Selena had a great second half of the year, but she had one of Spring’s best tracks.
  • JoJo – “Save My Soul” The only ballad on top of the list, and rightfully so. JoJo is one of the best balladeers of the girls in pop music.
  • Marina and the Diamonds – “Blue” The pre-chorus to this song, “give me love; give me dreams…” is the best of the year.
  • Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” If you don’t sing along to this song when it’s played, you’re a robot. Anthem.
  • Selena Gomez – “Good For You” Selena was just doing a lot of great things this year.

Other mention-ables (I can’t Stop):

Madonna“Joan of Arc” and “Ghosttown”
Tamar Braxton“Angels & Demons” and “KING”
Hilary Duff“Confetti” and “Sparks”