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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 1: Fifth Harmony Vs. Rihanna

THE BATTLES BEGIN NOW!

The first battle of the tournament is between two of the best songs out this quarter and will have the most time for you to vote on. You can vote once per hour! So keep sharing and coming back to vote every hour. POLLS CLOSE ON MONDAY EVENING.

 

Are you team FIFTH HARMONY:

OR

Are you team RIHANNA:
work vs work

 

VOTE EVERY HOUR! The next battle will be revealed later today. Let me know which song you picked on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Share the poll to help your favorite win!

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:

lineup
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!

 

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”

Pop Event of the Year: Super Bowl 49

Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry were all in-talks to take the stage this year at the 49th Super Bowl. Katy Perry landed the gig and did not disappoint.

The headliner for the 49th Super Bowl halftime show was announced at the end of the American Music Awards in 2014 and although it wasn’t a complete surprise at the time, Katy Perry dazzled the commercial spot with glitter, charm and ridiculousness. Basically everything I want in my life. Needless to say, I was extremely excited for the show. Katy Perry could have easily let me down during the show but ended up giving me one of my favorite pop shows of… ALL TIME.

Capture from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime commercial announcement.
There was almost an unfair advantage for Katy Perry because out of all the performers considered for the show, she has arguably the most anthemic catalog of hits under her belt, perfect for a sports event. So I was just waiting to see if she could deliver with a memorable performance considering she doesn’t have many iconic performances. This bitch came out on a giant shiny mechanical lion! Her energy was great and really got me excited for the rest of the performance. I’ve got to admit that her standing stiff on top of a lion afraid to move out of order or risk falling to her death ran a little long. But when she made it to the stage it took off and did not skip a beat.

Katy Perry making her way to the Halftime show stage riding a giant lion.
When she reached the stage she was met by an army (literally an army of chess pieces) of dancers to sing “Dark Horse.” The entire stage and projection flooring surrounding it lit up and created this amazing 3-D illusion, immediately creating a larger than life environment for the show. She amazingly hammered through her hits like, “Teenage Dream,” “California Girls” and “Firework.” But you all basically have seen this performance so I don’t really need to walk you through how amazing the rest of the show was. If you need to refresh your memory watch the performance HERE.

#LeftShark and Katy Perry at the Super Bowl Halftime show 2015
What was particularly impressive and affective about this performance was how perfectly it celebrated Katy Perry; her career; and her music. Most performances focus on one song’s promotion or just a quick career medley. But this performance encompassed everything we love about Katy and magnified it by twenty! It truly felt less like a performance and more like a celebratory EVENT. It changed the way I looked at Katy Perry and was EXTREMELY entertaining. And to be completely honest, the entire time I was thinking how perfectly and necessary that it would be for Britney Spears to have this similar moment. So yes, Katy Perry’s Halftime show ignited my urgency and passion to spend most of my time in 2015 campaigning #BritneySuperBowl50.
My Change.org Petition for Britney Spears to perform at the 50th Super Bowl Halftime show has over 4,100 signatures and was featured and supported by many Britney Spears fan sites as well as NewNowNext.com and Buzzfeed.com.
Katy Perry’s performance and celebration during her Halftime performance solidified an appreciation I have for her as well as inspiring my fiery passion to demand that Britney Spears is given the same respect (and more) immediately in the music industry. For these reasons I picked the 49th Super Bowl Halftime Show as the “Pop Event of the Year.”

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