The time has come again for you to vote and crown another song!
Vote (every hour) for your favorite song in each battle to help it move into the next round of battles. I won’t bother you with small talk for all 16 of these songs… So let’s skip that and get right into it! Vote, share and tweet this tournament to help your favorite songs move forward!
Here is the complete bracket of all the songs in this quarter’s (April 1st – June 30th) tournament! First round ends Wednesday (July 6th) night!
Stream the songs below to preview them if needed! FOLLOW the playlist and other exclusive playlists from The Pop Pyro on Spotify!
There you have it! All 8 battles! Vote once every HOUR! And while you’re at it follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
Selena Gomez is hard at work on her new WORLD tour and a new album!
Selena Gomezrevealed during a Grammy interview with Zach Sang & The Gang (Watch: here) that she is already preparing for her next album! She divulged, “I’m already getting back in the studio with everybody that I love and I’ve been more inspired than ever.”
Throughout the interview she briefly speaks about the creative process of her current album ‘Revival’, admiring Jennifer Lawrence‘s career and working with Charlie Puth.
If you have tickets for her upcoming world tour, prepare for an intimate experience with Selena. Speaking of the tour, she admits, “It’s very, very genuine. The whole tour you’re going to feel so connected and I love that and I can’t wait for people to be a part of it.” — Sounds like an appropriate setting for her most personal album yet.
What style and sound would you love to hear Selena Gomez tackle in her follow-up to ‘Revival’? Let me know here or at any other social media platforms.
Selena Gomez has the arduous task of proving to everyone that she can be taken seriously as a mainstream pop star.
After her successful 4-album stint as a teen pop sensation, she’s left Disney’s Hollywood Records and signed to a proper music label, Interscope. ‘Revival’ is not as exciting nor has a fraction of the energy ‘Stars Dance’ had but it offers all the sensuality and depth its predecessor lacked.
Album Cover for ‘Revival’
Coming off the energy of ‘Stars Dance’, ‘Revival’ is like coming home after few drinks with your friends and finding your home lit only by candles with a trail of rose petals leading up to your bedroom. At first, you’re thrown off by the change of energy. But the curiosity moves you slowly through the candlelit foyer to the sensual vibes of tracks like “Same Old Love” and “Sober” before making it to the hallway. This is where Selena reminisces of previous relationships and offers the mysterious sounds of “Good For You” and “Camouflage”. Here, she proclaims she has, “so much shit to say.” You finally reach the bedroom to find it empty. The climax is not a lover but actually yourself with self-empowering tracks like “Survivors” and the finale track “Rise”.
The album takes your mind outside of the “schoolyard crushes” and “intro to house parties” environments that her previous teen albums seemed to have taken place. And this successfully allows Selena to tell her story as an empowered and mature young woman. Though mostly a sensual #BedroomMusic vibe through the entire album, tracks like “Body Heat” and “Me and the Rhythm” give a spark of fire to keep the album interesting and fun.
Overall, I think Selena Gomez perfectly executed her emancipation (in her own way) from the teen image she once had and offers a cohesive album for the more experienced listener.
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.
“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.
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.”
Other Top-Picked Songs This Year:
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.
Selena Gomez has had a steady progression with her musical career. She solidified herself as a pop heavyweight after she released 2013’s “Come and Get It” (from her album ‘Stars Dance’) then gave it one of my favorite music videos of all time. ‘Revival’ proves that she is still a pop superstar but also an artistic risk-taker with her music.
Selena Gomez could have easily had a successful album by making the expected dance teen pop album that she had been boxed into with her previous albums. But she took a HUGE risk and made a mid-tempo album with breathy vocals and intimate tones. I go into further detail about the album and my reactions, after its first play, with my #QuickListen review that was posted here on The Pop Pyro earlier this year. Read my review: Click Here
Selena Gomez unraveled this album better than most pop stars can these days. Every single, performance and promotion for ‘Revival’ painted the perfect picture for what this album is. And upon listening there were no surprises except good music. “Good For You” was the perfect lead single. The song was extremely successful on the Billboard Hot 100 and has over 200 million streams on Spotify alone. The success continued with her second single “Same Old Love” also topping the charts. She is currently promoting her latest single “Hands to Myself” with performances at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She just released her sexiest video yet with its video as well.
‘Revival’ reveals an entirely new facet of Selena Gomez. It’s cohesive; it’s sensual; it’s insightful; and it’s just an all-around GOOD ALBUM. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and topped many critic’s end-of-year album lists. For all of these reasons, I picked ‘Revival’ as The Pop Pyro’s “Album of the Year.”
Other Top-Picked Albums This Year:
In No Order:
Hilary Duff’s – “Breathe In Breathe Out” One of the most all-encompassing and pure pop albums of the year. Standout tracks:“Confetti,” “My Kind,” and “One In A Million.”
Dumblonde’s – “dumblonde” My favorite debut of the year. This album is great from start to finish. Standout tracks: “dreamsicle,” “love blind,” and “you got me.”
Lana Del Rey’s – “Honeymoon” She released another flawless addition to her catalog. If you love Lana; you love this album. Standout tracks: “Music To Watch Boys To,” “Art Deco” and “Religion.”
Tamar Braxton-Herbert’s – “Calling All Lovers” It’s mostly an R&B album, but Tamar uses the album to prove the versatility she and her voice have. Standout tracks:“KING,” “Angels and Demons” and “Coming Home.”