Britney Jean, the eight studio album from Britney Spears, is set to sell up to 120,000 copies in its opening week. While that’s enough for a number one debut, it’s a big drop from the 276,000 that Femme Fatale sold in its first week in 2011 and pales in comparison to recent debut numbers by Miley Cyrus (270,000), Katy Perry (275,000) or even Lady Gaga (258,000).
But I’m not sure surprised Britney Jean is set to flop. In fact, if there’s justice in the world, Britney Jean deserves not to sell at all. Here are six reasons why:
- The lazy “Work Bitch” music video
“Work Bitch” is a pretty fierce song, but the video just falls short of epicness. Lazy choreography, uninspired concept, and Britney’s lack of spark help make “Work Bitch” one of the most disappointing music videos of 2013.
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also features some great original tunes for music lovers to enjoy.
After much teasing and many, many antics, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP finally arrived in stores today. Just like her previous work, Lady Gaga flexed her marketing muscle in this release. From a flying dress to showing her vagina to high-profile stints at iTunes Festival and the MTV Music Awards, Gaga didn’t back down from promoting this album. ARTPOP is the third full-length album from the “Pokerface” pop star.
But what about the music?
I’m happy to report that for the most part, ARTPOP is not a bad album. In fact, I like this better than the unlistenable Born This Way. Here are five highlights:
Yes, “Applause” isn’t the most exciting or innovative pop single ever, but it’s super catchy. The music video is borderline campy, borderline cheesy. Lady Gaga is a lot better when she doesn’t take herself too seriously, and “Applause” proves that.
Since Katy Perry released PRISM, music snobs have been busy bashing the album. The A.V. Club called it “forgettable,” while SPIN described it as “tepid.”
I’m not here to tell you that PRISM is this year’s best pop album—it’s not!—but it’s actually a decent listen. Here are my top 6 faves:
- International Smile
Light and happy, “International Smile” could easily have been in Katy Perry’s last album. With “oohs” and “aaahs” and vocal delivery similar to “Teenage Dream,” this song is proof of Perry’s undeniable charisma.
It was a Monday night, but that didn’t stop Vancouverites from flocking to Rogers Arena to see Pink’s The Truth About Love Tour. The sold out concert on October 21st thrilled fans, which was a mix of young adults, lovers, and many, many, many women.
Just when EDM was kinda getting stale, Avicii’s True shows everyone how it’s done. Mixing organic instrumentals with soaring synths, the debut studio album from the Swedish DJ is both delightful and catchy—the type of popular dance music you wouldn’t mind listening to even outside the club.
If you still haven’t listened to True, here are 5 tracks you need to hear:
- Hey Brother [feat. Dan Tyminski]
The latest single from the album is also one of the strongest. “Hey Brother” features American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski.