It’s no wonder Kelly Clarkson has been yapping non-stop about “People Like Us.” The song, in a word, is amazing.
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Stefani Germanotta was once an unknown artist, working constantly on her dream of being a pop star, until she finally hit the big time. These days, she’s known as Lady Gaga, and she’s just about as mainstream as you can get. Other artists, however, have not been as lucky, and many of the best musicians out there are ones you may not have heard of. Here are five of our current favorites.
London-based Filthy Dukes have managed to get some minor airplay here and there, but true mainstream acceptance has eluded them so far. It’s a shame, too, because they regularly churn out songs that are both catchy and radio-friendly. Too bad the radio stations haven’t caught on.
Wow, Ke$ha can actually sing.
Colour me surprised, but I quite like the acoustic version of “Die Young”. The stripped down production allows the “Tik Tok” songstress to shine and prove non-fans (e.g. me) that she can sing.
Pop Music Updates – November 13, 2012
- This Thursday, November 15th, Sidney York is playing at the Media Club in Vancouver with Dear Rouge and We Need Surgery. More info on the Hip City Music Facebook event page. Check out their cute teaser below.
- Walk Off The Earth are performing in Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday, November 25th. Their new video “Red Hands” is out now.
- Dragonette has a Christmas song! “Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)” will be available Nov 20th, but you can stream it now on Soundcloud.
Kelly Clarkson looks stunning in “Catch My Breath”, although the video doesn’t really have a concept or a plot. I think the “Stronger” diva is aiming for something symbolic here, but the video lacks interesting images to truly tell a story.
In a recent cover story interview with Billboard magazine, Christina Aguilera says that Lotus, her seventh studio LP, “represents a celebration of the new me.” Regarding the title, she explains that “the lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years.”
Aguilera also acknowledges that Lotus is similar Stripped, the 2002 album spawned that the iconic hit “Beautiful” — the album that many believe is still her best. “Now I’m at a place at 31, where the last time I felt this way was when I was 21 with Stripped and I had a lot to say and a lot to express.”
The end result an enjoyable — although also predictable — pop record that borrows from several genres, including dance, RnB, and country.