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i guess it's appropriate that a year when a limp bebe rexha / florida georgia line duet reaches the top 10 would be a year with a pop thread that started in almost-mid-february

maura, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:11 (one year ago) Permalink

that said, this is pretty good! it's by the guy who wrote britney's 'love me down' and a bunch of uh brooke candy songs. he says he 'grew up on bloghouse' which lol

maura, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

(also is the bass line from a beck song or... ?)

maura, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I like this a lot (Dr. Luke production though :/)

ufo, Friday, 23 February 2018 01:23 (one year ago) Permalink

It's really good!

daavid, Friday, 23 February 2018 03:02 (one year ago) Permalink

kim petras killing it this year
'faded' is amazing

nxd, Friday, 23 February 2018 09:38 (one year ago) Permalink

faded is amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 23 February 2018 15:08 (one year ago) Permalink

i like the victoria monet ep. it sounds like she listened to a lot of dawn richard before heading into the studio. also its intro is the best tribute to janet jackson's spoken-word bits that i've heard in a while.

maura, Friday, 23 February 2018 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

preparing myself to enjoy shawn mendes in 2018

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 23 March 2018 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

oh that's nice

sean gramophone, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:21 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah i love this. every time i've listened to a new phoenix song in the last 5 years i've hoped it would sound like this

J0rdan S., Friday, 23 March 2018 18:23 (one year ago) Permalink

is this going to be as godawful as the artist/title, and a cursory scan of the lyrics, suggest

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 23 March 2018 22:37 (one year ago) Permalink

not awful but it's pretty meh/ignorable like almost all of his music

dyl, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I was really enjoying the slightness of it until the falsetto came in but it's a huge leap forward from anything else he's ever done

boxedjoy, Saturday, 24 March 2018 09:04 (one year ago) Permalink

that really does sound like a phoenix track, until the bridge/hook anyway. really nice track.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Saturday, 24 March 2018 21:31 (one year ago) Permalink

the best track off Halsey's album got released as a single finally, and Stefflon Don is on it

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 26 March 2018 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

"Dirrty Is Good Actually," the song:

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

among the more fruitful genres (covered by zero sites) are female-fronted rock bands sort of like Paramore before they went full Jazz Styrofoam Cup in Music Form; this is a cover but good

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I won't stand for paramore hate tbh, anyway that mostly just makes me want another dead sara record

Simon H., Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:25 (one year ago) Permalink

according to wikipedia (I know): "Dead Sara is currently signed to Atlantic Records with a new EP set to release in 2018."

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:41 (one year ago) Permalink

oh nice!

Simon H., Thursday, 19 April 2018 22:17 (one year ago) Permalink

i liked dead sara's first album so much (if that's the one with "weatherman" on it), i don't know why i stopped checking up on them

dyl, Friday, 20 April 2018 03:18 (one year ago) Permalink

their records are so great

maura, Friday, 20 April 2018 03:28 (one year ago) Permalink


they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Friday, 20 April 2018 03:42 (one year ago) Permalink

groovypanda, Thursday, 3 May 2018 09:04 (one year ago) Permalink

i love this new charlie puth. i'm a sucker for the wispy guitars in the chorus but it's just really well produced, cool drum fills and interlacing backing vocals all over the place. apparently he produced it himself.

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 May 2018 05:22 (one year ago) Permalink

i’m lukewarm on puth but i’ll check this out.

new jess glynne! her album from a few years ago was so good

maura, Friday, 4 May 2018 05:41 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll see if I can forgive Puth for that Marvin Gaye thing... but I really don't think the world needs more songs about love me or hate me I am what I am

niels, Friday, 4 May 2018 11:21 (one year ago) Permalink

verse vocal melody tethering is w/e but otherwise the puth is good

lowercase (eric), Friday, 4 May 2018 11:26 (one year ago) Permalink

i saw him live last year and he was just so smarmy

maura, Friday, 4 May 2018 13:39 (one year ago) Permalink

puth's newer songs are better than his older ones but ever since he faved those mark dice tweets i've been doing my best to ignore him

monotony, Friday, 4 May 2018 14:27 (one year ago) Permalink

i really do not like charlie puth, even his 'good' song ("attention") was just passable to me and in general he just grates

i lol'd somewhat at his recent tweet in which he praised the chord progression in ariana's new single. (he's a real musician you know, he produces his music himself etc etc)

dyl, Saturday, 5 May 2018 02:15 (one year ago) Permalink


(he mentioned this a lot when i saw him)

maura, Saturday, 5 May 2018 14:57 (one year ago) Permalink


illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 5 May 2018 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

i like the troye sivan track that was posted recently, including its awkward and overly conspicuous metaphors

dyl, Monday, 7 May 2018 05:21 (one year ago) Permalink

feel like this is the most interesting thing on pop radio right now (not that there's a lot of competition)

maura, Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

maura, Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

also, speaking of dead sara, they have a new single out (not an exact fit for this thread but still)

maura, Thursday, 10 May 2018 15:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Bazzi song is nice, but somehow he manages to come off as a douche to me...

are Dead Sara getting airplay?

niels, Friday, 11 May 2018 09:51 (one year ago) Permalink

lol no way, they’re women!

maura, Friday, 11 May 2018 13:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Dead Sara song sounds like if Bonnie Tyler got really angsty and joined The Hives.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink

j0rd's right about that charlie puth track

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 14:50 (one year ago) Permalink

i did not like "attention" v much (the instrumentation is great but the vocal melody is diet zayn) and "the way i am" is def what i wanted it to be

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 14:51 (one year ago) Permalink

great, i may like this whole record, what the hell

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 15:00 (one year ago) Permalink

i guess it should surprise no one that i'm mesmerized by derulo-esque pastiche but the "what a fool believes" chords working in and out of this, jeez

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 11 May 2018 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

omg i thought positive opinions about charlie puth were going to be safely contained in his new dedicated thread

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 01:13 (one year ago) Permalink

i would also call the bazzi song 'interesting' but mainly because it sounds like two different songs spliced together. like, okay, we need this verse so the viral marketing ppl and streaming kidz can work w/ it but we also need this completely different chorus so we can sell him to radio as a 'pop' artist instead of something resembling a rapper.

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 01:15 (one year ago) Permalink

the bazzi song became a hit due to a snapchat filter? lol

i like it though it feels a bit slight at only 2 minutes, the individual parts are good enough that they could surely be stretched out a bit more to make it feel more substantial

ufo, Saturday, 12 May 2018 01:20 (one year ago) Permalink

This new track "Girls" (Rita Ora feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX) seems to be generating discussion/controversy. Sexual politics aside, it's... not a good song, IMO. Despite the talent involved.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:06 (one year ago) Permalink

i usually don't mind her idiosyncratic voice but bebe rexha in particular sounds terrible on this

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Feels like a weird stylistic swerve for Rita, after the sophistication of Your Song and Anywhere.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:28 (one year ago) Permalink

i like a small handful of her songs but at this point it seems clear that rita ora has basically no identity as an artist or performer and will likely never develop one

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Rita Ora's career is very confusing - it's been 6 years since her debut album and she hasn't released a second album despite continuing to have hits in the UK. that seems to be mostly due to label drama where they wouldn't let her release an album and she eventually sued to get released from her contract - but that sort of thing usually only happens when the pre-album singles flop badly (often partially due to poor promotion etc.) which isn't the case here at all? Anywhere last year was decent but the new song is quite dull and 'taking inspiration from "I Kissed a Girl"' seems like an obviously bad idea?

ufo, Saturday, 12 May 2018 06:19 (one year ago) Permalink

as a self-confessed Charli superfan, "Girls" is fucking dreadful and an embarassment to everyone involved (except Ora who should be embarassed all the time)

Kehlani's tweets on it have been a mix of grace and shady hilarity <3

boxedjoy, Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:20 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

okay this is incredible

brackEt, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:01 (one year ago) Permalink

sorta weird what happened w/ them... all set to take over the world & then they kinda fell off the face of the earth in america. feel like BTS kinda hijacked their spot as the foreign boy band made the centerpiece of second-tier award shows

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:57 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't particularly like this song... the first single was pretty good but also i'm not sure what they're supposed to be now. they totally dropped the pop punk shtick in favor of vague post-1975 tasteful guitar pop a la shawn mendes essentially? there's a little bit of a rock edge to "youngblood" that is like "ey remember us??" but idk i feel like some ppl in some conference room somewhere decided that they could be the next one direction & it hasn't seemed to take at all

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:01 (one year ago) Permalink

i didn't realise their second album's singles had flopped everywhere. post-1975 tasteful guitars is preferable to their pretty dire pop punk but there's a lot of this stuff around now and it doesn't really stand out

ufo, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:25 (one year ago) Permalink

this single's gone to #1 in Australia FYI.

monotony, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 23:32 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure i must have listened to at least some of their singles since "she looks so perfect" (which i loved) but for whatever reason now i can't remember anything about them

dyl, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 03:04 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this is more Bruno Mars-y than anything this Disney-affiliated deserves to be, and I actually like it a lot

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

abcfsk, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

idk what thread she fits in but i love the new album by amy shark

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 July 2018 14:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

abcfsk, Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

that's lovely in a glossy justin vernon way

sean gramophone, Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

i heard kim petras's latest "heart to break" and it's really good, i think the best i've heard from her so far

dyl, Sunday, 2 September 2018 15:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Faded, Heart to Break, and Can't Do Better are all fantastic but her latest, All The Time, is pretty weak

ufo, Sunday, 2 September 2018 16:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

oh i didn't realize she had put out anything after "heart to break"

dyl, Sunday, 2 September 2018 17:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

has she denounced or stopped working with dr luke yet

monotony, Sunday, 2 September 2018 23:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

great article

the song caught me in the wild and i had to know what it was, hear it again. it's unfortunate.

dyl, Monday, 3 September 2018 01:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

i should prob make my own thread for "new shawn mendes singles i enjoy" but

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 September 2018 14:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

h/t maura for that one

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 September 2018 14:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

jason derulo's new single sounds like leftover black eyed peas-type trollwave from 2010/2011

("time to say goodbye" is a legit lovely tune tho. personally i especially enjoy the chris botti orchestral version lol)

dyl, Friday, 7 September 2018 01:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

oh my god wait are you fucking serious don't tell me it samples t hat

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 7 September 2018 14:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

this song is trollwave in that it exists to troll me specifically

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 7 September 2018 14:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

so rita ora return to her run of surprisingly good tunes

brackEt, Monday, 24 September 2018 01:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

The vibe is similar to “Your Song,” but it’s not as good IMO.

growing up in publix (morrisp), Monday, 24 September 2018 01:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

Some very big-80s sounding tracks I've been digging lately:

daavid, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 06:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

yep love all three of these
still need to check out the aces album actually

nxd, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Rolling most 2018 sound:

DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B • Taki Taki

(Don’t know where Snake got this beat from, but kudos, it’s a great track)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

think I'd enjoy it more without the Ozuna guy

niels, Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

Really? What is it you don’t like about him?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

i like ozuna. selena gomez is the weak link for me. song is just okay overall.

dyl, Friday, 12 October 2018 06:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp I guess his voice comes across very... loud in the mix, slightly grating

maybe I'll grow to love it

Selena is probably the weakest here (although the Cardi verse surely isn't the best she's done) but I've a lot of sympathy for her and always like to see her have a hit single

niels, Friday, 12 October 2018 06:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

shawn mendes track from upthread has been remixed by zedd, who repurposes the 'let's get lost tonight' bridge from the original into a buzzy instrumental hook. it got performed at an awards show and it's the only version i've heard on the radio so far. i'm not sure if i like it better or not? the tweaks are pretty slight.

dyl, Friday, 19 October 2018 02:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh and i like the new halsey song

dyl, Friday, 19 October 2018 03:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

idk if there's been any poppy discussion on these boards or even if this is the right thread for this, the best song i've ever heard

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 25 October 2018 18:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is getting some push from someplace and I'm sure someone could potentially complain about TEH ALGORITHMS but if TEH ALGORITHMS are swapping out faux-tropical whatever for Kylie/Gaga then they are good actually

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

xps ah bunch of my friends saw poppy the other night and i had to miss it :(

surprised there isnt a poppy thread tbf, deffo been discussed somewhere - probs big enuff for her own thread now

loving that chater tune too

nxd, Friday, 26 October 2018 08:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

Miya Folick's album (Premonitions, out last week) is an impressive debut. I hear Fiona Apple in the way her voice flutters sometimes - but it's also a serviceable replacement (like the October album from earlier this year) for the 2018 Sky Ferreira record we're probably never going to get.

monotony, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 01:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

man i'm so into aggretsuko poppy. the video came out

maura, Monday, 5 November 2018 22:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

love it

nxd, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 09:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm not convinced by the album, but AURORA live was a joy to look at. Especially the first song (Churchyard).

Nabozo, Friday, 9 November 2018 15:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

abcfsk, Monday, 26 November 2018 11:37 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

unregistered, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 03:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Here's a post xmas pop playlist with everything discussed on the thread this year.

ILM's 2018 Rolling Pop Spotify Playlist

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 16:30 (five months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Couldn't find a 2019 thread

groovypanda, Friday, 3 May 2019 07:06 (one month ago) Permalink

justice for yvonne elliman

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 3 May 2019 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

groovypanda, i was just searching a thread to post the same video.
never cared much about shawn mendes (besides 'nervous') but i'm really enjoying this new one.

Nourry, Friday, 3 May 2019 17:12 (one month ago) Permalink

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