She Wolf; or, my thoughts on pop music in America and the UK

I never thought I would be a person who likes David Guetta, but this song features Sia and she is my spirit animal. And the video is cool, to boot.

 

Let’s go on a little musical tangent, shall we? Okay!

I think I’ve begun a slow descent into a lover (possibly?) of dubstep and club music, which is way more prevalent/popular/mainstream in the UK than the US. Switch out the pop-country and hip hop that you hear in Ohio for the bass dropping, Euro-dance tracks here in England, and there ya go-pop music transcending the two countries. Some tunes top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic-mostly the straight pop music, like girl/boy groups, Rihanna or Lady Gaga or Maroon 5, etc-and some of it doesn’t. For example, there’s almost no rap or hip hop that makes it to the top 40 in the UK unless it’s got some underlying dance beat, ie Nicki Minaj-and even Kanye West isn’t as popular here. Taylor Swift and her brand of country crossover aren’t as successful either. But then again, stuff that is totally successful here isn’t as broadly accepted Stateside, like Swedish House Mafia , or Calvin Harris, or other DJs.

Long story short, these are just some observations of mine regarding the transatlantic pop music industry. And obviously this isn’t all true, all the time. And some of it is just plain confusing-Cher Lloyd broke the US market but Cheryl Cole hasn’t?? One Direction is big in America now, but still no one in the States knows who Emeli Sande is?? What kind of world am I living in? Also, I’m really missing some gritty hip hop jams-I have to go out of my way to look for more of it now than ever before, even though I do enjoy UK hip hop artists like Professor Green, Tinie Tempah and Labrinth. Their style(s) of hip hop are much different from, say, Lil Wayne or T.I. though, not to mention all the new tunes I must be missing!

In sum, there’s a lot of crossover with pop music between the two nations, but the music that isn’t crossing over (in either direction) is fairly easy to predict once you notice the trends. The end!

 

These are the things I think about. Yep.

Now, musical friends and loved ones…what are you listening to?

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Tunes for a chill Friday night…

My night so far: gym, smoothie, Kill Bill 1.

My night to come: Kill Bill 2, cup of tea, sleep.

Sometimes you just need a quiet night to yourself.  Here are some tunes for that sort of evening.

Cat Power-Ice Water

Adele-Rolling in the Deep

Regina Spektor-Samson

Nancy Sinatra-Bang Bang

 

Bit of a girl power kick lately, if you couldn’t tell…

Florence and her lovely Machine

Hello again! Sorry for being sporadic in the posting. I’ve not been doing a whole lot these days, like I said. Yesterday’s run was cancelled due to the rain that happened ALL DAY. And I mean it, all day long. Today is equally ominous looking, but drier, so should be able to get in the miles. And that is the most exciting part of my day! Alas, it seems summer is over in England. Other than that, I’ve started a new knitting project, been watching eps of Freaks and Geeks online, and am getting things ready for Marisa’s visit next week. And with that, please listen to this fantastic song by Florence + the Machine. So many kinds of amazing, powerful, rocking music. I hope you love it.

Song of my day

Lauryn Hill-Everything is Everything

College days at my favorite dive bar, Larry’s… They had a great jukebox, and I had a very select set I always played while I drank my vodka red bulls/white russians/blue moon-this, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two Headed Boy”. Ahhhh nostalgia.

Sometimes it seems

We’ll touch that dream

But things come slow or not at all

And the ones on top, won’t make it stop

So convinced that they might fall.

Let’s love ourselves then we can’t fail

to make a better situation.

Tomorrow, our seeds will grow

all we need is dedication.