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?

Tunes I Dig-UK Pop Edition

Since we moved into our place down here 3 weeks ago, we still haven’t managed to get the internet connected (I’m using my phone as a hotspot again today, shhhhh don’t tell!) and on top of that, we haven’t had the spare funds to replace my record player that I couldn’t bring from the states. This means that I have basically turned the tv on to one of the two music channels-Viva or 4Music- every morning to just jam and see what’s happening in the UK pop scene while I do stuff around the house. They play actual videos. It’s fun. Think about that MTV!

Surprisingly enough, or maybe not really, I love pop music. I love most music, to be honest-maybe not thrasher death metal, and jazz doesn’t really do anything for me most of the time, but I think it’s fair to say that more genres than not please me- in particular folk, Americana, indie, hip-hop, rap, punk, blues, singer-song writer types, and good ol’ fashioned fluffy pop music. I don’t see why people are ever ashamed of liking a style of music that, by nature, is named for its popularity. Anyway, the interesting bit of the UK top 40 music is that it is so eclectic! There are very indie acts-Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to Know” is currently number 1 on the charts-squished right in there with dub step, hip hop and club bangers, pop stars and cover songs. It’s an interesting thing they’ve got going on over here.

Here are a few of the songs that I can’t help but loving lately, or at the very least sing along to enthusiastically every time they come on, all very pop in nature. In fact, if I’m not mistaken several of these acts were on the UK X factor (Marcus Collins, Olly Murs, and Cher Lloyd), so….feel free to pass judgement on that entrance into pop stardom if you feel the need. Emeli Sande just won a Brit award and she is AMAZING. Enjoy!