Mystical threads have always run deep through Arcade Fire's repertoire. Inversions, upside downs and inside outs emerge in "black mirrors" and the "darkness of light." Opposites are reconciled, and unification is at the core of life itself.
The word "feminism" is thrown around quite loosely these days, especially among chart-topping pop stars. Whenever one woman makes a "questionable" move, another woman quickly throws up her dukes -- looking for a fight, with some even calling it feminism.
With Lady Gaga's new album ARTPOP, she continues to try to shock but it all somehow falls flat. In an age when Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj parade around in next to nothing, Lady Gaga's brand of "shocking" seems almost dated.
I wrote to Sia on Twitter and expressed my disappointment. I wasn't expecting a reply, but, to my surprise, she responded and thoughtfully listened, and we proceeded to have a lengthy (by Twitter standards) conversation.
Does her music measure up? Sure. But it's pop music, let's face it. We've "heard" "Roar" many times over from many a performer. The lyrics are familiar, as is the beat. Katy put her spin on it, but it's pop music -- the likes of which we've enjoyed for decades.
The last words of the album, "I've turned into someone else", perfectly ends the romantic arc, and also comments on her real life transformation. Now that Hannah Montana is gone, will Miley Cyrus succeed as a pop artist?
Personally, I find Miley Cyrus' super-"sexy" image distasteful, as it sends a terrible message to young girls and women the world over, but I find the double standard people are promoting even less savory.
For several years now, the best American pop music has been coming from Sweden. These happy Europeans make me want to grow a beard. I want to look at blades of grass for hours on end. I don't have a care in the world. I may even wanna get a girlfriend again.
Taking the concept to the next stage literally, Drexler applies the technology to a live audience setting, picking audience members to come on stage and choose the parts of the songs, which he then has to sing in real time.
Like when Simon Cowell says "we've got a future pop star here," he literally means everything that Ariana represents. And that just shouldn't ever happen. I mean, there has to be a flaw somewhere, right?
For as long as I can remember, I have been a music lover. Mom would break out her John Gary and Nat King Cole records, and although I wasn't crazy about either artist, it was hard to miss how happy she was while listening to them.
Things change as you move further from Baby Bjorns and lovies and closer to Top 40 and first loves. You are reminded again that you are making all this stuff up as you go, that there was no formal training in parenting,
In a time when people have become over sharers on social media it's odd when someone does the exact opposite, yet that is exactly what Britney Spears is doing. And this shrouding in mystery is what's keeping everyone guessing.
Is Miley America's young, waiting to be devoured? Is she our new Princess of Pop, or is she a princess waiting to be popped? Or is Miley all of us, all of us in our toiling, immature machinations of narcissism?
The video was recently released and it has all the wonderful campy Cher-ness we've come to expect, including an array of hairstyles (my favorite is a particularly innovative one made of newspaper shreds) dancing, singing, and Cher in all her divinity.