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Pop's Past,

Present and

Potentialy Predictable Future

2012 is in full swing now, what's gonna happen this year:

Adele's gonna be around for a long time yet, Emeli Sande's a hot tip for this year (see below) she's been flirting with some concrete people fixed firmly in the recording scene. The Soul/Bashment-style-Rap sound created by Eminem 10years ago has blossomed and is flowering, Capital Radio's Johny Vaughan has been turfed out of the morning seat to be replaced by Dave Berry - smart move Capital, Vaughany's a very good DJ but he's got a Club DJ sound to his voice. Replacing The Great Tarrant was always gonna be hard, Berry does it better.

Little Mix ......... where do we go from here... Little Mix are getting bad reviews everywhere, they're not the best singers, and yet another X Factor winner badly covering a tune from the past was not the greatest first step. If our paths happen to cross we should talk, we could work very well.

There's not enough Guitar Bands around, that's what's wanted a band to produce future classics. Jimi Hendrix, Guns'n'Roses, Nirvana, REM, errr... The Darkness (?) They are the sorta sound that's needed in the charts, wouldn't a tune titled Coldplay Meets Clapton sound brilliant? 12:01:12

Maroon 5's latest offering (released last September) is going to be hard for them to follow up, it's got to be their biggest tune yet. The ingredients are all there: easy to remember catchy lyrics about a character everyone knows, the video manages to keep your attention, dancy beat that even your grandma can enjoy (she'll remember Mick too), an overall good song. Mick Jagger was blessed with what can ensure guaranteed achievement: self confidence. 13:01:12

Well summer 2011 has been and long gone now, there's been lots of great tunes to remember it by though. This page needs a good rinse-down for Christmas, that's the next Big Event worldwide. 2012 will be swamped with Olympomania, everyone trying to take a slice of the Olympic Pie so expect to hear some predictably awful Cheese-Choons in the Spring.

The greatest tune of 2011? There's still time for something else but my opinion so far is Mr Saxobeat, that'll be fillin' floors for a few years yet. 09:11:11

Watch this tune, it has relatively good ingredients to become a big hit.


Emeli Sandé - Heaven
"Heaven" is released on Sunday 14th August 2011 using the late great James Brown sound with the Funky Drummer drum sample, this tune's gonna be the 'Summer 2011 Tune' !!!

A new sound/genre is emerging, DubStep into Drum'n'Bass, the first Chart Tune paving the way for this combination that I heard was the future classic from Tinie Tempah, Pass Out. Sounds great, nothing really wow has come from this sound yet but it will.

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London, England (arguably Croydon South London through a studio over the Big Apple record shop, or Bristol). Its overall sound has been described as "tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals".

The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured B-sides of single releases. In 2001, this and other strains of dark garage music began to be showcased and promoted at London's night club Forward (sometimes stylized as FWD>>), which went on to be considerably influential to the development of dubstep. The term "dubstep" in reference to a genre of music began to be used by around 2002, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and distinct from 2-step and grime (info coutesy of Wikipedia)

Amy Winehouse has passed away today 23.07.2011 age 27, the same age that many other pop music icons sad departure took place at. Watch the music scene for her re-appearence.

A very talented singer, she will be remembered.

This tune from Kate Perry ticks all the right boxes under

Summer Anthem Requirements; it's very singalongable,

repetative shoutable bits, hands in the airy and girls love it!

Seriously, it wont beat Mr. Saxobeat as The Summer 2011 Tune

that ones still gonna be apearing in various forms in 10 years time.

T.G.I.F is still gonna get played at parties in 10 years time though!


Olly Murs ft Rizzle Kicks - Heart Skips A Beat
This is a great track crammed with 80's samples of 70's tunes, is that the Amen drum break? Top tune, will it become a classic or a calamity? (16.07.11)

Alexandra Stan - Mr Saxobeat (Official Video)
Popular Pumpin' Dance/Pop Tune

What a broad subject pop is! Popular music is used as a saleable item, like shoes, cars, fishing rods, toothbrushes, and disposable items. Each of these items is dressed up to appeal to the largest quantity of people likely to buy it and pop music is aimed at people with disposable income: youth. The average person in this category is aged between 15 and 20, has a job and lives with their parents (although when MTV evolved it's main intention was to 'get into the mind of every 14 year old'), with very few necessary financial outgoings. Although these age brackets have broardened in the last 20 years to fit in Dinky's (unmarried couples living together, Double Income No Kids Yet) and lots of 80s material has reappeared.

Television plays a huge part in the advertising of this product, as Stock Aitkin and Waterman discovered by plucking Kylie Minogue from the Neighbours set. What started out as popular music with Bill Haley and his Comets Rockin' Around the Clock has become a huge multimillion throbbing industry, with clever advertising being able to sell worthless products. But if people are willing to buy worthless products, worthless products they shall have..... that's a very debatable subject. Most Pop Music does sound like talentless noise to the untrained ear (old people) but millions of people do enjoy it, and they are who it's aimed at.

The tunes on this page are without doubt Summer Smashers of 2011, despite what I wrote earlier though I think Mr Saxobeat will be the one to remember this year by. They're both great songs, but Heaven just isn't getting the airplay needed! (heard it more since it's release at the weekend but Saxobeat is stillgetting loadsa airplay). Of these tunes I think Mr Saxobeat is the more memorable, it has a very catchy sax riff and appeals to Pop Pub and Club crowds.

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