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[PLAYLIST] Best of Duff Pop (’03-’07)!

It was the best of times… It was the worst of times…

The year was 2002 and Disney was NOT going to let its new crop of young talent go to waste after Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera grew out of the Mickey Mouse Club in the nineties and graduated into full-blown international pop superstars. Hilary Duff was the network’s biggest star at the time and her TV show “Lizzie McGuire” was getting the big-screen treatment in the summer of 2003. This is when Disney made the most important decision in our nation’s history by giving Hilary Duff a legitimate record deal and album! ‘Metamorphosis’ went on to go multi-platinum and make Hilary a huge pop star… and blah, blah, blah… You know how the rest of the story goes.

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From Hilary Duff’s huge success, every network and production company with teen talent was hoping to recreate Hilary’s success. Suddenly every teen star was also moonlighting as a pop star! This was an era with some of the worst music ever.. But it gave some of our favorite teen-pop throwback girls of this millennium!

Now, Hilary Duff is the QUEEN of this class of pop tarts, but here are a few other memorable junior pop divas from Hilary’s reign in the mid 2000’s:

Ashley Tisdale

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Better known as Sharpay Evans from the High School Musical franchise, Ashley Tisdale made some of the guiltiest pleasures in pop in the 2000’s!  “Headstrong” debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 200 albums chart!

Vanessa Hudgens

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Another girl from the High School Musical saga, Vanessa Hudgens had a bit of success from her two albums “V” and “Identified.” Her first album included the musica video for “Say OK” which was one of the first videos to hit 100 million views on YouTube!

Aly & AJ

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Aly Michalka was starring in the hit Disney show “Phil of the Future” but had a bit more success in her singer-songrwiter band Aly & AJ alongside her sister AJ Michalka. Their song “Potential Break-Up Song” was a top 10 hit on the Hot 100 songs chart and also the first song to go platinum under Disney’s Hollywood Records label!

Lindsay Lohan

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Lindsay Lohan needs no introduction. She is to Hilary Duff what Christina Aguilera is to Britney Spears. “Rumors” was a top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and her album “Speak” debuted at #4 on the Hot 200 albums chart!

Ashlee Simpson

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Although she is best known as being Jessica Simpson‘s younger sister, Ashlee Simpson was a teen star dancing back-up for her older sister and starring in a recurring role on “7th Heaven.” She had a popular reality show that followed her as she recorded her debut album. Fun fact: Her first two albums both went platinum+ and also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart!

Play and FOLLOW the playlist below!

 

Did I miss any of our teen-pop girls from the mid-00’s? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

 

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6 Music Videos (+ Playlist) That Prove INNA is the “Queen of the Summer”

INNA is a “Queen of the #ClubRockers” by night and “Queen of the Summer” by day!

 

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Although summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, it is still hot as hell and the sun is out and inspiring a wave of summer music to quench our thirst!

…So stop listening to your father’s Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley and The Beach Boys music! There’s a GRANDE DAME SUMMER DIVA you may or may not be utilizing during the summer months! Sure Britney Spears, Kesha and Kylie Minogue fulfill all of our party desires throughout the year… But INNA is an exotic pop fruit that is ripest and juiciest in the summertime!

Whether you’re already a fan or need a little convincing: here are a few videos that will immediately immerse you into the finest beats and sounds that are served best with a frozen beverage and tons of sexy swimsuits dripping with water. And don’t worry, I know you’re going to like what you see so I’ve also completed a Spotify playlist at the bottom in conjunction with this flaw-free beachy music video list!

HERE ARE 6 OF INNA’S BEACHIEST (and sexiest) MUSIC VIDEOS:

1.) “Cola Song”

Though it’s one of her more pop-leaning tracks, “Cola” is literally the body anthem for everyone working hard for that “Coca-Cola bottle shape” this summer! It’s a great introduction to the fun effervescence of INNA! 

2.) “Amazing”

This song was a major success in Europe when it was released and exemplified her perfection as a dance-house artist with a finely tuned aesthetic for beach-craving music fans! 

3.) “Caliente”

The title says it all, the song and video are HOT! No one makes a beach video like INNA! And do you recognize the guy in the video? That’s Madonna‘s former boy toy, Jesus Luz. INNA has the Queen of Pop’s same taste in men…. Coincidence? I think not. 

4.) “Crazy Sexy Wild”

I love the playfulness of this video. The song really makes you want to take a stroll down Venice Beach and that’s exactly what she did just before snatching that poor man’s tip money. 

5.) “Sun Is Up”

Another masterpiece, INNA commands, “Sun is up! Move your body..” That’s it. She really secured her spot as the “Queen of the Summer!” 

6.) “Endless”

There are so many more videos I could share but just like an endless night partying in the delirium of an Ibiza nightclub, the party must (never) end. “Endless” perfectly cures any party comedown (or hangover) with this flawless house-chillout music video. The video has a domestic violence theme…. but just ignore all that and admire her beauty and the calmness of this song!

INNA is my queen of these summer months and I hope that the videos entice you to incorporate her music into all of your summer adventures! Watch ALL of her music videos on her official YouTube account! And you can follow and stream my playlist with more of her summer-ready jams below! 

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20 Powerful Diva Deep Cuts You Need In Your Life (+ Playlist)

Never send a man to sing a woman’s song

One of my favorite sub-genres in pop music is the underrepresented but most-respected POWER BALLAD. It’s the one style that can perfectly parallel some of the most intense and emotional moments of our lives. Many attempt it, but only a few artists actually succeed at crafting the perfect one. Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion are obvious vocalists that have perfected the genre. But there are a few others that have aced the challenge of recording one as well. We’re all familiar with “I Will Always Love You” and “The Power of Love” but there are so many more that are hidden deep in some of our favorite artists’ albums! They’re usually tucked in last as album closers, rightfully so, because these divas give everything they have left in them with these songs. So below I’ve compiled a list of some strong songs that may have slipped past you over the years.

20 Powerful Diva Deep Cuts You May Have Missed:

1.) “I Surrender” – Celine Dion

This is the song that inspired this entire list. When I think of this song, I consider it one of the best songs never released as a single. And above all, it is powerful in a way that only Celine can demonstrate. It’s no wonder why so many aspiring singers cover this song as an exhibition of their vocal talents.

2.) “Pulse” – Toni Braxton

The title track from Toni Braxton’s last solo album that could almost be considered a deep cut in itself. This is an all-encompassing diva song — it had to make this list. It also empowered Toni Braxton to get back in the studio after being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in 2008. (YouTube audio is not the finished album version. Listen to it on my spotify playlist below)

3.) “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is another one of the great vocalists of our time (RIP Nippy) and this was a great song recorded for the incredibily successful ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack. The song is everything we’ve come to love her for.

4.) “Lift Me Up” – Christina Aguilera

Even if you doubt Christina Aguilera in any way…. Just watch the video. She reuinted with Linda Perry again for this song. As always, it’s a match made in heaven between them two. Amazing. Flawless. Perfect. All of the sort. 

5.) “The Art of Letting Go” – Mariah Carey

Though it’s riddled with cheeky lyrics… Mariah Carey still manages to expertly veil it all with power and conviction as she builds to a masterful climax worth listening for. 

6.) “Lionheart” – Demi Lovato

If you haven’t heard Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ album, then you probably missed this song. Don’t miss it again! The song originally caught her attention after the loss of her puppy Buddy. She declares the track is an ode to the “lion heart” and fire we all have, animal and human alike, inside of us.

7.) “Sober” – Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson effortlessly shifts between vulnerable and powerful vocals in this song. She was inspired to write the song after a friend gave her relationship advice with the line, “pick all the weeds and keep the flowers.”

8.) “The Great Escape” – P!nk

Is the song about suicide or America’s epidemic of adults masking their problems with prescription pills and addictions? I don’t know…  Why don’t you decide. It’s one of P!nk’s few deep cuts that doesn’t go full-bluesy/folky. Great song.

9.) “Turning Tables” – Adele

Is anything from Adele really a deep cut at this point? This might not be a very deep cut, but it’s still deep nonetheless. 

10.)  “Loved Me Back to Life” – Celine Dion

This was her first single from her 2013 album of the same name. It’s also penned by the talented Sia. So it technically shouldn’t be a deep cut… But it failed to impact any radio stations and many of you probably missed it… So here it is! One of her best songs she’s ever recorded in my opinion. 

11.) “Understand” – Christina Aguilera

12.) “Breakaway” – Celine Dion

13.) “Vanishing” – Mariah Carey

14.) “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” – Whitney Houston

15.) “Hero” – Toni Braxton

16. ) “Blank Page” – Christina Aguilera

17.) “I Don’t Believe You” – P!nk

18.) “Side Effects of You” – Fantasia

19.) “Fix A Heart” – Demi Lovato

20.) “King” – Tamar Braxton

Check out the playlist of all the songs below! And follow it HERE:

What did you think of the list? Which song is your favorite and which songs did I miss? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Diva of the Year: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is the current reigning “Queen of Showbiz” and it is about time someone said it.

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Before the “Swifties” and “B-Army” grab their torches and pitchforks, I have plenty of reasons and receipts. And I hope that you all read this and give me a chance to prove that 2015 was THE year to praise the one and only, J. Lo. (And don’t worry #Barmy, Britney’s got a competitive itinerary for 2016)

No other pop superstar was as versatile and hard-working as Jennifer Lopez in 2015.

I’m trying to commend more than just the music with “Diva of the Year” by really congratulating someone who had an EPIC YEAR. But possibly the most important message I would like to accomplish is to prove to you, the reader, that Jennifer Lopez is grossly underrated and unappreciated by pop fans.
There’s been a glass-ceiling for J.Lo since the mid 2000’s. She’s just never seemed to break that threshold that would pair her with the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. She definitely has the hits, chart performance, sales and talent to sit her beside the pop legends. But she is just never quite mentioned as often in that way even though she’s proven herself time and time again.
Is it possible that she’s just involved in too many different aspects of entertainment? And since she’s doing extremely well at them all, it’s hard to box her in to one single role? Well, it’s curious to think that maybe if she wasn’t all of these things (Producer, A-list actor, respected fashion icon, etc.) that maybe she’d be identified solely as a POP SUPERSTAR.

Jennifer Lopez took her first steps of 2015 ONSTAGE in Las Vegas during a NYE show.
Nonetheless, if you hold Jennifer Lopez beside any other pop titan…. She can arguably be considered as successful and talented, if not MORE. And where she lacks she makes up for in many other ways the others can’t. (Example: She single-handedly opened the doors for every other modern pop star’s perfume and clothing lines)
Alas, in my perspective, Jennifer Lopez’s year had so many moments to make a little boy of pop music, like myself, blush with gratitude. She juggled an unthinkable amount of jobs in 2015 and will be calling Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino her home this year when she begins her Las Vegas residency, “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have.” I mentioned that I had receipts to prove she had the best year. And I won’t be stingy with them any longer. Here’s a rundown of some of her highlights this year…..

She starred in and produced the hit movie “The Boy Next Door” and followed it with THREE other acting projects in 2015:

Jennifer Lopez’s acting lineup for 2015
Jennifer Lopez is not one to skimp on promotion and she spent a lot of time in 2015 doing press for three films (“The Boy Next Door,” “Home” and “Lila & Eve”) as well as begin filming her lead role in the primetime police drama (Shades of Blue). For most actresses, that is a full-plate of work. But for Jennifer, it almost seemed as if it is a side job. And just to toot her acting horn a minute, she SLAYED her sex scene with Ryan Guzman in “The Boy Next Door.”

With promotion comes MAGAZINE COVERS. And Jenny from the block had ICONIC covers this year:

My favorite magazine covers that Jennifer Lopez graced in 2015.
When Jennifer Lopez’s cover for Complex was unveiled, it dropped the jaws of every person that graced their eyes upon it. The cover is one of the best of 2015. So as far as magazine covers go, Jennifer tops the list here as well. My other favorite spreads by her are for: Latina Magazine and papermag.

Jennifer Lopez is a Red Carpet LEGEND. Period.

Only a few of Jennifer Lopez’s winning red carpet looks of 2015.
When Jennifer Lopez arrived at the Golden Globe Awards this past year, it was no questions that she was the best-dressed of the night; She was the best-dressed OF THE YEAR! She attended her 45th birthday party in a extremely sexy cutout dress that had everyone’s tongues wagging while sending the worldwide web into a frenzy. Ignore the last dress (bottom right) from the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, she looked so good there that it felt fresh in my mind and I completely forgot it was over a year old.

Through all of her hard work this year, she still had time to fit in TWO music videos:

Jennifer Lopez released two music videos this year.
Don’t forget that we are talking about a POP SUPERSTAR’s year. Jennifer Lopez did not forget to feed those that are hungry for more iconic music videos from her. She released and amazing music video for the song “Feel The Light” from the original soundtrack to her movie “Home.” Next, she was featured in Prince Royce’s hit music video for “Back It Up.” Where she found the time? No one will know. But we will always be grateful.

American Idol:

Jennifer Lopez judged and performed three times this year on American Idol.
American Idol is a pretty demanding gig. And it also ends with two months of live shows. Jennifer Lopez was heavily promoting two movies (“The Boy Next Door” and “Home”) during “Idol” and even performed three times on the show. And I will get into the performances more in a second. But we can’t forget that the industry’s hardest working woman never missed a show!

In the name of the almighty POP DIVAS, Jennifer Lopez performed at over TEN separate events this year!

Just a few shots of Jennifer Lopez performing in 2015.
The most important thing that Jennifer Lopez did for pop music this year is: PERFORM. And she performed EVERYWHERE. Whether it was on “Idol,” a talk show or an awards ceremony, she took the opportunity to showcase her talent on a live stage. There were three performances that really stand out for me.
  1. “Feel The Light” Performed on American Idol She didn’t even dance for this one! Jennifer wore a white gown with images and clips from her movie displayed on it. It was captivating! Watch it: Click Here
  2. Selena Quintanilla Tribute MedleyPerformed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards 20 years after the death of Selena, Jennifer Lopez finally took the stage to perform a proper tribute medley in honor of the icon that she portrayed in the role that launched her to superstardom. Even thought Jennifer had an extremely busy schedule this year, the hard work and effort for this tribute was apparent. Watch it: Click Here
  3. 2015 Hits Dance MedleyPerformed at the American Music Awards There really was no other way for Jennifer Lopez to end her huge year. She HOSTED the American Music Awards in November and not only killed her 11 outfit changes, she MURDERED the stage with a 8-minute performance! I’ve had to have proven my point by now that she’s an unstoppable talent. Watch it: Click Here

Can you find a woman (or man!?) in pop music that had a year half as eventful as Jennifer Lopez’s this year?

Good luck. And if you did, I highly doubt they are as legendary as J.Lo. She’s nearing her 20th anniversary in the pop music industry and has no signs of slowing down. Jennifer Lopez is one of the most well-rounded talents that entertainment is currently offering and for that, she is my pick for the “Diva of the Year” 2015.
The Pop Pyro’s pick for “Diva of the Year” 2015.

Song of the Year: “High By The Beach”

Lana Del Rey hypnotizes her listeners again with “High By The Beach”

Choosing a single song for “Song of the Year” was the toughest category to do. So many songs this year were great. It seemed impossible to cut it down to one song. But after a lot of back and forth, I decided that Lana Del Rey’s song, “High By The Beach” is worthy of that trophy.
I’ve devoted most of the other categories to the most proper female pop artists. Lana Del Rey can’t necessarily be labeled a pop starlet by any means. But “High By The Beach” is possibly as mainstream pop as we will get from her. So after juggling a few songs, I chose the song from the one we most likely won’t see very often on any “pop songs” lists.

Promotional shot for Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach”
“High By The Beach” opens with a haunting melody that immediately changes the environment of your mindset. And when the light-trap beats are introduced in the chorus it catches you off guard and permanently commits you to the remainder of the song. Many songs are effortless and follow you as you continue living your life. But this song grabs your attention and transports you to the scene that it’s living in; controlling you. It’s rare that a song can do that. It’s familiar territory for Lana Del Rey, considering it’s kind of “her thing.” So that’s one reason that this song excels in a place other pop songs fail.
The music video for “High By The Beach” was equally tantalizing and captivating. The video is not obvious of its purpose when it begins. It follows Lana Del Rey through a beach house as she seems to be avoiding something. It ends up being a paparazzi taking pictures from a helicopter. This gave the video a scene with a wind effect that surely had Beyonce dialing every contact, in jealousy, to try and recreate later. And then with a fantasy finale, she grabs a huge sci-fi gun to shoot down the helicopter.

Another promotional shot for Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach”
The song has the right amount of pretentiousness while still being a win for the girls of pop music. Lana Del Rey continues to mesmerize the music industry with her unique music and vocals. For that, I picked “High By The Beach” for The Pop Pyro’s “Song of the Year.”

The Pop Pyro’s pick for “Song of the Year”

Other Top-Picked Songs This Year:

More Top-Picked songs from The Pop Pyro

In No Order:

  • Demi Lovato – “Cool For The Summer” Easily this summer’s anthem. Demi killed it.
  • Zedd ft. Selena Gomez – “I Want You To Know” Selena had a great second half of the year, but she had one of Spring’s best tracks.
  • JoJo – “Save My Soul” The only ballad on top of the list, and rightfully so. JoJo is one of the best balladeers of the girls in pop music.
  • Marina and the Diamonds – “Blue” The pre-chorus to this song, “give me love; give me dreams…” is the best of the year.
  • Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” If you don’t sing along to this song when it’s played, you’re a robot. Anthem.
  • Selena Gomez – “Good For You” Selena was just doing a lot of great things this year.

Other mention-ables (I can’t Stop):

Madonna“Joan of Arc” and “Ghosttown”
Tamar Braxton“Angels & Demons” and “KING”
Hilary Duff“Confetti” and “Sparks”

Album of the Year: ‘Revival’

There’s a new Queen to add to team #BedroomMusic.

Selena Gomez has had a steady progression with her musical career. She solidified herself as a pop heavyweight after she released 2013’s “Come and Get It” (from her album ‘Stars Dance’) then gave it one of my favorite music videos of all time. ‘Revival’ proves that she is still a pop superstar but also an artistic risk-taker with her music.

Shot from Selena Gomez’s music video for “Hands to Myself”
Selena Gomez could have easily had a successful album by making the expected dance teen pop album that she had been boxed into with her previous albums. But she took a HUGE risk and made a mid-tempo album with breathy vocals and intimate tones. I go into further detail about the album and my reactions, after its first play, with my #QuickListen review that was posted here on The Pop Pyro earlier this year. Read my review: Click Here

Deluxe Album Cover for Selena Gomez’s ‘Revival’
Selena Gomez unraveled this album better than most pop stars can these days. Every single, performance and promotion for ‘Revival’ painted the perfect picture for what this album is. And upon listening there were no surprises except good music. “Good For You” was the perfect lead single. The song was extremely successful on the Billboard Hot 100 and has over 200 million streams on Spotify alone. The success continued with her second single “Same Old Love” also topping the charts. She is currently promoting her latest single “Hands to Myself” with performances at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She just released her sexiest video yet with its video as well.

Selena Gomez performing at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
‘Revival’ reveals an entirely new facet of Selena Gomez. It’s cohesive; it’s sensual; it’s insightful; and it’s just an all-around GOOD ALBUM. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and topped many critic’s end-of-year album lists. For all of these reasons, I picked ‘Revival’ as The Pop Pyro’s “Album of the Year.”

The Pop Pyro’s pick for “Album of the Year”

Other Top-Picked Albums This Year:

Four more picks for The Pop Pyro’s “Album of the Year”

In No Order:

  • Hilary Duff’s – “Breathe In Breathe Out” One of the most all-encompassing and pure pop albums of the year. Standout tracks: “Confetti,” “My Kind,” and “One In A Million.”
  • Dumblonde’s – “dumblonde” My favorite debut of the year. This album is great from start to finish. Standout tracks: “dreamsicle,” “love blind,” and “you got me.”
  • Lana Del Rey’s – “Honeymoon” She released another flawless addition to her catalog. If you love Lana; you love this album. Standout tracks: “Music To Watch Boys To,” “Art Deco” and “Religion.”
  • Tamar Braxton-Herbert’s – “Calling All Lovers” It’s mostly an R&B album, but Tamar uses the album to prove the versatility she and her voice have. Standout tracks: “KING,” “Angels and Demons” and “Coming Home.”

Music Video of the Year: “Sparks”

When fans demand that a music video get its proper treatment, that must mean something.

I ran this by a few friends before posting and their unanimous reactions were, “Is this an April Fool’s joke?”
It’s not, and I’m completely serious, but hear me out… To me, a music video’s first job is to create the visual counterpart to a song. With that said, just like a musical playlist or album, I want my music VIDEOS to easily blend in succession of each other. Have you ever made a playlist of music videos and when a 6-minute video plays it completely breaks the mood and you’ve had to get up and fast forward the video three minutes to reach the performance segment of the videos. Yeah, I’m not entirely excited to live like that, okay? What I love about Hilary Duff’s “Sparks” video is that you can play it in between “Toxic” and “Womanizer” and all three videos smoothly play together.

Cover photo for Hilary Duff’s single “Sparks”
My favorite thing about “Sparks” is that it is a visually appetizing video from start to finish. This video is a complete sugar-induced stomach ache of candy colors and visual geometrics. Hilary Duff looks the best she’s ever looked in a music video. Her video is completely pointless leaving out any need to follow a “story” or some kind of difficult imagery to take away from the song itself. It’s the direct companion piece for the music that adds the visual (delightfully over-) stimulation to the greatness that is “Sparks.”

One of the amazing, and simple, monochromatic retro shots from Hilary Duff’s music video for “Sparks”
Another fascinating thing about this video, and probably the first thought my friends had when they asked if this was a joke, is that this video was actually immediately panned by everyone. Fans complained and expressed their hatred of its original cut that included scenes of Hilary Duff going on Tinder dates. I hated it too. So fans DEMANDED the Tinder scenes be removed to reveal the full-potential and perfection that lied behind those terrible pedestrian clips of her at the bowling alley. To me, if her performance shots were just as bland as the tinder clips, the video would never had fans rallying for the tinder-less version. It has to take a lot of humility in admitting that the fans, for once, have a song’s best interest at heart. Removing the Tinder clips to reveal a truly passively/effortlessly-overstimulating (can that be a thing?) music video proves that they really don’t need all the overly ambitious “distractions” that weighs them down. Thank you for listening to the fans, Hilary Duff!!!

Close-up shot of Hilary Duff in her music video for “Sparks”
Just like any other huge Hilary Duff fan, I loved her beachy and chill singles (“Chasing the Sun” and “All About You”) from 2014 that had her singing scaled-back tunes. But Hilary is a bonafide pop superstar, and veteran at this point. Fans have confidence that she can produce pop-perfect singles. Fast forward to this year and she reemerges with an exciting dance pop song, “Sparks.” The song is amazing! And when she posted a wig-snatching and colorful 10-second clip of the (tinder-less) video on her Facebook leading up to its premiere, fans (and myself) were expecting greatness when the song premiered. We’ve gotta follow our first-gut feeling and for “Sparks” (even though it was clouded with criticism upon release) it was that this video is absolutely amazing, stunning and fun in all aspects. The video is GREAT; Perfect in my opinion.
For it being fantastically aimless and ambitiously colorful and sparkly, I picked Hilary Duff’s “Sparks” as The Pop Pyro’s “Music Video of the Year.”

The Pop Pyro’s pick for “Music Video of the Year”

Other Top-Picked Music Videos This Year:

Four more of The Pop Pyro’s picks for videos of the year.

In No Order:

  • Demi Lovato’s “Cool For the Summer” This is Demi’s best video, period. Probably the only contender to replace “Sparks” as my favorite video this year.
  • Ariana Grande’s “Focus” She really worked that high-kick and lavender hair. When she released this video it was one of the more exciting nights this year.
  • MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS“Froot” This song is unique in itself and the noir-style it’s filmed in created a fantasy for me that I really appreciated while watching. And can we all just applaud all of her glamour-shots?
  • Madonna’s“Ghosttown” This is probably the best cinematic-style music video out this year. It helps that this song is one of the most underrated songs of the year. Madonna’s video is exceptional.