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[TOURNAMENT] Q2 – 2016: Round 1

The time has come again for you to vote and crown another song!

Vote (every hour) for your favorite song in each battle to help it move into the next round of battles. I won’t bother you with small talk for all 16 of these songs… So let’s skip that and get right into it! Vote, share and tweet this tournament to help your favorite songs move forward!

Here is the complete bracket of all the songs in this quarter’s (April 1st – June 30th) tournament! First round ends Wednesday (July 6th) night!

Full Round 1 Roster Q2

Vote below!

Stream the songs below to preview them if needed! FOLLOW the playlist and other exclusive playlists from The Pop Pyro on Spotify!

There you have it! All 8 battles! Vote once every HOUR! And while you’re at it follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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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!

[ROUND 2 BATTLES CLOSED] The OFFICIAL 2016 Q1 Song Tournament Post

VOTE-VOTE-VOTE in these next battles!

We have our first set of WINNERS! The battles were extremely close during the first round and all these songs edged out their competitors during the final stretch.  The new battles are going to be tough! So without further ado, below is the current roster and following that are the polls to vote for your favorite songs! Polls this round will close WEDNESDAY! Make sure to share the polls to help your favorites win!

Current Bracket (Round 2):

Full Round 2 Roster

 

ROUND 2 BATTLE POLLS ARE OPEN! VOTE BELOW!

 

rih vs demi

IGGY VS 5H

rih vs dumblonde

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VOTE EVERY HOUR! Let me know which songs you picked on The Pop Pyro‘s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Share the poll to help your favorite win!

[Tournament] Round 8: Adele vs. Taylor Swift

Clash of the CHART-TOPPERS!

25‘ and ‘1989‘ are two of the biggest albums released this decade. So it was natural for me to pit these two against each other for the final round! Taylor Swift offered “Out of the Woods” this quarter and Adele gifted us with “When We Were Young.” Who takes the crown this quarter? Watch their videos below and vote for your favorite!! POLLS CLOSE TOMORROW (APRIL 4th)!

 

Are you team Adele?

 

OR

 

Are you team Taylor Swift?

 

taylor versus adele

 

VOTE EVERY HOUR! Let me know which song you picked on The Pop Pyro‘s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Share the poll to help your favorite win! ROUND ONE OF POLLS CLOSE ON MONDAY APRIL 4th!

The OFFICIAL 2016 Q1 Tournament Post (Updated)

This is the official post for The Pop Pyro’s Q1 Song Tournament.

I will use this post to update the new battles as they are announced over the weekend. Check back here for the latest update on the bracket and find links to each battle’s individual post with videos. Polls for this round end Monday (April 4th) evening!

Here is the current bracket: (Sunday April 3rd)

 Full Round 1 Roster

 

VOTING FOR ALL ROUND 1 BATTLES ARE CLOSED:

 

 

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Quarter 1: Tournament Roster Reveal

 Let’s choose the QUEEN of 2016’s first quarter of music!

I have a few favorites of my own, if they make it to the year-end list, I will later reveal. But first, I want you all to choose your picks. The songs were chosen from songs released and discussed on The Pop Pyro starting January first through today (March 30th). There are also a few wildcards thrown in. Let’s have a little fun now! The bracket will be revealed each day as I start a new song battle.

Check out 2016’s Q1 roster:

lineup
Q1 Lineup

Have any favorites already? Get ready to vote and share to keep them in the tournament! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more posts!