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[TOURNAMENT] 2016 – Q2: Finals!

Vote for your favorite song!

Almost there! Ariana Grande’s “Into You” and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” tied! So They were both brought into the final song battle! Get to voting and share on Twitter and Facebook to help your favorites win!

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

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

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[TOURNAMENT] Q2 – 2016: Semi-Finals!

YOUR FAVORITE FOUR!

We’ve reached the semi-finals and I’m only allowing half the week for you all to vote! So decide your loyalty to TWO of these four songs and hope that they make the final two this week! The top 4 are very different songs! So it might be a little hard to pick! Take a look at the bracket below and then vote! Share this as much as possible on Twitter and Facebook to help your favorite song win!

Full Round 3 Roster Q2

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

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

[TOURNAMENT] Q2 – 2016: Round 2

One round closer to our Queen of Q2!

Round one had a few battles that were only ONE vote apart! So I tried extending the round 1 polls a day… But then another battle would become neck and neck! With that kind of stiff competition, I left the first round up over the weekend. Now, here are the top 8 songs that you guys picked to advance another round! Same rules apply this round: Vote every hour and share/tweet the polls to help your favorite songs move forward on the bracket!

Here is the current bracket for round two! The polls will close any time between Wednesday through Friday (July 15th).

Full Round 2 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!

 

A top 8 that MySpace would envy! Start voting once every HOUR! And while you’re at it follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

[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!

Collaborative Playlist: Vol 2. “High-Intensity Cardio Motivation”

This month’s theme was:

INTENSE songs to work out to

I enjoyed collaborating last month on a playlist so much, I decided to make it a monthly project! This month I asked for help creating a playlist for the gym and running tracks. I got a lot of throwbacks and some great dance tracks. The playlist came together perfectly. I got so many responses! I field tested the playlist this morning and approved it myself! So all the songs are cardio-approved. The playlist ends with Enya‘s “Only Time” — I added that for the final cardio resting period… The suggestion was more playful than serious, but I wanted to make sure I incorporate all the suggestions you guys gave!

Check out the playlist below and FOLLOW it on Spotify!

 

Make sure to participate next month in my next playlist collaboration!

Follow my personal spotify account HERE to see the latest playlists from The Pop Pyro! And follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ALBUM REVIEW: Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’

Ariana Grande wears a few different hats in ‘Dangerous Woman’ and luckily none are latex bunny ears.

 

I had a few reservations approaching Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ considering that I was a bigger fan of “Focus” and the aesthetic she was previewing with that song over “Dangerous Woman.” And maybe she was right about changing the direction of the album… If its opening track “Moonlight” (former title and direction of this album) offers any glimpse about it. The song is an utter bore. It is cute, but I feel like I’ve heard her do these dreamy fifties doo-wop songs too many times along with that damn ponytail of hers.

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Ariana Grande shows off her “moon” tattoo as a tribute to her track “Moonlight.” And much like its effect on myself, the song seems to have her eyes heavy and head bobbing back from fighting sleep.

She follows “Moonlight” with “Dangerous Woman” and we’ve all heard it and moved on from it. So after that is “Be Alright” which is actually a really delightful song that’s also been available for a while. “Into You” is the first track that really captured my attention for the album. It begins with a budding beat as she intercepts with an assuring whisper, “I’m so into you // I can barely breathe.” Claps and other elements are softly introduced with precise timing until she reaches the song’s ultra-catchy and dance-provoking chorus. The song is one of the standouts from the album.

Ariana Grande makes a questionable creative decision to bring an island sound to her collaboration with Nicki Minaj Side To Side.” It’s not a very interesting or great song. And Nicki’s participation feels more like a cheap stand-in for Rihanna, who could have really validated this track. Another collaboration follows with “Let Me Love You.” Lil Wayne is on the track which actually sums up the delinquency of this track; It sounds horribly dated (bad side of 2008-ish).

Greedy” would be better placed after “Focus” than here behind the uncomfortably stale Lil Wayne collaboration. It’s still a fun track though. I was really surprised when I finally made it to her unexpected collaboration with Macy Gray. “Leave Me Lonely” is the single-best ballad of the album. And the song perfectly executes a smokey jazz club singer vibe for which Ariana always shoots for but rarely hits. Macy Gray painfully coos, “Dangerous love // your no good for me” and I was immediately impressed.

ariana grande dangerous woman

The next few tracks (Everyday, Sometimes, I Don’t Care and Bad Decisions) kind of flatline. And just as I was thinking of quitting and giving myself a break from the album — a bright shining moment happens….. “Touch It” is possibly the best song Ariana Grande’s ever recorded. It is almost a refined, and better, second-take of “Dangerous Woman” and sees Ariana’s lyrics and vocals in a more off-kilter, uncontrolled and powerful way. All of these elements are what I felt DW was missing. For the first time her vocals had some grit and pain to give the conviction her voice has always lacked. The entire production is a bouncing but perfectly balanced explosion of R&B, electro-synth and dynamic/unpredictable melodies. The song bests the entire albums offerings. I will be playing it till the end of time.

‘Dangerous Woman’ is not an entirely solid or cohesive project but there are a handful of songs that would make the dive into it worth the commitment to its lengthy 55-minute listen.

Buy Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ album now on iTunes and in stores! You can also stream it now (below) on Spotify!

 

What are you favorite songs from the album? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

DEBUT: Follower Collaboration Playlist! Vol. 1

The first ever playlist collaboration has been made! The theme/question was:

“THE LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO.”

Yesterday I had a #QuestionOfTheDay that asked follwers of The Pop Pyro on Facebook to leave a comment of the last song by a female pop artist they listened to. I then compiled all of the responses and made a Spotify playlist so that everyone can see what each other are currently listening to! It boasts over 2.5 hours of music for your enjoyment! And naturally, it includes a large block of Britney Spears tracks. But it also includes a ton of dance hits and some delightful throwbacks! This turned out to be a great playlist to refer to when you can’t decide on what to listen to. It has everything! 

Check out and FOLLOW the playlist below!

Make sure to participate next month in my next playlist collaboration!

Follow my personal spotify account HERE to see the latest playlists from The Pop Pyro! And follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.