‘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)!
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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!
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:
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Jennifer Lopez is the current reigning “Queen of Showbiz” and it is about time someone said it.
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.
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 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:
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.
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:
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 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!
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.
“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
Selena Quintanilla Tribute Medley – Performed 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
2015 Hits Dance Medley – Performed 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.
Although they were nearly the sole girl group this year, Fifth Harmony still had a big year in large part to their massive hit “Worth It.”
There’s no way you went the entire year without hearing “Worth It” on the radio or elsewhere. I almost gave up on Fifth Harmony after the lukewarm response of their first two singles (“BO$$” and “Sledgehammer”) from their debut album, ‘Reflection.’ But “Worth It” became a huge success and is possible the year’s catchiest song. They premiered their video after the release of their album and the song began climbing the charts. Fifth Harmony saw the opportunity and took it; They began performing the song any chance they could get. This made the song relevant for the better chunk of this year.
Their music video featured all five girls taking Wall St. on a creative spin through the club and various flirty solo setups for each of the girls. It was fabulous; it was messy; it was basically a lot of tacky fun. But it was the constant performances and appearances that grabbed my attention and respect. Fifth Harmony was performing everywhere including Latin markets. They began performing the single’s spanglish remix, “Dame Esta Noche.” The group even took the stage as a surprise guest during Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ tour this year.
These girls literally WORKED, BITCH! Proving that the group is definitely “Worth It.” For their exhausting work ethic and successful chart performance this year, I picked Fifth Harmony as the “Group of the Year.”
Honorable Mention: dumblonde
Fifth harmony was busy slaying the charts and mainstream, but another group was rebuilding their brand from the ashes of Danity Kane, introducing: dumblonde
Dumblonde is the product of a heated and physically explosive girl group dismantling from 2014. Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex hung up their urban pop wigs of Danity Kane, to snatch the wigs of the edm underground pop sound. And I’ve gotta say, they definitely SNATCHED WIGS (literally, check out their album cover below; they snatched their own wigs). Their album is one of the best hidden gems 2015 had to offer. So give them a listen and introduce yourself to the bubbly debut of dumblonde’s self-titled album. Check out their video for “dreamsicle”: Click Here