PopSyd: All the ‘pop’ news that’s fit to print
In last week’s PopSyd I talked about the lesser-known pop-punk band The Wonder Years. This week, I’m moving to the other end of the musical spectrum to highlight talk-worthy events in pop-music over the past week.
Slowly the news began coming in that the Jonas Brothers were breaking up due to musical differences.
I first heard about the potential break up from my Jonas Brothers-loving roommates, which I expected. Later on, I got a text from my older sister about the news, and I head about it for a third time from my mom. I know an event is significant if my mom makes a point to talk about it during our phone calls.
None of the brothers have commented on the news since it broke, but their upcoming tour dates remain cancelled. When the band will release their highly anticipated upcoming album, “V,” also remains to be seen.
In happier news, British “X-Factor” girl group Little Mix recently released a new single, “Move.” The single comes from their forthcoming sophomore album “Salute.”
The structure of “Move” is very unconventional – it starts with quirky beat-boxing and later unexpected gang vocals pop up. Then, just when you think you’re moving into the chorus, the momentum of the song falls right off of a vocal cliff.
It seems messy, but all of these factors combine to create a catchy and attention-grabbing song.
Much like their new single, Little Mix as a unit is unique. In my opinion, their “girl power” attitude is just what pop music is in need of right now.
There hasn’t really been a great girl-group since Destiny’s Child, so I challenge Little Mix to pick up where Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle left off.
From one talent competition show to another, Season 3 winner of “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope, released her debut album, “Frame by Frame,” Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Previously, some knew Pope as the lead singer of the band pop-rock Hey Monday. In 2011 the band went on hiatus, giving her the opportunity to self-release an EP of songs from the same genre. Having had the opportunity to see Hey Monday live a handful of times, I was surprised to hear how far her new album strayed from her pop-rock roots.
Though it’s obvious that she’s tried her best to dive headfirst into a new genre, it’s nice to hear lyrical and musical touches that are distinctly ‘Cassadee.’ “You Hear a Song” and “Everybody Sings” are the best examples of these touches, proving that she hasn’t lost her personality in the process of reaching her goals.
No matter the genre, it’s obvious from her newest release that Pope’s vocals and charisma can span across genres.