Jan 1 2013

Pure Pop

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
1 Thing (Radio Edit) Amerie
Cold War (Album Version) Janelle Monáe
Don't Let Me Fall (Explicit Album Version) B.o.B
Grenade Bruno Mars
Hot Cheetos & Takis Y.n.RichKids
In For The Kill La Roux
Losing You Solange
No Church in the Wild [feat. Frank Ocean] Jay Z & Kanye West
Picking Up The Pieces Paloma Faith
Primadonna Marina and The Diamonds
Starships Nicki Minaj
Tell Me You Love Me Amerie
Tightrope [feat. Big Boi] (Album Version) Janelle Monáe
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift
Whatcha Say Jason Derulo
Whip My Hair Willow
30 Minute Love Affair Paloma Faith
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (Explicit Version) Pink
Hair Braider R. Kelly
Nothin' On You [feat. Bruno Mars] B.o.B.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyoncé
Anything Could Happen Ellie Goulding
Black & Blue Paloma Faith
Blue Lips Regina Spektor
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
Cameo Lover Kimbra
novacane Frank Ocean
Supreme Angel Haze
Where I Sleep Emeli Sandé
Woohoo [feat. Nicki Minaj] Christina Aguilera
Firework Katy Perry
All Of The Lights (Explicit) Kanye West
Everything Is Embarrassing Sky Ferreira
Sweet Life (Explicit) Frank Ocean
Take Care (Explicit Album Version) Drake
Good Intent Kimbra
Walk On By El Perro Del Mar
New York (Radio Edit) Paloma Faith
The One That Got Away Katy Perry
Girls Talkin Bout Mindless Behavior
An Artist's Song Lost In The Trees
Made in America [feat. Frank Ocean] Jay Z & Kanye West

The other day I wondered to a friend why some musicians can’t allow themselves the pleasure of writing in genres and styles that have come to be associated with commercial pop music. I ask myself this, maybe because some of the songs for Here Lies Love are heavily influenced by various pop styles. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to be doing this, as it’s what the characters would have liked. Of course I put my own spin on the material, but I am definitely influenced by pop songwriting and production.

Anyway, here is some pure pop I collected over the last couple of years. There are songs you will be totally sick of—some of you, anyway—while others among you who have somehow managed to avoid this stuff will be hearing some of this for the first time. Those latter folks may find innocent pleasures in Taylor Swift or Carly Rae Jespen. I think Paloma Faith’s “Black and Blue” is my current favorite. Before that it might have been Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”.

Happy New Year!

Jan 1 2013

Pure Pop

By David Byrne

Song Artist Purchase
1 Thing (Radio Edit) Amerie
Cold War (Album Version) Janelle Monáe
Don't Let Me Fall (Explicit Album Version) B.o.B
Grenade Bruno Mars
Hot Cheetos & Takis Y.n.RichKids
In For The Kill La Roux
Losing You Solange
No Church in the Wild [feat. Frank Ocean] Jay Z & Kanye West
Picking Up The Pieces Paloma Faith
Primadonna Marina and The Diamonds
Starships Nicki Minaj
Tell Me You Love Me Amerie
Tightrope [feat. Big Boi] (Album Version) Janelle Monáe
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Taylor Swift
Whatcha Say Jason Derulo
Whip My Hair Willow
30 Minute Love Affair Paloma Faith
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (Explicit Version) Pink
Hair Braider R. Kelly
Nothin' On You [feat. Bruno Mars] B.o.B.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyoncé
Anything Could Happen Ellie Goulding
Black & Blue Paloma Faith
Blue Lips Regina Spektor
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
Cameo Lover Kimbra
novacane Frank Ocean
Supreme Angel Haze
Where I Sleep Emeli Sandé
Woohoo [feat. Nicki Minaj] Christina Aguilera
Firework Katy Perry
All Of The Lights (Explicit) Kanye West
Everything Is Embarrassing Sky Ferreira
Sweet Life (Explicit) Frank Ocean
Take Care (Explicit Album Version) Drake
Good Intent Kimbra
Walk On By El Perro Del Mar
New York (Radio Edit) Paloma Faith
The One That Got Away Katy Perry
Girls Talkin Bout Mindless Behavior
An Artist's Song Lost In The Trees
Made in America [feat. Frank Ocean] Jay Z & Kanye West

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