David Guetta was definitely the man of the year. His collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas brought us two monster smashes "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Got a Feelin." Not only were these monster club hits, but also massive Top 40 hits that tied up the number one spot for most of the spring. Word up to the old school tired-ass hip-hop artists; either change with the times or your ass will be left behind. Frankly, I don't care if I ever hear another song with "shawty" in it again. Pu-leaze! The minute some white bread tween like Jesse McCartney starts using it, it's time for a change! Regardless, you can thank David and the BEP for breaking that stale mold of Top 40 radio in the U.S. Now let's see what other pop artists do with it in 2010. Justin, you're up next my man.
The sleeper hit of the year was "Release Me" by newcomer Agnes out of Sweden. Her meat and potatoes style of pop is not only well written but pretty damn catchy. Coupled with the right producer (Cahill), her music translated quite well onto the dancefloor. In fact, I'd say she gave 2008's newcomer Solange a definite run for her money in that category.
While the biggest news of the year came from the death of one of pop music's biggest icons Michael Jackson, it was Lady GaGa who drained the rest of our attention. "The Fame" was released in August of 2008 to critical acclaim by the only sites that matter. Arjanwrites, Electroqueer and Popjustice all praised the album with its dance-ready electronic beats and pop sensibility. While the lead single "Just Dance" was blowing up in clubs all around the world, true to fashion Top 40 radio resisted until January of 2009 before the GaGa came crashing through their doors and forced them to add it to rotation or risk becoming irrelevant (not that they aren't already). The rest was history. Spawning four number singles and dance hits, LG was on a roll. By the end of the year, we were treated to "The Fame Monster," a collection of eight brand new songs with its lead single "Bad Romance" taking the lead. I fully expect to be hearing LG on the radio and in the clubs 24/7 throughout 2010. Make no mistake, she is a star of her own making and there just isn't anyone that can match her talent. In fact, when publicity whores like the Fred Phelps bible-thumping wingnuts clan get involved, you know she's doing something right!
Starting things off, we got Beyonce's "Single Ladies" whose video spawned a million imitations. No doubt, she was at the top of her game in 2009 with chart-topping hits like, "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams" among many, that kept Beyonce in the news. We also have Lady GaGa's second release "Poker Face," which even got the 100-year-old Baba Wawa reciting the words "bluffin with my muffin" on national TV during an interview with the Chanel clad Princess of the dancefloor. You also get a double shot of Mariah and P!nk's latest. I'm still waiting for LaFace to release the absolutely beautiful "I Don't Believe You" as a single (fingers tapping on the desk). Unfortunately, they went with "Funhouse" that didn't even make a dent at radio, much less the clubs. I've also included a one-off from Britney's latest greatest "3" if anything for the fans. Probably the most curious song in this set is "Patron Tequila" by the Paradiso Girls and the always annoying Lil Jon. It's one of three hit songs about getting drunk this year. I don't know if this is a trend or not, but it sure made for a lot of dancefloor roguery (a word I felt compelled to sneak in somewhere, thanks Sarah). Erika Jayne's "Give You Everything" made the cut. Her "Pretty Mess" album released in June, is one of my favorites from the year and totally underappreciated. Think Madonna meets Prince, this album is packed with one smart electronic pop song after another. I'm hoping to see future releases from it in 2010. Finally, we have newcomer Anjulie's massive "Boom," which topped the club charts earlier in the year. With a very distinct voice and strong songwriting credentials under her belt, this Canadian gal should be around for a very long time.
While this is hardly all the news, in a nutshell, I'm going to save some more tidbits for future posts (seven more to go). In the meantime, if you've been living under a rock, check out this re-interpretation of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A.," (my guilty pleasure of the year) by NYCFudge called "Party in the FIP." Enjoy!
Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (Dave Aude Club Mix)
Lady GaGa - Poker Face (Jody Den Broeder Remix)
Mariah Carey - I Want To Know What Love Is (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A. (Cahill Club Mix)
Shontelle - T-Shirt (Josh Harris Club Mix)
Mariah Carey - Obsessed (Cahill Club Mix)
Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake - Love Sex Magic (Alexander & Mark VDH Club Mix)
Paradiso Girls feat. Lil Jon - Patron Tequila (Dave Aude Club Remix)
Musiq Soulchild feat. Mary J. Blige - IfULeave (Mig vs. Rizzo Club Mix)
Wawa & Herd feat. Amanda Wilson - The Right Way (Original Vocal Mix)
P!nk - Please Don't Leave Me (Digital Dog Club Mix)
P!nk - Sober (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)
Medina - You And I (Deadmau5 Remix)
David Guetta feat. Estelle - One Love (Extended Version)
Esmee Denters - Outta Here (Kaskade Club Mix)
Erika Jayne - Give You Everything (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
Britney Spears - 3 (Groove Police Club Mix)
Livvi Franc - Now I'm That Bitch (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix)
Anjulie - Boom (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Extended Mix)
JLS - Everybody In Love (Cahill Club Mix)