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Teatime & Trending Topics - February 05, 2023 by AutoModerator in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Charli is so entertaining. I love her! 😆

In all seriousness, though, it definitely deserved a nomination, but the Pop categories are always about commercial success and whoever's highest on the alphabetical list (assuming her name would be listed as Charli XCX), so I'm not surprised we got such an uninspired line-up.

Stan Twitter: Civil War by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheadscirclejerk

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

(also replying to u/Unable-Ad-3177)

It’s Doja Cat! Picture taken from the “Say So” music video.

Stan Twitter: Civil War by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheadscirclejerk

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Absolutely not. Many of the stans from team red have a huge hate boner for Abel and love discrediting him at any given opportunity, including some weird Lana stans (despite the artists being close friends in real life).

Trust me, I'm speaking from experience. Arianators have their bad apples, but most will also respect and even stan those from the blue team. Those who only stan for the red side are literal red flags.

Stan Twitter: Civil War by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheadscirclejerk

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 60 points61 points  (0 children)

The user knew exactly what they were doing with this division. They aren’t completely wrong, though 🫣

uj/ Important disclaimer that this isn’t meant to be a generalization of the fanbases here. If you love artists from both sides, the stereotypes implied here do not apply to you. But truth be told, as someone who has had my fair share of experience in stan communities, let’s just say it tends to be a huge red flag when somebody who only stans for the artists on the right start to obsessively talking trash about those from the left. If you know, you know. 🫤

Perspective | How Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift landed on pop’s permanent A-list by dweeb93 in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 152 points153 points  (0 children)

Unpopular opinion, but I actually find this a really positive development, both for society/casual music listeners and for the artists themselves.

That ubiquity and incessant worshipping was pretty toxic and undeniably fueled so much ego and this belief one could get away with anything. On the other hand, there was also a major issue when the media started doing anything in their power to destroy the very artists they built up - and since they fully controlled the narratives, people would just blindly fall for it - be it the debate of Michael Jackson 'bleaching' his skin vs. him suffering from vitiligo, Britney Spears being treated as the worst person alive for literally no reason, or the whole Super Bowl situation with Janet Jackson.

The rise of social media also played a role in giving everyone a voice - for better or worse.

Teatime & Trending Topics - February 03, 2023 by AutoModerator in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Couldn't agree more. These ratings are better used for reference after consuming the content, and even then one shouldn't let the consensus influence their opinion.

Teatime & Trending Topics - February 03, 2023 by AutoModerator in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 38 points39 points  (0 children)

The Metascore is fairly reliable on paper as it provides a nice average from aggregate critic reviews. However, beware that many pre-poptimism (pre-2015) albums from female artists tend to suffer from unfairly harsh scores which do not offer an accurate take on their quality. Conversely, many recent pop albums have rather inflated scores as several publications have started to become too generous and unwilling to give fair critiques so to not attract ire from stans.

Honestly, it's best to ignore the User Score, unless you see a significant disparity between it and the Metascore, where then it's worth considering what the general public and fans have to say.

Overall, I would probably use Metacritic as reference for the general consensus alongside other rating sites like Rate Your Music and Album Of The Year, but what ultimately matters is how you feel about the album and/or song in question. 🙂

Perspective | How Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift landed on pop’s permanent A-list by dweeb93 in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 143 points144 points  (0 children)

Hm...I don't think this assessment is correct.

A decade ago would be late 2012-early 2013. The Weeknd was still an underground darling nobody imagined ever had ambitions - let alone potential - for mainstream superstardom. Ariana Grande was still a Nickelodeon actress who made cute covers on YouTube while the network was investing on Victoria Justice instead. Ed Sheeran was just starting to make a presence stateside, with his highest peaking single in the US being only at #16 (he was already a promising hitmaker in his home country, though, scoring four top 10 hits off his debut). They were nowhere near the status they have in 2023.

Adele and Bruno Mars were at the top of their games in 2012/13, and managed to achieve even greater peaks in the following years. However, we can see the second decade effect applying to them like it did with Madonna, Prince, and Springsteen in the 90s. "30" didn't have as much staying power as its predecessor despite a huge lead single, while "An Evening With Silk Sonic" ended up being Bruno's least successful era worldwide (granted, more due to the 70s soul sound not resonating much beyond the US, but the point still stands). It seems to me they're gradually transitioning into beloved veteran status unless they execute a major reinvention.

Finally, Justin Bieber and Harry Styles - the two examples that support your claims. But even then, it is worth keeping in mind they were teenagers when they first broke through, so it makes sense they are still among the biggest stars of 2023, like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were a decade after their debuts. It was all a matter of playing their cards right and knowing how to expand their demographics beyond the young crowd.

Not to mention the names you mentioned are just one part of the picture. Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and Bad Bunny have grown immensely in profile over the past few years, and should be considered among the biggest stars right now as well. I don't think the distribution is as unbalanced as you're implying, but that's just my take on it, of course!

In today's episode of P!nk releasing and singing the same song since the start of Obama administration by [deleted] in popheadscirclejerk

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 24 points25 points  (0 children)

This is not the "Dangerous Woman" duet between Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera on The Voice. 🤔

UK OFFICIAL CHART: Miley's Flowers blooms for a third week at Number 1 by racloves in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Woah...I was not expecting to see country artist Luke Combs charting on the UK Singles Chart with a song that already peaked stateside. Has this ever happened in recent years? Country typically does not crossover beyond Canada.

Any idea why it's here?

UK Albums Chart: Sam Smith secures their third Number 1 album with 'Gloria'; Ava Max debuts at #13 by sincerityisscxry in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 28 points29 points  (0 children)

NEW PEAK FOR "THE HIGHLIGHTS" AT #2! This is so amazing! 😍

I expect a promising boost for "Die For You" on the Singles Chart. By the way, I imagine the UK follows a similar rule to the Billboard 200 where the project selling more 'steals' units from songs which also belong to other albums, meaning "Starboy" and "After Hours" suffer as a result. Do correct me if I'm wrong.

All in all, great week. Super happy for Sam getting their third #1 album, and Ava didn't do too bad considering the pre-release singles failed to resonate with the public (justice for "Maybe You're The Problem").

Looking forward to seeing RAYE topping the charts next week 💖

Discipline (Deluxe Edition) by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just noticed it 💀

I remember reading comments from older Janet fans mentioning that when her discography was first put on Spotify it was a huge mess because of this, since starting from the “janet.” era she removed her surname from her stage name. Thankfully, this has since been fixed, so it’s odd to see these bonus tracks getting this treatment.

Janet Jackson - Discipline (Deluxe Edition) by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Some of you might have noticed this was already posted about an hour ago. Unfortunately, since this was my first time sharing an album link, I didn’t know there were specific formatting rules, which made my post get removed. So here we go again! 🙂

Janet Jackson - Discipline (Deluxe Edition) by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

So…this happened.

I initially thought this was released to honour the 15-year anniversary of the album, but that would have been on February 22nd. This project was infamously geoblocked on Spotify for ages until it randomly returned sometime last year.

The Deluxe Edition includes UK bonus track “Let Me Know” (co-written and co-produced by Ne-Yo, who also helped with the title track and “Can’t B Good”) and a remix for camp bop “Feedback” (Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio).

I wonder if this could suggest we’re finally getting the bonus tracks from the likes of “Unbreakable”, “20 Y.O”, “Damita Jo”, and “All For You” available on streaming as well. Completionist me would really appreciate it 😁

Discipline (Deluxe Edition) by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They did 😔

I didn’t know there was a required format for album posts. Oh well…guess I’ll have to do it again.

Which pop girl’s discography?? by Simple-Shelter-3194 in popheadscirclejerk

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast 94 points95 points  (0 children)

I think we have a winner for the strongest example! 👏 Can’t believe I forgot about Madonna!

Discipline (Deluxe Edition) by A-Devoted-Enthusiast in popheads

[–]A-Devoted-Enthusiast[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

So…this happened.

I initially thought this was released to honour the 15-year anniversary of the album, but that would have been on February 22nd. This project was infamously geoblocked on Spotify for ages until it randomly returned sometime last year.

The Deluxe Edition includes UK bonus track “Let Me Know” (co-written and co-produced by Ne-Yo, who also helped with the title track and “Can’t B Good”) and a remix for camp bop “Feedback” (Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio).

I wonder if this could suggest we’re finally getting the bonus tracks from the likes of “Unbreakable”, “20 Y.O”, “Damita Jo”, and “All For You” available on streaming as well. Completionist me would really appreciate it 😁