August 30th, 2006

B-L-O-G-wha, da girls r heer n we d' swingfly

ilX is poxyfuling all over the place and I'm getting antsy, so I'll post my rolling teenpop stuff here and then maybe take it back to there:

Carrie Underwood is on the cover of Teen People.

Fergie got a small box on the cover of US Weekly: before and after pics.

Boom chicka boom chicka boom ch-boom-boom

Kelefa, a couple of days ago [emphasis added]:

The occasion was the Up Close and Personal Tour, which brings together crooners and rappers who appeal to teenage girls. The lineup included the dancing sister act Cherish, but otherwise it was all male. Three hip-hop acts came first: Dem Franchize Boyz, Juelz Santana and Lil' Wayne. And a couple of R&B acts closed the show: Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. On this Saturday night, anyway, all of them were teen-pop stars, doing whatever it took to win over the young fans in the crowd.
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Attempt to get Jessica to love what I love

Hilary is all over the place musically, jumps from style to style, and Hilary the singer is a lot less warm than Hilary as Lizzie McGuire. And I have absolutely no emotional investment in her (this sentence is not necessarily related to the previous sentence). And nonetheless "Fly" and "Come Clean" rank one-two as my favorite teenpop singles* since "...Baby One More Time." For further reading on the subject, search this thread [i.e., this thread] for "haunted, gorgeous" and "tremulous beauty ache" - though "tremulous" was probably the wrong term, since the voice doesn't tremble; it's not even fragile; it's ice-thin except it's not icy; translucently thin? In any event, this translucently thin voice singing, in a clear thin line, "I wanna feel the thunder I wanna scream," seems very right, this achingly, beautifully thin voice calling forth the deluge. (And the melody imprinted itself in me when I heard it, making me feel I'd always heard it. Perhaps that's just me, but doubt it.)

(*M2M's "Our Song" wasn't a single.)