Why Do Britney Spears Fans Accept Her Mediocrity? March 27, 2011Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
Tags: Britney Spears, Femme Fatale, GMA, Good Morning America, Perez Hilton, Till The World Ends
Before I get all kinds of hate mail for this post, let me first tell you that I’m a fan of Britney Spears. ANYONE who grew up in the 90s/2000s pretty much is at this point. I think the point of this blog is to show that the entire pop music fandom is becoming a lot more astute to real talent, thus leaving a lip-syncing power-walking Britney Spears in the dust.
Today Britney taped a performance for Good Morning America, which will air on Tuesday. 99% of Britney fans think she WAS AMAZING TOO GOOD FOR WORDS, while 1% of us who remember who she used to be were left wondering why album after album, performance after performance, we get our hopes up only to be left deflated and underwhelmed. Why are Britney fans letting her off the hook for lackluster performing?! I honestly think that so many people are just so in love with Britney that they feel bad for her and don’t want to accept the fact that she’s the poor man’s Lady Gaga. People want to say Britney is the new Madonna but at least Madonna sang LIVE 99% of the time with a mediocre voice!
The performance wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. I’ve seen better on American Idol (not being sarcastic). She performed “Till The World Ends,” a hot club-thumper written by Kesha and basically synchronized some walks around the front of the stage, held on to a rope for a few seconds (?), and then walked up stairs and stood on a platform for the last 60 seconds of the song.
If you’re going to hype up a performance/album/song and say it will be a “morning to remember” we’re going to need a little more than standing around flailing your arms, Britney Lynne!
The best comparison I can make is when you look at her dancers and how much energy they put in to every single movement, and then look at Britney. It’s like black and white, night and day. There WAS a time where Britney was a dancer/singer. Now, she’s just walking around lip-synching. I miss old Britney!
P.S. Perez Hilton, one of Britney’s biggest fans ever, made a great point on his blog:
The Britney that used to be able to dance fiercely is no longer. We’re not exactly sure why she’s gone, but – like we’ve said before – we’d love to find out!
If Spears gave an interviewing blaming her knee surgery and multiple knee injuries, then we’d understand why her movement has been impaired and our expectations would be different/lower. Or, there’s also speculation that medication she may be on might be impeding her ability to dance.
Glee Returns with Britney/Madonna Back-to-Backs! December 8, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Television.
Tags: Britney Spears, Glee, Madonna
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Gleeks everywhere ended the first half of season 2 last night, but there’s good news!
Glee is returning next week with back-to-back episodes: The Power of Madonna and Britney/Brittany episodes!
2 hours of pop starlet inspired Glee episodes is a nice consolation for having to wait months for the rest of the season!
5 Tribute Shows Glee NEEDS To Do! November 29, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Lady Gaga, Movies/Film, technology, Television.
Tags: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Cole Porter, Glee, Joey Fatone, John Thrasher, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jackson, New Kids on the Block, NSync, Spice Girls
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We’re about half way through season 2 of Glee, and we’ve already had our fair share of Glee tribute shows. The Power of Madonna, Lady Gaga, the Britney episode and Rocky Horror. So, I thought what are some tribute shows that Glee, being a show all about musicals and entertainment, should definitely do? Below are 5 tribute episodes I want to see VERY soon!
1. Rent – Rent was arguably the biggest musical of the 90′s. It just makes sense that Glee would eventually do this. We already saw Idina Menzel as Rachel’s mother, so maybe she could find her way back to the show? I think a Rent show would be just as exciting as a Madonna, Britney, or Rocky Horror show! They could even tie it in with someone getting kicked out of their house and trying to get their own place. May be a bit mature for high school students but I could totally see Finn getting kicked out of the house for doing something stupid and swearing he’s going to get his own place, only to realize he can’t do it on his own, and ends up coming back. Yes, Ryan Murphy if you would like to hire me as a writer gimme a ring.
2. The Great American Songbook – This isn’t as glamorous and probably wouldn’t build as much excitement, but considering it was one of the best times in American musical history, it just seems right. Maybe even a whole tribute to Cole Porter!? This would get a lot of musical Glee fans excited…but maybe not the viewing public in general. They’ve already done a few Songbook songs, but a whole tribute show would be amazing!
3. Boybands/Girlbands – With a talented, good-looking cast, it seems like this would be the next great tribute episode. After seeing the Britney episode, Joey Fatone said that he would love to have an NSync tribute show. Yes, NSync was big, but they’re not relevant at all anymore. Something like Backstreet Boys, NSync, New Kids, Boyz II Men. The girls could get in on it too – Spice Girls, All Saints, En Vogue (OMG just had a flash of Mercedes singing Free Your Mind), Destiny’s Child! This could really be a fantastic episode. Plus with New Kids and Backstreet Boys touring together, they could make an appearance to promote their tour! NKOTBSB!
4. Spice Girls – I could actually see a whole Spice Girls episode happening. I mean they DID have their own movie, and gigantic huge successful reunion tour. There’s no doubting the Spice Girls had a huge influence on pop culture and music. Being one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) Spice Girls fan I know (I ain’t got no shame), a Spice Girls tribute show would only make sense. And seeing as how they’re all laying pretty low (minus Mel B) at the moment, I’m sure they would all love to be on the show. How fun would that be!
5. Michael Jackson – I don’t even know if they can get royalties to songs like this, but a Michael Jackson episode seems inevitable. With all the different iconic images of Michael, it seems like it would fit perfectly for this show. I could totally see them doing Thriller! Maybe this will be next year’s Halloween episode! I would love to see Kurt or Finn do the moonwalk, would you? It seems they’re doing Thriller for the post-Superbowl show but I want to see a whole tribute!
Are there any tribute shows you would like to see happen on Glee?
Britney Looks BEYOND Amazing on the Set of Glee! August 20, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Music, Television.
Tags: Britney Spears, fox, Glee
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Even though this isn’t Britney’s everyday getup, it’s soooo nice to see her looking like her old self again! Even after the Circus tour was finished, she seemed a little off to me. It almost looked like she was back to her old ways. However, in these pics she posted from the set of Glee to her Twitter account, she looks like a million dollars! She’s glowing!
Tags: Britney Spears, Cosmopolitan
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Um, I just got a newsletter from Britney Spears in my e-mail which featured the below image of her on the cover of Cosmopolitan.
And frankly, it looks NOTHING like her. What’s going on with her face/neck situation?
And it looks like the cover has made it on to PhotoShop Disasters! HA!
Lady Gaga Joins the 5 Million Club on Twitter! July 20, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Lady Gaga, Music, technology.
Tags: Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Twitter
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Wow! Her appeal never ceases to amaze me.
Tonight, Gaga joined Ashton Kutcher and Britney Spears as the only 3 people with 5 million followers or more on Twitter. As of this posting Gaga is at 5,007,500! Man, I wish I had numbers like that!
This just goes to show how adored she is by her fans! Check out the tweet she sent out shortly after crossing the 5 million mark:
Post-It Album Art by John: Britney Spears July 16, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Post-It Album Art, Uncategorized.
Tags: Britney Spears
My Top 5 Pop Culture Moments I’ll Never Forget June 30, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, MTV TJ, Music, Personally John, Political, technology, Television, Travel.
Tags: Apple, Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, iPhone, Michael Jackson, New York, New York City, Steve Jobs, This Is it, Washington D.C.
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5. Original Apple iPhone Release – Though I didn’t end up buying the original iPhone for about 2 months after it came out, it was still EXTREMELY exclusive to have one at the time. Back then, when I showed people the pinch to zoom feature, it always ended in “oohs” and “ahhs.” The iPhone really changed more than just the way people use the internet, it changed entire industries. Music, internet, email, in your pocket really ended up paving the way for the app store and many third party companies to become filthy rich overnight. The iPhone set the new standard for what a smart phone was and currently is.
4. Christina Aguilera’s “Back to Basics” Album and Tour – I still owe Johnny $50 for the extra ticket he had for this show, but frankly, I should pay him $5,000 because this show was far and beyond the best pop music experience I have ever seen. I haven’t been to a ton of concerts in my life, but this one has still held its spot as “Most Mind Blowing Talent in a Concert Ever.” I think Christina lip-synched a few songs, but definitely not all. The overall feel of the 20s throwback, the soul in the music on this album, and the experience of seeing it all with my best friend really changed my perception of what pop music could be. This album wasn’t her most radio friendly, but in my opinion it’s one of the best of the last decade.
3. Britney Spears “Circus” Tour – To the same degree Christina blew my mind out of the water with Back to Basics, Britney actually made a perfect example of what drugs can really do to someone’s entertainment career. I went to this concert with my friend C’Anna, both excited to see some classic Britney before we die.
We both left Pittsburgh that night lethargic and unimpressed. This was a train wreck from the moment she stepped on to the stage until the moment she left…and even after that. Besides not singing an entire song, her choreography seemed lethargic and dizzy – not exactly something you would expect from a Britney Spears concert. I wasn’t heading in to the concert expecting a HUGE spectacle (I read reviews before I went), but I was expecting to be entertained, and I wasn’t. I learned to just jam to Britney on the radio, and enjoy all the work the producers must put in to making her music sound worthwhile.
2. The Inauguration of Barack Obama – I am lucky enough to live 2 hours from Washington, D.C. Because of this I am able to experience historic things like the Inauguration of Barack Obama. I actually went on the eve of his inauguration for the concert that was held on the National Mall. I stood in a sea of people from literally all over the world. The people to my right were from Ireland, and the people to my life were from Africa. There was a feeling of camaraderie and joy that I’ve only read about in history books. I knew when I was there that I was really experiencing something life-changing.
1. Michael Jackson’s Death – Michael Jackson’s name is synonymous with success. He was the example of pure talent. Though his death was very tragic, it actually wasn’t his death that affected me – it was being in New York City when it happened, and experiencing so many people lifting him up and celebrating his life. I’ve written about this before on my site, just the other day, on the one year anniversary of his death. Being in the city he was discovered the day he passed away was surreal. Everyone was remembering him, some people mourned, others celebrated his music. However, it was very clear on the streets of Manhattan that Michael’s legacy was going to live on. To be a part of the soul of New York City and this pop culture phenomenon was something I’ll never forget.
My Top 10 Played Tracks of 2009 December 29, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology.
Tags: Alejandro, Bad Romance, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Dance in the Dark, entertainment, Fernando Garibay, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Music, Sam Sparro
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I use a fun little application called Last.fm on my Mac. (Click here to see my track stats since 2007). It tracks every single song that I play on iTunes and my iPhone. I love it because I get to see what I have been listening to and what were the most played artists over the last week, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and overall.
This count isn’t entirely accurate, because I don’t have an iPod dock in my car. I just play CDs. So, odds are Beyonce and Lady Gaga would have higher play counts this year, but alas, here is documentation of my top 10 most-played tracks of 2009:
10. John Mayer – Who Says
This one really surprised me as being my No.10 track this year. I only had this song in my iTunes for a couple of months and I can’t say it’s even one of my favorite songs. Either way it made it to No.10 in 2009 with 33 plays.
9. Sam Sparro – Black and Gold
This was a nice surprise when I saw my list. I knew I had played it a lot, but didn’t realize I had played it so much! I really love Sam Sparro and I really love this song. It ended the year with 35 plays.
8. Brittney Tyler – My Song
This is probably the most surprising of all of my tracks that made it in my Top 10. Brittney is actually my best friend and not a signed musician. I had posted her music on my YouTube account (with her permission) and this was one of the ones that I never posted. The song is an original of hers, and I hope that we will have it posted sometime soon. This track is at No.8 in 2009 with 38 plays.
7. Britney Spears – 3
Another Britney makes it on to my Top 10, and surprisingly she is less talented than the other! Britney Spears, who I am growing to hate for some reason, released this ridiculously catchy song “3″ in the fall and I couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s so catchy! Now if only she could read music, sing live, and play the ukulele like the Brittney at No.8, I would be okay with this. Anyway, ’3′ is No.7 with 43 plays.
6. Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga – Video Phone
Well the rest of the countdown is pretty much a landslide. The only Beyonce song to make it in to my Top 10 this year is the one featuring the one and only Lady Gaga. The next closest Beyonce song of 2009 was “Diva” at No.37 with 16 plays. As mentioned above, a lot of my obsession with this album came via my CD player in my car. Anyway, Video Phone used to be one of my least favorite songs on Beyonce’s “I Am…” album, but after it was rereleased with a Gaga verse, I instantly loved it. Most hard core Gaga fans hate this song, but I will play it all day if I can. “Video Phone” is No.6 with 55 plays.
5. Lady Gaga – Speechless
In like 3 days I had played this song 30-some times. All of the songs from Gaga’s “Fame Monster” album were instant classics for me (minus “Telephone” surprisingly…which everyone loves). This song earned its way right to the top of my “Shower Concert Tour” playlist almost immediately. “Speechless” is No.5 in 2009 with 56 plays.
4. Lady Gaga – Monster
When I first listened to “Monster,” most of my friends had already heard it because I waited until the album was released to listen to it, rather than listening to the leak. It had an immediate effect on my mood and overall demeanor, which is always a good sign when it comes to music. I still can’t get enough of this song, and I am sure it will be in my Top 10 of 2010 as well. “Monster” is No.4 in 2009 with 58 plays.
3. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
I was surprised that this song was only No.3 when I looked at my stats. I had the demo of this song for about a month before its actual release and thought that all the extra plays would put it higher. Either way this song is one of my favorite of the year, and will always remind me of 2009. This is the song that inspired a collection of paintings that I am working on based off of “The Fame Monster” album. Each song will have its own painting. I’m calling it The Monster Collection. You can check out the finished painting right here. More on that later! “Bad Romance” is No.3 in 2009 with 97 plays (compared to Danny Lamas’ 232 plays, that’s nothing!)
2. Lady Gaga – Dance In the Dark
If I were to pick a song that I thought would be No.2 by the end of 2009, I probably wouldn’t have picked this one. Though I love it, and play it often, there are other songs that remind me of the year. The producer of this song, the amazing Fernando Garibay, has retweeted me a few times regarding the painting that I am doing for this song. He told me he would post the painting on Twitter once I was done with it. I am not done with it at all, and am actually stuck on it, but as soon as it’s finished, he’ll be the first to know. This song is FANTASTIC and an instant classic and if released as a single, I am sure will be a huge hit. “Dance in the Dark” is No.2 in 2009 with 101 plays.
1. Lady Gaga – Alejandro
This is another one of the songs that I had the demo for a while before having the finished track. Hearing the finished track compared to the demo made me absolutely ADDICTED to this song. The painting for this song is finished and can be seen here. It’s hard to think that “Alejandro” is my No.1 song of 2009, but the numbers don’t lie! “Alejandro” is my No.1 played song in 2009 with 142 plays.
What makes my Top 5 songs interesting is that my No.1 song of all time (for the last 3 years at least) was David Archuleta’s live version of “Imagine” with 92 plays. My top songs hadn’t changed at all over the last year until Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” came out, and immediately 4 different songs became my most played ever! I think that’s pretty influential if you ask me. I can’t wait to look back on this list in 2010 and see the differences!
My Chucky Videos Are Back on YouTube! October 1, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology, Television.
Tags: Amerie, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Chucky, My Humps, Piece of Me, Rihanna, Touch, Umbrella, Upgrade U, YouTube
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So after Fergie and Britney Spears saw my videos, they called YouTube and had them taken down (drat!). However, YouTube has no added links to buy the music that I used in the video, which I guess means that they can show the video.
Here are the three Chucky videos, featuring Danny Durr as Chucky.
Chucky – Touch (Original song by Amerie)
Chucky – My Humps/Upgrade U/Umbrella (Original songs by Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, and Rihanna)
Chucky – Piece of Me (Original song by Britney Spears)