MY TOP 30: Year 1 & Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! – OUTRO

MY TOP 30: Year 1 & Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! – OUTRO

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As I stated in the INTRO, the point of this was to document the 3 years of popolio from September 15, 2008 to September 15, 2011.  I think it’s important to document and celebrate yourself (in a venture or project like this) especially since in a lot of cases no one is going to do it for you.  I’ve put a lot of time, passion, and fire into this, so I wanted to do these countdowns for myself most of all.  That said, I do hope people were keeping up with, reading, viewing, and revisiting these posts with me.   You don’t do a blog to read it to yourself.  Or at least I don’t.  

I think 3 years is a good place to stop and is a good bulk of work that can speak for itself.  popolio has seen some form or iteration since 2008, so the concept has existed for 3 years and I’ve steadily been working on it all that time.  The first version exists at http://popolio.wordpress.com/, which is still a live site and is where I pulled the posts for the Year 1 countdown from.  Feel free to check out all the other Year 1 posts that were not on the countdown there.

As I also said in the INTRO: 

In Year 2 the site moved to a new server.  I was working with someone through Year 2, but then we hit a wall and experienced some creative differences.  Hence, I have no way to document Year 2.

Because of those creative differences, I created the current site at  https://realpopolio.wordpress.com/  and renamed it THE REAL popolio, for obvious reasons.

So, apologies to all the artists that were featured during Year 2 that would have shown up on a Year 2 countdown.  I do think there is something magical about only focusing on the first year and the last year; the beginning and the end.  There’s some synergy there, I think.  Let me reiterate that rankings were based on internal WordPress.com stats for the popolio sites.  It was about how many hits (visits) each post received; not my personal choices.  

Felt like I bit off more than I could chew with 2 concurrent countdowns and 30 posts each (plus INTRO and OUTRO), but we got through.  Seems like Year 1 was dominated by music videos from the monthly MY TOP 10 countdowns and Year 3 was more about interviews (pop quiz and Questions for features).  In Year 3, I did stop doing the MY TOP 10 feature and did focus more on interviews, so it makes sense.  Austin, El Paso, Texas, and the world were all well-represented.  As were pop, hip hop, R&B, Latin, and dance.  That’s how I like it.  If you go to the about tab, popolio is…, you’ll see popolio was always meant to be a hodgepodge.  Mission accomplished.

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Hope you enjoyed.  There it went!  ‘Nuff said.

freddie beat aka Freddie Rodriguez
THE REAL popolio creator/editor

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME!

1. Sophie B. Hawkins 20Q Part 2
So, here we are.  Part 2 of this interview actually got more hits than Part 1.  Normally, with multi-part interviews the first part gets read the most and then the numbers dwindle down from there for the other parts.  Hmm?  What does that tell me?  Maybe I shouldn’t have done so many multi-part interviews.

So, here we have SBH, again!  She takes the Year 3 Number 1 and Number 2 spots.  I think what made this Part 2 special was that I got to preview a song from the upcoming release (that had a different name at the time of the interview).  It is now called The CrossingHeart and Soul of a Woman = The Crossing.  SBH was very generous to give me 5  unreleased songs from that upcoming project to listen to and choose one to stream with the interview.  I chose “Georgia.”  

I included that tidbit both on Facebook and Twitter.  The Twitter SBH fans caught wind of it and it spread like wild fire.  I think this interview would have been 1 and 2, regardless.  It was just of matter of the order and “Georgia” pushed Part 2 to Number 1.  It’s a piece of the puzzle of the whole project that fans can listen to, get an idea of what the project might sound like, and come back again and again as they anticipate the full release.

I’d like to point out that SBH did post this interview (both parts) at her official site and it was also retweeted by some of her peeps when originally posted.  That’s part of the reason she has secured the Number 1 and 2 spots and because she’s frickin’ Sophie B. Hawkins.  Let’s be real.  But, artists keep that in mind.  I’m just sayin’.  Make a note (mental or otherwise) to self.  And, with that, Rodriguez out!

Read the original post here – 2oQ for Sophie B. Hawkins Part 2.   Here’s Part 1.

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.


MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 1. Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “U Know What’s Up”

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME!

See the complete MY TOP 10: Left Eye Videos Countdown here.

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1. Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “U Know What’s Up”
This is the fifth and, obviously, final and highest entry from MY January 2009 TOP 10: Left Eye Videos countdown and of all of Year 1.  First, at Number 25 was TLC’s hugest hit, “Waterfalls.”  Then, at Number 21 was their second hugest hit, “No Scrubs.”  Both of these are from TLC’s junior release, FanMail.  Third was “What About Your Friends” at Number 15 , one of the string of hits from their debut release, Ooooooh… On The TLC Tip.  Fourth, coming in at Number 5, was the INTRODUCTION post to the entire countdown.

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Well, there you have it.  Not sure what else to say other than Left Eye Forever!   I love TLC and I love Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.  Seems like the popolio visitors agree with me by crowning this with the Year 1 Number 1 spot.  This was based on the total hits each post received and this particular post received the most by far.

I will say TLC is not like other girl groups where girls can be replaced and have (not saying any names).  Perhaps, because there were only 3 members and they each had such distinct personalities. I think other TLC fans will agree with me that though you may have your favorite (mine changed through the years), you will still support the other girls’ projects and endeavors.  It’s like extended family.  You may have your fave cousin, but it doesn’t mean your other cousins are chopped liver. 

Frozen in time. Courtesy of Google

The talent and the chemistry were undeniable.  I don’t gravitate to artists that are necessarily the best singers.  You can be the best singer in the world, but be boring and have no personality.  I’m attracted to artists that I find interesting.  It’s about the whole package.  

Great songs to start with.  Everything else has to back the music up.  It always goes back to the music.  That said, you then add a little dance (I love to dance, so I like performers who dance),  a little stage presence, a lot of personality, a lot of attitude, and a great look (a standout trend-setting sense of style is a must).  

Lastly, the sound and the look have to change and evolve through time.  Most of all, they should have a uniqueness and sincerity that sets them apart from whoever else is out there.  TLC had all of that and then some.  In droves.  ‘Nuff said.

I gave this video the Number 3 spot on Saturday, January 24, 2009.  Read the original post here — MY TOP 1o:  Left Eye Videos — 3. Donell Jones featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “U Know What’s Up” and watch the video below.





See the complete MY TOP 10: Left Eye Videos Countdown here.

TLC Forever. Courtesy of Google

Music Video: Boyz II Men “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”

Music Video: JADA “This Party’s On Fire”

Check out Boston-based pop/R&B girl group, JADA’s, latest video, “This Party’s On Fire.”  It’s produced by Rio and directed by Vassili Shields. They have a history with THE REAL popolio as they’ve been featured on more than one occasion. 

They made MY TOP 30:   Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! with the Extras Call Out I posted for this very video at Number 9 tied with Dallas/Garland hip pop/R&B artist, B-May’s pop quiz interview.

They’re also the only act to give us a video B-Day SHOUT OUT for our September 15, 2011 3rd Year Anniversary.  See it here!

JADA REAL popolio 3rd Year Anniversary Shout Out!!!

THE REAL popolio turned 3 Years Old on September 15, 2011.  And, though we’re officially closing our doors TODAY, Boston-based pop/R&B girl group, JADA (that we’ve featured on many occasions through our collective 3 year history), were nice enough to give us our ONLY video B-Day SHOUT OUT at their September 18, 2011 Release Party for their latest video, “This Party’s On Fire.”

Thanks, ladies!!!  Don’t they look hot?

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