MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! Links – 15-1 & OUTRO

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15. TLC
“What About Your Friends”  
10. Foxy Brown F Jay-Z
“I’ll Be”
5. Left Eye INTRO
14. Robyn
MY TOP 2008 Album

9. Paul Simon
“You Can Call Me Al”
4.  Bruce Springsteen
“Streets of Philadelphia”
13. Moulin Rouge! Girls
“Lady Marmalade”
8. Bobby Pulido pop quiz

3. Makano pop quiz
12. Puff Daddy & The Family F B.I.G. & Ma$e “Been Around The World”
7. Destiny’s Child
“Independent Women Pt. 1”

2. The Proclaimers
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

11. Mary J. Blige
“Not Gon’ Cry” 
6. Left Eye Legacy podcast with Ron Lopes
1. Donnell Jones F Left Eye
“U Know What’s Up”



MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 13. Sariah 10Q

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

13. Sariah 10Q
The Year 3 Number 13
spot goes to Sariah.  Pretty impressive for an interview that just posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.  Maybe it helped that she has “sex” in the title of her song.  I jest, I jest.

With a couple of Billboard dance hits under her belt, I’m not surprised that this interview received enough hits to make the countdown.  Calling her the “Queen of Hearts,” she’s definitely carving out her own lane in the pop/dance arena.

See the original post here — 10Q for Sariah.  It includes the video for her latest single, “All About Sex.”

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 13. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk “Lady Marmalade”

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

See the complete MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs Countdown here.

13. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk “Lady Marmalade”
This is the second entry from MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs countdown.  The first was the song that took the Number 1 spot on Saturday, April 30, 2009.  It was “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy from Do The Right Thing. It was Number 20 on this countdown.  “Lady Marmalade” from Moulin Rouge! took the Number 4 spot on the original soundtrack countdown on Monday, April 27, 2009.

Read the original post here — MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs — 4. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and P!nk “Lady Marmalade” and watch the video below.

See the complete MY TOP 10:  Soundtrack Songs Countdown here.

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 14. Robyn – TOP ’08 Album

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

14. Robyn – TOP ’08 Album
I’ve only ever christened a top album of the year for 2008, which was the first year of THE REAL popolio.  I planned to do it for consecutive years, but I never felt like I had listened to enough to to choose a selection fairly.  Frankly, I wasn’t so moved by anything new I had listened to to christen it the ‘best’ of the year.  It’s really more of the former than the latter, though.  I really hadn’t listened to enough new and full projects to give something that lofty of a title.

I do feel that pop gets a bad rap.  Robyn’s brand of it was the freshest I had heard in a long while.  I haven’t heard anything in pop as fresh or consistent since.  With Robyn she blueprinted her new electro pop sound and with the Body Talk series she perfected that blueprint.  That is, is wasn’t anything new; where Robyn was a left turn from everything that had come before, Body Talk was the evolution of that Robyn sound.  She definitely found her lane and revved in it to pure pop perfection.

You can argue that pop lyrics are simple, high school, and maybe even elementary and maybe that they have no depth or emotion.  I disagree.  The layers are there and there is definitely emotion.  I don’t disagree that pop can translate like school girl diary entries, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t layers and emotions there.

I think Robyn’s lyricism is a little more intelligent and layered than your average pop artist’s.  Sometimes how effortless the simplicity seems can be deceptive.  That’s not to say that there aren’t songs that are just dance songs or fun songs.  But, songs about robots and dancing in a corner by yourself can be metaphors for other things.  If nothing else, there is creativity there that cannot be denied.  There will always be love songs in any genre and everyone’s love experience is valid in my book.  Nothing wrong with a booty song every now and then, either, though.

I also gave an Honorable Mention to Cyndi Lauper’s Bring Ya To The Brink.  I thought she did some amazing things with that record.  It was like her Ray of Light moment.

Read the original post here — MY TOP:  Album of 2008 — Robyn.  This review takes the Number 14 spot on this Year 1 countdown.

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 28. BB Gun Johnny pop quiz & Feedback LOTTO Interview

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

28. BB Gun Johnny pop quiz & Feedback LOTTO Interview
The Year 3 Number 28 spot brings us our first tie!  As part of my El Paso Week countdown to the inaugural Neon Desert Music Festival, I included BB Gun Johnny’s pop quiz interview.  They were not one of the Neon Desert Artists, but they are El Paso-based.  It was the first pop quiz of April 2011, going live on the 15th, during  the week that I was posting daily Neon Desert 5Q interviews.

In Year 3, I started adding “interview” to the pop quiz heading.  I had found that in previous years (as told by a few contacts) that the thought was that these were pop quizzes you were supposed to take and people were missing the fact that they were interviews.  Not pop quizzes for visitors to the site, but for the artists, themselves.  I didn’t think it was a such a big deal as these type of standardized interviews have appeared in magazines for decades; usually on the back page.  But, I adjusted things to clarify things.

I noted before that though I feature national and international artists, I do highlight when they are local and regional.  In Year 3, another tweak I made was to abbreviate the regional cities in the titles of such posts.  So, in BB Gun Johnny’s case it became “EP” instead of “El Paso.”  Austin became ATX, Dallas D-Town, Houston H-Town and so on and so forth.  In some cases, I don’t know the city’s nickname or whether it has one, so it stays the same.

The Feedback LOTTO Interview is a more recent post.  I volunteered to MC Room to Read’s 2nd Annual Room to Rock charity showcase fundraiser on Friday, August 26, 2011.  Along with that, I decided to feature interviews with each of the scheduled bands.  It all came together kind of fast and we were pressed for time, so I decided to use the LOTTO Interview format from a weekly music column I used to write for another site.  The Feedback LOTTO Interview went live on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  More background info and how it all works is broken down in the original post [see below].

Interesting to note, Feedback is the official band of local company Bazaarvoice and normally do covers.  So, maybe that’s how they got all these hits to claim the Number 28 spot so quickly.  I jest. I jest.

See the original BB Gun Johnny post here — BB Gun Johnny pop quiz interview – EP.  It includes their song, “Alcohol & Chocolate,” and MSTRKRFT’s video for “Easy Love.”

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

See the original Feedback post here — LOTTO Interview:  Feedback — Room to Rock Artist.  It includes a live performance video of their cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.”

See all 4 Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews here.

LOTTO Interview: Feedback – Room to Rock Artist

Editor’s Note:   The LOTTO Interview was one of the features for my weekly music column, Urb’l (Urban Cool) Remedy, that was part of Zubterrain, the e-zine of the Zonisphere Media Group.  That site is undergoing an indefinite overhaul; so, my column is currently on hiatus.  For the purpose of this series of interviews, I’ve decided to use the LOTTO Interview format here at THE REAL popolio.

I will be MCing Room to Read’s 2nd Annual Room to Rock music showcase and fundraiser event on Friday, August 26, 2011, at Peckerheads on Sixth (6th and Trinity).  Doors open at 7:30PM.  Show starts at 8PM.

Starting on Monday, to countdown to the event, I have been featuring a daily LOTTO Interview (and will do so through tomorrow) with each of the featured bands –  The Blistering Speeds, Feedback, The Shears, and Day vs. Night ( BTW, that is the order they perform in, but not necessarily the order of the interviews).

Get the 411 here, RSVP at the Facebook Event Page, and learn more about the organization at the official site.

The Blistering Speeds kicked things off on Monday.  Day vs. Night kept it going yesterday.   Read each of their LOTTO Interviews here and here, respectively.  Next up in our series of Room to Rock LOTTO Interviews is Feedback, the official band of Bazaarvoice, who will follow the Blistering Speeds during the showcase.

The idea is simple.  I have a list of questions that are a mixed bag of musical, fun, serious, and silly.  Feedback chose five numbers from 1 through 100 without getting to see the questions. The questions they answered for this interview are the questions that corresponded with the numbers that were chosen.  The list is currently holding steady at 100.

Watch Feedback perform their version of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.”  Read their LOTTO Interview below.

UR:  Anyone you would pattern your career after?
FB: Probably the Rutles…Or maybe Spinal Tap, but mostly just for the great stage props.

UR:  What are the top references you use for this band, musical or otherwise?
FB:  The main criteria we followed in selecting the music was to play the tunes that we are excited about.  Our band members seem to have a similar taste in music, but we are pretty diverse when it comes to age.  Since we mainly do covers, it ends up as somewhat of a “best of” from the ‘70s all the way through to today.

We had two rules we tried to follow:

1) The audience should be able to recognize the song within a few notes.
2) Once they recognize it, it should make them smile.

UR:  What’s a genre of music you’d like to try that your fans would be surprised by?
FB:  Bluegrass soul!  Don’t be too surprised if we break out some angry banjo or maybe even a fiddle one of these days…

UR:  If you were to redo a song from a musical, what song would you do from which musical?
FB:  It probably wouldn’t be a huge stretch for us to try a few songs from musicals.  Maybe “Seasons of Love,” from RENT – it has a big sound, lots of vocals, and it’s definitely a feel-good tune.

UR:  American Idol’s Jennifer Lopez, The Voice’s Christina Aguilera, or X-Factor’s Paula Abdul?
FB:  J.Lo…Of course.

10Q for Sariah

Sariah is a dance-genue who calls herself “the Queen of Hearts.”  She set things off with her first single, “Deep N Luv,” in 2010.   In 2011, she kept it going with the follow-up, “All About Sex.”  Both tracks have charted on the Billboard Dance Charts.  Not too shabby for someone fresh out the box.  Read what Sariah has to say about her two dance hits, sex anthems, and more in this EXCLUSIVE 10Q interview.

Watch the official “All About Sex” video.

Click the pic to go to Sariah’s official site and the “All About Sex” single cover at the end of the interview, to get to her Facebook Page.


1. Tell us about the new single, “All About Sex.” “All About Sex” is a record with a message allowing women to feel free to have what ever kind of relationship THEY want to.  Women are always judged so much in every angle and men get away with SO much!  Well, not anymore.  I had the power in this specific relationship “All About Sex” discusses and I decided when it was over, too.

2. Why was this chosen as the next single? It was chosen because of the strong lyrical content and the very strong production!  It was my favorite as well.

3. How is it different than your first single, “Deep N Luv?” “Deep N Luv” is one of my favorite records, too.  It brings the hip hop and pop world together!  I think it’s a darker record than “All About Sex.”  It discusses more of getting into nightlife and all of its fabulous opportunities.

4. Congrats on “Deep N Luv” and “All About Sex”charting on the Billboard Dance Charts. How does that make you feel? Thank you SO much!  It excites me so much that I just want to create more and more and more records!  I am just so happy that my music has had a positive influence on my fans, DJs, and the radio!  I am very happy to be back in the studio in hopes to create more hits for my hearts.  🙂

5. What are some of your favorite sex anthems of the past?That’s a great question!  Madonna, Britney, and Christina Aguilera have some of my favorite  sex anthems for sure.  They are all sexy and beautiful women and have showed that through their music!

6. Do you consider yourself a role model? I do consider myself a role model.  No matter what I do, I always work hard to have class and style along with personality and passion.  I think being a role model is being someone who others can look up to and learn from.  I truly hope I am that to others.

I really work hard to stay connected via Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to reach out to my fans, other artists, and keep in touch with all of my good friends.  My family will always come first, too.  I am constantly learning from my surroundings and hope to always be a role model for young artists throughout the world.

7. That said, what are your thoughts on songs like your own, which are sexual in nature, but may be considered controversial or viewed as inappropriate for young girls?  Especially those by pop stars who seem to court this young female audience. Sexuality stirring controversy in pop is nothing new…Elvis and Marilyn Monroe were considered risqué for their time.  Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” made waves in the eighties as did Cher in the nineties.  Pop has never shied from pushing sexual buttons.

8. What are you trying to bring to your dance music that hasn’t been brought before?
I am bringing power, sexiness, passion, royalty, and a strong show to the dance world. 

9. Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I will be on tour with my full band wearing all of my own designed clothing!  I will be working on raising money towards foundations that my family are a part of: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Patricia Cronin Foundation.  I will also be cast in a movie. 🙂

10. Any last words or anything you want to say, clarify, set the record straight on, or put out there to your fans via THE REAL popolio? First, I just want to thank you for taking the time to listen to my music and enjoying it!  Thank you also for having me and for your great questions! 

I am SO thankful for all of these incredible opportunities and cannot wait to come and perform in a city near you all, my hearts!  Also, stay positive, encouraged, and inspired!

Your Queen of Hearts

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