The Problem with Christina’s Image

May 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm (music, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Genie in a Bottle [US] by Christina Aguilera cover

Although Christina  Aguilera is on of the best  singers ever and has a diva attitude she was never a pop star on the level of  Britney Spears or Madonna. Her  most success came from her hits in the 90s and her bubble gum pop image, which she quickly discarded in favor of a less mainstream image. She immediately went from bubble gum pop to Stripped calling herself Xtina and dirty. While her music was still  good it wasn’t mainstream anymore. It’s the same when she went Back to the Basics the sound was too jazzy for mainstream pop. And really she almost sings too well for mainstream is not usually the place of the best music anyways.

Now with Bionic Christina wants to be mainstream pop and she hasn’t been for years. And its been a while since her last album, 2006. She seems to be struggling to get back into the game, assuming people will listen and like her music because after all she is Christina Aguilera. Problem is Bionic is the first time in a long time she wanted to really be mainstream and she’s doing electropop, a genre in which you don’t really need a great voice, it kind of trivializes the need for one as pop does anyways.  In pop catchy matters more than if its good. 

Her other problem is a female artist of the same genre who Christina has never said her name, Lady Gaga who is currently the queen of electro-pop.  She has made the mistake of paying her little mind as a threat and yet wearing things Gaga’s already worn and making vids that seem a little familar with either Madonna or Lady Gaga.  It isn’t that she’s copying Gaga and even if she was it really wouldn’t be a huge deal with she didn’t diss her and hadn’t transformed her image and style at the same time as Gaga.  I mean Rihanna has walked out wearing clothes Gaga’s worn but no one cared and other artists have done similar music but people didn’t really care all that much either.  Its that Christina’s image and music have suddenly become similar. Yeah she sings better, but pop isn’t about that or about loyalty and I don’t think she gets that.  She just gets how to make good songs.

It actually isn’t all that suprising she’s had to cancel her tour sadly.  I had been looking forward to this album.  I wanted to hear Christina’s electro-pop. I like Not myself tonight, but I’m not a huge fan of the vid, it kind of bored me. There was no meaning to anything, no faux storyline. There wasn’t really a point to anything done in the vid unless it was to be sexy or pay homage to Madonna. I’m not sure how good the rest of the album is Woo Hoo is kind of a disappointment and the other songs I heard are ok and Not Myself Tonight only made it to number 23, probably because of all this drama which made her makeover fail and the boring vid.

I worry that Christina needs to have some one tell her not to do stuff like wear things Gaga’s worn in public or in music vids, but because she is Christina, she can do what she wants and I fear that may be messing up her career. I’ve heard  that she likes to over sing (I think she does sometimes especially if she’s going to do pop pop) and when people warn her about that she doesn’t listen to them.

 

Yeah these pics are similar, same shades in Not Myself Tonight as Bad Romance. But it could have turned out differently if she acknowledged Gaga. Because at first people were saying Gaga looks like Christina, although they were also saying Christina looked better and at that time she did, now I can’t say who looks better.

 With Christina people always want to start stuff. Remember when they were pitting her against Britney Spears?   Like the radio will play Lady Gaga either right after or before Christina and say how people are saying Christina’s copying her. I think its a load of BS. Pop needs to stuff compared female artists to the point they can’t sell their music. But who’s going to do that when drama’s interesting?

Kagehime

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Gaga Rumours

October 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As usual there are strange rumours floating around and of course Lady Gaga has attracted a lot of them.  Here’s some I’ve heard.  If you’ve got more please tell me.

Like is she a man or a hermaphrodite?  Check this video on youtube people think its proof.  I don’t think so.  Just because her clothes are drag queen inspired (and less so as time goes on) doesn’t mean she is one. 

 

A mind control victim of the Illuminati? Do people actually people in the Illuminati? Because this is just plain strange.  The symptoms of mind control are a degenerate personality, etc.  This site‘s got it all mapped out.  If you believe in an illuminati conspiracy maybe you’ve been watching National Treasure too much.  Although I can’t say if the illuminati exist or not.  Maybe they do. 

An Alien?  Saw the parody?  And there are transmissions she made in which says she has been sent to Earth to infiltrate human culture one sequin at a time.  You can watch the transmissions on her blog.

A robot?  A lot of her dance moves are robotic so are some of her songs.  Especially the recorded ones with the autotune she uses.  Thankfully live she doesn’t sound so robotic.

I hope people don’t really believe half of these…I personally don’t believe any of it.  Alien, robot, illuminati? Huh.  Man or Hermaphrodite?  I don’t think so either.  But what do you think?  Think any of these are true?

Kagehime

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So many Ladies

April 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Lately I’ve heard about a lot of ladies in music and I’m wondering where this trend is coming from.  Not to mention an over all trend towards weirder names and stage names in place of real ones. 

Two groups with lady in it are Lady Antebellum and Ladytron.  Lady Antebellum is a country band formed in 2006.  I don’t listen to too much country, but they sound good to me. 

Ladytron is an electro-pop band formed in 1999.  Their song Ghosts was recently featured on the show Kings on NBC.  I acctually heard about Ladytron because of the rumour that they are supposed to be working with Christina Aguilera on her next album. 

ladytronPhotoretouched.jpg image by infinitephoto

Some of the people with lady in their name  are Lady Gaga, Ladyhawke, Lady Starlight, and Lady Saw.  After Lady Gaga’s smash hit Just Dance last summer she quickly became the most popular and well known of the ladies.  I only started hearing about the other ladies after her, although some have been out longer.  And with Lady Gaga is word of Lady Starlight who helped her form her awesomeness and I heard is touring with her. 

There’s also Ladyhawke from New Zealand who released her debut album September 2008.  Her music is strongly reminescent of the 80s and her voice kind of reminds me of Stevie Nicks, but then I guess she had a strong influence on her.  You can see a list of her influences on her myspace.

Lady Soveriegn has been a British rapper since 2003.

Lady Saw has been active in the music business longer than the other ladies I named.  She’s been a reggae singer since 1994. 

And then there’s the Barenaked Ladies.  I kind of forgot about them, but I think they qualify as a “Lady” although none of them are Ladies.  Thank you Michelle for the reminder.

The ladies are from totally different geographical locations and backgrounds.  There are tons more ladies outside of music, but I’m not going to go there.  In fact there are probably more in music, but since I can’t think of anymore I’m going to leave it at that. Can you think of any more ladies and who’s your favorite?

Kagehime

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Futuristic-Electro Pop

April 7, 2009 at 3:45 am (fashion, music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The future is here or at least pop wants you to think that. The music sounds cool, but unfortunately it seems everyone’s copping the same style.  And it’s impossible to tell who started this trend and who the copiers are.   Another thing about electro pop is the singer doesn’t necessarily have to be able to sing in order for to sound good.  A good example of this is Britney Spears.  She came back on the cusp of the electro-pop trend and I think this type of music is good for her.  I actually like a few of her songs.  That hasn’t happened for me since the beginning of her career. 

The trend is full of pantless looks, awesome shades, shininess, face make up, leggings, catsuits and awesome hair.  Look at Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson and Ciara.

Lady Gaga’s prism dress

Keri Hilson in “Return the Favor

 Ciara “Go Girl

 Christina Aguilera “Keeps gettin’ better

Of course men are on this electo pop wave too

 Kanye West

There seems to be a real push for female electro-pop singers.  So Kanye’s kind of out numbered right now not that he’s alone. Personally I like electro-pop, but I like real instruments better, so whenever I hear these songs with real instruments I love them even better.  What do you think about this new electro-pop trend? 

Kagehime

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Gagaflutitis

April 3, 2009 at 5:24 am (music) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

 I admit I’ve searched way too much about Lady Gaga but there’s a reason and its that I got gagaflutitis or some such ridiculously named disease.  Gaga always talked about she’s going to give everyone the flu.  Apparently I caught it and sometimes its annoying even to me. 

So how did I caught gagaflutitis?

Phase 1  Radio Gaga

Once I was listening to the radio.  I’m in college so I usually just use my computer, but I was home for a short break  around december so I was listening to the radio.  I like dance music so I was happy that I lot of dancy songs were on the radio like Katy Perry Hot N’ Cold, Rihanna Disturbia, etc.  Then I heard just dance, didn’t know who it was by yet, but I was like yes dance music’s back.  Naturally I looked up just dance on my computer and found out it was by lady gaga and I was like “what kinda of name is that?” Then I watched the music video and I was like hmm different, but cool.  Then I  saw poker face and was like wow! I loved the song and the beginning of the vid with the great danes.  Then I went through all the songs that were available on youtube at the time and realized they were all good.  But then my computer messed up.  It would only play the beginning of music videos so I ended up watching the beginning of poker face and disturbia too dozens of times.  And actually my computer let me play love game completely for some reason.

Next thing I knew my computer crashed completely and I was left depending on the computer lab for computer use and tv (which I rarely just watch tv usually it has to be a show that I like).  So I was watching tons of mtv u and stuff.  The funny thing is I think it was the crazy beat in love game that kept me hooked, because I couldn’t get enough bass after hearing that.  And of course I found out how dirty the lyrics were early on.  And I had made the mistake of watching The Fame part 1 in a computer lab if you know what happens in that.  

Phase 2  Exams

Every exam period I usually watch tons of anime, but since throughout the year I started liking anime less and less I needed something to fill that void.  And so I listened to tons of Lady Gaga and watched all those fake vids people enjoy putting up.  I also starting looking up stuff about her like her age and where she was from and what’s her real name, etc. So then I decided that I was diffently getting the album The Fame during the Christmas break.  Usually I only like a few songs or so on an album but I liked all of Gaga’s so I had to buy it.  I also wanted to buy the Twilight album, because I had seen the movie and hey Muse is awesome.

Phase 3 The Fame

I bought The Fame on itunes and listened to it a lot during the break. Mostly uneventful I suppose.  Then I came back to school and was like whatever I’m over it. 

Phase 4 Pop ate my heart

That was not true Heard some more songs online.  And saw the acoustic pokerface version.  Awesome.  So then I wanted tickets to see her show etc.  Still haven’t gone and the shows been postponed here…

So how bad is my gagaflutitis? I talk about her pretty much all day to everyone I know whenever I find out something I think is interesting about her or heard a new song.

Why am I so addicted? For one I always go through a phase of liking some muscian or other, but its never been this bad because the musician is now either dead or old.  They are not in the process of possibly becoming a legend, they already have become one.

Another reason is that her ideas and pictures are very accessible online.  Three I think I just like crazy musicians in general, especially if they’re very good.  And look at her fashion.  I think its crazy cool.  That zipper eye on American Idol? How crazy was that? Another big reason is that I’ve found some awesome music, other than hers.  Like why wasn’t I listening to Queen before? Then I found Roisin Murphy formerly of Moloko, Ladytron who’s supposed to be working with Christina Aguilera, the Gossip, and some others.  Also, she changes enough or puts out new material enough to keep my short attention span occupied.  And quite possibly the biggest reason is that she writes her own lyrics and designs her own clothes.

The funny thing about these phases is that the one I was going through right when I first heard Gaga was David Bowie who is one of her idols. 

So am I obsessesed or going through a phrase? Probably a mixture of both.

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