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What We Listened to in 2013: Top Hit Songs and Music Videos

The top mega hit for 2013 is arguably Robin Thicke’s “monster R&B body shaker “Blurred Lines.”  Whether the song was helped or hurt by Miley Cryus – who knows? Thicke is presently being sued by the family of Marvin Gaye over the super-hit, and Miley Cyrus is still swinging from trees and wrecking balls in general. She swears that she cleverly planned and pre-calculated her “strategic hot mess” image in the media. Ok Miley, whatever. You don’t go … girl. In the end it’s the sheer popularity of the melody and the hook itself, and this song just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Congratulations Robin. You have a mega-hit on your hands.

Katy Perry’s “Roar” must also be mentioned, which was released late in the year, but has already skyrocketed. Her official music video for “Roar” is already sitting at 255 million YT views after just a couple of months. That’s HUGE. Congrats Katy, and that music video is so damn cute, by the way, that I almost forgot you were a chillingly sinister mind controlled Illuminati media princess. Good job!

231.9 million views and counting: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

85.5 million views and counting: “What Comes Around Goes Around” by Justin Timberlake

51.5 million views and counting: “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift

78.3 million views and counting: “Treasure” by Bruno Mars

I am also including Bruno’s 2012 hit “Locked Out of Heaven” which has now been viewed 217+ million times [ and counting ]. Not too shabby.

52.3 million views and counting: “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray

147.4 million views and counting: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams

200+ million views and counting combined music video versions: “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift

173.2 million views and counting: “Best Song Ever” by One Direction

This boy band has just about made Justin Bieber irrelevant this year, along with Justin’s own monumentally hard to believe ‘high profile asshole’ behavior. I’m not including any Bieber hits in this post, as I believe the boy to be overpaid, over-pampered, under-educated and about 12 years old emotionally. Justin’s last real hit was “Boyfriend” which has garnered about 292 million views since 2012. Then came a series of ever escalating ‘stupid Justin moments’ which were captured on video and broadcast to the world, making us all wonder if the man was actually TRYING to kill his own career on purpose. WTF. If or when he grows up and displays signs of intelligent life and real manhood, he might get covered on this blog now and then.

59.7 million views and counting: “I Love It” by Icona Pop

139.6 million views and counting: “I Just Want to Feel This MomentPitbull and Christina Aguilera

465.8 million views and counting: “Thrift Shop Feat” by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis

150.5 million views and counting: “I Wanna Go” by Britney Spears

30.7 million views and counting: “True Love’ by Pink

40.5 million views and counting: “Acapella,” “I Told You So” and “Hello” by Karmin

Vocalist Karmin is an exceptional raw and electric vocal talent, an unusual performing artist in every way. Her 2012 hit “Hello” barely scratched the surface of what this vocalist is capable of, but tragically, whoever is handling her career has managed to nearly derail it with poor styles choices and an almost laughably generic watered down presentation of Karmin in her 2013 ‘Acapella’ music video. If Karmin can do what Taylor Swift did early on, which is to break free from mediocre management which lacks talent and vision for the eccentric artist, and go out on her own label, she has a chance to salvage a potentially stellar music [ and possibly film later ] career. Fire these people Karmin, you can do better on your own. Lose the blue lipstick too.

Katy Perry’s New Video for “Roar” Knocks It Out of the Park

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New David Bowie Music Video Is Stellar Yet Unsettling: The Stars Are Out Tonight

Cover of "Man Who Sold the World"

Alternate Album Cover for “The Man Who Sold the World” from 1970

I have been following the musical career of David Bowie since before some of my readers were born. NO, really.

Beginning with the complex lyrics and haunted refrains of his first real best selling album, “The Man Who Sold the World” David Bowie has fascinated a devoted cult following of fans around the world for more than 35 years. I am among that glorious club of music lovers who adore the man, and I am WOWED that he’s released a new single.  Anything written  by Bowie is usually the Godiva Chocolate of new pop music releases. The new music video is no disappointment.

The ever lean and handsome Thin White Duke has aged gracefully.  Although he is older now, he is a creative master recording / visual artist and still knows how to make an artistic statement that astounds.

David Bowie’s music videos almost always actually say something, as opposed to just flashing signs and symbols for the elite and writhing for mere sex-selling appeal.

As an entire generation of 1970s and 1980s glam rockers now cross into their sixties and address their own mortality, [ along with their legions of fans] Bowie dares to address his own issues around growing older, seeking serenity and sanity, and coping with a global culture of “star worship” that takes the emulation of celebrities to hideously high and low extremes.

The confrontation between his young near-perfect knock-off and his sedate older self is the central theme in his new music video “The Stars Are Out Tonight.”  Enjoy, but don’t be eating anything while you watch this. It might take the appetite away just a wee bit.

 

The Man Who Sold The World, 1971: