Like I said HERE last year and HERE back in '95 (not to mention countless other times to many people), I TRULY believe music trends tend to go in circles....
To sum up my theory: near the end of every decade, pop and dance start making a comeback, peak and blowout a little past the beginning of the next decade.
'05 showed signs of a possible upcoming emergence (as the second link shows) '06 continued these signs and seemed to step it up
*Rihanna's new album (well, the first half) is dance/pop and unashamed of it. *Darren Hayes new album supports this theory (what ive heard of it) *The Spice Girl reunion chances actually seeing the light of day
OH AND THIS!
DURAN DURAN featuring TIMBALAND.... oh and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - "NIGHT RUNNER"
My bet..... This time next year, it will be undeniable. Pop will be coming back.
S*P is back... kinda. S*P became too big, and lost its original goal of promoting music that *I* like and introducing it to the american audience.
These days music blogs are a dime a dozen. I however, am not.
SPARK*POP is now just my audioblog. Just like it was in the beginning. AND just to anwser any questions, there was no behind the scenes drama with the demise of S*P. Even ask the others who used to contribute! We are all still friends.
So no drama. just great music from me. Yay. S*P is back.
Darren Hayes of Savage Garden fame will releasing an epic new 2 CD album this August. Some of the first music has been debuted on his website and the single "Step Into The Light" has been served to US dance radio stations via a new dance mix.
After much thought and consideration, it has been decided to bring SPARK*POP to a close.
Unfortunatly, most of the "staff" and I are too busy to give S*P the attention that it in fact deserves. The goal of this blog was to open up some american ears to the GREAT music being released worldwide (but not stateside). Unfortuantly, living in the USA, its A LOT more work to discover awesome music from around the globe (that is NOT getting played in the USA). It was totally worth it and I have every intention of continuing my quest.
We had an AMAZING 2 years and I thank each and every one of you who has visited the site in that time. I wanna thank Terry, Ryan, Zane, Phil and anyone else who contributed to this blog. I also thank the SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN newspaper for the awesome article that mentioned S*P and for all the compliments. I want to thank the record companies that contributed material and news and I also wanna say thanks for all the advertising offers on the site. We never featured any adverts, but its flattering that they had enough faith in the site to ask.
This time ten years ago, a glimmer of pop music hope was just begining. Early 1997, Savage Garden was ruling the american airwaves with their first single, "I Want You". In the #6 position on the Billboard album chart was a little-known girl band who had just appeared with their first single, "Wannabe", released their album and then released ANOTHER album. "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" was the first Backstreet Boys single and was released in, you guessed it, 1997. Of course, there was still much wading thru crap like Jewel and LeAnn Rhymes, but the stage had been set for pops comeback.
We salute you 1997! Heres hoping that history repeats itself!
Im sure that you have heard by now that Anna Nicole Smith passed away yesterday in Florida.
You know her story, so im not gonna repeat it. It really is sad. I was a fan of hers after seeing her reality show. I was shocked by the news of the death of her son, but this was just CRAZY. It didnt feel real all day yesterday.
Perhaps that why you arent getting this post until now.
It was quite obvious that Anna Nicole suffered on a daily basis with her various demons and its very sad to see it all end up this way. She was only human. The media circus surrounding this has been ridiculous.
IF YOU DOWNLOAD *ANYTHING*, you may only download because you have the original copy of it. Otherwise, you must immediately erase the file because it is illegal to have it.
You have been notified and we do not take responsibility for the incorrect use by the web visitors.
SPARK*POP is absolutely against bootlegging so please don't do more damage to the record industry.
If you are an band or artist (or represent one) being featured on this audioblog and want me to take down a song, let me know, and it will be removed from the server immediately. You helped get this great music out in the first place and we would be honoured to fulfill your request.
SPARK*POP isnt here to step on anyones toes. We just want to help promote great music and expect nothing in return (actully some promo items wouldnt hurt...) hehe