Pop music has been sort of my bread and butter. It’s pretty much what I grew up on, between my dad listening to ABBA and the Bee Gees; my sister listening to New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Madonna, George Michael; and the modern Vietnamese music I gravitated towards – pop music was in me from the get-go. Once I hit the all important tween years (before it was really even called that) in the late 90s, the pop music scene was reaching a whole new level. MTV was still playing music videos and the prevalence of TRL certainly helped elevate the status of pop stars (and other artists) to what we remember. The songs were infectious and well-crafted, which also applies to the R&B music of the time. Maybe it’s a sense of nostalgia when I hear them, but 10-15 years later, I feel like a lot of the songs held up incredibly well; there was something about the music in the late 90s/early 00s that had such an appeal. So with that being said, I give you a rather comprehensive playlist of some of my favourites from back in the day.
Today, the entertainment world just keeps giving us great news. Following the Oscar nominations this morning, we got a one-two punch of new music news.
*NOTE: Please excuse my fangirl freakout that is about to happen*
First, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE IS FINALLY MAKING NEW MUSIC! Over six years after the release of his sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake posted a video to his website this morning stating that he’s ready to get some new music out there, with a countdown to what is presumably the release of his new single. Midnight, January 14th. Countdown is ON!
Second piece of music news for the day, Beyonce has gone on record that Destiny’s Child will be reuniting and releasing new music this year as well. A compilation album of love songs by DC, will be released just in time for Valentine’s Day, and will include a new track. Their last album, Destiny Fulfilled, was released in 2004. Odds are Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will most likely join Beyonce when she performs at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
And here I thought there was nothing to look forward to in music this year…