Pop music lovers uniteBRIDGET JONES
So pop music is the devil, right? I mean anyone who knows anything about anything knows that. The fodder for children and those who don't know better.
But I put it to you, dear, smart, very handsome readers, that in fact pop music is good, it is clever, and adoring it is nothing to be ashamed of.
Hello. My name is Bridget, and I like pop music.
I could go on about The Beatles, or Michael Jackson or Elvis, but there is a new guard in town this week...Bieber is back. The question is: does anyone (other than I) care?
The teen idol is due in Auckland on Wednesday for a two-day promo visit and then again later in the year (probably) for an actual show.
Of course, we all remember what happened last time he was here: screaming girls, snatched baseball caps held for ransom, a show at a school, more screaming girls.
But that was two years ago, which is a lifetime in pop music (The Beatles were only together for 10) so are the girls still screaming?
I have no scientific studies to back me up, so I'm going to go out on a limb here when I say of course they are.
There are still number one albums, and an audible, collective intake of breath from teenagers, followed by squeals of delight, whenever his name is mentioned. And the excitement surrounding his NZ visit is hitting fever pitch on social media.
Sure, there are people who hate the kid, but I don't get their venom. Okay, so you might not like his music (although I reckon that new song is pretty darn catchy. Plus it uses the words "swaggy" and "fondue" - genius), but the little dude has done alright for himself.
From YouTube beginnings to being taken under Usher's very smooth and manly wing, Bieber has cemented his place in the cultural history books. He writes songs that (a lot of) people like to hear on the radio. How is that a bad thing?
Oh, that's right, because it's "pop" music. (Oh okay maybe because he's a bit annoying too - read this, you'll thank me for it).
I got to thinking about the stigma attached to music of the popular kind while watching the Katy Perry doco in the weekend. Yes, I was possibly the oldest person in the cinema without a child attached to them, but I was okay with that.
Why? Because, not only do I love me some KP, but also because it was a pretty good music documentary.
Hold on, hold on, I can hear your scorn from here, but it's true. Not only did it make me feel like I "knew" her a bit more (man, Russell Brand, you are a bad, mean man), but it also did all the things you want a good movie to do - make you laugh, cry and wonder aloud how you'd look with purple hair.
All that, and she sings bloody good pop songs in between the drama. Tell me how you can hate that?
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