When it comes to pop music, we can say that things are quite predictable: a catchy beat, some lyrics about a heartbreak or about a party and, of course, a video with some sexy girls dancing as naked as possible on the beach – especially since we are talking about summer hits. Yes, that seems to be the recipe of success. But fortunately enough, it seems that this year, there might be some “intruders” on the music scene, meaning debutants with different beats, different lyrics and, luckily, different videos.
Who are these new faces in the music scene? Well, most of them seem to come from the rainy Britain. We all heard (the probably evergreen) Grace Kelly song from new artist Mika. We all heard Lily Allen’s Smile and Rehab from Amy Winehouse.
Well, all these artists seem to promise the top music hits for this summer, so you can count on Mika’s Love Today, on Lily’s Alfie and on Amy’s Back to Black to make it to the top of the charts. Somehow, these artists approach the classiest pop and jazz, which might be surprising, considering today’s R&B must-have trends, but they seem to gain more and more fans. After all, pop music makes the best summer hits.
OK, now let’s think and predict: which artists that we know and love will manage to offer us those hot and spicy summer hits? But in order to establish that, let’s take a look at what the guru says, meaning the Billboard singles chart.
Well, no major surprises, since the chart presents, in top five, Akon, Nelly Furtado and Timberland, Gwen, Fergie with Ludacris and Avril – they are so famous they don’t even need their second names. So you’d better bet that you’ll be dancing on their rhythms all summer long, regardless if those rhythms belong to the songs we already know, as in The Sweet Escape or Glamorous or to their new releases, such as Gwen’ 4 in the Morning, Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry or Justin’s Summer Love.
Well, we might be a little more general and say that whatever Beyonce, Diddy, Shakira, Pussycat Dolls, Justin or Nelly Furtado (just to name a few) release, it will be definitely part of the top 10 summer hits for 2007. Quite a predictable fact, considering the general music trends that innovatively combine R&B with dance and the fact that all these artists have dominated the music charts in the past years.
Oh, and one more thing: if Britney manages to make that super expected and spectacular come back before the hot months, no wonder if all we are going to hear this summer will be a reinvention of Oops, I Did It Again.