At the end of each month, Pop Hunter highlights the best songs that were released. Consider it your cheat sheet for year-end lists. This month, we feature Rihanna, Kanye West, No Doubt, Miguel, Nicki MInaj, and Cassie.
September 17, 2012 | Dave Hodgson
You may have heard that a British activist has struck out across London record stores, placing advisory labels on Chris Brown albums that read “WARNING: DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM! THIS MAN BEATS WOMEN.” But we thought: why stop at Chris Brown?
September 5, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Scooter Braun, the young entrepreneur who plucked a ripe Justin Bieber from the YouTube vines, has added another promising artist to his roster. Scooter Braun’s Schoolboy Records already has deals with Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Matt Toka, and Asher Roth, and his head count is about to get a bit more diverse, with “Gangnam Style” K-Pop juggernaut Psy signing on.
August 15, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
It had to happen eventually. After nine consecutive weeks, Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega-hit “Call Me Maybe” has finally fallen from the summit of the Billboard Hot 100. Does this mean it’s the end of summer?
August 15, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
The end of the Olympics provided a pretty slow sales week for the music industry, which allowed the 43rd edition of the Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation series to peak at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 111,000 copies.
July 30, 2012 | Dave Hodgson
Welcome back to The Parody OD, a monthly roundup of YouTube’s burgeoning pop parodists! This time around, we see what the “Weird” Als of the digital generation have on Carly Rae Jepsen’s monster single “Call Me Maybe.”
July 26, 2012 | Dave Hodgson
It’s been a wild few days for Canada’s latest contribution to the world of pop, Carly Rae Jepsen, as she’s allegedly had her private photos hacked and released a new single with Owl City.
June 20, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Owl City. The mere mention of that name probably caused that insufferable “Fireflies” chorus to invade your brain, like a parasite that’s been incubating since the summer of 2009. Sorry for that.
June 18, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
We could have watched it on TV, but we thought it would be better to give you some coverage from the front-lines, and let you know what the MMVAs are like behind all the smoke and mirrors. Thanks to a sweet hookup from a friend who works in the area, Pop Hunter staked out a spot on a nearby rooftop, and enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the MMVAs madness. Excuse the occasional blurry photo — camera phones are extremely difficult to operate when your heart is beating exorbitantly fast in the presence of the Bieber.
June 13, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
After two full months at the chart’s summit, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (feat. Kimbra) has finally been dethroned by Carly Rae Jepsen. In its 16th week on the charts, “Call Me Maybe,” a song that is by all accounts IMPOSSIBLE to hate, assumed its rightful place atop the Hot 100. It just feels right, doesn’t it?