music was produced in the 20th century.
to explore the diversity of music being
produced in the 21st century. To the
delight of many readers (ha!) I got
into hard rock and heavy metal,
but I continued to avoid pop,
hip hop and rap because I kept
telling myself I didn't like it.
How could I know for sure
if I didn't give those styles
a chance? When I took time
to investigate I discovered
that there are many great
young singers on today's
pop music scene.
I want to atone for the mistake
I made of neglecting pop for so
many years and do it in a big way.
Today I begin a 12-part series
on pop, pop rock and pop rap
of the 2010s and the talented
female recording artists who
perform in those styles.
meet in this year long series are closely
identified with today's ubiquitous hip hop
culture. As you listen to them sing you
will get an education in the linguistics
of hip hop. You will hear its influence
in their diction, in their use of street
slang and in the way they enunciate,
including the practice of dropping
consonants. ("Counting" becomes
"coun-in" (no "t" sound and no "g").
The song lyrics, the manner in
which they are sung and the
images contained in the videos
are all in accordance with hip hop
sensibilities - cool, street smart
and tough - the direct opposite
of vanilla and white-bread.
With millions of followers on You/Tube,
the rising stars you will meet in this series
sing original songs along with covers of
hits by other artists. I promise that you
will see many exciting performances
mesmerizes me with her vocal talent and
dance routines. Ashlund has modern pop
down to a science - the glottal fry, the
the confident attitude, the choreography,
and the sophisticated, slickly produced
videos that fans of the genre
have come to expect.
Ashlund sang and danced her way into our
hearts when she covered "Uptown Funk"
by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars,
Record of the Year winner at this year's
Grammy Awards. The performance by
Ashlund and her dance troupe must
be seen to be believed. Watch and
listen as this little uptown girl
takes it downtown!
got more than a million views in 3 months!
acting career in Los Angeles. At age 11
Ash appeared in the movie Galyntine
and the miniseries The Red Tent.
command performance by Ashlund.
Listen for the melismatic division of
syllables into two or more parts.
"Car" becomes "ca-ar-r" and "miles"
is pronounced "mi-yels" as Ashlund
by the British girl group Little Mix.
Ashlund's got soul and my attention is riveted
whenever she performs.
is a star on the rise and I look forward
to following the trajectory to its zenith.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASHLUND!
talented young pop artists in part 2
of the series coming soon!