My article I wrote today for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Share! Share! Share! Love ya.
As spring is in full bloom and the good vibrations of summer begin to kick in, it’s time to break out those sunny summer playlists. Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” are some of my staples for chillin’ poolside with my shades on and a cherry limeade by my side. But this year, we all have some updating to do because it is all about disco. Yes, you heard me right. It’s time to “Saturday Night Fever” our brains out for the next few months as 70’s funk comes surging back in 2014 via a wave of new music that is unleashing the disco ball on pop music. Sure, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake have been paving the way for a year now with their R&B-funk vibes, but it is only escalating–perhaps to an even truer, more authentic disco sound–Barry Gibbs and Diana Ross would be oh, so proud. Now get out there and shake your groove thing to these new jams, but leave the bell bottom jeans at home, please, for our sake.
Katy Perry / “Birthday”
The colorful Cali gurl has just unleashed a possible summer smash with this flirty, sexy and insanely saccharine single. (And my birthday is in two weeks, so it’s like a personal message directly from her to me.)
Blake Lewis / “Disco In Space”
The former “American Idol” runner-up has been keeping busy with the upcoming release of his third album, Portraits of a Chameleon. “Disco” is just one of the many shades Blake is showing off of the set here and it’s groovy, man.
Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake / “Love Never Felt So Good”
The King of Pop has posthumously returned to his earlier days with this smooth, disco track, reminiscent of “Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough.” And with the help of modern throwback-er JT, this makes for one fine collabo.
The Saturdays / “Disco Love”
The U.K. girl group have put on their rollerblades and they are skating to Donna Summer all-year long.
Jesse McCartney / “Back Together”
Yes, he is still around! And good for us because this song is pure magic. The song was released on a four-track EP late last year, but will be included on a new album this spring, according to Billboard.
Karmin / “I Want It All”
They just need one more night. And if that night is anything like the lavish 70’s-themed party at the end of the video, I’m so down.
Pharrell Ft. Justin Timberlake / “Brand New”
If “Happy” already has you dripping with infectious swag, this collabo with JT (He is everywhere) will not let you down.
Bruno Mars / “Treasure”
Yes, I know this was out last summer, but it’s just that good. If this doesn’t scream “SUMMER” to you, you must be from northern Siberia, or just flat-out weird.
Foster the People / “Best Friend”
Indie rock does disco. Trumpets and requisite use of falsetto.