So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

4. Usher “You Make Me Wanna…”
Usher or JT?  Who’s is the Prince of R&B/Dance/Pop?  Did they really have a dance-off some years ago?  Well, Usher one ups JT — on this countdown, anyway.  Like many of the Divos on this countdown, this was not Usher’s first recording, but this is the one that broke through.  This is the first single from his sophomore release, My Way.  The BONUS is “U Remind Me,” the first single from his junior album, 8701.  I really liked this song when it came out.  Looks  like they purposely casted Mya, Brandy, and Tamia look-alikes (in that order) throughout the video and the real Chilli (from fave group, TLC) is featured at the end.  We all know how their story ended up, but we’re not going there.  Enjoy the videos.

***BONUS*** Usher “U Remind Me”

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So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

5. Justin Timberlake “Cry Me a River”
So, though this was JT’s second single (the first was BONUS video “Like I Love You”) from his solo debut, Justified, I take it as his official jump-off  because it made quite the splash. It tackily interpolated his relationship with Brit-Brit, though.  Hey, this is just one editor’s opinion, but, I can’t deny the success of this video.  He was smart to enlist Timbaland to give his N’ Sync clean-cut boy sound a grittier urban upgrade. 

***BONUS*** Justin Timberlake featuring Clipse “Like I Love You”

Lisa Lisa just released her first album since 1994’s LL 77.  It’s called Life N Love.  And, she’s been touring non-stop for years.  Now, her shows will include not only the ’80s hits, but this new stuff, too.

San Antonio, you’re in luck (sorry, Austin 😦  ; though, it’s not like we’re miles and miles away) — Lisa Lisa is hitting your town on Thursday, September 6, 2009, at The Industry Nightclub and you have a chance to get on her personal guest list. 

Now, Lisa Lisa’s ’80s Fashion Flare Photo Contest  is open to other cities, too, but air fare is not included in the prize. You’ll have to get your own booty there if you win and don’t live in San Anto.

Check the flyer for the details and click it to go to Lisa Lisa’s Official MySpace Page Blog about the contest.  The contest ends next Tuesday, September 1, 2009, and the winner will be announced the following day, Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

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So, it’s been a year since I started popolio.com and kicked it of with my first MY TOP 10 Countdown in September 2008.  Since popolio.com was jumping off, I kicked it off with MY TOP 10: 90s/00s Pop/R&B Diva Music Video Jump-Offs.  Well, this is the twelfth month, so I thought it would create nice symmetry if I presented the men as a bookend to that very first countdown before Year 2 officially begins.  This time around the Div-Os, or Divos, will get the spotlight.

7. Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
This man and this song is what kicked off the Latin explosion of 1999.  This is what paved the way for Number 8, Enrique Iglesias (click here), as well as Marc Anthony, J.Lo, Shakira,  Thalia and Paulina Rubio.  Though his US appeal was somewhat limited, no one made a bigger splash, at the time, than Mr. Martin.  It is from his self-titled English debut.  The BONUS is his live performance of “The Cup of Life” at the 1999 Grammys that preceded this single and set things off for him and the Latin thang’ in the US.  This performance went down in history as one of those it performances.

***BONUS*** Ricky Martin “The Cup of Life” 1999 Grammy Performance

BK_BLfreddie beat talks to Brian Kent about what being an openly gay artist means to him, what “gay music” means, his debut album, Breathe Life, and multi-charting single, “Whatcha Doin’ To Me,” his ties to Kristine W., his Summer Pride Tour, and more.

Song snippets included in the show are “Whatcha Doin’ To Me” and “Breathe Life” from the album of the same name.  Also included is surprise clip from a song Brian Kent mentions that he is currently diggin’.  

Check out our previous pop quiz with Brian Kent here and his video for “Whatcha Doin’ To Me” here.   Get more Brian Kent at his MySpace Page.

Part  2 of your three-fer:  This is the first time I’ve repeated a song from a previous countdown, but I had to include it on this countdown, too.  This was Number 7 on MY TOP 10: Video Cameos with Ali G. here.  So, you get the 2001 Grammy performance version instead.  Check Lil’ Bow Wow opening the car door.

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I’ve been wanting to do a countdown featuring songs about songs (you know, songs about music, dancing, and/or a certain genre).  I have my 10 songs, but even as I posted Number 10, I wasn’t sure about the order.  So, this one will form as I go.  I normally have my list ready to go before I start.  MY TOP 10 is a music video countdown, but with some songs (maybe two in  particular) occuring before the MTV era, I will  have to improvise and pull something from Dailymotion or YouTube.  Here goes.

 2. Madonna “Music”

At the time, this became Madonna’s biggest universal dance hit since “Vogue.”  It had been awhile, but Madonna got us on the dance floor again and had everyone singing “Music” from clubs to karaoke bars.  Really the funkiest thing on the Music album with nothing else sounding quite like it.  “Music makes the people come together.”  ‘Nuff Said.

You get a 3-for-1 special today!  Here’s the first.  Enjoy.

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I’ve been wanting to do a countdown featuring songs about songs (you know, songs about music, dancing, and/or a certain genre).  I have my 10 songs, but even as I posted Number 10, I wasn’t sure about the order.  So, this one will form as I go.  I normally have my list ready to go before I start.  MY TOP 10 is a music video countdown, but with some songs (maybe two in  particular) occuring before the MTV era, I will  have to improvise and pull something from Dailymotion or YouTube.  Here goes.

3. Jennifer Lopez “Play”

This is the jam that you want to “play” over and over.  And what person who loves to dance (like me!) cannot relate to the line about making your request to the DJ over and over before s/he finally decides to play it?   That’s the line I like to talk along to at the top of my lungs.  This is the highlight of the J.Lo album.   It does have other delights, but this is definitely a standout.  “Play” becomes that song that “Play” is about.