In a year when we wanted the radio star to have an opinion on the political divide, leave it to these ten exemplary pop records to slip in -- largely unnoticed -- and leave a lasting legacy all their own.
PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Our list concludes today with the most recent examples of important protest music.
While most pop singers bounce from one marketable persona to another, Janelle Monáe stands her ground in this Afrofuturist vision she's been creating for about a decade. Other pop artists are tourists; she's building a city.
They have the biggest song of the year thus far, were in a Super Bowl commercial, and were even covered by Glee. Yet what you don't know about fun. is that what'll surprise you the most, as this is not the first rodeo these guys have been on ...
Thanks to bravura performances from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Dr. John and Janelle Monae, the first weekend of the 2012 Jazz & Heritage Festival showcased the best of music’s past, present and future.