Celebuzz’d Episode 006: The Dehydrated State of Pop Music

Save us, Beyoncé.

Where does one find the oasis of originality in this desert of #garbage that we call the contemporary pop music world? Is it lost in Ariana Grande’s ponytail, or is it, perhaps, stuck in the Bermuda triangle with Frank Ocean?

This week on the Celebuzz’d podcast, host Mia Lardiere gathers Celebuzz Senior Community Manager Matt Russoniello and Idolator’s Editor-in-Chief, Robbie Daw for a pop music summit to reflect in the lagoon of murky pop princesses, and to determine whether the TIDAL waves of Rihanna and Kanye West are making any movement at all.

Listen in the player above as we hypothesize whether the millennial stream of TMI consciousness is killing the process of selective editing that goes in to creating quality compilations, with Zayn Malik’s Mind of Mine as a prime example. Additionally, we question whether Beyoncé’s sixth studio album will be her politically-driven equivalent of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On based on “Formation” as a single.

Here are some innovative artists to look out for that exist under the broad pop umbrella based on suggestions from this week’s panel.

Meet Lukas Graham, a Danish artist whose “7 Years” is currently battling for Rihanna’s spot on the charts:

Then, 18-year-old Swedish singer Zara Larsson is killing it in both the dance and pop realms with her collaboration alongside British artist M-N-E-K:

Troye Sivan is a standout artist among generic YouTube-sourced stars with his hit, “Youth”:

And Allie X, co-writer of Sivan’s “Youth”, whose experimental EP CollXtion 1 sounds like Robyn and Lana Del Rey came together to party—plus, she has CollXtion 2 on the way.

Check out Idolator’s recurring features New Sensations and Silent Shout, and Celebuzz’s Best New Songs and the Pop Power Ranking for more staffer music recommendations. Catch up on previous episodes of Celebuzz’d here.