BIG POP GIRLS 2020

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It's that time already?

Well, as Scooter Braun probably has once said, a contract's a contract.

Let me just a cut a hole in this floor for my entrance aaaaand...

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...there we go.

What's funny is, it's kind of not that time yet. BPG 2019 opened in mid-January. A more innocent time, I'm sure we'll all agree. It's been a hard year, and I don't need to recap why. But one magical silver lining of this weird, wacky, scary time has been that our divas had plenty of time to feed us like the sad little baby birds we are. Every goddamn artist not named Rihanna released music this year, gifting us with a completely stacked slate - probably the best lineup since 2016. The albums are out, the fans are clamoring, @RJF and I have settled the lawsuit (can't disclose details but I will say I got a new apartment), and everyone has a LOT of goddamn time on their hands. Why wait? Christmas? Pfft. THIS is the most wonderful time of the year. The messiest, stupidest, messiest, kiki-est, messiest, most wonderful time of the year.

That being said, we do have some rules in case this is your first time. Don't worry, I'm gentle.

1. You give all of the below songs a score between 0-10, and one song can be awarded an 11/10.
Half points are allowed. Spare us the rest of the decimals. Every year some overeager Tracy Flick slides in with a ridiculous ballot filled with scores that look like pi. Save yourself the time, save us the rounding.

2. Don't be a fucking moron and troll.
A hard rule to enforce, but @RJF and I will step to you if we see funny business, and don't think we won't. We know this pink purgatory well enough now to know that scoring unreasonably - i.e., trying to bomb out an album or inflate one artist's scores - just makes you look foolish and desperate. And then we'll toss your ballot too. Sad!

3. Send your scores to me AND @RJF by January 10th.
This makes life so much easier for us both. Also we're competitive as fuck and Ronald J. Feasley will get pressed when I get more ballots than ha! Don't sew discord among the showrunners, girls. Just PM us both. On time.

4. Commentary is ONLY permitted for your 11/10.
This forum-shaking rule was introduced last year and immediately sent tongues wagging, which was good because it meant you were talking instead of shooting 50-page tomes into our inboxes. Pour your hearts out about your favorite song of the year, and save the rest for the thread. Run that post count UP. I want a hit thread, goddammit.

But whaT are we rating, preciouses?

I'm glad you asked.

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Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

After a debut era that took a long time to get going, Dua took all the momentum and floored it (look at that cover, you know she just ran someone over and doesn't give a fuck). Future Nostalgia smashed into the pop world like an asteroid, officially staking Dua's place in the pop pantheon as loudly and aggressively as it could. With a place on the Mercury Prize shortlist and an Album of the Year Grammy nomination already secured, what sort of statement will it make here?

1. Future Nostalgia
2. Don't Start Now
3. Cool
4. Physical
5. Levitating
6. Pretty Please
7. Hallucinate
8. Love Again
9. Break My Heart
10. Good In Bed
11. Boys Will Be Boys


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Lady Gaga - Chromatica

Academy Award winner, esthetician, and Tudor Watch enthusiast Lady Gaga took us to Chromatica this year and tragically jettisoned @RJF out with the space junk along the way. Y'all want this damn stupid love?

1. Alice
2. Stupid Love
3. Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)
4. Free Woman
5. Fun Tonight
6. 911
7. Plastic Doll
8. Sour Candy (with BLACKPINK)
9. Enigma
10. Replay
11. Sine From Above (with Elton John)
12. 1000 Doves
13. Babylon


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Taylor Swift - folklore

After being told that black magic rituals are most effective in the forest, Taylor traipsed straight out to the woods and cast a spell for her third Album of the Year Grammy. Birthed from the fire was folklore, a serene and subtle record that sees Taylor returning to her storytelling roots. Only this time, since she's a multi-gajillionaire with like 18 houses and a tall British boyfriend and most people don't find that too relatable, she's mostly writing about other people. Do you think she's mad she burned the title 'Beautiful Ghosts' on a song for the Cats movie instead of this album?

1. the 1
2. cardigan
3. the last great american dynasty
4. exile (feat. Bon Iver)
5. my tears ricochet
6. mirrorball
7. seven
8. august
9. this is me trying
10. illicit affairs
11. invisible string
12. mad woman
13. epiphany
14. betty
15. peace
16. hoax
17. the lakes - bonus track


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Katy Perry - Smile

Every rate has its veteran, and Katy takes that slot here with a strong, cohesive album that contains some of her best work in years. Though it underperformed critically and commercially, does Smile right the ship knocked round by Witness?

1. Never Really Over
2. Cry About It Later
3. Teary Eyes
4. Daisies
5. Resilient
6. Not the End of the World
7. Smile
8. Champagne Problems
9. Tucked
10. Harleys In Hawaii
11. Only Love
12. What Makes A Woman


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Ariana Grande - positions

Last year was the first time a BPG had entered albums two years in a row. Ariana makes it a threepeat here, returning to consideration with her cooiest, gooiest album yet. Will a more lowkey effort than previous records - not to mention no input from Max Martin - make her an also-ran, or will that heavenly voice be a siren song to the voters?

1. shut up
2. 34+35
3. motive (with Doja Cat)
4. just like magic
5. off the table (with The Weeknd)
6. six thirty
7. safety net (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
8. my hair
9. nasty
10. west side
11. love language
12. positions
13. obvious
14. pov




...so did you guess it?


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Megan Thee Stallion - Good News

As soon as @RJF and I read that Megan was planning an album for the fall, we had her penciled in as the sixth entry. Even before Good News dropped, few in 2020 had driven culture in the way she did: two number ones, an irresistible personality perfect for today's media, and a fearless survivor's resilience toward an incident that could have left her gravely injured. And then the album showed up - a giant fucking party of a record slathered in hooks and one-liners, firmly entrenched in pop - and it became clear that Megan was here. Do you think that's good news?

1. Shots Fired
2. Circles
3. Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby)
4. Do It On The Tip (feat. City Girls & Hot Girl Meg)
5. Sugar Baby
6. Movie (feat. Lil Durk)
7. Freaky Girls (feat. SZA)
8. Body
9. What's New
10. Work That
11. Intercourse (feat. Popcaan & Mustard)
12. Go Crazy (feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz)
13. Don't Rock Me To Sleep
14. Outside
15. Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)
16. Girls In The Hood
17. Don't Stop (feat. Young Thug)
18. WAP (with Cardi B)


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1. Future Nostalgia
2. Don't Start Now
3. Cool
4. Physical
5. Levitating
6. Pretty Please
7. Hallucinate
8. Love Again
9. Break My Heart
10. Good In Bed
11. Boys Will Be Boys

1. Alice
2. Stupid Love
3. Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)
4. Free Woman
5. Fun Tonight
6. 911
7. Plastic Doll
8. Sour Candy (with BLACKPINK)
9. Enigma
10. Replay
11. Sine From Above (with Elton John)
12. 1000 Doves
13. Babylon

1. the 1
2. cardigan
3. the last great american dynasty
4. exile (feat. Bon Iver)
5. my tears ricochet
6. mirrorball
7. seven
8. august
9. this is me trying
10. illicit affairs
11. invisible string
12. mad woman
13. epiphany
14. betty
15. peace
16. hoax
17. the lakes - bonus track

1. Never Really Over
2. Cry About It Later
3. Teary Eyes
4. Daisies
5. Resilient
6. Not the End of the World
7. Smile
8. Champagne Problems
9. Tucked
10. Harleys In Hawaii
11. Only Love
12. What Makes A Woman

1. shut up
2. 34+35
3. motive (with Doja Cat)
4. just like magic
5. off the table (with The Weeknd)
6. six thirty
7. safety net (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
8. my hair
9. nasty
10. west side
11. love language
12. positions
13. obvious
14. pov

1. Shots Fired
2. Circles
3. Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby)
4. Do It On The Tip (feat. City Girls & Hot Girl Meg)
5. Sugar Baby
6. Movie (feat. Lil Durk)
7. Freaky Girls (feat. SZA)
8. Body
9. What's New
10. Work That
11. Intercourse (feat. Popcaan & Mustard)
12. Go Crazy (feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz)
13. Don't Rock Me To Sleep
14. Outside
15. Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)
16. Girls In The Hood
17. Don't Stop (feat. Young Thug)
18. WAP (with Cardi B)

VOTES DUE JANUARY 10TH.
GODSPEED.
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LEADERBOARD

85. Katy Perry - Resilient
84. Lady Gaga - Fun Tonight
83. Katy Perry - Smile
82. Dua Lipa - Good In Bed
81. Lady Gaga - Plastic Doll
80. Katy Perry - What Makes A Woman
79. Dua Lipa - Boys Will Be Boys
78. Katy Perry - Not the End of the World
77. Lady Gaga - Stupid Love
76. Lady Gaga - Sine From Above (with Elton John)
75. Lady Gaga - 1000 Doves
74. Megan Thee Stallion - Movie (feat. Lil Durk)
73. Megan Thee Stallion - Intercourse (feat. Popcaan & Mustard)
72. Megan Thee Stallion - Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby)
71. Ariana Grande - shut up
70. Lady Gaga - Enigma
69. Ariana Grande - six thirty
68. Ariana Grande - off the table (with The Weeknd)
67. Lady Gaga - Free Woman
66. Lady Gaga - Sour Candy (with BLACKPINK)
65. Ariana Grande - west side
64. Katy Perry - Only Love
63. Katy Perry - Champagne Problems
62. Ariana Grande - obvious
61. Lady Gaga - Alice
60. Megan Thee Stallion - Go Crazy (feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz)
59. Lady Gaga - Replay
58. Taylor Swift - mad woman
57. Taylor Swift - the lakes
56. Megan Thee Stallion - What's New
55. Ariana Grande - 34+35
54. Megan Thee Stallion - Don't Stop (feat. Young Thug)
53. Lady Gaga - Babylon
52. Taylor Swift - hoax
51. Ariana Grande - nasty
50. Katy Perry - Tucked
49. Ariana Grande - just like magic
48. Megan Thee Stallion - Don't Rock Me To Sleep
47. Taylor Swift - epiphany
46. Megan Thee Stallion - Outside
45. Megan Thee Stallion - Do It On The Tip (feat. City Girls & Hot Girl Meg)
44. Katy Perry - Teary Eyes
41. Megan Thee Stallion - Sugar Baby
41. Ariana Grande - motive (feat. Doja Cat)
41. Megan Thee Stallion - Work That
40. Taylor Swift - illicit affairs
39. Taylor Swift - peace
38. Ariana Grande - my hair
37. Ariana Grande - love language
36. Taylor Swift - betty
35. Katy Perry - Daisies
34. Megan Thee Stallion - Shots Fired
33. Megan Thee Stallion - Girls In The Hood
32. Taylor Swift - invisible string
31. Ariana Grande - safety net (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
30. Taylor Swift - my tears ricochet
29. Taylor Swift - the 1
28. Katy Perry - Cry About It Later
27. Lady Gaga - 911
26. Megan Thee Stallion - Body
25. Katy Perry - Harleys In Hawaii
24. Taylor Swift - seven
23. Ariana Grande - pov
22. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
21. Dua Lipa - Pretty Please
20. Taylor Swift - exile (feat. Bon Iver)
19. Megan Thee Stallion - Circles
18. Taylor Swift - mirrorball
17. Megan Thee Stallion - Freaky Girls (feat. SZA)
16. Taylor Swift - cardigan
15. Taylor Swift - the last great american dynasty
14. Ariana Grande - positions
13. Taylor Swift - this is me trying
12. Lady Gaga - Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)
11. Dua Lipa - Hallucinate
10. Dua Lipa - Love Again
9. Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
8. Dua Lipa - Cool
7. Megan Thee Stallion - Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)
6. Megan Thee Stallion - WAP (with Cardi B)
5. Taylor Swift - august
4. Katy Perry - Never Really Over
3. Dua Lipa - Levitating
2. Dua Lipa - Physical
1. Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now
 
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Yes so here for this! The only album here I haven't heard yet is Megan's so that'll be fun. And it'll be interesting revisiting Chromatica for the first time since release date. Hoping that Ari and Katy will do well here, but I'm sure Dua will dominate - understandably. I hope Taylor gives her a worthy fight though.
 
I'm down, but that... Isn't Good News. WAP also isn't actually on the album, so I hope that won't contribute to the average.


Can we add Fever to Future Nostalgia?
 
Already bracing myself for the p*re pop gheighs to tank Megan. The rest of us hot girls need to protect her!

Will "Don't Start Now" win this thing twice in one year?
Hopefully there will be enough voters to balance the scores out, and if they're purpisely tanking one album but not others, their ballot won't be accepted.

To be honest I hope not. I think if any Dua song will win, it'll be Physical or Levitating.
 

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