In last week’s music trivia article, we took a look at American popular music’s continuing decline in moral standards over the last two decades. We addressed that not only do the lyrics of many new songs contain every four-letter word in the book, but for the first time in history, song titles with the “F” word have recently appeared on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart. (And doing quite well I might add — two of those songs are listed in the Top 10.)
But enough about the filth, grunge and sleaze that has become acceptable in modern music. Let’s focus this week on music industry’s songwriters, producers and artists who show class and professionalism by producing wholesome, quality music.
When I think about successful contemporary artists who are associated with “clean” mainstream, popular music, the names Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks (all “American Idol” winners) come to mind. Each has had phenomenal commercial success while producing four-letter-word-free music.
Among the other many current artists who exemplify professionalism in music are country-pop singer Taylor Swift, the rock group Train, R&B artist Bruno Mars, pop artist Colbie Callait and the oh-so-smooth Michael Buble — who to me sounds like a cross between Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, Jr.
If you’re a female 5 to 15 years old, or have a daughter or granddaughter that age, then you probably are very familiar with this week’s squeaky-clean music trivia artist.
This pop singer was barely into his teens (he celebrated his 17th birthday this week) when he released his platinum-selling debut album, “My World,” and became one of 2009’s youngest success stories.
An Ontario native, he had placed second in a local singing competition two years prior and began posting his performances on YouTube. He was soon introduced to R&B singer and producer, Usher. Impressed by what he saw, Usher quickly signed the 15-year-old to a recording contract.
To date, this boy-next-door heartthrob has released three Billboard Top 10 albums and starred in his own movie documentary, “Never Say Never,” which just finished its run at the Sawmill Theatres. (Ann and I went to see this fun movie. We were in the audience with a few dads and a whole lot of pre-teen girls, most of whom were on the edge of their seats throughout the movie. For a moment I thought I was at a Beatles concert.)
This week’s trivia question is: Can you name the artist above, who has recorded, among his many other Billboard hits, “One Time,” “One Less Lonely Girl” and “Baby.”
Is this Canadian born and raised singer A) Lil Wayne, B) Jason Aldean, C) Justin Bieber or D) Paul Anka?
If you’re caller number six this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of this young artist’s top hits — which will give you hours of listening enjoyment or make a great gift for a young lady you know.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: which of the following artists was NOT a “Malt Shop” singer during the late 1950s-1960s? A) Pat Boone, B) Ricky Nelson, C) Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott or D) Frankie Avalon?
The correct answer was Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, a female potty-mouthed rapper whose Billboard “Hot 100” songs include “Get Ur Freak On” and “She’s A B*tch” — song titles that you most likely would not have seen 50 years ago on a malt shop jukebox. One can only guess the origin of her nickname.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Vicki Rotsteen, who won a “Malt Shop Favorites” CD — 20 of the top hits from that period of innocence, 1957-1963.
A little about Vicki. She was born and raised in Phoenix and was a graduate of Thunderbird High School. She has three adult children.
Following her divorce seven years ago, Vicki moved to Payson to a accept a position in the activities department at Payson Care Center and to be closer to her brother and sister, who both live in Pine. She is now employed as a private caregiver.
In her spare time, Vicki likes to fish, horseback ride, sing, dance and play the guitar. For a brief period, she was a member of the Payson Choral Society. She is an active member of Calvary Chapel.
Vicki’s music preferences are oldies-but-goodies, rock ’n’ roll, and both classic and contemporary country. Her three favorite artists are Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and the Beatles.
Lastly, congratulations to all the middle and high school students who worked so hard to make last week’s third annual Lip Sync contest a fun-filled evening for all of us appreciative supporters. You did a great job, kids!
Have a great week!
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