I'm going to start with the letter 'j' (what is this, Sesame Street?). First up is the English singer/songwriter Jessie J:
You know, that's pretty good. Lyrics that are not just perfervid narcissism (you're online, go ahead, look it up, I'll wait...). But I twitch a little at this sentiment:
Seems like everybody's got a priceBut isn't pop music pretty much all about the money? In any case, more power to Jessie J, who is a bit like an English version of Katy Perry.
I wonder how they sleep at night
When the sale comes first and the truth comes second
Just stop for a minute and smile
Next up, 'k', and the artist is K. Michelle:
She comes from the Beyoncé school of cleavage, doesn't she? Setting aside the song itself, which seems absolutely generic except for a piano part stolen from "Chopsicks", the arrangement combined with the video is kind of hilarious. The setting for a lot of the video is K. Michelle playing a grand piano surrounded by a small orchestra, flutes, violins and so on. But all you can actually hear, apart from the singing, is a very prominent drum part, mixed very high! The only other instrument that you can actually distinguish is the piano: all those orchestral instruments are just there to give the video the look of authenticity. Oh, and K. Michelle gets a special award for playing the piano with impossibly long nails. Just for comparison, here is "Chopsticks":
The letter 'l' brings us "L'enfer et moi" by the French singer Amandine Bourgeois:
Bluesy French pop with lots of sultry writhing around in the presence of religious symbols.
Which brings us to 'm' and "I'm Out" by Ciara featuring Nicki Minaj:
I almost didn't put that one up because of the explicit lyrics. I'm not going to quote them, but they leave little to the imagination. The video presents current rap/r & b culture which seems absolutely obsessed with clothes, jewelry (notice the gold accessorized teeth) and sex. The music however is pretty minimal, reduced down to little more than synthesized percussion and a few bass lines. As a metaphor for superficiality it is superb.
Now I think I will stop before it gets boring!