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6 Iconic 00s Bands That Need To Join The So Pop 2020 Lineup

Who remembers Stacie Orrico!?

Noughties kids found themselves shook beyond comprehension earlier this morning when the lineup for So Pop 2020 was announced. 

The stellar lineup features all our cheesy 00s faves including the recently reunited Pussycat Dolls, Steps, Jesse McCartney, Smash Mouth, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alice DJ, Samantha Mumba and more incredible pop acts and one hit wonders.

Aussies will be treated to this smorgasbord of nostalgic talent when the concert hits our shores in April next year, but it got me thinking – what other iconic 00s acts would we be frothing to see play So Pop 2020? Here are a few suggestions: 

Crazy Town – Butterfly

Have you really lived if you’ve not memorised the lyrics to the one hit wonder ‘Butterfly’ by Crazy Town? I think not. The shirtless rap rock fellas of Crazy Town burst onto our TV screens and So Fresh CDs in 2000, and almost 20 years on, we’re still singing “come my lady, come, come my lady. You’re my butterfly, sugar, baby.”

Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom

Speaking of one hit wonders, So Pop 2020 is seriously lacking in the Fountains of Wayne department. These guys are perhaps best known for their 2003 pop punk track ‘Stacy’s Mom’ which was the ultimate MILF shoutout. Sadly, the song is frequently misattributed to fellow pop punk band Bowling for Soup, so now’s the time to give credit where credit is due! 

Stacie Orrico – Stuck 

Serious question: whatever happened to Stacey Orrico, and when she is going to make a comeback!? Orrico’s banger ‘Stuck’ was quite literally stuck in our heads throughout the entirety of 2003 and it still slaps 16 years later. Fun fact: the boyfriend in Orrico’s music video for ‘Stuck’ was played by her cousin, actor Trevor Wright. I’m not sure whether that’s creepy or cool, but either way – someone needs to get her on the So Pop 2020 lineup ASAP.

5ive – Keep On Movin’

Okay, so technically ‘Keep On Movin’’ by UK boy band 5ive AKA Five came out in 1999, but it was blasting out of our Discmans well into the early noughties. 5ive were a quintessential 00s boy band and over their time in the spotlight released a bunch of iconic tracks, like ‘If Ya Gettin’ Down,’ ‘When The Lights Go Out,’ but sadly turned down ‘Bye Bye Bye’ (later made famous by NSYNC) and it really was Bye Bye Bye for the band after that. It’s time to bring ‘em back, I say.

Baby Bash – Suga Suga

‘Suga Suga’ is one of those iconic songs that you forgot existed until you hear it and fall in love all over again. The track, by Baby Bash featuring Frankie J, dropped in 2003 and quickly climbed the charts for it’s catchy hook sampled from Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby.’ In fact, the hook is so catchy, it was sampled again in the 2015 Robin Schulz track ‘Sugar.’ If that’s not So Pop 2020-worthy, I don’t know what is.

Eamon & Frankee – F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back) & F.U.R.B

Eamon and Frankee’s tit-for-tat song war was the mid-00s relationship trainwreck we couldn’t look away from. Eamon released the expletive-ridden ‘F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)’ in 2003 and less than a year later, singer Frankee (who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend) retaliated with ‘F.U.R.B’ – an acronym for ‘F*ck You Right Back.’ Eamon denied that Frankee was his ex, and tbh, we weren’t really buying it either but it was a great publicity stunt and the song made its way onto all our mixtapes. I’d love nothing more than to see Eamon and Frankee rekindle their tumultuous relationship onstage at So Pop 2020. 

The pre-sale for So Pop 2020 kicks off on Wednesdays 4th of December, with tix available to the general public Monday 9th December.

Thank Kevin Parker For Saving Tame Impala's Album From The Fires Of Hell

Not-so-Tame Impala.

Since early November, much of Australia has been struggling through catastrophic fire danger and blazes that have destroyed thousands of properties and have even claimed the lives of six people. 

It was a similar story during last year’s California wildfires, that destroyed over 10,000 buildings and resulted in over 80 fatalities. Los Angeles-based celebrities were also affected by the fires, including Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, who narrowly saved his upcoming album from burning in the blazes.

In a recent interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, Parker said “I like to do these trips that I just go on on my own. Out of the city, wherever, for a few days, just to record and not think about anything else.”

“And one of them was in Malibu, and of course the bushfire came through,” he said.

Parker went on to explain that he “didn’t really have time to be scared,” but he just got in his car to escape the flames. “It was only when I was driving out the driveway that I [thought] ‘fire’!”

“[It was] almost like a joke – ‘your house is burning down, what do you grab?’” he said. “So I just grabbed my Hofner bass guitar which I’ve had for years. It’s the only thing that was there that was sentimental – other than the music on my laptop – so I just grabbed both those things and headed out.”

Last month, Tame Impala announced their upcoming album Slow Rush – which is set to drop next year. Considering Kevin Parker would have been working on Slow Rush when the fires destroyed his Malibu apartment, it’s pretty crazy to think it might’ve been a pile of ashes if he hadn’t saved his laptop from the flames. 

Kevin Parker isn’t the only celebrity who lost his property in the 2018’s California wildfires. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Gerard Butler, Robin Thicke and Shannen Doherty all lost their homes to the devastating fires, and plenty of others were evacuated with their homes in jeopardy.

And let’s not forget the thousands of civilians that were affected by the fires as well. 

Credit: Kyle Grillot for The Washington Post via Getty Images

When Tame Impala’s Slow Rush drops next year, take a moment to appreciate Kevin Parker’s musical prowess and heroic efforts in saving it from burning to a crisp.

Badass Women Who Are Shaking Up The Music Game In 2019

Say it with me: GIRL POWER.

With just over one month left of 2019, now is the perfect time to look back and appreciate all of the incredible achievements of the year. Without a doubt, women have been at the forefront of those milestones, especially in the music industry. 

This week’s ARIAs was the perfect example of that. 19-year-old musician Tones and I AKA Toni Watson took home four awards – Best Independent Release, Best Breakthrough Artist Award, Best Female Artist Award and Best Pop Release – for the banger none of us can get out of our heads, ‘Dance Monkey.’

In her acceptance speech, Watson said: “thank you to Australia, for letting me know I’m okay just the way that I am,” and later said, “sometimes I don’t think that I’m not the most relatable female artist. I’m not into makeup or dresses, or typically girly things.”

“But, to me, those things don’t really define what it is to be a female artist in this industry anymore. It’s being brave and courageous, and true to yourself. No-one could have ever prepared me for the whole world judging me and comparing me to other artists.

“But what’s most important is that you have to be a good person and care about others and carry yourself well.”

Other talented Aussie women in music who won big at the 2019 ARIA Awards included Sampa the Great, Kaiit, and Amyl and the Sniffers – a band that’s proudly fronted by female vocalist Amy Taylor.

Across the pond, sisters were doing it for themselves this year, too. Both Billie Eilish and Lizzo have had stellar years, with record-breaking tracks and multiple Grammy award nominations.

Then there are pop music prodigies like Charli XCX, who has just launched her own Netflix series Nasty Cherry: I’m With The Band, Dua Lipa, who is currently touring her chart topper ‘Don’t Start Now’ all around the world, and Halsey, who just won Best Pop/Rock track for ‘Without Me’ at the American Music Awards.

And how could we forget the incredible women who are kicking goals in, and out of the limelight. In 2019, singer songwriter Julia Michaels released her EP, Inner Monologue Part 1 but she also co-wrote Selena Gomez’s most recent track ‘Lose You To Love Me,’ amongst other popular songs over the last decade. 

It’s a similar story for singer songwriter Sasha Sloan, who has written for artists including Idina Menzel, Maggie Lindemann and of course, Camilla Cabello. 

2019 has been an awe-inspiring and empowering year for women in music and we can only hope the same arse-kicking girl power continues into 2020 and beyond.

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