Pop on some Grande SPM
Smart Pop Music (SPM) isn’t a new concept, but thanks to Ariana Grande’s surprise release thank u, next, it’s having a very mainstream moment.
SPM tricks you into thinking it’s low-key because the production is upbeat and fun, when, in reality, it’s actually quite complex. Think Lorde, think Chelsea Jade.
On thank u, next Grande muses on past relationships in a stream of conscious confessional.
The single is loaded with selfawareness, and the production stays true to her sound. It’s autobiographical, but rooted in emotions we can all relate to. If my Instagram feed is anything to go by, friends can’t get enough of it either.
Say ‘‘thank u, next’’ to the problematic pop records in your glovebox and usher in some bops that’ll leave you with something to chew on.
Some people (me) would argue Robyn pioneered SPM, at least in a modern-day context. This year, Robyn returned with new music for the first time in eight excruciatingly long years.
Comeback album Honey dives right back into what she does best: figuring life out on the dance floor. Close your eyes and move in a way that feels good, because that’s all Robyn would want for you. A little bit of pure, uninhibited joy.
Carly Rae Jepsen has been making SPM for years, but the masses rejected her early on.
transcended success, ultimately meeting a similar fate to James Blunt’s
Love or hate that song, Jepsen knows good pop. She builds narratives from broad, inclusive themes and knows just how far to push production. Her new single Party For One showcases both of these things. It’s SMP seriously worthy of your consideration.