ONTD Original: When Good Pop Girls™ Go Bad



It almost always happens in a young pop girl's career - “going bad” or “gone bad.” Now, that does not necessarily mean she's showing more skin or wearing more provocative clothing. It can simply mean that musically she's changing things up and taking risks. Pushing the envelope musically or simply growing up and out of her old pop roots. Other times, yes it's quite “literal.” There're more ways than just one for a “good pop girl to go bad.” It can be in attitude, swagger, new found confidence and control, etc that this shift occurs. It can be a very positive and empowering moment. Unfortunately, other times it means “my label is full of shit and a bunch of stupid men in suits and they're making me go in this direction.” That rough patch thankfully for the most part leads to a more positive and in control era and business empire down the line. Let us take a look at some of our pop favorites growing up and watch the moment where musically and image wise a shift occurred and had the world shook.

Rihanna
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Description: Her final visual from her second studio album A Girl Like Me. She would release one more single, Break It Off with Sean Paul but it would not get a music video. This was the calm before the storm that would be 2007 and solidify Rihanna in the pop music world.

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Britney Spears
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Description: One could argue that Britney has gone through more than one bad phase or even started out innocently bad from the get-go. But remember, we're going with a musical evolution as well as an image one. And no transition was more jarring and noticeable than when Britney went from her Robert John “Mutt” Lange produced country single Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know into I'm a Slave 4 U. Take notes, Swift.

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Christina Aguilera
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Description: I'm aware Legend X released Spanish singles and the Iconic Lady Marmalade in between this transition. But remember, we're focusing on solo work. We had this Christina pictured the moment we hit play on her first single off Stripped. And even more so when we saw her Making the Video for Dirrty for the first time.

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Mandy Moore
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Description: I Wanna Be With You (sometimes referred to I Wanna Be with Hueee) is a lush and breathy ballad used for the Center Stage (2000) movie soundtrack. Honestly, the good sis Mandy Moore was ahead of the Pop Girl curve with this transition. She's never gotten the musical credit for this risk and appropriation before it was cool to appropriate! Enter, In My Pocket.

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Miley Cyrus
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Description: Miley had just gotten off a massive hit with the Jessie J penned, Party in the U.S.A. Even if you weren't from the USA, you were jammin'. You secretly hated that song, changed the station or song in the presence of anyone. But the moment you were alone, don't play...you bopped. And when you got drunk, all fucks went out the window and you jammed. During this transition Miley's film with her fiancé Liam Hemsworth came out, the very white Nicholas Sparks film The Last Song. Her final visual for When I Look At You dropped. Then...

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Jessica Simpson
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Description: Successica Simpson was always at the back of the pack unfortunately. One step behind the other girls, but nonetheless her impact in pop music is undeniable. She made a name for herself singing upbeat powerhouse bops and ballads about being in love. Shortly after her first release Sweet Kisses, came her 2001 lead single...

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Fey
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Description: Azúcar Amargo was a 1996 Latin pop single by Mexican singer Fey. It was featured off her second studio album, Tierna la Noche and her biggest hit to date. Her following transition would be plagued with the singer's age, marital status and religious beliefs. These were all questioned intensely by the Latin America media. Before her Latin pop music retirement announcement she would release...

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