Hey Aubtorage! (Yes, that's you.) I'm Sam Lansky, and this is my column, "Pop Think," where we talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the pop music world -- but this week, there will be no "bad" or "ugly" involved. Why? Because my subject is the great Aubrey O'Day (who will for the duration of this piece be referred to interchangeably as "Aubrey O'Slay," "Aubrey O'Legend," "Flawlessbrey O'Day" and "Godbrey O'Day" -- feel free to pick your favorite), who rose from the ashes of Danity Kane like a phoenix, ascending gloriously to take her rightful throne at the top of the charts. (OK, I'll stop now.)
In all seriousness, Aubrey has always been underrated, remarkable more for her big personality, flashy style and uninhibited demeanor than for her considerable music talents -- but then, she hasn't always had the material to show it off. All that is changing with the release of her latest single, "Wrecking Ball," an infectious pop-rock nugget that sheds the glitzy dance vibes of her past singles in favor of an ultra-radio-friendly sound, songcraft at its very finest and vocals stronger than ever.
With a new platform buoyed by her appearance on "Celebrity Apprentice," a deal with SRC Records/Universal Motown and a refined sound that diverges from the house-influenced dance-pop currently dominating the Hot 100, Aubrey is back and better than ever -- and this week, I'm taking a look at how she's primed for a major musical takeover. You ready, Aubtorage? This is not another love song.
From her first appearance on MTV's "Making the Band 3" back in 2004, it was obvious that Aubrey O'Day was a star. A preternaturally self-possessed HBIC who held her own through the in-fighting and obstacles that made "Making the Band" so compulsively watchable, Aubrey became the breakout star of the show and its resulting band, Danity Kane, a five-piece girl group who released two major albums (2006's Danity Kane and 2008's Welcome to the Dollhouse), including two top 10 hits, the grimy urban swag-before-it-was-swag-anthem "Show Stopper" and 2008's mind-blowingly good "Damaged." (If you haven't heard the Siik remix of "Damaged," brace yourself for a major popgasm.)
Read more about Aubrey O'Day's new music after the jump.