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Mya's Career Shouldn't Be In The 'Backseat'

  • Sep 7, 2010

I'm a 80s baby. Finding music wasn't a chore for us. And my how things have changed. (Work with me on this one guys.) It used to be that MTV actually played music. And so did the radio. It used to be about gigapets. And Mya, used to have a solid music career (that was late 90s but again work with me on this one.)

Nowadays, well, I don't feel like writing a lot tonight so let's sum it up: youtube, glee, housewives, blogs and it all just happened so fast. But that's not a bad thing! It is what it is, but I could stand to have a couple of things be the same.

The way we find new music has evolved; and trust me it's out there but you have to search. The decline of the music video has closed a door, but youtube has opened many others. You can easily find demos, unreleased/leaked tracks, and harvest on the nature of viral fodder. Mya's unreleased single "Backseat" produced by Pharrel Williams, is one such track.

The former DWTS-er invites you in with an anthem/prologue chanting "all the girls put up your boys" while vibing over some sunday afternoon percussions; and eventually opens the door to a crafty melodic hook, soaking in synthesizers and candy-like back-up vocals. And. its. a. winner. Which leads to my next question: why hasn't Mya put out anymore music?

Those of the comeback nation include Pink, Mariah, Britney and Xtina all through the mid/late 00s. And rightfully so; and so I ask, where is my Mya and why hasn't she put out anything lately. I know she can do it, and I'm sure some of you think the same. So whats the problem?

In any case, the internet will give a slow rise to this track as well as others that may not have had a chance to see the light of day. So remeber 80s babies, embrace the culture of the (*clinches teeth) 'Teen Mom' crowd. Besides, we didn't turn out so bad, right? And in support of change, I invite you to take a listen to 'backseat', courtesy of Pharrel Williams and generation youtube.

Update: Couldn't find the link, so go to youtube and type in "Mya Backseat". ...Like I said I'm an 80s baby.

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Mýa Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979), who performs under the mononym Mýa, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, actress, and model. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Harrison's eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was released in April 1998, and sold over two million copies in the United States, producing the gold-certified top ten single "It's All About Me" featuring Sisqo.

Her second studio album, platinum-selling Fear of Flying, was released in 2000 and became a success stateside and worldwide, with single "Case of the Ex" becoming Mýa's breakthrough hit, reaching number-one on the Australian Singles Chart. A year after, Harrison won her first Grammy Award for the worldwide number-one hit "Lady Marmalade", a cover version she recorded alongside Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Pink for the soundtrack of the film Moulin Rouge! (2001).

The singer's third album, Moodring, was released in July 2003 stateside and certified Gold by the RIAA. Following several label changes, Mýa's often-delayed fourth studio album, Liberation (2007), received a download-release in Japan only and led to her 2008 Japan-exclusive album Sugar & Spice.

Having expanded her career to acting and product endorsement deals, Harrison has been engaged in product endorsement deals with brands such as Coca-Cola, Gap, Iceberg, Tommy Hilfiger, and Motorola and has had small ...

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