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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Taking sides: Happy new fears! Our biggest pop anxieties for 2011

By Click Track

jessie jThis is Jessie J. And she scares us.

The new year is a time of unbridled optimism, good things to look forward to, resolutions to make, bad habits to break and general positive thoughtwaves.

But it's also a time of secret anxiety -- especially in pop music. Who isn't waiting for Dr. Dre's mythic comeback album "Detox" with equal parts glee and dread? Same goes for the return of Amy Winehouse, The Strokes, No Doubt, and oodles of others.

For our weekly Taking sides post, Click Track's contributors picked their biggest pop music fears for 2011. Share yours in the comments.

Chris Richards: My biggest fear is that super-duper-pop-producer-songwriter-of-2010 Dr. Luke turns evil in 2011. (There's an "Austin Powers" joke in there somewhere). The good doctor delivered an amazing sugar rush last summer ("California Gurls," "Dynamite", "Your Love is My Drug"), but his first offering to make ripples in 2011 is "Price Tag," a ghastly tune by British newbie Jessie J. This will not do.

Allison Stewart: I'm most fearing Lady Gaga overload. She's got a new disc coming out, which she commemorated by releasing photos of her naked backside -- taking the concept of overexposure to whole new levels. She's wonderful, and so far her lack of restraint has served her well. But she needed to go away for a while, and she hasn't yet. She'll be everywhere. 

David Malitz: My fear is that Pomplamoose becomes ubiquitous outside of the realm of YouTube and car commercials. You know these two cheeseballs, right? They are that disgustingly twee boy/girl duo from the Hyundai ad that makes you long for that Vampire Weekend Honda commercial that already makes you want to smash the TV. They also do these "adorable" covers of Beyonce and Michael Jackson and basically embody everything that is wrong with cute culture. Let's hope they are nothing more than a blip.

By Click Track  | January 6, 2011; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  Dr. Luke, Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Pomplamoose  
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Lord. I had never heard of Pomplamoose before. Thanks for making my life a little bit worse. There is a special place in hell reserved for Feist for bringing this pseudo-culture upon us.

Posted by: JSGNWDC | January 6, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hate when Malitz is that dead on. But if his commentary in any way serves to rid the world of that annoying, marginally talented, autotuned cover "band", all is forgiven.

Posted by: klaw009x | January 6, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Thirded on Maltiz's thoughts. That stuff is god awful.

I've given up on Lady Gaga and just acknowledge that she exists, she's not going away. I don't listen to much radio so I'll probably survive the year without that much overload.

Posted by: M__N | January 7, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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