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David Guetta’s 5 Best Collabs with American Artists

25 Jun

Calvin Harris and Avicii can STFU – David Guetta was the original Euro-transplant pioneering EDM in American pop music before you even realized you’d heard him before.

Remember 2009’s little hit “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas? The song that holds the record for selling the most digital copies of any song ever? Yeah, that was produced by him.

And who tapped into the Aussie vocal talent that is Sia long before Flo Rida ever called her up to sing a hook? Right. Also Guetta.

And long before the producer ventured into the bizarro landscape of American Top 40 (which, compared to international charts, was severely lacking in dance music until about two years ago), he was making a name for himself in Europe with over 40 charting singles, including 18 top ten hits in his native France.

Now how does that make Avicii, who hasn’t even released his debut album yet, look? Sigh.

Guetta was the first to master the art of the American pop collab, which successfully broke him into the U.S. market and paved the way for all the Calvin Harris-es to come.

Here my top 5 Guetta collaborations with American artists. Let’s get nostalgic for 2010, y’all.

5. “When Love Takes Over,” featuring Kelly Rowland

4. “Missing You,” featuring Novel (son of Motown’s Mickey Stevenson)

3. “Where Them Girls At,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida

2. “Sexy Bitch (Chick),” featuring Akon

1. “Who’s that Bitch (Chick),” featuring Rihanna

*BONUS*

“Stay,” featuring gospel singer Chris Willis

Also, can we talk about how solid Guetta is at holding his own against 20-something singers in music videos, despite being a married, 45-year-old father of two? Yeah.

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My Top 5 Favorite Teen Boy Pop Songs Right Now

19 Jun

Because this is definitely its own genre. Whether you’re a seasoned Belieber or a hip-hop head just tryna find your softer side, here’s a sampling of songs on my playlist right now.

5. Austin Mahone – Say Somethin

Not that new, BUT it’s still stuck in my head, which is what counts. If you don’t already know about Austin Mahone, now you know.

4. The Wanted* – Warzone

A boy band in a desolate landscape with a piano and things that are on fire – sounds familiar.

3. One Direction – One Thing

I really don’t understand why 1D is more popular than The Wanted, but this song a classic in the teen boy pop genre.

2. Justin Bieber – All Around the World

Video is lackluster, but the song is catchy and includes a verse from Ludacris where he says stuff like “hate may win some battles, but love wins in the end.”

1. The Wanted – I Found You

Protagonist Nathan Sykes chumps a girl by making out with her to steal a key out of her pocket √† la Britney Spears the flight attendant in “Toxic.” I’m now realizing that ripping off 2000’s era pop videos seems to be a recurring thing for the boys, but just let’s call it “inspiration” and not “unoriginality.”

*Technically, all members of The Wanted are actually grown-ups in their early- to mid-twenties. They still belong on this list, though, let’s be real.

Top 5 May Favorites

7 Jun

Let’s keep this one short and sweet since I’m already a week behind. SORRY, EVERYONE WHO READS THIS. Here are my favorite things from last month:

5. Ariana Grande

Even though Mac Miller is on it, “The Way” practically became my favorite song the first time I heard it. Not only is the Mariah Carey-influenced jam totally designed for summertime, but Grande seemingly came out of nowhere with this debut single, and then just totally smashed everyone with it. Love of my life Demi Lovato even endorses her! Girl can SING.

Check out this video (below) of her doing impressions, including Britney Spears and Shakira. Nuts. AND – get this – this clip was posted in 2010. As in, it took everyone over three years to even notice that this girl is cray-talented.

4. The Catholic League calls David Bowie a “senior citizen”

Full quote: “The switch-hitting, bisexual, senior citizen from London has resurfaced…”

I can’t be the only one who finds this combination of words hilarious.

3. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories

Definitely a highlight of this month (it dropped May 17), the album has potential to leave a serious impression on 2013 year-end album lists…

2. Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life

The 6-episode series (which admittedly premiered at the end of April) follows Ke$ha around on tour for two years, packing all the urine-drinking craziness into little half-hour spots each week (yes, that screen grab is what you think it is.) It was actually filmed by her brother, Lagan, and honestly, truly, really shows the singer in a relatable light through the ups and downs of proving herself to the music industry (and the world!!!!) Pop stars are obviously just like you and me (…she said as she watched Ke$ha do things like hang out with Steven Tyler and walk around Hollywood in a red velvet suit.)

1. Yeezus revealed!

Yeezus is soon to be upon us! In celebration, I may be doing a “Countdown to Yeezus” honoring Mr. West himself, but I’m not 100% sure if I want to feed his ego even more than the world already is by accepting an album titled “Yeezus” in the first place…

Guess I’ll mull over that one for a couple days.

Top 5 April Favorites

30 Apr

Pop Jumper April Favorites

It’s the end of the month, and you know what that means (JK, no, you actually don’t): the first installment of my monthly faves! This is self-explanatory; read on!

5. RiRi Woo

The first product shots of Rihanna’s new lipstick for MAC Costemtics have hit the web! RiRi Woo is a signature red shade based on MAC’s cult fave Ruby Woo – this time formulated to perfectly match the rest of RiRi’s capsule collection AND inscribed with her signature on the product itself. Our girl will be exclusively rocking the collection on her Diamonds World Tour, so fans looking to nab her beauty look will be able to purchase all the same products she’s using on stage. For me, though, the cute packaging is enough to make me want it.

4. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”

While the video for this song, also out this month, doesn’t really do it for me, the track itself is on virtually permanent repeat on my Spotify playlist. I’m convinced that producer Timbaland must be some kind of voodoo wizard whose power only extends to JT – not that he’s not ALWAYS a great producer (because he is), but whenever those two come together it’s like you know it’ll be a hit before you even have to hit play (Ahem, “Cry Me a River“/”SexyBack“/”Carry Out“)

3. Ke$ha’s New Look

Ke$ha has morphed into a different human…has anyone else noticed this? Why doesn’t she look crazy anymore? Although I’m literally in love with her new look, something about this is unsettling. This isn’t Ke$ha. Who are you and what have you done with our Jack-teeth-brushing-dying-young party animal?

The photo above is from her recent Jimmy Kimmel appearance (she removes her glasses for the interview, confirming that this is, indeed Ke$ha.) Honestly, if you told me the girl pictured was a celebrity, but didn’t say who, I can’t say I’d be able to ID her. That’s really bad for a music writer, but come on! Look at her!

Check out some more snaps from the past few months below:

Also jumping on the natural beauty train this month (and KILLING IT) is honorable mention Nicki Minaj. Peep her in her “High School” video and Elle cover.

2. AFI Returns(!!!)

2006-era TRL darlings AFI are back after a(n unofficial) hiatus. They posted a teaser trailer to their YouTube video after being 100% inactive across all online media for probably about four years. The thing about it, though, is that it doesn’t say exactly what the teaser is for. Some moody black-and-white shots of front man Davey Havok walking down a hallway with a monologue voice over culminate in title screens saying “A Fire Inside” and “September 2013.”

While various music sites are reporting this as confirmation of the band’s long-awaited ninth album, fans on the official message board (YES, my inner 14-year-old AFI fan club member is showing. So what.) are no where near as optimistic. Maybe a tour. Maybe this is a teaser for a bigger announcement in September (does that even make any sense at all?)

Either way, NOTHING is confirmed, so what I’m basically saying is to ignore the shit other sites are posting about it.

As AFI’s number one fan (if you haven’t already figured it out), I can tell you one thing: this band loves to fuck with fans and use social media and the internet to spread really cryptic (literally) messages and e-treasure hunts that almost never lead to where you think you’re going. (I bold-ed that because you should really click on it.)

1. Jay-Z’s 2013 Made in America Lineup

Well, if my GIF post about this wasn’t enough of a giveaway, I am TOTALLY STOKED on this year’s lineup. Might even warrant a trip to Philly. It really speaks for itself.

The Top 5 Quotes From This Interview With an On-the-Rise 16-Year-Old Swedish Rapper

25 Apr

Yung Lean

Vice‘s Noisey did an exclusive interview with viral phenom Yung Lean, who, to me, is really a mashup of Lil B and the 16-year-old version of Ninja from Die Antwoord, if they were also Swedish (listen to my fave track below).

Despite being an import from half way around the world, Yung Lean has used his East Bay influence to his advantage, and nabbed a contract with E-40‘s son Issue’s Teaholics label. Is this even real? What is real?

Given the current climate of hip-hop, it’s plausible this could become a real thing (this is my nice way of criticizing the way the Internet has made it okay for Brooke Candy to exist.)

Either way, this kid is entertaining as F in this interview, and his beats are ten-hundred-times better than Brooke Candy.

Hear him on SoundCloud and YouTube, and read on to get to know him a little better…(keep in mind this is all coming out of a 16-year-old Swedish boy’s mouth. In case you forgot.)

1. On rap shows in Stockholm: “I’m not 18 so I can’t go to any shows.”

2. On girls: “We have plenty of hoes. That’s all you need to know.”

3. On girls in his district of Stockholm: “…they’re into apple cider. They’re pretty lame. We ain’t about those hoes.”

4. On New York City: “Arizona [Iced Tea] was very cheap, so was Koolaid.”

5. On whether he’s “into drugs”: “This is just very awkward.”