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A Cliché “Hits and Misses of 2013” List

20 Dec

At least it’s not another “Best Albums” list…

HITS:

1. 2 Chainz “Birthday Song” video (special shout out to Kanye’s skirt)

2. Depeche Mode’s September Barclays Center concert (I cried. I died.)

3. Lady Gaga on SNL (and, by association R. Kelly on SNL)

4. Robin Thicke’s striped referee suit, making appearances at the VMAs and in his “Give It 2 U” video.

5. John Newman (The male Adele)

6. The horses in Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video

7. Schoolboy Q’s verse in Macklemore’s “White Walls”

8. The YouTube comments on Justin Bieber’s “All That Matters” video

9. Iggy Azalea

10. Miley Cyrus

MISSES:

1. Justin Bieber’s tattoo of “Selena Gomez” (questionable)

2. Justin Bieber’s “All That Matters” video (special shout out to Justin trying to wear a skirt)

3. Robin Thicke, as a person.

4. Hashtags as song titles (ie. “#Beautiful,” “#THATPOWER,” “#GETITRIGHT,” etc.)

5. The Harlem Shake 😦

6. One Direction being sued by Def Leppard over ”Midnight Memories” sounding like “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (Also The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and “Best Song Ever,” but duh.)

7. The latest iteration of Nelly’s career (see: “Hey Porsche” and his part in Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”)

8. Justin Timberlake’s entire 20/20 Experience (except “Mirrors.”)

9. Lil Wayne signing Paris Hilton, then collaborating with her.

10. Also Miley Cyrus

***Disclaimer: this was directly copied and pasted out of my work Outlook account since I had to make this for my job anyway. Oops. Sry. Original content coming soon, I promise ❤ xoxoxo

Hear and Now: Ivy Levan

15 Jul

So I was researching summer concert tours for my freelance gig and I was shocked to see a certain name listed on Fitz and the Tantrums’ tour: Ivy Levan.

It’s hard to believe it now, but I’d first stumbled upon Ivy about six years ago when she was still modelling in Payless ads and only had a few demos uploaded to a now-abandoned MySpace page (where she performed under the moniker “IV in Vein”).

She was dating a certain popular rock star, and while the scene kids loved to hate her for that, there was no denying her talent (check out early tracks “Miss Solitary (Pretend)” and “Empty“). Here’s some “vintage” footage of then-20-year-old Ivy showing off her studio space on Buzznet.com and proving that she’s come a long way since her first debut. At the time, she was more creepy rock ‘n’ roller than crooning pin up – but hey, a little re-branding is just what it takes sometimes.

Fast forward to now and Ivy’s reemerged on Cherrytree records as a self-described “swamp-hop,” soul-inspired pop singer with a brand new debut EP and industry endorsement to boot. She’s taken the top of Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart and made the front page of Vevo a couple times with her Introducing the Dame singles “Money” and “Hot Damn” (watch below).

It seems like this girl’s gone from 0 to 60 in a matter of weeks, but with a rare second chance and a voice like that, would you expect any less?

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.

A Play-By-Play of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” Video (SPOILER: It’s Aweful)

20 Jun

I have never heard this song nor seen the video until now.

0:05 – Beats Pill product placement. Okay, Nicki Minaj.

0:10 – Nooooo, what are you doinggggggg? A grill? Nooooo Miley, nooooo.

0:19 – Isn’t this a Rihanna video.

0:28 – Not enough EOS.

0:42 – Again, nooooo what are you doinggggg.

1:00 – 1:05 – why tho.

1:27 – God.

1:29 – Apparently no one told her that she actually can’t twerk even after that one video she did. Who let her do this?

1:44 – Minimale Animale swimwear is def making some bank off celeb endorsements, but sorry Miley, you just copied Iggy Azalea. NEXT.

1:49 – I have no reactions anymore.

2:35 – Honestly I’m done with this. Help.

2:55 – She’s dressed like Justin Bieber. But actually.

3:23 – No. Like no.

TL;DR: Rihanna did this like three years ago, a bunch of product placement, Miley still can’t twerk, the song is mediocre and the video makes it worse.

Remember how when the “Can’t Be Tamed” video came out, everyone freaked out because it was her first more “mature” effort as an artist? She was breaking away from Hannah Montana and wanted to be “taken seriously”? I think this is intended to be like that again, only I feel embarrassed for her because she clearly doesn’t realize she’s just made herself the butt of an unintended joke.

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 à 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.

What the Hell is Justin Bieber Doing on Twitter Right Now? [UPDATED]

14 Jun

UPDATE: It was some kind of weird-ass prank only a 19-year-old could think is funny. More here.

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.