"Shawty Get Loose," featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, is Lil' Mama's 3rd single from her to-be-released debut album Voice Of The Young People. I like the song and the video is hot. I had no idea her label was supporting her ($$$-wise) so much, considering how they didn't release her album following the success if "Lip Gloss." She sure is becoming quite the video queen though, I must say. Also, I'm not the biggest fan of Chris Brown, seeing as how he uses more voice-correcting effects than anyone (other than T-Pain, actually), so I have to wonder what was up with those ...facial expressions?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
"Bleeding Love" is the first single from Leona Lewis' debut album Spirit, due out in the US on April 8th. She shot a brand new video for the song to make her debut in America, which is really exciting, as it is a great song from an amazing new singer. Though I think I prefer the UK version of the video, Leona looks beautiful in this one. Also, WhOa! to that Times Square shot at the end.
The album starts out strong and stays that way, give or take a track or two, until the end, when several album-fillers begin to run together. The first track, "Put Your Arms Around Me," is a catchy, fun, and not annoying tune that got me hooked, while the title track and second single that follows is only average overall; still, first single "Love Like This," which features Sean Kingston, is what got me interested in the album in the first place. "Piece Of Your Heart" is what seems like one of those outside-the-box tracks, to some degree, that good artists always try out--and, in this case, it worked. Not until "Soulmate" did I actually think I would have any kind of emotional connection to this album, but I found it very relatable. Another good listen comes in the form of the track "Angel," which is followed by another lyrically intriguing song, "Backyard." From there, corniness and averageness ensues, though I must give her credit for including a track with the title "Pirate Bones," and the fact that, while not my favorite of album-closers, "Not Givin' Up" is an alright track.
It is hard to point out a specific direction that this album may have taken for both the facts that it was more or less patched together with tracks from her sophomore effort across the Atlantic, N.B., and new songs, and that I can only assume her label intended on recording more than a normal album's fair share of cheese so as to capitalize on what could possibly become part two of "Unwritten." Still, Natasha's unique voice allows her to stand out among the crowd of young women singing pop music today and her unique style makes her music more interesting and fun. Let's just hope they do not take one of this CD's best tracks and completely overplay it on the radio this time.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
(Photo Credit: Amazon)
UPDATE: Billboard reports that not only will the video feature Missy's "Ching-A-Ling" from the Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack, but also her other song from the CD, "Shake Your Pom Pom." Also, the video will premiere in 3D on TRL this Monday, February 4th!
Monday, January 28, 2008
UPDATE: It seems Leona's official site is telling a bit of a different story. In regards to the "Bleeding Love" US video premiere, Lewis is to appear on TRL this Wednesday to premiere the video in person, which is sooner than the reported VH1 premiere. The fact that the site mentions a "sneak peek," though, disturbs me. We'd better not get our hopes up just to see 15 seconds of the thing! *crosses fingers*
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"All-American Girl" is the 2nd single from Idol winner Carrie Underwood's sophomore album Carnival Ride, released last year. The song is a bit cheesy, as it is country, so you learn to expect it when you listen to Carrie. I'm not one for country, personally, but Carrie was great during Idol, so I follow her and really enjoy her singing, despite the genre. This video, on the other hand, is quite entertaining and funny. But, wow, did she have a lot of costume changes during this shoot. LOL to the "Before He Cheats" reference at the end. Perfect irony for the song.
Toy Story: 3D
October 2, 2009
Toy Story 2: 3D
February 12, 2010
Though it may be a long way away, is this not incredibly amazing? 3D Revival, more power to ya!
[Source, Buy Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD]
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"Sexy Can I," featuring rapper Yung Berg, is R&B singer Ray J's first single from his upcoming album All I Feel, due in April. The song is alright, but forgettable. I find myself getting bored by both it and the video quickly. Btw, Yung Berg? ... Really? Imo, there are too many rappers out there and not enough urban vocalists getting a chance to shine. Therefore, I am giving Ray J a second chance, as I purchased his previous effort Raydiation, which is nothing spectacular, but has its shining moments.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I am excited to hear Timbaland's (and Tedder's, for that matter) contribution(s) to the project. I also agree with Clive's and the label's reasonings, and while I would have bought it had it even been just the Dreamgirls soundtrack continued, it would not have been the best idea in regards to overall record sales and appeal. Interesting to hear details that give me some hope that we may hear some new J-Hud music in the near-ish future!
"They made half an album and ended up scrapping it. Clive — wisely, I think — said, 'No one's going to buy this. We're trying to turn her into Aretha Franklin, and that's not realistic,'" Tedder said. "They scrapped a bunch of songs and started fresh.
"I heard a Timbaland song that was by far the best song she's done. I do wish, and I know the label wishes, that this album had come out six months ago. But Clive's smart. He didn't want to just put out a crap album just because of the momentum."
UPDATE: It was recently announced that, in addition to new music, Jennifer will be keeping busy (possibly) starring in the new film "Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys." More information can be found HERE. Following her award-winning breakthrough role in "Dreamgirls", Hudson has worked on the upcoming movies "Winged Creature" and "Sex and the City," and was recently cast in the adaptation of the novel "The Secret Life Of Bees."
Saturday, January 19, 2008
3 new promotional images have emerged for Ashlee Simpson and her new album Bittersweet World, due in March. The first single, "Outta My Hear (Ay Ya Ya)," is an intriguing departure from her previous work, with the video being both very unique and interesting. These photos are really quite amazing, so I hope Ash is able to find success with her latest effort.
"Daylight," which features Travis McCoy of rap group Gym Class Heroes, is supposed to be the first single off Kelly Rowland's re-release of her Ms. Kelly album, which was initially released in July '07 and spawned both 2 singles in America, "Like This" featuring Eve and "Ghetto" featuring Snoop Dogg, and another, "Work," internationally. This is the US version because a (crappier) version featuring clips from a French movie the song is featured on the soundtrack of premiered a little while back, but this one is MUCH better. I really like the Ms. Kelly record, so I am looking forward to the re-release and more Kelly Rowland music!
We Need A Resolution (ft. Timbaland)
More Than A Woman
Love, Love, Love
This Can't Be Good
Rock With You (which does sample her brother Michael's song of the same name)
Greatest Ex Ever
"Scream", which features Nicole Scherzinger and Keri Hilson, is the 5th single from Timbaland's album Shock Value, released in 2007. I do rather like the video, mainly because I am really checking for those 2 female newcomers, but I'm not the song's biggest fan. Still, here's to its success, so that Nicole (and Keri, for that matter) might finally get her album out!
I wanted to post this because it is apparent there were problems behind the scenes once J.Lo's latest album, Brave, tanked and word began to spread that Epic, her record label, was interested in dropping her, which is a TOTAL shame because that CD is really good! No one will give it a chance because everyone has read somewhere from someone that it is crap and that is not true! Brave just so happens to be one of her best, if not the best, records so far and is most definitely her best in recent years. People, you should really give the album a try. "Hold It, Don't Drop It," "Do It Well," "Mile In These Shoes," "Wrong When You're Gone," "Brave" ... these songs are HOT!
This special acoustic version of "Tattoo", Jordin Sparks' first single off her self-titled debut album, released late last year, premiered recently on Yahoo! Pepsi Smash and is an interesting watch for Jordin and American Idol fans alike. It's a whole new approach to performing! She sounds great, as always imo, as I am a HUGE fan & rooted for her throughout Idol!
Friday, January 18, 2008
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British Female Solo Artist:
"Spirit" by Leona Lewis
British Breakthrough Act:
"Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
"Foundations" by Kate Nash
I would also like to mention (obviously) that I recently discovered Kate Nash during her period as MTV's Artist of the Week and rather liked her genre of music. She has a few nice songs, and her likeness to Lily Allen doesn't hurt.
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"Feels Like Tonight" is the 4th single from Daughtry's multi-platinum self-titled album, released in 2006. While the video is only slightly interesting for me, the song is probably one of the highlights of the album imo, so I am pleased with the single choice.
"6 Of 1 Thing" is Craig David's 2nd single from his recently released (in the UK) Trust Me CD. Both the video and the song are an improvement over the first single, "Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)", though I don't feel like either one deserves any complaint. Being one of the few English artists out there that I like that isn't relevant in the US, I'll take what I can get!
On Saturday, January 12, 2008, Christina Aguilera gave birth to her first child named Max Liron Bratman. It was a boy, and he is also the son of Aguilera's husband Jordan Bratman. On the same day, as a treat for her supportive and dedicated fans, Christina posted a very special video for her song "Save Me From Myself" [above], taken from her most recent album Back To Basics, on her official website. In my opinion, Christina looks incredibly beautiful in this new video and I wish her the best! Click HERE to visit the site to watch the video again, read Christina's message, and download the video for free!