Friday, October 31, 2008
Check out the new Nike ad starring Nicole Scherzinger & LeBron James. This is cracking stuff. You gotta check it out!
3. Out From Under
4. Kill The Lights
5. Shattered Glass
6. If U Seek Amy
7. Unusual You
9. Mmm Papi
11. Lace & Leather
12. My Baby
13. Radar (Bonus Track)
So, we're all thinking it. What the heck is up with "Radar" being a bonus track?! Anyway, it has been confirmed that "Circus" will be the second single off the new album of the same name. Sweetness.
Beyonce performed her new single "If I Were A Boy" for the very first time on Japan's Music Station recently. She did an amazing job. This is a really good song for Beyonce live. Her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce hits stores on November 18th.
Leona Lewis has begun promotion in the UK for her upcoming re-release Spirit: The Deluxe Edition by performing the new single "Forgive Me" & doing an interview on GMTV. Leona is such a charming celebrity & she did well with the performance. Spirit: The Deluxe Edition arrives on November 17th across the pond.
1. If I Never See Your Face Again -- Swizz Beats
2. Wake Up Call (ft. Mary J. Blige) -- Mark Ronson
3. Sunday Morning -- Questlove
4. Makes Me Wonder -- Just Blaze
5. This Love -- Tricky Stewart
6. She Will Be Loved -- Pharrell Williams
7. Shiver -- DJ Quik
8. Wake Up Call -- David Banner
9. Harder To Breathe -- Cool Kids
10. Little Of Your Time -- Bloodshy & Avant
11. Little Of Your Time -- Of Montreal
12. Goodnight Goodnight -- Deerhoof
13. Not Falling Apart -- Tiesto
14. Better That We Break -- Ali Shaheed Muhammad
15. Secret -- DJ Premier
16. Woman -- Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet
17. This Love -- Cut Copy
18. If I Never See Your Face Again (ft. Rihanna) -- Paul Oakenfold
Thursday, October 30, 2008
"Playa Cardz Right," featuring 2Pac, is the first single off Keyshia Cole's upcoming album A Different Me (December 16th). The thing that struck me most about this video is how beautiful Keyshia looks! She is stunning in the Benny Boom-directed clip, which is very much a tribute to 2Pac. I'm still not sure about the song as a lead single, but there's no doubt that Keyshia sounds great on it. In related news, the third season of Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, her BET reality show, will premiere on November 11th.
John Legend & his artist Estelle interviewed eachother on MySpace's Artist-On-Artist. It's an entertaining clip to say the least. His new album Evolver dropped this week, while her latest Shine is out now.
"Shake Your Groove Thing" is the first single taken from the new Alvin & The Chipmunks album Undeniable, which drops November 4th. How can you not love these guys?
See full charts HERE.
2. Perfect Gentleman (ft. Alfamega)
3. Involve Yourself
4. When It Hurts
5. Out Of Character
6. Material Things
7. French Pedicure
8. Attention (ft. Snoop Dogg)
9. Break Ya Back
1. Love Is Not Made In Words
2. You Know Where My Heart Is
3. Did You Ever Love Me
4. Saying Goodbye
5. Beautiful U R
7. All Over Me
8. All Hearts Aren't Shaped The Same
9. Down 4 U
10. Where Do We Go 2
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
OHMYGOSH. This is incredible. Brandy heard my request & properly performed her first single "Right Here (Departed)" on TRL earlier today. If you didn't think you were going to buy B-Rocka's new album Human on December 9th before, this video will change your mind.
Leona Lewis performed her current overseas single "Forgive Me" on The National Lottery in the UK recently. I'm really enjoying her live offerings of this song. Her upcoming re-release Spirit: The Deluxe Edition is set for release on November 17th across the pond.
In related news, Leona has been added as a performer at this year's American Music Awards. The show goes down on November 23rd.
Beyonce surprised a Jay-Z crowd by performing part of her new single "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" at Power 105.1's Powerhouse event. It was fly, though I didn't like the camera angles & I don't even think she was using a microphone lol. Don't forget (like you would): Beyonce's new album I Am... Sasha Fierce will be released on November 18th.
1. Fundamental Things
2. It's Your Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Declaration Of Love
5. The Best Of Everything
7. Dust My Broom
8. I'll Never Stop Loving You
9. I Will Be
10. If I'm Not In Love
11. Walkin' Blues
12. We Will Find A Way
13. Wonder Why
Like I've said before: it doesn't matter to me what she is singing. I just want a Melinda CD already!
Pink sat down with the ladies of The View for an interview & then performed her first single "So What" off the new album Funhouse (out now). The interview is great, especially thanks to the audience's reactions to Pink's music video clips, which are played on the screen behind them. Pink screwed up a tad during the performance, but it was still good.
1. Everyone's At It
2. The Fear
3. It's Not Fair
5. I Could Say
6. Go Back To The Start
7. Never Gonna Happen
8. F*** You
9. Who'd've Known
12. He Wasn't There
To be honest, many of these songs are, at least at some point in the recording process, already on the internet, so a simple Google search could send you on the path to finding out whether or not Lily is for you. The outspoken artist, who worked with a producer from her debut Alright, Still on this project, wrote the last track about her absent father, while she plays xylophone on "Everyone's At It," which is currently streaming on her MySpace. I look forward to what Lily has to offer with this new album.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here's Solange's appearance on Ghost Whisperer in music video form. She performed her song "6 O'Clock Blues" from her latest album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley St. Dreams, which is out now. Check out this lovely (official) montage of the show's main couple Melinda & Jim. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the song.
The Pussycat Dolls have finally started pushing that second single ... & in a big way too. PCD performed "Whatcha Think About That" off their new album Doll Domination (out now) on Dancing With The Stars with special guest Missy Elliott. While Nicole took over Missy's part at the beginning, the woman herself showed up as a surprise later in the performance. The Dolls did a great job with this one. In news that should shock no one, Missy's new album Block Party has been pushed back to February 10th. I'm sad, but I know it'll be worth the wait. (Plus, I'll have Brandy to occupy me through the year's end anyway!)
"Live Your Life," featuring Rihanna, is the latest single off T.I.'s new album Paper Trail. This one just didn't do it for me. The clip, which was (not surprisingly) directed by Anthony Mandler (Rihanna's "Disturbia"), was boring & Rihanna didn't seem to be incorporated into the video very well. People keep saying she looks good in this, but I just don't see what's so hot about that boy. As far as the concept, I'm glad T.I. has turned that corner in his own life, but I didn't find it translating to film very well.
Don't Stop The Music
Brandy performed her first single "Right Here (Departed)" off the highly anticipated new album Human (December 9th) for the first time at JAM'N 94.5's Monster Jam yesterday. Though it's only a partial clip & was performed at a concert rather than an awards show or something, I think B-Rocka did well. I'm all for supporting your family, but couldn't Ray J (who was on-stage & wouldn't shut up the whole time) have just been in the audience? Anyway, I'm really looking forward to seeing a proper live performance of this song (&, for that matter, "Long Distance").
John Legend released his third album Evolver today & performed its first single "Green Light" solo (with a background vocalist on Andre's parts) on The Early Show. He actually brought them back from commercial with a bit of his new song "It's Over" & gave a short interview before giving his main performance, which was good. I haven't listened to his entire new album yet, but I like what I've heard so far pretty well. Of course, he gets bonus points for the Brandy collabo.
Pink is getting her promo on for the release of her new album Funhouse, which came out today. She performed first single "So What" earlier, coincidentally on Today. The performance follows a funny short interview. Good stuff, but don't strain yourself too much, Pink--you're just getting (this party) started!
1. We're The Chipmunks (DeeTown Remix)
2. Shake Your Groove Thing (w/ Drew Seeley)
3. Livin' On A Prayer
4. Three Little Birds
5. Thank You
6. All The Small Things
8. Don't Stop Believing
9. Ho Ho Ho
10. Rock & Roll
13. We're The Chipmunks (Original Recording)
14. The Time Warp (Original Recording)
I know I'm not the only one who can't wait for this. Also, for those of us who aren't too cool to admit how awesome we think Alvin, Simon, & Theodore are, here's some more exciting news: "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel" is hitting theaters on Christmas Day 2009!
UPDATE: Listen to a snippet of each track on the album HERE. Seriously--do it. They are amazing!
UPDATE: Just so you know, Usher released a new digital single called "Hush" today & you can purchase it HERE.
Monday, October 27, 2008
"I Stay In Love" is the fourth single taken from Mariah Carey's latest album E=MC². I cannot stress enough how beautiful this ballad is. Thankfully, the video, which was directed by Mariah's husband Nick Cannon, matches the song. I really hope the public picks up on this one.
"Keeps Gettin' Better" is the new single off Christina Aguilera's upcoming greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits (November 11th). I don't know about y'all, but I could use something that isn't depressing right about now & this is it. Christina did an awesome job with her new video! I love the special effects & her whole new look. I even like the song more & more each time I hear it. Bring on that new album!
One Step At A Time
Australia's luck seemingly never runs out, as they had Jordin Sparks perform a couple of singles off her self-titled debut album on Sunrise recently. Jordin sounded wonderful, but I sure miss her over here. How awesome would a new Jordin album be sometime (early) next year?!
Kelly Rowland's duet with French singer Nadiya entitled "No Future In The Past" has finally surfaced here with the premiere of the song's video. I like the video & Kelly looks flawless. French R&B singers just don't do it for me, but Kelly sounds great.
Here's another one of the several new versions of "Walking Away" that Craig David recorded to help promote his upcoming greatest hits collection, which hits UK stores on November 24th. This one features French artist Lynnsha. The video is just about as plain as the last one.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
After starting off with the excellent "So What," Pink gets rolling with "Sober," an insightful, yet catchy pop/rock track. "I Don't Believe You," my favorite song on the album, follows & is a beautiful ballad that has Pink showing a more vulnerable side of herself. The decent "One Foot Wrong" was unfortunately placed during the sequencing of the album because though it is not a bad song by any means, it pales in comparison to the track that comes before it.
"Please Don't Leave Me" is one of those songs that proves that Pink has really found her place in music where she can shine. The track is also a personal one, but it has a great beat as well. Another one of the uptempos that Pink is best known for can be found in "Bad Influence." The title track "Funhouse" comes next & has Pink appropriately displaying her 'fun' personality. Pink goes for an almost folk sound with "Crystal Ball," which works for her.
Even for Pink, I wasn't quite expecting the country twang that started off "Mean." Still, the track is a solid one & shines mainly thanks to its lyrical content. "It's All Your Fault" is definitely a standout track on Funhouse. The song features great vocals, a lovely mix of piano & guitar, & just a tad bit of vocoder. I know what you're thinking, but it's only on one line in the song, so it gets just the right reaction. Another track saved by Pink's exceptional talent is "Ave Mary A," which doesn't do a whole lot for me, but is still alright. Funhouse closes up shop with "Glitter In The Air," a gorgeous & inspirational song that is perfectly placed.
I always find a new Pink album to be a breath of fresh air. With Funhouse, Pink easily accomplishes that task once again. People may sometimes expect an album full of the pop anthems she is famous for, but they should be aware that Pink has much more depth than that. She can't really be placed in one genre, but that isn't a bad thing. It's true that it can be more fun to listen to her sing as outrageously as she talks, but it's great to hear her more vulnerable side as well. Funhouse has, at the very least, everything one might expect from Pink & just might be her best album yet.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
"Come Over," featuring Sean Paul, is the fifth single off Estelle's latest album Shine. I think I prefer the original version of the song without Sean Paul, but it's the same song either way. The video is nice, though watching Estelle & Sean Paul all over eachother isn't my ideal activity. I'm not sure how these singles are doing in the UK, but they just keep puttin' 'em out, don't they? I wonder if they plan on pushing any of them here in the US.
Carrie Underwood is the latest talented star to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the World Series. Yet again, Carrie proves what an astounding talent she truly is.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A little while ago, I posted Toni Braxton performing at this very halftime show. Now, I would like to share Christina Aguilera's part with you. Christina performed both "Ain't No Other Man" & "Candyman" at the event. As she looks to the future with her new project, it seems fitting to take a look back at Christina's last album. While she always rocked "Ain't No Other Man," Christina always made her performances of "Candyman" very special. The Back To Basics era was an incredible time for her visually. However, I'm sure Christina will just 'keep gettin' better' as time goes on.
Keyshia Cole has offered us a sneak peek of the video for her first single "Playa Cardz Right" off her upcoming third album A Different Me (December 16th). Keyshia is lookin' good in this clip & I look forward to the video, though I hope they stray away from the beach set-ups a bit so as to avoid having the video look a lot like the one for "Heaven Sent." I'm still not so sure about this single choice, but Keyshia always brings it with her albums, so I'm not too worried.
UPDATE: Another new Sasha Fierce promo has surfaced--
Check out this short sneak peek of Christina Aguilera's video for "Keeps Gettin' Better," the first single off her upcoming greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits (November 11th). This one is definitely shaping up to be a winner! I can't wait to see the finished product.
UPDATE: Christina thanks the fans in this continuation of the above clip--
UPDATE #2: Here's Part 3--
Friday, October 24, 2008
Kanye West "Jesus Walks"
Tonight, a special aired entitled "A Night For Vets: An MTV Concert For The BRAVE." Kanye West performed "Jesus Walks" in a pre-recorded segment from his "Glow In The Dark" tour that was entertaining, but the stars of the show imo were Angels & Airwaves. Their performance of "Secret Crowds" was totally awesome. You can't blame Tom for his silliness, but what I love about AVA is that they really seem to understand music, which makes for some great music indeed.
Pink switched things up a bit & performed the title track off her upcoming album Funhouse (October 28th) on Sunrise in Australia recently. I really enjoyed watching her perform this song. She did an awesome job. (Funhouse album review coming soon!)
I would like to clear up a couple things. Beyonce's new album will be called I Am... Sasha Fierce, the I Am... part referring to the pop half of the album & the Sasha Fierce part referring to the urban half. Therefore, the covers I posted for the album are in fact the only covers, not just the ones for the 'Sasha Fierce' half. Sorry about the mix-up. Also, for those interested, you can check out the tracklisting for the standard edition of I Am... Sasha Fierce HERE.
"Numba 1 (Tide Is High)," featuring Keri Hilson, is the second single off Kardinal Offishall's new album Not 4 Sale (out now). Keri is everywhere! I love it & I hope this means no more pushbacks for her debut album In A Perfect World..., which is slated for a December 9th release.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
1. Something In Your Mouth
2. Burn It To The Ground
3. Gotta Be Somebody
4. I'd Come For You
5. Next Go Round
6. Just To Get High
7. Never Gonna Be Alone
8. Shakin' Hands
10. If Today Was Your Last Day
11. This Afternoon
They may be giving Beyonce a run for her money, but I suppose we'll have to wait & see. I'm looking forward to the releases from both of them though.
"Return The Favor," featuring Timbaland, is the second single taken from Keri Hilson's upcoming debut album In A Perfect World... (December 9th). WOW. The song is hot, but the video is hotter. I love all the looks & the choreography in this Melina-directed clip. Keri is on fire!
After almost 10 months of dedicated blogging, I have finally reached my 1000th post milestone! This has been one of the most fun rides of my life & I only see better days ahead. Thanks for all of your support! I thought I would dedicate this post to the premiere of Vonzell Solomon's first single "Classy." My favorite American Idol contestant of all time will soon be releasing her debut album & we finally have a taste of what she has to offer. I love the song & Vonzell is so deserving of much success--& she is the only person I can say that for from personal experience.
It wasn't too long ago that Jordin was over in the UK on this very show promoting her single "No Air." Now, Jordin Sparks has returned to Loose Women to perform her new UK single "Tattoo" off her self-titled debut album. It's great to hear Jordin perform this song again. There is no end to my love for Ms. Sparks.
On the music front, Mariah is prepping for the release of her fourth single off E=MC², "I Stay In Love." Check out the single cover for the gorgeous ballad below:
The video for "I Stay In Love" will premiere during BET's Access Granted this Monday, October 27th. In fact, if you'd like to preview the video now, click HERE.
The Backstreet Boys performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 1 of the World Series. Pop music sure has gotten rather awful as of late. Those poor Jonas children would kill to have half as much talent as these guys.
^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
See full charts HERE.
TW: #21 - LW: #22 - Peak: #2 - Week: #10
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
- "Somewhere" (CD & DVD)
- "The Prayer (w/ Andrea Bocelli)" (CD & DVD; originally done by...)
Celine Dion - "Because You Loved Me" (CD & DVD)
- "Mornin'" (DVD)
- "After The Love Has Gone" (DVD)
- "Bridge Over Troubled Water (w/ Josh Groban)" (CD & DVD)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sadly, in her fifth week on the show, Toni Braxton was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars. Rocking a shorter 'do, Toni did dance the west coast swing very well in my untrained eye's opinion. Toni was doin' that moonwalk! She did a wonderful job during her time on the show & I only wish her the best in her future endeavors. Now, Toni, you can concentrate on that new album we are all very excited about! Anyway, as an added bonus/farewell, check out Toni & her partner Alec on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday below (Is Toni or Ellen the comedienne?):
UPDATE: Last night & this morning, Toni stopped by a couple shows to discuss her time on DWTS. Check out her appearances below (sorry about the tags)--
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Good Morning America
Here, we have will.i.am's music video for "I Like To Move It," which is from Dreamworks' latest animated movie "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," hitting theaters on November 7th. Gotta love it.
Here is the video for one of the several remakes of Craig David's hit "Walking Away" that he recorded for his forthcoming UK greatest hits album (November 24th). This one features Spain's Alex Ubago. They really went all out for this video lol.