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One Republic “Feels Again” For A Cause

Ever since seeing them open for Maroon 5 a couple of years ago, I instantly became a fan of One Republic. Their CD, Waking Up, is still in heavy rotation on my iPod. From “Made For You” to “Good Life” to “Secrets” to their massive hit “Apologize”, the group seems to do no wrong. Needless to say, I’m eager to hear their new CD (as yet untitled), set to be released at the end of this year. Check out their new music video for the song “Feel Again”, which was just released last Tuesday. The song is linked with Save the Children and Ad Council’s “Every Beat Matters” campaign. One Republic used the heartbeats taken from healthy children in Malawi and and Guatemala, as part of The Heartbeat Project online initiative. Not only is “Feel Again” a great song, but for every download of the single on iTunes, part of the proceeds go towards preventing the death of infants and children around the world. Go to www.EveryBeatMatters.org to find out more on how you can help.

In the meantime, check out One Republic’s new single “Feel Again”. What do you think about the song and the music video? It’s also rumored that B.O.B. will be featured on the new CD as well. I’m interested to see how that collaboration will turn out. Make sure you go out and purchase the “Feel Again” single too….especially since it’s for a good cause.

Rihanna: Overrated Cockiness?

Ok, I’ll admit it. I like a few of Rihanna’s songs. Ok, I lied. I like a lot of her songs. But there is something about her that is a guilty pleasure. It took me a long time to get on the Rihanna bandwagon. I somehow think I’m depriving myself of quality music sometimes when I listen to her, lol. Rihanna fans don’t throw anything at me. It’s just my opinion. And after all, I’m one of you too…kinda. But is she just a little too overrated right now? Let’s face it, she puts on a great show (next to P!nk, I thought she had the best performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this year), but she’s not the best singer in the world. And speaking of great shows and the VMAs (where she won Video of the Year for “We Found Love”), you may have heard the rumor by now that she’s releasing another CD this November. After debuting the remix of her single “Cockiness” featuring A$AP Rocky, from the Talk That Talk CD (I’m still waiting on “Watch n’ Learn” to be released as a single) this seems a bit early.  Rihanna has toyed with the idea of releasing a new CD this year, but according to a now deleted tweet by Def Jam France it may be confirmed.  Apparently will she not only have a new CD out in November, but a new single released today as well (I’ll review it later if that’s the case). All of this while prepping from her upcoming Diamonds World Tour. And she titled her tour appropriately, as Diamonds is rumored to be the name of her new CD and single to be released today.

Then there’s the controversy. Chris Brown got a new tattoo right before the VMAs of a woman who closely resembles Rihanna on his next. The next day after the VMAs she gets a tattoo of Goddess Isis right beneath her breasts, reportedly in honor of her grandmother. Then Chris Brown gets another tattoo of a fighter jet, somewhat similar to Rihanna’s “Goddess Isis” art. Not to mention that her image has gotten progressively more risqué and overly sexual. But then again, sex and drama sells right?

Are you looking forward to a new Rihanna CD? Is she really just a great entertainer who’s striking while the iron is hot? Or is she overrated and long overdue for a break? And does anybody else find it funny that her new CD is rumored to be called Diamonds and the cover of the deluxe version of Chris Brown’s Fortune CD features diamonds falling from the sky? Maybe I’m reading too much between the lines, lol.

Brandy’s Dreams Delayed, Not Denied

A few weeks ago, you may remember that I reviewed Brandy’s single, “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown. Although I did initially like the song, I wasn’t head over heels about it. However, after seeing the music video (one of Brandy’s best in years), the song is growing on me more. Seems like everything was in place for a successful release for her album Two-Eleven. The album title is derived from Brandy’s birthday and the date of her idol, Whitney Houston’s death (whose last words to her were “Nobody can be you. Just be you”). After several push backs (and numerous push backs of the release for the “Put It Down” music video), the new release date will be October 16, 2012. And considering the last week’s leak of her 2nd second single (which she leaked herself), “Wildest Dreams”, this may have been the best move her camp has made regarding Two-Eleven. The new song was inspired by her boyfriend, Ryan.

“Wildest Dreams” is a well produced R & B track that doesn’t reach any new songwriting heights (“Never thought someone would care about me”), but there’s something enjoyable about it. Maybe it’s the gritty, dark edge of the music and her vocals (which are crisp and well-arranged here). I’m not sure how this song will actually fare on the charts, but it’s definitely getting fans geared up about the release of her new CD. I thought Full Moon and Afrodisiac were some of her best CDs to date. Looks like Two-Eleven may be following in its footsteps.

What do you think about her new single? Will Two-Eleven be a hit, despite its many push backs?

Drake: First Name Greatest, Last Name Ever?

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Drake in the last couple of weeks. He recently made the following statement in an interview with The Jewish Chronicle: “There were people who incorporated melody before me but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing. Yes, there are aspects of it that are new in the rap world. But it’s not a gimmick. I just sort of exist and people embrace it. I’m one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day. It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like this.” Before I go into my opinion about this, I will say that I am a fan of Drake….but he has really lost his mind. Just off the top of my head, I can think of several people who have very successfully pulled off rapping and singing. Lauryn Hill? Missy Elliott? Even Queen Latifah? I guess they’re irrelevant… I’ve honestly lost a lot of respect for Drake on this one. Check out the poll below and vote on who you think the best singer and rapper is. Is Drake really the greatest to ever do it?

But wait, that’s not it….he’s also in the news for possibly executive producing a posthumous CD from Aaliyah. Hmmmm….although I can easily see him being featured on Aaliyah song (check out their new song rumored to be on her upcoming CD below, “Enough Said”), but executive producing the whole project? Not that  having 2 tattoos of the late singer (one of her face on his back and one that represents his area code and her birthday) should question his ability to work on this project. I would love to hear some unreleased music from Aaliyah, but I’m just not sure Drake is the man for the job. Apparently, Timbaland doesn’t think so either. He stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club last week and said “I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if he do it, it should be with me and Missy. The proper way for him to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record.  But to put it on his record, would just not be right.” As cocky as it may sound, I definitely agree. Timbaland and Missy have crafted most of Aaliyah major hits, so why wouldn’t they be included? The world will never know the foolery Drake will pull next. Or is he just acting in his role as the greatest ever?

***New Track From Aaliyah and Drake, “Enough Said”*** FUTURE HIT OR MISS???

P!nk: Don’t Fade To Black

In today’s music business, any artist who makes it past their sophomore album should consider themselves lucky. Especially an artist who almost does a complete 360 on their image and sound after their first album. Meet Alecia Beth Moore. You may not know her by her real name…but you definitely know her stage name, P!nk. She’s had a string of huge hits including “You Make Me Sick,” “Just Like A Pill,” “Trouble”, and “So What”.  When she first hit the scene, her sound was  Contemporary R & B, and her style was baggy pants and midriff tops.  With 3 top 10 singles and over 6 million albums sold worldwide, it seemed as if P!nk had a formula no one in their right mind would mess with.

But P!nk defied the sophomore jinx in a bold way, trading in her polished R & B sound for a more grungy, jagged, rock inspired alter ego. But something about this new image didn’t seem like a different identity. It seemed like P!nk was much more comfortable in her own skin this time around. This new image was further cemented by her massive hit, “Don’t Let Me Get Me” where she takes a stab at LA Reid and Britney Spears, singing, “LA told me, you’ll be a pop star/All you have to change is/Everything you are/Tired of being compared/To damn Britney Spears/She’s so pretty/That just ain’t me). P!nk’s second album, Missundaztood went on to sell over 13 million copies. P!nk proved she was as vibrant as ever and would be around for years to come.

P!nk is currently recovering from having her gallbladder removed.  She was forced to cancel a planned performance at a fundraiser for President Obama in Hollywood. Darren Criss, from “Glee”, was her fill in. She, along with her husband Carey Hart, also recently bashed Chris Brown and Katy Perry for their performances at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. She claimed that both musical acts took pieces of some of her prior performances into theirs and that Chris Brown lipsynced his entire performance. Cocky she might be, but she has the music to back it up. Speaking of her music, I’ve really been wanting to see a new album from her recently. Funhouse is her best CD to date in my opinion, but she just seems to keep getting better with time. And who could forget her feature on Eminem’s “Won’t Back Down” song from his Recovery CD? But other than her “Lady Marmalade” collaboration (with Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Mya and Christina Aguilara) from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, she really hasn’t worked with other artists on her own CDs. I would love to see her work with Alanis Morisette, T-Boz and Andre 3000 on her next CD. “So What” do you think? Should P!nk make another CD or focus on raising her daughter Willow and being a wife?

Make sure to cast your vote on the poll below

Usher: The Climax of Looking 4 Myself

 

Usher Raymond. He’s had a slew of hits including “You Make Me Wanna”, “You Got It Bad”, “Yeah” and “Confessions”. The later song and album of the same name, peaked during a time where the singer’s personal life was thrust into the public eye. He was in a very high-profile relationship with Chilli and they seemed to be the perfect couple. That is until his…ahem, “confession” of infidelity. Both parties have since gone on record to say that the CD is in no way, shape or form in reference to their relationship. But going on the chronological events that took place, you can’t help but wonder if his life and lyrics weren’t “Caught Up” so to speak with each other.  Ironically as Usher became more exposed to the negative rays of the flashing lights of fame, Confessions achieved Diamond status (over 10 million albums sold in the US). Just goes to show that little drama mixed with good music is a good formula for success.

Since then, Usher has married and now divorced his ex-wife, Tameka Foster. Still no stranger to drama, he’s currently going through a strenuous custody battle with her over their 2 sons, complete with bitterness of the ex-wife over a new girlfriend/manager of a pop star.  SMH….the plot thickens. Conveniently for him, Usher happens to also be releasing his new CD, Looking 4 Myself. While Usher tries to find himself, will fans be removing his CD from the shelves tomorrow for the official release date. Time (and Soundscan) will tell…but, there has been some promising radio singles released already, in support of the new album. Here’s my two cents on what we’ve heard so far.

“Climax”

Is it just me or am I the only one that thinks this song sounds like Janet Jackson’s “Funny How Time Flies”? Somehow it has the same vibe to me. But I digress. This is a smooth track (the best one production wise of the songs I’ve heard), with interesting lyrics, that isn’t about what the title may have suggested. The lyrics speak of a failed relationship, and the crossroads of decisions to be made. I don’t see this being a major hit, but it’s a nice transition for him back into ballads. Guess this one isn’t about his personal life either.

“Scream”

Honestly, I’m a little tired of this style of music. You know, that “Rihanna techno” craze. I say that because she has seemed to profit the most from it recently. This is a club track that boasts there will be plenty screams in the bedroom over a thumping bass line. I must admit, the song is catchy, and probably will be a big hit. Nothing innovative here though. I was expecting a little more. Rihanna, jump out the closet and start singing anytime now…

Lemme See Feat. Rick Ross

The beat here is rough, but enticing at the same time. Think “Lil Freak” toned down. This song paints a club scene that basically goes like this: Guy meets girl in club. Flirting back and forth. Girl says what she can do to guy. Guy says show me better than you can tell me. Nothing spectacular either here lyrically, but Rick Ross was a great choice for the feature on this mellow track. This song will cater to his R & B fans, and has a gritty edge to it.

So, the question is, will you be buying Looking 4 Myself when it hits stores tomorrow, or will you be looking elsewhere for great music? How do you think this CD will fare on the charts compared to his previous work?  Here’s the official track listing for the album:

1. “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”
2. “Scream”
3. “Climax”
4. “I Care for U”
5. “Show Me”
6. “Lemme See” feat. Rick Ross
7. “Twisted” feat. Pharrell Williams
8. “Dive”
9. “What Happened to U”
10. “Looking 4 Myself” feat. Luke Steele
11. “Numb”
12. “Lessons for the Lover”
13. “Sins of My Father”
14. “Euphoria”

Deluxe Edition (Features 4 additional tracks)
15. “I.F.U.”
16. “Say the Words”
17. “2nd Round”
18. “Hot Thing”