It’s that time of year again or the BET Awards. I remember when I was in middle school I would be excited to watch the show. Now it’s just gotten to be too generic, the winners are too predictable and there’s nothing really special about the performances. It’s amazing that the show has lasted 14 years. Maybe next year they’ll do something special for the 15th annual. Check out my 2014 performance review here.
Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. I took a blog break, but I’m back in the swing of things. Let’s get into the news.
On the top of the Billboard 200, Shawn Mendes debuts with his album Handwritten. I’ve never heard of him so I had to do some research. He’s a 16-year old Canadian singer that’s had success with singles ‘Life of the Party’ and ‘Something Big.’ In at #2 is the Furious 7 Soundtrack which had the top spot last week and in at #3 is Reba with Love Somebody. Over on the Hot 100, Wiz Khalifa is still in at #1 for the 2nd week with his track, ‘See You Again.’ This track dethroned the 13 week run of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’, Uptown Funk,’ which now sits in at #2. In at #3 is The Weeknd’s ‘Earned It,’ surging 3 spots from it’s previous spot at #6.
Moving on from chart news, there’s a lot of new music and videos released since I haven’t kept tabs on what was going on. J. Cole released a video for his track ‘Wet Dreamz’ off his album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. I absolutely love the video because the song is about his “first time.” What could’ve been the typical vision of walking through the halls of school, flirting, ending up at the girls house and yeah you can take the visual from there, the video was a completely different approach. It was PUPPY LOVE instead. It matched the song perfectly and it was a great direction opposed to the typical direction it could’ve went. I wasn’t expecting it, but it was cool to watch. Check out the video below:
Music that I need to catch up on includes: Lady Antebellum, ‘Long Stretch of Love;’ Rick Ross, ‘Phone Tap;’ August Alsina, ‘Hip Hop;’ Hilary Duff, ‘Sparks;’ and Vanessa Carlton’s, ‘Young Heart.’ If I enjoy it I’ll blog about it. If not, I guess I didn’t.
Big news for Brandy and Kelly Rowland as they both have shows to be featured on BET. Brandy is currently starring in Chicago on Broadway, but will soon be heading back to TV and not just as Chardonnay from The Game. She has her own show, a romantic comedy titled Zoe Moon, in which she will not only be starring in, but executively producing. As for new mommy, Ms. Rowland, her show will be called Chasing Destiny and will be looking for “the next big female superstar group to make their mark in a dog-eat-dog music industry.” I’m more excited to see Kelly’s show simply because she had a personal tie to it being she started in a group. Who knows who’ll appear on the show. Kelly’s no stranger to singing competitions as she was once an X-Factor judge.
Lastly, my Instagram was FLOODED with pictures of Ms. Tina
Knowles Lawson’s wedding to actor Richard Lawson, father of actress Bianca Lawson (Sister Sister, Teen Wold, Pretty Little Liars, etc.). The family has a thing for all white affairs. It’s such a pristine look that they slay every time. Flashback to Solange’s wedding. I love all the pictures that surfaced. Click HERE to see more pictures. CONGRATS TO MR. & MRS. LAWSON!
Until next time…
Teyana Taylor is currently on the road with August Alsina as the opening act of his ‘Testimony Live’ tour, but it’s more of a promo tour for her debut album VII. She’s been performing new material on the road although so far she’s only released her single ‘Maybe’ featuring Pusha T & Yo Gotti. Other features include Fabolous, ‘Broken a Hearted Girl’,and Chris Brown, ‘Do Not Disturb’. The album was originally set to be released October 21st, but has been pushed back to November 4th. Check out her artwork to the left.
August Alsina is no strangers to remix or collaborating with rappers and this time around he enlists the help of Nicki Minaj. This track has been teased for a couple weeks now and the full version has finally been released. I love August Alsina’s voice and this will definitely be making its way to the airwaves. August does his usual singing and Nicki takes a stab at singing before breaking into rapping. She really likes mixing the two. Her verse isn’t extremely long, but it’s definitely what the track needed to make it to the airwaves. Take a listen to the remix below:
The 2014 BET Awards aired this past Sunday (6.29) and I’ve been waiting to give my take on the show for this edition of This Week In Music. Now I did NOT watch the entire show and I kept up with what was going on via Instagram but we will get into the winners that I chose in a previous post and my take on the performances. My initial post pre-BET awards were My Picks. To make it easier and to save from typing, I compared my pick to the actual winner. I didn’t do too shabby:
Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. This is a weekly series that I have incorporated on my blog to highlight the music news of the week. Here are links to the other 3 volumes. Be sure to check them out:
- This Week In Music (V.1): Beyonce x Kimye x Chris Brown
- This Week In Music (V.2): Drake x Hot 97 x Frozen
- This Week In Music (V.3): Ed Sheeran x Miguel x Keyshia Cole
Now for this week. There have been a ton of new music videos released this week so let’s get right into it. I blogged recently about the collab between Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar titled ‘It’s On Again’ for The Amazing Spiderman 2 soundtrack. I won’t go too much in depth with my thoughts on the track. Check my review here. As for the video it’s pretty basic. City lights and an edgy A. Keys. The song has a great vibe. Check out the video below:
Next up the Young Money collab (Tyga f/ Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne), ‘Senile.’ I will say that I’m not really a fan of the whole Young Money project, Rise of an Empire, in general. I haven’t really liked anything released from the project aside from the popular ‘Trophies’ and ‘Lookin Ass’. As for the video, it’s like walking into different vortexes and what not. Tyga is dancing with the Jabawockeez then getting his Zen on with a couple hippies. Nicki is a thug, no surprise, and does her thing in Moschino attire with a Barbie stomach tatttoo. Then for Mr. Young Money himself, Lil Wayne, he’s rapping while having dinner with a family of hillbillies.Not really sure of video concepts anymore. Not surprised as far as concepts because Young Money videos never make sense to me. Check out the video below:
Next up we have Estelle with her video for her raunchy track, ‘Make Her Say (Beat It Up)‘. Although the song is very different for Estelle I do like the concept she had with the video. It was more documentary style by showing different couples and zoning in a little bit on their sex life and highlighting them in the video than herself. I guess that makes it more real and personal. I was expected Estelle to be getting down & dirty with this one, but this concept works for TV. Watch the video below:
August Alsina released his debut album, Testimony, this week and in last week’s This Week In Music I posted about his collab with Fab. After listening to the album I have my favs and will be doing a My Top 5 soon. As for the video I will say it’s a pretty basic strip club video. I mean he’s a singer with a rapper talking about money. I’m so not surprised. Take a look below:
I have been hearing this ANNOYING song on the radio for weeks and when I saw that there was a video released I was surprised to know that it was Mack Wilds. I absolutely love ‘Own It‘ and his album (New York: A Love Story) was decent for it being his debut. He teams with French Montana, Mobb Deep, and Busta Rhymes for this video that seemed to be inspired by the Craig Mack Flava In Ya Ear video. Looks pretty basic & boring to me. I guess I see where it was going, it just didn’t work. Check out the video ‘Henny (Remix)’ below:
Boy oh boy is this an interesting collab. Major Lazer teams up with Pharrell for the track ‘Aerosol Can.’ Let me just say that there’s no genre Pharrell can’t do. As for the video Major Lazer is no stranger to bringing out the creativity. This is more so of a lyric video with certain words being animated and there’s an artist drawing everything out. I love the simplicity of the video being that it doesn’t take away from the song. Check out the vid below:
Be sure to tune in next week for another edition of This Week In Music. Until next time…