Sound Off: Superbowl 50 Halftime

The Pepsi Halftime is officially over. Well it’s been over for a while and at this current moment the Degnver defense is running the field. It’s now a blowout game, but it could quickly escalate into one if the Panthers do not score in the 3rd quarter and they lose focus. So many teams have lost it simply by letting their emotions get the best of them. Anything could happen. It’s not over till it’s over.

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MTV VMA Instagram Moments

The 2015 MTV VMAs aired last night, ,and in case you missed it there were plenty of hashtags on Instagram to keep you up to speed. Congrats to all the winners including:

  • Best Female Video / Pop Video / Collaboration: Taylor Swift, ‘Bad Blood’
  • Best Male Video: Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
  • Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, ‘Anaconda’
  • Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap, ‘Trap Queen’
  • Best Editing: Beyoncé, ‘7/11’

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This Week In Music (V.30): Top of the Charts + New Music

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Let’s talk top of the charts, posts of the week, and new music. First up, incase you’ve missed it, check out my posts of the week below:

On to the top of the charts. Alabama Shakes nabs their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with their 2nd studio album, Sound & Color with 97,000 copies sold. In at #2 is the Furious 7 Soundtrack and YelaWolf‘s, Love Story, debuts at #3. Over on the Hot 100, Wiz Khalifa‘s ‘See You Again’ remains at #1 with ‘Uptown Funk’ still in at #2. Fetty Wap‘s, ‘Trap Queen,’ comes in at #3 bumping down The Weeknd‘s, ‘Earned It.’ Check out Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound & Color’ video below:

Ciara is gearing up to release her new album, Jackie, tomorrow (5/4) and I’m in love with her latest track ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love.’ Another track has surfaced featuring Pitbul and Missy Elliot. The track titled, ‘That’s How I’m Feelin’ is an upbeat track, but I still prefer ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love.’

In other news, Beyonce has signed three artists to Parkwood Entertainment, sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey along with past X-Factor contestant, Sophie Beem. Chloe and Halle went viral with their cover of Beyonce’s ‘Pretty Hurts.’ Both deals combined total over $1.5 million. Check out the talented girls below:

Note: Be sure to click the links in bold to find items I’ve mentioned and links to related posts.

This Week In Music (V.28): Billboard Awards, Future Collabs, & MORE!

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music (my typical intro). Click the links below for my posts of the week.

1428449191197I have quite a bit to mention so let’s get right into it. The Billboard Awards finalists have been released and Taylor Swift leads the pack with 14 nominations. There’s no surprise there with the success of 1989 which spends its 23rd consecutive week on the Billboard 200 this week. Sam Smith has 13 nominations, followed by Iggy Azalea with 12 nominations. ‘All About That Bass’ singer, Meghan Trainor, isn’t to be left out with 9 nominations. For full list of nominees, click HERE. Prayers go out to Taylor as she announced that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The Billboard Music Awards air May 17th and will be hosted by Ludacris and Pete Wentz.

IFWT_WALE1Moving on to chart news, Wale has dethroned Kendrick Lamar who had the #1 spot for two weeks. Wale’s, The Album About Nothing, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 100,00 copies sold in its first week. The biggest triumph on the chart would have to be the Furious 7 Soundtrack which catapulted to #2 from it’s last weeks position of 17. In at #3 is Ludacris’, Ludaversal. As for the Hot 100, Mark Monsoon and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk,’ still sits pretty at #1. Maybe just maybe it will tie with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s ‘One Sweet Day’ which has the record of 16 weeks.

cydrus_2015-Mar-29As for new collabs on the way, fans of Danity Kane have watched the group dwindle like a countdown, 5..4…3…2. Yes the group is officially no more and the reunion is short lived. As a group Danity Kane released 2 albums under Bad Boy Records. My personal favorite was their second, Welcome to the Dollhouse. After watching Making The Band 3 and seeing how the group was formed I was a fan instantaneously once the group was finally formed. Now it’s just down to two ladies, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day, who know call themselves DumBlonde. Interesting to see how this will pan out.

Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears Film a Music Video on Ventura BlvdIn other collabs, Britney Spears is teaming with Iggy Azalea in what can be a comeback or a flop with a track titled, ‘Pretty Girls.’ Britney Spears has rejuvenated her career successfully in the past, but could this collab be another chart topper? From the pictures on the internet, I’m not too sure. Hopefully the song if nothing else is decent enough for radio buzz. Maybe it’ll last longer than the short lived Fergie return.

Lastly, congrats are in order to new parents Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. They welcomed a baby boy over the weekend, Silas Ryan Timberlake.

Until next week…

Trinidad James Remixes ‘Uptown Funk’

wpid-wp-1426476486885.jpegDon’t believe me just watch

That can be heard at the end of the hook in ‘ Uptown Funk’, but the first to say it was Trinidad James in his smash and one hit wonder, ‘All Gold Everything’.

Now Trinidad James jumped on in the beginning and was rapping about this and that. He spit bars in reference to Def Jam dropping him. A slight diss not diss. He aLao referenced Rick James, MC Hammer, and he even mentioned Beyonce wanting him. Yeah, in doubt that. I mean his bars at the end could’ve been better. The best he came up with was

Got a brand new cape, hallelujah. Got a brand new cane, hallelujah.

My favorite line:

I’m Jeromey Rome with a Gina and Pam

The song resumed after his part which usually happens when an artist unofficially jumps on a track. This wasn’t the kind of song that needed a remix because it is classic as is. I know why he jumped on I mean people were saying his punchline for the longest.

Was his remix horrible? No. Was it needed? No.

Listen to the remix below:

Favorite Songs of 2014

Be sure to check out my year end review HERE and my non-music obsessions HERE. Cheers to great music and more reviews here on Music Moving Forward in 2015. Check out some of my favorite songs of the year below (via Spotify).

Current [Random] Favs

Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’

French Montana – ‘Don’t Panic

Nicki Minaj x Drake x Lil Wayne – ‘Truffle Butter’

Fetty Wap – ‘Trap Queen’

Alesso x Tove Lo – ‘Heroes (we could be)’

Calvin Harris x John Newman – ‘Blame’

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUNO MARS! #LIBRASEASON

bruno-mars-wallpapers-1-0-s-307x512As quick as Libra season has come, it’s quickly passing by. As for today, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUNO MARS! I remember the first time I heard Bruno on B.o.B.’s track, ‘Nothin’ On You’, and then I fell in love with his sound with his infectious track ‘Just The Way You Are‘. Since the release of Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 2010, Bruno has gone on to release another platinum album, Unorthodox Jukebox, and make his name on the charts, airwaves, and amongst the biggest award shows. He has won an astounding 13 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, 1 AMA, 1 BMA, 2 MTV VMAs, and 2 Grammy’s.

I can’t wait to hear what else Bruno has in store. CLICK HERE for my review of Unorthodox Jukebox and listen to my fav, ‘Locked out of Heaven’, below:

 

This Week In Music (V.1): Beyoncé x Kimye x Chris Brown

I do not get a chance to post every single thing that happens in music during the week from live performances to SCANDAL so I’m starting a new series which I will post Saturdays titled, This Week In Music. It will not always be in chronological order, more so of importance, so bear with me.

Beyoncé performed her last show of the Mrs. Carter World Tour in Lisbon and she broke into tears after thanking the fans for all of their support. Check out the clip below:

As for live performances John Legend took to the stage to perform his hit, ‘All of Me’ on Jimmy Kimmel. While I am a fan of the song I am not a fan of the EDM version played on the airwaves during rush hour. A ballad never needs to be turned to techno. It takes away from the essence of it. Janelle Monae took to the stage of American Idol to perform What Is Love from the Rio 2 soundtrack which hit stores this past Tuesday (3.25). Rio 2 hits theaters April 11th. Check out the performances below:

keyshia-madden1There’s been plenty of new music released, but I’m more interested in the albums.

YG’s debut,, hit #2 on the Billboard 200 and Shakira released her 10th self-titled studio album and is expected to debut on the Billboard 200. Who’s still holding the #1 spot? The Frozen Soundtrack. Stay tuned for my post on the movie in the next week.

 

I’ve also talked about 3 so far from Bruno Mars, Kesha, and Usher. Well Kesha is now not working with Zedd that was just a rumor, but I’m pretty sure she has a new album in the works. Lil Wayne’s Carter V still has no release date despite Drake saying at a show that it would be May 5th. Not sure what to expect from Weezy anymore, but I’m not excited about this album. Keyshia Cole will be releasing her 6th studio album titled, Point of No Return, and with her current situation she couldn’t have picked a better title. I’m not really feeling any of the music she’s released. I’m not a fan of ‘Rick James’. This will be her final album with Interscope.

kanye-chris-fashionweek2As for celebrity scandal, I haven’t spoke much on the Chris Brown fiasco or Kanye West so here goes my first and only time speaking on both situations. Chris Brown is currently in jail for violating parole. I have heard rumors that he had sexual relations in rehab & was talking about guns which resulted in him getting kicked out. Due to him getting kicked out he was sent to jail until his D.C. case court date in late April. My personal opinion? This is all on Chris Brown.I can’t feel sorry for an almost 25 year old that doesn’t have it together and had the chance of making things right. He’s given chance after chance and he just seems to blow them. I’m so over it. As for Kanye  West I’m over him as well ALTHOUGH he and Kim did look great on that Vogue cover despite what others think. Good luck to him and his 2 year probation and I hope he stays out of trouble. He’s not just living for himself anymore. He has a daughter. So to top it all off it’s ‘RUMORS’ that Kanye wants to call off the marriage between him and Kim because Kim had interactions with Chris Brown. MAJOR SIDE EYE to that foolery of a story. Regardless of whether it’s true or not whatever someone else did in their past before getting in a relationship with you is their business.

Welp that’s it for this edition of This Week In Music. Until next time…

New Albums In the Works — Bruno Mars x Kesha x Usher

bruno-mars-bwBruno Mars has been on one whirlwind since his debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans and he can only continue to grow musically & chart higher. He’s in the process of working on his 3rd studio album and vows to become a better songwriter.

“I want to write better songs, I want to put on better shows, I want to make better music videos. I want my next album to be better than the first and the second. I don’t sit down and think, ‘I’m going to write a song’, Inspiration hits me always unexpectedly: on a plane, when I’m out or just before I go to bed. An idea will suddenly come to my mind, and sometimes I manage to turn it into lyrics the next day. Sometimes it’ll take me one year to get something real out of it. You can’t force creativeness.”

(via That’sMagazine)

 

He’ll be in good company with his new project and will be working again with producers Mark RHonson and Jeff Bhasker. Regardless of who he’s working with I can’t wait for some new Bruno music. I’m interested in seeing where his career will go next.

Kesha-Rehab-OverKe$ha has dropped the dollar sign and now simply goes by Kesha and is working on an album with ZEDD. Billboard Brazil reported:

“Ke$ha (Kesha or, as she prefers after leaving rehab) would not hear of vacation. The star, who recently left a treatment to combat eating disorders, is already in full swing, working with Zedd, responsible for the worldwide hit “Clarity”, and that, too, subscribes to produce some tracks on the disc artpop by Lady Gaga.”

I’m not too sure how to feel about a new Kesha album, but I’m interested in hearing the music she’s working on with her new found identity and what not. She’s not doing too bad with the success of ‘Timber.’ Marketing wise she needs to get some singles going while the song is still hot.

The Voice - Season 4Usher is teaming up with Dr. Luke, the man who has been credited for catapulting Kesha’s career yet stunting her creative growth. Despite that ‘rumored’ controversy, R&B icon & Voice judge looks past that at he gears up to work with Dr. Luke on his 8th studio album. As an Usher fan, which is somewhat now questionable, am I excited? No! Look at the track record of Dr. Luke: Avril Lavigne, ‘Girlfriend’; Katy Perry ‘I Kissed a Girl’ / ‘Roar’; Kelly Clarkson, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, plus countless co-production for various artists. My issue? He doesn’t do R&B. Despite R&B being a ‘dying breed’ Usher is clearly in it for the radio success which turns to hits which turns to radio overplay which turns to award  nominations which equals great marketing. Usher for me is and will always be an R&B singer. I hate that he strays away from what made him the artist that he is. Creativity is one thing, switching genres is another.

Who knows what is to come and how much influence Dr. Luke will have on this album. Dr. Luke tweeted.

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If that’s the case I guess I’m ok if Usher has a ‘Dark Horse’ sound because it’s not EXTREMELY pop to me. The sound is tolerable.