Video Review: Iggy Azalea x Jennifer Hudson, ‘Trouble’

Iggy-Azalea-Trouble-2015-1000x1000-300x300Iggy Azalea is back with another video for the latest single off her re-released album, The New Classic: Reclassified. Click the links below to check out my other Iggy reviews:

Moving on to the review I am a fan of not only Iggy’s music, despite criticism, but of her videos as well. Now this one is interesting as I like the video for this one, but not so much the song. I really liked ‘Black Widow,’ but not so much the video.

The video begins with Iggy pulling up to a bank with this guy who is assumed to be her boyfriend. He says he’s getting money. She replies she thought he was broke and his clever response was he’s getting a loan. Really? Iggy gets out and starts rapping in front of her car and then everyone in the bank runs out screaming and the dude doesn’t even get away with his “loan” as he gets caught by the cops as soon as he walks out the bank.

Switch to the Jennifer Hudson cameo. She’s a cop and is singing her way to lock up Mr. Attempted Bank Robber as she sings her part. Back to Iggy she visits her boyfriend in jail and has ‘Get Ready’ on her hand. I didn’t think that she’d be breaking him out of jail. Here comes the police chase which the news pens ‘Lovers Jailbreak.’ Iggy eventually crashes and her boyfriend gets captured. She walks over to Jennifer Hudson and they start to dance as J. Hud sings. Just when I though the video was absolutely ridiculous and Iggy was going to just walk off, Hudson arrests her.

The video had a storyline which might have seemed a little too staged in certain areas, but I thought it was cool. I did get a Lady Gaga, ‘Telephone,’ vibe from it. As for this making major moves on the radio, I honestly don’t want to hear this over and over and over. This is by far my least favorite Iggy song.

Check out the video below:

Billboard Revamps the Hot 100

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Billboard have given their Hot 100 chart a new look in a partnership with Samsung. The new look allows readers to listen to the songs individually or as an entire playlist via Spotify or Rdio along with a button to watch the video.You can also share the song via Facebook or Twitter. No worries about being moved to a new page. Everything opens up on the chart and it’s easy to

In addition, in scrolling over the the artists position on the chart, to the left you can see the position of the song the previous week, the peak position, and number of weeks on the chart. There are also chart highlights separated into four categories: ‘Streaming Gainer,’ ‘Digital Gainer,’ ‘Airplay Gainer’, and ‘Hot Shot Debut.’Untitled

In sharing on Facebook and Twitter, you can create your own Top 10 based off what’s currently in the top 10 with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 popup. You can drag the songs and add your name. Once done, share.

Check out the full view HERE and cheers to those who ranked in the top 10 this week. The ladies still rule in the top 5, but the guys are gaining. Only time will tell who.

In other news, Usher covers the latest Billboard cover. Click the pic to the interview excerpt below:

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Iggy Azalea, The New Classic: Reclassified

600_1412871066_iggy_azalea_reclassified_14Aside from the success of ‘Fancy’, Iggy Azalea is riding high with the success of ‘Black Widow’ and her success all over Billboard. With that being said, it’s only right that her debut, The New Classic be released titled, The New Classic: Reclassified.

The album is set to be released next month, she tweeted it’s currently being mastered. The rerelease will of course feature the original album, for those who never listened past the radio hits, along with six new tracks.

Expect a review on those additional tracks, but in the meantime, check out my review to The New Classic, HERE!

 

Video Review: J. Lo x Iggy Azalea, ‘Booty (Remix)’

tumblr_nbek7pkmiB1ti9nr8o2_500First of let me just give a round of applause to J. Lo for being CLASSY with her ‘biggest asset’. The video really made me fall in love with the song. It’s catchy as hell and THIS is the version that should’ve been pushed from the get go. It’s not trashy and Ms. Jennifer Lopez SHOWS exactly how great you can look at 45 even after having twins.

So the video starts out with a count down then it goes into the video which made me dizzy in certain scenes. No it’s not a Kanye, ‘All of the Lights’, but there are scenes were the scenes move so fast that it even had my head spinning. J. Lo does her thing and then insert Iggy Azalea who does her thing as well. I really just love the overall production, how it sticks to black and white ensembles and really the only pop of color you get is J. Lo’s lip gloss / red lip stick.

tumblr_nc4nk6f7tK1rdf2yjo2_250Of course this video is compared to Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda (CLICK HERE for that review), but HONESTLY this video is way better. Nicki’s was all over the place with different scenes which is fine, but this is a classy way of showing off an ass. There was touching between J. Lo & Iggy, but it wasn’t demeaning nor overly sexual to where sit was awkward to watch. While ‘Anaconda’ has grown on me, as a lot of Nicki Minaj songs do, I do think that the video was over the top and that J. Lo won the battle with this one. Of course guys will gawk and say Nicki’s was better clearly because of the additional ass shots & Drake lap dance, BUT I prefer this one over the latter.

Check out the video below:

Single Review: Jennifer Lopez, ‘Booty (Remix)’

booty-remixJennifer Lopez announced Sunday (8.24) at the VMAs that the ‘Booty (Remix)’ would be coming soon and here it is just in time for new music Tuesday. She teams up with Iggy Azalea who is storming social media and the airwaves off the success of ‘Fancy’, her feature on ‘Problem’ and her latest single ‘Black Widow’ with Rita Ora. When I saw the artwork for the single I love how simple it looks. The ladies are glistening with the self tan and I only hoped that the song was good being that I wasn’t a fan of the original.

To my surprise, I actually like the track. To know that there’s a video coming for this makes it that much better. Iggy has spit better bars, but she does add a little something extra to the track. The beat also makes up for the lackluster lyrics. I won’t say it’s an end of summer fav, but I do like it.

Take a listen to the track below:

2014 MTV VMAs Review

MTV-VMAs-Logo-2The 2014 VMAs aired last night (8.24) and my overall thought of the show is that it was just alright. The camera views that the VMAs had online really made the show. Celebrities can claim there’s no shade, but their faces said otherwise. There really weren’t that many celebrities in attendance and the layout of the stage annoys me. I like the traditional stage of the stage then the audience in rows. I don’t like the whole abstract stage thing. I won’t review every little detail, BUT let’s get into the performances. WARNING — This will be a long post and nothing is in order except for intro and closing.

ariana-nicki-jessie-j_612x381The show opened with a triple performance from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J. Ariana came out and did ‘Break Free’ and she sounded great. She later took home the award for Best Female Pop Video. Then Nicki Minaj came out and performed ‘Anaconda’ and none of the celebs in attendance looked impressed and neither was I. Switch to Jessie J coming out in an ensemble similar to what she wore in the ‘Bang Bang’ video (CLICK HERE for my review) and she sounded pretty good.. Here comes Nicki Minaj holding her dress together. She didn’t have enough time to get it zipped. It could’ve been a better ending had he dress been zipped and Jessie J didn’t seem to be too pleased with the performance based on the backstage cam. Nicki’s outfit for ‘Anaconda’ should’ve just been cute shorts without the fishnets because she would’ve been able to get changed faster.

Moving on to Taylor Swift, her song, ‘Shake It Off’ is cute (CLICK HERE for my review), but no one seemed to be amazed by her performance either. Taylor has done better and it was just a bit off. Like I know she’s stepping out and doing something different, but she’s had better performances. Another bore for me. Maroon 5 performed ‘Maps’ elsewhere and it was another ‘alright’ performance for me. Be on the lookout for my review of their new track, ‘Animals’, going live this week. Sam Smith performed ‘Stay With Me’ and I love his voice. I didn’t expect his performance to be a big production. (CLICK HERE for my review of In The Lonely Hour).

Usher performed his latest single, ‘She Came To Give It To You’ (CLICK HERE for my track review). I was really hoping he would’ve done a medley or ‘Good Kisser’. Although I love the track I just wanted to see something else. Nicki came back out in a white ensemble and was twerking on Usher. The performance was decent and kudos to Usher for not sounding winded. Be on the lookout for my review on his new single, ‘Believe Me’ going live this week.

1408936099108_Image_galleryImage_INGLEWOOD_CA_AUGUST_24_SiIggy Azalea had my second favorite performance of the night as she performed along side Rita Ora who SANG and they both looked great in those matching one pieces. Iggy was NOT lip rapping she was going full out. I love how she was in her element. She looked great on the red carpet, great on stage, and great in her second look of the night. Kudos to Iggy. Unfortunately she didn’t take home a moon man for ‘Fancy’.

vmas2Lastly, Queen Bey came out an performed her entire self-titled album. The way that she was able to move from song to song was amazing. I wasn’t a huge fan of her outfit, but I love that she took a chance and did something she hadn’t done before. Everyone in attendance was jamming along and her daughter Blue Ivy was turnt up doing her dance to ‘Flawless’. Beyoncé is one of the greatest performers of all time as she pours her heart out on the stage every time she touches it. After Beyoncé’s performance the show just ended. No goodnight just straight into a replay of the show.

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As for who had the best look my pick goes to Jennifer Lopez. For her to be 45. Worst dressed definitely goes to Katy Perry and Riff Raff for their horrible tribute to denim. It was horrible when Justin & Britney did it and it was even worse for them to recreate it.  Iggy Azalea looked great and as great as Amber Rose looked in her dress, I think it was a bit trashy for the VMAs. I wasn’t a fan of Kim K.’s look and she looked bored to be there. Rita Ora looked great in the red dress that was worn by Rihanna in a different color previously. Taylor Swift should’ve worn something else. That one piece did her body no justice. Nicki looked cute in her leopard dress. Major step up from what she looked liked at the 2012 VMAs. She looked human. My fav couple on the carpet was Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks. I love those two together and they looked great in coordinating white outfits.

jesse_mileycyrus_thumbAs for the winners I’m not sure if the winners are chosen based off the popularity of the song or the actual video. Ariana Grande won for Best Pop Video, but there was nothing special about ‘Problem’. I think ‘Fancy’ was better conceptually than that. Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and while it was a beautiful song, the video had it’s raunchy moments. Great song though. Kudos to Miley for allowing the former homeless teen to share his story and share the message of the foundation, ‘My Friend’s Place’.

Overall it was bleh. People compare the MTV VMAs to the BET Awards and I must say that they both have gone downhill. Award shows are not like they used to be, artists do not show up and support. If artists don’t show up to the Grammy’s, the mecca of music awards, why would they show up to basic award shows? For full list of winners CLICK HERE.

Until next year…

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