Double Header Video Review: Duff x Spears

Hilary Duff and Britney Spears premiered their respective videos this week and I’ve decided to give my take in a special double header video review. I’ve been seeing clips of Duff’s video for weeks while pictures from Spears’ video with Iggy Azalea had surfaced before the video had even dropped. Well, both videos have been released so let’s get into the review.

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#1s of the Summer 1985-2014

Billboard has released the top 10 songs over the past 30 years of the Summer chart toppers. As a music enthusiast I love lists like these. The list is pretty long to just bullet point every year so enjoy the full list HERE. I’ll be sharing the top 10 over the past decade.

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It’s interesting that the ladies have ruled the top of the charts during the Summer. It’s no denying that each and every one of these songs has been played in rotation, on multiple stations, at the same time, during their reign. Of the 30 years noted in the article, I would have to say my favorite were from 2002-2005: Nelly, Beyonce, Usher, and Mariah Carey. Now I probably shouldn’t have been listening to ‘Hot In Herre’ at 11 years old, but there’s no denying that the song is a classic now. I would always listen to Destiny’s Child with my older sister, but Beyonce in the tank top, denim shorts, and red pumps would make anyone take notice in ‘Crazy In Love’ Usher was THE MAN In 2004 with his album Confessions which is one of my favorite albums of all time and talk about a legendary comeback from Mariah Carey with 2005s, The Emancipation of Mimi. This was at a time when R&B was still accepted. You’d hear it on the radio in rotation just like you hear the EDM and other jibber jabber today. That’s when videos were videos. You’d want to see what the artist was coming out with next and usually they’d nail it every time.

My pre-teen years was when I really discovered the type of music I enjoyed. I memorized every line to my favorite songs and if the video had choreography, I knew every step. Music lately has fallen off, but there are still those hidden gems. No I have not been around for 30 years, but a huge chunk of this list brings back memories.

Below is a playlist of all the #1s from 1985-2014. Enjoy!

Single Review: Britney Spears x Iggy Azalea, ‘Pretty Girls’

Britney-Spears-and-Iggy-Azalea-cover-for-the-duos-Pretty-Girls-collaborationPictures surfaced of a video shoot for Britney Spears upcoming single featuring Iggy Azalea that was to be titled ‘Pretty Girls.’ The pictures were quite interesting based off the tacky attire. Well fans waiting for a Britney comeback get their wish as the track has surfaced and that means that the video has to be on its way.

Britney hasn’t released any new music since Britney Jean in 2013. That album spawned the chart topper ‘Work Bitch.’ What couldve been a sure comeback didn’t get much buzz past that single. Her album before that, 2011s Femme Fatale had more buzz with hits: ‘Hold It Against Me,’ ‘Till The World Ends,’ and ‘I Wanna Go.’ Well she’s back and is teaming up with 2014 superstar Iggy Azalea. The track could be a huge smash or a flop. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I’m impressed from what I’ve heard.

When the track began I instantly thought Gwen Stefani. Speaking of, both she and Fergie had less than stellar comebacks. The tone that Britney said the hook to the song over the beat reminded me of ‘Hollaback Girl.’ Not musically, just how it was said. The beat switched up a little bit as the song went on, but I’m not the biggest fan of it. It sounded more promising in the beginning of the song.

The lyrics are suitable and catchy enough for me to sing along to.

All around the world, pretty girls
Jump the line, to the front
Do what we like, get what we want
We’re just so pretty!

How could you not keep up with lyrics like that? Britney goes on to sing about how the predictable men are and how amazing women are. Guys have the same rotation and chase the “pretty girls” (pun intended). The lyrics are pretty basic, but this is a radio friendly song so they don’t need to be complex.

Iggy merges 3 tracks: ‘Killing Me Softly,’ ‘One More Chance,’ and ‘…Baby One More Time’ in her rhymes. She’s pretty clever in her raps although people just slaughter her on social media. Her bars worked and fit the flow of the song. I’m interested in hearing some new solo music from Iggy Igz.

Don’t expect to see Britney performing this track full out anytime soon since she’s currently injured due to a slip during her Vegas residency. As for fans that have yet to see her, she’s extended her show, Britney: Piece of Me, for an additional three months.

Listen to the track below:

Video Review: Tinashe, ‘All Hands On Deck’

Tinashe has released a new video for her track ‘All Hands On Deck’ off her debut album, AquariusShe had much success with her single, ‘2 On,’ but she hasn’t made quite the buzz on the radio. She did have a little something something as she was featured on the ‘Jealous (Remix)’ with Nick Jonas which had a lot of airplay. I couldn’t resist doing a review of this track. It’s catchy and so far it has over 1.2 million views on YouTube. That’s amazing for it being released this week.

tumblr_nmkd4gOxZs1tth6oko1_400The video has that semi-grunge feel to it. She has this thing of being “overly sexy.” It’s as if she’s trying so hard. The touching, the extra moving. She even channeled Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love.’ The video really picks up when she starts dancing in the storage units. The  choreography wasn’t bad and she was killing it. There were six other dancers in the surrounding units. It was a dope scene and made for great pictures.

tumblr_nmkd4gOxZs1tth6oko2_400The second part of the video she switched it up a little bit and had a dark ballerina vibe. Again the choreography was on point. At first I thought it was a bit redundant, especially with the arm swinging that kept happening like every other word, but it did switch up a little bit. That arm swinging just happened to be the signature of the routine. Production wise it was great. It was very entertaining to watch.

She’s sining about a broken heart and how the old her is “dead and gone.” I kept listening over and over trying to figure out what the lyrics had to do with the vibe of this video.This video didn’t feature a love interest and while I do enjoy videos that stay with the track, this vision works. Having a love interest and then breaking into dance would be the oh so traditional route. She’s coming into her own as an artist, person, etc. She’s showing viewers a side they’ve never seen of her. For a newcomer you’re under constant ridicule and someone always has something to say, but she definitely slated in this video.

tumblr_nmev1ajfQ91sk0vqbo2_250As for her attire, I really liked the outfits they put together; even the foil looking jacket near the end. The high-waisted shorts she had in the beginning of the video with the crop top was my favorite look. I also think she looks great with the darker hair.

I really enjoyed the video and this track has been on rotation since it released. There’s videos that can make a track and for me this one did. I had not listened to her album, but there’s no denying that this track is HOT! Hell, even Kanye likes it.

I had watched her performance of ‘2 On’ on Wendy Williams and compared to her performance on Conan of her latest single you can see the growth. She’s a lot more comfortable and she doesn’t sound winded. I was anticipating her vocals to be off compared to the performance I had seen, but it was good performance. I could see this track creeping its way on radio. The music just has that current radio vibe so above all else, that’s a sure way for it to make it. Looks like she has another Summer buzz coming her way. The remix features Iggy Azalea, but I prefer the track as is. It’d be nice for her to have a track that’s just her, no features taking over the radio.

Check out the video below:

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:

This Year in Music: 2014 Favorites

It’s been quite a year in music and for the first time since I’ve started blogging it’s been a slow one. Of course there have been albums released and artists making their way back to the forefront, but it’s been a lackluster year for me which could probably be seen in my reviews. I love to review albums, singles, and videos from artists that I have grown to love over the years. I will not be covering every music accomplishment of the year, just my personal favorites. Also no celeb drama will be included. You can click HERE if interested in what I think about the flood of celeb breakups. Anyway, let’s get into it. As always be sure to click the links as it will lead you to the reviews that I have done. In total I have reviewed 16 albums, 33 singles, and 51 videos; grand total 100. Not to shabby.

Favorite Albums of the Year

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I take my time with album reviews and try to connect and find some meaning to the way the artists have compiled the tracks and the overall sound of the project. Some shined, some disappointed, and some made me fall in love again.

Two albums that I loved this year were Magic!’s, Don’t Kill the Magic and Sia’s, 1000 Forms of FearAs for a soundtrack I LOVED the Think Like a Man Too Soundtrack with 14 original tracks from Mary J. Blige. (I still have yet to see the movie).

While she didn’t release an album this year, JoJo’s Valentine’s Day EP, #LoveJo, can be added to my favs. Her cover of Anita Baker’s, ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’, is one for the books.

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Yes I was on a Sia craze this year and her video gets video of the year for my picks goes to her heartfelt ‘Chandelier’ video, As I stated in my review I envisioned an interpretive dance video for the track and I was so happy for that to be the outcome. I absolutely love it and if she didn’t release anything else that entire year that song and video would really suffice. My other two picks are Janelle Monáe’s sorority inspired video, Electric Lady and Queen Bey’s, ‘7.11.’ (Again, click the links!)

1. Sia, ‘Chandelier’

2. Janelle Monáe, ‘Electric Lady’

3. Beyoncè, ‘7/11’

Honorable Mentions – Katy Perry, ‘This Is How We Do’ / Coldplay, ‘Sky Full of Stars’

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As I loved both Don’t Kill the Magic and 1000 Forms of Fear, there was nothing played except from the lead singles, Rude’ and ‘Chandelier’, from each compilation respectively. I could see the Issue with Magic! as they released a reggae track yet not much reggae was found on their album. As for Sia, she’s an incognito artist, but her album was absolutely beautiful. Sia is nominated for _ Grammy’s for ‘Chandelier’. Unfortunately ‘Rude’ just might be the greatest thing that happened for Magic! I can’t wait to see them perform in 2015 alongside Maroon 5 on tour.

Songs I Don’t Want to Hear in 2015

The radio has a way of making your ears bleed when they play the same songs on five different stations at the same time in rotation. Two songs that I do NOT want to hear in 2015 are Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Black Widow’, and Ariana Grande’s, ‘Break Free.’ It’s been a great year for those two young ladies, but the radio played out those songs to no end. I thought ‘Fancy’ was bad, but I would rather hear Taylor Swift’, ‘Shake It Off’ followed by ‘Blank Space’ then ‘All About That Bass’ over and over then to hear ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Break Free’.

Artists I Can’t Wait To Hear From in 2015

Well this one is a no brainer, RIHANNA! There were rumors of her releasing her with studio album as a surprise this year, but I pretty much guarantee that she will be releasing one next year. Hopefully we won;t have to endure an entire year without Rihanna music and that it will hit right around Spring, Summer the latest. I absolutely LOVED Unapologetic (Click HERE for that review) and it was one of my favorites last year.

Speaking of Rihanna, how could I forget the return of Adele. It’s been nearly 4 years since the release of her multi-platinum album, 21, and I can’t wait to hear more. There’s been rumors of the album being titled ’25’ which makes sense as both her 1st and 2nd album had numeric significance. I just can’t wait to hear more of her amazing voice.

Lastly,  I’m excited to hear more from is Meghan Trainor. When I first saw her ‘All About That Bass’ video on Facebook I thought it would be just another fad, BUT Meghan has soared to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and can now add Grammy-award nominee to her list of accomplishments and her debut,, hasn’t even been reeled yet. I loved her EP, Titleand I can’t wait to hear her album.

Albums I Need to Listen to at the Top of 2015

There’s two albums in particular that I didn’t get around to listening to upon their releases and that’s Taylor Swift’s, 1989and J. Cole’s, 2014 Forrest Hills Drive. I’m not sure when I will be doing a review of those too, but expect in sometime in January. Definitely need to give those two a listen. Also congrats to both on their album sales.

Welp, that’s it. It was a long post, but I think I covered my favs. Stay tuned for my follow-up post of some of my favorite songs of 2014. Click HERE if you’re interested in seeing what my non-music favs were of this year and CHEERS to 2015. More reviews to come starting tomorrow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!