Video Review: Ariana Grande, ‘Problem’

DEIDAH.COM_Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea Perform 'Problem' Together For The First Time!Ariana Grande has released the video for her latest radio smash ‘Problem‘ featuring Iggy Azalea and Big Sean. First off, I didn’t know Big Sean was the one whispering on the track. The video overall is a big fail for me. There was no concept behind it. First off I can see that the vibe/initial concept was to have a 70s type video. It went from having Iggy Azalea in a lava lamp like background (best description) to Big Sean whispering and of course Ariana Grande does the choreo that she’s been doing as she performs this track live. See here:

tumblr_n6em6ha6jn1r03sppo1_500Overall, I don’t think the song is bad. I think that it’s very catchy on the radio and is a great push/buzz for Ariana as she gears up to release her debut album. The video just could’ve been better. She looks awkward dancing. The concept is just thrown together. The dancers weren’t needed. I would’ve liked to see a love interest and flashback to Iggy Azalea fighting with a love interest as she rapped or something. Big Sean didn’t really need to be in the video. I know he does the hook, but with a fallout storyline his presence wouldn’t really be needed. Videos can make or break a song and for this one, it didn’t help.

In other news, ‘Problem’ sits in at #2 on the Hot 100. Not shabby at all.

Check out the video below:

This Week In Music (V.6): iHeartRadio Awards [Review]

iheartThe iHeartRadio Awards aired this past Thursday, 5.1.14, from the Shrine Auditorium. The show overall receives mixed reviews from me. There were some things I’d like to see more of and some things that need to be improved. For the first televised appearance I can’t be too hard on the production of the show, but it could’ve been put together better.

First off the best way to describe the seating arrangements and stage is to that of the Golden Globes which is held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The artists that won kept having the camera put on them and to be honest it wasn’t that big of a turnout compared to other award shows. With this being a fan based awards show and all about radio I was expecting more artists to turn out, but it didn’t seem that serious.

Performers included: Pitbull, Drake Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell. Some of the performances were via satellite. My favorite performances were Kendrick Lamar’s cover of ‘California Love’ and Thirty Second to Mars’ ‘City of Angels’.

One performance that was a FAIL in my book was Ariana Grande’s of her new song, featuring Iggy Azalea, ‘Problem’. I recently reviewed the track and it’s pretty good. The problem with the performance and by the look on the faces of Rihanna, Blake Shelton, and Luke Bryan was that of confusion. I understand she wants to test limits and add a little more sex appeal to her squeaky clean image, but the performance was not that great. I know it’s a new song and there’s room for growth but all together this performance needed a bootcamp. The dancing and singing and then playing Iggy Azalea’s part while Ariana danced was eh. They could’ve skipped over that and got to the end.

The highly anticipated tribute to Michael Jackson was another bleh moment for me and I’m not talking the song. I guess I was expecting more, but really didn’t get it. Usher came out and did his usual footwork. Yeah, not really impressed or interested. The song overall reminded me of ‘Baby Be Mine.’ Check out the video/tribute to the new Michael Jackson track, ‘Love Never Felt So Good’, below:

I could not miss talking about Pharrell’s performance. I wish he would have done a mixture of old and new, especially with Gwen Stefani being there and presenting him with the Innovator Award. I would have LOVED for them to do ‘Hollaback Girl’. Maybe one day I can get this collab again. Pharrell did perform a medley of ‘Come Get it Bae’. ‘Blurred Lines’, ‘Get Lucky’, and ‘Happy.’ With the stage setup it wasn’t far for him to go. The audio wasn’t all that great, but I still love him as the artist he is. His work is to not go unnoticed.

Sidebar — I’m so happy that Pharrell and Gwen Stefani have been added to “The Voice” lineup. A reason for me to watch this show. Both will be performing on the show this MONDAY, 5.5.14, where Pharrell will perform ‘Come Get It Bae’ and Stefani will perform ‘Hollaback Girl’. Excited to see those.

Aside from the messiness of the setup of the show I will say that my favorite part was the packages/video montages throughout the show. There was no host, just an MC which was fine. I loved how artists connected to the fans with their recounts of their first memories in Los Angeles. The packages for the nominees was great as well. I just loved how that was set up. That was something that has not been done on other award shows and I hope it remains as a signature for future iHeartRadio award shows.

rs_634x1024-140501181443-634.Rihanna-iHeartRadio-Music-Awards.ms.050114Now for the winners. I talked about all my picks for the awards show and my predictions weren’t exactly correct, but I’m not surprised at who won. Again all voting was done by the fans. Rihanna was the big winner of the night with 4 wins: Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year (‘Pour It Up’), Best Fan Army, Song of the Year (Stay f/Mikky Ekko), and Artist of the year. As for her fashion of the evening I love the fact that she takes chances, but I wasn’t a fan of her hair at all. It’s like when she showed up to the AMAs with her hair in a wrap knowing she was receiving the Icon Award. her outfit was very edgy, as expected, I would just do without the leather jacket and her lip color was great as well. Personally I would have liked this with an asymmetrical bob.

The other winners were:

  • Best Lyrics – Miley Cyrus, ‘Wrecking Ball’
  • Best Collab – Pitbull f/ Kesha, ‘Timber’
  • Best New Artist – Lorde
  • Young Influencer Award – Ariana Grande
  • Instagram Award – Austin Mahone’s Mahomies
  • Alternative Rock Song of the Year – Imagine Dragons, ‘Demons’
  • Country Song of the Year – Blake Shelton, ‘Boys ‘Round Here’

The show overall started and ended on time, actually a couple minutes early as the last award, Artist of the Year, was presented by Jennifer Lopez & Ryan Seacrest. There were a few things that could be fixed for future shows, but for the 1st televised show it wasn’t too shabby. Maybe next year there will be a host and more artists will show up.

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Artist of the Year

The iHeart Radio Awards air LIVE on NBC on May 1st and I’ve discussed 3 categories so far: Best Lyrics. Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, and Best Collaboration. This week I will be talking about the bigger categories: Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year. Today is all about Artist of the Year. Here were the 10 nominees:

  • Bruno Mars
  • RiHanna
  • Maroon 5
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Justin Timberlake
  • P!ink
  • Imagine Drag
  • Katy Perry
  • Taylor Swift
  • Robin Thicke

Here are the 5 finalists:

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Newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis along with Imagine Dragons are in great company in this category. This category isn’t hard for me to choose a winner simply because I’m basing it off of domination in 2013. Rihanna was on the Diamonds World Tour majority of the year from her AMAZING 7th  studio album, Unapologetic. That album spawned hits ‘Diamonds’, ‘Pour It Up’, and the ballad ‘Stay.’ Maroon 5’s lead Adam Levine might have been getting more attention than the group overall in 2013 due to his judging position on The Voice, but the group as a whole was not to be silenced in 2013. They had huge radio hits ‘Love Somebody’ and ‘Daylight’ from their 4th studio album, Overexposed. Then there was Mr. Surprise, yet not so much of a surprise comeback in Justin Timberlake. In 2013 he released both parts of The 20/20 Experience. Pt. 1 is definitely my favorite of the two. He’s had two smash hits ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’ both of which are nominated in other categories.

Then there are the newcomers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Imagine Dragons. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis became a household name after their hit debut song ‘Thrift Shop’ surged the radio airwaves. They followed that with ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and then topped it all off with the beautiful track ‘Same Love.’ This pair is the definition of hard work pays off being that they are independent. They are now independent Grammy winning artists. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are not to shadow over Imagine Dragons as they are a Grammy Winning group as well. This group also debuted with hits ‘Radioactive’, ‘It’s Time’, and ‘Demons.’ They also broke Billboard Hot 100 record with ‘Radioactive’ spending 77 weeks on the chart.

When it comes down to who to vote for it’s hard because each artist puts so much time and effort into their work and making music for their fans. It’s hard to say one artist was better than the other or that one artist worked harder than another. I’m basing my decision on DOMINATION in 2013 and my pick has to go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I love the other 4 artists and Imagine Dragons has become one of my favorite bands, but as far as Artist of the Year based on 2013 it goes to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for me.

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Check out my favorite songs from the 5 nominees below:

 

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year

The iHeart Radio Awards will air May 1st LIVE on NBC and I’m back with another category to discuss. I first discussed Best Lyrics so be sure to check that out. This time around it’s Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. The top 10 were:

  • “Pour It Up” – Rihanna
  • “Power Trip” – J. Cole f/Miguel
  • “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
  • “I Luv This S**T” – August Alsina
  • “Crooked Smile” – J. Cole f/TLC
  • “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake f/Majid Jordan
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell
  • “Bad” – Wale f/Tiara Thomas
  • “Holy Grail” – Jay-Z f/Justin Timberlake
  • “All Me” – Drake f/2 Chainz & Big Sean

Here are the final nominees:

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This category is an interesting one being that Drake was nominated TWICE! When it comes down to I think it’ll be Jay Z v. Drake and Drake will take the crown. The OVO fans are HEAVY and although the Rihanna’s NAVY is die heard I just think this category is in Drake’s favor. My pick would have to be Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. Not that I’m not a fan of the other 4 nominated songs it’s just that ‘Blurred Lines’ was everywhere and I can’t help but to still dance when the song comes on and it’s been like a year.

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Check out the finalist below:

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best Lyrics

The iHeart Radio Awards will be aired for the first time May 1st LIVE on NBC. I’ve been wanting to talk about my picks for the categories and since the show is one month away I’ve decided to break down my picks. I do not do this for many award shows, but since this is controlled by the fans I’ve decided to put up the categories I’ll be voting on, break down the finalist nominees, and state my pick.

First up the category that I’m most interested in, Best Lyrics. The 10 nominees before being narrowed down were: Blake Shelton – ‘Mine Would Be You’, Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’, J. Cole – ‘Crooked Smile’, Lorde – ‘Royals’, P!nk/Nate Ruess – ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Same Love’, A Great Big World -‘Say Something’, Icona Pop – ‘I Love It’, Imagine Dragons – ‘Demons’, and Avicii – ‘Wake Me Up.’

The five that I wanted were: ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’, “Same Love’, ‘Say Something’, and ‘Wake Me Up.’ Here are the FINALISTS:

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This is a great list of songs for the finalists. You have the makeup to breakup songs ‘Wrecking Ball, ‘Say Something’, and ‘I Love It.’ ‘I Love It’ is just a fun song that just shows the fun way of getting over a breakup and then you listen to Miley or a Great Big World and you’re back in your feelings. Then there’s Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ which is empowering and the mega and emotional hit from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Same Love.’

I love the lyrics of the rest of the songs and my vote comes down to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ versus A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something.’ Between the two I’d have to pick ‘Say Something.’ Lyrically it’s an amazing song and is my favorite out of the 5 nominees. This category is a tough one, but ultimately (fan wise) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might take the cake. Airplay wise it comes down to Avicii v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Personally, I’m still rooting for ‘Say Something.’

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Listen to the five nominees below: