Sound OFF: Hot 97 versus Power 105.1

Welcome to a new series here on the blog. Since rebranding and renaming my blog Chaotic Critic, I’ve done a lot of planner and other lifestyle posts, but the essence of the name has yet to be showcased. I still want to do reviews and give my take on certain life topics, but there’s so much going on in the blogosphere, on the news, via Twitter or Instagram, that I want to share my thoughts. These are my opinions, no holds barred, real talk.

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iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Song of the Year

This is my second to last post in this impromptu series that I’ve started on the iHeart Radio Awards. The show will air LIVE on NBC May 1st. This category I’ll be discussing this time will be, Song of the Year. Click here to check out my other posts.

Here were the 10 nominees in the category:

  • “Royals” – Lorde
  • “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Roar” – Katy Perry
  • “Wake Me Up” – Avicii f/Aloe Blacc
  • “The Monster” – Eminem f/Rihanna
  • “When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
  • “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake f/Majid Jordan
  • “Stay” – Rihanna f/Mikky Ekko
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell
  • “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons

Here are the 5 finalists:



The five songs nominated goes hand in hand with previous posts I’ve done especially Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. I’m surprised to see Lorde’s ‘Royals’ didn’t make it to the final 5 as well as ‘Blurred Lines.’ As for the 5 finalists and my picks I could easily go with my favorite song from the list and for me it would break down to Mirrors v. Stay. As much as I love Imagine Dragons I’m not the biggest fan of ‘Radioactive’ although their Grammy performance with Kendrick gave a whole new life to the song. Anyway, I’m going to have to go with ‘Mirrors.’ I think out of the 5 songs aside from ‘The Monster’, ‘Mirrors’ is the song that I’ve heard in rotation.

Listen to the 5 finalists below:

iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air LIVE on NBC

iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air LIVE on NBC

Clear Channel’s, iHeartRadio, has become this distinct app that people (with the latest smart phone) can download the app and listen to any radio station regardless of location and create custom lists based off a particular artist/genre. Well the iHeartRadio Music Awards are heading to the big screen, the big screen being television. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will air LIVE on NBC May 1st from 8pm-11pm EST. The 3 hour showcase live performances along with never before seen duets and award presentations. The top artist and songs of the year will be determined by the new iHeartRadio chart.

Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment had this to say about the new iHeart Radio chart:

What’s unique about the iHeartRadio chart, countdown and awards is that all three are squarely focused on what the listener wants. For the first time, these three interconnected programs have shifted the power of how we measure an artist’s success — and, in turn, what’s heard on the radio and celebrated with awards — to the critically important listener.

The award show will feature 13 categories and as of right now each category features 10 nominees. The categories are: Best Lyrics, Best Collaboration, Country Song of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Fan Army, Song of the Year, EDM Song of the Year, Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, Alternative Rock Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and more. Listeners can vote here (via Twitter/Facebook) and the voting will last over a a 4-week period and the final nominees will be announced in a one hour live event on March 26th live from the iHeartRadio theater in Los Angeles.

Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming NBC Entertainment, had this to say about airing the award show:

Collaborating with a company that has the global reach of Clear Channel allows us to interact with music fans all over the world. We feel fortunate being on the ground floor of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will deliver an array of great performances from today’s biggest stars.

The award show, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions (and others), will air LIVE on NBC 5.1.14 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.