This Week In Music (V. 37): Video Mash-Up

Cheers to knocking out another week and cheers to Summer! Before we get into music news, click the links below for posts of the week:

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BET Awards 2015: The Nominees

It’s that time of year again or the BET Awards. I remember when I was in middle school I would be excited to watch the show. Now it’s just gotten to be too generic, the winners are too predictable and there’s nothing really special about the performances. It’s amazing that the show has lasted 14 years. Maybe next year they’ll do something special for the 15th annual. Check out my 2014 performance review here.

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2015 Grammy Nominees

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It’s been quite the year for music, album sales might not show it, but there’s been a lot of newcomers and the usuals that have topped the charts. The 2015 Grammy nominees were announced by Pharrell and Ed Sheeran LIVE on CBS today (Friday,12/5). Album of the Year will be announced on an hour long special , “A VERY Grammy Christmas” on CBS 9 ET/ 10 PT.

Here’s some of the nominees (from my fav categories):

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Iggy Azalea x Charlie XCX, ‘Fancy’
  • Sia, ‘Chandelier’
  • Sam Smith, ‘Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)’
  • Taylor Swift, ‘Shake It Off’
  • Meghan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • ‘All About That Bass’
  • ‘Chandelier’
  • ‘Shake It Off’
  • ‘Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)’
  • ‘Take Me to Church’

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • Iggy Azalea
  • Bastille
  • Brandy Clark
  • Haim
  • Sam Smith

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

  • Coldplay, Ghost Stories
  • Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
  • Ariana Grande, My Everything
  • Katy Perry, Prism
  • Ed Sheeran, X
  • Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour 

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM

  • Jhene Aiko, Sail Out
  • Beyoncé, Beyoncé
  • Chris Brown, X
  • Mali Music, Mali Is…
  • Pharrell Williams, Girl

BEST RAP ALBUM

  • Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
  • Childish Gambino, Because The Internet 
  • Common, Nobody’s Smiling
  • Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP2
  • Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron 
  • Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood 

 

The 57th Annual Grammy’s will air LIVE on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Check out the full list of nominees HERE.

Stay tuned for a post later featuring the Album of the Year nominees.

 

NEW MUSIC: Omarion x Chris Brown x Jhene Aiko, ‘Post to Be’

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Omarion is back with a new track, ‘Post to Be,’ featuring Chris Brown and Jhene Aiko. From first listen I was expecting more, but it sounds like Ty Dolla $ign’s, ‘Paranoid.’ I’d prefer a dancing track. It would’ve been dope for Omarion to do a track with Breezy and have crazy choreo for the video. Another DJ Mustard beat.

 

Listen below:

http://www.audiomack.com/song/listenhiphopnow/omarion-post-to-be-ft-chris-brown-jhene-aiko

Video Review: Jhene Aiko, ‘The Pressure’

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I will be the first to admit that at first I was not the biggest fan of Jhene Aiko, but as time has passed I love her entire vibe, style, and melodic voice. As for ‘The Pressure’, I posted the song upon it’s release, but never gave a review. So let’s get into the song and the video.

The beginning of the video reminds me so much of Erykah Badu and the dreads, while comments on her video have been a bit negative, I actually like them on her. Blonde and al I think it’s a cute look. I really like the half up half down look.

The video moves throughout the song with different scenes where she’s with friends and it looks that she has a boyfriend. Throughout time she begins writing and there’s distractions all around her. There’s a little girl that runs in and out, two of her friends she was with start arguing while she’s trying to write, and just when she gets her big break her ‘boyfriend’ leaves. She shows up to an event along and then this guy stands in to take pics before disappearing elsewhere leaving her alone again. What used to be so simple became complications.

My favorite line from the ENTIRE song:

Have you seen my fucks to give?
I have none, I cannot live with

What I took from this video is that there is a visible pressure that fans can see celebs go through. It’s a different look to see an angle of them going through it. They give up everything for a dream that gets them ridiculed and judged yet they continue to do it. Not dealing with the pressure for Jhene is just staying true to herself and her sound and not compromising just to be more mainstream. She’ll be accepted for who she is.

Kudos to Childish Gambino and Calmatic for this video.

Jhene Aiko Reveals Artwork & Release Date for Debut

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I remember hearing Jhene Aiko for the firs time on B2K’s, ‘Tease’ (Pandemonium! and here she is nearly 12 years later ready to release her official studio debut and has really become one with her sound. Her debut Souled Out is the followup to her 2011 mixtape, Sailing Soul(s)and her 2013 EP, Sail Out which spawned the radio smash ‘The Worst’. Souled Out will feature tracks ‘To Love & Die’ and ‘The Pressure’ both featuring Cocaine 80s. The album hits stores/online September 9th.