This Week In Music (V.35): Florence + The Machine, King Kylie, & More

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Be on the lookout for MAJOR changes coming to the blog. I’ll save that for another post. Check out what’s been posted this week below:

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Favorite Songs of 2014

Be sure to check out my year end review HERE and my non-music obsessions HERE. Cheers to great music and more reviews here on Music Moving Forward in 2015. Check out some of my favorite songs of the year below (via Spotify).

This Week In Music [V. 22]: Track Overload #3

Here’s another edition of This Week In Music. As always, be sure to click the links (in bold) throughout the post. Check out what’s been covered this week thus far below:

Now let’s get into the new music that I didn’t cover this week.

With all the police brutality happening across the country lately, there have been countless artists to voice their frustration through their music. There’s been Elle Varner’s, ‘One Love’; J. Cole, ‘Be Free’; Lauryn Hill, ‘Black Rage’B.o.B., ‘New Black; and other celebrities that have shown their support via various social media outlets. T.I. has released a track titled ‘New National Anthem’. He teams up with Skylar Grey and gives his take on everything that’s going on and contradicting what we are told are rights as people opposed to the hand that’s actually dealt.

I absolutely love the track from beginning to end. I hope this makes the cut for his new album, just because. Take a listen below:


Switching gears, Tinashe  has released a new single featuring A$AP Rocky, ‘Pretend’. This is much slower than her radio smash, ‘2 On’, but similar to her other track she’s teaming with another rapper. I’m not sure how this would do on urban radio, but it could make it’s way to like 92.3 or Z100. This track definitely show that her label doesn’t want to just keep her in the R&B box and trying to merge Pop into this project. I think the sound of ‘2 On’ was a great intro to her musicality, but we all know Pop wins in this day in age.  I would like to hear more music from her without any hip hop features. Her debut album, Âquarius, will hit stores October 17th.

Check out the track below:


Teyana Taylor has released the visual to ‘Maybe’ off her long-awaited debut album, VII. The track features Pusha T and Yo Gotti. The video is like a comic strip as she’s in three different personas. The black curly hair is Teyana Taylor, the red hair is Jacqueline Mercury, and the platinum grey Marilyn Monroe hair is Greyla Greenhouse. Interesting visual she displayed.

I would love to hear a upbeat track from her with a bomb visual being that she’s an amazing dancer. Hopefully she’ll drop one before her album drops.Her debut is set to be released October 21st. via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. Check out the video below:

Juicy J is back with another strip club track, ‘Low’, featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby, and Young Thug. The video is what I would expect from Juicy. Girls dancing around this time they’re just dancing around cars and motorcycles. It wouldn’t be a Juicy video without some twerking. Check out the video below:


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Until next time…


Video Review: Katy Perry, ‘This Is How We Do’

Katy Perry is no stranger to radio smashes as ‘Roar’, ‘Dark Horse, and ‘Birthday’ have stormed the charts and airwaves; ‘Dark Horse’ more so than the other three. Katy has yet another smash on her hands with ‘This Is How We Do’. This is the fourth single off her album, Prismand it’s a nice way to end off the summer. It’s reminiscent of ‘Last Friday Night’ and I absolutely love the many faces of KP in this one.

PicMonkey Collage

The video is set within a museum frame as Katy sings her way through 10 different looks which I find all stunning. The video is so colorful and each look just works. It goes to show the versatility of KP. Katy Perry has brought her entire album thus far to life with the theatrics and super bright colors. ‘Roar’ and ‘Dark Horse’ were great examples of her creativity, but this one is for sure my favorite from her so far. Great job KP and shout out to the tweaking ice cream!

Check out the video below:

NEW MUSIC — Nick Cannon x Keyshia Cole

It’s been a while since Nick Cannon or Keyshia Cole have put out music. More so longer for Cannon than cole. Despite that, the two are back with new project. Nick Cannon has a new album coming out titled, White People Party Music, and Keyshia Cole has been posting all over Instagram sneak peaks at her new album.

Check out Cannon’s, ‘Pajama Pants’ (feat. Future/Migos/Traphik) and Cole’s, ‘Rick James’ (feat. Juicy J) below:

Not really interested in anything that Nick Cannon has to put out, but his album will hit stores April 1st. No name or release date for Keyshia Cole’s album, but it’s set to be released sometime this year and feature tracks ‘Next Time’, ‘Believer’ and ‘Love Letter’ (feat. Future).

Video Review: Katy Perry x Juicy J, ‘Dark Horse’

Katy Perry unsuccessfully channeled Michael Jackson’s ‘Remember The Time’ in her video for ‘Dark Horse.’ I completely understood the Egyptian theme with a colorful, futuristic take, but there were parts that just didn’t fit. The video opened up with the quote:

Kings travel from around the world to win her heart, but only one will be ‘top dawg.’

There were men of all sorts coming in to impress Queen KP, but none really succeeded. Their gifts weren’t good enough and she turned them into sand. The premise of the video went perfectly with the lyrics.

What threw me off was the turning point in Juicy J’s entrance. It would’ve been better if she turned Juicy J into sand after he tried to impress her or something. Instead it was a dragon, but he was really a man that she turned into a dog. On top of that she had an impromptu strip club theme with her doing a toe touch on the pole before going into a split while Juicy J was rapping.

I wasn’t impressed with the turning point of the video. That just killed the whole vibe for me. The song is such a great song lyrically, but the video did not do it any justice. If the Juicy J scenes would’ve been done differently it would’ve been ok. The video overall could’ve been better and had more though with deeper meaning. The Egyptian theme went with the video, it just didn’t seem thought out. Clearly the stripper pole explains that.

Brit Awards 2014, The Performances

The Brit Awards aired for the first time via YouTube today, February 19, 2014.

Here’s a look at the performances:

Beyoncé took to the stage to perform her track, ‘XO,’ and it was turned down set compared to that of her Grammy performance. She lit up the room with her dress and set. No dancing, just singing. Classic Beyoncé and a very nice dress might I add. I wasn’t a huge fan of her Grammy performance, but this was quite nice.

Bruno Mars also took to the stage to perform “Treasure.’ I still am in AWE over his Superbowl performance and his set at the Brit Awards is his usual set for the track. He had his Hooligans doing their thing and I loved their casual attire. Congrats to Bruno for taking home International Male Solo Artist.

Katy Perry took to the stage to perform ‘Dark Horse’ without Juicy J and the set was very similar to that of her Grammy performance. The main difference was the Egyptian theme which comes from her video that is set to debut tomorrow, 2.20.14. I must say that at first I HATED this song, but since I’ve heard it over & over it’s grown on me and being the 3rd song she’s released from her album, it’s my favorite. Expect a video review.

Pharrell ended the show with Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ before segueing into his Oscar-nominated track, ‘Happy.’ He had a choir, doo-wop dancers and his infamous hat. The one from NBA All-Star Weekend in RED is by far the best statement. The audio in this performance was better as well because during the All-Star performance I could not hear anything. Kudos to Pharrell for reinventing his career. His new album, G I R L, is due out March 3rd.

To see the full list of winners click here.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 18

On March 5, 2006, hip hop group & Tennessee natives, Three 6 Mafia made history by being the first hip hop group to take home an Oscar. The trio won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards for their song, It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp, from the movie Hustle & Flow.

Three 6 Mafia consisted of frontman Juicy J, DJ Paul, and Lord Infamous (now deceased) along with Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, and Gangsta Boo. Although the Oscar win was the highlight of the groups career they had been making music since 1991. Over the span of their 15 year career, at the time of Oscar win, they had released 8 albums. Their most commercial success came in 2005 with their album, Most Known Unknown which featured hits, ‘Poppin’ My Collar,’ ‘Stay Flay,’ and ‘Side 2 Side.’ The album peaked a #1 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B Hip Hop Albums.

See below for their performance of ‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp’ at the Oscars along with their acceptance speech: