March Favorites

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS! I managed to make it through the entire day without any jokes on me. Cheers to that. I wanted to share my March favorites which isn’t that much PLUS what I would’ve like to accomplish this month. 

EDITING 

I came across Canva at the top of the year and it is definitely an essential for me in creating thumbnails for my posts. In addition to Canva, I’m a huge fan of Polyvore and I like to combine the two. No sense in hiding what you use. If it works, share it. Everyone has their own creativity within. USE IT!

TV

I’m still obsessed with NCIS and I’ve actually started watching the show over on Netflix. I plan to buy the entire series before the year is over. Preferably around Black Friday when the price drops to $10 a season. Anywho, I’m sad that Michael Weatherly (Dinozzo) will be leaving at the end of the season which is next month. Speaking of people leaving shows, I had no idea that Shemar Moore (Morgan) from Criminal Minds was leaving. The ending of that episode was just so sad. 

MUSIC 

Just like I shared in January and February, I’ve been compiling a list I’ve been compiling a list of music favorites for the year. I’ve actually been listening to the Coldplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ plus Taylor Swifts ‘New Romantics’ on rotation, but new to the list include:

  • Desiigner – ‘Panda’
  • Justin Bieber – ‘Company’
  • Kent Jones – ‘Don’t Mind’ 
  • Rachel Platten – ‘Fight Song’

Aside from what I’ve enjoyed this month, there’s a lot I would have liked to accomplish. 

  • More job searches.
  • Starting a new book.
  • Daily devotions!
  • More videos. I’m tired of the repetitious planner vids.
  • Better eating habits PLUS daily workouts.
  • Better money management. 

I think it’s essential in taking note of what you would have liked to accomplish in a month to start you up for the upcoming month. I know that I would like a new job by June as well as losing weight and getting in shape for a fall lung cancer run. Taking action with these steps and really focusing on what I want to accomplish is a great start to the month. I’ll be able to prioritize better for sure.

Cheers to a productive April and be sure to check out my playlist below!

This Week In Music (V.10): Music News + Track Hits/Misses

There’s been SO much new music released this week and I’ve been waiting to talk about a lot of it for this post in particular. Some were hits and some were misses. Unfortunately a lot that I listened to were straight misses for me which was disappointing from certain artists being that I enjoy their previous work. Let’s get into it.

iggy-azalea-ft-charli-xcx-fancy-full-song-lyrics-listen-nowQuick chart news, Congrats to Iggy Azalea for having ‘Fancy’ reaching the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Simultaneously, her collab with Ariana Grande, ‘Problem’, sits in at #2 making her the _ solo artist over all to have achieved this chart position. Also be sure to check out my review of the video for ‘Problem’ here.

In other music news, Beats by Dre was indeed purchased by Apple this week for $3 billion dollars. With that deal Dr. Dre is officially the WEALTHIEST Hip Hop artist and the first to reach the billion mark. Yes, Dre has surpassed Diddy with this move. CONGRATS! Nearly two months ago I posted, Forbes 5 Wealthiest Hip Hop Artist: Race to 1 Billion, and I said that Diddy would be the first reach the billion mark due to his steady incline yearly with all his business ventures. This deal just goes to show that all it takes is one deal. Diddy is next up though, but Dre. wins the race.

Now for the music. There’s been a slew of music released from: Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Common, Jhene Aiko, Tyga, and others. Let’s get into the misses of the week. I was really interested in hearing new music from Ester Dean, Day26, and Ne-Yo, but after hearing their ‘comeback’ tracks they’re very lackluster and leaves me disappointed and uninterested. Ester Dean is an amazing songwriter, but this track she released ‘Twerkin 4 Birkin’ is horrible and in my eyes downgrades her talent.

 

Then there’s Day26. Danity Kane got back together as a foursome, now it’s down to three so I knew it was only time before Day26 would resurface. Their new track, ‘Bullsh#!t’ just doesn’t do it for me. Being that they’re an R&B group I didn’t really expect them to come out with a radio hit like that of Danity Kane. I knew a slow jam would be coming. Lyrically the song isn’t all that great. There’s potential vocally of course, but new material is needed.

 

Lastly, Ne-Yo is back after he said he was done and is gearing up to released a new album in September titled, Non Fiction. His new track ‘Money Can’t Buy’ features Jeezy and while it’s not horrible I’m just not feeling it. I would prefer to hear Ne-Yo by himself. Jeezy wasn’t really needed, but in this R&B world, you’re more likely to hit the radio with a  rapper assisted track. The song isn’t a complete miss, I’m just disappointed lyrically from Ne-Yo because this song concept is nothing new. He could do better.

https://soundcloud.com/motownrecords/ne-yo-money-cant-buy-featuring-jeezy-explicit

 

Yes an artist has the right to do whatever they feel and who I am to judge on their creativity. I just expect more conceptually from artists and a certain point. Now for the tracks that I’m feeling this week. Mary J. Blige came back with a track called ‘Suitcase’ and it’s another breakup song. It’s Mary’s signature though at this point. I like the vibe of it. Jhene Aiko released her collab with her rapping alter ego J Henny titled Stay Ready’ and I like this one more than her radio smash, ‘The Worst.’ I really really love the vibe to this one. Next up is Justin Bieber. I was a bit hesitant to listen to his new track ‘Looking for You’ featuring Migos, but I really really like it. Just goes to show don’t count a track until you give it a full listen. Take a listen to my hits of the week below:

https://soundcloud.com/dushdiamond/mary-j-blige-suitcase-2014

 

 

Justin Bieber’s, ‘Baby,’ Hits 1 Billion Vevo Views

Bieber hasn’t had much to celebrate as of late due yo his court issues, but musically he still manages to set records.

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His debut track, ‘Baby,’ has hit 1 billion views on Vevo asking it the most-watched clip and the only track to be certified 10x on the site.

In total Bieber has 11 certified videos on Vevo and a lot have reached the 100 million mark including: ‘One Less Lonely Girl,’ ‘Never Say Never,’ ‘One Time,’ and ‘Love Me.’

Congrats Biebs!