Kanye West to Receive Michael Jackson Vanguard Award

Last year Queen Bey set the stage on fire with a medley of her self-titled album as she was honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. The year before Justin Timberlake performed a medley of his hits and even reunited with his NSync bandmates as he was honored. This year at the 2015 VMAs, Kanye West will be honored with the award.

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This Week In Music (V.28): Billboard Awards, Future Collabs, & MORE!

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music (my typical intro). Click the links below for my posts of the week.

1428449191197I have quite a bit to mention so let’s get right into it. The Billboard Awards finalists have been released and Taylor Swift leads the pack with 14 nominations. There’s no surprise there with the success of 1989 which spends its 23rd consecutive week on the Billboard 200 this week. Sam Smith has 13 nominations, followed by Iggy Azalea with 12 nominations. ‘All About That Bass’ singer, Meghan Trainor, isn’t to be left out with 9 nominations. For full list of nominees, click HERE. Prayers go out to Taylor as she announced that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The Billboard Music Awards air May 17th and will be hosted by Ludacris and Pete Wentz.

IFWT_WALE1Moving on to chart news, Wale has dethroned Kendrick Lamar who had the #1 spot for two weeks. Wale’s, The Album About Nothing, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 100,00 copies sold in its first week. The biggest triumph on the chart would have to be the Furious 7 Soundtrack which catapulted to #2 from it’s last weeks position of 17. In at #3 is Ludacris’, Ludaversal. As for the Hot 100, Mark Monsoon and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk,’ still sits pretty at #1. Maybe just maybe it will tie with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s ‘One Sweet Day’ which has the record of 16 weeks.

cydrus_2015-Mar-29As for new collabs on the way, fans of Danity Kane have watched the group dwindle like a countdown, 5..4…3…2. Yes the group is officially no more and the reunion is short lived. As a group Danity Kane released 2 albums under Bad Boy Records. My personal favorite was their second, Welcome to the Dollhouse. After watching Making The Band 3 and seeing how the group was formed I was a fan instantaneously once the group was finally formed. Now it’s just down to two ladies, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day, who know call themselves DumBlonde. Interesting to see how this will pan out.

Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears Film a Music Video on Ventura BlvdIn other collabs, Britney Spears is teaming with Iggy Azalea in what can be a comeback or a flop with a track titled, ‘Pretty Girls.’ Britney Spears has rejuvenated her career successfully in the past, but could this collab be another chart topper? From the pictures on the internet, I’m not too sure. Hopefully the song if nothing else is decent enough for radio buzz. Maybe it’ll last longer than the short lived Fergie return.

Lastly, congrats are in order to new parents Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. They welcomed a baby boy over the weekend, Silas Ryan Timberlake.

Until next week…

Beyoncé to Receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

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Beyoncé will be joining the likes Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake as she will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this years VMAs and YES she will be performing. Her last performance was in 2011 when she announced her pregnancy after performing ‘Love on Top.’ CLICK HERE for my review of that performance. Check out the announcement of her to receive the award below:

Beyoncé leads the list of nominees this year with 8 nominations. Overall she’s won 15 VMAs. Be sure to check her out Sunday, August 24th, at 8pm LIVE on MTV.

Check out Queen Bey’s previous VMA performances below:

‘Baby Boy’/’Crazy In Love’ – 2003

‘Ring The Alarm’ – 2006

‘Single Ladies’ – 2009

‘Love on Top’ – 2011

Video Review: Michael Jackson, ‘Love Never Felt So Good’

Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration - ShowMichael Jackson’s second posthumous album, Xscape, was recently released (May 13th) and out of the songs that I have heard so far I am really in love with the vibe of ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ featuring Justin Timberlake. The video is what I expected, a tribute to Michael. What other way was there to do it? I do wish there was more of the choreo in front of his videos. I do like how they panned in and out from Michael’s videos to dancers doing his moves. It was really what I expected the video to be. There’s not much to say about a tribute. There was lots and lots of dancing and tons of smiling faces for a song as joyful as this. Check it out below:

 

 

April Rotation

I titled this post April Rotation instead of April Favorites being that this is a cumulative list of songs I’ve been enjoying over the past month. Enjoy the list & listen to my new fav below:

  • Sia – ‘Chandelier’
  • Justin Timberlake – ‘Not a Bad Thing’
  • Disclosure (f. Sam Smith) – ‘Latch’
  • will.i.am. f/ Miley Cyrus, French Montana & Wiz Khalifa – ‘Feeling Myself’
  • 2 Chainz – ‘Used 2’
  • Nico & Vinz – ‘Am I Wrong’

Single Review: Jennifer Hudson x Timbaland, ‘Walk It Out’

hudson-walk-it-outLet me say YES to a J. Hud track that I am actually LOVING! I have not been a fan of anything she’s released as of late and I was not planning to like this Timbaland assisted track. The last track she released, ‘I Can’t Describe (How I Feel)’, had me uninterested in her new project from the gate, but this new track she’s released has me wanting more.

The vibe of the track lyrically and musically is just perfection. I really like this for J. Hud and it’s a good direction for her to go in to try out different sounds and to not be tied down to ballads. I’m not going to say I don’t want to hear her singing about being happy, in love, etc. it’s just that sometimes the lyrics can be there, but the beat isn’t. Other times it’s vice versa. I just love the ENTIRE vibe of this track. Her throwing in a f bomb doesn’t hurt either. It’s the way it was done that makes it not so noticeable. I also hear a little Justin Timberlake in the background.

Absolutely love this track and I wouldn’t mind another J. Hud/Timbo collab if it’s going to sound like this. Will this hit the radio? It could with the right push. Only time will tell.

Check out the track below:

 

 

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:

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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 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.

Click here to vote. Voting is through Twitter & Facebook. Voting is not limited & you can vote every day!

Check out my favorite songs from the 5 nominees below:

 

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Best Collaboration

Another day & another category. The iHeart Radio Awards are less than a month away & there’s still time to vote for your favorite artists in a  span of 10 categories. I’ve discussed Best Lyrics & Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year, This time around I’m discussing Best Collaboration.

Here were the 10 nominees:

  • Wake Me Up – Avicii f/Aloe Blacc
  • The Monster – Eminem f/Rihanna
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell
  • Stay – Rihanna f/Mikky Ekko
  • Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake f/Jay-Z
  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk f/Pharrell
  • Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk f/Nate Ruess
  • Holy Grail – Jay-Z f/Justin Timberlake
  • Hold On We’re Going Home – Drake f/Majid Jordan
  • Timber – Pitbull f/Ke$ha

Here are the 5 finalists:

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Yet another interesting category. The odds of winning in this one is between Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, & Rihanna. ‘Timber’ could take the trophy home for this one with the amount of airplay it’s had. My least favorite songs are ‘The Monster’ and ‘Timber’. Just never could get into either of those. My pick is going to go to Rihanna’s ‘Stay.’ The other 4 songs are ok for me, but Rihanna’s, Unapologetic, is her best work to date in my opinion and I absolutely love the track. It could go any way with this category though. Interested in seeing who will win.

Click here to vote. Voting is through Twitter & Facebook. Voting is not limited & you can vote every day!

Listen to the nominees below: