Favorite Songs of 2017

We are just about halfway through Blogmas (Day 12 to be exact) and I appreciate every single one of you that has kept up with daily posts and even left comments along the way. I’ll continuously thank you all. Anytime someone reads what I write, I still get excited like a little kid. Alright, enough sappy stuff, let’s get into today’s blog post. I’m sharing all my music favs of 2017. Let’s get into it.

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#1s of the Summer 1985-2014

Billboard has released the top 10 songs over the past 30 years of the Summer chart toppers. As a music enthusiast I love lists like these. The list is pretty long to just bullet point every year so enjoy the full list HERE. I’ll be sharing the top 10 over the past decade.

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It’s interesting that the ladies have ruled the top of the charts during the Summer. It’s no denying that each and every one of these songs has been played in rotation, on multiple stations, at the same time, during their reign. Of the 30 years noted in the article, I would have to say my favorite were from 2002-2005: Nelly, Beyonce, Usher, and Mariah Carey. Now I probably shouldn’t have been listening to ‘Hot In Herre’ at 11 years old, but there’s no denying that the song is a classic now. I would always listen to Destiny’s Child with my older sister, but Beyonce in the tank top, denim shorts, and red pumps would make anyone take notice in ‘Crazy In Love’ Usher was THE MAN In 2004 with his album Confessions which is one of my favorite albums of all time and talk about a legendary comeback from Mariah Carey with 2005s, The Emancipation of Mimi. This was at a time when R&B was still accepted. You’d hear it on the radio in rotation just like you hear the EDM and other jibber jabber today. That’s when videos were videos. You’d want to see what the artist was coming out with next and usually they’d nail it every time.

My pre-teen years was when I really discovered the type of music I enjoyed. I memorized every line to my favorite songs and if the video had choreography, I knew every step. Music lately has fallen off, but there are still those hidden gems. No I have not been around for 30 years, but a huge chunk of this list brings back memories.

Below is a playlist of all the #1s from 1985-2014. Enjoy!

Teenage Dream Spends 200th Week on Billboard 200

Katy Perry joins the likes of Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, and Nirvana as her album, Teenage Dream, spends its 200th week on the Billboard 200. The album was released nearly 5 years ago (Aug. 24, 2010), and its current position on the chart is #126. Not too shabby at all. To date it has sold nearly 3 million copies.

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Katy Perry, Super Bowl XLIX, Halftime Review

I love doing reviews and the Super Bowl Pepsi Halftime Show is included. Two years ago it was Beyoncè, last year Bruno Mars (click HERE for that review), and this year KATY PERRY! I’m a huge fan of her music and I was interested in seeing not only what she’d perform, but how she would do it.

I had expected for her to perform:

  • ‘Firework’
  • Roar’
  • ‘California Gurls’
  • ‘Dark Horse’
  • ‘Last Friday Night’

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Out of those five, she performed four. Not too shabby for my predictions. She came out to “Roar’ on a  geometric lion in a fiery two piece. Switch over to ‘Dark Horse’ with the same geometric themed set and then insert Lenny Kravitz jamming to ‘I Kissed a Girl.’ She didn’t show too much skin, but she dropped it for Lenny. She then had an outfit change into a beach ball inspired two piece and performed ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘California Gurls.’ The set for that reminded me her ‘This Is How We Do’ video (click HERE for to check it out) with the dancing shark, beach balls, surf board, and palm trees.

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Just when you thought it was over, it wasn’t. She kept going and I don’t mean that in a good way. She then brought out Missy Elliot who performed not one, not two, but THREE SONGS: ‘Get Ur Freak On,’ ‘Work It,’ and ‘Lose Control.’ No pop when she came out. Katy threw on a dope hoodie and even did a little choreo during ‘Get Ur Freak On.’ Just a little two step. Missy took me back with the hits though. I surely rapped along.

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Once Missy was done Katy came back out and did ‘Firework as she floated through the arena on a Star that looked like something from a kids show. I was ok with her other outfits, but I didn’t like the star dress. She could’ve just done all sequins or something.

Overall the performance was pretty boring. Boring as in I wasn’t all that interested. There was no pop from the crowd, no buzz. I love that she brought out Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot, but this new generation doesn’t know who they are. No one seemed to scream when Missy came out.  Lenny Kravitz wasn’t a surprise because they kept saying through the first half that he’d be a part of the performance. How do you bring out someone and have them do three songs and you’re the headliner? She could’ve started rapping or something.

It just wasn’t what I expected and when it was over I was ready for the game to come back on. She did too much and while it’s great to bring out other stars during her set, it was just too much music. Never thought I’d say that, but it was. I would’ve preferred for her to elongate the songs she performed.

Russell Wilson took a shower and changed into a new uniform during Halftime. That pun right there shows that I could’ve been doing something else. Eh, it was alright. It wasn’t horrible, just not great compared to her predecessors.

Last year the game was a dud with a great Super Bowl performance. This year it was reversed. Still a fan of KP, just not this performance. Until next year…

Super Bowl XLIX: My Pick

Well the playoffs are officially over and the New England Patriots (AFC) will be facing the defending champions, Seattle Seahawks (NFC), in Super Bowl XLIX LIVE from the Phoenix Statdium (AZ) February 1st.

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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).

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.

 

2014 MTV VMAs Review

MTV-VMAs-Logo-2The 2014 VMAs aired last night (8.24) and my overall thought of the show is that it was just alright. The camera views that the VMAs had online really made the show. Celebrities can claim there’s no shade, but their faces said otherwise. There really weren’t that many celebrities in attendance and the layout of the stage annoys me. I like the traditional stage of the stage then the audience in rows. I don’t like the whole abstract stage thing. I won’t review every little detail, BUT let’s get into the performances. WARNING — This will be a long post and nothing is in order except for intro and closing.

ariana-nicki-jessie-j_612x381The show opened with a triple performance from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J. Ariana came out and did ‘Break Free’ and she sounded great. She later took home the award for Best Female Pop Video. Then Nicki Minaj came out and performed ‘Anaconda’ and none of the celebs in attendance looked impressed and neither was I. Switch to Jessie J coming out in an ensemble similar to what she wore in the ‘Bang Bang’ video (CLICK HERE for my review) and she sounded pretty good.. Here comes Nicki Minaj holding her dress together. She didn’t have enough time to get it zipped. It could’ve been a better ending had he dress been zipped and Jessie J didn’t seem to be too pleased with the performance based on the backstage cam. Nicki’s outfit for ‘Anaconda’ should’ve just been cute shorts without the fishnets because she would’ve been able to get changed faster.

Moving on to Taylor Swift, her song, ‘Shake It Off’ is cute (CLICK HERE for my review), but no one seemed to be amazed by her performance either. Taylor has done better and it was just a bit off. Like I know she’s stepping out and doing something different, but she’s had better performances. Another bore for me. Maroon 5 performed ‘Maps’ elsewhere and it was another ‘alright’ performance for me. Be on the lookout for my review of their new track, ‘Animals’, going live this week. Sam Smith performed ‘Stay With Me’ and I love his voice. I didn’t expect his performance to be a big production. (CLICK HERE for my review of In The Lonely Hour).

Usher performed his latest single, ‘She Came To Give It To You’ (CLICK HERE for my track review). I was really hoping he would’ve done a medley or ‘Good Kisser’. Although I love the track I just wanted to see something else. Nicki came back out in a white ensemble and was twerking on Usher. The performance was decent and kudos to Usher for not sounding winded. Be on the lookout for my review on his new single, ‘Believe Me’ going live this week.

1408936099108_Image_galleryImage_INGLEWOOD_CA_AUGUST_24_SiIggy Azalea had my second favorite performance of the night as she performed along side Rita Ora who SANG and they both looked great in those matching one pieces. Iggy was NOT lip rapping she was going full out. I love how she was in her element. She looked great on the red carpet, great on stage, and great in her second look of the night. Kudos to Iggy. Unfortunately she didn’t take home a moon man for ‘Fancy’.

vmas2Lastly, Queen Bey came out an performed her entire self-titled album. The way that she was able to move from song to song was amazing. I wasn’t a huge fan of her outfit, but I love that she took a chance and did something she hadn’t done before. Everyone in attendance was jamming along and her daughter Blue Ivy was turnt up doing her dance to ‘Flawless’. Beyoncé is one of the greatest performers of all time as she pours her heart out on the stage every time she touches it. After Beyoncé’s performance the show just ended. No goodnight just straight into a replay of the show.

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As for who had the best look my pick goes to Jennifer Lopez. For her to be 45. Worst dressed definitely goes to Katy Perry and Riff Raff for their horrible tribute to denim. It was horrible when Justin & Britney did it and it was even worse for them to recreate it.  Iggy Azalea looked great and as great as Amber Rose looked in her dress, I think it was a bit trashy for the VMAs. I wasn’t a fan of Kim K.’s look and she looked bored to be there. Rita Ora looked great in the red dress that was worn by Rihanna in a different color previously. Taylor Swift should’ve worn something else. That one piece did her body no justice. Nicki looked cute in her leopard dress. Major step up from what she looked liked at the 2012 VMAs. She looked human. My fav couple on the carpet was Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks. I love those two together and they looked great in coordinating white outfits.

jesse_mileycyrus_thumbAs for the winners I’m not sure if the winners are chosen based off the popularity of the song or the actual video. Ariana Grande won for Best Pop Video, but there was nothing special about ‘Problem’. I think ‘Fancy’ was better conceptually than that. Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and while it was a beautiful song, the video had it’s raunchy moments. Great song though. Kudos to Miley for allowing the former homeless teen to share his story and share the message of the foundation, ‘My Friend’s Place’.

Overall it was bleh. People compare the MTV VMAs to the BET Awards and I must say that they both have gone downhill. Award shows are not like they used to be, artists do not show up and support. If artists don’t show up to the Grammy’s, the mecca of music awards, why would they show up to basic award shows? For full list of winners CLICK HERE.

Until next year…

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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.

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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!

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Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Sweet 16

Last week I posted the bracket for Billboard’s Hot 100 March Madness 2014 where songs were paired up in a list comprised of 32 songs and the sweet 16 was announced Monday (3.10). The votes are in and here’s who made the list. First up, my picks. Was I right?

Lorde ‘Royals’ v. Avicii ‘Wake Me Up’

Pink/Nate Reuss ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ v. One Republic ‘Counting Stars’

Pharrell ‘Happy’ v. Imagine Dragons ‘Radioactive’

Eminem/Rihanna ‘The Monster’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’

Katy Perry ‘Roar’ v. Daft Punk/Pharrell ‘Get Lucky’

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Thrift Shop’ v. Pitbull/Ke$ha ‘Timber’

Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. One Direction ‘Best Song Ever’

Katy Perry/Juicy J ‘Dark Horse’ v. Robin Thicke/Pharrell/T.I. ‘Blurred Lines’

 

Here’s the REAL standings (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

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I wasn’t too far off. All my votes were right except for ‘The Monster’ v. ‘Can’t Hold Us’; Mirrors beat ‘Can’t Hold Us.’ As for the last category I was wrong with my KP / Robin Thicke battle. It comes down to Lady Gaga’s, ‘Applause,’ versus Rihanna’s, ‘Stay.’ Tune in next week to see who makes the top 8.

Here are my picks:

Lorde, ‘Royals’ v. P!nk, ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Imagine Dragons, ‘Radiactive’ v. Justin Timberlake, ‘Mirrors’

Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’ v. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ‘Thrift Shop’

Miley Cyrus, ‘Wrecking Ball’ v. Rihanna, ‘Stay’

To vote, CLICK HERE!