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).

Wiz Khalifa Scores First #1 Album

wiz-khalifa-blacc-hollywood640With his 5th studio album, Wiz Khalifa has taken the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with Blacc Hollywood. This is his first album to rank in the #1 spot. His debut, Show and Prove (2006), didn’t rank on any charts and his sophomore album Deal or No Deal (2009) debuted at #25 on Top R&B Hip/Hop Albums and #10 on Top Rap Albums. His first taste of global commercial success came with the success of Rolling Papers (2011) which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 197,000 copies in its first week and spawned hits: ‘Black and Yellow’, ‘Roll Up’, ‘On My Level’, and No Sleep’. His last album, O.N.I.F.C. (2012) became his second album to rank #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 148,000 in its first week.

While Blacc Hollywood did not reach the 100K mark it still garners Wiz Khalifa his first #1 album with 90,000 copies sold in its first week.

Over on the Hot 100, Magic! holds tight at the #1 spot for the 8th straight week with ‘Rude’. Meghan Trainor’s, ‘All About That Bass’ is in at #2 with Sam Smith’s, ‘Stay With Me’ in at #3. Iggy Azalea now has three tracks in the top 10: ‘Fancy’ in at #5, ‘Problem in at #7’, and ‘Black Widow’ moving up the chart to #8. Ariana Grande also has 3 tracks in the top 10 including ‘Problem, ‘Break Free’ (#4), and ‘Bang Bang’ (#10). Elsewhere on the chart, Nico & Vinz are in at #6 with ‘Am I Wrong’, Sia is in at #9 with ‘Chandelier’.

Album Review: Don’t Kill The Magic

Canadian Reggae band, MAGIC!, are storming up the charts with their hit ‘Rude’ and their album, Don’t Kill The Magic debuted on the Billboard 200 last week. The album has fallen out of the top 10 this week, but MAGIC! has a lot to be proud of as ‘Rude’ has dethroned Iggy Azalea whose ‘Fancy’ track had topped the chart for eight weeks.

The video for the ‘Rude’ was released in December of 2013 and to see all the presence that it has on the radio is amazing. I love the concept and how it sticks to the song. It’s the typical story of the girl that has a boyfriend her father doesn’t approve of. He plans for her to marry someone else but she rebels, elopes with her boyfriend, but yet the father still doesn’t agree.

The album, Don’t Kill the Magic, is available online and in stores.

Let’s backtrack a little on just who this band is before the review. Lead singer and producer, Nasri Atweh,

I have listened to the album numerous times over the past week and I really enjoy it. I wouldn’t say that the album is full reggae, but more so reggae rock. I love the album, but the ballads just don’t do anything for me. For the track to have started with so much umph on ‘Rude’ it ended on such a somber note with the ending track ‘How Do You Want To Be Remembered’. I really wasn’t a huge fan of ‘Let Your Hair Down’ either.

My Top 5 —-

  • ‘Rude’: The song that’s taking over the airwaves right now. I love the track and it’s a great introduction to what the group is made of.
  • ‘No Evil’: Insert the emojis. This wasn’t my favorite at first, but after listening more to the album I absolutely love it. I could definitely hear this on the radio.
  • ‘Stupid Me’: Out of my top 5, this song is by far my favorite. This should really be the next single, but ‘Don’t Kill The Magic’ seems to be. I would love to eventually hear this on the radio or at least see a video for it.
  • ‘Little Girl Big World’: This is a full out rock song that is great.
  • ‘Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool’

Overall I’d recommend buying the album. Overall it’s a great compilation minus the tracks that I just don’t really want. For me not liking two out of eleven tracks that’s not too shabby. I really enjoyed this and I’m glad I gave it a listen.

Sia Tops the Billboard 200

sia-1000-forms-of-fear-2I recently posted my album review of Sia‘s latest album, 1000 Forms of Fear, and it has topped the Billboard 200. With a mere 52,000 copies sold it seems to have done the job of getting Sia her first number one album on the chart.

Frozen has surged back up the charts from #5 to #2 with 46,000 copies sold. Sam Smith’s, In The Lonely Hour, holds tight at #3 with an additional 42,000 copies sold. Dropping from #2 to #4 is Ed Sheeran’s, X, which sold an additional 35,000 copies in its third week. Last weeks chart topper, Trey Songz has fallen four spots to #5 with his latest album, Trigga selling only 34,000 copies.

Judas Priest debuts with their highest mark on the chart coming in at #6 with their latest album, Redeemer of Souls, worth 33,000 copies sold. Now 50 rises from #11 to #7 while Miranda Lamberts, Platinum, falls from #7 to #9. Dirty Heads, Sounds of Change, comes in at #8 and rounding of the top 10 is Lana Del Rey’s, Ultraviolence.

magic-rudeMagic!’s album, Don’t Kill The Magic, debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 last week and although it’s fallen out of the top 10 their smash, ‘Rude’ has knocked Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ out of the top spot; a spot she had been holding for eight weeks. Iggy doesn’t fall much as she only drops to #2. Ariana Grande’s in at #3 with ‘Problem’, Nico & VInz come in at #4 with ‘Am I Wrong’, and in at #5 is Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

This Week In Music (V.14): Chart News, New Music, & More

Well, here it is, another edition of This Week in Music (#TWIM). Let’s get right to it. Just like I mention in mosts posts, click the links!

lana-del-reyThe Billboard 200 numbers came in and Lana Del Rey topped the chart with Ultraviolence selling 188,000 copies making it her first album to top the chart. Sam Smith became the first solo artist since Phillip Phillips released The World From the Side of the Moon (2012), to have the largest debut. In The Lonely Hour sold 166,000 copies, placing Sam Smith in at #2. Lincoln Park’s, Hunting Party, debuted at #3 will 110,000 copies sold. It is their first non #1 album since their 2002 debut. The Frozen soundtrack is STILL in the Top 10 this week. It places at #4 moving down a spot from the previous week. Despite that, 26 consecutive weeks in the top 10, for a soundtrack, isn’t shabby at all. Jennifer Lopez charted her lowest album sales to date with the release of A.K.A. selling 33,000 copies although it was her 8th consecutive Top 10 album.

Moving on to the Hot 100, Iggy Azalea is still atop of the chart with ‘Fancy‘. In at #2 is ‘Problem‘ and rounding off the top 3 is one of my FAVORITE tracks of the year thus far, Magic!’s ‘Rude‘.

ariana-my-everything-coverThere are two new albums that have been confirmed for a later release this year. First up is Ariana Grande. She will be releasing her sophomore album titled, My Everything. It hasn’t been a year since she’s released her debut, Yours Trulybut with the buzz around ‘Problem’ it only makes sense for her to push out a new album while the buzz is there. She announced this during an interview with Ryan Seacrest and discussed the direction of the album:

“I feel like each song is so strongly themed that I just wanted to have a very simple overall cover. It’s inspired by Jane Fonda in Barbarella and Star Wars and space. It’s more throwback, campy.”

She’s readying the video for her second single titled ‘Break Free’ which features Zedd and has a 1960s vibe. I can see where she’s going since the video for ‘Problem’ looked like a snippet from That 70s Show. 

Selena Gomez is readying another album as she exits out of her Disney deal with Hollywood Records. The album will be a greatest hits album featuring ‘Love You Like a Love Song’, ‘Come and Get It’, plus more (of course). She hasn’t been out long enough in my opinion to have a greatest hits album, BUT I guess with this deal closing it makes sense. Even though she hasn’t really put a dent in her musical career she does have quite a bit of hits that I do enjoy.

As for new albums coming Tuesday: Trey Songz, TriggaRobin Thicke, Paulaand Tessanne Chin, Count On MY Love. I will definitely be doing an album review on Trigga, I have no interest in Robin Thicke’s love letter to Paula and I will give a listen to Tessanne Chin’s debut. Not sure if I’ll be doing an album review.

Last week I wrote about Zenday Coleman being casted as Aaliyah and ALL the controversy surrounding it. Well, Zendaya has dropped out of filming the movie. Her rep released a statement:

“Zendaya is no longer involved in the project. Aaliyah has always been an inspiration to Zendaya,” the source said. “She was honored to portray her and pay tribute to her. If she is going to do it, she wants to do it right.”

With all the controversy with Aaliyah’s family more so than the mumbling and grumbling from Aaliyah fans, I can’t blame Zendaya for backing out. Interested in seeing if this movie will surface.

Alright let’s wrap this edition up; just a couple more things. Beyonce and Jay Z have officially stated their ‘On The Run’ tour and from pictures and Instagram videos, what a TOUR it is. They released a behind the scenes of the tour so check it out below:

In new music there hasn’t been much that’s caught my eye. Let’s see Jeremih released a remix to ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em’ featuring G-Unit. Not a fan of the G-Unit reunion, but I like the song, more so the beat. Lil Wayne released a track called ‘Krazy’ which is HORRIBLE. I don’t know the direction he’s going with the Carter V, but at this point I’m not interested. Then there’s a new artist I came across, who’s not really new, by the name of G-Eazy. He has a track titled, ‘Lotta That’ featuring A$AP Ferg & Danny Smith. Take a listen below and tune in next week for another edition of This Week in Music DEDICATED to the BET AWARDS!

May Favorites

Another month has come and go and I have a pretty decent list of favorites for the month. Not all songs are new, but are worth mentioning in this month’s rotation. Let’s get to it (in no particular order).

I came across this amazing original song from a new YouTube sensation by the name of Molly Kate Kestner . The song is absolutely video and since it’s release it has over 7.9 million views and was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Check it out the song titled, ‘His Daughter’, below: