MTV VMA Instagram Moments

The 2015 MTV VMAs aired last night, ,and in case you missed it there were plenty of hashtags on Instagram to keep you up to speed. Congrats to all the winners including:

  • Best Female Video / Pop Video / Collaboration: Taylor Swift, ‘Bad Blood’
  • Best Male Video: Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
  • Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj, ‘Anaconda’
  • Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap, ‘Trap Queen’
  • Best Editing: Beyoncé, ‘7/11’

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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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DK3 – The Album

Danity-Kane-DK3-2014-1500x1500-Official-300x300I wrote about the beef within the remanding members of Danity Kane: Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, and Shannon Bex. It came down to a physical fight between the Dawn and Aubrey and it came down to Dawn vs. Aubrey & Shannon. As they were gearing up for this big return in a EDM filled music scene with catchy rap songs and heavy pop, it made me wonder if the girls would resurface as a threesome to begin with. Read more about the situation in my post, This Week In Music [V.20]: Musical Beef.

Here it is, over a month after the incident, and the album is set to be released. From the album cover that’s leaked, whether it’s official or unofficial along with the snippets it’s clear that Dawn was not scrapped from the project.

As a Danity Kane fan from the beginning I won’t lie and say that I’ve never wanted to see a reunion. I’ve watched the group come together from the Making the Band days, but the reunion I wanted was with all five. When pictures first leaked, yeah I was excited like other DK fans, but there was no D. Woods. Ok, cool the group is reuniting as a foursome. Then another bomb dropped and Aundrea was leaving to start a family. Looks like timing was never right. No D.Woods, no Aundrea, and fans really thought there’d be no more issues within the new Danity Kane, now DK3? With all the lineup drops, it seemed to good to be true and indeed it was.

It’s unfortunate what happened between the three remaining ladies as they are all grown women and any issues could have been resolved in a different way. Again, girls have fall into the stereotype of never ending drama and this situation is no different. There are two sides to every story and as both sides have been addressed up until now there was no word on the album. While Aubrey & Shannon are doing this for the fans, has Dawn been notified? Is she just finding out via social media like everyone else? Hopefully this gets sorted and fast or this can get really messy. It’s already messy and I’m really not interested anymore.

DK3 is ‘expected’ to drop October 28th. Pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. Check out the track list below + snippets:

  1. ‘Rhythm of Love’
  2. ‘Lemonade’ (fea. Tyga)
  3. ‘All In a Day’s Work’
  4. ‘Rage’
  5. ‘Tell Me’
  6. ‘Two Sides’
  7. ‘Secret Love’
  8. ‘Roulette’
  9. ‘Pieces’
  10. ‘Bye Baby’

https://soundcloud.com/sound-scan/danity-kane-dk3-snippets

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: Jessie J, ‘Bang Bang’

bang-bang-videoThe visual for ‘Bang Bang’ has been released and the performance on the VMAs was a sight to see. The video is very similar to that of their Beats commercial so the commercial was really a sneak peak into what to expect. Jessie J does the whole bend and snap hair swing and shoulder shake, nothing with a bunch of umph. She could’ve went harder with the choreo. Her outfit was cute, trousers, suspenders, crop top, and heels. The curly hair is cute on her and I love it way more than the slicked back pony tail she’s been rocking elsewhere. Ariana is such a doll, literally. She’s dancing around with a megaphone spray painted with ‘Bang’ and her two piece white lace ensemble with white heels is pretty cute. Her voice usually annoys me, but she works well with this song (as mentioned in my initial track review). Then there’s Ms. Minaj. Nicki spits her bars from the rooftop in front of a helicopter in a  black leather top, leopard skirt, and black heels. I love the simplicity of her looks as of late. Nothing outlandish. The video ends with the ladies on top of the rooftop in new outfits. Nicki has on a neon yellow skirt with matching heels and a colorful bra. Jessie has on an interesting dress that’s the same as what she wore on the VMAs except in a metallic zebra print. Ariana is no surprise in yet another TWO PIECE that’s shiny with what looks like a pink chevron.

The video overall could’ve used some more choreo, but the ladies looked great so points for that. Ovther than that it was just alright.

Check out the video below:

Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Fancy’, Declared 3x Platinum

iggy-azalea-fancy-plaqueIggy Azalea stormed the Today Show and performed  ‘Work’ and her summer smash, ‘Fancy’, which has been declared triple platinum. With over 3 million copies sold Iggy has become a household name with her infectious track.

‘Fancy’ was released February 17, 2014 and five months later on July 27th it was declared triple platinum. The that it took to get to #1 is similar to that of Nicki Minaj‘s, ‘Starships’,which was released on February 14, and was declared triple platinum on August 16, 2012. Iggy has reached the mark a hare faster and she was able to lock down the Hot 100 for seven weeks.

She also confirmed that she will be performing her new single, ‘Black Widow’, alongside Rita Ora at this years VMAs LIVE August 24th at 8pm on MTV.

Check out Iggy get down in her neon color block outfit below:

 

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

This Week In Music (V.16): New Music + News

Welcome to another edition of THIS WEEK IN MUSIC!                      [As always, click the LINK!]

 

Quick chart news. Congrats to Trey Songz for having the number one album in the country, Trigga. He also ranks #1 on both R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums charts. To see who else ranked within the top 10  of the Billboard 200, click here and for my Trigga album review, click here. black-widow-coverIggy Azalea is still atop the Hot 100 with ‘Fancy’ for the 7th week, putting her in fifth place above Adele (‘Rolling In The Deep’, 2011) for longest reign on the Hot 100 this past decade. Holding the #1 spot is Rihanna’s, ‘We Found Love’, (2011-12). With another month a top the charts and she can set a record. Only time will tell. Iggy also released the cover art to her Rita Ora assisted track, ‘Black Widow’, one of my favorites from her album The New Classic. CLICK HERE for my review.

In other music news, I’ve mentioned in a post before that Drake and Lil Wayne would be heading on tour titled, Drake vs. Lil WayneIn an interview with MTV, Lil Wayne discussed just how the show would go down:

“Since, thank God we’ve been so successful, we’ll just be going back and forth with our hits and getting the crowd to go crazy, then just finally hittin’ the stage together.”

What better way to feed off the name of the tour than with an actual battle. That should be interesting. The tour will run from August 8th to September 27th.

rs_600x600-140711151050-600-drake-chris-brown.ls.71114_copyIn other Drake news, his ‘beef’ with Chris Brown must have been ceased because the two have been photo’d in the studio together. I know I’m not the only one who wants to her a Drizzy/Breezy collab. Let’s see how long it takes to surface.

It will have been 20 years since Usher released his debut, ,and it’s been 10 years since the release of his infamous album, Confessions. It has been confirmed that he will be opening this years MTV VMAs airing LIVE August 24th. He hasn’t performed at the VMAs since his 2010 performance of ‘DJ Got Us Falling In Love’ and ‘OMG’. Currently he has, ‘Good Kisser’ out and a new Pharrell Produced and Nicki Minaj featured track titled, ‘She Came To Give It To You’. He already did a medley at the BET Awards so who knows what he’s doing for MTV. Two other performers have been announced for the VMAs, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer. Stay tuned to future posts for updates.

Backtracking to the Usher/Nicki collab, I did not like it upon first listen, but it has grown on me. It reminds me so much of Earth, Wind & Fire. I guess I didn’t like it because the sound was not what I was expecting with Nicki Minaj being featured on the track. Being that she’s a rapper I was expecting something more ‘club’ oriented. Nicki did great on this beat and this just adds more to her versatility. I’m interested to seeing how this does on the radio. Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/usher-raymond-music/usher-she-came-to-give-it-to-you-featuring-nicki-minaj

 

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If you were questioning if Yaya Decosta was rightly casted to play Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, this picture should speak for itself. The photo is a recreation of Whitney Houston’s 1987 album, Whitney. The Angela Bassett directed film will be focusing on Houston’s relationship with Bobby Brown and will not address her untimely death. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Angela Bassett stated:

“I want you to fall into the world of Whitney and Bobby. And I don’t want to stop you at the gate with maybe the image of something familiar, someone you’ve seen from something else. Yaya was far and above the only choice.”

Lastly in music news, Beyoncé and Jay Z are heading to HBO.Their ‘On The Run’ tour will be the next installment for the Carters featured on the network. For full details, click here.

Moving on to new music, Omarion and Bow Wow have teamed up for a new track, ‘Need That Love’. I’m sorry, Omarion and Shad Moss. I’m not sure why he dropped Bow Wow, but whatever. The track does sample Michael Jackson’s, ‘Lady In My Life‘ which most people might know as LL Cool J’s, ‘Hey Lover’. As for the track it isn’t horrible. If this is the direction Omarion is going for his upcoming album he’ll be sampling a lot as he sampled DeBarge on his track, ‘You Like It’. I could hear this on the radio. Take a listen below.

 

B.o.B released a mixtape, No Genre Pt.2. CLICK HERE to download that. Not sure when or if I’ll be listening to it. Elle Varner has released her official second single for her upcoming album titled, ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’, and features A$AP Ferg. The vibe of the track reminds me of ‘I Don’t Care’ from her debut, Perfectly ImperfectI like it though and from what she’s put out so far I can’t wait to hear her album. Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/ellevarner/elle-varner-dont-wanna-dance-featuring-aap-ferg

 

Until next week…

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY — My Chemical Romance Greatest Hits

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY --- My Chemical Romance Greatest Hits

My Chemical Romance will be releasing a greatest hits album since the groups split in 2012. The compilation will be titled, May Death Never Stop You. There will be a $34.99 online edition that includes a DVD of its music videos, the previously unreleased clip of “Blood,” an armband and a “Thank You for the Venom” t-shirt — the first the band ever created.

Here’s the track listing:

1. “Fake Your Death”
2. “Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us”
3. “Vampires Will Never Hurt You”
4. “Helena”
5. “You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison”
6. “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”
7. “The Ghost of You”
8. “Welcome to the Black Parade”
9. “Cancer”
10. “Mama”
11. “Teenagers”
12. “Famous Last Words”
13. “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)”
14. “Sing”
15. “Planetary (Go!)”
16. “The Kids From Yesterday”
17. “Skylines And Turnstiles” (Demo)
18. “Knives/Sorrow” (Demo)
19. “Cubicles” (Demo)

My Chemical Romance — May Death Never Stop You — 3.25.14

Read more to see what my favorite My Chemical Romance track is.

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Miley Cyrus Unplugged

Miley Cyrus will be having her own Unplugged special on MTV on January 29th at 9pm.

Who’s to say what this show entails. Miley has the entire stage to herself. Expect more antics & twitter trends. Aside from her outlandish behavior, her album Bangerz is pretty impressive. The videos might be raunchy, but the music works well with her voice.

Her tour Bangerz kicks off Valentine’s Day in Vancouver.

-Expect a review on her Unplugged special.-