This Week In Music (V.11): 4 for 4 Review

Another week has come and gone and it’s time for the weekly recap. Be sure to check out my posts for this week.

Let’s get into Chart news. Iggy is still atop of the Hot 100 with ‘Fancy’ and ‘Problem’ and has taken to the cover of Billboard. Mariah Carey’s, Me.I Am… The Elusive Chanteuse, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 58,000 copies sold. It hit #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart making it her 7th album to do so. Coldplay remains in the top spot with their latest, Ghost Stories. 

Moving on to videos this week. There wasn’t nearly as much music as there was last week and last week I didn’t even touch on every single song released. I did not mention that Nicole Scherzinger has a new track titled, ‘Your Love’ and Jagged Edge is making their way back to the scene with a ballad ‘Hope’. Both songs aren’t my favorite, but I’m always interested in a musical comeback from any artist that once peaked. Check out both tracks below:

For this week there’s two videos that caught my eye. First off was Tyga’s ‘Hookah’ featuring the annoying auto-tune rapper, Young Thug. I just get SO TIRED of hearing certain stuff on the radio. The beat can easily lure me in, but Young Thug’s voice is BEYOND annoying and I just can’t take it. The video switched between a safari and club theme. Typical Tyga video. All his music is for the strip club.Check out the video below:

Another video released this week was One Republic’s, ‘Love Runs Out’. I like the song and I’m interested in hearing more from them. The video is set in a dessert and it’s the band performing basically with horses in certain scenes.I really miss videos with story lines. Anywho, check it out below:

No new music really caught my eye this week. Hopefully there will be more to come in following weeks especially with Summertime right around the corner. Let the battle for Song of the Summer begin!

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:

 

 

Video Review: Sia, ‘Chandelier’

UntitledI am in awe and amazement of how beautiful this video is for Sia’s amazing and heartfelt track, ‘Chandelier’. I have never heard music like this from Sia before but I do know of her songwriting and this song is by far my favorite. When I envisioned a video for this I automatically thought interpretive dance with Sia singing on the sidelines. This song is just the perfect dance song and to see a video with straight dance just made me fall in love with this song even more.

sia-chandelier-video-2Some people may not understand interpretive dance, but if you look closely at the movements in the video it’s pretty easy to catch on to and keep up with. The video stars one of the dancers from Dance Moms, Maddie Ziegler. At just 11 years old she powered through this song with ease with tons of flexibility, great facial expressions, and a blonde bob wig similar to the hair of Sia’s making the song so much more personal. She starts dancing in the bedroom moving to the kitchen then to the living room and then the scene that caught me was when she put her head between the curtains and was waving goodbye and slowly sinking down between them. The imagery and passion I felt through this dance makes this one of the best videos I have seen in a long time and by far the greatest of the year so far.

It’s rare to come across videos where artists take the time to come up with a concept and not just throw extras into  video and put them on a yacht and float on some ocean. It takes a lot of courage for an artist to be vulnerable enough to want to share their lives with fans and take their artistry to another level with the visual. This song has been on rotation for me since I first heard it back in April and this video just solidified my love for it. Kudos to the production of this. Amazing video.

Video Review: Jennifer Lopez, ‘I Luh Ya Papi’

Jennifer Lopez is back with new music and her 10th studio album. Now personally I am a fan of her Jenny From the Block Days, but her music now? Eh, not so much.

First off, kudos to how FAB she looked in this video. I will say this time and time again. There comes a certain point in an artists career when they make the music they want and not so much the music that’s current. That is how I feel about the direction of this J. Lo project. Her first track ‘Same Girl’ was ok. I got the video concept, I just personally didn’t like the song.

Now on to ‘I Luh Ya Papi.’ The video really had nothing to do with the song, but the intro in the beginning explained it all. Guys ALWAYS have the videos with the half naked chicks on a yacht or in a mansion FOR NO REASON! So in the video she flipped the script and had half naked dudes on the yacht while prancing around on a yacht, in front of a pool, and in a mansion for no reason. Sounds about right to me. It was just a fun concept with choreo here and there and an appearance from French Montana. Also, peep J. Lo incorporating the ‘Nae Nae’ in her choreo. I guess it works since videos have no messages now. In a way this video did have a message showing that what’s out right now makes no sense. The video concepts and the choreography are boring and bland.

Do I expect to hear this track on the radio? I don’t know, but the hook (I luh ya Papi, I luh ya, luh ya, luh ya papi) is stuck in my head. So I guess my answer is maybe.