#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!

This Week In Music (V.26): Lawsuits

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. I’ve been absent from blogging this past Friday due to being sick, but I’m back at it. Be sure to check out my Maroon 5 concert review HERE and last weeks edition of This Week In Music HERE.

robin-thicke-blurred-lines-music-videoSo the headline of this week was the outcome of the Robin Thicke/Pharrell lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s family. For those living under a rock, Marvin Gaye’s family were suing Pharrell and Robin Thicke for the illegal use of their fathers song, ‘Got To Give It Up’ in the 2013 summer smash, ‘Blurred Lines’. When I first heard the song I immediately thought that was what it sounded like. Well the verdict came in and Marvin Gaye’s family won LARGE. For the track to have made $16 million, the family got $7.4 million of that.

This case might be closed, but the Gaye family could be going after Pharrell’s solo smash, ‘Happy’. Gaye’s daughter says that its reminiscent of her fathers track, ‘Ain’t That Pecuilar’. Now listening to the song, yes they do sound similar, especially how each track begins. After winning $7.4 milioin is the Gaye family just being greedy? I think that ‘Blurred Lines’ was spot on ‘Got to Give It Up’. As for this one, I think that a soul clap does not account for a song being ripped off. I can hear the similarity, but not as much as ‘Blurred Lines’. If this were to go to court this surely could put into question Pharrells 20+ year as a producer. Then again, his work has never been in question before.

Listen to the similarities below:

ciara_articleWith a lawsuit win like this it’s a wonder how many other songs artists have ripped off. Jermaine Dupri feels that Ciara ripped off his track for Usher, ‘U Got It Bad’. With news of Marvin Gaye’s family winning a lawsuit like this, Jermaine Durpi is speaking out. In an interview with the Associated Press he stated:

“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’ I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”

I stated in my review (click HERE for that) that the song sounded a lot like ‘U Got It Bad’, especially during the hook.  It’s nothing wrong with being inspired by another artists contribution to music, but it is wrong to put out a track and pass it off without giving credit. Hopefully these two can hash everything out without it having to go to court.

Listen to the similarities below:

 

Trigga Tops and Robin Thicke Flops

trigga-coverAll things are great in the world of Trey Songz. His sixth album, Triggahas landed atop the Billboard 200 after selling 105,000 copies in its first week. This is a decline in sales from his fifth album, Chapter V, which sold 135,000 copies in its first week. Trigga has become his second highest album in sales, his lowest was 2007s Trey Day which sold 73,000. The lack of sales in that one was due to lack of promotion. in my opinion, along with Trey Songz not being as relevant as he is today. His lead single, ‘Na Na’, has peaked into the top 10 at #7 making it his 19th top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Ed Sheeran topped the chart last week with X and has fallen to the #2 spot selling an additional 53,000 copies in its second week. With his drop of a spot, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour drops to #3 which is the same spot he debuted at 3 weeks ago.

The Frozen Soundtrack holds still at #5 for the second week and in the top 5  for the 28th consecutive week. Overall its spent 30 consecutive weeks in the top 10 since it hit the chart on December 28, 2013. I find this to be the most impressive feat of the year thus far.

As for the rest of the top 10 Seether lands at #4 with their album, Isolate and Medicate. Magic! debut, Don’t Kill The Magichit #6 on the chart barely selling 36,000 copies. Miranda Lambert’s, Platinum, comes in at #7 and Lana Del Rey’s, Ultraviolence, continues to decline in the top 10 since her debut at #1 to #8.

Then there’s Robin Thicke who managed to go on this huge promo tour in attempt to get his wife back with an album dedicated to her, but if her decision was based on album sales, the answer would be no. Paula landed in the top 10, barely, debuting at #8 with just 24,000 copies sold. That is a roughly 15% of what was sold for his previous album, Blurred Lines ,which sold 177,000 copies in its first week. I personally think he shouldn’t have rushed to put out an album with so much behind it so fast as a result of this. He was riding so high off Blurred Lines that the sales of this album are not just an insult to him, but to Paula as well. I mean the album was named after her.

Moving on from the flop of Paula, rounding off the top 10 is Colt Ford with his album, Thanks for Listening

Be sure to click the links to the album titles for direct purchase and be sure to look out for the following album reviews:

  • Trey Songz, Trigga
  • Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
  • Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
  • Magic!, Don’t Kill The Magic

Until next week…

 

Robin Thicke, Paula, Tracklist

I recently mentioned that Robin Thicke would be naming his album, Paula, as he continues to try to win back / smooth out his marital differences with his estranged wife Paula Patton. Well, the album is coming quickly as a album cover and track listing has been released. Check it out below (via Rap-Up):

1. “You’re My Fantasy”
2. “Get Her Back”
3. “Still Madly Crazy”
4. “Lock the Door”
5. “Whatever I Want”
6. “Living in New York City”
7. “Love Can Grow Back”
8. “Black Tar Cloud”
9. “Too Little Too Late”
10. “Tippy Toes”
11. “Something Bad”
12. “The Opposite of Me”
13. “Time of Your Life”robin-thicke-paula
14. “Forever Love”

From looking at the track listing it’s clear to see that this album is a testimony of their relationship, at least from his view. I expect it to cover the good and the bad, plus everything in between to some extent. I mean look at the first track and the last track. At first it was a fantasy and now that they’ve been together for nearly two decades they’ll forever be indebted to each other, hence ‘Forever Love’.

Paula is expected to hit stores and online July 1st.

iHeartRadio Awards 2014 Nominees: Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year

The iHeart Radio Awards will air May 1st LIVE on NBC and I’m back with another category to discuss. I first discussed Best Lyrics so be sure to check that out. This time around it’s Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. The top 10 were:

  • “Pour It Up” – Rihanna
  • “Power Trip” – J. Cole f/Miguel
  • “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
  • “I Luv This S**T” – August Alsina
  • “Crooked Smile” – J. Cole f/TLC
  • “Hold On We’re Going Home” – Drake f/Majid Jordan
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke f/T.I. & Pharrell
  • “Bad” – Wale f/Tiara Thomas
  • “Holy Grail” – Jay-Z f/Justin Timberlake
  • “All Me” – Drake f/2 Chainz & Big Sean

Here are the final nominees:

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This category is an interesting one being that Drake was nominated TWICE! When it comes down to I think it’ll be Jay Z v. Drake and Drake will take the crown. The OVO fans are HEAVY and although the Rihanna’s NAVY is die heard I just think this category is in Drake’s favor. My pick would have to be Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. Not that I’m not a fan of the other 4 nominated songs it’s just that ‘Blurred Lines’ was everywhere and I can’t help but to still dance when the song comes on and it’s been like a year.

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

Check out the finalist below:

Billboard Hot 100 March Madness 2014

32 hits have been chosen from being in the Hot 100 from May 4, 2013 to the current chart. For the past 2 years Britney Spears has reigned SUPREME with 2012s, ‘Hold It Against Me’ and the 2013 collab with Will.i.am, ‘Scream & Shout.’

This year Britney isn’t in the running, but there are plenty of fan favorites. The Sweet 16 will be announced Monday, March 10th and the winner March 27th.

Check out the chart below:

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Here are my picks for the Sweet 16:

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’

Tune back in next week for the official standings. It’s all up to the fans to vote so we’ll see. Vote here!

Pharrell Announces New Album + Release Date

Pharrell Announces New Album + Release Date

Oscar-nominated and Grammy winner, Pharrell Williams, is already on a roll and his track ‘Happy’ along with his Robin Thicke/Daft Punk collabs has given him new life so the next practical thing would be to release an album. Pharrell is doing just that and this will be his second solo album since 2006s, In My Mind.

His new album, G I R L, will feature 10 tracks, one of which will be ‘Happy,’ and is available for order on iTunes with a release date of March 3, 2014.

I’m excited to hear new music from Pharrell and there is no track listing as of yet, but the release date will be here before we know it.

Aside from making music he teamed up with Mastercard for Mastercard’s “Priceless Surprises” to surprise one of his fans. Check out the vid below:

Then & Now Thursday (V.5) — Celeb Couples: Love & Breakups

There’s been  a lot of love and lack of love throughout the years between celeb couples. In this special pre-Valentine’s Day edition of Then & Now, I’ll be showing some of my favorite couples.

Of course there are DAILY rumors on whether the couples are really in love or not, cheating scandal, and my personal fav the woman destroying something. Me personally? I don’t know them so I can’t say anything. From what they display, it’s love. There’s also Mariah & Nick, Brangelina, John Legend & Christine Teigen, Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo, Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel AND MORE! Then there are the veterans that have 20+ years of marriage such as: President Obama and Michelle, Denzel Washington and Pauletta, Bill Cosby and Camilly, and others.

As for break-ups? Well there’s Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Jessica is now in a relationship with football player Eric Johnson and Nick is married to Vanessa Minnillo. Speaking of Simpsons, Ashlee Simpson is engaged to Evan Ross, but once upon a time was married to Pete Wentz. Then there was my all time fav couple Usher & Chilli. Infidelity was clear in that relationship with Usher pouring out his life on Confessions. Usher got married and then divorced and Chilli seems to still be on the hunt for Mr. Right. Then there’s the celeb cycles as I like to call them. There’s those celebrities that just seem to always constantly be looking for love and one name always rings a bell: Jennifer Lopez. Basically all of her relationships have been in the media from her high profile relationships with Diddy and Ben Afleck to 3 failed divorces J. Lo has always been in the spotlight.

In ‘Hollywood’ life it’s like love doesn’t seem to last forever. I commend those who stand the test of time in a world where breakups/divorce are the plague.