2015 BET Awards Highlights

Another award show has come and gone and as much as I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be watching this years BET Awards, I ended up watching. The show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson with a whole bunch of fluff and mediocre performances in between.
I won’t touch base on every performance, but let’s get into my favorites.

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This Week In Music (V.36): Blog Update, Apple Music, & MORE!

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. For those who have not noticed, the blog did go under major changes such as a new name. ChaoticCritic is now the new name for the blog, simply because my posts are BEYOND music. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram @chaoticcritic. So before we get into the weekly music news, here’s what’s been posted this week:

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New Music Tuesday: Disclosure, Jason Derulo, Future & More

Disclosure-Holding-On-2015-1200x1200-300x300I’ve decided to keep it simple for  Tuesday post, although I’m off my blogging schedule, and share some new music. First up, Disclosure. Disclosure is best known for their smash ‘Latch’ featuring Sam Smith and this time around they’re back with a  new track titled,’Holding On’ featuring Gregory Porter. I’ve listened to it a few times and I don’t find it as mainstream as ‘Latch,’ but then again not everything needs to be mainstream. Not my fav, but a nice listen. Check it out below:

fuckupsomecommasaTwo remixes have dropped. The first is that of Ariana Grande’s, ‘One Last Time,’ featuring Fedez. This version was re-released for the Italian Market. As for who Fedez is, he’s a singer/rapper. The other remix is that of Future’s gibberish, ‘F*ck Up Some Commas.’ He’s enlisted the help of Big Sean and THE BOSS Rick Ross.  for this one.I still love the song even though it took me a while to decipher what the hell Future was saying. Listen to both tracks below:

Rob Thomas is working on a new album since 2009s,,. The first time I heard Rob Thomas was his smash ‘This Is How a Heart Breaks.’ What could be a super cool song has basic lyrics and melody. Granted that could be catchy, but there’s nothing outstanding about this song. I could hear the music in  a commercial or something, but not constantly on the radio waves. Listen below:

Lastly Jason Derulo is on quite a roll as he’s gearing up to release his new album and follow-up to Talk Dirty, This time he’s teamed up with J. Lo for a track titled ‘Try Me.’ Now I’m not in love with this one as much as I am with ‘Want You To Want Me,’ but I could hear this one the radio simply because J.Lo is featured.Everything is 4 drops June 2nd.  Listen to the track below:

This Week In Music (V.28): Billboard Awards, Future Collabs, & MORE!

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music (my typical intro). Click the links below for my posts of the week.

1428449191197I have quite a bit to mention so let’s get right into it. The Billboard Awards finalists have been released and Taylor Swift leads the pack with 14 nominations. There’s no surprise there with the success of 1989 which spends its 23rd consecutive week on the Billboard 200 this week. Sam Smith has 13 nominations, followed by Iggy Azalea with 12 nominations. ‘All About That Bass’ singer, Meghan Trainor, isn’t to be left out with 9 nominations. For full list of nominees, click HERE. Prayers go out to Taylor as she announced that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The Billboard Music Awards air May 17th and will be hosted by Ludacris and Pete Wentz.

IFWT_WALE1Moving on to chart news, Wale has dethroned Kendrick Lamar who had the #1 spot for two weeks. Wale’s, The Album About Nothing, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 100,00 copies sold in its first week. The biggest triumph on the chart would have to be the Furious 7 Soundtrack which catapulted to #2 from it’s last weeks position of 17. In at #3 is Ludacris’, Ludaversal. As for the Hot 100, Mark Monsoon and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk,’ still sits pretty at #1. Maybe just maybe it will tie with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s ‘One Sweet Day’ which has the record of 16 weeks.

cydrus_2015-Mar-29As for new collabs on the way, fans of Danity Kane have watched the group dwindle like a countdown, 5..4…3…2. Yes the group is officially no more and the reunion is short lived. As a group Danity Kane released 2 albums under Bad Boy Records. My personal favorite was their second, Welcome to the Dollhouse. After watching Making The Band 3 and seeing how the group was formed I was a fan instantaneously once the group was finally formed. Now it’s just down to two ladies, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day, who know call themselves DumBlonde. Interesting to see how this will pan out.

Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears Film a Music Video on Ventura BlvdIn other collabs, Britney Spears is teaming with Iggy Azalea in what can be a comeback or a flop with a track titled, ‘Pretty Girls.’ Britney Spears has rejuvenated her career successfully in the past, but could this collab be another chart topper? From the pictures on the internet, I’m not too sure. Hopefully the song if nothing else is decent enough for radio buzz. Maybe it’ll last longer than the short lived Fergie return.

Lastly, congrats are in order to new parents Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. They welcomed a baby boy over the weekend, Silas Ryan Timberlake.

Until next week…

2015 Grammy Review

Musics biggest night, The Grammy’s, has come and gone and social media has created a lot of buzz surrounding the show from the red carpet to the usual Grammy snubs. This review is not a play by play of the show being that I wasn’t fully interested. A lot of the performances were very somber and nothing made me jump out of my seat. Anyway, here are my highlights.

sam smithFirst of CONGRATS to the biggest winner of the night, Sam Smith. He won 4 Grammy’s: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. His feat reminded me of Adele as they both capitalized on breakups to make amazing music.

FAVORITE Performances:

tumblr_njholmKhZ41r7mjwxo1_500The first performance that I loved was Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ alongside Annie Lennox who then performed ‘I Put a Spell On You.’ I’ve heard Hozier’s song before, not any of his other music, but I do like his voice. Annie Lennox MADE the performance with her energy. I absolutely loved it.

giphyThe second performance that I loved is of course from Sia. She brought Maddie Ziegler along with her, of course, and added actress Kristen Wiig. I’m upset ‘Chandelier’ didn’t win anything. I guess she’s invisible to the Acaedmy. 1000 Forms of Fear is still my favorite album of 2014. I’m for any and all things Sia. Unfortunately Sia didn’t win any Grammy’s DESPITE ‘Chandlier’ being an amazing song with amazing performances.

I’m not discussing all performances simply because there’s nothing for me to discuss. I will say that I did like the Target ad being Imagine Dragons performing ‘Shots’ (click HERE for that review) LIVE from Vegas. Other performances were ok. I did like Katy Perry’s ‘By The Grace of God,’ and Miranda Lambert’s, ‘Little Red Wagon,’ but that’s about it.

Performances I DIDN’T Like:

There was talk of Pharrell performing a different version of ‘Happy’ which shouldn’t have been allowed based off the title of the song. He came out looking like a hotel Bell Hop speaking the lyrics and having it spoken in different languages, excuse me, creepily whispered in different languages before the song took a dark turn. What was supposed to be ‘Happy’ sounded like something that belonged on a soundtrack to a scary movie.

Another performance that I didn’t like was Rihanna’s with Paul McCartney and Kanye West. they all came out in suits and what not and did the song. As I stated in my review (click HERE for that), I don’t see this as a comeback track, but I’ll stick around for what’s coming.

Speaking of albums, Album of the Year went to Beck for Morning Phase. Other nominees in the category were: Beyoncè (Beyoncè), Sam Smith (In The Lonely Hour), Pharrell (G I R L), and Ed Sheeran (X). Kanye was about to go on stage and interrupt as he did to Taylor Swift at the VMAs, but he had a change of heart. Beck invited him to come back, but talk about another awkward moment. He did rant in an interview after the show saying:

And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncè.

I can’t sit here and completely agree with that although it would’ve been great to see Beyonce win an award she’s never won before. I will say that every artist has their own form of artistry and that it’s the people who pick the artist as the winner, no the artist that should get the backlash. Another artist that had something to say about Grammy snubs was Trey Songz. He tweeted (see right):

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In certain areas of music, I will say that there are a lot of artists that could be nominated yet they do get snubbed in one way or another. There’s not a huge presence of R&B aside from Beyoncè. Speaking of she won Best R&B Song for ‘Drunk In Love’ and fans watched her perform ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’ as the introduction to the final performance of the night, ‘Glory,’ by John Legend and Common. The song on the Selma soundtrack was performed by Ledisi, a Grammy nominee, but she just sat back and watched as Beyonce did what she should’ve done.

Also Kendrick Lamar might have been snubbed last year in the Best Rap Album category, but he ended up winning not one, but TWO Grammy’s this year for his track ‘i’; Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Better late than never.

Overall while the show moved rather quickly with few interruptions, it wasn’t all that entertaining to me. I love that there were a lot of performances, just not any that were upbeat enough to make the crowd dance like last year. Another thing was that these artists need to work on their acceptance speeches and keep them from 30-45 seconds. If you’re nominated you should have a speech prepared just in case.

Click HERE for full list of winners. Until the next award show…

Grammy Performers

It’s three weeks until the grandest stage of them all in the world of music. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards airs on February 8th. CLICK HERE for the list of nominees. Here’s who’s slated to perform:

  • PicMonkey CollagePharrell
  • Sam Smith
  • Madonna
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Ariana Grande
  • Usher
  • AC/DC
  • Erich Church
  • Miranda Lambert

I’m interested in seeing what Madonna will perform. Whether it be something new or a medley. Same with Pharrell, he could take the same route. Then again he’ll probably perform ‘Happy.’ Beyonce and Jay-Z opened the show last year and I can’t wait to see who opens up this year (insert that Madonna medley; wishful thinking). Sam Smith will probably perform ‘Stay With Me’, maybe ‘I’m Not The Only One.’ Usher hasn’t had much of  a buzz with any new music so I’m curious as to what he’ll perform.

Stay tuned for Grammy updates and as always I’ll be doing a review of the performances. CLICK HERE for my review of last years show.