February Favorites: Music + More

Another month has come and gone and it’s time for another round of my monthly favorites. I’ve decided to incorporate more than just music in my favorites, but not a lot really stood out to me this month, but here’s my list anyway.

First up, the music. I thought I’d have more songs that I loved, but not many were new. This is more of my monthly rotation.

  • Imagine Dragons, ‘Shots’
  • Taylor Swift, ‘Style’
  • Ed Sheeran, ‘Thinking Out Loud’
  • Ariana Grande, ‘One Last Time’
  • The Weeknd, ‘Earned It’
  • Jidenna, ‘Classic Man’

Moving on to TV shows, I finished all 9 seasons of CSI:NY and I absolutely loved the series. I’ve now moved on to CSI: Miami. I’m not as intrigued as I was with the NY series, but I’m not even through the first season so I’ll keep watching. As for other crime shows, my fav, I’ve caught up on Criminal Minds and SVU. SVU is a hit and miss for me and I’m not into as I used to be, but thanks to Netflix I LOVE Criminal Minds.

Lastly, How To Get Away With Murder season finale was AMAZING!!! Scandal was getting a bit tiresome for me, but I like where it is headed. I’m upset that I have to wait until the fall to figure out (WARNING – SPOILER ALERT) who killed Rebecca? I’m shocked as to who killed Lila, but I knew that Sam had something to do with it. No he didn’t do it, but he was surely an accomplice.

Hopefully Scandal will get more intense and I’ll fall in love with more songs than I did this month.

Until next time…

This Year in Music: 2014 Favorites

It’s been quite a year in music and for the first time since I’ve started blogging it’s been a slow one. Of course there have been albums released and artists making their way back to the forefront, but it’s been a lackluster year for me which could probably be seen in my reviews. I love to review albums, singles, and videos from artists that I have grown to love over the years. I will not be covering every music accomplishment of the year, just my personal favorites. Also no celeb drama will be included. You can click HERE if interested in what I think about the flood of celeb breakups. Anyway, let’s get into it. As always be sure to click the links as it will lead you to the reviews that I have done. In total I have reviewed 16 albums, 33 singles, and 51 videos; grand total 100. Not to shabby.

Favorite Albums of the Year

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I take my time with album reviews and try to connect and find some meaning to the way the artists have compiled the tracks and the overall sound of the project. Some shined, some disappointed, and some made me fall in love again.

Two albums that I loved this year were Magic!’s, Don’t Kill the Magic and Sia’s, 1000 Forms of FearAs for a soundtrack I LOVED the Think Like a Man Too Soundtrack with 14 original tracks from Mary J. Blige. (I still have yet to see the movie).

While she didn’t release an album this year, JoJo’s Valentine’s Day EP, #LoveJo, can be added to my favs. Her cover of Anita Baker’s, ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’, is one for the books.

sia-chandelier-video-2Video of the Year

Yes I was on a Sia craze this year and her video gets video of the year for my picks goes to her heartfelt ‘Chandelier’ video, As I stated in my review I envisioned an interpretive dance video for the track and I was so happy for that to be the outcome. I absolutely love it and if she didn’t release anything else that entire year that song and video would really suffice. My other two picks are Janelle Monáe’s sorority inspired video, Electric Lady and Queen Bey’s, ‘7.11.’ (Again, click the links!)

1. Sia, ‘Chandelier’

2. Janelle Monáe, ‘Electric Lady’

3. Beyoncè, ‘7/11’

Honorable Mentions – Katy Perry, ‘This Is How We Do’ / Coldplay, ‘Sky Full of Stars’

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As I loved both Don’t Kill the Magic and 1000 Forms of Fear, there was nothing played except from the lead singles, Rude’ and ‘Chandelier’, from each compilation respectively. I could see the Issue with Magic! as they released a reggae track yet not much reggae was found on their album. As for Sia, she’s an incognito artist, but her album was absolutely beautiful. Sia is nominated for _ Grammy’s for ‘Chandelier’. Unfortunately ‘Rude’ just might be the greatest thing that happened for Magic! I can’t wait to see them perform in 2015 alongside Maroon 5 on tour.

Songs I Don’t Want to Hear in 2015

The radio has a way of making your ears bleed when they play the same songs on five different stations at the same time in rotation. Two songs that I do NOT want to hear in 2015 are Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Black Widow’, and Ariana Grande’s, ‘Break Free.’ It’s been a great year for those two young ladies, but the radio played out those songs to no end. I thought ‘Fancy’ was bad, but I would rather hear Taylor Swift’, ‘Shake It Off’ followed by ‘Blank Space’ then ‘All About That Bass’ over and over then to hear ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Break Free’.

Artists I Can’t Wait To Hear From in 2015

Well this one is a no brainer, RIHANNA! There were rumors of her releasing her with studio album as a surprise this year, but I pretty much guarantee that she will be releasing one next year. Hopefully we won;t have to endure an entire year without Rihanna music and that it will hit right around Spring, Summer the latest. I absolutely LOVED Unapologetic (Click HERE for that review) and it was one of my favorites last year.

Speaking of Rihanna, how could I forget the return of Adele. It’s been nearly 4 years since the release of her multi-platinum album, 21, and I can’t wait to hear more. There’s been rumors of the album being titled ’25’ which makes sense as both her 1st and 2nd album had numeric significance. I just can’t wait to hear more of her amazing voice.

Lastly,  I’m excited to hear more from is Meghan Trainor. When I first saw her ‘All About That Bass’ video on Facebook I thought it would be just another fad, BUT Meghan has soared to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and can now add Grammy-award nominee to her list of accomplishments and her debut,, hasn’t even been reeled yet. I loved her EP, Titleand I can’t wait to hear her album.

Albums I Need to Listen to at the Top of 2015

There’s two albums in particular that I didn’t get around to listening to upon their releases and that’s Taylor Swift’s, 1989and J. Cole’s, 2014 Forrest Hills Drive. I’m not sure when I will be doing a review of those too, but expect in sometime in January. Definitely need to give those two a listen. Also congrats to both on their album sales.

Welp, that’s it. It was a long post, but I think I covered my favs. Stay tuned for my follow-up post of some of my favorite songs of 2014. Click HERE if you’re interested in seeing what my non-music favs were of this year and CHEERS to 2015. More reviews to come starting tomorrow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Taylor Swift Named 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year

49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Red CarpetLast year’s honoree for Billboard’s Woman of the Year was Pink! and this year the honor goes to Taylor Swift. She had quite a feat with her latest album Red and this is great momentum leading up to the release of her new album, 1989 ,in just a few weeks (10.27).

This award began in 2007 and aside from Pink and Taylor Swift other winners include: Reba McEntire, Ciara, Beyoncé, and Katy Perry. Taylor Swift is the first winner to receive the award twice. Her first time was back in 2011.

Taylor is not only earning doubles of this award, but she is the only female artist and fourth overall to have two albums sell 1 million in the first week. The first was Speak Now (2010) and the second her most recent, Red (2012).

Janice Min, co-president and CEO of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group  released a statement regarding Taylor’s success over the years (via Billboard):

“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts. Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.”

Taylor is very well deserving of this award and all that she has accomplished. She is about to release her 5th album and has received numerous awards including: 15 AMAs, 11 CMAs, 7 ACMAs, 12 BMAs, and 7 Grammy’s.

Taylor Swift will be honored at the Women in Music Awards, December 12th, in NYC.

CONGRATS!

Video Review: Taylor Swift, ‘Shake It Off’

image.pngTaylor Swift is doing something she’s never done before. Well, you could say two things she’s never done before. Taylor has been storming the Country scene for quite some time dominating with album after album. Her hits include: ‘Love Story’, ‘You Belong With Me’, ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, ’22’, and countless others. This time around for her new LP she’s going pop and from the first single it has nothing to do with boy troubles. Her album titled, 1989, it set to be released October 27th. You can preorder it on iTunes.

Just as fast as she released her new single, ‘Shake It Off’,the video has been released as well. Taylor Swift is in no way a dancer, but I respect that she likes to take chances. She’s at a point in her career, at the mere age of 24, to have the flexibility to do what she wants musically. Her fans know her for her Country sound, but real fans will stick it out in the long haul.

She has the ballet opener, then the hip hop scene. She clearly likes to shake her stuff and she even attempted a b-boy stance. Then it went into a interpretive dance scene before switching to a futuristic one where she looked a lot like Lady Gaga with the blonde bob and aviator glasses. The funniest scene has to be her ensemble of the cut off shorts, leopard hoodie, and gold chain, huge earrings, and a high bun. Taylor is not one to twerk. Then theres the dancers with the streamers, she didn’t do well at that either. She ends off the outfit changes as a cheerleader outfit which interchanged with that of a cute black ensemble. I love how she didn’t care and just did whatever in this one. It shows that although people might see her as this perfect idol, she’s not and she can be as awkward and horrible dancer as the next person. Overall I like the song.

Check out the video below: