Pitbull Releases “Wild Wild Love” with G.R.L.

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After the success of harmonica-soaked “Timber,” Pitbull has once again dipped into the Americana bucket. This time Ke$ha isn’t featured. G.R.L., another one of Robin Antin’s Pussycat Doll incarnations, perform on “Wild Wild Love.”

Mr. Worldwide’s constant presence on top-40 radio can be excessive.  But his frequent producer Dr. Luke does have a knack for finding new sounds to build into the dance-pop machine. Even if this song is similar to everything else on the airwaves now, the little twinge of acoustic guitar mixed into the production gives the track uniqueness.  Continue reading

Ne-Yo to Abandon Dance Music, Release R&B Album This Summer

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Compound Ent.

For the past few years so much of pop music has been infused with EDM. This craze has caused many an artist to hop on the bandwagon and Ne-Yo was one of them. He tells Billboard’s The Juice (rather boastfully it seems) that he was a “pioneer, leading people into whatever the next thing was gonna be.” But now Ne-Yo wants to get back to his urban roots. On his sixth studio album he’ll be abandoning the synths and bass production featured on 2012’s “R.E.D.” in favor of more soulful fair.

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Lady Gaga Performs ‘ARTPOP’ on the “Tonight Show”

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NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Last night, Lady Gaga fueled speculation that the title track to her third studio album, “ARTPOP,” could become the next single. She showed up on the “Tonight Show” to perform the quirky song. In pure Gaga fashion, she toned down the single for the live show and opened by playing the piano. Electro keyboard and drums join in later as she jerks her way down the white staircase she’s perched upon. Continue reading

Estelle Shocks With Vulgar New Single, “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)”

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If the cat between the vertically situated legs didn’t tip you off, Estelle has made her musical return in a raunchy way. The lead single from her EP, Love & Happiness Vol. 3 How Stella Got Her Groove Back, has been likened to Beyoncé’s  present overtly sexual image. Pop stars and R&B darlings have made a habit of shocking the general public by revamping their image in a sultry way. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the British soul import has made this change too. After being away from American listeners for two years, the singer returns with her explicit single “Make Her Say (Beat It Up).” Continue reading

Britney Spears Closes Deal for Vegas Residency…Until Monday Comes

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Britney Spears is set for Vegas! A headline like this has been circulating on the inter-webs since last winter yet there still hasn’t been any official confirmation from her management regarding a string of shows in Sin City. As the story goes, Spears is supposed to have to two-year residency where she performs weekly shows in Las Vegas. She’s had the proposal for residency and subsequent bidding war as to where the show will be taking place. One thing that has been consistant is the fact that veteran journalist Robin Leach has consistently reported every little detail that emerges over the contract and shows. His latest headline promises that an official announcement will be made on Monday.

Well, Monday came and went and nothing has been announced. In fact, nothing has ever been announced. The only thing that has been confirmed is the fact that Britney has been getting in shape for the show. She’s promised it will be a “massive party from start to finish”. But the only thing that has been consistant about any Vegas residency reports from Leach is that he continues to promise than an announcement will be made Monday after Monday.

It’s important for music industry outlets to be the first to report exclusives. However, by Leach jumping the gun on the finalization of the deal every month since the spring, it it threatens his credibility on the story. Continue reading

Why Taylor Swift’s ’22’ Isn’t the Best Summer Song

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Big Machine Records

It’s featured in an often-aired Diet Coke ad. The promo makes the impression that “22” and all things Taylor Swift transend the boundaries of race, age and lifestyle. While that may be arguable, the ad is definitely trying to sell the fact that the song is a celebration of life at that age and having fun; “stay extraordinary” the commercial displays as it concludes.

Taylor’s single would have you believe that it defines the summer of a young collegiate. But it hasn’t been on any list or poll of summer songs for 2013. The instrumentation is mainly guitar and drums. That hardly makes for a track worthy of getting anyone pumped up for a night out. It’s not that it is boring or lackluster, it’s  just not what a good summer tune is made of. Although the lyrics are catchy, they’re not summertime catchy. “22” and its accompanying album is more in the vein of acoustic pop to align with its foundational country genre.

Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s To Never Growing Up”  won Idolator’s poll; it is in a somewhat similar pop vein as “22.” But it has more overt pop elements which lend to it’s contention in the  poll rather than it’s theme which is similar to the theme of Taylor’s song. Continue reading

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tops Billboard Hot 100, Upsetting Fans

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Robin Thicke Facebook

Last week, Robin Thicke’s Pharrell-assisted “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. made it to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The general reaction among fans has been frustration. They complain that this catchy tune is too simple and unsophisticated for the crooner. The main reason why followers of Robin are upset is because they feel the song doesn’t represent the singer’s true talent.

One fan says,

His one ,silly, pointless song..becomes his biggest hit. He has released great music since 2000 and was ignored by pop radio. With that being said I dig the song [b]ut he has WAAAAY better in his catalogue. Continue reading