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Female Returning Hit Makers and News Makers

I didn’t get to listen to Janet Jackson’s new album until recently. Boy, I was missing out. Her song, “Shoulda Known Better” is simply gorgeous. It reminds me faintly of Jackson’s “Every Time”. Soft vocals and a faint 90s/00s vibe. Love it. It’s a hit. Oh, Ms. Jackson, how I never knew I missed you so. I guess I shoulda known better.

And speaking of blast’s from the past, Missy Elliot’s new hit single “WTF (Where They From)” is back to school these kids how it’s done. With puppets, Pharrell, dancing and the creative mind of Missy Elliot, she shows she’s unstoppable. So refreshing to hear her come back.

Also, other music I’m listening to, Calvin Harris featuring HAIM, LP,CHVRCHES, Elle King and Lourde.

I just love the “Pray to God” music video from Calvin Harris feating HAIM. These women are elegant and haunting and I love the nature sets. Awesome video.

LP is back with “Muddy Waters”, love this song. It’s a different but RIGHT departure from her previous light-hearted pop tunes. I hope LP keeps digging deep for inspiration for these soulful songs.

CHVRCHES music video for “Leave a Trace” is colorful and the song took me a while to warm to. It’s different, and that’s good. Different is good.

Elle King has been jumping the iTunes charts with this hit “Ex’s and Ohs”. The lyrics are fun and I wish I had thought of it first.

Lastly, I love Disclosure’s “Magnets” featuring Lorde. It’s a unique music video and I actually like Lorde’s modern dancing in the video. It’s artistic and refreshing to see an artist move their body in their own creative way versus a big choreographed scene.

Tune in again soon for some more hit songs.

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New Music to Check out: Aronchupa

Hey Everyone!

This is the latest track I’ve been listening to. This one’s a banger.

House meets classic French music, this Moulin Rouge meets modern day dance it a hit. It’s already climbing up the Vevo charts and I love working out to this song.

The music video is fun too. My only gripe is that the song is short! Need to find a long remix of this song. Enjoy the video!

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The Girls Just Keep on Rocking: Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Keri Hilson feat. Nelly

Music videos have obviously upped their visual game. Music videos cater to the internet audience, MTV long gone from premiering new music videos. Vevo has control of music videos releases, audio leaks, and music videos themselves have higher budgets than the past.

Avril Lavigne has been making a slow comeback ever since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland released. Her latest single, “Smile” is probably one of my favorite Lavigne songs. I was not a fan of hers in the past. But now, I like this happier sound, it’s not so idiotically catchy, it’s light and fun. I also have to say, I think Lavigne is the only person that can pull off green hair.

Beyonce is back with “Run the World (Girls)”. I remember hearing the song on the radio, I sort of liked it, but felt weird about it at the same time. I think this song has its good moments, and moments where it falls flat. As for the music video, I was stunned at the first dancing sequence. I have not seen choreography that made my jaw drop like that in a while. Choreography seems like, “one and two and three and four” to me, because it just seems so emotionless. The dance sequence at “0:52” is just amazing. She’s doing that in HEELS too! That blew me away. The way Beyonce flings her hair and her facial expression at “3:56” is fierce. I saw complaints online that the dancing wasn’t good, the music video sucks, the song sucks. It’s a different song, not for everyone, it’s a stepping/cheer kind of song. I appreciate the message, and honestly, I like it better than “Single Ladies”. I think the ending with all the girls dancing together is chilling.

Keri Hilson has also debuted a visual stunning video, “Lose Control”. She reminds me of Rihanna and Beyonce. The song is good, nothing groundbreaking, but still catchy and has potential to be a hit. I think this is Hilson’s best work as of yet. Nelly is a nice touch in the song. I think my only gripe is I’m kind of tired of hearing songs about “hooking up”. I hear enough of that, tell us something new, ok? The bridge with the piano solo is one of the best parts of the song.

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A Special Blast from the Past Friday: Ace of Base Meets Lady Gaga

All right, readers, I have a special Blast from the Past Friday for you today!

I’ve been wanting to write a post about how Lady Gaga uses references from Ace of Base, so for today’s Blast from the Past Fridays, I’m going to show you some of my favorite Ace of Base songs and show the correlation with Lady Gaga’s music.

I remember falling in love with the Swedish band, Ace of Base back in the 90s on an airplane. I was listening to the airplane radio and I heard “It’s A Beautiful Life” for the first time. I loved the pop, the dance and the synths. I later bought my first Ace of Base album, The Bridge back in 1995. I still whip out that album from time to time. There are a ton of good songs on that album. There’s great song writing. The lyrics are great, very poetic, “your tears are like pearls (Experience Pearls)/you’re as reliable as wave-wet sand (Wave Wet Sand)/when I was your age I was working my ass off, your generation’s soft (Blooming 18)“.

And no, I was never a fan of “The Sign”.

I heard from the grapevine that Lady Gaga was influenced by Ace of Base. It is extremely evident. When I heard “Alejandro” I heard the same exact rhythm/beat from “Blooming 18”. You can also say, “Alejandro” sounds just like, “Don’t Turn Around”.

I love that Lady Gaga is influenced by Ace of Base. In my opinion, Ace of Base was one of the most original pop acts in the 1990s. Their lyrics and song writing still hold up to today. Unfortunately, the synths now sound outdated, but I think a remake of the songs would be brilliant, and in essence, what Lady Gaga has done. She’s taken the upbeat, dance rhythms from Ace of Base and has made it modern. Ace of Base also had very original lyrics, ranging from religion, utopias, coming of age, dating guys that disappear, it goes on.

Ace of Base later came out with Cruel Summer in 1998. That album was good as well, they had an improved pop sound, with some throwbacks to the 50s. Although, The Bridge will be one of the best albums in my pop musical library, and it still inspires me to this day. Not bad for an album 16 years old.

Ace of Base “It’s a Beautiful Life”

Now check out Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” then listen to “Blooming 18” and “Don’t Turn Around”

 

 

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Dance! Dance! Dance! Nero! Dash Berlin! & Daft Punk News!

I’ve been listening to Daft Punk’s & Tiesto’s Pandora Radio music and this one artist really stood out a lot to me.

Nero, a London, UK Club music duo, currently touring the UK, Europe and New Zealand. Nero’s music is a mixture of Club, Dance and Drum and Bass. I haven’t listened to Drum and Bass for ages, so it was exciting to hear good dance music like this.

Songs that stuck out for me was “Innocence” and “Act Like You Know (Dubstep Mix)”. Check out their myspace page here: http://www.myspace.com/nerouk

This is the video for “Innocence” and I think the Anime is pretty rad too. This music isn’t for everyone, mostly for people who like club, trance and dance music.

And “Act Like You Know (Dubstep Mix)”

Also, a song that I wanted to mention, not really a new song, but an awesome song and music video is “Waiting” by Dash Berlin feat. Emma Hewitt. This is a trance, slower song. The vocals are entrancing. The music video is one of my favorites. I think I’m into motorcycle guys because of this video. Something so mysterious about the helmets… Emma escapes her captors with the sound of music, then runs off into the dance club where she belongs. Love it.

Also, there is Daft Punk news afoot! Rumor has it that there is a remix album of Daft Punk’s “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack. Myself being a fan of the original movie soundtrack (and also waiting for a remix of “Derezzed’), I am beyond stoked to hear this masterpiece. The album will be called “TRON LEGACY R3CONFIGUR3Dand will be released April 5th. Go onto the official website here: http://tronsoundtrack.com/ and type “M83” onto the website to hear a sample from the soundtrack. I heard it, and I am blown away, I LOVE it! Artists on the album: The Crystal Method, Moby, Paul Oakenfold, Pretty Lights and M83 will revamp this iconic soundtrack.

Now, go forth and enjoy your dance music!

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Blast from the Past Fridays- Janet Jackson “The Pleasure Principle”

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Sorry for not writing yesterday. Oops. I’ll make it up to you, I promise. I have to do a follow-up on Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” music video critique quite soon for you.

It was a tough decision deciding this week’s “Blast from the Past“. I’ve been in quite an 80s mood lately, so possibly the rest of the month will have more 80s gems every Friday. We’ll see if you’re THAT lucky…

This week, I’m going to have to go with “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson.

This music video is special to me because when I was a little girl, I saw this video and it was the first time I ever saw a girl dance like that. It made me want to dance on chairs, and have that confidence. Now I am a dancer, thanks to Janet & Michael Jackson. But this video, was the first time I saw that women could do these things.

So, enjoy this week’s “Blast from the Past“…

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