New Music Friday!

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Happy weekend, buttcakes! It’s New Music Friday! Last week’s NMF is going to be tough to beat. But there is some good stuff this week!

Selena Gomez ft. Myke Towers – Dámelo To’

Selena Gomez officially released her first 7-track EP entirely in Spanish, Revelación. In an interview with Apple Music, Selena said that a project is something she has wanted to do for 10 years because she is proud of her heritage.

Here is Dámelo To’, which means “Give it to me.” This song is about doin’ it.

Stay, I want to lose my manners until dawn
And all you have to do, you already know
You say my name and I don’t care about anything
Others try but no, they never achieved anything
Others try but no
Finish what you started…


Nick Jonas – 2Drunk

The most popular Jonas brother just released his studio album Spaceman. This is Jonas’ first solo album since 2016 when he released Last Year Was Complicated. When singing with his brothers, it’s that bubble gum pop for the teenage girls. Solo Nick Jonas is definitely leaning more to the R&B side.

This is definitely a song I can relate to. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been waaaay 2Drunk.

Too drunk and I’m all in my feelings
Oh, well, now I’m high as the ceiling
And, oh, I think I just hit my stride
Till I wake up and hate my life

Rosé – On The Ground

Blackpink and K-pop fans have been waiting for this album for a long time. Rosé’s first solo album, R dropped today and reactions have been mixed.

We have a little bit of everything from her fans. We’ll let you be the judge.

Here is Korean pop superstar, Rosé with On The Ground

My life’s been magic seems fantastic
I used to have a hole in the wall with a mattress
It’s funny when you want it
Suddenly you have it
You find out that your gold’s just plastic

Machine Gun Kelly ft. CORPSE – DAYWALKER!

Now for something completely different.

DAYWALKER! is intense and actually gives me anxiety…but I kind of like it. This song is its own new genre…like “Screamo Whisper Rap.” I know that doesn’t make any sense at all and is an absolute contradiction, but you’ll understand when you hear the song.

AJ Mitchell – Cameras On

AJ Mitchell does not get nearly enough attention. I started listening to him when I randomly heard I Don’t Want You Back and his vocals blew me away. This dude can hit some ball-crushing notes, and I think the 19-year-old deserves a much brighter spotlight.

Check out his new single, Cameras On

Yeah I’ve seen it in my past
Yeah that fake love it don’t last
And I know what it will do to me (I know)
When I think they want me well
They tryin’ to make me someone else
And I know what that will do to me (I know)

Conclusion

We had some highly-anticipated releases this week. None more anticipated than Rosé. There is a lot more to hear, so check out Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist right here!

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Silk Sonic: Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Announce Joint Album

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Finally! I’ve been waiting for Bruno Mars to put new music out there. Even better that it’s with Anderson .Paak. To sweeten the deal even more, Parliament Funkadelic bassist and funk superstar, Bootsy Collins, will be featured as a “Special Guest Host.”

The last we heard of Bruno Mars was in 2019, when he was featured on Ed Sheeran‘s track, Blow, with Chris Stapleton. He also released Please Me with Cardi B in February of 2019. His last album was 24k Magic in 2016.

Grammy-winning rapper/singer/songwriter Anderson .Paak will be joining Bruno on this album. Paak has had a nice career for himself, so far. We last heard from him in 2020 when he hit the Madden 21 soundtrack with Cut Em In alongside Rick Ross.

Funk legend, Bootsy Collins joins the duo as the “Special Guest Host.” I absolutely can’t wait to hear what he contributes to the album.

Bruno made the official announcement on his Instagram yesterday:

Be ready for New Music Friday next week, as the team drops their first single from the album. It’s sure to be a banger.

There is no release date for An Evening With Silk Sonic at the moment, but at least we get a nice taste of the album next week!

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2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

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Happy hump day, dudes and dudettes!

Yesterday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH released their list of 2021 nominees. Let’s break the list down!

This is the order that the artists currently stand in the voting. If your favorite is at the bottom, get to voting!

Tina Turner

The 81-year-old megastar looks like a shoo-in for the Hall this year. Tina Turner is a 12-time Grammy winner and has sold over 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists of all-time.

Turner also broke barriers as the first black artist AND the first female to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

She is best known for her singles Proud Mary, What’s Love Got To Do With It, and The Best.

Here is Tina Turner singing Proud Mary live at Wembley in 2000.


Foo Fighters

Formed in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl as a solo project, the Foo Fighters picked up a few more members, and have released hit-after-hit since.

The rock band has won 12 Grammys and have just released a new album, Medicine At Midnight.

Dave Grohl is a true rockstar and he is someone I have always admired. I am truly excited for this nomination. He is one person I would absolutely love to sit down with and just talk about music.

Here are a couple of my favorite Dave Grohl moments:

How awesome is that?
Look at me, motherf*cker! Look at me…look at me! Get the F*ck out of my show right now!”
I have done this…minus the guitar.

Carole King

Quite possibly the greatest songwriter of our generation, Carole King has either written or co-written 118 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

118. That’s ridiculous. Wow.

King has 4 Grammys and has also been inducted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, written by Douglas McGrath, opened on Broadway. The show starred Jessie Mueller as Carole King. You know you made an impact when someone writes a musical about you.

Here is Carole King singing Natural Woman live in Oakland, 1972. Also the highlights from the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.


Iron Maiden

This British heavy-metal band was formed in 1975 by Steve Harris, the band’s bassist.

Iron Maiden has sold well over 100 million records, worldwide…which is crazy considering the minimal air-time they received.

In a 2016 article on Loudersound, Paul Branigan hilariously explains how rock bands, including Iron Maiden, are tools of Satan and must be stopped. US Christian groups labeled the band as “Satanists” and called for people to destroy copies of their album The Number of the Beast…which is just hilarious, in my opinion.

Here is the controversial hit, The Number of the Beast live from The Forum in Las Angeles, 2008.

666. The number of the beast!

The Go-Go’s

The LA-based, all female new wave band was formed in 1978. Led by vocalist Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go’s sold over 7 million albums worldwide.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Jane Wiedlin discussed what it was like for all female bands in their time. She said:

“If you look at a band like the Runaways, they’re all talented people, especially Joan [Jett], whom I consider a genius, and yet they were basically created by a really creepy man [Kim Fowley] who forced them into their image, who wrote their songs for them. I feel like those girls were really degraded. And so I guess I just feel lucky that we came about organically and kind of kept our own power.”

Here is The Go-Go’s hit single, We Got The Beat.

That hair…

Rage Against The Machine

RATM, the LA-based rock band formed in 1991 is on the nominee list for the third time since 2017.

The band, consisting of Tom Morello, Zack de la Rocha, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk, is known for their leftist anti-authoritarian and revolutionary views in their music.

Rage has won 2 Grammys and is hoping the third time is the charm for the Hall of Fame.

Here is Rage Against The Machine with one of my favorite songs to rock out to, Killing In The Name, live at PinkPop 1993.

F*ck you, I won’t do what you tell me

Todd Rundgren

The 73-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer from Philadelphia played a diverse range of styles and genres. Rundgren was responsible for the first interactive television concert in 1978, and the first interactive album, No World Order, in 1994.

Rundgren also produced tracks on Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, Hall and OatesWar Babies, and Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re An American Band, just to name a few.

Here is Todd Rundgren’s 1973 hit, Hello It’s Me.

Hello it’s me
I’ve thought about us for a long long time

Devo

This Akron, OH rock band was formed in 1973. In 2021, Devo looks to return home to Cleveland and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They are known for their science fiction themes and social satire.

Devo played a heavy hand in the beginning of music videos, creating LazerDisk format clips in their video for Whip It, which was played on MTV at the very beginning of it all.

When MTV played music.

Here is the innovative 1980 video, Whip It.

It’s not too late
To whip it
Whip it good

Dionne Warwick

Now 80-years-old, Warwick is more than deserving of a place in the Hall. Known for her single That’s What Friends Are For, she is one of the most charted female vocalists of all-time with 56 singles reaching the Hot 100.

EW named Warwick the “newly minted queen of social media” last week, as she has been hilariously active on Twitter lately. Have a look at the EW video in her tweet below.

“I asked The Weeknd why he didn’t spell his name right.”

Here is Dionne Warwick with the 1985 hit, That’s What Friends Are For.

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for

Chaka Khan

67-year-old powerhouse, Chaka Khan, is widely known as the “Queen of Funk.” She has won 10 Grammys and has sold over 70 million records since her career started in 1973.

Khan has been on the ballet for the Rock Hall twice as a solo artist, and 4 times as a member of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

Most recently, Chaka Khan appeared on season 3 of The Masked Singer as Miss Monster in 2020…at young age of 79. Have a look at one of her performances here.

Imagine having to perform in that crap. No thanks.

Here she is in her prime, singing Ain’t Nobody live from Germany, 1985

And now we’re flyin’ through the stars
I hope this night will last forever

New York Dolls

This punk rock/glam rock band formed in New York City in 1971. The band never really received any traction in commercial music, but they did turn out 2 of the most popular cult rock albums and really predated punk music.

The New York Dolls heavily influenced acts like Kiss, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and even Guns n Roses.

Here is their 1973 live performance of Personality Crisis.

All about that personality crisis, you got it while it was hot
But now, frustration and heartache is what you got

Kate Bush

This 62-year-old singer, songwriter, was the first female artist to claim a UK number 1 with a self-written song at the age of 19 (1978).

Bush signed with EMI Records after Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour helped produce her first demo tape. She has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards and was first nominated for the Rock Hall in 2018.

Here is Kate Bush with Babooshka.

All yours
Babooshka, babooshka, babooshka 

LL Cool J

Short for “Ladies Love Cool James” which is a fun fact I just learned. The 53-year-old hip-hop artist from Queens, NY has 2 Grammys under his belt, and became the first rapper to receive Kennedy Center Honors.

Aside from his music career, LL appeared in the films Any Given Sunday, S.W.A.T., and Deep Blue Sea. He also stars in NCIS: Las Angeles.

Here is LL Cool J with the hit Doin It.

Doin it and doin it and doin it well

Jay Z

With a $1 BILLION net worth, it’s safe to say 51-year-old Shawn Cory Carter has made one hell of a career for himself.

The rapper/songwriter/executive/businessman/producer is one of the most influential names in all of hip-hop. This guy started his career in music by founding Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995.

22 Grammy Awards later, Jay Z was the first rapper inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time according to Rolling Stone.

On the business side, Jay has founded several multi-million dollar corporations, Rocawear and the 40/40 Club. He also founded the entertainment company Roc Nation and took over the streaming source Tidal.

Not to mention the fact that he is married to one of the biggest superstars of all time, Beyoncé.

I want your life, Jay Z.

I listened to a lot of Jay growing up. I actually made a point of it to eat at the McDonald’s on 145th and Broadway that he wrote about in New York State of Mind.

I used to cop in Harlem,
all of my Dominicanos
right there up on Broadway,
brought me back to that McDonalds

Here is one of my favorite Jay Z hits from when I was a kid, 1999 hit Big Pimpin‘.

We doin’, big pimpin’, we spendin’ cheese
Check ’em out now
Big pimpin’, on B.L.A.D.’s
We doin big pimpin’ up in N.Y.C.

Mary J. Blige

Signed to Uptown Records in 1991, Mary’s esteemed career began. She has sold over 80 million records worldwide, won 9 Grammys, 12 American Music Awards, and even 3 Golden Globes.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul deserves a shot at the Hall. If she doesn’t get it this year, I’d be willing to bet she will in the next couple of years,

Here is Mary J. Blige with her 2009 hit, Family Affair.

Mary J is in the spot tonight, and I’mma make ya feel alright

Fela Kuti

Last but not least, we have the Nigerian pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti. He was a superstar in Africa in the 1970s and an outspoken political activist.

As an artist, he was known for his showmanship and his concerts were considered to be quite wild. Fela passed away in 1997.

In 2008, Fela’s music was brought to New York in the off-Broadway production of Fela! a story of the man’s life, which opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Niell Theatre and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009.

Here is Fela Kuti’s live performance of Pansa Pansa in Germany, 1987.

There we have it. All 16 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Be sure to vote your favorites in at https://vote.rockhall.com/

Who are you voting for? Let me know in the comments!

Top 10 on the Billboard Global 200 + The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Performance

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I have been incredibly under the weather the last few days, so this is going to be brief.

Billboard Global 200 (Top 10)

Here are the music videos (with some alternate videos mixed in to switch it up) for the Billboard Global 200 Top 10:

1. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

The music video has been posted a million times, so here is the first live performance of Drivers License.


2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights


3. BTS – Dynamite


4. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears


5. Bad Bunny and Jhay CortezDakiti


6. 24KGoldn ft. Ian Dior – Mood


7. Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby – Levitating


8. Doja Cat – Streets


9. SZA – Good Days


10. Ariana Grande – 34+35


Super Bowl Halftime Show – The Weeknd

I’ve seen a lot of lazy, piss-poor takes on The Weeknd’s performance…like Mesfin Fekadu of the AP calling it “boring.” That’s literally all he had to say about it, with a couple of 3rd-grade metaphors thrown in there for flair. I hope you reached your word quota, Mesfin.

The Weeknd got up there in front of nearly 100 million people and displayed his talent: Singing.

He’s not a dancer like Bruno Mars or Beyoncé. He’s never been the type of entertainer to run all over the damn place. If you did your research, you should have known what to expect. The Weeknd is an incredibly gifted vocalist, and that’s exactly what he gave us.

I’ll give it to you…his schtick isn’t for everyone. His music is dark and some people don’t like it. I understand that. But to say it was “boring?” Come on, man. If anything was boring, it was the game itself.

What did you guys think about the performance? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

New Music Friday: 6 of This Week’s Top New Releases.

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It’s that time of the week again! All clocked out for the weekend and ready to discover some brand new music!

We have some early 2000’s nostalgia hitting us this week, so let’s start with that.

Foo Fighters – Making A Fire

This single comes off the band’s 10th studio album, Medicine At Midnight.

The Foo Fighters started in Seattle in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, after the tragic “suicide” of Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain.

Hear what Grohl had to say about Cobain’s death and how he formed the Foo Fighters in this 2018 interview with ABC’s Anthony Mason:

Whenever I see a new artist that’s young and just blows up, and becomes gigantic overnight…I kind of get worried for them. I don’t think anybody’s cut out for it.”

Grohl was only 25 when he started the group. 26 years and 12 Grammys later, The Foo Fighters are still making great music. I guess Grohl was cut out for it, after all. The man is an absolute legend.

Here’s the new track, Making A Fire.

Are you afraid of the dark?
I know a place we can start
But if this is the last time
Make up your mind
I’ve waited a lifetime to live
It’s time to ignite
I’m making a fire

Hayley Williams – My Limb

This brings us to our second nostalgic sound of the week. Paramore lead singer, Hayley Williams dropped a surprise solo album today, Flowers for Vases/descansos.

This is her second solo album, which was written and performed in its entirety from her Nashville home during the pandemic.

The 32-year-old rocker intentionally leaked My Limb on January 28th, by driving to a Nashville fan’s home and leaving her a package containing a candle, a burnt copy of the track on a CD (like we used to do back in the early 2000’s,) and instructions to leak the single early.

“Neighborhood watch has really got a tight butthole right now”

Here it is. Officially released today, My Limb.

If you gotta amputate
Don’t give me the tourniquet
You wished that I would runaway
Sever what isn’t working

Cardi B – Up

Honestly, I’m just here for the comments section on this one.

Billboard’s 2020 Woman of the Year has released the second single off of her upcoming album, and just like her last single, W.A.P. Cardi holds nothing back with Up.

Cardi B songs always slap, and this one is no different. The beat hits hard and her flow is always on point, though she has caught a little flack for the hook. Mir Fontane and Mir Pesos claim Cardi stole their 2020 song, Stuck. While the hooks to both songs do sound similar, Chris Mench of Genius shows us that “If it’s up then it’s stuck” has appeared in dozens of rap songs. For Chris’ explanation and breakdown of the accusations, click the Genius link above.

This is NOT your kid’s Pixar version of Up.

But just for funsies, watch the opening scene from Pixar’s Up, then watch Cardi B’s Up…you’ll find yourself on a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Also note: the music video is NSFW.

I’m not crying. You’re crying.
I could make the party hot, I could make your body rock
B*tches say they f*ckin’ with me, chances are they probably not

Can we also talk about the blatant disregard for COVID while the ladies slap their tongues together? Am I the only one thinking about that?


Dan + Shay – Glad You Exist

On a much more family friendly note, Dan + Shay are back with their air-tight harmonies and seemingly endless positivity.

The duo took to their Instagram, stating:

“To us, ‘Glad You Exist’ is more than just a song, It’s a message of gratitude and hope. A message to everyone in our lives: our fans, our friends, our families, to remind them all how grateful we are to be on the planet at the same time.”

Here is the country pop duo’s newest single, Glad You Exist.

Here’s to all the late night drunk phone calls that you picked up
Here’s to all the bad decisions that you didn’t judge
All the love yous and the hate yous and the secrets that you told me
Here’s to everyone but mostly us

Sia and David Guetta – Floating Through Space

This is the 10th collaboration between the two, and they clearly have a great chemistry between them. Out of the 10, they are most famous for Titanium, which was their first collaboration together, and Flames, which peaked at number 7 on the charts.

French DJ and Producer David Guetta has a nice collection of awards, including an American Music Award in 2012 for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist, two Grammy Awards for Best Remixed Recording, and DJ Mag’s World’s Number 1 DJ Award…twice.

Australian pop singer, Sia, really blew up as a solo artist in 2014 with her top 10 hit, Chandelier. She has released several hits since then, including Cheap Thrills and Elastic Hearts.

The duo strikes gold once again with Floating Through Space. Sia’s voice is perfect for this track, and the lyrics are up-lifting. If you’re having a tough day…listen to this one.

So today, baby
Remember it’s okay
We’re all floatin’ through space

FINNEAS – American Cliché

23-year-old Finneas Baird O’Connell is a singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. He’s most famously known for his collaborations as a producer and co-writer with his younger sister, Billie Eilish.

In a recent interview with Carolyn Droke of UPROXX, FINNEAS says the siblings are close to putting the finishing touches on Billie’s upcoming album.

But this isn’t about Billie. This is FINNEAS’ moment. According to Droke’s interview, fans “cyberbullied” him into finishing this track…and he said he is happy they did.

Personally, I’m glad they did too. I’ve always had respect for his artistry, and his voice is good enough for him to be as big as his sister is.

Finneas deserves some time in the spotlight. This track could be it.

Here is American Cliché.

I’m an American cliché
Missin’ a girl in a French café
I say, “God damn, you’re beautiful”
You blush and duck out of frame

There we have it. This week’s New Music Friday was fun! Let’s do it again next week!

Which of these six tracks is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

BLΛƆKPIИK (BLACKPINK) IN YOUR AREA: 2 New Solo Projects for K-Pop Fans!

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New Releases From Rosé and Lisa of K-Pop Supergroup, BLACKPINK

That’s right, K-Pop fans. The long-awaited solo projects have been released by the ladies this month. Both tracks are in English and they are both catchy as hell.

Lisa ​리사- Say So

On February 2, Lisa, the rapper from Thailand and member of the South Korean pop group dropped an absolute banger, Say So. With nearly 2 million views on YouTube, it’s safe to say this solo project is a success. Check it out here:

Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused; you want it? Say so

Rosé Love Is Gone (로제 GONE 가사)

Love Is Gone is Rosé’s first solo venture. The song has not officially been released yet, and she is asking her fans not to share the leaked content, so I will give you the teaser she posted before her performance of The Show last week. I have heard the whole song and I can tell you the song is beautiful, and her voice is as stunning as she is. Here is the teaser for Love Is Gone.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! Don’t forget to hit Subscribe!

Top 10 Tracks From The Spotify Global Viral 50

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I was going to do the Billboard Global 200 every week, but it hasn’t changed much since last week, and I want to give you guys some new music to discover.

The Spotify Viral 50 is full of music I’ve never heard, so let’s do it!

1. Issam Alnajjar – Hadal Ahbek اغنية ” حضل أحبك

The number one viral song in the world on Spotify comes all the way from Amman, Jordan. This is an eclectic top 10, for sure. Hadal Ahbek is all over the place, thanks to TikTok.

Number one on Spotify and Shazam, and currently has over 23 million views since the song was uploaded to YouTube last September. You may not understand what he is singing, but Hadal Ahbek in Arabic directly translates to “I Love You.”

Watch out. This song will get stuck in your head.

Put your head on the pillow
No one can be compared to you in my heart
White is the color of your heart
There is no one like you
Oh how I love your response
I will always be with you
Even if everyone is against you
I’ll keep loving you

2. Ez Mil Panalo (Trap Cariñosa)

The number two song comes to us from the Philippines. The young Filo-American rapper went viral after performing Panalo on Wish USA Bus, with over 16 million views on YouTube since it premiered just three days ago.

After watching this video for the first time…my head nearly exploded. The energy and passion this kid brings is insane. There’s a good reason this song went viral. Watch this video. Crank your headphones up. You won’t regret it.

Ever since bata ako I’ve been kinda
Discriminated in my own home country
Sure, some would be like:
“LuH AmPuTi pUTi mO . tiSoY”
I ain’t tisoy
I’M PINOY

3. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

Surprised this song made the list? Absolutely not. Olivia Rodrigo has held the number one spot on the major Billboard charts since it premiered three weeks ago. We talked about this one last week, so here it is.

And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one
And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone
Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me
‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street

4. SOPHIE – It’s Okay To Cry

Glasgow born trans rights activist, SOPHIE comes in at number four after the tragic news of her death. According to CNN, the 34-year-old Grammy nominee passed in a “terrible accident” at her home in Athens, Greece on Saturday.

SOPHIE’s debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

RIP SOPHIE

I hope you don’t take this the wrong way
But I think your inside is your best side

5. JESSIA – I’m Not Pretty

With another TikTok hit on the charts, Vancouver pop singer JESSIA released the body-positive song I’m Not Pretty, which was written in just 72 hours.

I’ve said this before on this blog and I’ll say it again. If you are an artist, consistently POST CONTENT! You never know what is going to blow up. Especially on TikTok.

I know that I should love myself
But it’s getting kinda hard
When you’re constantly feeling like garbage
Know I shouldn’t hurt myself
But I can’t find way to lose weight
Without literally starvin’

6. Yung Baby Tate, Slade Da Monsta – I Am (ft. Flo Milli) 

Tate Sequoya Farris (Yung Baby Tate), the Georgia-born 24-year-old hits number six on the Viral 50 with I Am, along with Flo Milli. Tate won a Grammy in 2020 as a songwriter for Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III. I Am is a female-empowering anthem, and these two female rappers absolutely kill it together.

I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am rich, I am that bitch (yeah)
I am gonna go get that bag and I am not gonna take your shit (uh)
I am protected, well respected, I’m a queen, I’m a dream (yeah)
I do what I wanna do and I’m who I wanna be
‘Cause I am me

7. SOPHIE – Immaterial

This is SOPHIE’s second song in the top 10 this week. Sam Smith took to Twitter on Saturday to pay tribute to the star after she passed. Here’s what he had to say:

“Heartbreaking news. The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation. Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come. Thinking of Sophie’s family and friends at this hard time” pic.twitter.com/7qr4aI0DDi— samsmith (@samsmith) January 30, 2021

Here is the 2018 hit, Immaterial.

You could be me and I could be you
Always the same and never the same
Day by day, life after life

8.Teto, Matuê – M4 

It took me a bit to find any information about Teto, the Brazilian rapper. After reaching 1 million followers on Instagram and nearly 8 million views on YouTube for M4, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing about him a lot more.

Last year, you know, I disappeared, but, yeah
I came back, but, I’m on top, yeah
I’m doing it for my brothers
Betrayed me, it hurt my heart

9. Masked Wolf – Astronaut in the Ocean

The number nine viral hit comes all the way from Sydney, Australia. With the hip-hop scene growing by the day in Sydney, Masked Wolf is likely going to be a name we hear a lot in the US.

Astronaut in the Ocean was released last year. The official audio video on YouTube has reached 20 million views, and he just dropped the official music video in November, which has nearly 9 million views. Masked Wolf posted this intro on his YouTube:

I have a lot of people ask me “what made you write Astro … what is it about?” The art of music is that it means one thing to me but so many other things to other people… for me it was about knowing i was on a journey like an astronaut but I wasn’t where I wanted to be… I wanted to be in space… I wanted to do what astronauts do.. me saying im in the ocean means i felt I was somwhere I didn’t belong.. but I knew I was close to finding myself as an artist and getting the recognition I wanted from people about my music.. also “whatchu know about rolling down in the deep actually meant what do you know about being down in life and depressed.. i was kind of saying.. have you been similar to me and my down time.. have you been in the rough and the trenches.. some people also say why is the video not in the ocean.. well because I have found my spot in the world.. i know who I am with my music now.. so i’m not in the ocean.. i’m now in space.. where I belong… 2021 gonna be even bigger 🙂 peace

She say that I’m cool (Damn straight)
I’m like “Yeah, that’s true” (That’s true)
I believe in G-O-D (Ayy)
Don’t believe in T-H-O-T

10. Jeff Costa, Mc DannyXerecard

Xerecard is the second Brazilian hit in the top 10 this week. Released in November of 2020, Xerecard has been going viral on TikTok with fans dancing to the tune. There is no Portuguese to English translation of the word Xerecard, and I’m quite positive Google translate botched the translation of the lyrics, so we can try to figure out its meaning together by listening to the song.

The viral top 10 is pretty diverse, eh? These are some songs I would have never listened to on my own. I really actually enjoyed some of them.

Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

#Freebritney: How Britney Spears Lost Her Freedom To Her Own Father

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2007 was a rough year for Britney Spears. She went through a lot of sh**. A messy divorce, an intense custody battle, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues that put the superstar in an involuntary psychiatric ward, and several visits to rehab. Her infamous head-shaving incident and her assault on a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella were big news stories and often the butt of jokes by the media.

Britney’s loyal fans had some words for the media and for the people laughing with them.

Remember Chris Crocker? Chris was the epitome of Britney Spears fandom. He is best known for filming himself under a sheet and pleading for everyone to “Leave Britney Alone.” I mean, it was a bit much…but he was absolutely right. The media was relentless.

Leave Britney ALONE!

February 1, 2008

That brings us to the day Britney lost her freedom. On February 1, 2008, Britney Spears was placed under a conservatorship controlled by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet.

A conservatorship is designed to protect someone that cannot take care of themselves or their finances and is typically used for the elderly and the very ill.

As you could imagine, Britney did not take kindly to this. She compared the conservatorship to imprisonment.

Just six months after being told she is legally too unstable to control her finances, she was in the studio recording Circus, her 6th studio album. In 2009, she went back on tour. This means that her father didn’t think she was stable enough to drive a car or pay her own bills, but she was stable enough to go on an eight-month world tour.

Questions have arisen about her father’s motives behind the conservatorship. Britney accepted the terms, but she did not want Jamie Spears to have the control. She has spent the last 13 years in-and-out of court, attempting to change the details of the conservatorship. There is clearly a reason she doesn’t want her father in control.

Britney, again, attempted to have the terms lifted in 2019. Her lawyer told the court that Britney was afraid of her father. She vowed she will not perform again until her father is no longer in control. The court ruled that the terms of the conservatorship were to continue through…today. February 1, 2021. As of this moment, there is no news on this coming to an end.

Yes, Britney Spears had her share of problems. She lost it. Most of us have at one point or another. The only difference is, we don’t have the media watching our every move. I could imagine it would be incredibly difficult to recover from mental illness when the world is constantly in your business. Each time she checked into rehab, it became news. Famous or not…that doesn’t seem fair.

For a more in-depth look at what really went on for the last 13 years, watch Framing Britney Spears, a documentary by The New York Times Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 p.m. on FX and also streaming on Hulu.

Chris Crocker was way ahead of his time. He was absolutely right to say…”Leave Britney ALONE!” Personally, I find the whole thing fishy and I honestly feel for Britney. Mental illness is serious, and she has been put under an incredibly public microscope during every attempt at recovery. I hope she gets what she wants and I wish the “Princess of Pop” nothing but the best.

What do you think about this situation? Let me know in the comments! Let’s talk about it.

New Music Friday! 6 New Releases (1/29/21)

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It’s that time of the week! Breaking down 6 of the newest tracks all in one place so you don’t have to go searching!

We’ve got some interesting stuff today, so let’s get weird, nerds.


IU (아이유)- Celebrity

Let’s start off with one all the way from South Korea, K-Pop star IU (아이유) with Celebrity. This is a preview of what to expect on her 5th studio album, which is in the works right now. The video is already at nearly 12 million views on YouTube. With her bright, beautiful vocals, and upbeat electro-pop sound, I can imagine this track will be blaring out of every shop in Gangnam by this weekend.

It’s fine to take your time
But I hope you notice, at last
The one and only
You are my celebrity

2 Chainz – Grey Area

I highly recommend taking a hit of acid or some shrooms before watching this video…not that I know what that’s like or anything…

But seriously. Do it.

2 Chainz switches heads with his dog, Trappy and gets belly rubs from an angel around an entire litter of 2 Chainz-headed Trappy’s. Wild stuff, man.

On the music side of it all, this song is a banger. It’s got a dope beat, a great flow, and lyrics that may or may not offend you. Grey Area is the latest single off of his 2020 album So Help Me God.

Gonna set the standard, I done rep’d Atlanta, slept in a cabana
Dolce & Gabbana, Louis V bandana (Do it)

Rag n’ Bone Man – All You Ever Wanted

Rory Charles Graham , AKA Rag n’ Bone Man has one of the coolest voices I’ve ever heard. His first album, Human was full of soul and beautifully executed. It didn’t sound like anything else out there. Maybe I need to let it grow on me, but All You Ever Wanted just reminds me too much of an Imagine Dragons song.

Lyrically, its nice…but the song itself just isn’t touching me in all the right places. The new single will be on Graham’s upcoming album, Life of Misdirection, which will drop in April.

I know we’ve all got our problems
And it’s a blessing…

Eric Church – Heart on Fire

With the first country song to appear on Le Café Music, Eric Church is giving the “Church Choir” exactly what they were hoping for with Heart on Fire. I was skeptical of this one from the opening line :

Roosevelt Road was too rough for my old truck

I couldn’t help but think “Man, not another country song about a truck.” That’s just a bit too cliche. But my feelings changed shortly after and caught myself actually enjoying it. It’s a fun song, Church is a very talented singer, and the lyrics shy away from the cliches after that first line.

Heart on Fire dropped today with the news that this song will be featured on his upcoming albums. That’s right, I said albums. Plural.

It will be a three volume set, titled Heart & Soul. This track will be on the album called Heart, which will be released April 16th. The second album of the series, Soul, will be released just one week later. & is going to be released as a 6-track vinyl EP and only available to Church Choir members. That’s pretty dope, Mr. Church.

Now, I’m trying to open my mind to the country genre a bit more these days. Country fans, please help me find the good stuff. Comment with your favorite country song below!

That look on your face was full of wild desire
Soakin’ my soul in gas and settin’ my heart on fire

Rebecca Black – Girlfriend

Here’s a nice little redemption story for you. Rebecca Black…the internet sensation in 2011 at the age of 13 for releasing what some people say is “the worst music video ever.”

The song is called Friday. You know the one. If you don’t, here it is. Sorry, Rebecca.

Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after… wards

Black was destroyed by the media. She was bullied at school. Kids threw food at her in the cafeteria. She suffered from self-esteem issues and depression. At 19, she was told that no producer or songwriter would ever work with her again.

Kids can be really f****** mean.

Honestly, she didn’t deserve any of that ridicule at 13. You know who deserves all of the ridicule?

“Producers” Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. They had to know that song was trash, yet they released it anyway. Wilson, the writer of Friday and co-founder of ARK Music Factory was also the UNCREDITED featured rapper in the song.

Gee, I wonder why he wouldn’t want his name associated with it…

Wilson later opened another label under the name Pato, called Pato’s Music World...which failed miserably.

Hmm…I wonder why he changed his name…

hmm

Enough about those frauds. Let’s talk about Rebecca.

Despite the bullying and the depression…Black continued to make music and work on her craft. Her net worth is now estimated at $1.5 million. Suck on that, bullies.

Today, Rebecca Black is back. And it is Friday, but that’s just a coincidence. Here is her new single, Girlfriend.

Need you like I need to breathe
Never liked the chase much anyway

benny blanco, Marshmallow, & Vance Joy – You

There are some wild-ass music videos being released this week. Here’s another one.

In our only claymation video of the week, the boys are enjoying a little cookout, when a terrifying tree monster comes out and captures mallo and Joy while blanco is flipping burgers. blanco then finds them tied up inside the tree. Instead of killing the monster…he gives it a hug. Tree monster unties the boys and they all proceed to get drunk and become best friends.

What a day.

The song is nice, and I enjoyed hearing Vance Joy for the first time since Riptide in 2013.

The claymation is pretty badass too!

I traveled many roads
And I know what road to choose
Now my world is never changing
There’s anything I can do

There we have it. Six of the most talked-about releases of the week. I hope you enjoyed my breakdown of these tracks and their videos.

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Billboard global 200 Top 10 (week of January 30, 2021)

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Every Tuesday, Billboard releases all of their charts. As I am a “citizen of the world,” I will bring you the Billboard Global 200 Top 10 every week. The Global 200 ranks the top songs based on sales and streaming data from 200 territories worldwide. Let’s get to it!

1. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

The former Disney Channel’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star debuted her first single last week at number 1. That’s where she’ll stay this week. Since Drivers License was released, it has broken the record for most daily streams on Spotify…twice. The song has reached the top of charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and here in the US.

‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street

2. Ariana Grande – 34+35

Nobody can explain this track the way Lewis Capaldi does, so I’ll leave you with this:

A song about the joys of learnin’

Jumping 9 spots from 11 to 2, here’s 34+35:


3. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

20 weeks on the chart and this song is still up near the top. From the Canadian star’s fourth studio album After Hours, Blinding Lights moves down just one spot to number 3.

Sin City’s cold and empty

4. Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez – Dákiti

Staying put at number 4 this week, Dákiti reaches its 12th week on the chart. If you don’t speak Spanish, this song is basically about getting drunk, smoking weed, his lady’s butt, and doin’ it.

I can’t believe I fit a Ladies Man reference in here. I’m proud of myself. Anyway, bending the rules of reggaetón, here is Dákiti by the Puerto Rican duo.

Dando vuelta por El Condado contigo siempre arrebatao

5. 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – Mood

Staying put at number 5, the 20-year-old TikTok sensation 24kGoldn reaches his 20th week on the chart with Mood. After breaking out on TikTok, he had some sound advice for his fellow TikTokers in an interview with the New York Post “Don’t make anything you wouldn’t want to watch yourself.”

Why you always in a mood?

6. BTS – Dynamite (방탄소년단)

The K-Pop boy band slides 3 slots to number 6 this week. This is also their 20th week on the chart after their debut at number 1. Dynamite has over 800 million views on YouTube and over 600 million streams on Spotify.

Those numbers don’t surprise me one bit. After living in South Korea for almost three years, I know how loyal Korean pop fans can be.

화이팅!!

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

7. Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby – Levitating

The British vocalist sits at number 7 once again this week with the hit from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia. Warner Music got a huge win by signing Dua Lipa in 2015.

You want me, I want you, baby, My sugarboo, I’m levitating

8. SZA – Good Days

SZA will stay at number 8 this week, her 8th week on the chart with Good Days. The American neo soul vocalist announced yesterday that she wants Frank Ocean on the remix for this track.

I think that’s something we can all get behind.

Tell me I’m not my fears, my limitations
I disappear, if you let me

9. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

Abel reaches the top-10 again this week after jumping from 13 to 9. This is the fourth single from After Hours, and his second on the chart this week. The Weeknd continues his on-going theme throughout his music videos from After Hours by revealing his botox-injected face of nightmares.

Yikes
But then you saw me, caught you by surprise
A single teardrop falling from your eye
I don’t know why I run away
I’ll make you cry when I run away

10. Justin Bieber – Anyone

The single released by Def Jam Recordings stays in the top-10 for a third week, dropping from number 6. Bieber’s character seems to be evolving from “idiot kid” to an adult with regrets. He recently reflected on the 7-year anniversary of his DUI arrest in Miami in an Instagram post.

You love to see that he’s learned from his mistakes and is trying to move on with his life. I know the feeling…minus the being famous thing.

Looking back on my life, you’re the only good I’ve ever done
Yeah, you, if it’s not you, it’s not anyone 

I hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the Billboard Global 200 Top 10.

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