NMF (New Music Friday!)

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It is NMF, or otherwise known as New Music Friday! Let’s see what’s new this week!

H.E.R. – Come Through (feat. Chris Brown)

This song is sexy, I won’t lie. There’s not a whole lot of good R&B out there these days. The genre just hasn’t been the same since the classics from the 90s and early 2000s. Come Through kind of brings me back to that.

But you should come through tonight
I’m chilling on the Westside, boo
Call my homegirl, tell your best friend
You can slide too on the low, a remote location
I don’t want them see me gettin’ faded 

The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (Remix feat. Ariana Grande)

I know, I know…you’ve heard this song a million times.

Ariana puts a fresh spin on it, and the video is wild. Cartoon Abel creates an Ariana Grande sex doll.

Honestly, I think this is the remix we didn’t know we needed.

This is dope!
Met you once under a Pisces moon
I kept my distance ’cause I know that you
Don’t like when I’m with nobody else
I couldn’t help it, I put you through hell

Sasha Sloan – when was it over? (feat. Sam Hunt)

Our third duet of the week comes from a genre I don’t talk about enough.

Country.

I mean, it’s more on the country-pop side. I like it. It’s relatable and Sasha and Sam’s voices blend perfectly together.

Everything is about trucks in country music, eh?
When was it over for you?
When was it over?
When was the moment you knew
That you were gonna walk out eventually?
It’s still not over for me

Teddy Swims – Set The Bed On Fire

This is another one I’d stick in the country-pop genre. I’m just gonna say it. I f*cking love this song. This dude has some serious talent. If you haven’t seen him before, Teddy became a YouTube sensation with his amazing covers of popular songs. Like this one with almost 20 million views:

That voice, dude. I’m jealous.

Here is the Atlanta, Georgia native with his new single, Set The Bed On Fire.

So if you’re gonna leave me, leave me
In the middle of the night
Set the bed on fire

NMF Conclusion

That’s gonna wrap it up for me. For more new releases, check out the updated NMF Spotify playlist right here.

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The Weeknd Set To Headline The Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

Plus: The Best…And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Performances Of All Time

The Weeknd

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the 30-year-old Canadian superstar known as The Weeknd is about to hit the biggest stage he’s ever been on. The Super Bowl averages around 99 million viewers each year, and tomorrows game likely won’t be an exception.

Super Bowl LV features Patrick Mahomes and the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs vs six-time Super Bowl winner and 43-year-old Tom Brady and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game airs live from Tampa on Sunday at 6:30 pm EST

Starting the evening off, singing the National Anthem is country star Eric Church and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.

The Weeknd hits the stage at halftime, joining an illustrious list of superstars to grace the Super Bowl halftime show spotlight. That list includes the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Beyonce, among others.

Abel has had a hell of a career, so far. Since being discovered on YouTube in 2010, he has sold over 75 million records, won 3 Grammys, 5 American Music Awards, 9 Billboard Music Awards, and an Academy Award.

He just recently announced the rescheduled 2022 After Hours World Tour:

It’s been reported that The Weeknd spent $7 million of his own money to make sure the show comes together as he envisions it. Performers are not paid to perform at the Super Bowl…which is total BS, in my opinion…but what the hell do I know?

What songs do you hope to see The Weeknd perform tomorrow night? Let me know in the comments!

5 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows:

The NFL Super Bowl era began in 1967, with a halftime show starring the University of Arizona and Grambling University marching bands. We’ve come a long way since then. Here are my top 5 Super Bowl Halftime Show performances:

1. Prince – Super Bowl XLI, 2007

Nothing will ever beat Prince singing Purple Rain during a monsoon in Miami

2. Michael Jackson – Super Bowl XXVII, 2003

Michael Jackson just standing there doing nothing for nearly 2 minutes was better than Maroon 5…we’ll get to that.

3. Beyonce – Super Bowl XLVII, 2013

What a legend.

4. Bruno Mars ft. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Super Bowl XLVIII, 2014

Bruno is entertaining as hell. Give us new music, man!

5. Janet Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P Diddy, Kid Rock, and Janet Jackson’s Right Boob- Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004

Nipplegate had to be on the list…despite Kid Rock doing Kid Rock things

5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows

We’ve had some legendary performances…we’ve also had some legendarily bad performances. Here are the 5 worst halftime shows.

1. “Be Bop Bamboozled” ft. Elvis Presto, an Elvis impersonator that looks nothing like Elvis and happens to be a magician – Super Bowl XXIII , 1989

I have no words for this. 12 and a half minutes?!

2. Walt Disney’s Small World Salute, ft. A Bunch of Small Children singing “You have to be a football hero to get with the beautiful girls,” Awkward Warren Moon, George and Barbara Bush, and The New Kids on the Block – Super Bowl XXV – 1991

Everything about this was awkward

3. Maroon 5 ft. Travis Scott and Big Boi

For the record, I don’t hate Maroon 5. This just sucked. Really bad. Really REALLY bad.

3. Disney’s “Reflections of Earth and Tapestry of Nations” ft. Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton – Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000

Sorry, Disney. I love ya…but you should leave the Super Bowl and Phil Collins alone.

4. “Winter Magic” ft. Gloria Estefan, and Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill…for whatever reason. Super Bowl XXVI, 1992

Okay…this one could have gone anywhere in the bottom 3. Good lord. They lost 22 million viewers to a live episode of In Living Color.

5. The Black Eyed Peas ft. Usher and Slash. Super Bowl XLV, 2011

Fergie has started quite the list of cringe-worthy sports moments. How dare you cut Slash’s intro short.

What’s your prediction for the game? Let me know in the comments!

I got Kansas City, 33-30. Patrick Mahomes will win his second straight Super Bowl MVP and retire old-man Brady.

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

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…

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)

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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