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Billboard: Summer Songs Of The 2000s

In: Donovan, Music

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Billboard’s summer hits compilation of the 1990s. Today, I thought reminiscing about the songs that had us grooving during the summer months after the turn of the century would be fun. I love summer and I love Top 10 lists. Consider me happy.

The thing that surprised me the most about the Top 10 lists is how drastically the music landscape has changed in the past few years. Now it’s all about electro-pop dance tracks dominating radio and the charts, while R&B barely has a presence anymore. Urban music took pole position in the majority of the years from 2000-2010. Find out below which tracks had you bumpin‘ and grindin‘ at the clubs and accompanied you on those road trips during the summers of the 2000s.

check out what dominated the charts after the jump

Truth be told, I haven’t listened to anything from Ingrid Michaelson since, “The Way I Am“. Loved that Lilith Fair-sounding adult contemporary hit. Since then, she’s released a couple of albums that haven’t garnered much press. Perhaps, she thought of that lack of media attention when creating her latest music video for “Blood Brothers“. What better way to grab headlines than with a buzzworthy visual, right?

In a time-lapse video, Michaelson employs hair and makeup artists Brian Hennings and Ryan B. Anthony to work their magic and transform her into famous female artists like Madonna circa “Material Girl” era, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and the late Amy Winehouse. Ingrid’s team do a solid job embodying each singer. Her transformations aren’t just limited to women either. She’s made up to look like John Lennon and KISS frontman Gene Simmons also.

Sure, her impersonations will grab attention, but they also relate to the lyrics for “Blood Brothers” as well. “We’re all the same under a different name,” she comments on the song. Watch the clip below.

watch the music video after the jump

Beyoncé Wows Fans At Revel Concert In Atlantic City

In: Music, Patrick

Over the weekend, Beyoncé put on what was apparently and not surprisingly an incredible concert at the Revel Resorts in Atlantic city. She performed two dozen songs in front of 5,500 fans – one of them being the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

The diva opened with “End of Time,” the glimmering silver outfit above offset hot pink shoes that matched her nails. Following that she kicked things up a notch with “Crazy In Love,” ”Get Me Bodied” and “Party.” I’ve included some videos of footage taken from some of her performances below. Some of my favorites include Beyoncé giving it her all as she sings to “End Of Time” and when she works it out in “Single Ladies“. There are also a few covers that she sings, including Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and Lauren Hill’s “Ex Factor”.

Watch the videos and share your thoughts and which song you loved best. Did any of you actually get to see this live? Beyoncé looks breathtaking in the red outfit. Check it out below.

Watch after the jump…

People Magazine has just announced their selection for the “Most Beautiful Person of 2012“. Last year, the title went to Jennifer Lopez. This year, the title went to a woman once again. The header photo above shows some of the notable “beautiful women” featured in the issue of the magazine that hits newsstands this Friday. A hint – the woman that was their top pick is actually one of the faces in the photo above.

While writing this article, I had a look at the past 22 years of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” and noticed some interesting stuff. Julia “Pretty Woman” Roberts has won it FOUR TIMES in the past 22 years! Only three men have made the cover and they include (in order): Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DiCaprio. They were all honored in consecutive years, from 1996 to 1998 respectively. The first person to ever receive the honor was Michelle Pfeiffer in 1990. She has received the honor twice.

Check out who the “Most Beautiful” is below, as well as the full list of winners over the course of the past 22 years.

Find out who the “Most Beautiful” woman this year is after the jump…

Last week Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak peek at it’s music issue. Naturally, Adele graced the cover where the publication names the “30 Greatest Artists Right Now“. With the British Songbird selling millions of copies of her second album “21” (what sophomore slump???) and her domination at this year’s Grammys, Adele is not only the perfect choice for the cover but also as their No. 1 musician right now. Her success is nothing short of remarkable given that she wasn’t able to promote it for months due to surgery. She truly is changing the face of music today. Everyone’s trying to find and sign the next Adele.

Ranking the “30 Greatest Artists” of the moment is a dicey situation and is certainly going out on a limb. You’re bound to piss some people off with omissions and how low their favorite artist ranks on the list, if they make the cut. For instance, Lady Gaga and Beyonce barely make the list and don’t even crack the Top 20. At least they made it. I’m sure my Seattle friends and Patrick will be annoyed that their beloved Britney Spears was snubbed from the list.

Even a bigger omission, IMHO, is Madonna. Sure, she’s prehistoric but she did just clock in her eighth No. 1 album last week. Even equally fellow geriatric Bruce Springsteen ranked on the list. Why the Madonna hate??? That being said, I’m happy that a few non marquee names made the cut- Azealia Banks, fun. and Gotye all got some loving. See who else made’s Top 30 below.

see if your favorite artist made the list and what place after the jump

Ryan Murphy just can’t away from the music. The “Glee” co-creator is currently in talks with Sony Pictures for a brand new feature length musical comedy. Titled “One Hit Wonders“, the film will focus on three recording has-beens from the 1990s. Each scored a top hit single during the decade and have now come together to form a super group in hopes of making a comeback on the Billboard charts.

Even though there is no script nor a signed deal for the tentative project, several big names have been attached to the film. Reportedly the idea came about when Murphy was having dinner with three A-list actresses. The three ladies wanted to “do something fun together” and brainstormed with Murphy til the idea of “One Hit Wonders” came to fruition. Curious to know which three ladies want to tap into their inner pop stars? Keep reading to find out.

find out who after the jump

A week after Whitney Houston’s death shocked the world, the singer’s close friends and family will gather in Newark, New Jersey to bid farewell to her. The funeral service will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church where she sang as a young child. Gospel singer and pastor Marvin L. Winans is delivering the eulogy. He also officiated the wedding between Bobby Brown and Whitney years ago.

Though the service is an “invite only” event, Whitney’s fans can watch it via satellite on television, the internet and on jumbo screens outside the church. As a side note, the Governor of New Jersey has ordered flags be flown at half-staff at state government buildings on Saturday

As you would expect, the church pews will be filled with the late singer’s famous friends. Despite early reports that Whit’s ex-husband was forbidden to attend the ceremony, Bobby Brown will in fact attend. That said, some family members are reportedly not happy he’s coming. Oh well, word has it he’s not going to linger around afterward. He’s set to leave on a private jet for Connecticut to perform at a concert immediately after the funeral. Continue reading to find out who else will be saying their good-byes to the iconic diva.

find out who’s speaking at the funeral after the jump

Happy proud new parents, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have just released photos of their beautiful baby, Blue Ivy Carter. Instead of selling the pictures to a magazine for a pretty penny, the couple (who prefer to keep their private lives private) decided to share them for free on a Tumblr account. Along with the pictures, a message says:

“We welcome you to share in our joy. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives. – The Carter Family.”

Blue Ivy is so cute and you can tell that Beyonce and Jay-Z are going to make great parents. Check out the picture of Jay-z with his child below and I’ve included the link to their page for more pics, should you desire.

Check out another pic and the link to their page after the jump…

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