WOW. Simply amazing or should I say asombrosa since Christina Aguilera is belting her little heart out in Spanish on her new track. “Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti” which roughly translates to “Today I Feel Like Having You” is a duet with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez. The track is a remake of a famous Spanish classic originally sung by Miguel Gallardo back in 1975. Xtina and Fernandez recorded it as the theme of the telenovela La Tempestad. Even before learning that, I immediately noticed how dramatic the song was. It all makes perfect sense now.
Alejandro is a fantastic vocalist, but he’s just musical roadkill when Christina gets to her parts. The 32-year-old singer just slays it. Even though he probably connects with the lyrics more since its his native tongue, Aguilera does a good job of pulling it off even though I’m sure she doesn’t understand a lick of it. LOL. Granted, she did release an entire Spanish album back in the day. I loved Mi Reflejo where she translated a few of her biggest hits to Spanish and sang original tunes as well. Check out Auggie’s superb new song below. Love or hate her, you can’t deny the woman has a phenomenal instrument.
There are no words. This is hands down Mariah Carey’s best new song in ages. The title of the track, “#Beautiful“, says it all. It’s a beautiful mid-tempo track where Mariah’s vocals shine. It’s vintage Carey but with an updated vibe. The twangy guitar loop provides for a catchy soothing listen. I have no doubt this single will be more “triumphant” than her last track. Memba “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)?” That was one hot mess.
My only complaint about the song is the title. That hashtag will become more annoying to type out than the ! in P!nk or $ in Ke$ha. Who am I kidding? That dollar sign is the worst ;) Check out the track below where surprisingly Miguel takes the lead. I just that guy. He’s my modern day Maxwell. His voice just makes me melt.
Scooter Braun must have Nicki Minaj on his speed dial. As Justin Bieber’s manager, he enlisted Queen Barb on “Beauty and The Beat.” He now has the 30-year-old rapper assisting another Canadian pop star. This time around, Carly Rae Jepsen is the beneficiary of Minaj’s lyrical prowess.
“Tonight I’m Getting Over You” hasn’t exactly blazed up the charts. Scooter seems to think the one-two combo of Carly Rae and Nicki on the track will dominate the airwaves. “Whenever girls do songs about getting over men, they seem to do really well,” he said. Someone’s been reading the Taylor Swift guide to pop dominance.
I’m probably in the minority here, but I enjoy Nicki and her rhymes. With that being said, I feel her addition to Carly’s track is unnecessary and doesn’t really give it new life. Don’t take my word for it. Take a listen below.
“Girl, this is crazy.” That’s how Janelle Monae begins “Q.U.E.E.N.” She must’ve been referring to how crazy good the track is, because it is. The 27-year-old just debuted her brand new single from her forthcoming album, The Electric Lady. I never expected a duet with Erykah Badu, but I’m ecstatic it happened. This is friggin’ awesome.
“Q.U.E.E.N.” was inspired by private conversations she had with Badu. She revealed to Billboard at Coachella that, “She’s a great friend to me; she’s like a big sister and it’s a song about private dialogue that she and I have had.” The track is extremely funky with its Prince-like guitar work and synths. The two ladies tackle everything from women throwing shade, twerking, religious tolerance and everything in between. Check out their sassy new single below.
No exaggeration, but I had to do a double take when I first read about this duet. This collaboration, while not the most out there, is definitely an unusual pairing. For some reason, I just can’t see Michael Bolton rocking out to “Commander” or “Motivation.” Can you? Perhaps the 60-year-old balladeer was more of a fan of Kelly Rowland’s Destiny’s Child catalogue. Maybe “Bootylicious” was his jam. Whatever the reason, a Kelly and Michael duet actually happened. I’m still in shock.
Bolton enlisted a few artists to sing with him for his upcoming Motown covers album. Titled Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville, the compilation will feature Melanie Fiona, Michael Lington and the aforementioned Rowland. Regarding the latter, the duo teams up on the classic, “Aint’ No Mountain High Enough.” Definitely one of my favorite Motown tracks of all time. If you recall, the original, written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, was sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Check out Mikey and Kelly’s cover below.
This past weekend, Rihanna performed her beautiful ballad, “Stay” at the Grammy Awards. Now, the music video for the song is out and we’ve got it for you to check out below.
Rihanna really shows her softer, more vulnerable side in the video as she strips down and sits very still in the bathtub. “The video was really, really simple. I pretty much stayed put in a bathtub,” Rihanna told E!. She’s deep in thought and really connected emotionally with the lyrics. There are moments where it’s as if she loses her breath on the word “Stay,” which I found very powerful. Is she talking about Chris Brown and her inner turmoil in deciding that she wanted to be back together with him? That’s what I got from it, but this type of thing is open to interpretation and anyone can make what they want of it.
The song and video is a duet with Nashville singer, Mikky Ekko and the two voices work really well together on this song. Rihanna had promised an “emotional,” “personal” and “powerful” video with “Stay” and I’m thinking that she certainly delivered. Check out the video below.
Am I wrong, or wasn’t December last month and not now? Because today felt an awfully lot like Christmas when I came across this awesome piece of ear candy. Thank you Jewel for this wicked belated gift.
To celebrate her career, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter is releasing her first Greatest Hits album due out February 5, 2013. Included in the compilation are two brand new duets. One with the Pistol Annies ft. Miranda Lambert on “You Were Meant for Me” and another with the goddess Kelly Clarkson on “Foolish Games.”
This maybe a little TMI, but my ear practically jizzed when I heard Clarkson’s voice on this track. Not only is it one of my favorite songs from Jewel, but Kelly sounds beyond amazing on it. With her more radio-friendly hits like “Stronger,” the American Idol doesn’t get to show off that soulful tone of hers that much. She usually opts for the rocker-pop route. For me though, her strength lies with her bluesy soul range. It’s so darn rich. Don’t take my word for it, check out Jewel and Kelly’s duet below.
It’s a busy week for Rihanna right now, currently on her 777 tour with tons of press along with her, including our good friend and Homorazzi cast member, Jonny Staub who is there on behalf of The Beat. Prior to departing, she was on Ellen where DeGeneres was talking to her lady parts.
Today, one of her singles from her Unapologetic album has leaked and it’s the duet with Chris Brown called, “Nobody’s Business“. There continues to be a lot of backlash and a lot of criticism for their continued friendship (or maybe even friends with benefits) in addition to the fact they have collaborated once again. Regardless, Rihanna is doing it anyway and essentially feels that it’s “Nobody’s Business,” as the track implies.
I hate to say it, but the song is good and has a bit of a Michael Jackson feel to it. Of course the song didn’t (or doesn’t) have to include Brown to be good, but clearly Rihanna is embracing the controversy and sending out a message. Feel free to listen to it (or not listen to it) below.