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Pitbull & Chris Brown Have ‘Fun’ In Miami

In: Donovan, Music

As much as I love Pitbull, the opposite can be said for Chris Brown. When I initially heard their collaboration, I didn’t want to like it due to Brown’s participation. But after months of hearing it and being in Miami just a couple of weeks ago, I’ve come fully around to “Fun.” It’s supremely catchy and excuse the pun, but fun.

Not surprisingly, for the accompanying music video, the two headed to Mr. Worldwide’s favorite city, Miami. The Gil Green-directed visual has no real narrative. Pitbull and Breezy just live it up in South Beach, in mansions and on yachts with a bevy of video vixens. That pretty much sums up my weekend a couple of weeks ago in the Magic City minus the hookers 😉 Check out the clip below.

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Nate Ruess, along with his fellow bandmates, is pursuing a solo endeavor while fun. takes a break. With the success of his collaboration with P!nk on “Just Give Me A Reason,” the 33-year-old singer should do quite fine on his own two feet. Especially, if the following cuts are anything like his first solo offering.

Nothing Without Love,” ironically was originally destined for fun.’s 2012 album, Some Nights. Ruess decided to resurrect the foot-stomping single but rewrite some of the lyrics to reflect what’s going on with his life. The track features background vocals from Lykke Li. He recently revealed the following about the single to Rolling Stone.

“It felt so believable; I was saying what I was thinking,” Ruess said. “This is the first time I’ve been comfortable in my own skin, and it’s with someone who’s comfortable in their own skin. The reason I’m making a solo album is because it’s the first time.”

For the explosive anthem’s accompanying clip, Nate enlisted Anthony Mandler to direct. It opens with Nate floating alone in the sea to sing the first few lines a capella. Later, he’s shown walking the streets as numerous people walk past him. Check out the visual below.

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Fun’s Nate Ruess Goes Solo & Teases New Single

In: Donovan, Music

Fun. recently announced on their website that they’re not breaking up but simply taking a break to pursue individual projects. The news shouldn’t come as a surprise given Nate Ruess‘ successful collaboration with P!nk on “Just Give Me A Reason.” And then there’s Jack Antonoff who’s doing his own thing with Bleachers and busy being Lena Dunham’s boyfriend. I can only imagine the latter is a full-time gig 😉

On February 23, Ruess releases his single “Nothing Without Love” of his forthcoming untitled solo album. Based on the short video teaser, the track appears to be an acoustic ballad. The 32-year-old singer’s voice definitely packs an emotional punch.

Check out the teaser below featuring Ruess barely keeping his head above water. I can’t wait to hear the entire song and watch the full clip. I predict a future chart-topper.

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2013 Billboard Music Award Nominations Announced

In: Donovan, Music

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards air live on Sunday, May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC. The acts competing in all the categories have been revealed. Leading the way with a whopping 11 nominations each is a three way tie between Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5. Right on their tails is Rihanna with 10 nods. Not too far behind are Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction with nine and eight nominations respectively.

The nominations are based on Billboard’s music charts from February 27, 2012 to February 24, 2013. Winners are determined by taking into account album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. This year’s event is hosted by Tracy Morgan. Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miguel, and Prince are among the scheduled performers announced so far. The latter will be on hand to receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award. Check out the nominations in the major categories below.

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Album Review: Girls Volume 1 Soundtrack

In: Matt, Music, TV Shows

One of our most favorite shows returns to HBO this Sunday and I could NOT be more excited. To coincide with the beginning of its second season, Girls has released a soundtrack compilation filled with songs from the most memorable moments of season one, and a few sneak peaks into season two. The album is an eclectic mix that is perfectly reflective of the show itself.

The album opens up with one of my favorite songs, and best moments of season one. Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” was the perfect song choice for Hannah and Marnie’s dance break after Hannah learns her ex-boyfriend Elijah (Andrew Rannelis) is gay. An amazing scene and probably where I started to fall in love with the show. Next up is a new song from the band fun. which will appear in season two.

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It pays to date a musician. Lena Dunham’s rumored boyfriend is Jack Antonoff, the guitarist for indie rock band Fun. The Girls creator and writer enlisted her boyfriend’s group to contribute to the Volume 1 soundtrack for the HBO comedy. The compilation is a hybrid of tracks heard during the show’s first season and songs that will appear on the upcoming one. Speaking of which, Season 2 of the hilariously raunchy show returns this Sunday, January 13. I.CANNOT.WAIT.

Sight of the Sun” was originally intended for Fun.’s sophomore album Some Nights. Due to the inability to clear a sample used on the track, the song was dropped from the studio set. When Dunham called the band to contribute to the soundtrack, they reworked “Sight of the Sun” without said sample. After rewriting the chorus, frontman Nate Ruess prefers the new version much more. The track will appear in an upcoming episode of the second season, but you can check it out in its entirety below.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Songs Of 2012

In: Music, Patrick

It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?

Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!

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Last night, the 2013 Grammy Nominations concert took place, revealing this year’s nominees and inadvertently, those who surprisingly weren’t nominated. Leading the pack this year were Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West who scored six nominations each. Following their lead were The Black Keys and Miguel with five nods. Vocal powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson was treated to four nominations, Taylor Swift got three, and Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen, got two nominations.

Both Justin Bieber & Nicki Minaj were both snubbed by the Grammys this year. Nicki Minaj was nominated for “Best Rap Album” last year, but moving into the pop category this year, she didn’t make the cut. I’m genuinely surprise that Bieber didn’t get nominated for his Believe album – I thought the album was quite strong myself. His manager Scooter Braun took to Twitter to voice his opinion. After first congratulating Carly Rae Jepsen, he said, “this time there wont be any wise words, no excuses, I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one… He later added, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people over…” In another tweet, he insisted, “…this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with.

In any event, he didn’t get nominated but the giant list of people below did. The 55th annual Grammy Awards air Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Check out the nominees below. As a side note, Donovan had previously listed his “Best New Artist” predictions, getting two out of the thirteen options listed correct. I’ve made note of the two he got right underneath that category. In his poll, post people picked Carly Rae Jepsen, but she actually wasn’t nominated in that category.

Check out the full list after the jump…

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