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Listen To The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler

In: Donovan, Movies, Music

The first released trailer of The Great Gatsby was captivating, but the most recent one featuring some of the music from the soundtrack just put it over the edge. It’s remarkable how music can elevate emotion.

If hearing short snippets, of what is bound to be a phenomenal soundtrack, had you begging for more, you’re in luck. The official soundtrack sampler has been unveiled, featuring 30-second snippets from each of the songs on the LP, with one notable exception- the Beyonce & Andre 3000 cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” Speaking of which, I’m sure if Winehouse were still alive today she would be included in this talented bunch.

Jay-Z who was commissioned to curate the soundtrack did a fantastic job of lining up artists who evoke the roaring 20s while keeping it contemporary. A few of the standouts on the soundtrack include Florence and the Machine, Sia, Coco O. and Lana Del Rey’s contribution. Normally, the latter gives me gas, but I think she’s absolutely divine on her track and will fit perfectly in the film. Also worth mentioning is my girl Emeli Sande. She does a swing version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” So glad that the Scottish songbird is finally getting some love in North America. Listen to her cover along with the rest below.

listen to the sampler after the jump

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!

Check out the Top 10 videos after the jump…

Nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards are just around the corner. In fact, they’ll be revealed during CBS’ telecast, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, airing on December 5, 2012. Hosting the event again is LL Cool J with Taylor Swift co-hosting alongside him. Three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 are on deck performing, plus Fun., Ne-Yo, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and The Who.

One of the biggest awards handed out on Grammy night is hands down Best New Artist. For every Adele, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5 or Alicia Keys, there are a few missteps like Milli Vanilli and Hootie & the Blowfish. I still can’t believe Hootie beat out Brandy, Alanis Morisette or Shania Twain that year. Hell, I would’ve even taken Joan Osborne over them. Okay, maybe I took it too far with that one. LOL.

Unlike last year where Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, Skrillex, J. Cole were nominated with Bon Iver winning, this year boasts a solid crop of potential nominees. Even with such a strong field, the Academy has to be careful who to acknowledge. I’ve picked a few acts from this year I have a feeling are being considered for a Best New Artist Grammy. Check them out below and see if you agree with their chances. I’ve split them into two categories- “Strong Contenders” and “Longshots“. Be sure to leave your comments at the end.

check out my field of contenders after the jump

I know you’re probably thinking the world doesn’t need another mashup of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know“, but this one features my beloved Aaliyah which makes it a must to post about. Given that Drake recently recorded the single, “Enough Said“, with the deceased singer, I just had to share this morsel of awesomeness with you.

Truth be told, I’d listen to anything involving Aaliyah. Just the other day, a bunch of us watched a few of her videos before heading out to the clubs. If you haven’t checked out my favorite tracks from the R&B singer, you have to read my post I wrote on the anniversary of her death a couple of years ago. Find out which one reigns supreme in my book.

Using Aaliyah’s 1998 hit, “Are You Somebody?“, some resourceful individual named Mad Mix Mustang created a mashup using Gotye’s humungous smash. It’s amazing how seamlessly the Australian’s vocals fit perfectly with the beat from Aaliyah’s song off the “Dr. Dolittle” soundtrack. Check it out below.

listen to the mashup after the jump

Carly Rae Jepsen Scores Longest Running No.1 of 2012

In: Donovan, Music

Looks like Carly Rae Jepsen’s phone is still ringing off the hook. Her infectious hit, “Call Me Maybe“, notches a ninth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. It now has surpassed Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” as the longest running No. 1 of 2012. Congrats to the Canuck cutie. I’m sure Jepsen is hoping to score more hits from her recently announced debut album, “Kiss“, scheduled to hit stores on September 18.

Gotye shouldn’t feel too badly about losing the crown. The Australian singer still tops Jepsen with regards to digital download sales. “Somebody I Used To Know” is the first track to pass the 6 million benchmark in 2012. Meanwhile, “Call Me Maybe” passes the 5 million mark at 5.019 million becoming the third best-selling track of the year so far. Just in case you were wondering, at No. 2 is “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae at 5.381 million.

Phillip Phillips, Ellie Goulding and more after the jump

Is this a sign of the apocalypse? There are so many covers of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” that the world didn’t need another one, especially one from Aubrey O’Day. If Gotye didn’t like “Glee’s” rendition of his humungous hit, he’s definitely going to hate the former Danity Kane singer’s version. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ordered a hit on her. It’s that bad. LOL.

The recently fired “Celebrity Apprentice” has turned the beautiful song into an electro stripper track. Much like JoJo’s cover of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room“, Aubrey reworks the original lyrics to tell it from a woman, correction, an angry woman’s point of view. Empowering girl anthems usually work, but Aubrey comes off disingenuous and ridiculous with her attempt. She swaps out words and replaces them with “asshole“, “f*cking liar” and other expletives. Here’s an example.

You’re just a fucking liar that I used to know,” she venomously seethes on her icy electro-R&B cover. “I should have just walked away, but I stayed and watched you turn into some coward that I used to love!”

listen to the cover after the jump

More Carly Rae “Call Me Maybe” Goodies

In: Donovan, Music

Tired of hearing “Call Me Maybe” yet? Not us here at Just when I thought I was over Carly Rae Jepsen’s huge summer hit, something comes along to make me appreciate the pop ditty all over again. At this point, every possible incarnation of the track has been made… or so I thought.

Today, I bring you a trio of “Call Me Maybe” goodies. First up is a wicked mashup featuring Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life“. When you slow down Jepsen’s vocals slightly, it’s amazing how it fits perfectly with the arrangement of the alternative rock band’s song. Fittingly enough, both tracks were the first Billboard hit for each artist.

Next up is a cover SLASH mashup performed by YouTube user, Pomplamoose. The band has created some amazing covers before, but this one combining Carly Rae’s song with Gotye’s breakout hit is pretty awesome. For the chorus, they used the chords of Jepsen’s song, but superimposed the melody and lyrics of “Somebody That I Used To Know“. For the verses, they did the reverse. Lastly, we have some cute USO boys filming a group lip-dub of the mega-hit. Hope you enjoy them all.

listen to the cover mashup after the jump

Adele & Gotye Top Mid-Year Soundscan Charts

In: Donovan, Music

We’re halfway through 2012, and what better time than now to reflect on the past six months in music. Soundscan has tallied mid-year sales totals for both albums and singles, giving us the Top 20 in each category. For the first time ever, only one album has moved more than one million units at this point of the year. Not surprisingly, it’s Adele’s “21” that holds that honor. Her sophomore album also held the top spot at the mid-year point in 2011 and eventually came out on top at the end of the year. The British songbird is on her way to topping the charts again for 2012. If she does, it’ll be the first time an album lands at No. 1 on the year-end chart two years running. Amazing.

Coming in the runner-up slot for best-selling album is Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee“. Not to shabby for the veteran singer who came out of left field with this surprise hit. This album was his first No. 1 since 1996’s “Dancing on the Ceiling“. The third-biggest selling set is from British group One Direction. When their CD dropped, it became the first debut album by a UK group to ever bow at No. 1. Next up is Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Hit’s” set, obviously buoyed by her untimely death. Rounding out the Top 5 is another NOW compilation. I can’t believe there have been 41 editions from the franchise. Who is buying these albums?

Over on the Top Singles chart, Australian singer Gotye is top dog. His infection hit has moved 5,501,000 downloads. “Somebody That I Used To Know” could become the first song to pass the six million mark. Coming in second place is fun’s duet with Janelle Monae with 5,087,000. Potential summer song of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” lands in third place with 4,064,000. Rounding out the Top 5 are Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and “Starships” respectively. Check out the entire Top 20 list for both categories below.

check out the Top 20 albums and singles downloads after the jump

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