Over the past several weeks, we’ve been sharing a lot of 2011 year end lists, mostly highlighting the best in any particular category. Earlier today, Tyrell shared Entertainment Weekly’s best 10 songs of 2011. On the flip side, I thought I’d bring you the publication’s worst 5 picks. Admit it, it’s more fun to pick on the worst, right? That being said, most of 5 Worst Songs are so heinous, it hurts to listen to them even just once.
As you can see in the picture above, will.i.am’s collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger secured a spot on the dishonorable list. On paper, the three of these artists on a project should produce a bona fide hit. Instead the single, “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)”, has been universally panned and comes off as overindulgent. See who else EW.com picked as the bottom of the barrel from the year. You probably won’t be surprised at the #1 selection. I know I wasn’t and extremely happy about their choice.
“You can go hard, or you can go home.” That is definitely what will.i.am did with his newest music video for his track T.H.E. which stands for The Hardest Ever. The track, full of double entendre about boners and morning wood, has finally had it’s video released and I like it’s concept better than the song itself.
will.i.am tackles an airplane runway full of obstacles in what feels like the ultimate human video game as you upgrade throughout the levels. The Black Eyed Pea begins as a running human and after breaking through his first wall, gains a pedal bike, which turns into a motorcycle, which turns into a car and so on. He finally ends up in a rocket ship that shoots off into space.
Don’t worry, Jennifer Lopez appears in the video too in many skin tight and scantily clad outfits on the screens in will.i.am’s jet and on the cement walls on the airstrip. The coolest part of the video is the milky way of Mick Jagger which will.i.am flies through in space. Check out the new video below.
Coincidently, right after the star-studded ensemble cast movie ‘New Year’s Eve‘ opened in theatres, the trailer for another celeb-filled flick has just been released. This film, based on on a best-selling book and is called: ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting‘. The premise is “a look at the lives of five couples as they prepare to become parents”.
Familiar faces include: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, Joe Manganiello, Chace Crawford, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Quaid, Anna Kendrick, Megan Mullally, and many more.
After watching the trailer myself, I have to admit that it actually does look quite good. There are a lot of funny lines AND hilarious people in it. Apparently, they had even tried to get Kristin Wiig in the film but she wasn’t able to do it due to SNL scheduling conflicts. With the combination of famous faces, funny lines, and hot eye candy (Morrison, Manganiello, and Crawford), it’ll be worth seeing for sure. Check out the trailer below and learn more about “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”!
I have to preface this article by saying that this mash-up is UNREAL. At the end of every year, we expect to hear a mash-up courtesy of DJ Earworm throwing together all of the top songs we listened to throughout the past 12 months. However, a new mash-up surfaced on social media yesterday that beat Earworm to the punch and I have to say, it’s definitely being added to my playlist ASAP.
Compiled by Mashup-Germany with a video edited by Panos T, the track is four minutes of pure musical ecstasy. There are literally too many moments for me to pinpoint which are my favorite. Britney’s Till The World Ends is pretty prevalent throughout the entire song along with Adele’s Rolling In The Deep but you still have room to fit in every other song you were addicted to from January to December.
If you’ve never heard of Mashup-Germany, you should check out some of their other amazing mixes like their Top Of The Pops 2010 and my personal favorite Hey Jude, I’ll Be There. Oh ya, their Rolling In Sweet Dreams which is an Adele and Eurythmics collision is also pretty sick. Check out their current year end offering below.
That list also includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and any other pop star. According to the latest rumor mill, those ladies won’t be filling up their dance cards anytime soon. For the 54th annual Grammy Awards, the academy is reportedly switching things up and blocking top pop stars from entering the Dance category. For the past several years, female pop stars have dominated the category with the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga winning Best Dance Recording Grammys in 2011 and 2010 respectively for “Only Girl (In The World)” and “Poker Face” respectively.
Though no official announcement has been made, several Academy members have confirmed the new policy when a supposed leaked list of nominees surfaced. On that rumored list, none of today’s pop stars were included. The reason behind the Academy’s policy change is to make way for true electronica and dance artists. This way, musical acts like Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Skrillex and similar musicians have a better chance of being honored and walking away with a golden Gramophone.
In the music industry, women are pitted against each other all the time in a game of “she said / she said”. This is partially to do with their ego and partially to do with the tabloids making matters worse. Either way, people seem to love the drama and controversy of it all. I came across a video uploaded a couple days ago by Rich Juzwiak (the arts writer at The Daily and blogger at fourfour.typepad.com) has put together clips from interviews where one diva has talked trash about another. It’s absolutely amazing. The one rule for the video is that the person speaking in each clip must have been talked about in the preceding clip. It’s interesting to see how they all come together.
One major source of drama was definitely Mariah Carey. Whether it’s the former rivalry between her and Whitney Houston, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, or even Jennifer Lopez, Mimi seemed to be at the center of it all. Another rivalry I forgot about was between Janet Jackson and Madonna. In one of the clips, Janet is asked how her music compares to Madonna’s, and she responds: “It’s dance music, I’ll say that… which is very similar. I think… How do I put this? I think what I do has class to it. I’ll say that.”
The montage even features more current rivalries such as a more media driven, Lady Gaga vs. Christina Aguilera. Enjoy the video below and stay on Mariah’s good side!
Last night on the AMAs, Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am debuted his new solo single with the help of Jennifer Lopez and mistimed digital version of Mick Jagger. The song is officially titled T.H.E. which stands for The Hardest Ever. The track is the lead-off for Will’s new solo album titled #willpower. He knows album titles can’t trend on their own right?
Snippets of the song had leaked online previously but were poor quality and didn’t really give us an idea of what the song would sound like… or so I thought. The song frequently refers to “being hard” with lyrics referring to morning wood and boners. I wasn’t a fan of the song from the beginning and I’m not sure I am fan still now that I’ve heard the full version. The song feels a little disjointed to me without any flow or connection between the versus or chorus. I do love J Lo’s hook though.
The single is now available on iTunes although, I’m not sure it’ll be hitting my playlists anytime soon. I think I need to give it a few more listens or hear it in the club to really experience it’s full sound. If you were too distracted by the glow-in-the-dark theatrics from last night’s performance of the track to hear the song, you can listen to the full version below.
Tonight, the American Music Awards took over ABC with an evening full of honors and performances that were bound to knock the socks off of all of us. The show kickstarted with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. While Nicki missed her notes on the first line of her song, she quickly recovered and continued to rock the house. She moved into Superbass where she was joined by two men on stilts who shot cryo guns. Not my favorite performance of the night but definitely a good way to start the show.
Queen Latifah got everyone ready for the night by introducing the first award which was only a catalyst for the many performances the night would see. From Justin Bieber’s illuminating Christmas track to Chris Brown’s high tech and visually stunning number, my all time favorite performance of the night goes to Jennifer Lopez who worked it out with a little help from FIAT. However, whoever locked the car door is definitely fired. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch the performance below).
The awards didn’t go without their drama either especially when it comes to Artist of the Year. Donovan predicted that Katy Perry would take home the trophy even though Adele had a rocking album with 21. The winner may shock you. But, I won’t reveal any spoilers if you haven’t watched the show yet. So, check out all the winners and re-watch all the performances below.