In the infamous words of Destiny’s Child. Can you handle it? I don’t think you can handle it. Let that be your warning because hearing this amazing mashup will leave you in such a euphoric state, you’ll think you popped a few mind-altering pills. Seriously, this guy is amazing. My good friend, Scott, who’s currently living in Australia introduced me to this musical genius.
Robin Skouteris is a music producer, DJ and a video director from Athens, Greece. He’s mostly known for his mashups. Beside sharing his audio masterpieces to the world, Robin also remixes and composes for music artists, tv commercials and short films. His latest creation is titled “Popalicious!” and includes artists like The Pet Shop Boys, Destiny’s Child, Kylie Minogue, Salt-N-Pepa and much more. A couple years back, I claimed DJ Earworm had created the best video mashup ever, but after hearing this awesome mix, Robin Skouteris has supplanted Earworm in my eyes. Especially, given DJ Earworm’s less than stellar 2010 year-end video mashup.
Onto her fourth single from her “Teenage Dream” album, Katy Perry is set to release “E.T.” and has just revealed the artwork for the “out of this world” track. The song is produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin (the men behind Britney’s monster hit “Hold It Against Me“), and Ammo and is about falling head over heals in love with an alien (aka Russell Brand). Although fans thought that it was going to be Peacock, E.T. has been confirmed as the next single and is set to be released in February.
A song about extra terrestrial gives a lot of room for creativity in a music video. The video will be directed by Floria Sigismondi (Christina Aguilera – “Hurt” & “Fighter”, Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”).
SPOILER ALERT! Glee’s spoilers have been hot and heavy this week. Not returning until February 8th on FOX, star Matthew Morrison did an interview with TV Guide and spilled the beans on their Valentine’s Day set list. He says in the interview that his assignment to the kids is to have them sing “love songs”. However, when I list the songs below, you’ll see that some of the kids have an interesting take on what love songs are to them.
The list includes Firework by Katy Perry, Fat Bottom Girls by Queen, P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson and the list continues. However, before this episode airs on Tuesday the 8th, Gleeks will be treated to a special post-Superbowl episode on February 6th. What was once rumoured to be a Michael Jackson tribute episode has now been squashed by some of the songs and sound bites being released on the internet this week.
Finn and Rachel will tackle Need You Now by Lady Antebellum while Artie and the gang will sing a mash-up of Thriller with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s hit Heads Will Roll. Another exciting track will be Darren Criss and his pack of boys taking on Destiny’s Child’s Bills, Bills, Bills. I am already so excited!
These days, the music industry is ultra-competitive. If you’re a new artist, the chance of you breaking onto the Billboard charts above the Gaga’s, the Katy’s and the Kanye’s seems nearly impossible. However, the popularity of independent, internet sensation living room and garage bands is growing daily. So, Billboard decided they should jump on the bandwagon.
Billboard has announced that they are adding a new ranking chart titled Uncharted. The purpose of this chart is to recognize and develop artists who don’t have the volume in record sales or radio airplay to bring them regular chart success. However, they will use such outlets as YouTube views, Twitter tweets and re-tweets, as well as MySpace music page listens.
Uncharted launched on Billboard yesterday and the first #1 artist is hip hopper Traphik from Long Beach, California who is famous on YouTube for his humorous rhymes in his raps. DJ BL3ND is also on the chart with their electro house music with one of their songs being viewed on YouTube well over 22 million times.
The first awards show of new year has come and gone. While “Twilight” dominated the movie awards, “House” the television ones and Eminem, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry sharing the bounty on the music side, the biggest question is… who ruled the red carpet? Let’s face it, you won’t remember a winner of a PCA, but you’ll most certainly remember a fashion disaster or impeccably put together outfit.
The People’s Choice Awards aren’t really the crème de la crème of awards shows, but merely serve as a platform to plug upcoming projects. Having said that, that Waterford Crystal award is beautiful and me likey and me want one.
Since the show is just a fancy warm-up for more important upcoming award shows, you won’t see a lot of fashion risks. They’re saving all the big guns for the Golden Globes, Oscar and Grammys. Instead, expect to see a lot of safe gowns and dozens of cocktail dresses on the PCA’s sapphire blue carpet. Check out the five nominees I’ve picked for best dressed and worst dressed at this year’s awards below. Don’t forget to cast your votes.
Spin Magazine and MySpace already named their best music picks of 2010, and now it’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s turn. Kanye West’s latest opus has once again soared past the competition and claimed the top spot. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” took the No. 1 spot on Spin and the runner-up slot on MySpace’s list. Looks like someone is on a roll.
Rolling Stone’s list includes several of the same artists found on Spin’s, but there are a couple of WTF selections. Which ones you ask? I love me some Elton John, but seriously… his latest CD is at No. 3? If anyone’s listened to it, please enlighten me on what I missed out this year. The other selection that had my head scratching was Robert Plant. Maybe my musical tastes aren’t as refined, slash ancient as the editors of Rolling Stone.
Here are Rolling Stone’s picks for the crème de la crème of 2010.
What did you think of the list? Personally, I like Spin’s list much better. How many of the Top 10 have you checked out or own?
WOO HOO. DJ Earworm finally released his yearly mashup of the 25 biggest hits from 2010. I’ve been checking his website on a daily basis since Christmas, waiting for this year’s masterpiece. Once again, the talented mashup artist didn’t disappoint. It always amazes me how much patience he has to, not only whip up the audio mashup, but the visual one as well.
While the 2010 mashup is good and will receive heavy rotation on my playlist, I’m more partial to last year’s creation. When I first saw last year’s video, my jaw literally hit the ground. I had never seen anything like it so well done before. I think the reason why I’m not oohing and aahing this year, is due to the high level of expectation I had for the poor guy. Judge for yourself and see if I’m being overly critical. Watch this year and last year’s mashups below and vote on which one was better.
The music scene is exploding with the anticipation of so many new tracks in 2011, and with that Katy Perry starts to leak in the hopes that her fans do too. Well, with this hot new track called “Part Of Me” that just surface online, fans just might.
The word is that the song was recorded this track with Dr. Luke when she was working on the Teenage Dream album, and it may be included on a re-release of the album in the new year. “This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me,” sings Katy with the Kelly Clarkson-esque lyrics. The track is empowering, but not to the extent of her inspiration track, “Firework“. Love that song and video. Katy starts a world tour in February.