I feel like at a certain point in spring, there was a bit of a dry spell with a lack of new/good music coming out. Lately, that is not the case. As we gear up for summer and outdoor weather, we’re all on the look out for those perfect summer songs. Well, there’s a lot to choose from and let’s hope they keep ‘em coming!
I’ve selected five songs that I have playing in my iTunes right now. One is called All The Lovers from Kylie Minogue, and that track just dropped today. It’s very Kylie and of course that means you’ll love it. Another track is from Kelis’ new EP album Flesh Tone, and the track is called 22nd Century. To be honest, I could have picked almost any of the tracks from her new album because they’re all hot and although just a short EP album, it’s definitely one of the albums of the summer.
Check Them Out!
In case you can’t remember how to wash your hair, you can listen to Kelly’s latest leaked song from her new album – while you shower!
There is speculation that the song is targeted at her ex Ryan Tedder (from OneRepublic) with the lyrics of the song: “Does it sound familiar, does it linger in your ear/Like something you remember from just last year” & “Music from the past, from the present, well, just last week/We will change a note and get away with it, wait and see”?
If you remember, Tedder wrote both Beyoncé’s “Halo” as well as Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” which led to a bit of an issue last year when Ms. Independent thought the two tracks were too similar. More of the lyrics include: “I’ll be playing God and you can be my [airhorn]/The only compromise is you get to pick/Which of these formulas is your perfect fit?/Wash, rinse, repeat, why are you fighting it?” Others interpret it to just be her lashing out at the music industry in general, that has limited her self expression – hence, the “Wash, Rinse, Repeat” line/title.
All in all, I like the track. Then again, I always do love her songs, so I’m a little biased. Let me know what you guys think.
Little Miss Independent may not hook up, but she does freak out! Kelly Clarkson spazzed out yesterday via Twitter about a supposed leaked demo song produced by The Runners (called “Cleopatra”) from her next album. BUT, apparently it wasn’t even written for her.
First she tweeted:
“‘Cleopatra’ is NOT a song on my next record! It was written for another artist! I have no idea how it leaked, it’s a rough demo, unfinished!”
Then a few minutes later:
“I’m so tired of disrespecting, lying, sneaky little trolls that pretend to be human.”
I actually don’t mind the song at all. I think it’s pretty sexy actually and she should release it. That being said, I’d be annoyed if someone leaked my songs too. You’d best not ruffle Kelly’s Twitter bird feathers!
I really wanted Adam Lambert to win American Idol. He took the whole formula to a new level with his creativity, style and talent. But like several of my favourites before him, he lost. Oh well. He’ll probably go on to a mega career anyway without having to sing that HORRIBLE “No Boundaries” song. Now that I think about it, maybe he’s actually a little thankful he didn’t win. What about years gone by? Which winners rocked, which flopped and who should’ve won? Much like Donovan’s ANTM winners list, here is my take on America’s Idols from worst to best.
Number 8: Taylor Hicks
Ugh. Soul Patrol my ass. I don’t even really want to talk about him. No video for you! Let’s talk about season 5’s Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry instead! Chris should’ve won in a close match against Katharine. His “Hemorrhage” and her “Somewhere over the Rainbow” are two of my favourite performances. He’s gone on to great success and she has turned her Idol turn into an okay singing an acting career.
Sunday night was the 2009 American Music Awards, and boy was it action packed with some amazing performances and noteworthy comeback performances. As with every award show, second in importance to the awards themselves are the outfits and red carpet fashion. This year, there were certainly some strong trends, particularly with the shoulders.
Arch Enemies: Fergie & Perez Hilton
Redd: Well played Fergie…. for a change she doesn’t look like a $4 hooker. I love this sparkly Giorgio Armani Privé, it’s sexy and flirty without being too vulgar. Wow! Did douchebag Perez lose some weight? He does look good and he looks cleaner with the bleached blond hair rather than his usual Koolaid colored hair. I really don’t have much to say about the suit I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either kinda like Brussel sprouts.
Patrick: Fergie looks Fergilicious and has certainly got that Boom Boom Boom. Way to show up your McGolden Arch rival Perez Hilton in his Jay Manuel inspired look. Maybe he’s trying to send Tyra a message. I only have one photo in my hand Perez and you are NOT it.
Tommy D: Imagine two of the tackiest people in the world. Then imagine that they actually don’t look too bad! Fergie (who is me, if I were a woman) looks pretty dope. I love her brown hair SO much more. And Perez looks pretty good here. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but he looks sort of handsome. SORT OF…but not really.
Watch out Adam Lambert & Kris Allen! Allison’s here and looking to become the winner where it counts- ALBUM SALES. Today, Iraheta released her first single on radio stations across the country. The Max Martin produced track, “Friday, I’ll Be Over You” is the perfect single to launch Iraheta’s post-idol career. The infectious track is “poppy” without being bubble-gum. Given her age, I was half worried, 19 Entertainment would wash her down and market her liker her teenage contemporaries, Selena Gomez and/or Demi Lovato. Instead, they’ve let her rock-n-roll talents shine. The track is bit remiscient of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” which makes sense since Max Martin produced both tracks. Seems to me, Max Martin is on a bit of a hot streak lately.
Allison shines in this sassy, screw you attitude filled song. I’m a little embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve listened to it today. Let’s just say it’s A LOT. The teenager will be releasing her album under Jive Records tentatively on December 1, 2009.
His album isn’t even OUT yet, and he’s already #1 on Amazon.com beating out others like Madonna, Barbra Streisand & the Beatles. Has America Idol found another one? I’d like to think so.
We all fell in love with Lambert this past season on Idol when he came out of nowhere and ended up becoming the breakout star probably of the entire series. Let’s face is, out of ALL the Idol kids, there are really only 7 that have gone onto some kind of decent careers, and only 3 of them winners. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood & Jordin Sparks are the only winners to have great careers. Daughtry is a big rock star. Clay Aiken is a big gay Adult Contemporary star. Jennifer Hudson is one of the most talented people on the planet, and now La Lambert is set to blow up. (Does anyone even remember the winner from his season?)
After a four year hiatus, VH1 finally resurrected it’s Divas concert series. The long awaited special aired Thursday night with Paula Abdul providing hosting duties. Overall it was a pretty good show but paled in comparison to the infamous original which featured Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin. Though I give credit to VH1 for ditching the lame idea when the concert only focused on one diva and the show served as a tribute to them ie. Diana Ross (2000) and Aretha Franklin (2001). What works best about the series is the listening to the collaborations and not highlighting one performer over the other. It’s up to the individual diva to try take over the other with over-the-top wailing as witnessed during it’s inaugural year when Celine, Mariah, and Aretha tried to out sing each other. This year’s event held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) featured some of today’s hottest young divas: Kelly Clarkson; Jordin Sparks; Adele; Leona Lewis; Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson. As with the past concerts, the divas performed solos and duets that resulted with varying degrees of success. I’ll get to critiquing the performances later but first let’s talk about Paula.