We’re less than two weeks away from the 12th Season of American Idol and I cannot wait. Sure, I’m a little drained from following both The X Factor and The Voice this Fall, but it’s Idol- the granddaddy of them all. It does after all have a track record of making viable artists in the industry. Say what you will, but Phillip Phillips’ “Home” was a huge success and the best-selling coronation song to date. Impressive given that the show is in its second decade.
Even with all that, I have to admit I’m also tuning in to check out Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s chemistry during the auditions. I wonder if Nigel Lythgoe will air their infamous diva-off. Don’t let me down Lythgoe. Don’t let me down!!!. Even without the Minaj factor, Mariah is worth tuning in (IMHO) alone. Arguably, she’s the most accomplished singer to ever judge one of these talent shows.
The “Hero” singer along with Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Minaj grace the cover of the latest issue of the Hollywood Reporter. Inside the issue the newbies discuss their experience. The producers also reveal what they have in store for the 12th season. Overall, it’s a pretty good piece. Check out a few quotes below along with the cover.
“I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows. [Husband Nick Cannon] said I should do it because it’s the top, it’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’”
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!
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.
I realize how random this article seems, but after I listened for myself, I couldn’t help but share because it’s so bang on. A Vancouverite on Reddit named Josh experimented with the theory that when you slow down Nicki Minaj songs, the result is vocals from someone that sounds like a gay version of Jay Z. “Someone told me that if you slow down Nicki Minaj songs, she sounds like a gay version of Jay-Z. So I tried it and it’s TOTALLY TRUE,” said Josh. “REDDIT, I GIVE YOU MY LUNCHTIME PROJECT.”
After looking around a bit on the web, I also found that earlier this year, people had posted about the total opposite…that if you sped up Jay Z songs, they sound like Nicki Minaj. After listening to that as well, I found it too be true, but it isn’t as bang on as the Nicki to Jay Z change.
Josh also took the liberty of renaming the songs to encompass their slowness. For example, “Stupid Hoe” becomes “Stupid Slow”. LOL. A little mindless entertainment to wind down from your week. Listen to the slowed down tracks below.
Nicki Minaj has just released the music video for her “Freedom” single, which is also the same song used for her new Pink Friday fragrance commercial. Minaj also performed “Freedom” at the American Music Awards but in Donovan‘s recap of the performances, he categorized it as a “Bad” performance and that she looked like a female version of Ghostbusters’ Marshmallow Man – I’d have to agree. The music video is so much better than that performance.
It’s shot very simplistically and is mostly in black & white. Minaj looks like royalty as she wears some pretty elaborate and glamourous outfits while standing in front of some very scenic backgrounds.
Minaj sings about feeling free as she stands alone in front of some breathtaking backdrops and also from her throne. I think the visuals compliment the lyrics and vibe of the song well and I feel that it’s one of her best videos out of the heaps of videos she’s been releasing this year.
Typically, I don’t write a recap of the American Music Awards, but I have to give credit where credit is due… this year’s AMAs wasn’t a complete snoozefest. In fact, there were a couple of performances that were fantastic including Kelly Clarkson’s medley of her greatest hits and P!nk’s beyond impressive performance of “Try“. I never thought she’d top her hanging from the rafters acrobatic performance from the MTV VMAs a few years ago, but she did. For those young artists who can’t move around the stage without losing their breath, take a look at P!nk. Breath control to die for.
Justin Bieber walked away with the most trophies with three, while everyone musically-connected to him also scored hardware. His “Beauty and the Beat” duet partner, Nicki Minaj won two, while his mentor Usher also earned another AMA award. Even his “discovery” Carly Rae Jepsen took a trip to the podium. The Canadian singer won Best New Artist.
While all the youngsters earned wins, some oldies popped up on the show as well. Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder end even MC Hammer were there. I swear, when the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper popped up during Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance, I literally lost my shizz. That was effin’ epic. All this time I thought “Gangnam Style” was the new “Macarena”. Instead, Psy is the Korean version of MC Hammer. Sh*tcatcher pants and all. Check out all the performances below, along with my thoughts on each one. Better hurry quick, before ABC inevitably asks YouTube to take the clips down.
Another new track from Nicki Minaj’s upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up album has surfaced online. It is one of five new songs found on the album. “High School” is a collaboration with Lil Wayne, which we saw in the process of being made in the second episode of her mini E! documentary, Nicki Minaj: My Truth.
In the track, Minaj raps and sings her sexy and infectious hooks, with Lil Wayne joining in for a naughty verse somewhere in the middle. The song is very strong and bound to be a single. It feels like all of her songs are singles these days with the number of music videos she releases – LOL.
Speaking of high school, Minaj graduated from LaGuardia High School, which specializes in music and the visual and performing arts. There she participated in the drama program there, originally planning to be focussed on the singing, but lost her voice on the day of the audition. Anyway, listen to the new track below.
If Nicki Minaj wasn’t busy enough, she now has a fragrance to promote called “Pink Friday” that is now available at Macy’s. A new commercial for the fragrance just came out and we’ve got your first look below.
The video is set to her new single, “Freedom” and begins with Nicki Minaj laying in a bed of black roses. When she pricks her finger on a thorn, she starts bleeding pink and turns all of the roses pink and brings herself and the world around her to color. Even her eyes are pink!
Check out the new commercial below. I’ve also included the first commercial for the fragrance that was released earlier this fall.