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Billboard: Summer Songs Of The 2000s

In: Donovan, Music

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Billboard’s summer hits compilation of the 1990s. Today, I thought reminiscing about the songs that had us grooving during the summer months after the turn of the century would be fun. I love summer and I love Top 10 lists. Consider me happy.

The thing that surprised me the most about the Top 10 lists is how drastically the music landscape has changed in the past few years. Now it’s all about electro-pop dance tracks dominating radio and the charts, while R&B barely has a presence anymore. Urban music took pole position in the majority of the years from 2000-2010. Find out below which tracks had you bumpin‘ and grindin‘ at the clubs and accompanied you on those road trips during the summers of the 2000s.

check out what dominated the charts after the jump

Kelly Clarkson Covers Rihanna & Coldplay

In: Donovan, Music

Proving she could sing anything and sound great on it, Kelly Clarkson nails a cover of Coldplay and Rihanna’s “Princess of China“. She’s so flawless, perhaps Chris Martin should’ve called her up instead of the “We Found Love” singer. Queen Kelly, actually makes the track sound better than it is. Imagine her flying in the air fighting Martin à la “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” instead of RiRi. Now that’s she’s skinny Kelly again, I’m sure those straps would’ve held ;)

Not even jet lag could bring down Clarkson’s powerful vocals. Early Wednesday morning in London, the original “American Idol” performed an acoustic set for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge series. As usual, the radio station requires the visiting artist to perform a cover of a contemporary song. Given that Kelly’s recent tour involved a covers segment, you’d think she’d do an encore performance of one of those tracks. Not so, for my precious Kelly. Instead she chose Coldplay and Rihanna’s collaboration “Princess of China”. Listen to an audio of Kelly slaying it hardcore below.

If you’re a Kelly fan like myself, you should also check out the acoustic version of her current single, “Dark Side“. It’s also quite good.

listen to both performances after the jump

Given that Coldplay and Rihanna performed “Princess of China” way back in February at the Grammys, the British band sure took their sweet ass time releasing the music video for their duet with the “We Found Love” singer. Perhaps Chris Martin and company were waiting til RiRi’s schedule freed up a bit. Girlfriend sure has been busy promoting the box office bomb, “Battleship“.

Taking inspiration from Eastern influences, directors Adria Petty and Alan Bibby have Rihanna and Martin busting out their martial arts moves. AH YA!!! The “Princess of China” video is a smörgåsbord of Asian culture. From Japanese ninjas and samurais, to Thai goddesses, any cliché reference you can think of, it’s in the clip. That said, Rihanna looks absolutely gorgeous in her outfits. During filming, the singer tweeted pictures describing her look as “gangsta goth geisha“. That description couldn’t be more accurate.

I have to admit, I’m not loving the song. I much prefer Rihanna’s collaboration with Drake on “Take Care” more. Can’t get enough of that. But I will say, the visual gives “Princess of China” new life. Even though, there is no discernible story line, it’s beautifully shot and will have you fixated. Plus, you get to see if Rihanna and Mr. Gywneth Paltrow lock lips. Watch the clip below and find out.

watch the music video after the jump

Movie Review: Battleship

In: Matt, Movies

Wednesday night, my dear friend Amanda and I went to the screening of “Battleship”, the movie based on the board game of the same name. How anyone thought of taking a board game with no characters and developing it into a Hollywood blockbuster is beyond me. The product of this genius is a 131 minute gargantuan alien invasion flick that seems to get lost inside its numerous and uninteresting sub-plots. Imagine Armageddon and Top Gun had a baby.

The majority of the movie happens in Hawaii during a series of naval exercises when alien invaders crash into the Pacific Ocean in response to a beacon sent to a planet closely resembling earth. Other than as a response to the beacon, we are never given much insight into the intentions of the aliens and are instead inundated with the useless sub-plots not even worth mentioning. This mess of a story line all leads up to a group of WWII vets wearing aviators walking in slow motion to ACDC’s “Thunderstruck” as they come to save the day by fighting on their OWN ship, which happens to be a museum. Honestly, I’m not making this shit up. We were practically pissing ourselves.

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Forbes Magazine has just revealed their “Celebrity 100” list for this year, revealing a new number one celebrity for 2012. The magazine looks at various factors when classifying the celebs, including: Wealth, TV/Radio ranking, Press ranking, Web ranking, and Social ranking.

The person who topped this list year is involved in many areas of the business and despite the image above, it’s not Justin Bieber nor is it Oprah Winfrey. I’m not surprised to see this person on the list, but I must say I’m a little surprised to see them at number one. Last year, Gaga topped the list with Oprah trailing behind in second. This year, the Top 10 list is quite different, but Oprah finds herself at number two once again.

Check out the Top 10 list below to find out who tops the list this year.

Top 10 list after the jump…

Rihanna Brings The Sexy To SNL

In: Music, Patrick, TV Shows, Videos

Last night, Eli Manning hosted SNL with musical guest Rihanna. The episode wasn’t the greatest, but there were some funny skits that made it worth watching.

Rihanna’s first performance featured both “Birthday Cake” and “Talk That Talk“. She sang in front of a giant spider web and did a lot of vagina-tapping, as she repeated the word “cake”. The second performance was amazing, with Rihanna singing her single “Where Have You Been“. The performance had a similar ancient Egyptian theme to the music video that was released earlier in the week. She and her sexy backup dancers recreated a lot of the choreography featured in the video and it was definitely my favorite performance on SNL in a while. Rihanna is one sexy lady!

Watch both performances below and be sure to tune into SNL next week to watch Will Ferrell with musical guest Usher!

Watch the performances after the jump…

Rihanna has just revealed her new music video for her hot dance track “Where Have You Been” and we’ve got your first look. With various exotic outfits and hairstyles combined with some hot dancing, it’s definitely a sexy one.

As the video begins, the Barbados ‘Battleship’ beauty surfaces from a swamp, peeking out like some sort of crocodile. From there, we cut to several other clips with totally different looks and some with a crew of sexy shirtless backup dancers. She had recently revealed the choreography for the video in a behind the scenes look.

The good thing about making a video for such a fast-paced song is that it gives you a lot of freedom to cut to so many clips and explore many different things visually. Personally, I like the video and it’s a perfect complement to a great song. Check out the video below and let me know what you think.

Watch the video after the jump…

Rihanna may be from the Caribbean, but the singer looks natural and absolutely stunning in Asian-inspired attire and jewelry in this new clip. The Bajan beauty filmed footage that will be shown on Coldplay’s current tour. The visual was first screened at the British band’s show in Edmonton, Canada a week ago.

Rihanna’s clip appears as a backdrop during Coldplay’s live performance of “Princess of China“. Since RiRi can’t be with them throughout the entire tour, this is the next best thing. That said, I’m sure Rihanna will pop up in person during one of the stops on Coldplay’s world tour. Mark my words. Given that the track is lead singer Chris Martin’s “favorite bit” on the record, I’m sure he’ll convince her to do a surprise guest appearance.

“Rihanna’s bit on our record is my favorite bit,” Chris Martin said. “When the song came out, it sort of asked for her to be on it. And I think at this point, we have nothing to lose, and so we’ve been trying some new things and trying to break down the perceived boundaries between different types of music.”

Considering the track is titled, “Princess of China“, I find the wardrobe a little odd. Yes, it’s stunning, but I get more of an Indian and Indonesian vibe than Chinese from the styling choices. Maybe it’s just me. Watch the entire clip and see what you think.

check out the video after the jump

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