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Nicki Minaj shows up and shows out this week and it’s only Tuesday.

Yesterday Nicki released the highly anticipated single “Anaconda” which was only the icing on the cake. This past weekend Beyonce released her the remix to her song “Flawless” that includes Minaj as well.

One word…BRAVO! The rapper is back. Since the success of “Superbass” the star’s career blasted off into a pop direction and although many appreciate the alternate styles she attempted, she is serious this time around.

The Rock is in the Building…Chris Rock that is.

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This years BET Awards was filled with many surprise performances including Jhene Aiko taking the stage with Grammy Award Winner John Legend to sing her hit “The Worst”, to Trey Songz joining August Alsina to perform their single “I Love This” along with the now husky figured Chris Brown pictured below.

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Do-it-for-the-vinejay-and-solangeMore and more people are ’Doing it for the Vine‘, and these guys are no different.


So…. Bieber got a Vine.

It’s basically a disaster.


Dancing Alone


Great Parenting

In case you missed it, the action is the right side of the vine.


Real Life Lagging


They See Me Rollin’


The Only Way To Eat Cereal


What Really Happened Between Solange and Jay Z


Check out some more crazy vine antics, like the Mother’s Day edition!

The Superbowl Halftime Show has become an iconic display over the years. The performances have showcased talented musicians at some of their best and worst moments. Some of these things, such as the 2004 Janet Jackson incident, are remembered more than the score of the game or even the song being performed. There is plenty of information out there listing the past performers of the Halftime Shows, all the way back to the beginning. I chose to get the information right from the horse’s mouth and went to NFL.com. That page also has every aspect of the halftime shows broken down bit by bit. If you are curious who sang the national anthem in a particular year or things of the like, I suggest giving it a look. For now, take a quick trip through the past 15 years of halftime shows, including the upcoming SuperBowl this weekend–


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2014 – Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers


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2013 – Beyonce, Destiny’s Child


3.

2012 – Madonna


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2011 – Black Eyed Peas


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2010 – The Who


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2009 – Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band


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2008 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


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2007 – Prince


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2006 – Rolling Stones


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2005 – Paul McCartney


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2004 – Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly


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2003 – Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting


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2002 – U2


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2001 – Aerosmith, Britney Spears, *N’Sync, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.


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2000 – Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir.

By: Kyle Yung

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Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Well, what did you expect? Her album sounds like no other album this year nor any other Beyoncé album. Her name is Beyoncé and for the record we all know that her label or the powers that be wouldn’t allow her to drop an average or subpar album. She reaches into her bag of creativity and does B like only B does. She goes back to her Houston roots for some freestyle. Oh I meant she spits a few flows and does it better then most of the actual rappers from Houston. I meant no disrespect, but B is queen and her new album is the cream of the crop. Take note rookies on how you create an album and do it in an original way that stands out from the competition. Stop playing it safe.

 

Score  – 10


Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Morning Parade – Alienation (EP)

This one rides the genre of alternative rock. This UK band had an excellent debut album and a lot of praise from MTV.  Only four tracks on the EP and feels more like a single. They sound like another popular band that I just can’t put my finger on.

As far as the EP is concerned the first two tracks are so-so including the title track. The last two make it worth listening to in my opinion. To give you an idea of what they sound like they once toured with Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 and they’re favorite band is Radiohead. They’re not as good as either but that’s the best I can do.

 

Score – 5.5


 Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Tyga – Well Done 4 (mixtape)

With his fourth installment of the Well Done mixtape series he continues to spit metaphors and punch lines with every bar. Continuing to work twice as hard as his fellow Young Money label mates, Tyga’s mixtapes are better than his albums in my opinion. He has to work hard to keep up and stay relevant with crew members like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki and it seems to be paying off. His mixtape received well over 100 thousand downloads on the first day which is an accomplishment. This is Tyga doing what Tyga does with several special guests including an old Eazy-E verse. It rides well.

 

Score – 8


Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

 

Far East Movement feat. Kurupt – Murder Was The Bass (EP)

I’m not going to rate this one. It’s more of a DJs project. No lyrics just samples and scratches. Mostly instrumental and very dub-step-like mixed with house music. It’s literally the DJs showing off.

 

Score – 4


 Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes – The Abstract and The Dragon

Much like Bone they tried to recreate the feeling of their 90s music that started it all. They were successful but only because it really was old school. A couple of original tracks and the rest are classics and hard to find B-sides that feature Busta and Q-tip. It’s really a history lesson on Busta Rhymes and Q-Tips relationship. The hype is that a new all original album is following so lets hope its true.

 

Score – 8


Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Juicy J – Stay Trippy

Now this album was actually released last week on the 6th but I missed it because of its late release. So I’ll fit this one in. Not to discredit Juicy J but I expected his album to be lame, average and redundant. I guess he can’t help but to be redundant, but I guess the wait was worth it. The album is feature heavy like I expected but Juicy held his own. This no hip-hop classic by all means but I do feel like he’s stepped his flow up a little and exceeded expectations. He remains the only member that doesn’t want to take part in the Three 6 Mafia reunion; Mafia 6 as they call themselves now that their founder doesn’t want to take part. They also released a project in November. If I had to pick sides I would have to say Juicy’s release is better for the time being but only time will tell.

Score – 7


Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Jessie McCartney – In Technicolor, Pt. 1 (EP)

Thank you Jessie McCartney for showing these recording artists how you make an EP. If you only release a hand full of songs the least you can do is make sure there is no space filler. It doesn’t hurt to have a common theme to make it flow. This is a fly R&B/pop EP. It’s short and over before it truly gets started, but it’s a good start.

 

Score – 8


Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Snow Goons – Black Snow 2

Some aggressive east coast war music from the Snow Goons on their follow up to Black Snow. All about the flow and who’s the hardest.  Its features are heavy and they are the highlights. Several notable underground rappers feature and make the Snow Goons look average. A lot of verses from one rapper in particular who can’t seem to stay on beat. If only I knew his name so that I could put him on blast. You have to sit through a lot of ok, bad and average verses to get to the really good ones in-between. I’ll say this it had a go to war and high-energy feel to it. If you’re not studying it to the T like I am it probably would make great work out music. The production sounds like the dramatic action scenes in the movies. If only everyone in the group knew how to ride a beat and even better if they actually had something to say.

 

Score – 5


Music Week in Review Dec 9-13 3 of 3 featuring Beyonce, Juicy J, Tyga and more

Rico Love – El Presidente (mixtape)

This is a mixtape for free download. No original beats but he keeps it entertaining. A hood chick gives an intro before every track. She gives her wisdom and advice for broke rappers and the women that chase them. It’s not great, but it’s worth the ride.

 

Score – 5.5


 

Now that was a total of 27 releases if you were counting. A lot of good music this week and still another week of heavy releases to go. Next week I’m looking forward to B.O.B and Talib Kweli, which I’ve already skimmed through. Tis the season to load up on music for the collection. Until next week.

 

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Rating System

10 – Instant Classic – must have

09 – Great Album just short of classic

08 – Good Album recommend checking out

07 – Above average more upside then down

06 – Worth the listen, has a few moments

05 – Average, maybe core fan base will enjoy

04 – You’re not missing much if you skip this one

03 – Bad album- let down

02 – Trash- don’t waste your time

01 – Everyone involved in this album needs to reevaluate their life

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Beyonce Self Titled Album
If you haven’t heard the news, Beyonce released a surprise album today and she has the world in a frenzy. Since earlier this year, the Beyhive has been patiently waiting on her 5th solo album and now they can finally “Keep Calm and Beyonce On.”

While her Houston themed single “Bow Down” was ripped apart by critics, Beyonce is a return to everything that we have grown to love about the Houston native. With the recent announcement of the 2014 Mrs. Cater tour dates and her signature perfume called “Rise,” 2014 is set to be a huge year for the pop diva.


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The album was releases on I-Tunes and it contains 14 songs and 17 videos.


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Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy makes her musical debut on the song “Blue.”


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I-Tunes will be the exclusive retailer of the album, until its tentative release on December 21st.


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Over 80,000 copies were sold within the first three hours.


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Beyonce’s YouTube page has one minute snippets from all of the EP’s seventeen videos


Rolling Stone recently released their list of the Top 50 Live Acts of 2013. While their list is pretty on point, here is our list of top 10 best live artists.


10. Fun.

The boys of Fun. know how to put on a show. Their performance at the 2013 Grammys was enough evidence.


9. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar likes to claim that his live performances aren’t concerts; they’re events. And Lamar knows how to play a crowd and turn up the beats. His live shows bring a much more earnest vibe than his studio performances and its an excellent way to take a fresh look at the rising rapper.


8. Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley knows how to bring passion to his live performances unlike anyone else. He pours every ounce of his soul into his music making any concert of his an unforgettable experience.


7. Deadmau5

Deadmau5 is renowned for being a little strange and a little quirky, but his live gigs are an out of this world experience. He’s not a DJ, like many people seem to believe, but an artist of creating and combining sounds.


6. Kanye West

Years of doing bizarre and strange things in his every day live seems to have been a trial run for his heavily theatrical stage performances. For every time that Kanye drives me a little bit insane, his live performances are there to remind me why I respect him as an artist.


5. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars has a little bit of something for all ages. He has that classic crooning voice, the sexy lyrics, and the pure musical talent. He’s one of the best live singers these days.


4. Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire‘s performances are a lovely combination of emotional intensity and pure chaos. And for an indie rock band, they still know how to get their audience up on their feet and dancing.


3. Paul McCartney

From his time with the Beatles all the way to his solo career, Paul McCartney has an incredible amount of experience performing live and he still nails it every time.


2. Beyonce

There’s a reason Beyonce was everyone’s favorite from Destiny’s Child. Her live performances are fierce and beautiful. She knows how to own a stage.


1. Adele

The beauty in Adele’s performances lie not in theatrics, but in the pure power of  her voice. While many artists these days rely on flashy gimmicks, Adele will always be able to stand in a simple black dress and out-sing everyone.

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At this point in Jay-Z’s career, you should know whether what you’re going to get.  His twelfth album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, released early to Samsung Galaxy owners on Thursday, could’ve been called Blueprint 4 and no one would’ve expected any different. The album is good but it isn’t anything that could be considered a classic. It’s far from it but it’s still worth the listen when the album debuts on Tuesday. However, I ask: why the hate? The album has been receiving bad reviews and I don’t understand them.

 

The album opens up with vocals from Justin Timberlake singing his heart out. It’s far from Suit and Tie in tone and lyrics. Like all new Jay Z tracks, the song is about how rich he is and how he has to articulate every single so he doesn’t end up on his ass and broke. He references MC Hammer and Mike Tyson as examples of how becoming rich and famous can turn dark. JT singing back up vocals brings the song a darkness that introduces us to the sort of dark tone for the rest of the album.

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Kelly Rowland, besides Beyoncé Knowles, is the most successful member of Destiny’s Child with hit singles, movie roles, and more.  She has four albums under her belt and one that released this past Tuesday; you can read the review of Talk a Good Game here. You may think you know a lot about the sexy singer, but here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about Kelly Rowland.