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She has the two most irritating songs on the radio right now but they’re catchy as all hell. Meghan Trainor, the voice behind All About That Bass and Lips Are Moving, is taking the world by storm in just a short amount of time. All About That Bass was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year, while it didn’t snatch up any awards – thank God, by the way – Trainor has taken it in stride. I really wouldn’t know but she is in rotation at least twice every hour. Let us dive in and learn ten things about twenty-one-year-old singer Meghan Trainor.
Summer seems to be the music season. We can expect concerts, music festivals and album releases. How many of you listen to a song from long ago and remember that summer and what you did? Some would say, me included, that music makes your summer in many ways. Summer of 2014 is going to be no different. But what exactly can we expect of this summer in music?
Valentine’s Day is guaranteed to bring on a whole heap of beautiful love. But inevitably, there’s sure to be some hurt feelings and parting of ways. So for those that either won’t be participating in the candy heart, pink & red balloon festivities or will experience the sting of the break up, here are 10 R&B tunes to loathe your former significant other to.
AALIYAH – “WE NEED A RESOLUTION” (2001): Who should be hurt? Who should be blamed? According to Baby Girl, there’s enough of both to go around. Aaliyah’s classic songbird voice deceptively gives way to lyrics of mutual distrust and scathing, accusatory honesty.
BRUNO MARS – “GRENADE” (2010): The second single from Mars’ debut album Doo Wops & Hooligans almost makes you feel sorry for him by it’s end: the sheer frustration bordering on hatred is crystal clear throughout, and the imagery of him desperately pulling a piano uphill in the video only adds fuel to the songs’ fire.
DRAKE – “MARVIN’S ROOM” (2011): Considered by many in the Hip Hop community a blasphemous move by Rap’s most sensitive emcee, October’s Very Own nonetheless made a song specifically about hating on his ex’s new man, something most men have done but probably would never admit to.
ERYKAH BADU – “TYRONE” (1998): A 90s Neo Soul masterwork of a songstress long past fed up, Badu shows her man the proverbial front door while dismissively suggesting he call on his main friend to help him get back on his feet.
KEYSHIA COLE – “I SHOULD HAVE CHEATED” (2005): Beginning a song with the lyric, “First of all let me say, you can’t accuse me of all the things you know that you are guilty of…” is a great indicator it will be one of the realest break up songs ever. Keyshia added to a long history of hurt female anthems with this jam.
LAURYN HILL – “EX FACTOR” (1998): Ms. Hill’s stellar work of art IS breaking up. It’s solemn, angry, heartbroken and bitter, but delicate weary. And it’s no wonder, with the song’s inspiration being Hill’s alleged affair with Wyclef during their time in The Fugees.
R. KELLY – “WHEN A WOMAN’S FED UP” (1998): The unofficial answer record to Badu’s “Tyrone” from the double album R, Kelly gives the point of view of the man that did his woman all kinds of wrong. A classic cautionary tale of for any man that thinks he can play the game without breaking the heart of the woman he should hold most dear.
RIHANNA – “TAKE A BOW” (2008): Known more for her sexy siren persona and fashion forwardness, Rih Rih dug into her beau on this song, sarcastically congratulating him for one hell of an acting job as a real man that wants to be in a relationship.
TONI BRAXTON – “JUST BE A MAN ABOUT IT” (2000): No one makes a break up song like Toni. This one, though somewhat underappreciated, is no less engaging as she emotionally pleads with her man to simply be real about the fact that he no longer wants the love they once shared.
USHER – “CONFESSIONS PT. II” (2004): The break up joint taken to a higher level. Usher cheats not only cheats on his girl, but also gets another woman pregnant. One of the songs that propelled the album of the same name to 10x platinum.
The Super Bowl is just two days away and I know that you’re getting ready to host a party. You either rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, or the Denver Broncos, or which ever company delivers the best commercial. Let’s face it, you are only watching the big game because of the commercials…and because of Bruno Mars. Mars is performing during halftime alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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–
2014 – Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2013 – Beyonce, Destiny’s Child
2012 – Madonna
2011 – Black Eyed Peas
2010 – The Who
2009 – Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
2008 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2007 – Prince
2006 – Rolling Stones
2005 – Paul McCartney
2004 – Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly
2003 – Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting
2002 – U2
2001 – Aerosmith, Britney Spears, *N’Sync, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.
2000 – Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir.
By: Kyle Yung
Last night was the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and it didn’t get off to a stellar start. Here’s what you may have missed at this year’s celebration of music.
Taylor Swift kicked off this year’s Grammys with a strange performance of her song “We Are Never Getting Back Together”. The song turned into an Alice in Wonderland meets circus act complete with a jab at her most recent ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles. I’m not sure what T-Swift was going for, but it was one of the worst performances of the night. While some of the other performances of the night were just as disappointing, they were at least able to sing on pitch.
Swift’s less than appealing performance was followed by an awkward speech by LL Cool J. As far as presenters go, LL Cool J is not on my list of favorites. He wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t amazing either. He did, however, manage to incorporate the word “hashtag” more times during his presentation than I would have thought possible.
Thankfully, there was some talented performances of the night to make up for the atrocious beginning. The Elton John and Ed Sheeran duet that I had long been looking forward to didn’t disappoint. Though he may not have won his Grammy for the night, Ed Sheeran proved that he was indeed a talented musician.
Fun.’s following performance was sight to behold. According to the twittersphere, not everyone loved their performance, but their high energy and all-around amazing stage presence nearly made up for the opening act we had to endure and proved why they were able to take home the Gramophone for Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Adele took home Best Pop Solo Performance (to no one’s surprise) followed by a Wiz Khalifa and Miguel duet. Miguel showed off his silky, smooth vocals. Though he may have been snubbed this year, Miguel has a big future ahead of him.
Justin Timberlake showed the world that he’s still got it with his performance of “Suit and Tie”. We may have waited far too long for his new album, but his Grammy performance gave me complete confidence that it will be worth it.
While Frank Ocean may have surprisingly lost many of the awards he was nominated for excluding his collaboration with Kanye and Jay-Z for “No Church in the Wild”, he still managed to be one of the most talked about artists of the night. Ocean’s feud with Chris Brown continued during the awards ceremony when Chris Brown refused to stand during Ocean’s walk to receive his award for Best Contemporary Urban Album.
Chris Brown’s snub, whether it was because of his ongoing fight or because he lost the award to Ocean, was completely classless. Ocean later performed his song “Forrest Gump” and it was rather bland. I expected more from Ocean after all the hype surrounding him and was highly disappointed when I received a thoroughly mediocre performance.
The night continued with a completely unexpected Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys collaboration, an incredible performance by Rihanna, and an awkward Bob Marley tribute by Bruno Mars. Mumford and Sons snagged the final award for Best Album and the 2013 Grammy Awards concluded with an Adam Yauch tribute by LL Cool J. His performance was better than his hosting, but barely. At least we have next year’s Grammys to look forward to.
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then Bruno Mars is the master of flattery. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In his sophomore album, aptly titled Unorthodox Jukebox, Mars makes several musical references to various artists, creating an album reminiscent of a jukebox.
Mars’ album opens with the tune Young Girls, a fun and lyrically advanced tune. This an excellent opening number for Mars because it doesn’t quite transcend into the jukebox throwbacks of the rest of the album. We get to see a bit of Doo-Wop Bruno before being confronted with the Jukebox version. The songs Moonshine and Locked Out of Heaven rank low on the lyrical charts, but offer a warm comforting feel that perhaps Mars is most comfortable with.
While Natalie, If I Knew, and When I Was Your Man definitely sound a little too reminiscent of other artists for my tastes, my least favorite song on the album is Gorilla. Ironically, it’s also my favorite.
As someone who loves to listen to music, whether there are words or not, I love the sound of Gorilla. This sexed-up rock jam showcases Mars’ true talent. He breaks out a spectacular falsetto towards the end that left me thoroughly impressed. However, the lyrics create a stumbling block for me.
Mars sings at one point,
“You and me baby making love like gorillas
You and me baby making love like gorillas
Yeah I got a fistful of your hair
But you dont look like you’re scared…”
Now, I’m not entirely sure about all the details concerning mating rituals of gorillas, but from what I understand (and what youtube has told me), it’s not that exciting. Sure, gorillas are known for being large, territorial beasts, but genetically and anatomically, they’re not that far off from humans. This song loses me, partly because I have no desire to go at it like gorillas, but maybe this is the “unorthodox” part of the jukebox themed album.
Overall, Bruno Mars’ album Unorthodox Jukebox isn’t a success nor a failure. It showcases his natural singing ability, but leaves a lot to be desired from the artist.
Bruno Mars is an artist that needs no introduction even though his tunes have only been on the airwaves a few years. It’s pretty safe to say he “blew up” last year, but we’ve come up with a list of 10 fun facts about Bruno Mars that you might not know…