Wild Ones

Flo Rida is looking a little funky on this album art… O_o

As you know, Sia is one of my favorite artists. She’s both mainstream and famous without being mainstream and famous. Not many artists can do that nowadays. Lately, Sia’s been in two mainstream singles so to speak: David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ and now Flo Rida’s ‘Wild Ones.’ But the thing is, she’s in neither of their music videos. Yes, she is what they call ‘featured’ on these tracks, but she sings all of ‘Titanium’ and the chorus of ‘Wild One,’ so she should be in their videos as Sia fans argue.

However, Sia herself is the reason why she’s not in the videos. She simply isn’t in a rush to be famous.

Sia is so admirable. Her voice is one-of-a-kind, and her style and image is fun and different in a way that doesn’t mimic Gaga or Minaj in any way.

But back to this song…

What Sia Furler looks like in person, in case you didn’t already know.

The last time I actually listened to a Flo Rida song was back to the summer of ‘Low,’ and now I can’t even listen to it in its entirety. But the fact that Sia is on this single, and the fact that I still blast ‘Clap Your Hands’ in the car, this track is replayable on my playlists. Definitely a good spring track, especially since today’s officially the first day of spring!

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Starships

Ever since “Super Bass,” I’ve been a Nicki Minaj fan. I know that some people find her annoying, but I think she is a talent in her own unique way. Her recent David Guetta collaboration of “Turn Me On” is a great tune, but I’ve been interested about what’s in store on her new upcoming album called “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

Now that promotional single “Stupid H**” may have been hated by most of her fan base (I actually thought it was catchy), and her Grammy Awards performance of “Roman’s Holiday” was kooky and controversial, but her official first single of “Starships” is something entirely different. Take a listen by checking out the video below. And about this video: it’s not an official lyric video, but it’s quite well-done! I’ve always been one for typography 😀

Advisory: Video contains language that may be offensive.

Now everyone agrees that it’s not original at all; I’m feeling a little “California Gurls” inspiration here. However, it’s very well produced and obviously appeals to the masses. Minaj is as bubbly as ever in her lyrics and performance, and I love the dance breakdown after the “starships” chorus. This song makes me want to get up and dance, just like Katy Perry’s latest contender “Part of Me,” which was my song pick last week.

Good job Nicki. I’m still a fan. See you on April 3rd.

Part of Me

I kind of took a little hiatus from doing the song picks of the week. I’ve gotta get back into the groove! 🙂

There’s always an artist that benefits from singing a new single on the Grammy Awards. Last year, it was Gaga with Born This Way; this year it’s Katy Perry with Part of Me.

For me, her Grammy performance was my first exposure to the new song from the re-release of her album Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.

Katy Perry's new singleNow I’ll place a little disclaimer: I’m not really much of a Katy Perry fan. I honestly don’t know why, I mean, I love pop music. I love Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, but Ms. Perry never stuck a tune for me.

For example, I downloaded her single E.T. a while ago, and then I got bored of it very quickly. Her songs are catchy, but they don’t have much replay value for me.

This song, however, is what will change my opinion.

Besides her wacky-colored, wavy hair in her Grammy performance, I was hooked to the song (in a good way!) Listen for yourself…

It’s a song with a good beat that pretty much blasts Russel Brand (her ex-husband). Maybe songs about breakups are just what’s best for artists, I mean, look at Adele…

Good song, Ms. Perry. If your next album is composed of Russell-inspired songs, you may have another hit… even with me!

The Madonna Super Bowl Halftime Show: Recap & Thoughts

I actually didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night; I was in my dorm doing homework like a loser. But there were TWO things I did see (and actually cared about): Kelly Clarkson opening with the Star-Spangled Banner and Madonna’s hyped half-time show.

(By the way, Kelly nailed it and flubbed no lyrics, but let’s focus on Madge…)

Madonna is special to me and my family because my mom grew up with her. My mom and Madonna are both the same age, so she holds a special place in my mom’s music tastes. She got me to like Madonna’s work, and once her recent album ‘Hard Candy’ came out, I was sold. A new generation of Madonna fans were brought into her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ world.

So, if you didn’t see the show, check it out below courtesy of Perez Hilton.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH MADONNA’S PERFORMANCE

We open with ‘Vogue,’ which is Spartan themed. Interesting take of the song and what an entrance! Madonna definitely wanted to make it clear that she is the Queen of Pop.

Then we have her last number one hit ‘Music.’ It reminded me of how much I missed listening to this song. She’s like doing assisted flip-things at age 54! Like, wow!

This was a bit remixed too, and featured LMFAO seamlessly with ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and ‘Sexy and I Know It.’ The three-song mash up remix actually worked! And it was great to see Madonna shuffle with the new generation of pop hit-makers.

And then, the new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” which serves as the lead single off of her upcoming new album, ‘MDNA.’ To be honest, I’m not crazy about the song because it sounds dated and there’s nothing really spectacular about it, but Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. are welcomed as featured rappers.

When Nicki started her little rap, the audience was like “RAAAAAAAA!” *cheer*

And the first time I watched it, I totally DID NOT NOTICE M.I.A.’s little NMA gesture there! Put that finger away! This is supposed to be family-friendly entertainment. Better than a wardrobe-malfunction though…

And to close, we’ve got Cee-Lo Green and Madge singing ‘Like a Prayer,’ and with the choir and all, it seemed quite moving.

So, my conclusion was that it was a good show, but I’m a Madonna fan. I think for everyone else, they were either disappointed or didn’t really remember it by the end of the night. I think Madge kept it conservative, which was good, but she could have been a little more creative in making it a conversation topic of the Monday after. And I felt no audience connection at all: just Madge strutting around with her a-list featured artists. The singing was good though! 🙂

But now I can’t stop thinking what a Lady Gaga halftime show would be like.

Let me know what you thought of the halftime show in a comment!

Clap Your Hands

Not many people know about the Australian singer Sia. Those who do likely discovered her through her appearance on The Voice or as the featured singer on the David Guetta track “Titanium.”

I discovered Sia through her older single “Clap Your Hands.”

The single, however, came out in 2010, so I can’t exactly be hipster and say I discovered her ages ago.

I first heard the song in a Hollister store in my mall. Then another day, I heard it again in I think a Bath & Body Works store. When I heard the song yet again in a movie theatre bathroom (which was, oddly, adjacent to the mall), I was like That’s it, I’m Shazaming it!

It was one of those songs that grows on you. And once it’s grown, you absolutely love it and can’t get enough … even two years later. Take a listen!

Again, don’t ask me about the music video. I guess a lot of music I listen to comes attached with unique music videos.

So this song; it’s got a beat to it without being an obnoxious mainstream club hit. It’s humble, but isn’t lethargic. It’s got a unique sound to it. Bubbly, upbeat, happy, and a bit quirky, the song is one of my favorite tracks for the summer. The instrumentation reminds me about the beach. I love the beach. A lot.

And if you think this song is good, give a listen to the whole album We Are Born. It’s different, yet original and catchy! 😀

*Footnote: Once I downloaded the single, I added it as the first song on a mixtape-CD I burned for my car (which I had just got). So this song will always remind me about driving my new (pre-owned) car in the summer. Good memories… 🙂

Around the World

Yes! Daft Punk! Before David Guetta, there was (and still is) Daft Punk. And they’re both French DJs that make awesome music. Take a listen! The best part is when he says “around the world” …

So we’re going nostalgic again with this pick, 1997. Before even Lady Gaga, I guess music videos were weird and Daft Punk’s creation above is a good example.

What actually led me to choose this song as this week’s pick is quite funny actually.

So I like watching videos on YouTube, and I was watching an episode of “Lunchtime with Smosh.” Well, while they eat a pizza, Ian and Anthony suggest their audience to look up the lyrics to this song (“Around the World”).

I was stupid and looked up the lyrics to the song on YouTube. If you don’t get the joke by now, “around the world” are the only lyrics of the whole song. It repeats. A lot.

But it’s still a good song! Usually I can’t stand songs with constant repetition. Again, it’s the beat! Just so infectious and make you wanna get up and groove ‘n stuff.

Better Off Alone

Anyone recognize the title of this song? No? Perhaps you should take a listen then…

Now you probably remember! Yup, the good old late ’90s. For some reason this song reminds me or roller skating rinks. Probably because I swear that every time I went to one, they played this song; and when I was only 7 years old I actually went to roller rinks too.

But I like this song, which is weird because it only has two lines of lyrics: “Do you think you’re better off alone? / Talk to me. Ooooooh, talk to me.” But it’s the beat that makes it addicting, similar to how everyone hated Britney Spears’ recent ‘Big Fat Bass’ although I found the beat infectious and enjoyable.

And the music video? Yeah, don’t ask me about it because I’m just as lost as you probably are.

But this song, although originally released in 1998, still sounds fresh. In my car mix-CD, it stands out from even recent hit pop singles. Guess it goes to show that the ’90s not only had good cartoons, but good music.