Who is Giorgio Moroder?

Who is Giorgio Moroder?
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While everyone was busy watching the Super Bowl, Giorgio Moroder released a new song featuring Kylie Minogue. There’s a good chance you’ll recognize the Australian “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” singer, but just who is Giorgio Moroder?

In two words: a legend.

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Is Color-Code Japan’s Answer to Lady Gaga?

J-Pop has a new girl group on the scene, and they call themselves “Color-Code.” Their debut single “I Like Dat” debuted just last September, and as you can hear in the video above, the song is very catchy.

I think they have the potential to become big. Catchy music is one thing, but today you need more than that to become a j-pop sensation. Complete with crazy outfits, the music video definitely has some edge to it.

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How Taylor Swift Dominated 2014

Source: ABC/Lou Rocco

I’m very late to the party, but I finally got my hands on a copy of Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989. I don’t think I can be considered a “Swiftie” yet, but since I’m a fan of all things pop, it’s no surprise that I like T. Swizzle’s music. I’ll admit, I blasted “22” on my 22nd birthday last year.

Highlights of 1989 for me are definitely “Blank Space,” “Shake It Off,” and “Welcome to New York.” My commute to NYC every Thursday now has an official theme song!

It seems like Taylor was the most successful celebrity of 2014. The numbers definitely support that. With 1989, she became the first artist to have three albums sell one million or more copies in a week. The album sold 1.287 million copies in one week. That makes it the most successful record debut since 2002.

So if 2014 was the year of Swift, what exactly happened?

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Zero Gravity

I actually discovered this song somewhat unintentionally. I think I was watching the ‘Starships’ music video when I saw this in the related videos bar, or something like that.

So I clicked and watched the video, and what a pleasant surprise, another decent pop song! A less mainstream one nonetheless.

The singer, Kerli, isn’t exactly from around here. Well, she now resides in Los Angeles, but she’s originally from Estonia (which is in Europe). According to the all-mighty Wikipedia, she was discovered and signed-on by L.A. Reid. I really like her voice and her style. A lot of people keep comparing her to Gaga, but I don’t see the exact resemblance at all. I think her style more-so reflects Alice in Wonderland, at least in this music video.

This song is danceable, but the beat doesn’t not overshadow her vocals one bit. She can sing, quite well.

So what do you think of Kerli? Leave me a comment!

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!

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!