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

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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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Primadonna

Have you heard of Marina and the Diamonds? Maybe not. Well, to start Marina is a famous Welsh singer who sings music that varies from keyboard ballads to newer-sounding New Wave songs. So are the “Diamonds” her band or something? No. It’s just her. It’s a common misconception. As Marina has said herself, “I’m Marina. You are the diamonds.”

So how did I stumble upon Marina? I give credit to one of my favorite YouTube vloggers, Joey Graceffa. He recently did a video where he talked about his “favorite things” for the month, and this song was his pick for the past month.

I took a listen. The first time, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t crazy about it, but something made me hit repeat. Soon I realized that it was the only song I had listened to for the past 10 minutes or so.

Then I bought it on iTunes and added it to my playlists.

Take a listen for yourself! It sounds classy yet new. Definitely catchy.

What do you think of Marina and the Diamonds? Leave me a comment!

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!

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.

Domino

I’m not afraid to admit: I love mainstream music. Every week now, I plan on writing about a current song, and although I primarily enjoy pop, some other genres could be included as well. And just because it’s pop doesn’t mean it’s mainstream either.

My first pick is surprisingly not a Gaga, Rihanna, or Ke$ha hit. It’s Jessie J.

In case you don’t know who she is, she’s the one who sang “Price Tag,” another good song. And she’s British! (That gives her an extra point on my clipboard for some reason. It must be their charm… or their infectious accent.)

Anyway, the reason why I enjoy this new single, “Domino,” is quite odd actually. I like this song because it sounds like Katy Perry, but it isn’t.

And trust me, Katy Perry isn’t even featured on this track: it’s all JJ. Not original? Pfffft! Her vocals make up for it! Take a listen for yourself…

Bright, bouncy, quirky, and summery (it’s a word!), this song will help me though those winter blues and will definitely land on my summer 2012 playlists. For some reason, I can play this song on repeat with no problem; I usually can’t even repeat singles I really enjoy but it’s just a personal quirk.

Ms. J, “Price Tag” made me think you would be a one-hit wonder, but “Domino” made me interested for future singles and a new fan. Bravo!