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!

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!

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… 🙂

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!