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!

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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… 🙂

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.