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Ed Sheeran Gets Pharrelled on New Single ‘SING’

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If you were reading my coverage of the Grammy’s back in February than you know that I’m not really an Ed Sheeran fan. His music didn’t do anything for me, and it didn’t help that he was riding off of his Taylor Swift friendship to get more fans.

Even though I wasn’t a fan I never denied his talent or his “sound.” To put it simply, it wasn’t for me but I understood why people liked him. He wrote all of his music, and when he came on the radio you knew that it was him.

With his popularity on the rise he decided to let go of the ‘Lego House’ sound and dive right into the mainstream before the release of this sophomore album.

Maybe I’m becoming a bitter blogger, but this is getting me more angry than I was before.

#NeverHAPPY

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Songs For A Modern Day Soul Train

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with a good soul train line.

Name a better way to get a bunch of people out on the floor and force them to kill it. I use kill it very loosely because the display of dance at my wedding’s soul train line was….special.

But that’s the fun of it. If you slay great, if you don’t you’ll survive. The minute you get to the top of the line and look at your partner in the eyes there’s an immediate connection. You trust them. They trust you. No matter what you’re working together, with ease or struggle, to get to the end of the line.

It’s a shame that it’s a dying art form. My sole purpose of this blog this post is to bring back America’s baby. Bring back the original open space of creativity. Bring us back to the phunk.

Here’s a few songs that you can get real funky to from the last few years. Plus, a fool proof classic.

Together we shall resurrect the soul train.

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Breaking Down Pharrells G I R L

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I decided to give myself a little more than 24 hours to fully process G I R L before reviewing it. I did that to ensure that I’d write a fair review because I assumed I’d immediately fall in love with it. That would’ve lead to a stan review. To my surprise, I didn’t fall in love on first listen.

I was a little confused, a little disappointed, and pretty tired because Adele Dazeem and The Oscars kept me up so late the night before.

But then I realized something, I haven’t loved any of my favorite albums on first listen. All of them made me think and left me with a weird feeling. It’s because I didn’t understand how good they were. Each showed me something new and went against the grain. Often times the albums that I fall in love with on first listen fade away from my ipod quickly.

Take Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience for example. I loved the album on first listen, was obsessed for a week, then it died out. G I R L is not a flash in the pan; it takes a few listens to really understand and love it. And once you do you won’t look back.

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Who Will Win The Oscar For Best Song?

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

This year has to be one of the tightest races for Best Original Song.

It’s been about 2 months since U2 walked away with the Golden Globe for ‘Ordinary Love’. While the Golden Globes tend to show the front runners for the acting categories, the same isn’t always true for Best Original Song.

With that said, U2’s chances of winning are slim when stacked up against the other choices.

Especially since ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Happy’ have received so much attention in the past few weeks.

I’m going to handle this the same way I handled the Grammy predictions, which means I can rant a little bit about who was snubbed and what a crime it was. I’m going to leave out the LOL section because I’m an adult and should start acting like one (but really there’s no one to put there so LOL, am I right?)

Also, I’m going to show you the power of Disney.

Predications Below:

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Are Your Ready For Pharrell’s G I R L?

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The hat continues to show favor on us.

After months of teasing and hinting, Pharrell finally announced the release date of his new album, March 3rd.

President Obama has also announced plans for a national day of observance for the albums release. “We all have a right to be Happy” he said in today’s address to the nation.

Pharrell also announced the title of the album, G I R L.

Following the announcement all legal documents are now required to be written in T H I S  F O R M A T.

People on the New York subway system have been heard screaming GIRL since the early afternoon. Doctors are worried about the condition spreading as cases in LA and Chicago have appeared throughout the day.

With less than two weeks separating us from the album, we better hustle(*r*) and break this down.
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Pharrell’s Hat Comes For Katy’s Crown

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There’s been a whole bunch of movement in the Hot 100 since last week’s surfborting incident.

Pharrell is coming for that Oscar, and now he’s coming for the top spot.

‘Happy’ jumps to the number 2 spot this week, making it the highest charting Oscar nominated song since 2002. If Pharrell’s luck continues, then hopefully it can follow the lead of  Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’, which won the Oscar and hit number 1 on the chart.

What does this mean for Katy and Juicy? Are they READY FOR, READY FOR ‘Dark Horse’ leaving the top spot?

Can Pharrell reach Titanic heights and have his own ‘My Heart Will Go On’ chart moment?

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Grammy Week: Pop Categories

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The pop category is the shortest, mainly because it’s the hardest to distinguish.

Modern Pop is mixed with so many different influences. It’s hard to look at the songs released during any given year and be able to pick out a song that’s purely pop. Even traditional “pop” artists, lean towards another genre for influence.

The pop categories are traditionally for vocal performances and albums, rather than song recognition like the R&B, Rap, and Country categories.

All of these nominations caused a shaking of my head to occur. Few made sense, some seemed lazy, and I think some were just made for extra entertainment.

#GetThoseRatings

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Grammy Week: Song of the Year

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I think it’s safe to say that Song of the Year is my favorite category of the show.

Songs are embedded in everything we do. If you’re like me your brain functions only in songs, with lyrics randomly spewing out to express your emotions and lack of words.

Song of the Year has also been the most consistent in deserving winners. It hasn’t failed me before like Album of the Year.

–Flashback–

Slowly closing my computer as I watched as the thief of joy and purity rose to accept the award. I slumped back in my dorms sky blue couch as Taylor Swift destroyed the American dream and won Album of the Year for the most basic album in Grammy history. #NothingWasTheSame

But you’ve never let me down, Song of the Year. So let’s keep the momentum going.

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Grammy Week: Record of the Year

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One of the biggest confusions about the Grammys has been the difference between Song and Record of the year. The Grammy website explains it best:

The Record Of The Year category recognizes the artist’s performance as well as the overall contributions of the producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist. The Song Of The Year category recognizes the songwriter(s).

Translation: 97% of today’s singers can only be nominated in this category because they don’t write any of their music.

In recent years there has been a different winner in each category. For example, last year Record of the Year went to ‘Somebody That I Use To Know’ and Song of the Year went to ‘We Are Young’. Both great tracks, but neither was deserving of the other award.

I like when the Grammys spread the love and I think they will this year too.

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The Academy Loves Pharrell Too

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Super producer and #ForeverYoungHuman Pharrell has just been nominated for an Oscar.

After dominating the radio for all of 2013 with his massive producing comeback, the man has just slayed the academy with his upbeat ‘Happy’.

The song has been creeping up the itunes chart for the past 3 weeks and skyrocketed to number 6 this morning after the nominations were announced. Usher was last seen throwing demos at a wall and pushing his album back to 2017.

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