2012 Summer Playlist

I formally recognize the passing of summer and coming of autumn today as I feel too chilled in my shorts and sheer blouse. This list consists of songs that have captured and highlighted my moods through out this past summer.

1. Boyfriend/As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber
– I enjoy Justin Bieber’s new album, which has been playing constantly on my Pandora. In Boyfriend, he does this sexy, deep-voice rap and a seductive falsetto, which is reminiscent of the other Jusin (Timberlake).
2. Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
– This collaboration is a pop orgasm, combining the most catchy male and female artists on the radio.
3. Rack City – Tyga
– A typical dirty hip hop song with killer beat for getting down in the club.
4. Want You Back – Cher Lloyd
– Funky British girl with a song full of mischief and attitude. She is sort of Jessie J meets Nicki Minaj, a pop version of Lady Sovereign.
5. Wild Ones – Flo Rida feat Sia
– This is 2012 version of Gordon Wynter’s Dirty Talk to me. It combines the seductive breathy melody with great hip hop beat.

6. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
– My favorite recent Katy Perry song, besides Part of Me. She’s really utilizing her great voice and delving into the more mature, emotional territory (like Teenage Dream, Thinking Of You, The One That Got Away), moving away from the poppy, party-girl music (i.e. California Girl, I Kissed A Girl, T.G.I.F.).
7. Give Your Heart A Break – Demi Lovato
– Love her powerful voice and the emotions in this song.
8. Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
– Takes me to a mysterious, intimate place. This is really music that can transcend you…
9. Payphone – Maroon 5
– Very poppy and catchy rock, exactly what we all love about Adam Levine and his band.
10. Glad You Came – The Wanted
– Boy bands are the unoriginal but absolutely necessary part of the show business. With this catchy track, followed by Chasing The Sun, The Wanted definitely won me from One Direction (also they’re slightly more mature).

A few runner-ups that were close but didn’t make the list: We Run The Night – Havana Brown ft Pitbull, Back In Time – Pitbull (a shame because he dominated the list in in the last few years), Titanium – David Guetta ft Sia, Lights – Ellie Goulding.

53rd Grammys: A night to talk about

Drake, Diana Argon, Natasha Beddingfield, Nicole Kidman & Selena Gomez on the red carpet

The Grammys is an occasion not only for honoring artists but also for extravagant performances and overt fashion statements. The weather of California provided the perfect opportunity for female artists to show off skin in their skimpy frocks. The 53rd award show this past Sunday kept the audience on edge by focusing more on performances than handing out gramophones. Some surprise wins and stage stunts added the necessary oomph to the presentation.

Canadian alternative rock band Arcade Fire pulled the biggest underdog win of the night. They beat out Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to win Album of the Year for “The Suburbs.” Esperanza Spalding, a commercially lesser known jazz vocalist, left Justin Bieber fans rather disappointed when she claimed Best New Artist.

Country sensation Lady Antebellum captured five trophies, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Need You Now.” David Letterman utilized the often-confused-categories to deliver a humorous touch. Continue reading

How Did Justin Bieber Become the ‘Fever’?

On November 22, 2010, sixteen-year-old Justin Bieber became the youngest artist ever to win the American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year.

He had surpassed Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kesha to snatch this title, along with three other categories he was nominated in.

Justin Bieber’s fame and influence had expanded rapidly since his discovery in 2008. All of this unprecedented success can be attributed to the sophistication and pervasiveness of social media as well as the ever-increasing power of young entertainment consumers.  Continue reading