Welcome to Music Monday, the music video I chose today is “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis. I was out with some friends during the weekend and when we decided to stop by the local drugstore, this song was playing in the background. I have forgotten how much I loved this song when I was a child and I just had to share the music video with all of you. Donna Lewis’s single was released in 1996 and it became an instant hit. It is claimed that this song is the most played song of the 1990s and it quickly peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay and Top 40 Mainstream for eleven weeks! The music video is very simple, but it suits the calmness of the song.
Welcome to another Music Monday and today I wanted to share with you a James Brown classic, “I Feel Good”. I was trying to find an actual music video for this song, but I only came across live performances. I Got You (I Feel Good) is a blues song that was released in 1975 and was Brown’s highest-charting song, peaking at number 3.
It is another Monday which means that it is Music Monday! Today I decided to pick a fun music video that I think will bring a smile to your faces and let’s face it Mondays can be a drag, so we need a pick-me-up. PSY released his new music video on Saturday April 13, 2013 and once again he did not disappoint. However I will be honest, when I first heard this song I did not like it very much, but I decided to give it another shot and now I cannot stop replaying it. The disappointing factor for me at the beginning was that it did not sound as catchy as “Gangnam Style”, however I think shifting away from “Gangnam Style” and creating something different is a good idea. In my opinion this music video is hilarious and very entertaining. The title of his new song is “Gentlemen” which you would assume it is about being a gentlemen, however that is false. In this video he is the furthest thing from being gentlemen, this music video is so funny that I can’t stop laughing every time I watch it. It is a a catchy song, however it is very different from “Gangnam Style” it may not be as successful as “Gangnam Style”. Its success would depends on song sales, what number it reaches on the Billboard charts and of course YouTube views.
I was impressed to see that PSY’s new music video got 4 million views the same day that it was posted, for some musicians it takes a couple of days to reach so many views. Today his music video has reached 58 million views, all I have to say is kudos PSY. I’ve have got to say that his songs are indeed very catchy and the dances are fun as well.
Enjoy it and let me know in the comments box below what you think about this music video.
Welcome to another Music Monday and if you are wondering what music video I picked today, it is “Ready To Go” by Panic! At The Disco. I love this music video because it seems so fun and energetic. This music video definitely gives me a a 50s vibe, which I love.
I hope you enjoy this music video as much as I do 🙂
For those people who know me, they will tell you that music is my passion and also that I am a huge culture lover. I am very open to other culture’s traditions, movie and most of all music. For me personally, music is a universal language and it doesn’t matter of the song is in English or another language. Music is still music! Today I decided to write about K-POP and share some interesting facts about this genre of music.
My interest in K-POP was sparked when I first heard PSY’s mega hit “Gangnam Style” this is a fun upbeat song that brings something new to mainstream music. I wanted to see for myself what else K-POP has to offer and I was pleasantly surprised that K-POP is a very catchy and unique genre. However, before I begin telling you all about the wonderful musicians in the K-POP world, I decided to give you a brief history lesson about this genre. I will mainly focus on modern day K-POP, rather than write about K-POP from the 80s and 90s.
K-POP is a genre of music that originally began in South Korea and there are three major K-POP management agencies: SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. These agencies are responsible for recruiting, training and promoting these new bands and ensure they become successful. K-POP is a mix of pop, rock, hip-hop, r&b and electronic music. K-POP artists are called idols and they go through auditions and then through training before going out in the spotlight. K-POP is predominantly represented by boy and girl groups and there are approximately 60 Korean groups.
The image and key characteristics of these bands are highly produced , including synchronized choreography, catchy tunes and the very popular pretty boys and girls image who are mainly young. Since these groups have multiple members, the singers often have to switch positions while dancing and singing in order to provide synchronization on stage, this is called “formation changing”. K-POP girl groups go for the more girly and cutesy image. Not all girl groups strive for the cutesy image, but majority of them are known for being cutesy.
K-POP music videos have great visuals, they are very colorful and special and effects are incorporated! I would describe some K-POP music videos as eccentric, the reason why I call them this is because they have a lot happening in one video and sometimes it is very over the top. For instance, in the “Gangnam Style” video there is the beach scene where a child dances next to PSY, scene where PSY is at the sauna, being inside a bus where elderly women dance along, the famous elevator scene, the subway scene and then concluding the video with everyone dancing. A lot is happening in this video and it is very different and unusual from the typical American pop music videos, but this is what makes it interesting and appealing. K-POP offers something fresh, unique and new to the world of mainstream music and I think it is great that K-POP is getting recognized as a unique genre.
Fashion is also an important aspect in the world of K-POP, musicians wear bright colors, eye catchy accessories and in some cases eccentric pieces of clothing. The K-POP 2ne1 are known for wearing eccentric clothing in their music videos i.e. “Follow Me” or “I Am The Best”.
Groups and musicians that started to get recognition in the States are Boa, Wonder Girls, Big Bang, 2ne1 and of course PSY.
Boa is huge K-POP solo artist in Japan and she is fluent in Japanese, Chinese and English, she is considered the Korean Janet Jackson/Britney Spears. She released her self-titled American debut album in 2009 and her single “Eat You Up” landed a #9 spot on the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Wonder Girls made their debut in the States with their song “Nobody” which they performed for the first time on “So You Think You Can Dance” and they were also an opening act for the Jonas Brothers in 2009. In 2011 they returned to Korea and in 2012 they came back and recorded a track with Akon called “Like Money”
2ne1 is another Korean band that worked with producer will.i.am and it said that 2ne1 will make their debut in the United States in 2013. The band was also praised by New York Times saying that their concert at the Prudential Center in New Jersey was considered one of the best concerts of 2012. This a huge compliment for a band that is not well known, which means that 2ne1 might have a bright future ahead of them in the mainstream music world.
Another band that’s getting recognized is Big Bang which is a very popular boy band in Korea and they won an award for Best World Act at 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Gradually K-POP is making its way into the mainstream market and I definitely think there is something special about this genre of music. It offers mainstream music more variety and the unique talent of new musicians, I am excited to see how many K-POP groups will become well known. Music is indeed a universal language, I have no idea what K-POP artists are singing about, but that won’t stop me from listening more songs. I see a bright future for the K-POP genre.
I want to share some K-POP music videos of some popular groups, as well as some of my favorite songs. Enjoy!
Music Monday is finally here on my blog, which means that every Monday I will post a music video from any decade. Today I chose a new song I discovered by Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo called “Tonight”. This is a fun upbeat song and Jessica Sanchez vocals are flawless, I think we have a new mega-star on the rise.The song has a catchy beat and I really enjoyed watching the music video, it is simple but it made me want to get up dance.
I hope everyone enjoys it. Let me know in the comments below which song you are jamming to this week.