VMAs 2013 Review.

Hello everyone,

Last night was VMA night and as usual something always happens, which stirs up a discussion in Hollywood. To be honest, I did not watch the VMAs because I was busy yesterday, however I went on Youtube and I watched all of the performances. I have a lot to say, so I am going to get started with this review. 

The highlight of this year’s VMAs for me was the Justin Timberlake and Nsync performances. Justin performed a medley of “Take Back The Night”, “Sexy Back”, “Like I Love You”, “My Love”, “Cry Me A River”, “Rock Your Body”, “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors”. Not only does Timberlake have the vocal abilities, but he has the moves too and my inner nine year old was very happy to see him perform classic songs and new hits. However, the moment that got excited the most is the much anticipated Nsync reunion. I have been waiting for this moment for years and I was thrilled to see them together on stage again. They performed “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye, their performance was short, but it was worth it.

Lady Gaga opened the VMAs with her hit single “Applause” and even after a hip surgery, the singer showed the audience that she can still deliver an energetic performance. Gaga had three outfit changes and towards the end of the performance she ended up in a bikini made of shells. Her final wardrobe change did not seem necessary, but that’s Lady gaga for you, always surprising us.

Katy Perry was another musician that performed last night and she performed her newest single “Roar”. The singer performed outside of the MTV venue in Brooklyn in a boxing ring, this was a very fitting performance for this song. Her vocals sounded great and she was giving this performance 100%. I was definitely impressed!

As for Bruno Mars, well he is always classy and I loved his performance. Bruno performed his song “Gorilla” and his vocals were outstanding, this performance gets an A+ in my books.

Just like many fans and celebrities, I was left speechless by Miley Cyrus’s performance last night and in a bad way. Last night Miley Cyrus performed her hit song “We Can’t Stop” and afterwards there was a follow up performance with  Robin Thicke. Her performance with Robin was inappropriate because she tripped down to a bikini and started gyrating. I think Miley should have thought twice about her actions and what she does with a married man. On the other hand, her “We Can’t Stop” performance was not impressive and I was actually expecting a better comeback on the stage. Instead her performance consisted of giant teddy bears, Miley patting a girl’s behind and wearing an over sized foam finger. The over sized foam finger may not sound scandalous, but when she was performing with Robin Thicke it was put on places it should never go. Her vocal skills throughout the performance did not impress me because her voice sounded shaky. I understand she wants to prove to the world that she is grown up now, but this can be done in a classy and mature way. 

I will end this post with a Justin Timberlake and Nsync performance video and some pictures from last night’s show. The video was recorded by a YouTube user, when I find a better quality I will post a new video. Let me know what all of you thought of this year’s VMAs, I would love to read your opinions.

VMAs 2013


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Music Monday! Week 17.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, the music video I will be sharing with you today is “Applause” by Lady Gaga.

It is official, Lady Gaga is back from a long absence due to a hip surgery and once again she has everyone talking about her. As we all know, Lady Gaga is known for her eccentric style and pushing the boundaries of art. Her new music video is the true definition of pushing these boundaries and she has never been afraid to step out of her comfort zone. I respect her as an artist because she brings something new and unique to the music industry.

“Applause” is Gaga’s single from her upcoming album “Artpop”. I am not going to lie, but when I initially heard this song, I hated it. However, I like to give songs a second chance and now I love it. There are mixed reviews from critics about this song, however Lady Gaga stays true to her musical style and I respect that.The song has a very catchy electro pop beat and Gaga’s vocals are great. Her vocals in this song are compared to David Bowie and Annie Lennox. In the music video we see many fashion looks of Lady Gaga and showcasing her eccentric style. In this song she sings, “I live for the way that you cheer and scream for me / The applause, applause, applause.” To me her song means that she gives thanks to her fans and they make her strong. A musician becomes inspired when he/she sees their fans cheering them on, which is a huge motivation. Lady Gaga genuinely cares and respects her fans. Her song reached number 1 on the Billboard charts last week.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about her music video.

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Music Monday! Week 16.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I wanted to share a brand new song by my favorite boy band, Backstreet Boys. The music video I will be sharing is “In A World Like This” and the song was released on June 25, 2013. I am not going to lie, but I have replayed this song sooo many times. It is catchy  song and I love the music video. I also love the scenery in the video, the simplicity is enough and we don’t always need the flashy video effects. The song was recorded with Max Martin, who was also responsible for some of BSBs biggest hits. Some these hits are “I Want It That Way”, “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). The single reached number 1 on the Billboard Japan Top 100.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about this song 🙂

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Music Monday! Week 15.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another Music Monday, today I will share the music video “Take Back The Night” by Justin Timberlake.

My initial thought when I watched the music video was that Justin Timberlake channels Michael Jackson. The way he dances in some clips is similar to the way Michael danced and the music video reminds me of Michael Jackson’s single “Rock With You”. Some people may call this “copying” the King Of Pop, to me this is a form of flattery. Michael Jackson inspires many musicians in the music industry and I consider this as having great respect for the musician. Aside from this, I really enjoyed the music video and it gave me retro vibe. I enjoyed the clips switching back and forth from dancing on the streets of New York to a concert performance. The song is very laid-back and enjoyable and I love Justin’s new image. He made a great comeback this year and it is better than I thought it would be, way to go Justin.

Enjoy and let me know what song you’ve been having on repeat lately 🙂

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Music Monday! Week 14.

Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with a music video by a new artist that I discovered, the song is called “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth ft. Emeli Sande. Labrinth is Timothy McKenzie’s stage name and he is a singer from the UK. He is currently signed to Simon Cowell’s label, Syco Music, the types of genres he performs are pop, R&B, hip-hop, dubstep, electronic, dance and grime. Emeli Sande is also a UK musician and the types of genres she performs are R&B, soul and pop. I discovered her music when I hear her song “Wonder”, which is amazing.

To me personally, this is the best duet I’ve heard in years and it touched my soul. The song is so magnificent and I love songs that make me feel a strong emotion. The song was originally released on November 18, 2012, however it reached great popularity this year. The song peaked number one on the UK Singles Chart and it also peaked within the top 40 in 15 countries. This single is certified as Platinum and it is the 12th best selling song in the UK.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

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MTV Then and Now!

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If you are a music fanatic like myself and music is your passion, then you might have watched MTV religiously. When I say religiously, I mean watching it 24/7 and taping music videos. MTV was a huge part of my childhood because it inspired me musically and it also gave me the opportunity to watch my favourite musicians on TV. However, as the years went by popular culture changed, MTV changed and technology started to take over. Technology plays a huge part in the music industry, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is a positive thing. I will discuss this particular topic in another post, but today I will discuss how MTV changed throughout the years.

Once upon a time MTV used to be the number one music network, if you wanted to watch the latest music video you would tune in to MTV. However, nowadays that is not the case and VEVO seems to have taken over as one of the top music video providers. Sadly, towards the mid-2000s MTV began to change and reality TV shows began to make their way into the world of popular culture. MTV switched from a music network to a Hollywoood gossip channel. So what does this mean for he future of MTV?

I will discuss this a little bit further along in this post, but right now I will tell you the history of MTV and how it all got started. MTV was officially launched on August 1, 1981 and music videos were introduced by VJs. Back in the 80s MTV was known for playing music videos twenty- four hours per day. The channel’s main headquarters is located in New York City and the signature image of MTV is the Apollo 11 moon landing. In 1984, MTV created the VMAs and the award they gave out is the Moonman statuette and to this day, this is the statuette that is given to musicians. The first music video that was shown on MTV was The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” and the second video was by Pat Benatar called “You Better Run”.

MTV played a huge part in the music industry because it gave fans the chance to watch their favorite musicians on TV. Before MTV existed people had to purchase tickets to see their favorite singer perform live, listen to them on the radio, read magazine article about them, but MTV brought a huge change in how singer are introduced. MTV changed popular culture, music videos began to change from simplistic videos, to videos with more effects and higher quality. Music videos were considered the best way for musicians to promote their work and increase their fan-base. However, in mid-2000s MTV started to introduce reality TV shows and this was interesting for fans, because they got the chance to see how these musicians live their daily lives. Slowly throughout the years reality TV started to take over MTV and it is reported that only 4 hours of music videos are being played.

This is unfortunate because MTV turned into channels such as TLC, channel E and others. In my opinion MTV won’t go back to playing music videos twenty-four hours per day because at this point reality TV had become dominant in the world of television. Even though, MTV stands for “Music Television” it has lost this meaning. Nowadays, VEVO has become popular and known for providing music videos and anything related to music i.e. interviews with musicians and uploading live performances. However, it is a positive aspect that we still have a music provider that allows fans to keep up with daily music.

Unfortunately, people who have grown up with MTV will not be able to enjoy watching music videos all day long. In the world of television “Music Television” had become extinct.

Let me know in the comments box below what you think about this issue.

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Tumblr Music Blog!

Hello everyone,

Today I created a music blog on Tumblr, where I will post music videos, pictures, the latest news from music industry and blog posts. This is my main blog, but due to the limited storage space, I decided to share more music material on Tumblr. This blog will be for more in depth posts and of course Music Monday. Please check it out and if you are interested please follow me. Thank you.

Here is the link: http://j-adoremusic.tumblr.com/

Enjoy 🙂

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