Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Still One In A Million

It’s been 7 years since Aaliyah’s untimely death. But, she’s still one in a million.

Aaliyah, pronounced Ah-Lee-Yah, burst onto the music scene in 1994 at the age of 15 with her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. By 2001, she was on the verge of super stardom as a budding actress and R&B veteran when tragedy struck. On August 25, 2001 Aaliyah was taken from us leaving behind her best album ever: the self-titled Aaliyah living up to the promise of her name, highest, most exalted one.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born January 16, 1979 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. At the age of four, her family relocated to Detroit, Michigan. There, Aaliyah attended a Catholic school, Gesu Elementary, located on the north-west side of Detroit. Even at the young age of six, Aaliyah realized her potential, when she auditioned for a role in her elementary school play Annie. Although her role was small, Aaliyah was inspired to sing from that day forward. She started to perform at school functions and talent shows around the Detroit area. At age 8, Aaliyah began making a name for herself as a vocalist outside of family affairs and school events as she began singing at weddings. By age 10, Aaliyah began working with a vocal coach. The hard work paid off as Aaliyah landed a spot on Star Search hosted by Ed McMahon. On the show she sang “My Funny Valentine,” a song her mother performed often. Like many others before her, Aaliyah lost. While that was a mild setback, her uncle, Barry Hankerson, came to the rescue that same year. Barry arranged for Aaliyah to perform with his former wife, R&B diva Gladys Knight. That year, Aaliyah performed with Knight and enjoyed a five night run at Bally’s Las Vegas Casino.

The following year, Barry formed the record company Blackground Records and signed a distribution deal with Jive Records. He signed Aaliyah as his first artist and introduced her to R. Kelly, then a young artist he was managing. At the age of 14, while still attending the Detroit High School of the Performing Arts, Aaliyah recorded her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. Kelly wrote and produced nearly every song on the album. The contrast between her relaxed vocals and harder, urban rhythms was intriguing and caught the ear of many. The album produced US Top 10 singles "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)". While still in school and recording, Aaliyah found time to appear in an advertising campaign for Tommny Hilfiger jeans where she met her best friend, Kidada Jones, Quicy Jones’ daughter. That same year, after the nature of their relationship came under fire in the media, Aaliyah ended her partnership with Kelly and searched for a fresh sound until she came across a demo tape of producer Timbaland. In 1996 Aaliyah collaborated with Timbaland to make her second album, the critically acclaimed One In A Million which was certified double platinum. During the success of her sophomore album, Aaliyah continued to attend the Detroit High School for Fine and Performing Arts. She graduated from school in 1997 with a 4.0 G.P.A.

With the success of her second album, soundtrack work followed. Aaliyah contributed the song “Journey to the Past” to the movie soundtrack of Anastasia which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. Although the song did not win the award, Aaliyah was elated to perform the song at the 1998 Oscars, making her one of the youngest to ever perform an Oscar-nominated song in the production's history. Aaliyah scored again in 1999 with the hit song “Are You That Somebody?,” from the movie Dr. Doolittle which was nominated for the 1999 Grammy award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

In 1999, Aaliyah began filming her screen debut, Romeo Must Die, alongside Kung Fu superstar Jet Li. In it she played the part of Trish O’Day, the daughter of a family oriented gangster. Romeo Must Die was a solid hit in the box office. The movie was released on March 24, 2000 and debuted at #1 in the box office. The film grossed over $58 million. "Try Again", taken from the movie soundtrack, went to the top of the US singles chart in June 2000 and propelled the soundtrack album to double-platinum certification. In 2000, “Try Again” won two MTV awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film. Movie producer Joel Silver was so impressed with Aaliyah's performance in Romeo Must Die, he decided to sign her up for the Matrix II and III. Aaliyah's acting skills also earned her the leading role in Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned, #1 in box office sales for the opening weekend.

In 2001, while simultaniously filming Queen of the Damned, Aaliyah recorded her third album. On July 17, 2001, Aaliyah, her first album in more than five years was released. The self-titled album, which demonstrated a new maturity and confidence, debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard album chart and went on to sell over 2.4 million copies worldwide.

Tragedy struck in August 2001 when, after filming her second video, "Rock The Boat," in the Bahamas, Aaliyah and various members of her record company attempted to fly home. The small light aircraft crashed claiming the lives of Aaliyah and her entourage.

Since her untimely death in 2001, Aaliyah has maintained a strong presence. Blackground Records released the posthumous album I Care 4 U, on December 10, 2002 - a definitive collection of Aaliyah's greatest hits as well as six unreleased tracks including the aptly titled single "Miss You," later remix and dedicated to Aaliyah by Jay-Z. Despite her presence, her work has not gone unnoticed. Most recently, Aaliyah was awarded with a Billboard award for Best Female R&B earlier this month. In 2002, she picked up two American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album In 2001, Aaliyah won a Soul Train Award for Female R&B/Soul Single ("Rock The Boat"). "Rock The Boat" also won the Best R&B/Soul Single, Solo award and R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.

Celebrities Remembrance Of Aaliyah:

"She was the best person I ever knew. ... I never met a person like her in my life," Dash said, his voice breaking with emotion. "Every day that we were together, we cherished. Every memory — every day was a special event, whether it was going to a store or going to a movie or just sitting in a house. Wherever we were was like our own little party, in our own little world."

"We were definitely gonna be married. As soon as she had time, we were getting married — like after 'The Matrix,' " he said. "She was the one — she was definitely the one for me. It wasn't an official proposal, we had just talked about it, you know?" - Damon Dash, then boyfriend

"We always knew Aaliyah could be something special. She came out of the womb special." - Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah's cousin and Blackground Records exec

"Aaliyah was a temple of excitement, joy and peace. To me, she was my little sister, my musical inspiration ... your music will always live on through me." – Timbaland

"I'd like Aaliyah to be remembered as a role model for young women who were out there trying to achieve their goals in life, to stay focused, and you don't have to compromise yourself as a woman to do what you want to do. And to always just follow your dreams, be true to yourself, and be humble and kind to other people because it reflets and it's a good thing. Aaliyah was a great person."
- Fatima (her choreographer)

"If there's one thing I could say about Aaliyah, it's that she was consistent and never egotistical. She was a beautiful spirit that is truly missed."
- Angie Stone

"She was one of those individuals that would light up a room. She always greeted you with a smile. Her time was coming; [she] was just about to explode."
- P. Diddy

"To the world and to the fans Aaliyah was known as Aaliyah, but to us, her extended family, was known as babygirl. And I think that what we got to learn out of this is to appreciate eachother while we're here on earth, and to never take for granted that someone will be here tomorrow. And we're going to keep Aaliyah's legacy alive, and I didn't write anything because I felt like I had to come from the heart. And I love you Aaliyah, you're forever missed.
- Missy Elliott @ '01 MTV VMA's

Madonna Starts 'Sticky And Sweet' Tour In Wales

As Madonna kicked off her international "Sticky and Sweet" tour Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, she took a none-too subtle swipe at the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president.

Amid a four-act show at the packed Millennium Stadium, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe's authoritarian President Robert Mugabe -- and U.S. Senator John McCain. Another sequence, shown later, pictured slain Beatle John Lennon, followed by climate activist Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and finally McCain's Democratic rival Barack Obama.

The rest of the show had the usual Madonna fixtures: sequins, fishnets, and bondage-style outfits drawn from the 3,500 items of clothing reportedly whipped together by 36 designers specifically for the tour. Dancers sauntered across stage in top hats and tail coats, and Madonna tried her hand at break-dancing and pole-dancing.

Some 40,000 fans, many in pink cowboy hats and boas, were treated to a heavy metal version of "Borderline," while "La Isla Bonita" served as backdrop for a flamenco routine. The show, billed as a musical mishmash of "gangsta pimp," Romanian folk, rave, and dance, was an homage to Madonna's continuous reinventions over the past three decades.

She took a playful take on her variegated career, mocking dancers dressed as her previous incarnations -- including the "Material Girl" and "Blonde Ambition"-- before they sank into the stage to the tune of "She's Not Me." Madonna finished off the concert with her thumping "Give it 2 Me" from her new urban-inspired album, "Hard Candy."

Fall Out Boy Sets 'Deux' For November

Fall Out Boy will release its fifth album, "Folie a Deux," Nov. 4 via Island, the same day as the U.S. presidential election. The project was heralded yesterday (Aug. 25) with the release of an online mixtape, "Welcome to the New Administration."

On it were five Fall Out Boy demos expected to appear on the album, including "Lake Effect Kid," "America's Sweethearts," "I Don't Care (27)," "ALPHAdog and OMEGAlomaniac" and "Catch Me if You Can/Proclamation of Emancipation," the latter featuring Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy.

"Folie a Deux" is the follow-up to 2007's "Infinity on High," which has sold 1.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Acoustic EP (2008) Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel's "Acoustic EP" featuring 4 songs from her debut album "I Stand".

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1. Brave [Acoustic]
2. I Stand [Acoustic]
3. Gorgeous [Acoustic]
4. Better To Have Loved [Acoustic]

Sunday, August 24, 2008

One In A Million (1996) Aaliyah

Aaliyah's debut paved the way for a legion of teen-aged female R&B singers, including Brandy, Monica and 702. Aaliyah is no kid, though; she sings with a maturity that belies her age. Much about her life has changed, but she remains a mature young lady who sings about the ups and downs of true love experiences on this follow-up record.

Obviously a trained singer, Aaliyah glides easily between vocal ranges. Her soft style is more refined than the over-exaggerated riffs of other R&B songstresses. As on her first album, she pays tribute to the Isley Brothers, this time with "Choosey Lover." She adds more old-school flavor with her remake of the Marvin Gaye classic "Got To Give It Up."

Industry Reviews
Included in Rolling Stone's Essential Recordings of the 90's.
Rolling Stone (05/13/1999)

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1. Beats 4 da Streets (Intro)
2. Hot Like Fire
3. One in a Million
4. Girl Like You, A
5. If Your Girl Only Knew
6. Choosey Lover (Old School/New School)
7. Got to Give It Up
8. 4 Page Letter
9. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
10. Giving You More
11. I Gotcha' Back
12. Never Givin' Up
13. Heartbroken
14. Never Comin' Back
15. Ladies in da House
16. One I Gave My Heart To, The
17. Came to Give Love (Outro)

I Care 4 U (2003) Aaliyah

This collection of tunes by the late R&B siren Aaliyah serves double duty as a greatest hits package and a rarities compendium. While the first half of the disc reaches back to Aaliyah's previous albums and snags some of their most memorable songs ("One in a Million," the title track, etc.) the second half consists of previously unreleased material that admirably extends the legacy of a talented young artist whose bright flame was snuffed out far too early. Hearing the old songs again, it's striking how successfully Aaliyah's sensual but feather-light voice interacts with Timbaland's always-inventive production. On the new tracks, the arrangements are a bit more straightforward and predictable (no Timbaland, you see), but Aaliyah's strong vocal presence still rides atop each one with equal amounts of delicacy and authority.

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Track Listing
1. Back & Forth
2. Are You That Somebody?
3. One in a Million
4. I Care 4 U
5. More Than a Woman
6. Don't Know What to Tell Ya
7. Try Again
8. All I Need
9. Miss You
10. Don't Worry
11. Come Over - (featuring Tank)
12. Erica Kane
13. At Your Best
14. Got to Give It Up - (remix)

Cruel Intentions (1999) Soundtrack

Soundtrack to 1999 hit movie staring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

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1. Every You, Every Me - Placebo (single mix)
2. Praise You - Fatboy Slim (radio edit)
3. Coffee and TV - Blur
4. Bedroom Dancing - Day One (first recording)
5. Colorblind - Counting Crows
6. Ordinary Life - Kristen Barry
7. Comin' up From Behind - Marcy Playground
8. Secretly - Skunk Anansie
9. This Love - Craig Armstrong/Elizabeth Fraser
10. You Could Make a Killing - Aimee Mann
11. Addictive - Faithless
12. Trip on Love - Abra Moore
13. You Blew Me Off - Bare Jr.
14. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

Janet Jackson Launches Lingerie Line

Janet Jackson's latest release isn't from this year's "Discipline" album - it's her lingerie line, Pleasure Principle.

The legendary icon teamed with Bruno Schiavi, the Australian lingerie designer behind Dr. Rey's Shapewear line (named for "Dr. 90210" fixture Dr. Robert Rey), for her debut fashion duet. The 18-piece line is named after the hit single from Jackson's 1986 multiplatinum album "Control," is designed to be comfortable for a range of sizes - 32A to 44G, and is crafted of mostly satin and lace.

Items will be manufactured in China and will be in department stores by late this year or early 2009. Jackson and Schiavi are currently in negotiations with major chains to carry the line; U.S. stores will be revealed in coming months, with releases in Australia, Japan and Europe to follow.

Jackson said the combination of beauty and comfort was the primary driver for the designs, though affordability was also paramount. Price points for the bra and underwear pieces are all under $40.

"I hate when you've had on a bra all day long and you just can't wait to take it off - every woman has experienced that," she said. "A lot of lingerie tends to leave those marks and be uncomfortable. This line is about detail, fit and comfort as well as beauty and making women feel sexy."

This is the first time in her long career that Jackson has undertaken an apparel line of any sort, though she is a fan of Alexander McQueen - she came out to help fete the opening of his Los Angeles store this spring - and Versace, whose show she attended in June. Her innerwear collection will be expanded in the future, plus Schiavi and Jackson are already at work on additional lines and collaborations, including plans to extend beyond lingerie in 2009.

"In order for me to do something I have to be very passionate about it or I won't give it my all," she said. "I had so much fun designing this."

Jackson, who next month is embarking on her first North American concert tour in seven years, said the line developed quickly, though since she's preparing for her tour, and Schiavi splits time between Los Angeles and Australia, the pair had to squeeze in design sessions whenever they could - even during dance rehearsals or over the phone in the middle of the night.

"It's 3 a.m., Janet's in Paris and I'm in Australia and we're on the phone talking about the line," said Schiavi.

"I eat lunch at the same time every day, so we'd do a lot of work during my lunch time when Bruno would come down to rehearsals," Jackson added.

The singer first unveiled plans for the line in June at the Versace men's wear show in Milan in June, right around the time Jackson and longtime boyfriend, record producer Jermaine Dupri, said they're planning to start a family after the latest tour ends.

Jackson said the lingerie line is "definitely" a good jumping-off point for future fashion endeavors.

"It's something for every woman, and I truly do mean that. It makes you feel sexy," she said.

And presumably there will be no wardrobe malfunctions.

The Bird and The Bee (2007) The Bird and The Bee

There have been many duos in the history of pop music, but few, if any, like the Bird and the Bee. Consisting of Greg Kurstin (all instruments except horns) and Inara George (vocals, and daughter of late Little Feat guitarist Lowell George), Bird and the Bee craft sleek, refined pop songs rich with edgy humor, all seductively conveyed by George's distinctively cool, feathery voice. With its elegant mix of alt-rock catchiness (think Blondie, XTC, Stereolab) and some Brazilian bossa nova touches, THE BIRD AND THE BEE is a noteworthy debut disc.

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1. Again and Again
2. Birds and the Bees
3. F*Cking Boyfriend
4. I'm a Broken Heart
5. La la La
6. My Fair Lady
7. I Hate Camera
8. Because
9. Preparedness
10. Spark

Trouble In Mind (2007) Hayes Carll

Part of the Lost Highway stable of intelligent country rockers, this Texan's third album makes good on the promise of his excellent debut and follow-up, and assures him a future spot in the Outlaw pantheon.

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Track Listing
1. Drunken Poet's Dream
2. It's a Shame
3. Girl Downtown
4. Bad Liver and a Broken Heart
5. Beaumont
6. I Got a Gig
7. Faulkner Street
8. Wild as a Turkey
9. Don't Let Me Fall
10. Lover Like You, A
11. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
12. Knockin' Over Whiskeys
13. Willing to Love Again
14. She Left Me For Jesus

One Of The Boys (2008) Katy Perry

Katy Perry is the late 2000s version of the sassy pop-rocker wielding girl power like an Uzi. Blending elements of Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani, Perry's 2008 debut, ONE OF THE BOYS, bashes metrosexuals ("Ur So Gay"), flaunts lesbian experimentation ("I Kissed a Girl"), and celebrates spontaneous road trips ("Waking Up in Vegas"). Thanks to a cadre of top-shelf producers, including Desmond Child, Dave Stewart, and Glen Ballard (who also produced Morissette), ONE OF THE BOYS glitters like spun cotton candy, but it's Perry's bold, topical songs and in-your-face attitude that help the album pack a punch.

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Track Listing

1. One of the Boys
2. I Kissed a Girl
3. Waking Up In Vegas
4. Thinking of You
5. Mannequin
6. Ur So Gay
7. Hot N Cold
8. If You Can Afford Me
9. Lost
10. Self Inflicted
11. I'M Still Breathing
12. Fingerprints

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ricky Martin... Live Black & White Tour (2007) Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin released his first live disc in 2006 with MTV UNPLUGGED. The album showed Martin to be a polished live performer capable of leading his tight band through powerfully energetic performances that outpaced his studio recordings. Martin must have known he was onto a good thing, because he released another live set in 2007.

BLACK AND WHITE TOUR doesn't have the same stripped-down quality of the MTV date, but it is still powered by an immediacy and a forcefulness that are very impressive. Again, Martin's band is top-notch, and there's no shortage of sparks flying on both the straightforward Latin grooves and the more streamlined dance-pop. "Vuelve" and "Tu Recuerdo" are here, as is, of course, "Livin' La Vida Loca."

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1. Intro / Pegate / Raza De Mil Colores / Por Arriba, Por Abajo
2. Indonesian Transition / I Don't Care / Maria Mix
3. Vuelve
4. Revolucion
5. It's Alright
6. Livin' la Vida Loca
7. Somos la Semilla
8. Rave Intro / Drop It On Me / Lola, Lola / The Cup Of Life
9. Tal Vez
10. Tu Recuerdo - (with La Mari)

Just Like Heaven - Music From The Motion Picture (2005) Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the romantic comedy event of the Fall includes tracks from Pete Yorn, Katie Melua, The Cars, Bowling for Soup, Kelis, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Beck, The Cure, and Rolfe Kent. With artists like those, listening to this soundtrack will make you feel it's just like heaven.

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Track Listing

1. Just Like Heaven - Katie Melua
2. Just My Imagination - Pete Yorn
3. Lust For Life - Kay Hanley
4. Good Times Roll - The Cars
5. Ghostbusters - Bowling For Soup
6. Brass in Pocket - Kelis
7. I Put a Spell on You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
8. Strange Invitation - Beck
9. Spooky - Imogen Heap
10. Jungle Fever - The Chakachas
11. Bad Case of Lovin' You - Emerson Hart
12. Colors - Amos Lee
13. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
14. Her Picture - Rolfe Kent
15. David Alone - Rolfe Kent
16. I'm Seeing Someone - Rolfe Kent
17. Machines Don't Know Everything - Rolfe Kent
18. I Remember You - Rolfe Kent

Love Jones (1997) Original Soundtrack

This soulful R&B and jazz soundtrack is a valentine to love itself, and it features mostly new tracks by first-rank artists. Among them are the Refugee Camp All-Stars, whose intense "The Sweetest Thing" was produced by two of the three Fugees and features Fugees singer Lauryn Hill; it's yet another showcase of Fugeean diversity. R&B singer Dionne Farris admits a weakness for a man in "Hopeless." Maxwell offers an alternate version of "Sumthin' Sumthin'," with its seductive groove. The soundtrack also includes a couple of classic jazz recordings, including Duke Ellington and John Coltrane's version of "In A Sentimental Mood."

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Track Listing
1. Brother to the Night (A Blues For Nina): Darius' Poem - Larenz Tate
2. Hopeless - Dionne Farris
3. Sweetest Thing, The - Refugee Camp All-Stars/Lauryn Hill
4. I Got a Love Jones For You - Refugee Camp All-Stars/Melky & Day
5. Sumthin' Sumthin': Mellosmoothe (Cut) - Maxwell
6. Never Enough - Groove Theory
7. Inside My Love - Trina Broussard
8. In the Rain - Xscape
9. You Move Me - Cassandra Wilson
10. Rush Over - Marcus Miller/Me'Shell NdegeOcello
11. I Like It - The Brand New Heavies
12. Girl - Cassie
13. Can't Get Enough - Kenny Lattimore
14. Jelly, Jelly - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
15. In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington/John Coltrane
16. Lyric: I Am Looking at Music: Nina's Poem - Nia Long

Mandy Moore (2001) Mandy Moore

Though the first cut on this young belter's self-titled release will have you scanning the composer credits for the presence of teen-pop maestro Max Martin, Mandy Moore is stylistically confident enough to venture into sonic areas beyond the usual Aguilera/Spears axis. For one thing, there's more of a pronounced R&B flavor to Moore's songs than those of her contemporaries. The production takes more chances as well, as witnessed by the exotic textures that open the lush "Saturate Me" and "One Sided Love." That said, this album features enough carefully crafted synth hooks, sensually breathy sighs, and infectious melodies to compete with a thousand Christina Aguileras. Fortunately, Moore's talent is singular and substantive enough that such considerations shouldn't pose a problem.

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Track Listing
1. In My Pocket
2. You Remind Me
3. Saturate Me
4. One Sided Love
5. 17
6. Cry
7. Crush
8. It Only Took a Minute
9. Turn the Clock Around
10. Yo Yo
11. From Loving You
12. Split Chick
13. When I Talk to You

Sea Change (2002) Beck

Though 1998's MUTATIONS was the closest Beck had come at the time to conventional (read: non-ironic) troubadourisms, he quickly declared the album a detour and swiftly followed it up with the Prince-influenced about-face of MIDNITE VULTURES. It comes as something of a surprise, then, that he should focus his subsequent efforts on an unprecedentedly earnest singer-songwriter album like SEA CHANGE, which finds him purposefully peeling away his multiple levels of irony. Trumpeted in the press as a post-breakup album, SEA CHANGE has been called Beck's BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, and it's true that he'd never been anywhere near this emotionally naked before.
Sonically, he seems to have (at least momentarily) laid aside his R&B/hip-hop aspirations in pursuit of a late-'60s/early-'70s folk-rock aesthetic. Several cuts have a lazy, Gram Parsons-like country-rock tinge. On "Round the Bend," he delivers a moody, string-swathed lament obviously modeled on Nick Drake's "River Man." While some might lament the departure of the word-spinning wiseguy, SEA CHANGE still seems an inevitable and important step in Beck's artistic maturation.

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Track Listing
1. Golden Age, The
2. Paper Tiger
3. Guess I'm Doing Fine
4. Lonesome Tears
5. Lost Cause
6. End of the Day
7. It's All in Your Mind
8. Round the Bend
9. Already Dead
10. Sunday Sun
11. Little One
12. Side of the Road

We Started Nothing (2008) The Ting Tings

British duo the Ting Tings make fun, immediately likeable music that combines elements of indie rock, dance music, and singsong mainstream pop. If the band's full-length debut, WE STARTED NOTHING, contained only their delicious singles "That's Not My Name," "Great DJ," and "Shut Up and Let Me Go," it'd be worth picking up, but the entire album seduces with its ragtag bubblegum smarts. The Ting Tings reference the 1980s (their aesthetic falls somewhere between that decade's underground dance music and Toni Basil's "Mickey"), but their clever, patchwork sensibility will also appeal to 21st-century postmodernists. One of the best pop debuts of 2008, WE STARTED NOTHING is pretty irresistible, but who would want to resist?

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Track Listing
1. Great DJ
2. That's Not My Name
3. Fruit Machine
4. Traffic Light
5. Shut Up And Let Me Go
6. Keep Your Head
7. Be The One
8. We Walk
9. Impacilla Carpisung
10. We Started Nothing

98 Degrees & Rising (1998) 98 Degrees

"True To Your Heart" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Song Written For A Motion Picutre Or For Television.

This harmony-driven Ohio foursome's sophomore release finds brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons collaborating with some of the day's hottest producers. The Trackmasters-produced "Do You Wanna Dance" uses a sample from Kool & The Gang's classic "Get Down On It." Keith Thomas and Anders Bagge also worked on tracks that range from hip-hop-flavored R&B to pop and Eurodance styles.
Love songs are numerous on this release, including a remake of "I Do (Cherish You)," originally recorded by country singer Mark Wills. Producers Sean Hosein & Dane Denviller co-wrote the acoustic guitar-accented "Still." The maturity of the groups shines through on their second album on tracks like "Because Of You," "Heat It Up" and 'True To Your Heart," which features an appearance from Stevie Wonder.

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Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Heat It Up
3. If She Only Knew
4. I Do (Cherish You)
5. Fly With Me
6. Still
7. Because of You
8. Give It up (Interlude)
9. Do You Wanna Dance
10. True to Your Heart - (featuring Stevie Wonder)
11. To Me You're Everything
12. Hardest Thing, The
13. She's Out of My Life

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Boy With No Name (2007) Travis

On 2007's The Boy With No Name, Travis's fifth studio album, the Scottish band steps back from the moody and politicized 12 MEMORIES, returning to the lush, laid-back sound of THE MAN WHO and THE INVISIBLE BAND. Not surprisingly, this shift marks the Britpop quartet's reunion with famed producer Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead), who clearly knows how to bring the best out of the earnest ensemble. As always, frontman Fran Healy's plaintive voice is Travis's calling card, as exemplified by the resonant lead single, "Closer," and "Under the Moonlight," an uplifting duet with pop-folky KT Tunstall. For those who may have written Travis off after The Invisible Band, this warm, welcoming album is the perfect occasion to revisit the considerably charming and amiable act.

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Track Listing
1. 3 Times and You Lose
2. Selfish Jean
3. Closer
4. Big Chair
5. Battleships
6. Eyes Wide Open
7. My Eyes
8. One Night
9. Under the Moonlight
10. Out in Space
11. Colder
12. New Amsterdam
13. Stars

Greatest Hits (2007) Spice Girls

Given that the Spice Girls achieved their towering popular success in the 1990s through a string of winning singles, it seems hard to believe that fans had to hang in there until 2008 for a decent singles compilation. But good things come to those who wait, and GREATEST HITS delivers in spades what made the Spice Girls famous: fizzy, catchy tunes and plenty of style and attitude.
The essentials--"Wannabe," "Say You'll Be There," "2 Become 1"--are all here, of course, along with a few singles that deserve to be as well known, namely the old school R&B number "Stop" and the funky groover "Who Do You Think You Are." GREATEST HITS also contains two new songs.

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Track Listing
1. Wannabe
2. Say You'll Be There
3. 2 Become 1
4. Mama
5. Who Do You Think You Are
6. Move Over
7. Spice up Your Life
8. Too Much
9. Stop
10. Viva Forever
11. Let Love Lead the Way
12. Holler
13. Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
14. Voodoo
15. Goodbye

#1's (2005) Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child were the biggest female R&B group of the late 1990s and early 2000s, with a superstar status rivaled only by TLC. Despite the media circus surrounding the strife between the three core members of the group, Destiny's Child managed to rack up an astonishing string of #1 hits, all of which are collected on the appropriately named #1'S. Early smashes like the smooth, rhythmically stuttering "Bills, Bills, Bills," the moody mid-tempo slow jam "Say My Name," and "Independent Women Part 1" (the theme to the film CHARLIE'S ANGELS) are here, of course, as are later hits like their cover of the Gibb brothers' "Emotion" and the sweeping inspirational ballad "Stand Up for Love," the anthem for World Children's Day 2005. With their seductive delivery, elaborate vocal embellishments, and call-and-response dynamics, Destiny's Child cast the mold for urban contemporary R&B at the turn of the century, topping it off with a slick production informed by hip-hop. An overview that shows the group doing what they do best, #1'S is a testament to their reigning influence and superstar status.

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Track Listing
1. Stand up For Love
2. Independent Women Part 1
3. Survivor
4. Soldier - (with T.I./Lil Wayne)
5. Check on It - (with Beyonce/Slim Thug)
6. Jumpin', Jumpin'
7. Lose My Breath
8. Say My Name
9. Emotion
10. Bug a Boo
11. Bootylicious
12. Bills, Bills, Bills
13. Girl
14. No, No, No Part 2 - (with Wyclef Jean)
15. Cater 2 U
16. Feel the Same Way I Do

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004) My Chemical Romance

For its major-label debut, My Chemical Romance amps up the melodies in transforming its unique hardcore approach to more of a pop-punk style. To say this Jersey quintet subscribes to the half-empty-glass outlook on love and relationships is like saying Johnny Rotten is a slightly irritable chap. Buried amid the abundant sing-along choruses and the tasty, two-guitar attack of fretburners Ray Toro and Frank Iero is doom-and-gloom imagery that ranges from the suicidal allusions of the soaring "Cemetery Drive" to the murder and firing squads of the insistent "Give 'Em Hell Kid." Frontman Gerard Way exudes plenty of charisma, and his clear and powerful phrasing works well in a format where vocal precision is often an afterthought. In particular, Way shines within the bizarre confines of the quirky "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" and the subtler nuances of the dream-pop-flavored "The Ghost of You." Falling somewhere between metal and punk with a distinctive pop sensibility, THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE puts My Chemical Romance in line for the kind of success achieved Blink 182.

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1. Helena
2. Give 'Em Hell, Kid
3. To the End
4. You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison
5. I'm Not OK (I Promise)
6. Ghost of You, The
7. JetSet Life Is Gonna Kill You, The
8. Interlude
9. Thank You For the Venom
10. Hang 'Em High
11. It's Not a Fashion Statement It's a Deathwish
12. Cemetery Drive
13. I Never Told You What I Do For a Living

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Justin Timberlake Vs. Eric West Vs. Adam Levine : Who Wore This Look Better

Justin Timberlake leaving the Little Door restaurant in CA 3/2008

Eric West attending the opening of Energie/Miss Sixty's LA Flagship Store 12/2007

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 live in concert 2/2008

Who worked it better?
Justin Timberlake
Eric West
Adam Levine of Maroon5

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mind, Body & Song (1994) Jade

Right off the bat, Jade overwhelms listeners with their vaulting a capella harmonies on "When Will I See You Again," placing them securely in the gospel firmament that has produced countless R&B stars. But it is Jade's way with a modern romantic ballad and lush, bouncy funk that has established them as one of the hottest contemporary vocal groups.

Like En Vogue, they convey a fervent, sophisticated brand of sensuality on MIND, BODY & SONG, equal parts sweet surrender and gender bender. Thus you have songs like "If The Lovin' Ain't Good" and "If The Mood Is Right," with their silky promises of carnal bliss, but only if bachelor number one is hip enough to realize that the sexiest part of the female anatomy is her brain.
Elsewhere, Jade sustains their smokey, distinctive aura on heated romantic fare such as "Bedroom" and "I Like The Way," while the more upbeat arrangements of "There's Not A Man" and "Every Day Of The Week" cross over into dance-oriented territory. And in the middle of it all, Jade offers up the contrasting mood of "What's Goin' On" (not the Marvin Gaye classic), wherein they address their concerns about the troubled lives of their urban contemporaries.

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Track Listing
1. When Will I See You Again (Intro)
2. If the Mood Is Right
3. Bedroom
4. If the Loving Ain't Good
5. 5-4-3-2 (Yo! Time Is up)
6. What's Goin' On
7. Hangin'
8. Every Day of the Week
9. Everything
10. Do You Want Me
11. I Like the Way
12. There's Not a Man
13. It's On
14. Mind, Body & Song

Wild Hope (2007) Mandy Moore

By 2007's WILD HOPE, Mandy Moore had successfully completed the transition from teen-pop star to adult contemporary singer. Moore's fourth album is a confident, assured collection of mainstream pop songs, but where its predecessor, COVERAGE, contained all cover songs, WILD HOPE features all originals. Collaborative credits go to the Weepies, Lori McKenna, and Rachael Yamagata, but this is Moore's show, thanks largely to the ease and grace of her vocal performances.

The feel of the album is far removed from the dance-pop that prompted critics to list her alongside Britney Spears; instead there's a reserved, contemplative air to the album, reflected in everything from its light grooves, confessional lyrics, and polished, pristine production. "Extraordinary," the lead single, and the lightly rambling, country-tinged "Most of Me" are examples of Moore's freshly minted approach. But even given the album's grown-up sound, there is still something youthful, refreshing, and undeniably pop about Moore's music, and that combination sets WILD HOPE a cut above.

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1. Extraordinary
2. All Good Things
3. Slummin' in Paradise
4. Most of Me
5. Few Days Down
6. Can't You Just Adore Her?
7. Looking Foward
8. Wild Hope
9. Nothing That You Are
10. Latest Mistake
11. Ladies' Choice
12. Gardenia

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

We Don't Need to Whisper (2006) Angels & Airwaves

Guitarist Tom DeLonge's post-Blink-182 band Angels & Airwaves' 2006 debut album is an attractive blend of shimmering electronica and alternative rock, conjuring the glory days of 1980s pop with shiny, anthemic songs like the album-opening "Valkyrie Missile" and the stomping stadium rock of "Distraction." WE DON'T NEED TO WHISPER also revives the dormant notion of the concept album, with several songs taken from a projected film based on episodes from DeLonge's life. Think U2 without the messianic overtones, with a hint of Genesis thrown in for good measure.

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Track Listing
1. Valkyrie Missile
2. Distraction
3. Do It For Me Now - (live)
4. Valkyrie Missile
5. Little's Enough, A
6. War, The
7. Gift, The
8. It Hurts
9. Good Day
10. Start the Machine

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) Soundtrack

SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT owes a lot to such films as BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and TO SIR, WITH LOVE, where a novice teacher has to find a way to reach impoverished, undisciplined street kids. The film contains some outstanding musical numbers and fine comic performances that make it worth seeing. It also has historical significance as the first Hollywood blockbuster sequel entrusted to an African American director, Bill Duke. Whoopi Goldberg stars as Deloris, who disguises herself as a nun again to teach music at a failing Catholic school. Among her students is Rita (singer/rap artist Lauryn Hill), a talented performer whose mother feels that music is a waste of time. Deloris whips her unruly class into shape and enters them into a state choir competition. Along the way she takes on the school's administrator (James Coburn), who seems determined to shut down the school and sell the land for a parking lot.

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1. Greatest Medley Ever Told, The - Whoopi Goldberg/The Ronelles
2. Never Should've Let You Go - Hi Five
3. Get Up Offa That Thing / Dancing In The Street - Whoopi Goldberg & The Sisters
4. Oh Happy Day - St. Francis Choir/Ryan Toby
5. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - Whoopi Goldberg & The Sisters
6. His Eye Is on the Sparrow - Tanya Blount/Lauryn Hill
7. Deeper Love, A - Aretha Franklin
8. Wandering Eyes - Nuttin' Nyce
9. Pay Attention - Valeria Andrews/Ryan Toby
10. Ode to Joy - Chapman College Choir
11. Joyful, Joyful - St. Francis Choir/Lauryn Hill/Ryan Toby/Devin Kamin/Ron Johnson
12. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Whoopi Goldberg & Cast

Daughtry's Hit Debut Expanded For Reissue

Rock act Daughtry's four-times platinum self-titled 19/RCA debut will be released in expanded form Sept. 9, led by a newly recorded cover of Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time."

The original album is also appended with acoustic renditions of "What About Now" and "Home" plus a live version of "It's Not Over." A bonus DVD boasts videos for "It's Not Over," "Home," "Over You," "Feels Like Tonight" and "What About Now," along with live clips for "Breakdown" and "There and Back Again."

"Daughtry" has sold 4.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is No. 78 this week in its 89th week on The Billboard 200.

The band has a month's worth of live dates on tap beginning Friday (Aug. 15) in Las Vegas.

Hairspray (2007) Soundtrack

Based on the Broadway musical (which was based on the 1988 film by John Waters), the 2007 film adaptation of HAIRSPRAY finds the story coming full circle back to the silver screen. Driven by the star power of Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, and John Travolta (who steals the show with his dressed-in-drag performance as the protagonist's mother), the film features all the upbeat, foot-stomping songs that made the Broadway production such a hit, including "Good Morning Baltimore," "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs," and "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful."
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the authors of the original show, wrote three new songs for the film: "New Girl in Town," "Come So Far," and the single-worthy "Ladies' Choice," and these tunes blend (in quality and in character) with the originals. Likewise, songs from the original Broadway production that do not appear in the film, including "Cooties" and "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" appear here in new versions. Fans may quibble over the relative merits of the stage version verses the screen, but both should enjoy these energetic performances of HAIRSPRAY's familiar songs.

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1. Good Morning Baltimore - Nikki Blonsky
2. Nicest Kids in Town, The - James Marsden
3. It Takes Two - Zac Efron
4. (The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs - Michelle Pfeiffer
5. I Can Hear the Bells - Nikki Blonsky
6. Ladies' Choice - Zac Efron
7. New Girl in Town, The - Brittany Snow
8. Welcome to the 60's - John Travolta/Nikki Blonsky
9. Run and Tell That - Elijah Kelley
10. Big, Blonde and Beautiful - Queen Latifah
11. Big, Blonde and Beautiful - Michelle Pfeiffer/John Travolta (Reprise)
12. (You're) Timeless to Me - John Travolta/Christopher Walken
13. I Know Where I've Been - Queen Latifah
14. Without Love - Zac Efron/Nikki Blonsky/Elijah Kelley/Amanda Bynes
15. (It's) Hairspray - James Marsden
16. You Can't Stop the Beat - Queen Latifah/John Travolta/Zac Efron/Nikki Blonsky/Elijah Kelley/Amanda Bynes
17. Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) - Queen Latifah/Zac Efron/Nikki Blonsky/Elijah Kelley
18. Cooties - Aimee Allen
19. Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now - Marissa Jaret Winokur/Nikki Blonsky/Ricki Lake

Experience the Divine - Greatest Hits (1993) Bette Midler

A well-chosen best-of collection that covers Bette Midler's career up to 1993, EXPERIENCE THE DIVINE hits all the familiar high points. Yes, "The Rose" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" are here--along with longtime favorites like her sultry version of the old 1960s dance hit "Do You Wanna Dance?" and her theatrical take on Tom Waits's "Shiver Me Timbers." Midler's true genius--a quality that only her biggest fans have noticed over the years--is the way that she's casually, almost surreptitiously, updated the Great American Songbook, showing how familiar pre-rock standards, including "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)" and Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets" fit seamlessly next to songs like the girl-group classic "Chapel of Love" and John Prine's "Hello in There." EXPERIENCE THE DIVINE might feel cursory to devoted fans, but for casual listeners, this disc--along with perhaps her still-exciting debut, THE DIVINE MISS M--is definitive.

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1. Hello in There
2. Do You Want to Dance?
3. From a Distance
4. Chapel of Love
5. Only in Miami
6. When a Man Loves a Woman
7. Rose, The
8. Miss Otis Regrets
9. Shiver Me Timbers
10. Wind Beneath My Wings
11. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
12. One For My Baby (And One More For the Road) - (live)
13. Friends
14. In My Life

Usher, Keith Urban Set For NFL Kickoff Show

Usher and Keith Urban will help ring in the 2008 NFL season with a free Sept. 4 concert at New York's Columbus Circle.

Highlights will be sprinkled across the NFL Network, NFL.com and Sprint's NFL Mobile Live. NBC will also air footage the following day.

The Sept. 4 show will lead into the NFL season opener between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hard Candy (2008) - Madonna

Track Listing:
1. Candy Shop
2. 4 Minutes ft. Justin Timberlake
3. Give It 2 Me
4. Heartbeat
5. Miles Away
6. She's Not Me
7. Incredible
8. Beat Goes On ft. Kanye West
9. Dance 2night
10. Spanish Lesson
11. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
12. Voices

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Pocketful of Sunshine (2008) - Natasha Bedingfield

In 2008 popster Natasha Bedingfield dropped a finely constructed, hook-filled effort in POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE. Rootsy and groove-oriented, but with plenty of contemporary R&B studio polish (a combo especially evident on the reggae-inflected standout "Love Like This," featuring Sean Kingston), POCKETFUL manages to be both laid-back and glamorous at once. Bedingfield is equally adept at breezy, catchy dance-pop (the title track) as she is at heart-tugging love ballads ("Soulmate"). Sharp productions, head-nodding beats, singalong choruses, and Bedingfield's smooth, appealing vocals make POCKETFUL go down easy, and will keep fans coming back to these tracks again and again.

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Back Of My Lac' (Deluxe Edition) (2008) J. Holiday

Powered by the lead-off single "Bed," a smooth, catchy loverman track, BACK OF MY LAC', the debut album from Washington D.C.-based singer J. Holiday, is classic urban contemporary in the mold of R. Kelly. Like "Bed," the rest of the songs on BACK OF MY LAC' favor drum machine-fueled production and mid-to-downtempo grooves, which make a perfect backdrop for J. Holiday's expressive, sensuous tenor. Passionate, but laid back in the cut, J. Holiday brings the urban soul goods on this strong, promising debut.

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Track Listing
1. Back of My Lac'
2. Ghetto
3. Thug Commandments
4. Bed
5. Betcha Never Had
6. Good For Each Other
7. Come Here
8. Be With Me
9. Suffocate
10. Fatal
11. Without You
12. Pimp in Me
13. Thank You
14. Fallin'
15. Soon As
16. I Know Love
17. When You Get Home

Perry's 'Girl' Topples U.K. Singles Chart

Katy Perry's U.S. No. 1 "I Kissed a Girl" (Virgin/EMI) became the U.K.'s new No. 1 single yesterday to complete a transatlantic double, while ABBA's "Gold -- Greatest Hits" (Polydor/Universal) maintained its hold over the album chart.

Perry's single was rush-released in Britain in the middle of the previous chart week, leading to a No. 4 debut, and its move to the top restricted Kid Rock's reign at No. 1 with "All Summer Long" (Atlantic/Warner Music) to just one week.

The highest new entry of the week was the Verve's reunion single "Love Is Noise" (Parlophone/EMI) at No. 5, the band's fourth U.K. top 10 hit almost 11 years after its last. Noah and the Whale's "5 Years Time" (Vertigo/Universal) climbed 10-7 and Rihanna's current No. 3 Hot 100 hit, "Disturbia" (Def Jam/Universal), raced 34-9 on download sales.

The ABBA compilation has now topped the chart for an aggregate of eight weeks on five separate occasions, the first in October 1992. It had three runs at the summit between April and June of 1999. Below it on the new listings, Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) moved back 3-2 to change places with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI).

Sharleen Spiteri's "Melody" (Mercury/Universal) reversed last week's 5-7 move to climb back into the top five, while Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" (Def Jam/Universal) improved 11-9. The only new titles in the top 40 were English reggae newcomer Natty's "Man Like I" (Atlantic/Warner Music) at No. 21 and an eponymous album from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst at No. 37 (Wichita Recordings).

Take A Look (1993) Natalie Cole

"Take A Look" won the 1994 Grammy Award for Jazz Vocalist.

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Track Listing
1. I Wish You Love
2. I'm Beginning to See the Light
3. Swingin' Shepherd Blues
4. Crazy He Calls Me
5. Cry Me a River
6. Undecided
7. Fiesta in Blue
8. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life
9. Let There Be Love
10. It's Sand Man
11. Don't Explain
12. As Time Goes By
13. Too Close For Comfort
14. Calypso Blues
15. This Will Make You Laugh
16. Lovers
17. All About Love
18. Take a Look

Body Language (2003) Kylie Mingoue

On her umpteenth album, Australian diva Kylie Minogue continues to dish out the dance-floor-ready tunes. Following up her international hit, "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Minogue isn't content to rehash that song; instead, she wraps herself in a luxurious robe of electro-beats and dreamy synthesizers. BODY LANGUAGE starts off with the sensual "Slow," a remarkably spare song that glides along on simple synth lines, bubbling beats, and, of course, Minogue's airy coo. This formula works well on other tracks, including the saucy "Secret (Take You Home)," the celebratory "Sweet Music," and the Bjork-like "Someday." Minogue also dips into past decades on certain tracks, such as the 1980s-inspired, vocoder-laced pop of "Still Standing" and the '70s guitar-driven funk of "I Feel for You." Throughout the album, Minogue works her BODY LANGUAGE with giddy pleasure, easily putting most of her contemporaries to shame.

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Track Listing
1. Slow
2. Still Standing
3. Secret Take You Home
4. Promises
5. Sweet Music
6. Red Blooded Woman
7. Chocolate
8. Obsession
9. I Feel For You
10. Someday
11. Loving Days
12. After Dark
13. Cruise Control
14. You Make Me Feel

Ranked #50 in Q's The 50 Best Albums of 2003 - [It took] Prince's '80s blueprint for strident sexuality, spiked it with sci-fi effects and shimmied its way to perfection.
Q (01/01/2004)

You Can Dance (1988) Madonnna

Madonna's meteoric rise to stardom had as its springboard the early '80s NY club scene; dance music has provided a home base for any of the musical journeys her widely varied career has seen her take. 1987's YOU CAN DANCE found the reigning princess of pop revisiting some of her more famous works, courtesy of the mixing skills of some of the friends she'd made along the way, notably NY DJ and mix artist Jellybean Benitez (a name which was inseparable from the dance music genre at the time). Producer of Madonna's breakthrough "Holiday," he returns here with two slick remixes of the track, highlighting some of its many catchy instrumental nuances. The quintessential Madonna dance track, "Into The Groove," which inspired the album's title, bears the mark of editor Shep Pettibone. Pettibone's reassembling of the track turns it into an all-new dance experience, with inspired breaks and gliding accompaniment. The romantic classic "Over And Over" reinvents the original, augmenting Nile Rodgers's tight production with extra percussion and keyboards.

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Track Listing
1. Spotlight - (remix)
2. Holiday - (remix)
3. Everybody - (remix)
4. Physical Attraction
5. Over and Over - (remix)
6. Into the Groove - (remix)
7. Where's the Party - (remix)
8. Holiday - (remix, dub version)
9. Into the Groove - (remix, dub version)
10. Where's the Party - (remix, dub version)

Pronounced Jah-Nay (1994) Zhané

Co-produced by rap heavyweights Naughty by Nature, who are skilled in treading the line between street and mainstream acceptance, PRONOUNCED JAH-NAY packs a rhythmic punch, but soulful strings and airy keyboard chops create a more sophisticated ambience that fits Zhane's honey-glazed vocals like a velvet glove. On the whole, the song-writing is fairly standard, alternating between emotion-laden quiet storm paens ("Off My Mind," "For A Reason") and more uptempo exhortations to dance ("Groove Thang" and a nice remix of "Hey Mr. D.J."), but Zhane is clearly good at what they do.

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Track Listing
1. Hey Mr. D.J.
2. Intro (Interlude)
3. Vibe
4. Sending My Love
5. Sweet Taste of Love
6. Changes
7. You're Sorry Now
8. Love Me Today
9. Off My Mind
10. La, La, La
11. Groove Thang
12. For a Reason
13. Hey Mr D.J. - (remix)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lauryn Hill Has Material For Several Albums

Former FUGEES star LAURYN HILL is building up material for a major comeback after giving birth to her five kids - she has song ideas and lyrics scribbled all over her bathroom.

The reclusive star's longtime partner Rohan Marley reveals Hill is as prolific as anyone in the music business, and cannot stop writing lyrics and tunes while she's on hiatus.

He says, "She writes music in the bathroom, on toilet paper, on the wall. She writes it in the mirror if the mirror smokes up.

"She writes constantly. This woman does not sleep."

So What (2008) P!nk

"So What" is a song written by American pop singer Pink and Max Martin for her forthcoming fifth studio album, of which it will be the first single. The track was also produced by Martin, who previously collaborated with Pink on her hits "U + Ur Hand", "'Cuz I Can" and "Who Knew".

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Greatest Hits : First Ten Years (1998) Vanessa Williams

Ater a scandal surrounding nude photos left her without her Miss America crown, Vanessa Williams made a remarkable comeback as a recording artist in 1988. This well-selected 13-track collection presents the finest R&B/pop songs by Williams, featuring both her upbeat, dance-oriented tunes (see "The Right Stuff" and "The Comfort Zone") and adult-contemporary ballads (the sweeping single "Save the Best for Last" and the Sade-like "Betcha Never"). Other highlights of the compilation are the thoughtful, piano-driven number "Love Is" (with Brian McKnight) and "My Flame," a track that finds Williams quite comfortable in a smooth-jazz setting and reinforces her reputation as a deceptively dynamic performer, one who would go on to win respect on both the stage and the screen.

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Track Listing
1. Right Stuff, The
2. Dreamin'
3. Running Back to You
4. Comfort Zone, The
5. Save the Best For Last
6. Sweetest Days, The
7. Betcha Never
8. Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly
9. Oh How the Years Go By
10. Love Is - (with Brian McKnight)
11. Colors of the Wind
12. Where Do We Go From Here
13. My Flame

Nia Peeples (1991) Nia Peeples

Self-titled album from actress and singer Nia Peeples released in 1991 on Charisma. The album includes the top twenty single "Street Of Dreams".

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Track listing:

Kissing The Wind
Street Of Dreams
Faces Of Love
You Make Me Wanna
The Entity
Heaven Help Me
Every Word
King Of Cool
Shut Up And Fix It

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Paris Hilton's mom takes offense at McCain's humor

Paris Hilton's mother doesn't share John McCain's sense of humor. McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, said last week that his campaign ad mocking Democrat Barack Obama with images of Hilton and singer Britney Spears was part of an attempt to inject humor into the presidential race. On Sunday, Hilton's mother, Kathy Hilton, a McCain donor, registered her disapproval.

"It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs," Kathy Hilton said in a short article posted on the liberal Huffington Post Web site. "And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next president of the United States."

The ad plays on Obama's popularity by dismissing him as a mere celebrity, like Hilton and Spears. The Obama campaign has said the ad is proof that McCain would rather launch negative attacks than debate important issues.

McCain on Friday denied that his campaign had taken a negative turn, saying, "We think it's got a lot of humor in it, we're having fun and enjoying it."

Kathy Hilton, however, was unpersuaded, calling the ad "a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign."

Kathy Hilton and her husband donated a total of $4,600 to McCain's campaign earlier this year.

Paris Hilton Fights Back!

So What (2008) P!nk

New single from Pink's upcoming album.

Beyoncé L'Oreal Ad Hits Internet

What are your thoughts on this ad?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Spotlight [Remixes] (2008) Jennifer Hudson

Dance remixes of Hudson's rising hit single "Spotlight"

Download the mixes via ZSHARE: http://www.zshare.net/download/165620786ec09dba/

Track list:

1. Spotlight (Johnny Vicious Club Mix)
2. Spotlight (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Dub)
3. Spotlight (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
4. Spotlight (Moto Blanco Dub)
5. Spotlight (Quentin Harris Dark Collage Club Mix)