Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions? Think Again!

Ok, so it is kind of a bad pun. I didn't get a chance to blog about Kwanza Jones's smash song "Think Again" because it was already out for a while by the time I got my blog revamped and ready to present to the masses. I just wanted to make one last post this year, showcasing this amazing song and video, because when the album comes out, this very song will be completely different!

2012 is going to be an amazing year. I already have a lot planned for the new year including interviews, an exclusive new song preview, some new reoccurring features, and guests posts (both friends writing for my blog and me writing for others). It's gonna be a busy year and I hope everyone continues to to support me in my efforts to spread the love and joy of pop music to every corner of the universe -- before I take it over, that is.

On a side note, I am taking a mini-vacation this weekend. I threw this post together quickly (obvious, no?). But never fear, I will return Monday with the Song of the Week. I hope you all have a great New Year's Eve and New Years Day. Don't drink and drive and stay safe both physically and sexually! Love you guys!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Guest Post: Top Five Anime Openings of 2011

Today, I have enlisted the help of my friend Sarah, amazing manga and anime blogger and reviewer to do a post for me because I'm a bad anime fan and haven't been keeping up with the new wave of shows. Trust me, this girl knows her stuff! But because I'm a bully, I made her focus on the musical side of anime (this is a music blog, ya know!), and she's produced a list of the best anime openings of the year.

Oh, 2011. You turned out to be a very uneven year for anime in terms of quality, especially in the winter season; I'm still gagging on what little of Guilty Crown I forced myself to watch. And the less said about Fractale, the better for everyone. But what you lacked in quality series you made up for in quality music. Some of the best opening sequences I've seen in the last couple of years premiered this year - and yes, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is on this list, did you have any doubt in your mind it wouldn't?

Note: These videos are all hosted on YouTube, which means that in an effort to avoid anime companies shutting down their accounts, some users will actually flip the video as a means of protecting themselves against being served with legal papers. So if some of the videos seem literally backwards, that's why. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

First Listen: Nadia Oh - Fqn Amazing

Oh, Nadia, how you always own my heart. This time is no different. Nadia Oh, Space Cowboy's main project, has never been one to disappoint. Lately, she has been taking advantage of viral marketing and has made her music available as it's ready on SoundCloud as opposed to waiting for an iTunes release. Much like Vampire Night, this new track is unbelievably sickening.

Nadia Oh 'Fqn Amazing' masterr by nadiaoh

The song breaks away from the almost Bollywood feeling of her past album and has adapted a new club bumping style. This song feels so distinctly different that I can only describe it as the jump from her debut album to "Colours". If you don't understand, just try and imagine her doing The Soopermodel to this track. Yeah.

This song was made for club play. It has a lot of club-track staples, and it just makes you want to move. I can't help but do a few (really bad) moves while listening to the song for this mini-review. It keeps her usual speak-rap style, but it also has her singing in a few spots. The vocals sound a bit over-processed during the singing parts, but given her style and overall lack of seriousness (I mean really? Who wears a sweater to a rave party?) I think this can be overlooked.

The song is in the same vein as "Telephone" by Gaga, but takes a much more positive approach. Instead of ignoring her boyfriend like a jerk, she is gonna take pictures and text him everything so that he feels like he was there. She's quite certain that her night is going to be "fqn" amazing -- Speaking of which, I wonder if the fact that she technically isn't saying the f-bomb that she could get past the censors.

The song literally just hit the net, "about six hours ago" according to SoundCloud, and coming in at around three and a half minutes, this song is the perfect length for a single. I can't say I would be disappointed in the least if this was the new Nadia single, but with this girl you never know. We will have to just keep listening and supporting her. Cheers to more music from this budding diva in the near future!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Song of the Week - Better Than I Know Myself

Ok, ok. So I kind of said last week I didn't like this song, but I also said it would probably grow on me. It has. Get over it. I'mma talk about Adam Lambert now.

As much as I detest shows like American Idol, every once in a while they produce some amazing talent. I don't pay much attention to the show because I believe that it's pretty much a karaoke competition, but nonetheless, once the top dogs release original material, I generally star paying attention. Adam Lambert was definitely one of these cases. Oh yeah, and he's really pretty.

This song is much less electro-pop than what people have come to expect from this established pop star. His wailing vocals get the emotions of the lyrics across very well, clinging to that last desperation of holding on to the one who he loves most of all. Overall, the song is very sweet, and it has a very strong story and message behind it, making it relatable to a large audience. I really hope his upcoming album explodes, because if the rest of the tracks are anything like this, it's going to be one of the best of 2012.

You can buy the track on iTunes. If you don't it means you are a douche. Just sayin'.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Via Pandora Boxx

So I'm lazy and it's Christmas... and I ate too much. So to make up for the lack of holiday spirit, I'll post a video by the lovely Pandora Boxx as she channels her best Carol Channing to bring you this hilarious and festive video describing the exact present she wants. Enjoy.

Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Universal Conquest Award Winners

Welcome one and all to the reveal of the winners for the first annual Universal Conquest Awards. This is my attempt to give the new guys, or maybe just the ones who haven't had enough attention, a bit of recognition. The music industry is a cold and cruel place. I hope that through these virtual awards, I can give recognition to those who I believe are not only doing it right but also doing it well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Top Five Pop Divas I Would (Probably) Go Straight For (Maybe)

The time has come again for yet another pointless top five list from your favorite blogger. In case you haven't gathered this yet, I am gay as hell. I can hit on male artists all day long, but it's rare that I hit on the ladies. I feel I am comfortable enough in my sexuality to make a list of the top five hotties of pop. Plus, it's way more interesting than a top five hot guys of pop (it would be five entries of Space Cowboy).

5. Nadia Oh

Speaking of Spacey, anyone notice how hot his protege is? I have been a fan of Nadia since she started releasing music. I remember the insane rumors about her being a computer generated image (and looking back at some of the early press shots of her, I don't blame people) but lately, she has proved them all wrong by releasing a video for almost every song she's ever recorded ever. Joking aside, I really do think this lady is very attractive, and her Miss Kittin-esque music only helps further her as a standout in my mind. Keep werkin it, sexy bitch.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hyper Crush Confirms Night Wave

After announcing the new album a while back, no other solid news has come around about the album. Earlier today, the group has finally announced a release date for "Night Wave", and even given us a glimpse into what the album is going to be like. Oh and there's this album cover here.

As if I didn't have enough of a crush on Preston already? And he wears a Misfits shirt for the photoshoot? Dear lord this man wants me to obsess over him, doesn't he? All joking aside, it is very nice to finally see the trio on the cover of one of their works as opposed to asses or Obama (I think). They are actually pretty attractive, and its good to get to know them, especially now that they are growing wildly in popularity.

The release date for the album is February 7, making the first quarter of 2012 an orgasm for the ears, especially since other amazing dance-pop acts are releasing material at this time. You can pre-order the album on iTunes, where in you will notice the tracklisting as well. The songs are as follows:

Werk Me
Chrome Pipes
Bad Boyz
Fingers Up
Cheap Thrills
What Goes Up
Flip The Switch
The Foundation

Missing from the list is a song called "Acid House" that is apparently a fan favorite from the live performances. No word yet on why it has been left out. Sadly, you cannot preview the tracks on iTunes for the pre-order, but knowing Hyper Crush, we will be getting a taste of what the album will be like very soon.

Song of the Week - Sunrise

I know. You are speechless. Yes, I am aware the Colette Carr released a single this week, too, but my life doesn't (always) revolve around her. I mean, I like other songs sometimes too. Jeeze. Lay off me. Oh? You're shocked because it's a Dev song? Yeah, we'll get to that in a moment. Song of the Week this week is "Sunrise" by The Cataracs and Dev.

I just don't know what it is about this song. The airy vocals by Dev are amazing, the beat is insane, and actually getting to hear the guys behind the beats was crazy! I couldn't miss the chance to feature one of my favorite song producing teams on my site. Everything they touch is amazing, and this song doesn't fail.

The only place I really have a place with this song is in the lyrics. The beat, yeah, amazing, but the lyrics -- A very different story. The first problem is Dev's obsession with saying "popping bottles in the ice". Yeah. She says it here. Again. Do you see my problem with her yet? And then the Cataracs say "I just did a car bomb in the back seat of a car." I dont really know what a car bomb is, but I'll assume it's not a literal one. Despite these two instances, the rest of the song is amazing, dancable, and an instant hit. I'm starting to like Dev. No, I'm not eating my own words, she's just getting better.

You can buy the song on iTunes. Do it. Do it now.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Exclusive Interview - Kwanza Jones

Oh. My. God. Let me tell you, I recently got in contact with one of the most amazing people I have ever had the privilege of talking to. Kwanza Jones is not only a singer, but also a songwriter, and an ambassador for equality. This future pop icon and role model took time out from her busy tour to give me the details on her next moves in the music world, as well as her stance on other serious issues.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chelsea Korka To Release Solo Album

After finding some old Paradiso Girls tracks, as well as a couple of rare demos from her, I tweeted Chelsea asking when we could hear more. Her reply was a simple "not long" -- and damn was she not lying. Last night, Chelsea revealed her big announcement via Twitter: She is going to be releasing a solo album. There is a god.

I cannot express how excited I am about this. I have loved Chelsea ever since I first laid eyes on her in the Search For The Next Pussycat Doll (This is the first time I've admitted to watching the show), and she was, to me, the most talented of the Paradiso Girls. As devastated as I am that the group is over, I am glad to see her moving forward with her career -- and if she follows through with tracks like the "So Over" demo I heard, this album will be amazing!

No title has been announced, but she has put up a teaser site,, with a countdown to January 3, when the album will drop. Releasing an album cold can be a scary thing, but she promised that there will be music out before the album drops. I really hope so! I hope she kept in touch with Space Cowboy and had him help out. I mean don't you remember "Falling Down"? Smash.

With Lauren heading up the new Pussycat Dolls and Chelsea working solo, we have accounted for 2/5 of the Paradiso Girls. Now where did Aria get off to?

EDIT FOR CLARITY: Chelsea has informed me that the Jan 3 date will be the release of music (probably a single) and the album will be out shortly. Sorry for the confusion.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mondays Resume Being A Drag Jan. 30

In my opinion, every day is going to be a drag until January 30. That is when season four of Ru Paul's Drag Race will premier. Why does it have to be so far away? I know they have been saying January, but why not January 1 instead of 30? Damn. Guess I gotta be a patient bitch.

In order to keep us calm, they released yet another trailer for the show. This one has actual footage, showing us clips of the "gurls" as boys, and all the drama that comes with it. Some of the highlights include Willam deciding she has to be the funny one instead of the pretty one, apocalyptic being mispronounced, and a threat of pee on the runway. Check it out.

I think you can rest assured that this season is going to be amazing. As always, it will probably take me a couple of episodes to fully warm up to them, but at least we can rest easy that no past contestants will be popping out of boxes this go around. This time, they are fighting it out for one hundred thousand dollars. Ru assures you that this is "the beginning of the rest of your life (life life life life)."

Monday, December 12, 2011

Song of the Week - Where Did You Go

Why do you look so surprised? I mean, it's not like Young London is the only thing I listen to! Sometimes, singles hit the market and got very unnoticed. Stephen Jerzak seems to be one of these artists. I don't know why, either. He's not half bad.

A little less electronic than what Jerzak fans may be used to and a bit more singer/songwriter, this track definitely is a departure from this blog's norm. The accoustic guitar is a nice welcome from my usual over processed techno beats. His voice is quite amazing, and has me left regretting not reviewing his album that came out earlier this year when I had the chance.

This song is all about love that is lost. He spends the song wondering about that girl that just slipped through his fingers, asking if she still thinks of him or even cares. The theme, along with the stripped down feel of the song, get the emotions and vulnerability across very well, making for an excellent track.

You can preview and buy the track on iTunes. Remember kids, support your artists. Don't go illegally downloading everything.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MYPHNH(BS) - Silveradio

Music comes in all forms. It's not always about the singer. Often times, there is a hidden face behind the beats, or it has been completely revamped by a talented remix artist. My point is, you don't always have to be a vocalist to express yourself artistically. With that being said, lemme introduce you to Silveradio.

To be honest, I wasn't even aware that my friend was making music. I had known him for at least a year before I knew he was seriously making music, and at the time I was rather skeptical about listening to music that wasn't headlined by a vocalist. What can I say, I was naive. I did, however, have faith in my friend, and finding talent in the wasteland we are from is rare, so I gave it a shot. I can honestly say that even if I had not been friends with him, I would still enjoy his music immensely. How can I say this with such certainty?

One day, while riding in a car with his sister, a hot jam came on the radio via her driving playlist. This song was a very amazing remix of E.T. by Katy Perry (A song that under normal circumstances I cannot stand). This was around the time that I was really getting into remix EPs, so I asked: "Who's version is this?" Of course, it was the Silveradio mix. It was then that I started to look at his music more seriously, and I have to say that he really did impress me.

Being a pop music freak, I was much more quickly drawn to his remixes of pop tracks. He has given his own spin to Adele, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears. Recently, however, he has decided to go bak to his roots with his music, and has begun to focus more on his original material to release on online retailers. His iTunes debut "Rain (11 Remake)" is available for purchase here. Let me give the disclaimer that for full effect you should listen to the song with some great sub woofers, such as heavy-duty computer speakers or a car stereo. It sounds so much better that way.

The Silveradio style is called Techn-Trance. In line with this genre is a steady build up in the music, starting out with just on or a couple of tracks of music and building up as the song continues. By the mid point of the song, each bit of the song is going full force. The style allows for people to see what all goes into a song, and creates more of a movement than offering everything upfront.
He may have taken down his remixes, but three of his core songs, "Tempo", "Destinox", and "Winterspring" are still up on his official site Turboturbo. I have also bullied him into entering a remix contest to potentially be on a remix album for a rising star in the pop world, Kwanza Jones. I have heard an initial version of his Silverado mix of "Time To Go", and it was sick.

Lyrics are not always required to convey a feeling or an emotion in a song. In fact, being able to express yourself without lyrics can be even more impressive and impacting . Then again, who knows? Maybe one day I'll talk him into letting me add some lyrics to one of his tracks.

If you don't have the cashflow to buy music, please go die another mix of his debut single is available to download for free (at leas to the next 99 people) on SoundCloud. So listen below, download, and enjoy. Or else. This is the internet and I can't get in trouble for threatening.

Rain (11 Chill Mix) by Silveradio

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Coming Soon: Jada + Young London + Koda Kumi

It's time. Everybody is announcing their fresh start for the new year. I love it when this time of year comes around, the new year is fast approaching and that means SO MUCH NEW MUSIC! Three of my favorites have already staked their claim in the early months of 2012, and they are giving everyone a look of what's to come.

Four piece girl group Jada have been on my radar for a while. Being one of Red One's projects, it's no wonder they have had some amazing tracks, but they disappeared for nearly two years until this past fall where they released "This Party's On Fire". Thankfully, they aren't letting the momentum die this time around, and have announced not only a new EP, but also a Christmas single.

The four have put a preview of the EP up on their official website. The mini-album doesn't seem to have a title (that I can tell) but it does include "This Party's On Fire" and another solid club track "Supersonique," which I've seen some of the girls hint at. The website lets you preview 60 seconds of each track, giving you a good look at what the album is all about. I've always been weary of girl group's non-single tracks, but I am LOVING all of these tracks, especially "Mercy Killing." No exact date has been announced, but I'll assume it will be released in early January.

I'm not sure if I can brag on these guys enough. They were my first ever interview, and they are still some of the coolest people I have ever got to speak with. They just dropped their newest single, "New Reputation," channeling all of their 90's pop influences into one sexy-ass track.

The self-titled album is due out January 10, 2012. Can't wait that long for all of the Euro-dance goodness? Hop on over to Amazon to be able to preview 30 seconds of each track. I know, it's not long enough, but it will give you a good idea of how epic this album is going to be. "Be My Radio" and "Whipped" will be played obsessively in my car after this album comes out.

Ok, this may not be the exact criteria for this blog, as it is not easily accessible, but when I saw this on my Facebook feed, I just couldn't pass it up. Koda Kumi has been a favorite Japanese singer of mine for ages (I mean did you see her fierce acting in Cutie Honey?), and I did review the music videos for her "4 Times" single. While I don't expect to review something in a language I don't speak fluently, I did find something amusing. All of the "4 Times" singles are listed as tracks on the album, but one isn't exactly as you might remember it.

The song "V.I.P." now has "featuring T-Pain" tacked on the end. Oh. My. God. The Lord of Autotune is teaming up with Koda Kumi. I'm not sure if I'm excited or mortified, but I'll accept it. The fan page also says that there will be a music video for every song on the album. I'm not sure if this is a typo, but if not, I really think Koda has gone off the deep end. I mean having four music videos released at once is kind of crazy, but a full seventeen track album full? That's insane!

UPDATE: After cross-referencing several sites and having a few translations done, it is being said that she will have seventeen music videos. One. For. Every. Track. THERE IS A GOD! Here's to hoping T-Pain gets shoehorned in the V.I.P. video.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Song of the Week - Hologram

No, it's not a new Jem and the Holograms song, it's the newest track from my girls Mimi, Ronny, and JC under the name XELLE. I interviewed them a few months ago where they said a new single was "coming very soon." Well, guys, it's finally here. Get into "Hologram."

Dubbing themselves the "party girls of pop," they sure did have a lot to live up to. I think it's safe to say after this new song that they definitely live up to the reputation. This song is an electronic orgasm, completely fun from start to finish. The beats are amazing, and I really am in love with Zach Adam's style, as he also is working with another rising star, Moses.

The lyrics are my favorite part of the song. The story is about a man that is nothing but an illusion, bringing about one of the best lines in a song: "You're a fiction of my affection." Is that not sickening? I also find myself randomly spouting off "Holla Holla Hologram!" Maybe I should hire these ladies to write my debut single.

As a bit of an update: I have been poking them about the video, but they still won't say a lot. On a radio interview, JC said that the video will be "one hundred times the work" that the "Party Girl" video was. She also mentioned that she didn't think anyone had used the medium like this for a music video. It sounds so exciting, but the release won't come about until March at the earliest. You better work, ladies.

Until then, why don't you buy the track on iTunes? It's killer!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Top Five: Un-Christmas Songs

Welcome to Christmas! I'm not really as happy about it as the exclamation point would lead you to believe, but it's hard not to buy into the fake cheer of the holidays. It's time to hash out more celebrity X-mas related songs. Luckily, not all of them are your traditional tunes, some being downright anti-Christmas. As part of a month-long Top Five column of random crap I deem entertaining and relevant, I will be  Let me get at you with some Un-Christmas Christmas songs.

5. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - FYI by Utada

Confession time: I LOVE Hikaru Utada's English albums. Back when I was a Weeaboo (Don't ask), I was all about some Utada, and she released her debut English album Exodus at the height of my Japan obsession. She released two English albums, this song from the second one. I placed it so high on the countdown mainly because it trolls you into thinking it's a Christmas song when it really isn't. She doesn't even mention the holidays at all. The only really seasonal part of the song is her saying "Jing-a-ling" a couple of times. Way to fool us, Utada. You win.
Edit: An Anon informed me she had to keep the title of the song she sampled for legal reasons. That still doesn't mean she isn't trolling you. I mean if she had to keep the title, logic dictates you should roll with the Christmas theme. She did not. Thus, troll.
(Warning: Lots of Hos under the cut.)

Friday, December 2, 2011

JohnBoyCool Unleashes "Greed"

Another pre-release track from JonhBoyCool's new mixtape, "Greed" follows in line with the theme of the "7 Sins" title. He has been teasing us with this mixtape for a while now, originally saying it would be out on Halloween. Hopefully it will be out soon. Til then, let's take a look at "Greed".

This song is more rap than anything I've heard from this artist before. I'm not sure how I feel about it, as I was madly in love with the electric sound from his first mixtape. The lyrics fall more in line with greed than the previous pre-release track "Vanity", as he is talking about wanting it all during the track. There is even a break in the song with a very distorted voice talking about how greed is actually a good thing.

The guest on the tack, Chris King, does his job well. I've never been huge on the fad of having rappers guest in the middle of your track, but at the same time, I like seeing artists able to work together. I'd never heard of this guy before, but seeing as this group is still emerging into the music scene, I'm sure I'll see him pop up again. It's just leaving me with the question if any of the "7 Sins" tracks will be just JohnBoyCool without any features.

While not as instantly lovable like the "Too Cool 4 School" mixtape, the song is growing on me. It's dubstep back beat, paired with Jonhboy's distinctive voice refuse to let me dislike this song in any way. If you want something fresh and fun, get this track. And hey, as of now, it's free!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Site News: The Universal Conquest Awards

It is finally here. The event I've been planning for months. I am so insane that I have decided to give out my own awards. There are so many great pop artists out there, and only a select few get recognized, so I've decided to take it upon myself to award some of pop music's lesser known artists, the underdogs if you will. For my first year I've started out small with six categories. A select group of my closest friends and I will determine all but one of the awards. Sound unfair? Well I've left the biggest and most important award to you guys. So you'd better vote!

Here are the non-voting categories and their nominees:

Best Debut
Young London - Let Me Go
XELLE - Party Girl
Colette Carr - (We Do It) Primo
Chris DiSario - Could This Be Love
Black Cards - Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Fame

Sahara Davenport - Go Off!
Manila Luzon - Hot Couture
Pandora Boxx - Cooter
Raja - Daimond Crowned Queen
Holestar - Queen of F***ing Everything

RuPaul feat. Jipsta - Sexy Drag Queen (Jared Jones La Push Remix)
Simon Curtis - Joshua
Frankmusik - Struck By Lightning
Demi Lovato - Hold Up
Ultraviolet Sound - Electric Misfit Love Machine

Frankmusik - Do It In The AM
Demi Lovato - Unbroken
Natalia Killa - Perfectionist
Nadia Oh - Colours
Aqua - Megalomania

My selection based on this years Song of the Week selections.

The big one? Song of the Year. That's where I need you guys. If you are a stan of any of these artists, pick their track. Vote on the poll at the right hand side of the page. Voting will end in the wee hours of December 24th and the winners will be posted the following morning. This is your chance to give your favorite the credit they deserve!

I know, it's December, which means there's one more month worth of awesome songs to select from. Don't worry, as the column will continue, but the selections will be eligible for NEXT year's Song of the Year contest. Don't see your fave listed? Go up to the Recommendations page and shoot me an email suggesting who you think deserves the spotlight.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Song of the Week - Wallflower

Have you ever been playing a game, and out of nowhere you realize that the soundtrack is work of genius. This was exactly the case in Saints Row: The Third. From techno to reggae, every song is amazing. The best one? A dance-pop track called "Wallflower". Prepare to fall in love.

Honestly, other than it being in the game, I don't know a whole lot about the artist. Mislabled as being by "Kevin and Carrick" in the game, it made this song rather hard to find. Divalola is actually a project fronted by Heather Fogarty.  Kevin and Carrick, whom I'm not as familiar with, are involved in the project, however. I guess the name wasn't fully decided upon by the deadline for the game.

The track itself is amazing. The plot is about a girl giving her guy and ultimatum, if he doesn't get off his butt and dance, she's done. The beats are fast and fun, and the lyrics and melodies are catchy and memorable. I find myself singing this song without realizing it, and I do so a lot. If you want something on the forefront of the pop scene, this is it.

You can get it on iTunes, as usual. Do it. Or else.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Freezepop (Finally) Releases Doppelganger Video

Oh. Dear. Lord. I have been in love with this song for SO LONG! Freezepop always makes great tracks, but they've not always been consistent with releasing videos for their stuff. The last video I remember from them was for Brainpower, and was pretty close to the height of the song's success on Rock Band. But this song? It's been out for a long time. I had given up hope until they released a short teaser for it. Finally, dear lord finally, it has arrived.

The video doesn't follow the song's plot of a girl finding her ex dating a carbon copy of herself, and instead takes a very campy approach to the idea of "doppelgangers." What we get is two very different versions of the same group of four people. One set are the stereotypical perfect suburbanites, shirts tucked in and following all the rules, and the other set is a group of crazy punk rebels who probably don't have a cause, but who am I to judge?

Despite being very obviously on a budget, it is still a hilarious video and stays true to what the band is all about. Anyone who was afraid they would be too different with the new members needs to shut their faces and watch this video. It may have taken them a year to bring us a video for this gem of a single, but at least it was a fun ride. Plus, it renewed my love for the band, and gives me hope for new material from the band in the future!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Big For Boston

I may live in the Mid-South, but my heart lies in the North-East. As you may or may not know, a ton of my favorite artists reside in New England, most of which, oddly enough, live in Boston, MA. Lately, Boston has been stirring with musical news.

Freezepop, widely known for their stint on the early days of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band, made a splash at the Boston Music Awards last week. They took home the award for Electronic Artist of the Year. I'm not exactly sure what the Boston Electronic scene is like, and I didn't recognize any of the other nominees, but I'm sure this award still means a lot to the group. The band is still recording and touring today. They may be Duke-less, but they have since gained the equally sexy Bananas and the quirky and fun Christmas. They are one of the few bands that I can honestly say I liked "before they got big", and I certainly will continue loving them until the end of time.

Young London, masters at seeing if you are paying attention by slipping details via Twitter, have finally announced a December 6th release date for the new single New Reputation. I'm not yet sure if this is a good or a bad thing, as the video for their last single hasn't arrived on the net yet. For more info on the song, Sarah sent me all the juicy details that I wrote a post on not long ago. Knowing these two, it is bound to be one hell of a track. Keep it up, guys!

Jada is another Boston group on the move. Part of the resurgence of girl groups, these ladies got my attention quite a ways back with "American Cowboy" and then again with "This Party's On Fire" this past month. Having worked with Red One, it's not surprise these girls have some amazing jams up their sleeves. Earlier today, the girls announced they are going to release a new single and a new EP. The single is going to be Christmas themed, which doesn't exactly thrill me (I'm a bit of a scrooge), but I really like what they've done so far, so maybe they can win me over. It's happened before -- I mean "Christmas Tree" by Lady Gaga is one of the best X-mas tunes ever, and I'm not even a fan of hers.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Moses Goes Viral

No, I'm not talking about that old guy from the Bible, I'm talking about rising electro-pop singer Moses. He released his single "I'm Your Man" a few weeks back, and seeing as it featured my grrls XELLE, I had to check it out. I did not expect to fall completely in love, though! The video for the single was released less than a week ago, and it already has nearly 30 thousand views on it. Now try and tell me that isn't impressive!

I have to say that the video is beautiful, and is directed by Zach Adam, who also works with XELLE. This guy, straight out of Israel, has an amazing voice, and knows how to create an amazing video. The last look, the "fallen angel", literally had me gasping! The dark eye makeup, reminiscent of Seek from Psycho Le Cemu (circa the Roman Hikou video) was beautiful and added to his total sexiness.

I have to say I'm very impressed. This guy has come out of nowhere and started his conquest of the pop scene. People better make way for this rising star. But more importantly, I wonder if he is single.

Edit: Is that Mila Jam, I see. Why yes, yes it is!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Song of the Week - Time To Go

This week, I chose a very special tune for Song of the Week. Kwanza Jones is an amazingly talented singer. She has released quite a bit of material, and is starting to build up some notoriety. Why haven't I chosen one of her songs before? This is the first single she has released in quite a while, and my blog is still pretty young. Let me introduce you to Kwanza Jones.

This song shows a definite new direction for Kwanza. Her last single, Think Again, was more of a rocker track, while this is much more in line with the current electro-pop scene going on. Versatility is one of greatest things an artist can have up their sleeve, and this song is just further proof that she can do almost anything. The cover for this one is also quite different and exotic compared to past looks from her. I hope this is something that sticks around, because she looks spectacular here.

The track is all about pushing everything to the limits and exploring all possibilities, until it is time to go of course. I feel like this is her most radio-ready single so far, at least considering the current state of pop music, and it really excites me that I may be hearing her on my radio some day (So I don't listen to the radio now, but if she were on the radio here, I would!).

You can buy her new track on iTunes. Please support this amazing artist, and keep checking back for something special involving Ms. Jones in the near future.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Album Review - Entourage

Ok, ok. I know that I am pretty much a fanboy for Bentley Jones and all, but he really is talented. He has been churning out song after song for the past few months, and they have all been amazing tracks. Who else can say that? Nobody that I can think of. He said the crazy release schedule will take a break for Christmas, but hopefully at the first of the year, it will all come back into focus and the world will keep on giving Mr. Jones the attention he deserves. But for now, let's talk about his latest mini-album "Entourage".

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Video Review - Go Off!

She sure did take her time putting this up on Youtube! It premiered at a club in New York a while back, and I have been dying waiting to see this! "Go Off" is the second single from television star Sahara Davenport, known best as being a contestant on season two of Ru Paul's Drag Race. You may recall I interviewed her, and I can never seem to stop myself from being amazed at how talented she is. Anyway, the video is FINALLY online, and I can't believe how stunning it is.

Now complete with Barbie-font necklace!
(Be prepared for lots of pictures under the cut!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Drag Race Season Four Cast Announced!

Finally! After a week of people telling me who they thought these girls were, we finally got an official list! You have NO idea how incredibly excited I was to come home to an email with the link to not only the extended trailer for this season, but also thirteen videos featuring interviews with each cast member! Dear Jesus, here we go again. Another season, another crop of girls ready to explode onto your television!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Song of the Week - Hot Couture

It has finally happened. My love for music and drag queens has collided in the best way possible. Manila Luzon, runner up of Ru Paul's Drag Race season three, has released one of the best songs of the year. No seriously, I'm not exaggerating. This song is amazing!

Just look at that cover! How could a song with such a stunning cover NOT be amazing? The song is a very upbeat techno/dance track that stays true to everything Manila Luzon is. The song is all about wearing the most amazing, one of a kind clothes. And I have to say "Let the strees be my runway tonight in this fashion show we call life" is one of my favorite lines ever.

By everything that Manila is, I am serious. She keeps her fun sense of humor with some adlibs during the chorus, as well as saying her name... a lot. She still has that self-mocking attitude as well, saying things like "ching chong" in reference to her Asian heritage, and bringing up her impersonation of Imelda Marcos.

If you don't believe me or think I'm being too biased because she's my favorite drag queen pretty much ever, then check it out for yourself. The song is available on iTunes. Buy it. BUY IT NOW!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Exclusive Interview - Chris DiSario

Every now and then, there's that one song that pops up on iTunes from out of nowhere. They don't have a Wiki page to creep on, and no official site can be seen. Some get discouraged; I take it as a challenge. I got together with new artist Chris DiSario to find out just who he is, and where he's going.

Young London Sneaks In New Single

They thought I wasn't paying attention. They thought I had stopped looking. But I would never do such a thing. Upcoming pop stars Young London are being a little sneaky, and I made sure to call them out on it! They only did one tweet about it, and I waited, oh how I waited, but they said nothing. So I  butted in and got the scoop my damn self. Enter: New Reputation.

This is the next single from Matt and Sarah. I got tired of waiting for an announcement, so I harassed got with my pal Sarah and got everyone the info before it hit anywhere else -- and if it has hit anywhere else, I'mma have to start crashing some websites. Kidding. Well, kind of.

Sadly, the track is not the ballad that these two were so crazy over in my exclusive interview with them, but she reassured me that this song is no flop. The track is inspired by 90's music, and supposed to be a total blast. Sadly, I haven't got to hear even a note of it yet, but being scheduled for the end of the month, I'm sure this will change soon. Could this be their third entry in Song of the Week? Who knows? What I do know is that my main complaint with their last single has been addressed -- Sarah will be much more prominently featured in this song!

I can honestly say that I am excited for this song. They have never disappointed me before, and they always seem to get better. Hopefully they won't disappoint. And don't worry, if they push that damn album back one more time, we're gonna have a problem. Oh, I kid. But seriously.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Drag Race Season 4 "Alter Egos" Revealed

I open my email this afternoon and what do you know? Yet another amazing email from Logo TV that told me almost absolutely nothing (not that I don't love being on the mailing list). The top just said "Mondays will be the biggest drag ever," and I almost stopped reading right there... Until I saw what was underneath. Check this out.

Click it. Make it bigger. Take it all in. These are the men that will start their engines this January and start racing to the finish line to be the next drag superstar. One of them towards the middle actually looks a lot like Yara Sofia from last season, but over all there are some cute boys in this group. Yes, I am aware that LGBT community is terrible at keeping secrets and that the entire cast is pretty much known depending on what circles you roll in, but I have been trying to avoid too many spoilers. I can say one thing, though. There are 13 faces up there, so I think it's safe to say that there won't be any previous contestants popping out of boxes this year.

Taking Over The Universe is mainly a music blog, but much like I did with RuPaul's Drag U, I will be reviewing season four of Drag Race episode by episode. Being that I don't live in a major metropolitan area, I don't recognize any of the names I've been told, nor any of the faces I see here, so hopefully I can bring you an unbiased opinion. It all begins in January, people. Get ready for it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

XELLE (Finally) Reveal Next Single

All I gotta say is it's about damn time. Who am I kidding? I can never say just one sentence on something. I always gotta ramble. My friends Ronnie, Mimi, and JC who make up the girl group XELLE have finally let the world in on their next single. They even gave us a clip of it. It's not long, but its still more than "Ooh la la." Check out "Hologram."

Much more electronic sounding than "Party Girl," their debut single, this song seems to be very 80s inspired, which leads me to believe that these girls are Jem fans. I mean, all three of them are truly outrageous. Anyway, the clip only gives us two lines of the song. "You're a fiction of my affection" is one of the best lines I've heard all year. I have to say I am COMPLETELY pumped for this song. Sadly, the world will have to wait twenty-one more days for it to drop.For those bad at math that is November 29th. Hopefully by then I can squeeze a bit more info out of these girls on the matter.

If you can't stand the wait, XELLE has popped up as a guest appearance in a new track. Electro/Dance singer Moses featured the girls on his new single "I'm Your Man". You can pick the song up on iTunes here. I know you want to.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Song of the Week - Jello

Please don't hate me. I just can't even explain what it is that draws me to this song. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't give this song a second glance... but Far East Movement rules. Cherry Tree Records is amazing. I just can't pass this song up. If you want you can chalk it up to me being a fanboy.

Upon my first listen I thought the song was a bit of a mess. The back beat seems generic and the lyrics are all about poppin' bottles... but oh god I just can't stop listening to it. They talk about Cherry Tree Cola (which, by the way, this blogger has yet to taste. And after all the promo I do for them!), and they are just here to party. What is wrong with that?

It was nice to see Rye Rye pop up again. He song with Robyn was quite fun, and she doesn't disappoint this time around either. She is proving herself to be quite the talented female rapper. We need more of those on the scene, as the new age of girl rap consists solely of Nicki Minaj it seems.

You can buy the track on iTunes here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Charice To Sing Theme For Upcoming Game

Charice, who you probably know from that show I can't stand Glee but I know from having some of the best songs on the market, has landed her biggest role yet, filling the shoes of Leona Lewis by singing the theme for the next Final Fantasy game. Final Fantasy XIII-2, a direct sequel to XIII, is set to release in Japan in December and January in the United States. The theme song, titled "New World" is a ballad style song more like Charice's first album than her new material.

The track is actually going to be done in two different versions. One version, exclusive to the PS3 will be sang in Japanese by Mai Fukui, and the second being in English by Charice for the Xbox 360. Both songs have the same lyrics (in different languages), and the same back track. I don't exactly like the song more than "My Hands" by Leona Lewis used in Final Fantasy XIII, but it is still great track and fits the feel of the world that the game is set in.

The track was released on her sophomore album "Infinity" in Japan in early October which lead to an explosion in her popularity there. The album reached number 8 on the charts. There has been no official date set as of yet for the release of the album in North America, but given her popularity and appearances on both TV and soon to be Xbox in the United States, I'm sure the album will see a stateside release.

Since the track has yet to be released in the United States, I really don't feel too guilty posting the video up here for however long it lasts on YouTube.

I would like to take a moment to send out my best wishes to Charice as she goes through this trying time. My heart goes out to her family as they get through this rough patch. Things will get better, and with die hard fans out there and her career on the up-and-up, I'm sure she will make it through this.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Album Review - The Sinner EP

Once again, I am using the facade of the "album review" title to review an EP. This time I am reviewing an EP that I actually have already listened to a lot, despite it only coming out a few days ago. Mason Black, a good friend of mine, has finally compiled his musical library together under one title for everyone. Each track has been released individually on various sites such as Soundcloud and Spotify, so I've had a good idea of what I was getting myself into. Regardless, I have decided to give the overall EP a review for you all.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Get Ready For Hot Couture by Manila Luzon

The title says it all. I haven't even heard the full version of this song, and I am willing to go out on the line and say that this has the potential to be the Drag Song of the year -- Did I mention that was one of the awards categories I'm doing? Regardless, this song is going to be hot. Why am I doing a post on this? Well, let's just say I'm a little behind on the Manila news, so please allow me to catch up.

Look at that cover. It is AMAZING! I know I can always expect her to look stunning, but the actual design for the cover looks spectacular as well. I sometimes forget that Manila is well versed in graphic design (which is probably an understatement since I believe it's her day job). The outfit seems to be inspired by the infamous wig challenge from Drag Race season three. I also love that the signature blonde stripe is showcased in the photo too.

Lately she also revealed an extended clip of the song. While the only lyrics we have are still "Ooh La La", we get more of the backtrack. It has that same techno/borderline dubstep feel to it that "Go Off!" by boyfriend Sahara Davenport did, but in a different way. I still can't get over how amazing she sounds on the bits we did get to hear. Manila did say something on Twitter about using autotune, which I still haven't decided if it was a joke or not. I guess it doesn't matter, as I'd probably need it, too.

The single is going to hit the internet on November 8th. That is less than a week. Can I survive that long?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Song of the Week - Let's Get Naughty

It's finally happened. You all told me it would (well, some did, and they know who they are). I have finally caved in and listened to Jessie and the Toy Boys. I don't regret anything. As proof of this, and as a truce to my fellow bloggers, I have decided to make their new single "Let's Get Naughty" song of the week. Seriously, though, this song is awesome.

Naughty is apparently the new "it" word for a song. We had Ellen Levon with "Naughty", Porcelain Black with "Naughty Naughty" and now Jessie invites you to "Get Naughty" with her. Now that I have given her a chance, I can see that it was a no-brainer that she went on tour with Britney Spears, as she sounds a lot like her, but more modernized and now than Brit.

The song itself is quite naughty. The uncut version (which will be linked below) drops the F-bomb a lot. And by a lot I mean taht that is pretty much all the pre-chorus is. She even invites all of her hoes (Not sure who is included in this) to touch their toes. I guess its sexual, but I am choosing to be naive and believe that she is just telling them to stretch so they don't get cramps. Jesus, pervs. Regardless, this girl has a down and dirty, in-your-face party track that will have you dancing.

You can buy the track on iTunes, as always. Enjoy and you're welcome.

Chris DiSario Reveals Debut Single

It's finally here! Chris DiSario has revealed his debut single "Could This Be Love"! Haven't heard of him? Well you should give him a listen. He is a newcomer with a lot of talent and positive energy on his side. This guy has unleashed a power pop tune that could rival Adam Lambert, as he embarks on a quest to find out if it is really love he is feeling.

I absolutely love finding budding artists that have loads of potential like this guy. If he keeps making music like this song, he'll definitely be a star. The song will be released this coming Tuesday (November 1st), but for now he has it up on YouTube for everyone to check out. Don't believe me? See for yourself!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

First Listen - Nadia Oh's "Vampire Night"

That's right, bitches! Nadia Oh is not going to back down, and she sure as hell isn't going to loose any momentum. This time sounding a lot less like a song that didn't make the cut on "Colours" and more like a full-fledged single, Nadia is here to put her mark on your Halloween 2011 party!

Let me begin by saying that this track starts off in the best way possible -- with a cameo from Space Cowoby. Anybody who knows anything about me knows I am a HUGE Spacey fan. His bit of the chorus urges you to party "like vampires". Let's hope he's talking about Anne Rice's vampires and not Twilight.

Nadia Oh soon bursts in singing the same bit as Spacey leading into a techno orgasm of her howling and using all sorts of digital effects on her voice. I think that is what makes Nadia so brilliant: She knows she isn't the best singer so she sees it as an opportunity to do all sorts of crazy stuff with her vocal tracks. I think a lot of people see it as funny or troll-ish to call her amazing or brilliant, but I can say with one hundred percent seriousness that I think she is at the top of my list of favorite artists.

The song progresses to Nadia discussing how vampire-like she is by sipping on dacqueries and sucking on strawberries. Hold up. Is she a fan of Adventure Time because she sounds more like Marceline than anything else. Nadia, dear, those things are red. Yes, blood is red too, but you aren't a vampire just because you are eating and drinking red things. Anyway, the song from here on out is more your typical "party with the DJ" type of song... but GOD I LOVE NADIA OH!

This is one of the best songs she's put out in a while. I loved me some "No Bueno" despite it's uncanny resemblance to "Taking Over The Dancefloor" (Which was the inspriation for the name of my blog, by the way), and "Shade" was fun, but this track really feels like something brand new and fun. If this is the direction the next Nadia album will go in, I'm totally on board! Especially if it means more Space Cowboy vocal tracks!

Nadia Oh 'Vampire Night' v2 by nadiaoh

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Special Preview! Angel Anatomy - Don't Look Back

My friends Anya and Lorelai, who make up the new singing duo Angel Anatomy, have agreed to give me a exclusive preview of their new single "Don't Look Back" that drops this Saturday, October 29! In my exclusive interview with them last week, they told me they were fusing two styles of music, ambient and triphop, to create an all new sound. I'd say that they accomplished this. Don't believe me? Well have a listen for yourself!

The group are going to release the single live at Oni-Con, anime and Japanese convention in Galveston, Texas. That means if you go to the convention, you get to hear the full song, along with several other amazing tracks these two have created, before everyone else! If you don't live in that area, or can't get there to see them, don't worry. The single will be released online for free, as well as a limited edition version to be released later on.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MYPHNH(BS) - Mason Black

Welcome to another installment of the only recurring segment on my blog! Seriously, though, everybody has that one friend with so much talent but not getting the attention they deserve. That is where I come in. Shoot me a line and if I like your stuff, I'll give you a shout out right here. This time around, I'm throwing my good friend Mason Black into the spotlight. Now, my minions, make him feel welcome.

Let me tell you, Mason and I go waaaay back. Yup. Way back to like May of this year. He found my blog, and shot me some of his tunage, and since then we have become fast friends -- and better yet he's actually really talented! He already has two singles on iTunes (Showdown and Cruel Embrace), and he has plenty more in store for you all!

Mason's genre is really hard to define. The way he put it is he is showing people all aspects of himself and seeing which sides of his musical personality people really pick up on. His most notable singe, Cruel Embrace, has a very strong Adam Lambert-esque pop feel to it, singing about the hardships of love. "More To Me", a track off his upcoming EP, has a more country sound to it. Each track is like a page out of his journals, taken from life experiences, and I really think that is what makes his music feel so genuine.

His musical range is actually what drew me to him in the first place. The first song I heard from him was "Showdown", a very sexy and dark pop song. I really liked the song, but I didn't see him really stand out until I heard more. "Cruel Embrace", followed by "More To Me" and quickly "Jack The Ripper" all show very unique, and sometimes a bit scary, faces of this multi-talented song writer.

Perhaps my love for Mr. Black is a bit biased. He is a very awesome and nice person and he is very real. If you fan him on Facebook, chances are he will respond to your posts! He is a big supporter of Jango, but I don't really use it. IF THAT IS YOUR THING, HIT HIM UP! Otherwise, check out this song fresh off his new EP "The Sinner EP", due out November 1st!

My First Time by MasonBlack

Monday, October 24, 2011

Song of the Week - Stilettos

Let me be completely honest with you. I have never heard of this girl Emii before in my life, but she popped up on my radar with her latest track "Stilettos" and I just can't get enough of her. If you haven't heard this fresh track, you should drop everything and give her a shot.

Anyone who has read my blog for more than a few posts knows that I have a thing for girl-power songs. This song is all about a girl who has this boy in the palm of her hand... or as she says "hooked on her stilettos." Yeah, I'm not sure if this is a foot fetish song or not, but it is so catchy and dancable that I could care less even if it was.

I really can't believe that she isn't a big name. After going back and listening to her other tracks, she definitely has star potential. Maybe once this song saturates for a while she will explode (Kinda like Dev with In The Dark getting big after five months of existing). I can only hope so.

You can preview and buy the track on iTunes here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Album Review - Queen of Fxxking Everything

A few days ago, a new buddy of mine, Matt from OMFG It's A Blog About Music, managed to turn off his caps lock button long enough to bring to my attention something quite interesting. Apparently, England has drag queens, too! Joking, of course, but he did introduce me to yet another drag diva making music, and as always... I TOTALLY LOVE IT! Let's take a look at Holestar (It's a name, don't get all adult filter on me, blogger!)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Exclusive Interview - Angel Anatomy

Say what? You've never heard of Angel Anatomy? Previously named Almost Angels, this unique duo have decided to re-brand themselves and undergo a drastic change. They traded in the middle-of-the-road pop sound and welcomed in a strangely mellow and opera sound.  Why? Because it's not about the money, it's about the music. I recently got to sit down and chat with these hilarious and quite genuine ladies. Allow me to introduce Angel Anatomy: Lorelai Lynn and Anya!

Pandora Boxx Debuts Cooter Video!

It's finally here. Dear lord, it is finally here. After weeks of this lady torturing me... oh and you, too, I'm sure, the video for her debut single "Cooter" has been released. It may not be a masterpiece, but damnit, the Fandora inside of me just can't help but love the hell out of this video.

The all-green-screen video is Pandora in numerous outfits set to a pink backdrop. It follows the lyrics for the most part, including having a pretty hot "straight" guy... and one not so hot straight guy. She spends the first half of the video trying to sell her product, Cooter, while the price plummets, eventually reaching less than two dollars on clearance.  The "cooter" is actually just a fuzzy ball.. that she dangles from her crotch for the later half of the video... and licks. Yeah. It's a very strange video, but it is still pretty spectacular. It will definitely leave you asking yourself "what the fxxk did I just watch?"

Check the video out for yourself. Comment. Love it. Welcome to life as a Fandora.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cherri Bomb Releases Full Stark EP

It's finally here! The girls that can only be described as The Runaways of the new generation have released the full version of their EP entitled "Stark"! All girl rock band Cherri Bomb have been a bit of an obsession of mine for a while now, and I am so glad I can finally buy their music and remind them that they have fans right here at home in the US!

This is an extension of the free EP of the same name they were distributing on their web site a few months back. This release contains the same three songs (Mirror Mirror, Spin, and Already Dead) as well as two new(ish) songs The Pretender and Let It Go. I say "new(ish)" because they have streamed a demo version of The Pretender on their site before, but this version sounds quite different. This time around it sounds much more polished and worked on. The other new song, Let It Go, is not exactly my favorite track on the release, but it's a good addition to the total feel and message they were going for.

I've been a fan of these girls for quite a while now. They have so much talent and potential to become really great. They have been on tour in Europe for a while now, and I really hope that they keep their American fans in mind for a tour here soon. What I wouldn't give for some merch or a physical CD from them!

Trust me, these girls are amazing. Their EP is only four dollars on iTunes. Buy it! BUY IT NOW! You won't regret it. If you do, somehow, regret it then we aren't friends.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Song of the Week - Celebrity

I just couldn't help myself. I just freaking love Young London. They are awesome people, they make awesome music, and awesome is pretty much the only word in the English language I can use to describe anything they do. Getting back in the swing of things, they have released another hit, and of course I've made it Song of the Week!

I know, I know. It's not exactly fair to have the same group on the list of nominees for my Song of the Year, but this song is so HOT! I can't even describe it. This song was definitely worth the wait. The song is about being a celebrity for just one day, and all the things the two of them would do if they could achieve such a status. This time around, the group have a featured artist (though for some strange reason, he isn't listed on the track, although he does say his name at the beginning of the track). Rapper Rome Castille has a very nice rap piece towards the end of the track.

My main complaint with the song, however, is the lack of Sarah, Young London's female vocalist, in the song. She doesn't seem to play as big a part in this track as she did in "Let Me Go", but I guess that is just me nit picking. Also, I've heard that the video for this one will come out quite a lot quicker than the gap between the previous single and it's accompanying video. Lets hope this one is just as good -- or better!

You can buy this sickn'ing track on iTunes here. Oh, and you should fan them on Facebook, too. They are super nice people!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Rise And Fall Of Shakin' Stevens (And His Superstardom)

It was 1998 when I fell in love for the first time. I was in grade school, and it started off a little rocky. Aqua wasn't exactly the picture of bad-assery when the splashed into the US scene. A seven-year-old boy liking a girl-centric singing group was bad enough, but their only hit being "Barbie Girl" (and what people instantly associate them with) just put it over the edge. This was definitely something I didn't boast about back in the day. I followed them avidly for years, letting my love for them grow and prosper. "This," I thought "is the standard by which all music should follow." Ok, guys, seriously I was in like second grade. Don't judge me.

Face it, America, this song was a hit!
Then, out of the blue, they broke up. I thought that my life would end right there... Ok, so I wasn't that dramatic, but still, I was pretty upset. In the wake of this tragedy, one shining object shown through. A short while after their break, a few live recordings surfaced from one of their last shows containing material said to be put on their third album that was canned mid-production. Of these five or so songs, one stood out. This track was an ode to an amazing, and often overlooked crazy-talented musician: Shakin' Stevens.

Friday, October 14, 2011

An Update On What Is To Come

I know things have been rather quiet around here lately, but many awesome things are in store for the near future. I am just giving you guys a heads up on what is to come so that you are prepared for the awesomeness!

First up, I plan on making a new segment of the blog where I write pointless essays. I know, I know, the internet is no place for an essay, but I feel the need to do this. Things that will be covered in this section will be: Open letters to groups and/or artists, topics I feel very passionate about, and extended rants. First up on the agenda for this section is going to be an extended post about the history and inevitable downfall of Shakin' Stevens and his superstardom. No, not the actual singer, the song by Aqua. I've been pondering on this subject for a long time, and I think my whole two committed readers deserve to know how I feel!

A semi-retired segment is coming back in full force. Music You Probably Have Never Heard (But Should) is coming back. I currently have two people planned for this segment, with a possible third rounding up the back end. In order for this segment to work like it should, I need suggestions! I made a new page on the site for people to send me suggestions, and I would greatly appreciate all of your input. IF YOU KNOW ANY LITTLE-KNOWN ARTISTS LET ME KNOW ASAP! The little guys deserve all the attention they can get!

Finally, the biggest thing I have been planning is an end-of-the-year event. Since my blog started in May, I have posted a Song of the Week every week, and now I plan on doing an event called Song of the Year. Starting December 1st, I will put up a poll listing every single song of the week up until the Dec. 1 deadline. On the 22nd, I will reorganize the poll to be the top ten songs, resetting the score and leveling the playing field. I am counting on all of you to support your favorite artists and make sure they win Song of the Year from my blog! Song of the Week will continue through December, but will go on NEXT year's SOTY competition.  Do you think I'm missing the best song ever? Go up to the suggestions and read the rules for Song of the Week. Shoot me your ideas for Song of the Week and get your opinion head!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Drag Race Season 4 - First Look

It's getting closer, folks. RuPaul's Drag Race season four is coming sooner than you think. I personally can't wait to get back into the drama, makeup, and mayhem. This year I'll be covering it episode by episode, and doing my damnedest to get the inside scoop on all these bitches.

The debut promo for the new season was released yesterday, and damn were we all excited to see it. Don't get pumped just yet, because the promo isn't exactly as revealing as you might think. None of the contestants are shown -- only Ru is show walking down a hallway... But oh God I love it anyway. Screw it, get excited. This is amazing news! Check out the promo for yourself.

Another exciting tidbit of info on the new season is a selection of celebrity guest judges being named. Sadly, my buddy Jipsta wasn't on the list -- yet. Included on this list are some big names such as Kelly Osbourne (Omg!), Rose McGowan (OMG) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (OMFG NO WAY). Also Amber Riley from Glee. For a deeper look into the Guest Judge list, check out the New Now Next blog here.

Now, Mommy Ru, where are my contestants?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Album Review - Megalomania

It is finally here. Less than an hour ago, I received my autographed copy of Aqua'd latest, and what is shaping up to be best, album. Before we begin, I must warn you all that this review will be very biased. These four talented and beautiful people have come together to form my favorite group since I was eight years old, and they still keep strong in my heart today. If you don't wanna read a biased review about how the members of Aqua are demi-gods, you should probably leave. Joking, read my other posts. Do it. Don't question me.

Song of the Week - Thank You

This week, I decided to go for something a little different. This song is very soulful, and from a singer that I believe deserves a bit more attention than she has gotten in the past. Let's give US one hit wonder Estelle another go. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

This track is a slow jam, but it really seems to stick with me and get stuck in my head. She has a great set of pipes and the bridge of the song had me in awe the first time I heard it. The song is all about her thanking an ex for teaching her a lesson. The tinge of sarcasm can be over looked, but the subject matter certainly wasn't the selling point of the song for me. It's all about those notes she can belt out.

Sadly, most people only know this lady from her song she did with Kanye West. The song was very good, but her other work is amazing. She seems to be much more popular in her native land of the UK. I hope that a new single released in the US will boost her back into the spotlight, but it's not looking to hopeful. Despite all this, she still has me as a fan in the states!

You can buy the song on iTunes here.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pandora Boxx Gets Banned!

I have been sitting around, biding my time, waiting for the premier of Pandora Boxx's debut music video. All we have gotten so far are a couple of screen shots and a short description from Ms. Boxx herself in my exclusive interview a few days back. Today, news finally came, but it's not what you would expect.

News of the video for "Cooter" came via Twitter this morning. Apparently a certain television network has refused to air the video what so ever. It is unclear what the reasons are, but Pandora suggested they might not have been able to handle her excessive use of the word "labia." Hopefully, a few edits can be made to make the video acceptable for television viewers.

In the meantime, Pandora is embracing the situation, labeling the video as "banned from TV." The video is set to premier on YouTube October 18th. Until then, we will have to wonder what all the fuss is about. That is, unless she decides to send me a sneak peek. How dare you think I would abuse my budding friendship with her in such a manner. But seriously, I plan on reviewing the video as soon as possible. Yes, I'm a huge Fandora.

Just as a side note: I do plan on giving the new Aqua album a review. The delay is due to my copy of the CD being in the mail system still. Hopefully I will get it Tuesday. Until then, I will continue to curse Columbus and his stupid pointless holiday. Bitch didn't discover anything.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hyper Crush Announces New Album!

Not long ago, Hyper Crush announced to the world that they are wrapping up the final touches on their new album, to be titled "Night Wave". No release date is set, but it certainly has me excited. You didn't know I was a fan of Hyper Crush? Probably because I haven't blogged about them before. Why, you ask? Well, mostly because I just realized they released an actual single for Maniac, and the video fell on a bad time for me. REGARDLESS OF THIS, I still love them to death. They are hilarious and fun. What more could you ask for?

Though I'm not too impressed with the cover (perhaps its just a place holder?) what I am excited about is what they decided to say about the album. Apparently they have announced that around 80% of the album is going to be new material. This means that either they are releasing a huge album, or that one or more of the six singles released in the past year will not be on the album. I sincerely hope Keep Up, their number one song on iTunes, is on the album.

One thing you can expect from these guys is that every single one of the songs will be catchy. I can't think of a single song they have released that I haven't found to be a fun and dancey track. Hopefully the album will be released in the very near future. I'll do my best to keep you all updated as soon as I receive info!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Exclusive Interview - Pandora Boxx

I keep hearing that drag queens, namely ladies from RuPaul's Drag Race, branching into the music business is becoming a cliche. Obviously nobody told Pandora Boxx this. She may not be the first one to try out the music scene, but she sure did give it her own interesting twist. This two-time Drag U MVP has recently released her debut comedy/dance singe "Cooter", and is making waves. Being the sweetheart she is, she allowed me to sit down and ask her a few questions on her new career path.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Song of the Week - This Party's On Fire

I bet you guys are shocked with this one. No, I'm not being sarcastic. You all probably figured I'd pick Pandora Boxx's debut single, but I already reviewed it and I have an interview with her coming up, so I'm gonna give some other ladies the spotlight for a moment. After being quiet for a while, the lovely ladies who brought the monster jam "American Cowboy" are back in my life. Welcome back, Jada, I missed you.

I have been waiting for these girls to come back for a while now. They let the momentum off of their previous singles die down, and with the lack of information, I feared they were going to be gone forever. Then, out of nowhere, they smack me in the face with yet another amazing girl group jam. Thank the lord in high heaven that they are still around. The United States needs more girl groups!

The song itself is very much Jada, and by that, I mean that they continue with their haughty, rich girl attitudes that they established in "American Cowboy." I mean this in the best way possible, as "add my name to your house title" was the the most genius line in a song ever. This song also has some beautiful gems such as "I hope my cleaner comes today/she can make it go away." I just love the attitude of these girls! You should too. Do it. Love them or else.

You can buy this amazingly underrated track on iTunes here. You should also check out the video on YouTube. Is it just me or does the music video sound like it's missing the lead vocals on the chorus?