Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: I'M A SLAVE 4 U - BRITNEY SPEARS

Oh, Britney! You saucy little bitch. Britney was sick of the teen-queen image back in 2001, so she did what any sensible pop starlet does....she slutted it up!! Not that Britney hadn't already shown some skin before, but her music, in general, was on the safe side. I'm a Slave 4 U, written and produced by Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams a.k.a. The Neptunes, was full-on sex kitten material and Britney cooed her way to one of her sexiest hits. The song is accompanied by the perfect video. Taking place in a sauna/dance club, Britney dances her ass off, gets licked by a male dancer and teases about every boy and girl in the place. It was a shift in her career and easily one of her best singles of ....... ever. Don't you miss this Britney? THOSE ABS! Anyway, watch the video below and be a slave to her. Hump away, m'friends. Hump away. FUN FACT: I'm A Slave 4 U was written for Janet Jackson and intended for her album All For You. Her loss, Brit's gain.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ANYONE SAYING MILEY'S NEW ALBUM IS UNLISTENABLE HASN'T LISTENED

I am reading all of the vitriol being thrown at Miley for her supposed bad hosting (I didn't watch) of the VMAs and (now debunked) befuddlement during Nicki Minaj's "take down" at said awards show, and I truly believe those are the same people judging Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Pets without listening to a single note of it. This album, released outside of her RCA contract on her own Smiley Miley label for $50,000, is an experimental psychedelic romp, sure, but it is also a solid pop album. The hype around it seems to imply it is weird -- or at least weirder than the average pop album, but if it is, it's not by much. The record has some silly segues between songs, but the songs themselves are solid. There are some really moving moments and some really spacey, wish-you-were-tripping moments on the album as well. Songs like 1 Sun, I Forgive Yiew, Space Boots and Bang Me Box are as fun and accessible as anything on the radio right now (though the last one is pretty naughty for radio play). Meanwhile Karen Don't Be Sad, The Floyd Song (Sunrise) and Something About Space Dude are tender, understated ballads that show an artist growing, writing and expressing herself with a mentor (Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips) helping her find her way. This is a thoughtful, eccentric and powerful statement by a young woman in the music industry. I refuse to believe that the nasty comments have anything to do with the music but everything to do with the artist. Not to say that everyone can't have their own opinion (your wrong), but this is by NO MEANS unlistenable and in many ways more satisfying than her last effort, the grand-pop of Bangerz. Listen to the full album below and judge for yourself. Dooo It! is even more than it's opening lines. Give it a shot. (steps off soapbox)

TAYLOR SWIFT CHANNELS MERYL STREEP AND LORDE WITH 'WILDEST DREAMS'

Taylor Swift is unstoppable with her excellent 1989 album and Wildest Dreams, the album's fifth single, is sure to continue its chart domination. I always thought this song sounded like a Lorde song, which makes sense because Lorde and Taylor are besties, so influence is bound to happen. The video finds TayTay serving Meryl Streep realness from La Streep's movie Out of Africa and even has a little tribute to Cecil the lion. Sweet! Wildest Dreams appeared briefly before its official release on the Hot 100 when 1989 first came out, hitting #76. Expect a MUCH higher position next week. Watch below. By the way, as it states at the end of the video, "All of Taylor's proceeds form this video will be donated to wild animal conservation efforts through the African Parks Foundation of America."

Monday, August 31, 2015

MILEY CYRUS: NEW VIDEO AND FREE ALBUM

Miley is bringing it back to the masses (but probably NOT Nicki Minaj) with a very gooey new video for her latest single Dooo It! AND a free album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. The song is a deep bass, hip-hop infused ode to smoking pot and wanting peace, among other things. It's a dark departure sonically and is a little whacky (thank to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips), quite frankly. I kinda love it, but I don't know how much of a party jam it is. Ha. The NY Times ran an article all about the making of Miley's album, so read it here. In the meantime, watch Dooo It! below and stream Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz for absolutely FREE right HERE!

Friday, August 28, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: PAPA DON'T PREACH

In the very beginning Madonna was the ragamuffin girl with the bow in her hair, the piles of bright makeup and the torn tights. Much to the surprise of everyone in the music industry, Madonna did the very first of her MAJOR image changes when she popped up on screen with a pixie haircut and a very lean physique in the summer of 1986.  Papa Don't Preach was the first official single from her smash hit album True Blue (Live to Tell was out before the album as a track from the film At Close Range). The song caused controversy for it's "keeping my baby" stance and, for the first time, parents were praising Madonna for a pro-life message, while some women's organizations condemned Madonna for encouraging teen pregnancy. It's a story in a song! Madonna told the New York Times, "Papa Don't Preach is a message song that everyone is going to take the wrong way. Immediately they're going to say I am advising every young girl to go out and get pregnant. When I first heard the song, I thought it was silly. But then I thought, wait a minute, this song is really about a girl who is making a decision in her life. She has a very close relationship with her father and wants to maintain that closeness. To me it's a celebration of life. It says, 'I love you, father, and I love this man and this child that is growing inside me'. Of course, who knows how it will end? But at least it starts off positive." The song reached #1 on the Hot 100, becoming Madonna's fourth song to top the charts. The song, along with the music video, are among Madonna's most memorable and important. Truly a classic by any standards, here is Madonna's giant hit from the summer of 1986, Papa Don't Preach

Thursday, August 27, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: STING

Oh, Sting, ye of the tantric sex legend. Can you imagine, hours upon hours of sex with Sting? WAIT! Hold up. That is not what this is about. This is about the music. Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) was, of course, the lead singer of the pioneering new wave band The Police. The Police had a fairly short but hugely successful career, spanning five albums and several classic singles. After the band disbanded, Sting took his sexy ass solo in 1985 with his debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles (#3 UK, #2 US) and hit the top 10 with If You Love Somebody Set Them Free and Fortress Around Your Heart. That was just the start as Sting's solo career soon overtook any success The Police had on the pop charts. Subsequent albums like Nothing Like The Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling and Brand New Day kept him on the charts all over the world. His ageless sexiness certainly didn't hurt either. Hits like We'll Be Together, All This Time, If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, Fields of Gold and Desert Rose have kept Sting in our hearts and ear-holes since the late 70s and he is still touring and a force to be reckoned with to this day. Here are some of the sexy Police-man's greatest hits and videos to warm you up today. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: DIRRTY - CHRISTINA AGUILERA

When Christina Aguilera released Dirrty (that's with two Rs, thank you) in 2002 everybody went ape-shit crazy. What happened to that little Disney princess with the angel voice? Well, I'll tell you: She grew up, got her some gays and they whored her up real nice. WOOT!! The all new, all slutty, all the TIME "Xtina" (as she would come to be called) was ready to shed that good girl image and show us how she can shake her man-hungry poontrap. Oh, Xtina, you never looked back. The video was especially shocking. Directed by the amazing David LaChapelle, it included a cast of wacky characters, sexy dancers, a lot of not-very-sanitary-looking water and a half naked Xtina bumping and grinding her way to infamy. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!! It is one of the, if not THE most shocking transformations I have witnessed in modern day pop music. You gotta give the girl some credit; she's got balls. The song is about as sexy as you can get and, whether you like it or not, sex became a part of Xtina's career for good. So here is the demure then-21-year-old Christina Aguilera's 2002 hit Dirrty. Enjoy and hump the nearest thing you can find.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

THE #1 SONG 50 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS....

....I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher!! Cher, the legendary goddess of entertainment, has been making hits since your parents were kids and is still kicking ass. I Got You Babe was the debut single from the debut album by Sonny & Cher and it hit #1 on August 14, 1965 and stayed for three hippie-loving, tree-hugging weeks. It is LEGENDARY, y'all!! It's considered one of the greatest duets in pop music history and certainly started Cher's road to superstardom. It's hard to believe that Cher could have had a hit 50 years ago, but there you have it. Here is the #1 song from 50 FUCKING YEARS AGO today, I Got You Babe. Enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: JUMP

First of all, I must preface this by saying this is my fave Madonna song of all time.... and that is not easy for me to pick, girl! Jump was the fourth and final single released from Madge's Confessions on a Dance Floor album on October 31, 2006. Time flies. Written by Stuart Price and Joe Henry (who is Madonna's brother-in-law, by the way), the song is about empowerment and, in line with the rest of the album, has an amazing upbeat, clubby vibe to it. Jump was often compared to Madonna's big, danceable 80s hits. It became her 37th No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and her 7th No. 1 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart (the one that REALLY matters), #1 on the Hot Dance Airplay chart and was also a highlight of the Confessions tour with the dancers jumping off platforms and swinging through an aparatus set up in the middle of the stage. I absolutely worship this song. I cannot gym without it. Enjoy the jaunty, lively video for Jump and I dare you not to shake your ass to it. I DARE YOU!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

THE #1 SONG 25 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS....

......Vision of Love by Mariah Carey. Though Mariah has had her ups and downs..... and downs..... and downs over the years, she started off VERY strong with her first single and first of 18 #1 hits Vision of Love. Showing off her (then) powerful belt and stunning range, Mariah swept up the public, put them in her newly bought designer purse and vaulted up the charts to hit #1 on August 4, 1990 and stay there for four weeks with VOL. Her self-titled debut would produce three more #1s, but Vision of Love is a classic, y'all. I loved this song from the first moment I heard it. Here is the #1 song from 25 years ago this very day, Vision of Love by Mariah Scary Carey. Enjoy!

Friday, August 14, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: MADONNA'S #1 SINGLE FROM THIS WEEK IN 1992 WAS....

.....This Used To Be My Playground. Madonna scored a role in the 1992 Penny Marhsall movie A League of Their Own starring Geena Davis and it turned out to be one of her best performances. The film was a huge hit and Madonna's song that she recorded for the soundtrack hit #1 on the Hot 100 on August 8, 1992 and held the position for one week. This Used To Be My Playground is a beautiful ballad written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone during their Erotica sessions specifically for the film. It's one of Madonna's most loved and recognized ballads. Here is the #1 song from this week in 1992, This Used To Be My Playground. Enjoy! Happy Madonna Friday!


MADONNA FRIDAY: MADONNA MASH-UP WITH LANA DEL REY: FROZEN COAST

Madonna has had influence on many artists. I am not sure if Lana Del Rey counts Madge as an inspiration (although most female artists do), but this mash-up of Frozen and Lana's West Coast is dreamy AF!! They fit together so perfectly and their moods strangely meld to make a mesmerizing track. I would say that Lana's last album Ultraviolence does have just a tinge of Ray of Light in it's sound and general feel, so this makes sense. Now if only these two would record a song together!! Until then, here is your Madonna Friday offering, Frozen Coast. [source]

Thursday, August 13, 2015

LANA DEL REY OFFERS LAST MINUTE SHOCKER IN 'HIGH BY THE BEACH' VIDEO

What you think is just another slow, pretty Lana Del Rey video turns out to be something quite different in the new clip for latest single High By The Beach. I already reviewed the song, so here is the video for you to enjoy. Stay with it. Lana's new album is due this fall.

MORE NEW DURAN DURAN: YOU KILL ME WITH SILENCE

Duran Duran continue to fucking KILL IT with their new output. First came the banger Pressure Off, then a couple of days ago the title track to their upcoming album Paper Gods (click links to listen), and today we get You Kill Me With Silence, a nod to the early mid-tempo New Wave sound of their early years. An eerie quality with bubbling syths laid over a pulsing bass line sets the mood for the new track and it's a good one. Listen and get ready for Paper Gods in September.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: TAYLOR DAYNE

There were many, many 80s ladies of pop music. Some have stayed with us, some have faded away, but few had the powerful voice to stick in our brains as Taylor Dayne. This bitch could S-A-N-G, y'all!! The native New Yorker started singing professionally straight out of high school and never looked back and released two singles under the name Les Lee (A version of her real name, Leslie Wunderman) on an indie label in 1986 before signing a major record deal in 1987 with Arista and releasing her debut album, Tell It To My Heart in 1988. That album produced four top 10 hits in the US and made Dayne an international recording superstar. It didn't stop there, queen. Taylor released Can't Fight Fate in 1989 which yielded three more top 10 hits, including the #1 Diane Warren-penned ballad Love Will Lead You Back, and a fourth top 20 single. 1993 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album Soul Dancing and a top 20 hit with the Barry White cover Can't Get Enough of Your Love. Even though this album contained, IMO, her best song ever (Send Me A Lover) it failed to connect with and audience on the same level as her two previous records. Taylor took a break for a few years and came back with Naked Without You and, even though she failed to make an impact on the pop charts, she scored two top 10 hits on the US Dance chart. From that point on Taylor Dayne was mostly a  dance music artist, but still maintains a presence on that chart to this day and putting a couple of top 40 hits on the US Adult Contemporary chart along the way. There is still a big place in the hearts of those who have heard and enjoyed her music, especially the late 80s/early 90s output. Listen to this voice and try not to ruin your panties. Here are some of Taylor Dayne's best and brightest, including an amazing live version of Send Me A Lover. Enjoy.