Decade of Difference Concert – Artist Profile: Usher

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

We all know Usher. He was a big star in the early 2000’s, with a whole bunch of hits. His “Confessions” in 2004, especially the title track parts one & two are no doubt among his most famous tracks. After Confessions, we didn’t hear much of him on the radio as he pursued many other things, and then about a year ago, “OMG” was released, and once again he’s headlining.

He’s always been pretty talented, and while he’s not one of my personal favorite artists, he’s a welcome addition to this lineup. It’ll be cool to hear some of his older hits; it’s sort of nostalgic for me.

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Decade of Difference Concert – Artist Profile: Kenny Chesney

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

As someone who had plenty of country music in the house growing up (my favorite musical group growing up was the legendary Alabama), I’m very familiar with Kenny Chesney. As country music has continued its rapid decline in relevancy, becoming more tired country-pop than actual country-western, there are a few artists that have still enjoyed plenty of mainstream success: the most obvious being Taylor Swift. But acts like Sugarland, The Band Perry, and Lady Antebellum have enjoyed plenty of mainstream pop success while still being fairly loyal to their country roots.

There are of course other acts who have been around for many years now, including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Alan Jackson, who continue to enjoy great success, as well as the Zac Brown Band (probably the best musical group in country music today). However, you can’t forget Kenny Chesney. He was a huge star almost immediately, and while he hasn’t had as many hits in recent years, he still gets plenty of radio play, and his concerts are always well attended.

The last song I can remember by him was “The Boys of Fall,” which I believe was released this past year. It was decent enough. But as I’ve said before, I don’t really pay much attention to the goings-on in country music, since I can barely say many of the genre’s artists are true to their roots anymore. But he’s still a very good, relevant artist, and he’s a good inclusion to the Clinton Concert. He’s the country representative, Usher’s the hip-hop representative, The Edge & Bono are the rock n’ roll Representative, and Lady Gaga is… well, Gaga!

So I must say it’s a bit nostalgic to watch Kenny Chesney perform again. As long as he plays “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem,” I’ll be satisfied.

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The Clinton Concert

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m pretty stoked for this Saturday night, as it is the night of the Clinton Foundation’s Decade of Difference Concert. It’s a shame that the concert doesn’t start until 10pm eastern time, but I think it will be well worth it. Kenny Chesney and Usher are pretty good, but it’s The Edge, Bono, and of course, Gaga, that I’m looking forward to.

Honestly I haven’t paid much attention to Chesney or Usher in recent years. The only thing I know of Usher is “OMG” which was very popular a few months ago. I do, however, definitely recommend tuning into Yahoo! on Saturday night.

Natalie Imbruglia: So Underrated! (At Least in America)

October 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Now I’m sure many people around the world know who Natalie Imbruglia is. If you’re in America, though, all you probably know of her is one song: “Torn” that was released as a single around 1999. It is because of this song that I learned of her, but unlike a lot of my peers (actually unlike all of them) I decided to learn more about her. I got “Left of the Middle”, and loved it. When White Lillies Island (actually an island on which she lived for awhile) came out, I loved that too!

I’ve never understood why Natalie never took off in America. Around the world, she’s a pop idol. She’s full of talent, and has written some really great lyrics. She actually writes a lot of them, and actually, the only record she didn’t write many of the song on was her 2005 record “Counting Down the Days” which did well commercially in Europe and the UK, but I feel was her weakest album overall. Her most recent album, “Come to Life” was terrific, and none of the songs even touched the Top 40 in America. I don’t get it. I think it’s because she has never really toured all that much. I don’t think she’s been to the US that many times, either, mostly because she just never really had much of a following in America.

I just wanted to say something about her because I think a lot of people have really missed out on her music. During a time when American pop music was so sexually charged and at times raunchy, her music was just I think a lot better than what was being offered on radio at the time. Apparently, the rest of the world knew about her. So I must say, worldwide, she may be well known, but in America, she’s really underrated. I suggest you check her out. She really brightened up a lot of days for me when I was younger, and if you’re tired of hearing the same ole, same old pop music, give her a shot.

Kelly Clarkson Answers All the Haters with “Mr. Know It All”

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

They said she was done. They said she was “too fat” or “all washed up.” Guess what? She’s neither. What a perfect comeback to answer all her haters.

I’ve loved Kelly since the very beginning, since she first appaered on American Idol. I knew she’d win from the very beginning. That was the last time I cared about Idol. As far as I was concerned, she WAS the American Idol. And for a little while, she really was. She’s beautiful and talented. This isn’t to say we haven’t gotten other good talents out of Idol; Jordin Sparks and Daughtry (even though he didn’t win). But Kelly to me is the greatest Idol ever. And I’m glad she’s gotten herself back in the game (that is, on the charts.)

A lot of people didn’t like her video. It wasn’t the greatest music video ever, no, but it was just great to see Kelly again. “My Life Would Suck Without You” was the last time we saw her, and hell, she had to cancel a tour because they couldn’t sell tickets! But it’s not all her fault. The fame wore her down, and it happens very, very often, to a lot of stars. People don’t seem to appreciate what it takes to be a star, and a lot of people said Kelly just didn’t have it.

Well, I can’t wait for her to claw her way back up there. As much as I love Katy and Gaga, I would love to see Kelly make a name for herself again. God bless you, Kelly!

 

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Amy Lee’s Back? Evanescence’s New Album!

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been six years, but the long-awaited new Evanescence album is finally on its way, set to be released on October 11th, 2011! Will it be as good as the first two? We’ll have to see!

Usually, self-titled albums tend to be pretty good, so I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of this one. I don’t really care if it’s commercially successful – it’s Amy Lee, so it’s going to have some great music and lyrics, regardless of where any of the tracks chart on the Billboards.

UPDATE: “End of the Dream” is now available to hear on the official Evanescence website. And it’s awesome. Check it out: http://evanescence.com/audio/endofthedreamlyrics.html

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Mother Monster at iHeartRadio Music Festival

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

It was really great to see Stefani being a little more herself the other night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. It’s not that I mind her being outrageous, even if she does go a little far sometimes… Considering how much her beautiful voice was clearly hampered by illness, it was still a fantastic show, even if most of her hits were played in abbreviated versions. It was just great to see Stefani without all the wigs and crazy costumes and make-up. I know that’s just how the character of Lady Gaga is played, and I don’t have any trouble with it. But honestly, she’s prettiest and sexiest when she’s just herself.

Obviously, the most touching moment of the night was her dedication of “Hair” to poor Jamey, who took his own life at the tender age of fourteen. “Bullying is for losers,” she said. It really is. It’s really awesome that we at least have one person in this world who gives a shit about how fucked up things truly are and uses her fame to speak out against them. All of the haters need to shut up and really listen to what she has to say, because she’s made a difference in so many millions of lives, including mine. Just a few months ago, I thought she was just going to be another flash in the pan pop sensation, but clearly that is not the case, and I am so glad that God blessed this world with her.

Her two songs with Sting were absolutely fantastic, too. Even most musicians are freaked out by her, but as is no surprise to anyone, Sting is awesome. Just hearing her sing “Stand By Me” made my life…

Forget iHeartRadio. I heart Stefani ❤

God bless you, Mother Monster!