Song I Liked in 2010…oh Ke$ha…

Finally, it’s here! No, not Ke$ha’s dead eyes, but my top songs of the year.  2010 saw a lot of new artists break on the scene and it saw a lot of established artists kick up their game.  So, in no particular order, here we go.
“Tik Tok”-Ke$ha…this song, according to Billboard is the number one song of the year, or most played, but I’m pretty sure it was a hanger-on from late ’09.  No matter, Ke$ha is an interesting gal; she probably uses way too much auto-tune, and she can’t dress for shit, but she makes some catchy pop.  Her latest hit, “We R Who We R” is in the running for next year’s list. 
“Hey Soul Sister”-Train…Oh God, where do I start?  Lead singer Patrick Monahan co-wrote the tune with Norwegian producers, Espen Lind and Amund Bjorlund, the team also known as Espionage.  They were behind Beyonce’s 2006 hit, “Irreplacable”, which became the best selling single of 2007.  If you haven’t heard this song in the past five minutes, just turn on your TV, and wait for a commercial break; chances are, you’ll hear it!  I liked the song at first and I especially liked it when the Dixie Chicks covered it in concert this summer; however, by now, it’s really annoying, but no doubt a solid hit.
“Need You Now”-Lady Antebellum…this is another hanger-on which started dominating in late ’09.  It’s plain to see, Lady A is not just a country group anymore, as “Need You Now” finished at number 2 on the Billboard year-end singles chart.  It also claimed the number one spot throughout the year, on the Adult Contemporary chart, not to mention late last year, it spent 5 weeks at number one on the country chart.  It will be interesting to see where the group goes next musically.
“Teenage Dream”-Katy Perry/Darren Criss of GLEE…Personally, I prefer the GLEE version of this song, as it toppled the GLEE download record held by “Don’t Stop Believin” and it made Criss an instant star.  Katy Perry was not too shabby herself this year.  I didn’t like “California Gurls” because I thought it sounded too much like “Tik Tok”.  “Firework” is really good. And she married Russell Brand; hmmm? 
“Bad Romance” “Alejandro” “Telephone”-Lady GaGa, “Telephone” with Beyonce’…yes, GaGa is ruling the world and she shows no slowing down.  Her new album, Born This Way, is set to drop in May, and for the first time, we’ll hear GaGa duet with Elton John on a track from the new Disney film, Gnomeo and Juliet next year.  GaGa’s videos sold these tracks and I cannot wait to see what comes next.
“Just The Way You Are”-Bruno Mars…This is maybe the biggest breakout star of the year.  Mars not only made his own hits, he helped other artists out.  B.o.B, Cee Lo Green, and Travie McCoy all had big hits this year co-written by Mars. I was impressed with Mars when I saw him on SNL in October.  He did have a slight mishap when he was arrested for cocaine possession in September; oh that fame.
“Fuck You”-Cee Lo Green…or “Forget You” if you watched GLEE or heard it on the radio.  Cee Lo has been building an eclectic  fan base beyond his Goodie Mob days since he joined forces with Danger Mouse in 2006 to form Gnarls Barkley.  And his music since then, has taken on many facets; funk, blues, pop, old school.  The Lady Killer is excellent!
“Whip My Hair”-Willow Smith…Is Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s now 10-year-old daughter a rising music force?  Maybe.  This is catchy pop at its best.  However, I don’t forsee a thriving career in Willow’s future.  But who knows, she always has acting to fall back on.
“Only Girl in the World” “Love The Way You Lie” w/Eminem-Rihanna…I was worried about Rihanna in 2009; after monster hits for a few years, her album Rated R bombed big time.  And she also had that little Chris Brown domestic abuse thing hanging over her head.  But this year, she rebounded, first with Eminem on “Love The Way You Lie” and then she released her fifth album, Loud which has so far produced two number one hits. Rihanna is back!
“Radioactive”-Kings of Leon…Okay, so this song hasn’t quite reached the fever pitch of 2009’s “Use Somebody” but it’s a fine rock track.  They have extended their sound just enough to straddle the pop and rock formats.  It’s not just about guitar, bass,and drums anymore.
“Raise Your Glass”-Pink…Turning to constant co-writers, Max Martin and Shellback, Pink released one of two new songs on her first greatest hits collection.  In my eyes, Pink can do no wrong when it comes lyrics, music, and all in all fun.  Her next production? Her first child with on-again-off-again husband Carey Hart; wow!
“Bulletproof”-La Roux…I wasn’t aware, until I saw the group live, that La Roux is NOT the name of the lead singer.  Elly Jackson is the voice of the British synth-pop band.  This wasn’t your normal pop hit, but this band turned out to be one I believe I will be following from now on.  They are nominated for two Grammys in the Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording categories.
“Dog Days are Over”-Florence + The Machine…OMG! This song rules! and the video is amazing; that’s another album I’m picking up soon!…Look this group up and marvel!
Honorable Mention-Scissor Sisters!  No, you won’t see their name on any year-end charts or see them perform live much on TV, but they produced their best album yet with Night Work…oh, and they are joining Lady GaGa in February on the road!!!! Here’s their year that was.

Okay, I Owe DioGuardi One…

All right, you may recall in a previous blog, I posted a video of Kara DioGuardi singing a song she co-wrote for Pink, “Sober”, at a charity event; at the time, I blasted her, and I think only because Pink just does a much better job; I think it’s definitely now one of her signature songs.  I was also very weary of not only DioGuardi, but the whole idea of American Idol.  I received more comments on the blog than ever before, unfortately, they were all critical of my mocking DioGuardi, and mostly because the performance was at a charity event.  I figure I was in an extremely cynical mood that day and I deserved the comments.
But now, I’m making it up to those who dissed me and I’m making it up to Kara herself.  “Mama’s Song” is Carrie Underwood’s latest single; and it was co-written by DioGuardi and Marti Frederikson, whose songwriting resume is not too shabby.  DioGuardi has already scored a co-writing number one with Underwood, “Undo It”, not to mention, Underwood’s album, Play On, has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Country Music Assoc. awards.  “Mama’s Song” is climbing the charts and I would say DioGuardi may just hit the top again.  I work in country radio and I was curious as to if DioGuardi co-wrote “Mama’s Song”; I went to her website and when you hit the front page, a video of DioGuardi and co-writer Frederikson is posted of the two composers discussing how the song came to be, then they perform it.  And, I like it, here it is:

Good Enough for Me and My Bobby McGee???

Yesterday, there came a sign that a Janis Joplin biopic may finally get off the ground, with Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams now tagged to play one of the biggest rock icons of all-time…and yes, Adams can sing…however, she’ll need to swallow some gravel to get that signature Joplin fry…
This makes the, oh let’s say, sixth actress/singer tied to play Joplin…it all started probably fifteen years ago when Melissa Etheridge was still with Julie Cypher, and Cypher was set to direct her lady in a Joplin movie…I guess that didn’t quite pan out…and really no one took on the project for many, many years…I think the next name I heard to possibly take on Janis was Renee Zellweger, which we know she can sing, but that project went nowhere, as it did with Zooey Dechanel…another singing actress…not ballsy enough…
One name that stood out as a possible Joplin was Pink!…how could that have gone wrong??? and that particular project had a pretty cool director tied to it, Penelope Spheeris…Pink even did a screen test…I wonder if anyone has it?…
Well, whomever ends up playing Janis…she better bring it!:

Kara DioGuardi: Sober?…um not much…

God bless all the American Idol bloggers…especially the kids at idolator.com  They have managed to dig up a couple of videos of Idol judge and songwriter, Kara DioGuardi singing, although I wouldn’t say what you’re about to witness would be called singing…hell, it’s not even performing…as you may or may not know, DioGuardi was one of the co-writers of Pink’s hit “Sober”…a song I love…however, from now on, I only want to hear Pink sing it…this video of Kara performing “Sober” appears to be from a charity event…it comes complete with Kara singing over the Pink instrumental track…HA!…I give Kara props for trying, I guess but this is one of those performances that would have her fellow Idol judges cringing…it totally evokes Simon’s “girl singing at the end of a birthday party” motif…oh, you must watch this:

I Know It’s Wrong To Criticize When It’s For Charity, BUT!

The new “We Are the World”????…Oh, not good…I understand it’s for those suffering and recovering in Haiti, but some classics should be left alone…here it is…
I don’t object at all to some of the artists involved…Pink and Jennifer Hudson turned it out…and of course Celine!!!!…however, you have the artists, Justin Bieber, who are just out of place…I’m talking to you Tony Bennett, Miley, Lil’ Wayne!…yeah, why auto tune????…is that what the world has come to?…oh yeah, I forgot to throw props to Babs-Barbra Streisand…and I’m a little pissed not more country artists were featured…where was Taylor Swift’s solo?…Jennifer Nettles was the only country singer, well, if you count Miley (I DON’T!) that did get a solo…and wouldn’t you know, some random actors showed up, like Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges, who sings very well…and…Vince Vaughn…we’ll call him this version’s Dan Akyroyd…and in a moment of eerie tracking, we hear the late Michael Jackson on a chorus and when he sings “when you’re down and out and there seems no hope at all”…it’s the best part of the song…God bless Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones for making this happen, again…but next time, leave out the auto tune…

My Top 10 Songs of 2009…

Well, here we are, another year is almost in the books…wait, the first decade of the new millenium is almost in the books???…it’s crazy, but so is music…let’s get started….
1. Lady GaGa–Throw a dart!!!…4, soon to be 5, #1 hits, many dramatical performances and appearances (FYI-she’s going to be on a new episode of Bravo’s Launch My Line Jan. 6; I don’t watch the show, but I will just this once) anyway, “Poker Face” was GaGa’s biggest hit of ’09…and I would agree, but I’m predicting “Bad Romance” could be even bigger!…oh, and she’s also in the midst of her first headlining tour: The Monster Ball…I love her!…is she the new Madonna?….we’ll see…
2. Beyonce’–Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)…you know, I think this was last year’s number 2…and it makes my list again simply because it’s one of the best tracks ever produced…and yes, Kanye was right, it’s one of the best videos of all time…also, this time last year, Single Ladies was still relatively new to the charts…on the fringe…I was also impressed by Halo and Diva…not to mention her mash-up of If I Were a Boy with Alanis Morrisette’s You Oughta Know on her I Am…tour…she heads into the Grammys with 10 nominations…think she’ll win one???…
3. Kings of Leon–Use Somebody…yes, the men are rare on this year’s list…I’m still a little disappointed in Kings of Leon…they started out as this little indie band from Nashville…Pentecostal brothers and a cousin…and they’ve always had great tunes…however, in 2009, something changed…this song broke through to the mainstream and the band seemed to have never looked back…when I think of this year, this is definitely one track that pops into my head…
4. Black Eyed Peas–I Gotta Feeling…oh yes…the Peas dominated the charts this year…and I think their music is sounding more pop than hip-hop these days, which makes for many happy fans and listeners…Fergie helps a lot too….damn girl!
5. Katy Perry–Waking Up in Vegas…I know you think Hot N Cold should be on here instead…I give it props, but I liked Vegas better…again, it had more mainstream appeal…and it erased all my hatred of Perry for that little I Kissed a Girl song…I forgive, but I don’t forget…when The Hangover is one of the highest-grossing films of the year, Vegas had it all going on…
6. Pink–Sober…I was thinking So What was a bigger hit, but I was wrong…according to Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart, Sober was bigger or ranked higher…and it should…in fact, every Pink track I heard this year, I liked, except for Funhouse…her songwriting is as good as its ever been…let’s hope Adam Lambert can take Whataya Want From Me, a song Pink co-wrote, to the top…
7. Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys–Empire State of Mind…only in a year that would see the New York Yankees back in the World Series (ps-they won!) Jay-Z would tell the tale of his hometown…I’m told Keys’ solo version is better, but I like this track…the hook is good and the chorus is perfect…it’s another one that might show up on next year’s list…
8. Britney Spears–Circus…I guess I should throw Brit-Brit a bone…LOL…even though she doesn’t sing, she had a more than decent comeback in ’09….Womanizer and 3 are also good jams…I’m excited to see how her ex, Kevin Federline, does on the new edition of Celebrity Fit Club…in short, Britney is still crazy, but the music shined just a tad brighter…
9. The Veronicas–Untouched…okay, this wasn’t a huge hit by any means, but I was instantly a fan after hearing this track on the worst day of the Ice Storm…well, the day when AT&T customers lost cell phone usage…oh, did that suck!…Lisa and Jessica are hella-talented!…and I thought Jessica played for my team, but I think it was all a misunderstanding…the arrangement on Untouched, so good!
10.  Kelly Clarkson–My Life Would Suck Without You…and don’t forget Already Gone…I actually prefer the latter…after a dismal album two years ago, Clarkson pulled it all back together and she put out her biggest album since her formative, post-Idol days…Clarkson also incorporated some mash-ups on her latest tour…Already Gone with what else?…Use Somebody…and since Already Gone and Beyonce’s Halo were written by the same person and let’s face it, they are almost identical tracks, Kelly tagged Already Gone with the Halo chorus one night…love her!
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Oh, why the hell not?…first, the cast of GLEE…they make me want to listen to music again…these country acts didn’t quite make my chart, but I got nothing but respect…well, I suppose TAYLOR SWIFT was a big omission from my list, but I intended it that way…Zac Brown Band’s Chicken Fried charted highest on the Year End Hot 100 chart, not counting the many Taylor Swift tracks…I love Lady Antebellum…Run To You made the Year-End chart, but Need You Now is soooooo good and is a solid number one hit…Jordin Sparks continues to have a fairly healthy post-Idol career; I loved Battlefield…Jamie Foxx and T-Pain made me Blame It on the A-A-A-A-A-Alcohol…’Lil Wayne collaborated on two songs I liked…Kevin Rudolf’s Let it Rock and Jay Sean’s Down…3OH!3’s Don’t Trust Me????…funny as hell…and finally, like you had any doubts, I pay much respect and love to my little Glambert…I pray 2010 will be a good one for the almost-American Idol winner…and who knows?…he may get to meet the queen one day.
HAPPY 2010!

To Bi or Not to Bi

I read yesterday Pink did an interview with a British newspaper in which she declares herself bisexual…however, via twitter, Pink still denies everything…she told Perez Hilton via twitter “100% FABRICATION”….I’ve always loved Pink and yes she is a DIVA…but whether or not she comes out…I won’t care…she’s lovely, hot, butch, talented, everything I look for in a woman…

After a week where we saw actress Kelly McGillis come out, and then I read about Pink, I kept thinking “who’s next?”…I think we all know why Pink was put on the hot seat all of sudden….this video (which I had to link, because it can’t be embedded anymore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89V7hvEmSD8

It begs the question….would you do yourself?….and my answer?….yes…why not? Happy Monday!