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Favorite Mash-Ups!!
Kylie Minogue vs Prodigy – Slow My Bitch Up
Kylie Minogue vs Benny Benassi – Secret Satisfaction
Kylie Minogue vs Beyonce – 2 Hearts (DirtyHands Freemasons Ring The Alarm Edit)

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Beyonce – Beautiful Nightmare (Demo)
Britney Spears – Sometimes (JM’s Thunderpuss Edit)
TLC – Hands Up (Richard X Radio Mix)
Robyn – Crash & Burn Girl (Cat5 Remix)
No Doubt – New (New & Approved Remix)
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop (Mike Mago Edit)
Deborah Cox – It’s Over Now (JM’sHex Hector Retro-Future Edit)
B-52’s – Deadbeat Club
Garbage – Push It (JM’s Victor Calderone Edit)
Kylie Minogue – Disco Down

School prevented me from going overboard on the Grammy coverage this year. So in hot anticipation of this year’s ceremony in just 2 hours (and the first time I’m eating pasta in 2008), here’s my quickie run-down of who I call to win in the categories I’m concerned with. We’ll see how right I am…

UPDATE 2/11/08: How’d I do? Updates in bold.

Record of The Year: Umbrella – Rihanna Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Album of The Year: Graduation – Kanye West River: Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock

Song of the Year (Songwriter’s Award): Amy Winehouse – Rehab

Best New Artist: Amy Winehouse (and to celebrate she’ll OD and die…)

Best Female Pop: Say It Right – Nelly Furtado (longshot) Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Best Male Pop: What Goes Around… – Justin Timberlake

Best Group Pop: Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5

Best Collabo Pop: Gone Gone Gone – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Pop Vocal Album: Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

Best Dance Recording: Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna LoveStoned – Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Album:  – Justice We Are The Night – Chemical Brothers

Best Rock Solo: Timebomb – Beck Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen

Best Alternative Album:  Volta – Bjork Icky Thump – White Stripes

Best Female R & B: No One – Alicia Keys

Best Male R & B: Woman – Raheem DeVaughn (Big up Baltimore!!) Future Baby Mama – Prince

Best Group R & B: Hate That I Love You – Rihanna & Ne-Yo Disrespectful – Chaka Khan & Mary J. Blige

Best Urban Alternative: Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco &  Jill Scott

Best R & B Album: Funk This – Chaka Khan

Best Rap Solo: Stronger – Kanye West

Best Group Rap: Southside – Common & Kanye

Best Rap/Sung: Let It Go – Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, & Lil’ Kim Umbrella – Rihanna & Jay-Z

Best Rap Album: Finding Forever – Common Graduation – Kanye West

Best Soundtrack: Hairspray Love (The Beatles)

Best Song for a Movie:  Song of the Heart – Prince (Happy Feet) Love You I Do – Dreamgirls

Producer of the Year: Timbaland Mark Ronson

Best Remixer: Dirty South Benny Benassi

Best Musical Show Album: Spring Awakening!!

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1. Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts: I’m reserving ‘X’ to be the best album of 2008, since it doesn’t get released in the US until then. However this song was everything I never hoped it would be. Kylie known for her cutting edge dance-pop, kicked off her new project with a glam rock dancefloor stomper, that the first time I heard it I thought,
what the fuck? And then every time since that I’ve been singing and rocking (and WOOing) along.
2. Rihanna – Umbrella: This song had 1 of the most unique vibes for any R & B/pop song this year. With all the guitars and noise, it was either gonna tank miserably, or become unescapable. Too bad she followed it up with ‘Shut Up & Drive’.
3. Beyonce – Get Me Bodied: I’m a sucker for a good party song. And this isn’t just a good party track, it’s 1 of the best ever.
4. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…: I loved this songs for personal reasons, but also because it’s 1 of the most well-crafted breakup anthems ever. And then when the interlude kicks in about 4 minutes into it… chills down my spine!!
5. Timbaland – The Way I Are: Poor grammar choices aside, Timbo KILLED it with this 1. It’s like a bunch of robots had a dance party in the middle of the hood. And this was the soundtrack.
6. M.I.A – Boyz: This song works me on so many levels. World music meets hip-hop meets gay runway meets Baltimore club meets dance. Then they have an orgy. And this song is the baby.
7. Kanye West – Stronger: Out of nowhere, everyone’s favorite rapper tapped an unlikely host for a sample. Daft Punk. The results? MAGIC!
8. Amy Winehouse – Rehab: The first 10,000 times I heard it, it was cute, unique, & catchy. And then radio picked it up. And it’s taken me months to enjoy the song again.
9. Tori Amos – Bouncing Off Clouds: Despite my mixed feelings on the album, this song is a career highlight for the crazy redhead I love so much. If only some remixes were cut for this song, it could have reached even higher heights.
10. Eve – Tambourine: The album may never get released at this point, & apparently this song underperformed? Apparently the powers that be don’t live in Baltimore, because everyone I know loves this song, & barely an hour went by without it being on the radio.
11. Bjork – Earth Intruders: This album underwhelmed me too, but this single was a true return to her pop/dance roots for Bjork. More beats Bjork, please!?
12. Diddy – Last Night: Diddy has been kind of a laughing stock in my book for a while, but this song was a total slam dunk. Keyshia on the hook, and then Lil’ Kim on the remix… reunited and it feels so GOOD!
13. Pink – U + Ur Hand: I thought for sure her last album was dead in the water, and then radio picked up this song, and Pink’s career was resuscitated. Cuz who can’t relate to a sassy kiss-off song!?
14. Gym Class Heroes – Clothes Off!: I’m a sucker for a good 80’s sample. And a fun party song.
15. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You: This lady makes music that someone how is classy, yet still makes you want to dance. Welcome back, dear!
16. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder: I doubted if they’re return would be successful, then their lead single was upbeat, and hearkened to excellent 80’s pop-rock. And Adam is cute. Good combo!
17. Keyshia Cole with Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim – Let It Go: As if the team-up of these 3 couldn’t be great enough, the song is based around a BIG hook. Hell yeah!!
18. Mason vs. Princess Superstar – Perfect Exceeder: The best mash-ups make the 2 songs sound like they were made for each other. And my ears were made for this single!
19. Tracey Thorn – Grand Canyon: One of the most gorgeous songs of the year. Even the remixes didn’t hurt the song at all. Tracey, everybody loves YOU here!
20. Armand Van Helden with Fat Joe – Touch Your Toes: Wouldn’t expect Fat Joe to pop up on a dance song. Wouldn’t expect to love a song this repetitive. Skip the radio edit and go straight for the LP version!
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Honorable Mentions:
Lil’ Mama – Lip Gloss, Fall Out Boy – Thnks fr the mmrs, Common & Lily Allen – Drivin’ Me Wild, Nelly Furtado – Do It, The Gossip – Listen Up, JoJo – Anything, Kelly Rowland – Like This, Lily Allen – LDN, Joss Stone – Put Your Hands On Me

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Have you been to Kylie.com lately?

It’s had a great update, making it more use friendly AND has more fun things to see & do. Kylie’s team really did a great job of reviving the site into something both useful & pretty.

And here’s some tracks… heh… (cuz that’s what you really want!)
Kylie Minogue – 2 Hearts (Freemasons ‘Ring the Alarm’ Edit)
Kylie Minogue – Got To Be Certain (Live on The Kylie Show)

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Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
It all ends tomorrow kids… and I can’t believe I haven’t shared this next one yet. It could be one of the best Christmas songs of all time, even if it is by the crazy ho Mariah!

Destiny’s Child – Christmas Medley
Since we’re running out of time, the medley from the DC3 xmas cd crams several songs into one file. And it’s kinda fun and bouncy. Enjoy!

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Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas
Trite. Materialistic. Craptastic. All 3 combine to make DC3’s first Christmas hit. It’s kinda funny to hear now.

Hilary Duff – Last Christmas
My friend Shelly despises this song. So December becomes the month where I call her up everytime this song is on the radio to leave it on her voicemail. I’m a great friend that way. Usually it’s the original though!

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Okay, so if you weren’t around at the beginning of 2007, you may have missed how the Grammy’s are basically like my SuperBowl (just like Kanye West). I can’t wait to watch them, & even stay up past my bedtime to enjoy the whole long affair! So I’ll delve into categories & my picks closer to the actual ceremony. For now, here’s the categories & nominees that interest me most!
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Record of the Year: Irreplaceable – Beyonce, The Pretender – Foo Fighters, Umbrella – Rihanna, What Goes Around – Justin Timberlake, Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Album of the Year: Echoes Silence Patience & Grace – Foo Fighters, These Days – Vince Gill, River – Herbie Hancock, Graduation – Kanye West, Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Song of the Year (Songwriter’s Award): Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood), Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s), Like A Star (Corinne Bailer Rae), Rehab (Amy Winehouse), Umbrella (Rihanna)Best New Artist: Feist, Ledisi, Paramore, Taylor Swift, Amy Winehouse
Best Female Pop: Candyman – Christina Aguilera, 1234 – Feist, Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie, Say It Right – Nelly Furtado, Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Best Male Pop: Everything – Michael Buble, Belief – John Mayer, Dance Tonight – Paul McCartney, Amazing – Seal, What Goes Around… – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group: Make A Memory – Bon Jovi, Home Daughtry, Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5, Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s, Window In The Skies – U2
Best Pop Collaboration: Steppin’ Out – Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera, Beautiful Liar – Beyonce & Shakira, Gone Gone Gone – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani & Akon, Give It To Me – Timbaland & Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Vocal Album: Lost Highway – Bon Jovi, The Reminder – Feist, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – Maroon 5, Memory Almost Full – Paul McCartney, Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Best Dance Recording: Do It Again – Chemical Brothers, DANCE – Justice, Love Today – Mika, Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna, LoveStoned – Justin TimberlakeBest Electroni/Dance Album: We Are The Night – Chemical Brothers, + – Justice, Sound Of Silver – LCD Soundsystem, We Are Pilots – Shiny Toy Guns, Elements of Life – Tiesto
Best Alternative Album: Alright Still – Lily Allen, Neon Bible – Arcade Fire, Volta – Bjork, Wincing The Nights Away – The Shins, Icky Thump – White Stripes
Best Female R&B: Just Fine – Mary J. Blige, When I See You – Fantasia, No One – Alicia Keys, If I Have My Way – Chrissette Michele, Hate On Me – Jill Scott
Best Male R&B: Woman – Raheem DeVaughn, BUDDY – Musiq Soulchild, Because of You – Ne-Yo, Future Baby Mama – Prince, Please Don’t Go – Tank
Best R&B Duo/Group: Same Girl – R. Kelly & Usher, Disrespectful – Chaka Khan & Mary J. Blige, Hate That I Love You – Rihanna & Ne-Yo, Baby – Angie Stone & Betty Wright, Bartender – T-Pain & Akon
Best Rap Solo: The People – Common, I Get Money – 50 Cent, Show Me What You Got – Jay-Z, Big Things Poppin – TI, Stronger – Kanye West
Best Rap Duo/Group: Southside – Common & Kanye, Make It Rain – Fat Joe & Lil’ Wayne, Party Like A Rockstar – Shop Boyz, Int’l Players Anthem – UGK & Outkast, Better Than I’ve Ever Been – Kanye West, Nas & KRS-1
Best Rap/Sung Collabo: I Wanna Love You – Akon & Snoop Dogg, Kiss Kiss – Chris Brown & T-Pain, Let It Go – Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliott, & Lil’ Kim, Umbrella – Rihanna & Jay-Z, Good Life – Kanye West & T-Pain
Best Rap Album: Finding Forever – Common, Kingdom Come – Jay-Z, Hip Hop Is Dead – Nas, TI vs TIP – TI, Graduation – Kanye West
Best Musical Show Album: Chorus Line (2006 Cast), Company (2006 Cast), Grey Gardens, Spring Awakening, West Side Story (??)
Producer of the Year: Howard Benson, Joe Chiccarelli, Mike Elizondo, Mark Ronson, Timbaland
Best Remix: Delerium – Angelicus (Andy Moor Full Length), Public Enemy – Bring The Noise (Benny Benassi Sfaction Remix), Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix), Pink Floyd – Proper Education (vs Eric Prydz), Kaskade – Sorry (Dirty South Mix)

Overall, some people got the credit they deserve, but there are a LOT of missing names on the list. I’ll get into that later though. Stay tuned!

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It’s that time of year, & from now until Christmas, I’ll be sharing a sampling of my overly abundant Christmas music collection. Enjoy, and let me know if there is anything special you’re looking for!

Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby
My girl turns in a sexy take on the Eartha Kitt classic. And it’s just the way to start us off!!

Destiny’s Child – This Christmas
My all-time favorite Christmas song. Surprisingly, DC3 managed to turn out a re-invented version that didn’t suck.

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They did it!!! An official dance remix was made for 1 of my most favorite songs of 2007, & possibly ever. Apparently Hex Hector did the remix, & it’s Hex rocking a sound that’s a far cry from his anthems of the early 200o’s. However the sound is perfect for today’s dancefloor, & I’m in love. Rock it out with the edit below!!

Beyonce – Get Me Bodied (Hex Hector QB Edit)

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