Kylie Minogue – Heart Beat Rock (Benny Blanco Remix ft Spank Rock) FIERCE!!! What was just a Gwen Stefani rip-off is now a modern electro dance banger. Kylie, I love you so!!!!
Madonna – She’s Not Me Probs my fave track from the new album!
Lindsay Lohan – Bossy
Blake Lewis – How Many Words (Dave Aude Radio Edit)
Larry Tee ft Princess Superstar – Licky (Vandalism 2008 Remix)
Good Charlotte – Dance Floor Anthem (AC Beats Jason Nevins Radio Edit)
No Doubt – Bathwater (Invincible Overlord Remix)
Vivian Green – Emotional Rollercoaster (That Kid Chris Radio Edit)
New Kids On The Block – Summer Time
Madonna – 4 Minutes (Vato Gonzales Dirty House Remix)
Black Ghosts – Physical

My new feature of the week pays tribute to 1 of the cheesiest periods of my history. My addiction to bubble gum pop music of the late 90s and early 00s. I loved them all so much & except for Justin Timberlake, where are any of them now!? Either way… here’s some memories!!

N*Sync – It Makes Me Ill – One of there more silly album cuts. And it probably echoes some of your feelings about even thinking about the bubble gum pop of the past decade.
N*Sync – Gone (Clubbin’ QB Edit) – Who knew the boys could successfully jump on a short lived dance trend out of the UK. God I miss 2step!!

And PS I LOVE the self-loving beat box outro of the video. Why? Because it’s either a total swipe or an homage to the incredible Deee-Lite ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ video.


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!

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

Missy has a new song out. Not her best song ever, but bad Missy is better than good 50 Cent anyday!! Can’t wait for her new album later this year!

Missy Elliott – Ching-A-Ling
As a bonus – her guest on a remix from JT’s re-released album.
Justin Timberlake – SexyBack (DJ Wayne Williams Ol’ Skool Remix ft Missy Elliott & Timbaland)

I was stoked to find out that Jeremy Word has remixed the new Janet single, ‘Feedback’. It’s awesome, and this is definitely a DJ to keep your eye on. I’m gonna post a few of his other mixes so you can find out why I dig his style so much!

Janet Jackson – Feedback (Jeremy Word QB Edit)
Bjork – Earth Intruders (Jeremy Word QB Edit)
Timbaland – Give It To Me (Jeremy Word QB Edit)

Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned (Don Zee Remix)
So I download so many songs, that I don’t get to listen to them and enjoy them properly. Then the iPod snags them randomly, and I get hooked, a month too late. Such is this case with this hot mix of Justine’s last single.

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!
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!


Justin Timberlake – Until The End of Time (Remix ft Beyonce)
The King & Queen of Pop for the past 2 years finally come together. Too bad it’s just JT letting Bouncey sing a verse on 1 of his songs. The could make a bitchin song together I think!

Queen Latifah – UNITY
Fucking ANTHEM. Work, bitch!!! (who you callin’ a bitch)

I’m a music awards show junkie. I love the big spectacles, I love seeing the people get awards, I love theorizing over which artist will win versus who should win. I love music. I just learned though, that I hate the Video Music Awards. And the 2007 offering of those awards, was like a car crash… only not as interesting.

The theme for the evening was SUCKAGE. And Britney Spears started us off right. Her thunder thighs carried her hungover ass out on the stage, where she was not only missing a rumored Kriss Angel magic/illusion/gimmick, but also live vocals, choreography, energy, balance (seriously – bitch stumbled visibly 3 times). The song is decent, her great comeback, alternatively, was embarassing. After Brit cleared the stage to underwhelming applause, a lightning speed opening clip ran, & then out came the evening’s highlight. Sarah Silverman rocked a clever & hilarious opening monologue, that unfortunately went over the heads of 80% of those in attendance. It was fascinating to see her mocking 50 Cent & Paris Hilton with them right in front of her. The rumor I heard was that Brit was furious over the jokes at her expense, & that the jokes were planned to follow a tremendous opening performance. Except that performance never happened. So the jokes seemed to have more bite then they were supposed to. Allegedly. Either way, MTV keeps getting Sarah Silverman booked for all their gigs, something I don’t understand. Sarah is brutal, ironic, & hysterical, however, I firmly disbelieve that your average viewer of ‘The Hills’ or ‘My Super Sweet Cherry 16′ would really even “get” any of her jokes. And judging by her reception, neither do most celebrities.

What followed for 2 more hours was a barrage of commercials for heinous looking MTV shows, terribly abbreviated music performances, a confusing jumble of performances all over the Palms Hotel, the briefest acceptance speeches ever, some ugly ass dresses, & an audience of 2 in my living room getting more distracted as time went by. I think I’ve outgrown most MTV shows by about 5 years, & with every commercial my basic reaction was ‘who watchs this shit’ & ‘why!?’

And then MTV rolled out a laundry list of musical performers that fluctuated up until the actual event. ‘How could they possibly fit all these performances into one 2 hour show?’ was the question on my tongue. The answer to that question really makes me throw up in my mouth. ‘How about we not show the full performances?’ was the idea some jackoff at MTV had, & roll with it they did. One artist performed a song in full – Britney. Alicia Keys, Timbaland, & Chris Brown all performed on the main stage, but they all did medleys, no full songs (though Chris’ dance moves were impressive; his Michael Jackson homage was nice, but nothing groundbreaking, especially since he did the same thing for James Brown on the Grammy’s earlier this year.) The glut of other performers were in a few other places – Kanye West’s party suite, Timbaland’s suite, Fallout Boy’s suite, LAX niteclub, Foo Fighter’s suite, or the mini stage in front of Mark Ronson’s setup. The people hosting these suites performed in their suites, plus guests like Rihanna, Cee-Lo, 50 Cent, Common, Gym Class Heroes, T.I., Linkin Park, Daniel Merriweather, & Adam Levine of Maroon 5, plus about 4-6 other people that I would be hard pressed to name in a line-up. All we got to see of these performers, however, was a minute or less cutaway during set changes & commerical breaks. This year, if you want to see full performances, you needed to go on-line.


When I watch an award show I want the full performance. If it’s someone I like I want to be impressed, if it’s someone I don’t then I get to pee or smoke. Plus, only a handful of people turned in decent performances. Alicia Keys sounded like she was pushing her voice (I think because her clothes were too tight), the guy from Fall Out Boy’s voice was shot, Rihanna can’t sing live (but at least she tried – I’m talking to you Chris & Brit), and most of the other ones happened so fast I couldn’t make a jusdgement either way. Well except for 50 Cent. I just plain don’t like him.

Oh & then the awards. Collaboration of the Year – Beyonce & Shakira. Really? A song that radio wouldn’t touch, & that I still have yet to see the video for. Female of the Year – Fergie Methface? (Who didn’t even show-up!) Video of the Year – Umbrella (excellent song… ok video)? I dunno who decides this shit, but at least Carrie Under(pants)wood didn’t win best new artist!

To close the fucker off, Timbaland & his best friends (Timberlake, Furtado, Keri Hilson, DOE & Sebastian) gave us an almost awesome finale. Everyone looked great & sounded good (in spite of all my venom over this show… the lighting for the finale really did kick ass). I understand the abbreviation of the songs, it is a medley after all. My problem – how do you have Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, & Timbaland all on one stage, with the beat to ‘Give It To Me’ blasting, and have them no perform the whole fucking song!? Goddammit!!!

Insult to fucking injury.

Needless to say. I was tremendously disappointed in this years VMA’s. And I think we’re gonna break up. It’s not me… it’s them. They suck, and my tastes have mved on. Sure the Grammy’s are a bit long. But at least they’re planned out and done up right.

Fuck you MTV. You wasted 2.5 hours of my life. And the couple million other people who watched too. You really need the Old Yeller treatment!

If you haven’t already read my monster post on the VMA’s. Click here to do it now.
For now, here’s an update on performers.

Amy Winehouse had to cancel, as she has with 99% of her upcoming appearances, because they tried to make her go to rehab, and she couldn’t say no no no. Lily Allen, who I was all excited to see also had to ‘pull out’ because of ongoing visa issues stemming from her decking a UK paparazzi. They were probably totally asking for it!!

I’m also surprised to see the neither Beyonce, not Justin Timberlake will be performing, considering they’re both leading the night in nominations.

Who is performing then? Well…

Britney Spears is confirmed to be opening the show with her new single ‘Gimme More’. Expect miming & magic tricks!

The only other girls performing for tonight are golden girl Rihanna – if she performs ‘Shut Up & Drive’ I’ll vomit, if she performs ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ I’ll shriek like a giddy school girl; & Nelly Furtado – no word on what she” be performing, but I imagine they called her up since Lily & Amy had to bail, it must suck to be so talented & still not be top choice.

Fall Out Boy for the emo rockers & Foo Fighters for the old school rockers.

In a moment of truly surprising inspiration , MTV for some reason has booked Mark Ronson & Daniel Merriweather to play on the show. I imagine it will be the UK hit ‘Stop Me’ which is an awesome song, but virtually unheard in the US outside of blogs.

Hip-Hop rules the rest of the evening with performances in some way shape or form from Kanye West, Common, Timbaland (also doubling as the host/maestro/whatev), Cee-Lo, & Gym Class Heroes. You’d think that would be enough for an awards show, but don’t bet on any acceptance speeches going any longer than ‘Thank you” because we’re also to expect performances from 50 Cent, Akon, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Soulja Boy, & T-Pain.

So while it is a bit of hip-hop overload, there’s enough surprises to make me tune in on Sunday at 9 (plus it’s not on until after Big Brother!!). Shantytown will be too… since I’m making her come over & watch!

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