This week will be our fond farewell to some of the chart toppers of 2012.
- Sexy and I know It – LMFAO
- Take Care – Drake Feat. Rihanna
- Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
- Rack City – Tyga
- Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
- Wild Ones – Flo Rida feat Sia
- Lights – Ellie Goulding
- Titanium – David Guetta
- Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
- Too Close – Alex Clare
- Oh Love – Green Day
- Skyfall – Adele
- Diamonds – Rihanna
- Die Young – Ke$ha
- Locked out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
- Ho Hey – Lumineers
And a special goodbye to my bonus list of tracks that have been overplayed this year! If you know more than the chorus to these songs, I am sure you agree. Don’t get me wrong, many of these were great songs, we just need some space…
- We Are Young – Fun.
- Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
- Some Nights – Fun.
- We Are Never Ever getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
- Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
- Gangnam Style – Psy
- Dance (A$$) – Big Sean feat Nicki Minaj
- Starships – Nicki Minaj
- Glad You Came – The Wanted
- Boyfriend- Justin Bieber
I am excited for the release of Unorthodox Jukebox next month. “Moonshine” is the third single that Bruno Mars has released and it feels like a bit of a filler track for me. Perhaps he was listening to some vintage Michael Jackson while writing it, because I feel like I have heard this song before. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
This song has really grown on me as his new album Unorthodox Jukebox approaches. The video is not his usual throw him in a warehouse with some instruments video, though it is not a lyrical parallel either. I really enjoyed the effect and it made each scene feel like a memory that he will keep for years to come, yet empty because he has been Locked Out of Heaven. Such a fitting choice. This is his first single from the new album and I am sure we will hear more this weekend as he is both the host and musical guest on SNL. What do you think of the video? Will you be buying his new album on 12/11/12?
You have heard the tease… now enjoy the full song!
A little teaser for you Bruno Mars fans. Enjoy!
Album of the Week:
B.o.B. – Strange Clouds
This album is a sophomore success for B.o.B. for the most part it has been receiving positive reviews and I agree. I really enjoy his dynamic style and he sets himself apart by being flexible and making songs that fit specific moods. Some reviews I have read say that Strange Clouds has a lack of album cohesion, but as I just said, B.o.B. has this style that can express varying moments and I totally dig it.
He is able to hold his own against hip-hop hard-hitters like: T.I., Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Lil’ Wayne. Collaborations are nothing new in “Hip-Pop” music, but it is rare for a new artist to stand out when they have a veteran on their track. This star power is a bit elevated from his debut album which featured Hayley Williams from Paramore and international radio favorite Bruno Mars.
B.o.B. has moments where I get a bit of a Kanye West vibe especially on his track Ray Bands. He has confidence that borders on Kanye-sized ego, but the difference is that Bobby Ray is keeping this in check.
So all in all, this man has a way with his lyrics and keeps you bobbing your head to each track. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys this hybrid genre. I will be keeping this album in my car because it is perfect driving music (which means no more back-to-back Gotye! Can you say played-out?)
B.o.B.: “I’m really excited about this one. You’re always excited about every project. But I really feel like I’m in my groove with this one. I’m more aware of myself as an instrument, as a sound. It’s more intentful.”
My favorite tracks: Ray Bands, So Good, and Out of my Mind.