Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Lady Gaga defends victims of R.Kelly

As many of you are aware, Lifetime aired a six-part documentary series featuring R&B superstar R.Kelly. The series aired from January 3, 2019 until January 5, 2019. The series itself tells true stories about Kelly including graphic details of the abuse from his victims and raises many red flags in the process.  

I know this is getting off the point (I have to interrupt myself), but I knew something was off when R.Kelly was involved with Aaliyah. Aaliyah considered him to be her mentor in the early 90s and many credit him for the reason she was famous. When he got involved with her, I do believe she was only in her teens. I don't even think Aaliyah was of legal age when they were engaged and I believe he married her illegally also. Then, shortly after he married his backup dancer, Andrea Lee.

Fast forwarding to 2002, there were allegations of him and child pornography. I do believe the actual video of this surfaced which prompted an immediate investigation. What I found disturbing about this was it took over 6 months just for this case to be tried in court. He was found not guilty on 14 counts which I thought was extremely odd. No doubt some of those jury members were paid off. Part three of the documentary titled "Sex Tape Scandal" discussed this and did not censor the harsh reality of it.

Then, years later more women came forward with similar stories even going so far to say he intentionally infected them with sexually transmitted diseases and abused them. One woman made a claim in early 2018, but Kelly of course denied it. Some people question what happened to certain women, as some have even went missing. Others even believe some women were locked in rooms while Kelly worked, hence why some of his employees were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.

The speculation does not end there. It has been said that some of the rooms in his studio were locked and women would knock on the doors asking to use the bathroom or for food. According to this article published last year by the Washington Post, the allegations only rise as this article raises many questions. I don't believe in spreading fake news nor supporting it, but the premise of the article doesn't sugar coat the commentary behind it. I believe with more people coming forward, R.Kelly will share a similar fate to Bill Cosby, another predator who was overlooked for many years.

Disturbing right? With so much proof to support the claims and allegations, many outlets including Spotify and Apple refuse to even promote and play R.Kelly's music anymore. I also believe that Pandora will not play his music either. Can you blame them? I definitely cannot.

Well, tonight Lady Gaga took to her official Twitter account to release a statement about R.Kelly at 9:43 PM MST. Here is the statement made by Lady Gaga regarding R.Kelly:


Lady Gaga's official
statement regarding
R.Kelly.
 
Lady Gaga is truly a class act. As most didn't know what to expect from the world class superstar, she made it clear that she was aware of what he has done, admits to working with him during her "dark" time, regrets it and shares support of sexual assault victims and survivors. She made it clear that she will never work with him again shortly before stating she will remove her collaboration of the song "Do What You Want (With My Body)" with him.
 
I am absolutely appalled and disgusted by R.Kelly and his actions, as I am more disturbed by anyone who defends him and supports his flagitious actions. And to think there are people who simply refuse to believe he has destroyed these innocent women's lives is beyond baffling. And after hearing his song "I Admit" (which I can't tell if this song is legitimate or he's trolling us) regardless based on this song alone, I think he's trying to make a joke of his own actions as well as manipulate us into believing he's the victim, which is even more vile.
 
As beautiful as R.Kelly's voice is (think Sam Cooke meets Donny Hathaway with a hint of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye), I am so shocked at what he has done, that there is no way I can continue being a fan of his. In fact, I will never listen to his music ever again nor support his music in any way. That song is now garbage and my cover of his songs (including my two covers of "If I Can Turn Back The Hands (Of Time)" will be deleted from my Smule.
 
I think it is time to take a stand and support every woman of sexual assault and violence. Stop blaming the victim and praising the perpetrator. Stop spreading lies because you have never experienced sexual assault and cannot relate. Stop attacking anyone who defends the victim just because you refuse to do so. Stop silencing the truth because you refuse to believe it. Support those who have endured violence. Support the victim. Listen to them and if they are no longer with us, be their voice. It is time to #MuteRKelly.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Zombie by Sarah Afshar


 
Zombie is one of those hauntingly sinister songs that sends a message so beautiful, you find yourself lost in translation. The song was released in Fall of 1994. I was only 13 years old when the song came out. And still today, it remains to be a wonderful song. Written by Dolores O'Riordan herself, the song sends a powerful message about political trauma.
 
I read that The Cranberries were offered $1 million from their record label to work on another song and O'Riordan ripped up the check (and checks were big before bank deposits back in the early-to-mid 90s) and worked on releasing Zombie immediately.
 
I was a huge fan of Dreams, so I wasn't sure if I would ever like the song, but when I heard it, I just knew that it would be a song I would not only love, but appreciate. In fact, I love it so much I had to cover it.
 
Check out the video above. If you cannot see it, simply click here to listen to it. Listen with headphones.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Zombie (Piano) by Sarah Afshar


 
Zombie is about political expression. The message is so clear and the fact that Dolores O'Riordan refused $1 million just so release this amazingly epic song proves how iconic it really is.
 
I decided to cover it, as I found myself on Smule once again this evening. The piano version adds a very hauntingly beautiful appeal that you can't get with the original as it is more of a ballad versus the original, which is more upbeat.
 
Check out the video above. If you can't hear it, just click here. Remember to listen with headphones.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Numb (Linkin Park) by Sarah Afshar

 
Chester Bennington was a man with a voice and a message. A voice so huge, he always shined his story through his songs. When I first heard Numb, I thought it was incredibly beautiful. From Linkin Park's Meteora album, the song is about living up to the expectations of others so much, you have become lost (or numb) in life. It depicts a strong message of giving in to others, but losing yourself along the way.
 
The message also portrays a person who tries so hard, but fails them self. And as much as they disappoint others, they are disappointing themselves more becoming so lost, they are numb to everything around them. This is exactly what this song is about.
 
I decided to cover the song using my own spin. If you cannot see the video above, just click here to listen to the song. Sounds much better with headphones.
 
RIP Chester Bennington
(March 20, 1976-July 20, 2017)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar in the style of OneRepublic. Yes, I took the liberty of recording this song several hours ago from my iPhone via Smule app. I used the Super Pop filter which is exclusively available to those who are VIP members of Smule. I tried something different with the song.

The song is a great fusion of rock, soul, funk and pop rolled into one tune. I've always loved and appreciated OneRepublic for their strong ability to cover an array of genres and making them work. I am a fan of many songs by them, but Love Runs Out is one of my favorites.

To listen to the song, just click the arrow in the video below...
 
 
If the video doesn't play, to listen to the song, simply click here right now. #SMULE

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Chandelier by Sarah Afshar


 
When I first heard Sia sing this song, I was astonished. I just fell in love with the song. And as eccentric and unconventional as the video is, I really like it. Sia is truly a musical genius, in my opinion. Every song she creates is magic and really complements not just her style, but the artist's style too. She's written a lot of great songs by some of the best singers too including Christina Aguilera.
 
In my opinion, Chandelier embodies all of the things you love in life. It is as free-spirited as freedom gets. The song tells a story that embraces life, love and liberation.
 
If you can't see the video, simply click here to listen. Make sure you are wearing headphones.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Perfect by Sarah Afshar


 
The moment I heard this song, I just loved it. Everything from the melody, harmonizing and composition to the lyrics themselves. I can see why this song is very popular. It's like a modern "Unchained Melody" and Ed Sheeran sings it so beautifully.
 
And if I am bragging, in my honest opinion, this song is one of the greatest love songs from past until present. It is in the same league as some of the greatest hits that even existed before we existed. I don't think there is anyone on earth who doesn't love this song. And if they don't love it, they appreciate it in some way.
 
Check out the video to hear my latest collaboration with ADD3H, who sounds amazing. If you cannot hear it, just click here. Remember to listen to this with headphones.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Only Hope by Sarah Afshar


 
 
Only Hope is one of those Christian rock songs that really makes you want to listen to Christian rock music. When I first heard this song, I was a senior in high school. It was originally performed by Switchfoot. I thought the song was beautiful; however, I really loved Mandy Moore's rendition of the song because of her character in "A Walk To Remember" which is a wonderful movie.
 
I had a wonderful time covering this song and putting my own spin and soul to it. I added some rock and some more soul to make it roll. I hope you enjoy.
 
If you cannot listen from the video above, simply click here now to listen to my cover of Only Hope. Make sure to listen with headphones.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Every year the iHeartRadio recognizes and honors the greatest talent in mainstream music. With over 200 million listeners daily, iHeartRadio reaches more people than any other radio or television outlet in the United States alone. And it is official, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will be held on Sunday, March 5th 2017 at the Historic Forum in the heart of Los Angeles. The real question is; however, who are the nominees for this year's awards?

A song can speak so many words, as a song can tell a story. And if that story is powerful or delivers a message, it can make you want to listen to it all of the time. One thing I love about music is the message. Sure an outstanding melody and backbeat can really lure you in, but a story can keep you interested. With so many songs introduced to us in 2016, iHeartRadio is recognizing five of the best. So, what are the best songs of the year? The nominees for 'Song of the year' are officially here. They include:

- "Can't Stop The Feeling" - Justin Timberlake
- "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
- "Stressed Out" - twenty one pilots


One thing I love about this year's nominees is the fact that they are all talented and yet so very different. Lets face it, the women in music are incredibly talented and what better way to recognize and honor them than by the world's biggest radio platform - iHeartRadio. As the awards approach us, here are this year's nominees:

- Adele
- Ariana Grande
- Rihanna
- Selena Gomez
- Sia


2016 brought us a lot of wonderful things. And as we are now in 2017, we can appreciate last year because of it. With so many talented men in music, only five have been recognized this year as the best. So, who is the Best Male Artist of the year for 2017? The nominees for Best Male Artist include:

- Drake
- Justin Bieber
- Luke Bryan
- Shawn Mendes
- The Weeknd

With so many talented artists out there, the dynamic duos and groups really bring something new and different to music. As a team effort is always required in a workplace environment, it is also a great thing to possess in music. With so many duos and groups, there can only be one 'Best Duo/Group of the year'. The nominees for iHeartRadio's Music Awards this year have been officially announced. So, what are they? 

- Coldplay
- DNCE
- Florida Georgia Line
- The Chainsmokers
- twenty one pilots

Alternative rock has been quite a preferred genre of rock to many music enthusiasts. And even if you don't appreciate rock, you will love it after you hear the alternative genre. Speaking of Alternative rock, the nominees for Best Alternative Rock song for 2017 include:

- "Bored to Death" - blink-182
- "Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
- "Ride" - twenty one pilots
- "Trouble" - Cage The Elephant


As a genre, rock has grown immensely into magic to music. With so many sub-genres, rock remains to be one of the greatest ever. And in recent years, alternative rock has really proved this theory to be true. So, who are the nominees for Alternative Rock of the year?

- blink-182
- Cage The Elephant
- Coldplay
- The Strumbellas
- twenty one pilots

Are you ready to rock? I am obsessed with iHeartRadio and when I heard the list of nominees for best rock song, I guess you could say I was pretty stoked. It's not everyday that bands you appreciated as a child are relevant again. The nominees for Best Rock Song have been officially announced...

- "Bang Bang" - Green Day
- "Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Take Me Down" The Pretty Reckless
- "The Devil's Bleeding Crown" Volbeat
- "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed


If you know me, you know how much I love rock music. In fact, if I had to choose a favorite genre, this would be it. When I heard about the bands nominated for this category, I was quite happy as I am fan of all of them. But the real question remains; what are the nominees for Rock Artist of the Year?

- Disturbed
- Five Finger Death Punch
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Shinedown
- Volbeat


Country music is a genre that brings a southern flair that can best be described in a song. With so many amazing songs to choose from, five of them really stood out this year. As Carrie Underwood shared church bells, Thomas Rhett was wearing a t-shirt. And although Cole Swindell insisted you should be here, Old Dominion asked to Snapback just before Dierks Bentley was somewhere on a beach. So, what are the nominees for Best Country Song of the year?

- "Church Bells" - Carrie Underwood
- "Snapback" - Old Dominion
- "Somewhere On A Beach" - Dierks Bentley
- "T-Shirt" - Thomas Rhett
- "You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell


2017 is a year of a new dawn, a new day and a new life and I think we can all agree that we are feeling good about this year for many reasons. iHeartRadio just announced the nominees for Country Artist of the Year. So, who is the best Country Music Artist of the year? With all of the incredible talent in country music, I am proud to share the nominees for this year...

- Carrie Underwood
- Jason Aldean
- Keith Urban
- Luke Bryan
- Thomas Rhett


Some of the greatest songs ever come from the dance music genre. After all, they are the life of virtually every party. And after hearing the nominees this year, I don't think there has been a moment I sat down because all I did was dance. Yes, it is true. BTW, here are the nominees for Dance Song of the year...

- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "Cold Water" - Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ
- "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner
- "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber


There is literally nothing more exciting than music that makes you want to get up and just move. Dance music has been around for quite sometime and has recently evolved into something bigger, dipping heavily into mainstream. With many outstanding artists and bands within the genre, I am proud to announce the nominees for Dance Artist of the year.

- Calvin Harris
- DJ Snake
- Flume
- Major Lazer
- The Chainsmokers


One thing to appreciate about the hip hop genre is it's ability to bring something different to music. Although this genre may not be your cup of tea, it could be ones' idea of a perfect drink. As a fan of the genre, it is great to see iHeartRadio recognize the best songs in the genre. So, what are they? What are the nominees for Best Hip Hop Song of the year?

- "All The Way Up" - Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana
- "Controlla" - Drake
- "For Free" - DJ Khaled featuring Drake
- "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
- "Panda" - Desiigner

Hip Hop is one of those genres that brings out a fusion of rap, soul and pop with a hint of beat. What I love about hip hop is it's unique way of telling a story using limericks and beats. One thing is certain, you either get it or you don't. The tried & true talent of Hip Hop is found in this year's nominees...

- Desiigner
- DJ Khaled
- Drake
- Future
- J. Cole

The talent is very much real and alive in the music industry. Thank you to iHeartRadio, the awards are even better than ever. As Beyoncé said she was sorry, Bryson Tiller wanted to exchange. As Usher said no limit, that is when Rihanna and Drake wanted to work before Rihanna needed me. The nominees for Best R&B Song of the year include:

- "Exchange" - Bryson Tiller
- "Needed Me" - Rihanna
- "No Limit" - Usher featuring Young Thug
- "Sorry" - Beyoncé
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

As we say goodbye to 2016 we fly into 2017, we just can't help but appreciate everything the year brought us. A lot of tried & true talent is one thing; however, the legendary iconic talent is another. When I look at the nominees for Best R&B Artist this year, I see so many people who bring so much to music and therefore, are legendary. So, who are the nominees for Best R&B Artist of the year?

- Beyoncé
- Bryson Tiller
- Rihanna
- The Weeknd
- Usher

With every great artist lies a song. A song that tells more than a story. In Latin culture one thing I learned is that every song projects an emotion. An emotion so big, that it gravitates learn music. If a song is meant to be happy and exciting, it will be. If it's mean to depict sorrow and sadness, well it does that too. But the question remains; what are the nominees for Best Latin Song this year?

- "Ay Mi Dios" - IAmChino featuring Pitbull, Yandel and El Chacal
- "De Pies A Cabeza" - Mana featuring Nicky Jam
- "Duele El Corazon" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin
- "La Carretera" - Prince Royce
- "Ya Me Enteré" - Reik featuring Nicky Jam

We live in a century where Latin culture has been embraced in more ways than one. Whether it is through the people, the places, the food and the music, there are so many things one can appreciate. This year the world-renowned radio outlet recognizes some of the greatest Latin artists. So, who are they? Who is the Best Latin Artist of the year?

- Enrique Iglesias
- J Balvin
- Nicky Jam
- Prince Royce
- Yandel

iHeartRadio has officially announced the nominees for this year's awards. Best Regional Mexican Song is a category that you may have never heard of; however, when you hear their music (especially the songs this year) you cannot help but love this genre and appreciate it too. So, what are this year's nominees?

- "Amor Del Bueno" - Calibre 50
- "Cicatrices" - Regulo Caro
- "Me Está Gustando" - Banda Los Recoditos
- "¿Por Qué Terminamos?" - Gerardo Ortiz
- "Solo Con Verte" - Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga


Hola! Music is suppose to be exciting yet possess a dopamine-like appeal that makes you want to listen to it again and again and again and again. When listening to some of these Mexican artists, I always feel inspired to do something new and different. I've listened to quite a few this year; however, the nominees for 'Best Regional Mexican Artist' tend to stand out the most. The nominees this year include:

- Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
- Banda Los Recoditos
- Calibre 50
- Gerardo Ortiz
- Remmy Valenzuela


Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist is a new category brought to you by iHeartMusic that recognizes new talent from the rock and/or alternative rock genre. I recently went to a show where I watched about ten different bands back-to-back. I couldn't believe the talent I heard. Needless to say, I was astonished by what I heard. The nominees for 'Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist' include:

- Foals
- Kaleo
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
- Red Sun Rising
- The Strumbellas


Country music is a genre to appreciate for its originality and quality. When you hear it, you know you live in a place you can call home. I think of country as the music of America, as it is musical category that originated here. With tons of country superstars today, the talent is endless. And like the other categories here, only a few can be acknowledged, recognized and honored for their gifts towards the music industry. So, who are the nominees this year?

- Chris Lane
- Chris Stapleton
- Granger Smith
- Kelsea Ballerini
- Maren Morris


Hip Hop delivers the greatest beats with a limerick that depicts a story, a story that complements the composition. There are many artists in this category; however, only a few were recognized this year by iHeartRadio. So, who are they? Who are the nominees for 'Best New Hip Hop Artist'?

- Chance The Rapper
- Desiigner
- D.R.A.M.
- Kent Jones
- Kevin Gates

Latin music brings an amazingly new unique sound to music. I don't care what anyone says, if you dislike this genre, you evidently have not heard the right artist. As Best New Latin Artist, this category is filled with relatively new, tried & true talent. The nominees for this category include:

- Carlos Rivera
- Christian Daniel
- CNCO
- IAmChino
- Sofia Reyes


Best New R&B Soul artists really bring an unique quality to music. As a crossover genre, this pop soul fusion takes you to a different world every single time you listen to it. So, who are the nominees this year?

- Belly
- Bryson Tiller
- Dreezy
- Kayla Brianna
- Ro James


Just recently, I have garnered an interest in Latino music. Mexican artists really bring something so amazing to music. With a fusion of ethnic flavor, I am really digging the execution and deliver of these artists and as a result, am very much looking forward to hearing more. So, who are the nominees for 'Best New Regional Mexican Artist'?

- Adriel Favela
- Banda Los Sebastianes
- Cheyo Carrillo
- Joss Favela
- La Séptima Banda


A lot of new categories are added this year to the iHeartRadio Awards roster which is quite exciting if you ask me. One of them is the Best New Pop Artist category. So many talented artists attempt to dip into the industry and only few are able to walk through the door. These amazing talents were lucky enough to share their gifts with the world today...

- Alessia Cara
- Daya
- Lukas Graham
- The Chainsmokers
- ZAYN

There are not many people in this world that can take music and turn it into something remarkable. An artist can do so much; however, we live in the 21st century where so much can be done to enhance a tune and make it that much better. A producer not only lays out the tracks, they mix and master the entire recording. And it is because of this they deserve true recognition for their efforts towards another gifted talent. So, who are the nominees this year?

- Benny Blanco
- Greg Kurstin
- Max Martin
- Mike Elizondo
- The Chainsmokers

When a song is good, it sounds good. The composition is there. However; when a song is great, amazing or even incredible, it depicts a story that one can relate to. A story that simply makes sense. Lyrics really create something special to music. Composition is a foundation; however, without lyrics there is no story one can truly relate to. What are the nominees for 'Best Lyrics'?

- "7 Years" - Lukas Graham
- "Came Here to Forget" - Blake Shelton
- "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
- "Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber
- "Scars To Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara
- "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" - Adele
- "Too Good" – Drake featuring Rihanna
- "You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell

As another socially voted category, I think we can all agree that collaborations add something special to music. One of the things I love about music is the collaboration between two gifted talents. Whether two artists, two bands or an artist with a band and vice versus. You have to admit, it really makes you appreciate music that much more. So, who are the nominees for 'Best Collaboration' this year?

- "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
- "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

Covers can make or break an artist, as they are often compared to the original; however, if they have more moments than the original, they can shine their way creating a world-wide hit (take 'I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston' for instance). Many great talents this year have proved that their rendition of a song is destined to shine and as a result, they are recognized for it. The nominees for this year's best cover song include:

- "All I Ask" - Bruno Mars
- "Ex's and Oh's" - Fifth Harmony
- "Fast Car" - Justin Bieber
- "Hands to Myself" - DNCE
- "Here" - Shawn Mendes
- "How Will I Know" - Ariana Grande
- "Love on the Brain" - Kelly Clarkson
- "Purple Rain" - Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple
- "Sound of Silence" - Disturbed
- "Too Good" - Zara Larsson

Every time you watch a movie, do you notice what is playing before, during or after? Another category this year includes 'Best Song from a Movie'. As the Suicide Squad brought you life from your favorite comic book, Trolls delivered a timeless toon of your favorite doll. As the Ghostbusters remake recognized the original by changing things up a bit, we got to see what really happened to Bridget Jones and watch Alice Looking Through the Walking Glass. The question remains; what are the best? Here are this year's nominees:

- "Can't Stop the Feeling" - Justin Timberlake (Trolls)
- "Falling for You" - Ellie Goulding (Bridget Jones's Baby)
- "Girls Talk Boys" - 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots (Suicide Squad)
- "Just Like Fire" - P!nk (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

So, what is your favorite music video this year? The Best New Music category is on fire this year with an array of talent lined up to take home the big award March 5th. As a new category to the awards this year, this is one that recognizes only the hottest in mainstream music today. And the best part is, you get to vote for the best. Who are the nominees this year?

- "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
- "Formation" - Beyoncé
- "Hasta El Amanecer" - Nicky Jam
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
- "Hymn for the Weekend" - Coldplay
- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner
- "Pillowtalk" - ZAYN
- "Side to Side" - Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj
- "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake
- "Work From Home" - Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Best Underground Alternative band is a new category to the awards this year which recognizes the best undiscovered talent who embrace the alternative culture and genre. And guess what? You get to choose your favorite. The nominees include:

- Hey Violet
- Pierce the Veil
- PVRIS
- Sleeping With Sirens
- Tonight Alive

Social Star Award. As a socially voted category, this is a new category for the awards this year which recognizes your favorite online personality. The nominees for this year include:

- Alex Aiono from YouTube
- Baby Ariel from Musical.ly
- Emma McGann from YouNow
- Hailey Knox from YouNow
- Jack and Jack from Snapchat
- Jacob Sartorius from Musical.ly
- Marcus Perez from Facebook
- Steph Clavin from Instagram
- Todrick Hall from YouTube
- xYego from Smule

 
Best Fan Army (which is presented by Taco Bell) recognizes fans and enthusiasts of different artists and bands. This is a socially voted category which means you get to vote for your favorites. The nominees for this year include:

- 5 Seconds of Summer - 5SOSFam
- Ariana Grand - Arianators
- Beyoncé - Beyhive
- Britney Spears - Britney Army
- Demi Lovato - Lovatics
- Fifth Harmony - Harmonizers
- Justin Bieber - Beliebers
- Katy Perry - KatyCats
- Lady Gaga - Little Monsters
- Rihanna - Rihanna Navy
- Selena Gomez - Selenators
- Shawn Mendes - Mendes Army
- twenty one pilots - #twentyonepilots 

Who do you think will win this year?

The event will be televised on TBS, TNT, truTV at 8 pm EST (or 5 pm PST). It will also be live streamed on iHeartRadio's simulcast. Will you be watching the awards this year? I know, I will. For more information about iHeartRadio's 2017 Music Awards visit the official website today. #iHeartRadio

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Take it Off by Lil Jon ft. Yandel & Becky G.

Take It Off is a hot new jam by Lil Jon featuring the talented Yandel and Becky G. This is one of Lil Jon's best tunes yet. If you haven't heard it, you truly need to. There is nothing like this song. If you can imagine a mixture of EDM with a hint of hip hop, R&B and Latin flavor this is the result. Check out the new video below.
 


If the video is not working, simply click here to watch it on YouTube. A few years ago I had the opportunity to speak with Lil Jon. Check out my interview with him here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CMT to honor Shania Twain

Shania Twain signing autographs.
(Photo by JDaykin/Flickr)
As a five-time Grammy award winner, Shania Twain is clearly the Queen of Country pop music. As a pioneer of the country crossover genre, Twain is one of the greatest artists ever in music. Selling over 75 million albums world-wide, her album "Come On Over" sold over 15 million copies alone making it the #1 album by any female country artist ever and the best-selling album by any female artist.

I have been a fan of Shania Twain since a child. Her music is very inspiring and uplifting and really brings something new and unique to music. Without Shania Twain, many artists such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood would have never had the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Announced today by CMT, Shania Twain will be honored. She will be the first female artist in history to receive the prestigious "Artist of a Lifetime" award. Previous winners of this award include Kenny Rodgers and Merle Haggard who were awarded in 2014 and 2015.

Taped live at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 7th annual “CMT Artists of the Year” will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by Country Music Television as the best artists of 2016.

CMT Artists of the Year will premiere Thursday, October 20, 2016. For more information visit CMT today. #CMTAOTY

Monday, July 25, 2016

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup

When it comes to music, one of the hottest events of the year is definitely the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Announced only an hour ago, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be held on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th at the T-Mobile Arena. Starting at 7:15 pm in the heart of Las Vegas, this is truly an event you're not going to want to miss. With millions upon millions of listeners worldwide, iHeartRadio has the largest audience in both radio and television in all of North America.

“When we first launched the festival six years ago people wondered how such a diverse line up of artists would play together on the same stage," said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia and producer for this year's event. "The fan reaction was immediate, and overnight the Festival became known as the year’s ultimate celebration of the best in all genres of music," he shared.

So, what will be the lineup for 2016? Who is performing? The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival will feature performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, Twenty One Pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances by this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.

“After five years of producing some of the best lineups to ever take the stage, we’re excited to unveil one of the strongest iHeartRadio Music Festival rosters to date,” Tom Poleman, President of National Programming at iHeartMedia shared. “This year’s show is a complete cross section of the best artists from every genre of music. The weekend will be a true representation of the diversity of our iHeartRadio stations across the country as well as the music you find on the iHeartRadio app,” he added.

The action doesn't stop there. The Daytime Village at this year's festival will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor hotel and casino on Saturday, September 24th with performances by Sam Hunt, Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih, Lissie, Cold War Kids, Daya, Cage The Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Bryson Tiller and DNCE. The Village will also feature fan zones and specially curated interactive experiences by iHeartRadio’s brand partners. The tickets for the Village will be available here.

Proud sponsors of this year's festival include: MasterCard, T-Mobile, Garnier Fructis, ULTA, Taco Bell, Macy's, Ideal Image, Jack Link’s Jerky, Mazda, MGM Resorts, Mondelēz International (the maker of Oreo, Ritz, Trident and Sour Patch Kids), State Farm, StubHub, The CW Network, The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld, X-Out (from the makers of Proactiv) and the TWIX brand.

Amazing right? And guess what? As of right now, MasterCard holders are allowed access to a limited number of tickets through a special pre-sale for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. To purchase tickets right now, simply click here.

Tickets go on sale to the general public (and non-MasterCard holders) this Saturday, July 30th at 1 p.m. EST. For more information about the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival, simply click here today. To purchase tickets visit AXS now. #iHeartRadio

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Party this Summer with the 2016 Back to Vinyl Tour

Join SKAM Artist talents Bad Boy Bill
and Richard Vission for the 2016 Back
to Vinyl tour.
When it comes to true musical talent, SKAM Artist DJs Richard Vission and Bad Boy Bill epitomize it. As having DJ'd together for two decades, this one-of-a-kind tour will exclusively feature vinyl only DJing. As the world of music continues to evolve including the DJ market, vinyl paved the way for modern beat making and matching. As we Spring into Summer, many enthusiasts have never experienced let alone seen vinyl DJing live. Now is your chance to experience true vinyl DJing courtesy to two incredibly talented artists.

As a Grammy-nominated re-mixer and producer, Richard Vission has had over 40 hits top the Billboard Dance charts. He currently hosts the longest running weekly EDM mixshow in the United States, Powertools on Power 106 in the heart of Los Angeles.

Bad Boy Bill is another talented man, bringing you consistent beats that blow up more than just the spotlight. In fact, Bad Boy Bill's latest release 'Respect the Technique' garnered plays from everyone from DJ Snake to Laidback Luke to even Latroit and many more.

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For more information visit SKAM today. #BacktoVinyl

Monday, May 30, 2016

Get ready for SKAM's DJ Five and Eric D-Lux 'FAED' tour this Summer

It is official, SKAM Artist DJs, DJ Five and Eric D-Lux are teaming up for the FAED Tour country wide this Summer. As treasures to the Vegas residency, both artists have decided to lend their creativity and Vegas energy to cities all over the United States. FAED, which is the acronym for 'Five And Eric D-Lux' that stems from this dynamic duo DJing and taking over only the hottest industry nights in Las Vegas. After high demand for both Five and D-Lux's DJ sets together, they have officially decided to bring that same Sin City energy to cities all across the United States.

The FAED Tour kicked off Memorial Day weekend in San Diego, California and in El Paso, Texas with the following dates still to come:

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Are you ready to party? For more information visit SKAM today. #Summer2016Tour #FAED

Friday, May 20, 2016

SKAM Artist remember Prince


Prince doing what he does best, performing live
at Coachella in 2008.
Photo by: Flickr.com-Penner
Prince was an iconic superstar, as he was songwriter and singer, the man was a true entertainer. As a little bit of rock n' roll, soul, funk and even jazz, Prince was a composer and a multi-instrumentalist who mastered over 20 instruments by the time he was 30. He also laid out the tracks and produced a majority of his music too. He was an innovator, creator, a teacher and most importantly, a hard worker.

And on April 21st the world cried nothing, but purple tears as Prince tragically lost his life at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in his hometown, Chanhassen. The world was shocked, as the world continues to grieve by the loss of perhaps the greatest artist the world of music has ever seen, Prince Rogers Nelson.

“Prince was in a class all his own. He inspired everyone in the music industry, from DJs, to singers and rappers, producers and beyond. Prince changed the game with the way he fought for his craft every single day. He will be missed beyond measure.” Sujit Kundu, founder of SKAM Artist told AXS.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

RIP Prince

As many of you are already aware, I am a huge fan of Prince. I first discovered Prince as a little girl. There was something captivating about his music. It resonated dopamine and really made you gravitate to it. The first song I ever heard was 'When Doves Cry'. I remember begging my mom to buy me his CD, but she knew the type of artist he was and at the time I was too young for his music. So, I took my allowance money and went behind her back and purchased 'Diamonds and Pearls' which came out when I was 10 years old. Ever since, I continued to support him and his music for years. I have so many favorite albums, but there is something about 'The Gold Experience' that stood out above the rest with 'Purple Rain' in a close second.
 
What are my favorite songs?
 
Gold
P Control
Baby Im A Star
U Got the Look (long look)
Purple Rain
Darling Nikki
Cream
Kiss
Get Off
Computer Blue
Pope
Raspberry Beret
Peach
Let's Go Crazy
Bat Dance
Controversy
Seven
etc.
 
Prince was more than just an artist with talent, he was an iconic mastermind who polished an entire genre by taking a few notes, putting them together and turning them up a notch. Prince's craft is and will continue to be legendary and his legacy will continue to live on. How many artists do you know compose, lay out the tracks, produce and perform their own music like Prince? To anyone who listens to his music let alone any Prince tune, you will know that the earworm was eminent.
 
As I type this, I am heartbroken. I am very sad that he left the world the way he did. And although Prince left this world, his music will forever remain in my heart and the hearts of millions. He was a true rock star and will forever live on in spirit. RIP Prince. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Top 10 best Eminem songs

Eminem is more than just a rapper and entertainer. He is a songwriter, a poet, an artist, an actor, an author and even a philanthropist. Born Marshall Mathers, this Michigan born star has sold over 170 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. As Eminem's career spanned out decades, it wasn't until 1999 when he hit mainstream with his album 'Slim Shady'. Only a year later, Eminem released 'Marshall Mathers' the album that started his entire career in hip hop while dipping into mainstream. As one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time, Eminem's career has evolved. With many hits, the real question is; however, what are the top 10 best songs by Eminem?

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Friday, February 26, 2016

SKAM takes over Spring break in the Bahamas and Cancun

SKAM Artist Brooke Evers
always brings the party wherever she goes.
Starting today Friday, February 26th until Sunday, March 27th, SKAM Artist along with StudentCity are taking over the Bahamas and Cancun for Spring Break. Mark your calendars because the DJ booking agency is taking over with non-stop, rock-the-clock performances that will rock your socks off. The lineup of SKAM DJs at the turntables include Echo, Captn 20, Sean Perry, OB-One, Five, Brooke Evers, Skratchy, Vice, Jerzy, Nick Rockwell, Irie, Eric D-Lux, Jump Smokers, Fashen, Justin Credible and more.

Sujit Kundu, the founder of SKAM told AXS "“I love that Spring break has been a staple for students to get a break from their vigorous school schedule. I’m happy that SKAM is part of an on-going tradition where it’s an all around good time, and a chance to do things you never thought you would do. What happens during spring break stays in Spring break!”

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Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie

David Bowie was one of the greatest rock musicians ever. I remember when I was a little girl and I would hear his songs on the radio. Growing up as a little girl in the 90s, I was obsessed with the 80s station, where I discovered the song 'Modern Love'. I couldn't stop playing it on repeat and this tune remains a favorite until this day.
 
What I love about Bowie is that his sound was so incredibly unique and he was always true to who he was as an artist and as a person. And although he lost his battle with cancer, he will be forever remembered as one of the greatest rock acts of all time. He may be gone, but his music will forever remain.
 
To remember one of the most iconic rock stars, here is a list of some of my favorite David Bowie tunes.
 
2. Under Pressure (although this is technically more of a Queen song, this tune is just magic)
 
What are your favorites? Please do share in the comments. RIP David Bowie.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Top 10 songs of 2015

When I look at the list of songs that have been released in 2015, I cannot believe how many great ones I have heard. I've listened to virtually every single one introduced this year because I love and appreciate all music. To be honest, it is very hard to choose a top 10 of the best songs I heard this year simply because it is so hard to choose and also because I've heard so many amazing tunes. What are the top 10 best songs of 2015?
 
 
I am missing quite a few songs; however, like every other top list, they would make a great top 20, top 30, etc. list. What are your top 10 favorite songs of 2015? Please do not hesitate to share your top 10. Happy New Year!