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

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

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

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

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, 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!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 10 Christmas songs of all time

I love music and can appreciate every single band and artist under the sun, which is why it was a lot harder than you think to create this top-10 list of Christmas songs. There were quite a few that I contemplated adding, as there were a few that I wanted to add. Evidently those would have made another top list that was longer in length. Either way you put it, Christmas is approaching in just a few days so what better way to enjoy this amazing day with wonderful music. Here are my top 10 favorite Christmas songs of all time
 
 
What are your top 10 favorite Christmas songs of all time? I would really love to know. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hot in Music: Top 10 Christmas Albums of All Time

Christmas Eve and Other Stories from
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is definitely
the best Christmas album of all time.
I don't know about you, but Christmas is my most favorite time of the year. Everything from the decorations to the food and many more, including the music. Yes, the music. Because Christmas is my most favorite time of the year and because I love music, I have decided to countdown the many Christmas CDs put out by the numerous artists and bands to only the top 10 Christmas records.


10. The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra never fails to disappoint, especially when it comes to the holiday season. They are always on top of their game. This CD is exceptionally astonishing because it provides you with more than just good music, but compositions filled with raw masterpieces. The songs include: Music Box Blues, Faith Noel, The Lost Christmas Eve, Christmas Dreams, Wizards In Winter, Remember, Anno Domine, Christmas Concerto, Queen Of The Winter Night, Christmas Nights In Blue, Christmas Jazz, Christmas Jam, Siberian Sleigh Ride, What Is Christmas?, For The Sake Of Our Brother, and The Widom Of Snow. Whether you are looking for an amazing Christmas gift or simply looking to enjoy amazing music, this Trans-Siberian addition is it. (Check out my interview with Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra here.)


9. Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Fitzgerald is a jazz legend. I never get tired of hearing her naturally gifted vocals. The songs include: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Holy Night, We Three Kings, Away In Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Sleep My Little Jesus, and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. If you are looking for a great gift to give, give the gift of Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald.


8. Jingle Bell Rock by Brenda Lee. Christmas isn't complete without Brenda Lee. The songs include: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, This Time Of Year, Jingle Bell Rock, Strawberry Snow, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas, A Marshmallow World, Christmas Will Just Be Another Lonely Day, and The Angel And The Little Blue Bell. Every time I go anywhere after Thanksgiving, I am always hearing Brenda's classic "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" and to be honest, I never get tired of hearing it.


7. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. Nat King Cole is a legend in his own right. The songs include: The Christmas Song, Deck The Halls, Adestes Fideles, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Tannebaum, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, O Holy Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, A Cradle In Bethlehem, Away In A Manger, Joy To The World, The First Noel, Caroling Caroling, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night. "The Christmas Song" may have been covered by many artists and bands, but none of them touch Nat King Cole's rendition.


6. Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey proves why she is ultimately amazing, when she made this holiday album. The songs include: Silent Night, All I Want For Christmas Is You, O Holy Night, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Miss You Most (At Christmas Time), Joy To The World, Jesus Born On This Day, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Jesus What A Wonderful Child. This is one of Mariah's best records to date and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" will go down in history as a classic. If you are looking for a last minute gift, give the gift of Merry Christmas Mariah Carey. Everyone who receives this is most definitely certain to love it.


5. Christmas Spirit by Donna Summer. Disco diva and soulful soprano Donna Summer's CD is truly a force to be reckoned with. She proves that she still has it with this album, making this a definite top Christmas record. The songs include: White Christmas, The Christmas Song, O Come All Ye Faithful, Christmas Is Here, What Child Is This, Do You Hear What I Hear, Joy To The World, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Christmas Spirit, Breath Of Heaven, O Holy Night, and Lamb Of God. This Christmas CD is very much worth owning.


4. White Christmas by Bing Crosby. If you have ever watched the classic holiday movie "White Christmas" (or commonly referred to as "Holiday Inn") chances are, you have heard Bing Crosby. The songs include: Silent Night, Adeste Fideles, White Christmas, God Rest Ye Gentlemen, Faith Of Our Fathers, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Silver Bells, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Christmas In Killarney, and Mele Kalikimaka. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Yes, I've heard "White Christmas" covered numerous times, but let's face it, the song belongs to Bing Crosby. This CD is a classic.


3. Christmas Album by Michael Crawford. Michael Crawford proves why he is and always will be the true Phantom of the Opera. This CD is wonderful. The songs include: The Very Best Time Of The Year, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Peace Peace, Silent Night, Mary Did You Know?, A Journey To Bethlehem (Christmas medley), O Holy Night, Scarlett Ribbons, Candlelight Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, The World, and All Is Well. I have to be honest, I don't think there is anyone who can cover "O Holy Night" as good as Mr. Crawford. Looking for a last minute gift or just a great CD to listen to overall? This is it!


2. Christmas Songs by Elvis. If you don't own this Christmas CD, you really are missing out on a great album. Brought to by the King himself, Mr. Elvis Presley, this holiday inspired album is the best Christmas Album to date. The songs include: Blue Christmas, Silent Night, White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, I'll Be Home For Christmas, If Everyday Was Like Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me, and Mama Like The Roses. I absolutely love all of the songs, however; if I had to choose my favorite, I would definitely choose "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me" followed by "Blue Christmas". Whether as a gift to yourself or that music lover who appreciates great tunes, this is it.


...and the #1 Christmas CD is...


1. Christmas Eve And Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are a fan of rock or a fan of symphonic metal and industrial, chances are you are going to love this album. If you are not, well, you are still going to love this amazing addition by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The songs include: An Angel Came Down, O Come All Ye Faithful, A Star To Follow, First Snow, The Silent Nutcracker, A Mad Russians Christmas, The Prince of Peace, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, Good King Joy, Ornament, The First Noel, Old City Bar, Promises To Keep, This Christmas Day, An Angel Returned, O Holy Night, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I know you have heard "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" played everywhere, because it is a brilliant work of art. Whether you are looking for a last minute gift or a great holiday CD, this is it. (Check out my exclusive interview with Paul O'Neill of Trans Siberian Orchestra here.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Back in Time by Pitbull

From Pitbull's album "Global Warming" this song is amazingly dope, so to speak. Even though this song came out in 2012, I can listen to it now in 2014 and it just never gets old, as I never get tired of hearing it.


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Music Talk: Exclusive Interview with Big Syphe

Big Syphe and Pitbull.
If you heard the song "Back In Time" by Pitbull, then you have heard the excellent work of Big Syphe. As one of the most underrated musical geniuses of our generation, Big Syphe is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. He is one of the most motivated yet ambitious people I know. Recently, I caught up with Big Syphe about music, SKAM, and Pitbull. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) Hello. How are you? It's great to talk to you. Tell me a little more about Big Syphe...

I am from Los Angeles. Born and raised here. I have been DJing since I've been a young teenager. I worked in radio. I have been a part of SKAM since the beginning. I've been friends with Sujit since I was 18 years old. I have toured and produced music for Pitbull. Actually I have a new song coming out soon with him. Not sure if it will be his next single, but it's definitely a song that he's gonna have on his new album. 

(Q) Wow, that is amazing.

I did a record with him a couple of years ago. It was called "Back In Time" and it was also featured on the Men In Black soundtrack. It was like the official song.

(Q) OMG! I love that song! That is one of my favorites.

It had a classic rock sample from a group called Mickey & Sylvia called Love Is Strange. So yeah, I sampled that on there. 

(Q) You are so incredibly talented. I knew there was a reason I was a huge fan of you already. That song is something special. In fact, when I first heard it, I was addicted to it.

Wow, thank you. I actually made that song on the airplane. 

(Q) That is fantastic. 

Thank you. But yeah, I worked in radio for a long time here in LA called Power 106. It's like the second biggest radio stations in the country. Especially when it comes to rhythmic, pop, hip hop, and urban. I was on the radio with my good friend Eric DLux, who is also a part of SKAM too. He is also a very talented and successful DJ. Even DJ Vice, who is another big DJ and a part of SKAM, he came from the radio station, as well. We have all been friends for over 10 years. 

(Q) Now I have to ask you, what inspired you to get into music? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind it all...

Music has always been around me. Me being Hispanic and growing up in inner city Los Angeles, we always had little small parties. Especially on the weekends. Barbecues and our neighbors would throw parties. So, I have always been around music and that party environment where the music was always playing. When I started becoming a teenager, I would go to house parties. In the early 90s, we use to have party crews. Instead of being part of a gang, you would be a part of a party crew. Some of the friends from the neighborhood would throw parties. It was something special. I kind of came up as a DJ, as well because I was so into the music I would hear and known in that circuit from my part of town. I started DJing in my bedroom and then making mixed tapes. Then, getting feedback from friends and being able to DJ at these house parties and warehouse parties. I guess you could say that I started from A to Z. Then, going to the clubs and from there, everything took off. 

(Q) Now I have to ask Syphe, if you could work with anyone in the industry, who would you work with and why?

That is a good question. I never really thought about this to be honest. I focus a lot when it comes to writing and producing music on someone like Pitbull because he a good friend of mine. He's also probably one of the biggest pop stars. And him being a good friend of mine, it's just really easy for me to send him stuff. Send the music, the material, etc. It's easy to get ahold of him. Besides him, hmmmmm. I really do admire Daft Punk. They are dope musicians and producers. I love how they linked with Niles Rodgers and collaborating with him. So, for me personally, I would like to work with someone like George Clinton. I really love funk music. Funk music was a really big inspiration for me in music. Even though I love music. When I work with musicians, I get inspired by a lot of old funk and disco. Where music is today, I feel like the progression has those old school grooves and elements.

(Q) George Clinton is really awesome. In fact, he epitomizes funk music. I actually have one of his CDs and was listening to it a few nights ago. I enjoy him very much. I wanted to ask, what about Prince?

I would love to work with Prince. But even someone like Prince looked up to George Clinton, Issac Hayes, he looked up to Rick James, etc. He was very influenced by them. They were all able to produce, write, play all of those instruments, etc. Definitely! Prince is definitely someone I would love to work with. I look up to all of these artists because they were not only writing and singing their songs, but they produced them. They were musicians. They were behind the engineering. I remember once when I was in the studio with Will.i.am. I saw him working. Even though I was cool with him, I always seen him around. I actually had the opportunity to sit with him as he was working. Just seeing him kind of being hands on was great. There are a lot of amazing DJs that do produce music. A lot of them aren't really hands on, as they usually have a team. When you see someone that is hands on, on that level you are looking at them creating. That is amazing.

(Q) What if the Trans Siberian Orchestra contacted you and said "we would love to work with you" what would you say?

I would say lets work! I would be very interested. They are very talented. I am someone who loves to work with and collaborate with anyone. Even with them, I would love to hear what their influences are. I feel like music is all about being creative. I really love live instruments, so working with someone like them would be amazing. I would love to get live violins and strings, as well as, a strong percussion. Right now I am into making dance music, but with live instruments. It's all about making incredible big sounding music.  

(Q) There are so many artists around the world. In fact, I know of a ton in Europe that would love to work with you. Your work is incredible. Back In Time is just proof. Pitbull never fails, as everything he puts out there is epic. The song that you did is just so catchy and unique. 

Thank you. It was different. Pitbull has always been known for his big hooks. When we worked on this, we tried something new. Instead of him doing the hook, we used a sample from another song. It was really cool and I'm glad it came out sounding good. Pitbull's new album will bring more of that unique quality. I can't say too much about it, but will say that you will love it. 

(Q) Just so you know, I downloaded Back In Time the first moment I heard it. 

Wow, nice. Thank you.

(Q) For all of those music enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Big Syphe?

Now days it's not just about you being a DJ, but you, playing your own tracks, and bringing out your own tracks. When I first started, I felt like I was holding back. But now, I am right where I want to be in life where I don't need to do that. I feel very confident in how my stuff sounds. It's always been my goal to make music because I love music. I would say something next for me would be that I definitely want to put out my own projects. That is the dream. 

For more information about Big Syphe, please visit www.bigsyphe.com today!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today Is Freddie Mercury's Birthday

 
Happy Birthday Farrokh Bulsara! In my opinion, there is no other artist in the world like Freddie. He had the voice, the artistry, the personality, and the charisma. His style and image was one thing, however, every time he opened his mouth, you knew it was him singing and as a result, he had unbelievable projection because he made you believe what he was singing about. Freddie delivered vocally through every single performance.
 
If I had to choose my top 10 favorite songs by Freddie Mercury/Queen, I really couldn't, however; my favorites right now include: 
 
In My Defence
Bohemian Rhapsody
Who Wants To Live Forever
The Show Must Go On
I Want To Break Free
Barcelona
There Must Be More To Life Than This
It's Late
Mr. Bad Guy
Thank God It's Christmas
Deliliah
The March Of The Black Queen
Princes Of the Universe
Living On My Own
Foolin' Around
Radio Ga Ga
Liar
Funny How Love Is
A Kind Of Magic
Save Me
Let's Turn It On
Somebody To Love
We Are The Champions
You And I
Don't Try Suicide
It's A Hard Life
Jesus
Under Pressure
 
You may be gone, but you are never going to be forgotten in this life time. Happy Birthday Freddie!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Welcome to Yellowstone National Park 2012

 
 
Yellowstone is such a fascinating place. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit, I truly recommend visiting today. You will never see a place like this ever in your lifetime.