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New Release Music Tuesday

Just two weeks after Rihanna’s anticipated  and successful release of Rated R comes the release of former hubby Chris Brown’s Graffitti.

Christopher Brown was (born May 5, 1989)  in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia to Joyce Hawkins, a former day care center director, and Clinton Brown, a corrections officer at a local prison. He is the youngest child of the couple and one has older sister.  Although no-one in his family was related to music it was always around in Brown’s life.   He used to listen to soul albums that his parents had owned and eventually Brown began to show interest in the hip-hop scene.  He went through some personal problems at the time of his engaged interest in music, by  the physical abuse his mother endured at the hand of her boyfriend (we wondered where he got it from).

In 2005 his mother saw the vocal talent Chris had and began to shop him around to music labels where he had the chance to audition for then senior A&R executive Tina Davis (Island Def Jam).  Tina was impressed and eventually he was signed and officially made his recording debut in late 2005 with the self-titled album Chris Brown at the age of 16.

His  debut album featured the hit single “Run It!”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist since Montell Jordan in 1995 to have his debut single top the charts. The album has sold over two million copies in the United States and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

He then went on to release his sophomore album Exclusive.   The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 294,000 copies in its first week and has sold 1.9 million copies since, in the United States.

Now comes the release of his third album Graffiti which comes off the heels of his highly controversial troubles with Rihanna.  His first single of the album is “I Can Transform Ya”, and has peaked at 20 on the Billboard 100.  It is definitely a catchy song with its electro-fortified number that clicks, pops and buzzes, but would definitely not hold without featuring  Lil Wayne.  The only reference made to his troubles would be in the song “So Cold” which makes references as “…and I know I was deadly wrong, but if you see her ask if she will forgive me?”.   Chris Brown is a talented individual and I feel that he could have demonstrated it more on this album with one or two more ballads.  The ballad “Crawl” seemed a little flat to me.

Chris may have won the physical bout, but this time Rihanna has managed to give him a musical upper cut in the battle of the albums.

My Top two picks:

I Can Transform Ya:


Thanks to all my readers!  Please leave your thoughts and feedback as to whether Chris or Rihanna has a better overall album.  Stay tuned until week!


New Release Music Tuesday

Welcome to our first Thanksgiving edition of New Release Music Tuesday. I hope everyone has had a great week and that this Holiday week is even better. I’m here to help you start this week with some new blazing music from Rihanna with her latest release titled Rated R.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, better known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian-American recording artist and model. At the age of 16 Rihanna moved from her native country of Barbados to the United States to pursue her music career.

Her interest in singing began at around the age of seven. Her childhood was intensely affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine and parent’s rocky marriage, which ended when she was fourteen years old.

At the tender age of 15, she and two of her classmates formed a girl group. Her friend introduced her and the rest of the band to record producer Evan Rogers who was vacationing in Barbados in 2003.  As the group auditioned for Rogers, he  said “the minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist”.  Over the next year, Rihanna and her mom shuttled back and forth to Rogers home in Stamford, Connecticut.  Shortly after turning 16, she relocated in the United States and moved in with Rogers and his wife. Rihanna recorded a four-song demo with the help of Carl Sturken which included what would become her first hit, “Pon de Replay” to send to many recording labels.  Rihanna’s demo made its way to Def Jam, which invited her to audition for the label’s then-president, Jay-Z, who quickly signed her.

She then went on to release her international multi-platinum albums Music of the Sun (2005), A Girl Like Me (2006) and  Good Girl Gone Bad (2007).

Rihanna is now back with the release of her fourth studio album Rated R.  Known as a teen pop reggae singer since her debut in 2005 with a styles of pop, R&B and dancehall, this album has managed to stray away from that and show a more dark adult side of her.  Exposing the wide range of emotions and impulses that must have afflicted her after her breakup with Chris Brown. It is heavily influenced by the her rocky relationship with Brown, noted in songs like “Russian Roullete,” (first single) which expresses love as a lethal but consensually played pursuit, “Cold Case Love” with lyrics as “On my roof Dark and I’m burning of love I don’t need proof I’m torn apart and you know what you did to me was a crime Cold Case Love” and in “Last Song”, which depicts her finally moving on since the break up with Chris Brown.

My top two picks are:

Cold Case Love: My favorite song with searing electric guitar riff and classical violin strings.

Last Long:

Hopefully every one has enjoyed our first Thanksgiving edition of New Release Music Tuesday!  Don’t forget to leave us your thoughts in our comments section.  Have a great holiday and enjoy the rest of your week!


New Music Tuesday

I’m back!  Can you believe November is half way over and Thanksgiving is creeping up on us?  I know everyone is excited to have a couple days off to eat, drink, relax and yes, listen to some great new music tunes!  This week’s pick Phrazes For The Young by Julian Casablancas gives you another great option while you sit around the house eating that leftover turkey leg.

Julian Fernando Casablancas (born August 23, 1978) is a solo artist, vocalist, and is better known as the chief songwriter of the American rock band The Strokes.  He is the son of John Casablancas,  the founder of Elite Model Management, and Jeanette Christiansen, a Danish model.

Casablanca’s musical success  all started as the frontman for the popular rock band The Strokes releasing three albums with them, Is This It (2001), Room on Fire (2003), First Impressions of Earth (2006).  As The Strokes main songwriter, he has the greatest influence on their sound and is known to be extremely cautious with it. While Casablancas composes on a variety of instruments, he uses the keyboard to write complex arrangements that he later transposes to fit The Strokes’ guitar-driven lineup.  His vocals feature a distinct delivery as well as a wide range in pitch. His signature vocal style combines elements of sing-speak and soul, and is heavily influenced by  Robert Pollard, Lou Reed, and Ian Curtis.

Fast forward to late 2009 with the release of Julian Casablanca’s first solo album title Phrazes For The Young.  It is a peculiar album which is just 8 songs long but is cleverly compact with ideas.  The albums first single is 11th dimension and released on November 3rd, 2009 in the U.S.  It is a rekindling in a fresh way culminated by Casablancas + synths which are bracing and thrilling.  The lyrics, “Your faith has got to be greater than your fear” and the slurred, drunken chorus offer the song liveliness.  The song’s Out of the Blue lyrics “Somewhere along the way,” are reminiscent of a Johnny Cash song.  It is very catchy and you will definitely find yourself singing along to this tune.

My top picks are:

11th Dimension

Out Of The Blue

Stay tuned for next weeks pick.  Make sure to leave us your feedback in the comments section.  Let’s get interactive and discuss our weekly picks.  Would love to hear from other passionate music individuals.


New Release Music Tuesday

I’m back this Tuesday and hyped about another great album that has my spirits up and running!  I’m still riding the wave of good Hip-Hop albums that have come out these last two months.  It started with Kid Cudi’s debut release Man on the Moon: The End of Day and then Royce da 5’9 came at us with his poetic release Street Hop.  Next up is Wale to keep the wave going with today’s release of Attention Deficit.

Olubawale Victor Folarin who is better known as Wale (stage name) is a D.C. born lyricist. Wale’s first success came with the  airplay and release of “Rhyme of the Century”, in 2003.  The release of his regional hit landed him a write-up in Source magazine “Unsigned Hype” column.  Wale signed to a local imprint record label called Studio 43, which was owned by a former VP of Roc-a-Fella Records, and benefited from  a multiple of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia.   Many of those records resembled the influential go-go music that was often heard in the D.C. Metro area.  One of those hits  “Dig Dug (Shake It)” allowed him to rise as a notable lyricist within the D.C. region.  Utilizing the Internet and Myspace’s music mechanism Wale became influential in his music success.  In 2007 Mark Ronson felt the heat from Wale’s talent, which allowed him to strike a production deal with Ronson’s Allido imprint.  He went on to release “The 100 Miles and Running” mixtape that summer along with other widely recognized mixtapes along the way.

In June 2009 he released his crowd-pleasing single “Chillin'” featuring Lady Gaga.  Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the single, I have to say the album is searing!  The album is a mix of pop (selling out), hard repping his city and post-backpacker underground music. The album’s quality tracks in a way does leave you with Attention Deficit as you find yourself wanting to skip around from one good song to the other. With Wale’s  lyrical content and the collaboration of some great producing surely brings this album to the forefront.

My top two Picks –

Beautiful Bliss:

Mirro feat. Bun B (Bun B’s verse is nice):

Stayed tune for next week’s pick!
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New Release Music Tuesday

Aright folks, here it is, this weeks New Release Tuesday music pick.  Weezer an alternative rock band hailing from Los Angeles that  came together in the 1990’s has released their 7th Studio album “Raditude”.

The band is known for their oddball charm and California surfer type music with various hit singles “Buddy Holly,” “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Island in the Sun”, “Hash Pipe”, “Beverly Hills” and “Pork and Beans”.  Their success has allowed them to achieved a sort of cult status and extensive fan base.

The new album is by far no tribute to their first two albums “Weezer” and “Pinkerton”, which were probably the most synonymous with the bands musical style.   The bands direction on their new album has taken a turn towards today’s poppy radio sound.  Many die-hard fans may not like their betrayal to the essence of what has made the band so successful, but as a person who loves music (any genre), I must say I do like it.  It is definitely not Weezer’s best album, but it is good.  “Can’t Stop Partying”, featuring Lil Wayne  talks about slaying honeys in the club while downing Patron shots will have you thinking Rivers Cuomo has multiple personalities in this song.  Their first single of the album “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” offers gum-snapping pop-punk sounds along with some of the same guitar riffs.

My top two picks:

“Can’t Stop Partying”, featuring Lil Wayne – This is not the official video.

“(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”

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It’s Halloween weekend! Get in!! So for this weeks weekend anthem who better than the Brooklyn boys that love a costume or two!?

Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys are one of the longest lived hip hop acts worldwide, not bad for 3 Jewish kids from Brooklyn, NY that started off as a hardcore punk group in 1979! They soon made the switched to hip hop and hooked up with Def Jam’s founder and CEO Rick Rubin. Beastie Boys released Cooky Puss and Rock Hard EP’s in 1984. Both creating a huge wave of admirers and setting up tours with Madonna, Run DMC and LL Cool J. Their next step would change hip hop and the world forever, Licensed To Ill (1986). Licensed To Ill was the first rap album to reach #1 in the Billboard charts and stayed there for 5 weeks! It also reached #2 in the Urban charts and was the best-selling rap album of the 80’s.

From Fight For Your Right to No sleep till Brooklyn to their newer tracks like Check It Out the ‘Beasties’ have been doing the business. I also love their creativeness in their interviews and videos. Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz always show they know how to have a laugh, not take life too serious and enjoy the moment.

First track up Sabotage (Vic Colfari aka Bobby ‘The Rookie’ was the inspiration for my Halloween costume this year).

Next up another Halloweenish style video Intergalactic.

Have fun whatever you get up to, just remember to check under that mask before making any decisions!


New Release Tuesday

Another week has gone by and I’ve decided to go back to my mellow side.  Kings of Convenience is an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delightful tunes, placid voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies.

Øye and Bøe  have known each other since they met while participating in a geography contest at the age of 10. At sixteen, they played together in the band Skog (“forest”) with two other friends, releasing one EP, Tom Tids Tale, before breaking up and later forming the Kings of Convenience.

The duo then went on to sign with the American label Kindercore after appearing in European festivals during the summer of 1999. While living in London in 2001, they released their debut album Quiet Is the New Loud with Coldplay producer Ken Nelson. The album was very successful and even lent its name to a small movement of musicians in the pop underground (including acoustic contemporaries such as Turin Brakes).

The release of their third studio album Declaration of Independence, is here to offer more of the same atmospheric folk-pop to appease the soul.  The album puts forward free but anecdotic verses as about romance, the band itself, or global politics, depending on your preference.  “Mrs. Cold” one of the two singles uses percussive hand slapping, and is perfectly poised, untruthfully depressing with a ringing lead guitar line repeating like a looped sample.  “Boat Behind”  is a tale about reuniting with a past individual but never belonging to them, which is set over a heavy-hearted violin line.

Enjoy this week’s picks:

Mrs. Cold – Delicate and peaceful song

Boat Behind

To all my readers, please don’t hesitate to leave your feedback in the comments section.  Let’s talk music.  Have a great week!





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