Mashup master DJ Earworm has released his yearly “United States Of Pop” song, which takes the 25 biggest hits of 2012 as determined by the Billboard 100 and pus them all together in one song. You can listen to the song below and also download it for free.
Personally, I like the 2009 mashup the best. For those of you who have listened to the past several years, what’s your favorite? READ MORE
It’s nearing that time again when the music industry collectively pat each other on the backs and present awards to artists who already have shelves devoted to little statues that they earned based on record sales and not any sort of artistic merit. Yup, I’m talking about the AMAs (American Music Awards). But, before we get our panties in a bunch, let’s actually look at what the AMAs were created for. You see, according to a press release, Dick Clark created the AMAs in 1973 as a means of paying “…tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry.”
So, I’m left scratching my head. Why even create such an event? What is the purpose? I mean, aside from the collective back patting and sycophantic groveling that I mentioned above, is there a point to these shows? Well, obviously ratings. People are gonna tune in to see over-the-top performances (where their favorite artist will no doubt be lip syncing) so they can gush about them to their friends via Facebook and Twitter (who talks on a phone anymore, right?). It’s also a status symbol: “My favorite artist won an award, meaning that he/she/they HAVE to be respected and lauded!”
Whatever. As per my thoughts on ANY award ceremony, I don’t think they do a damn thing. The only people that tune in are those that have a vested interest. No one that is seeking avenues to find new music will even consider watching. What’s the point? They’ve already heard it all before.
If you want to see the list of AMA nominations, check it out below. It’ll be a really recognizable and familiar list. READ MORE
Last night I, along with over 100 million other people, watched Super Bowl XLVI. Did I have any stake or vested interest in either the New York Giants or the New England Patriots? Not really. I honestly rooted for both because they both have Michigan Wolverine alumni on them (go blue!). Also, I wanted to see the commercials (generally a big disappointment this year).
But this isn’t a sports blog or a blog about TV commercials. It’s a blog about music, so I’m going to talk about my reaction to Madonna‘s halftime show and the great many issues I had with it.
Kanye West recently released the video for his single ‘Monster’, which I thought had great horror visuals and was a beautifully shot video. However, sometimes a re-imagining comes along that one ups the original. Many of you thought so of Matt Reeve’s ‘Let Me In’. So check out this video below and let us know if you think The Muppets did this justice.