I have to admit, Katy Perry’s had a solid run of singles going for her since she released her sophmore album Teenage Dream. Sadly, “E.T” brings what is hopefully a minor speed bump to this run of good singles (if “Peacock” ever gets released though, it’s pretty much hopeless). Whoever’s idea it was to get Kanye West on this track should be applauded since he adds some energy to this fairly lifeless track. (more…)

     J.Lo seems to be using her new position as an Idol judge to her advantage, using the gig as a platform to advertise  “On The Floor”‘s upcoming music video and allowing fans to vote on the video’s ending. It’s a very savvy, if somewhat shameless, marketing strategy. Considering it’s spent the entire week behind only Gaga’s latest single on the iTunes chart, it appears to be working too. (more…)

     Cannibal era Ke$ha seems to be less concerned with being a popstar and more concerned with being the trashiest female act out there. “Blow” continues to push her further into the deep end, but it’s starting to feel like signature Ke$ha. She sings about glitter, clubbing, losing control, and taking over. Pretty standard lyrics, but Ke$ha puts her twist on it and gives us some insight into her grimy ways (“We’re young and we’re bored“). (more…)

     Rihanna seems to have caused quite the stir with her latest single “S&M” and its accompanying video. With all of the surrounding controversy you’d think Rihanna had given “Dirrty Part 2”, but sadly “S&M”‘s bark is worse than its bite. It also lacks the shamelessness of Aguilera’s coming of age bombshell single to make anywhere near as enjoyable. With that said, “S&M” is still a decent slab of filth. (more…)

     For quite some time now I’ve been trying to find the right words to describe how much I love this song. Operatic, epic, transcending. beautiful, amazing, and powerful all great words to describe this Kanye’s latest masterpiece. An early contender for single of the year. (more…)

Well it’s music’s biggest night again. I’ve made some picks and predictions on who I think should and will win some gold tonight and took a chance to mention those who got snubbed. Without further ado here it is!

Record of the Year:

  • B.O.B featuring Bruno Mars, “Nothin’ On You”
  • Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
  • Cee Lo Green, “F*** You” (Should Win)
  • Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”
  • Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” (Will Win)

Snubbed: “Airplanes”, B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams

It was a huge year for rap, more specifically rap collaboration. While not one of my favorite songs of the year, there’s no denying that “Love The Way You Lie” should be on this list. In the end it will probably be down to either Em and Riri’s collaboration and Lady A’s huge hit. I’ll give “Need You Now” the edge though, since it’s more Grammy-friendly than a song about domestic abuse. Still, wouldn’t it be awesome it Green’s viral hit took it home? Oh, and how did “Nothin’ On You” get in here over B.o.B’s other huge hit; “Airplanes”? Or Gaga’s “Bad Romance” for that matter? (more…)

     With releases from Katy Perry, P!nk, and Ke$ha also tackling similar themes with their latest singles I was interested to see how Lady Gaga would put her own spin on the we’re-all-great-in-our-own-freaky-way anthem. What makes “Born This Way” better than the rest of the pack is just that, it’s an actual anthem. It takes cues from both Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and is this decades equivalent of those two hits. Although it’s buried deep in disco tradition it still has a modern feel to it. The production risks feeling a little cluttered at times, but the huge chorus is undeniable. (more…)