Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Song of the Day - Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry

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Okay, so I never really loved this song, but tomorrow morning, this is exactly what I'll be doing.  For the first time in my life, I am headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, and I couldn't be more excited.  Needless to say, I won't be making any Song of the Day posts until I return next Sunday, so for now, enjoy this one and I will check you on the other side...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Song of the Day - Move You - Kelly Clarkson

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After a breathtaking performance of REM's Everybody Hurts with P!nk last night at the American Music Awards, I think it's time Kelly Clarkson deserves the spotlight this morning.  Here's an absolutely beautiful ballad from her latest album, Meaning of Life.  Take a look and a listen to the tender Move You... 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Music Fridays, November 17th, 2017 - The Week's Freshest New Tracks

Hello and welcome again to John's World's New Music Fridays.  Like every other week ,we've got some great stuff to share so let's get right to it...

Get It Right - Diplo, feat. MO

Diplo's new Get It Right is a brand new dancey collaboration with Danish singer MO.  The tune is from an upcoming documentary, Give Me Future, which is all about Diplo's historic shows in Cuba alongside Major Lazer.  Check out this very nice tune...

The Beautiful & Damned - G-Eazy, Zoe Nash

Maybe it's my age, but I really don't find a lot to like about today's hip hop or rap music, whatever it's called these days, but here's one I can sink my teeth into.  I know why, too.  It's not the rap part of this tune that makes me move when I listen, but the raspy vocals of one Ms. Zoe Nash, whose part gives the track a really nice groove.  Check out The Beautiful & Damned...

Pineapple Skies - Miguel

I am loving R&B artist Miguel.  It seems like whenever he puts out a new tune, I am posting it here.  His latest, Pineapple Skies is a groovalicious, easy breezy, soulful jam.  Check it out...

All Night - Steve Aoki, Lauren Jauregui

On the softer side of the dance music scene comes this very likable dance jam by superstar deejay/producer Steve Aoki, featuring sweet-voiced singer Lauren Jauregui.  Check out All Night...

Obsessed - Maggie Lindemann

You might remember singer Maggie Lindemann from her spot on The Vamps' Personal.  Well, she's got a brand new track that's both dance floor and radio friendly.  Check out Obsessed...

Well, these are my picks for the best new music tracks of the week.  Stay tuned for more New Music Fridays and in the meantime check out these honorable mentions...

Back in the USA - Green Day
shedon'tknowbutsheknows - Tove Lo
Famous - Ivy Adara
Slow - Matoma, feat. Noah Cyrus

As always, thanks for checking us out!

Song of the Day - I Believe I'm Fine - Robin Schulz & Hugel

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One of my favorite deejay/producers, Robin Schulz, has a brand new album out.  The record is called Uncovered and it has already spawned the hit singles Shed a Light, with David Guetta and Cheatcodes and OK, written by James Blunt.  Here's the latest, a collaboration with French artist Hugel, and it's the same kind of pleasing-to-the-ears dance vibe as you would expect from Robin.  Check out I Believe I'm Fine...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Janet Jackson's State of the World Tour - A Two-Plus Hour Lovefest

This wasn't supposed to happen, but it turned out to be one of those things that afterwards you couldn't imagine not happening.  You see, I used to be a huge fan of Janet Jackson, but over the past several years my devotion to her had faded.  God, I remember a time when I looked forward to new Janet as much as I looked forward to anything new from Madonna or P!nk, but sadly for me, and a lot of others, too, those feelings of excited anticipation had long since gone away.

I think maybe it was the famous nipple incident at the Super Bowl.  Not that I agreed with any of the sort of horror that marred that whole thing.  In fact, I thought it was ridiculous!  Nevertheless, Miss Jackson's star has never been the same since and that's a real shame.  She became somewhat shunned and as a result I never even gave her albums Damita Jo or 20 Y.O. a chance.  It wasn't until 2008's Discipline that I even lukewarmly paid attention to her again.   

So late in 2015 Janet came out with her latest album, Unbreakable, and my friend Sean had me listening once again.  I agreed to go to her show supporting the record, which I liked but didn't love.  I hadn't seen Janet in concert since the 2001 All For You Tour, during which I actually got to meet her (and had a bad experience in the process!).  We bought the tickets and then she cancelled.  No bueno!

The Show

When the buzz about Janet's current State of the World Tour came around, my interest was definitely piqued, but not enough to buy a ticket.  Then my friend Gary, just a few weeks ago, asked if I wanted to join him to the Barclay's show.  He had an extra ticket.  Hell yeah!

As the day for the show came closer, I started to become more and more excited, but I didn't get really excited until Gary and I rushed in to our seats right as the show was starting...


Right from the get-go it was a love-fest!  After a typically big opening, Miss Janet appeared onstage to thousands of cheers and immediately broke into two classics, both from the Rhythm Nation album.  It was hard to find a decent recording of both The Knowledge and State of the World, but just to give you a taste, here's the former...

And so it began, a two-plus hour spectacle that enthralled nearly everyone in the building, including both myself and Gary.  The first hour or so before the show's first interlude was a veritable mànage of cherished hits from a very storied career.  For myself, and I am sure many others in the audience, this was a very pleasant trip down memory lane as Janet whipped through such standards such as Nasty, Miss You Much, Control, What Have You Done For Me Lately, Escapade, All For You, When I Think of You and Love Will Never Do (Without You).  Much to my delight she added tunes she probably hasn't performed in years, such cool stuff as The Pleasure Principle, Alright and You Want This.  Wow, talk about revved up!

The second part to the concert was full on slow and then sexy.  After an instrumental interlude of the beautiful Again (to which the entire audience sang.), Janet returned to the stage for some slow jams and some downright sexy goodness with such tunes as Where Are You Now, Come Back to Me, The Body That Loves You, Twenty Foreplay, Got Till It's Gone, That's the Way Love Goes,and Throb.  Before the next interlude, Janet wowed the audience by getting sentimental, as big brother Michael appeared on a huge screen behind her and she delved into the first verse of their hit Scream.  The sentimentality continued on Together Again, as the star of the evening gave an I miss you shout-out to MJ.  The crowd went absolutely wild!

Another short interlude came next before Janet came out to address one of her male dancers tied to a chair as she gently, then forcefully belted out an electrifying performance of What About Us.  The classics If and Rhythm Nation rounded out the set before Janet introduced the band members and dancers and exited the stage as the super-satisfied crowd begged for more.

The encore set was a little bit more of an exhalation than a big ending.  Miss Jackson performed Black Eagle and Well Traveled, from her recent Unbreakable album, and sandwiched in between came a call for a New Agenda, and a medley of Damn Baby/Get Lonely.  By the time all was said and done, Janet had given her audience what they had come for, and more.  The buzz from 18,000 satisfied fans continued out onto the hallways and into the streets afterwards.  As for Gary and I, well, we're still trading lyrics and singing songs three days later.


Song of the Day - Raingurl - yaeji

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Today's song s one that I spotlighted on New Music Fridays a couple of weeks ago,  The artist is a Brooklyn-based deejay known as yaeji and the track is hypnotic and funky.  She just released the video for Raingurl and it's just as fun as the song.  Check it out...  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Pleasure Principle - Janet Jackson

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Here's one of those surprise songs Miss Janet performed the other night, and a very welcome one, too!  I just had to share this classic video. The dancing...woof! Enjoy...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Song of the Day - If - Janet Jackson

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Sometimes it takes a concert to rekindle some love.  I saw Janet Jackson last night at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn and oh man, it was a two-plus hour love fest down memory lane.  Admittedly I've strayed away from listening to Janet much over these past few years for whatever reason, and after last night's show, I am regretting it.  I had truly forgotten what a talent she is and always was.  So for the next few days I will be helping you rekindle some Miss Janet love as I relive last night's performance in my mind over and over again.  Here's one of y all time favorites, from her 1993 janet album.  Enjoy If...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Go Deep - Janet Jackson

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Tonight I will be seeing Ms. Janet Jackson perform for third time in my life and I am officially excited!  The idea that today is Hump Day, too, fits in most perfectly with the State of the World show I'll be seeing later, as Janet has definitely had her share of sexy, humpy jams, including this one from the classic Velvet Rope album.  Here's Go Deep...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Song of the Day - Ain't Ready - Hoodie Allen

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Do any of you remember this funky little rapper called Hoodie Allen?  He had a hit that I loved a couple of years ago with Dumb For You.  That song was pretty infectious and so is his new one.  Ain't Ready is of the same style as the former, trendy and catchy and pretty darned good.  Pretty cool that this indie rapper comes from Long Island, too!  Check out Ain't Ready...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Song of the Day - Sunrise - Kygo, feat. Jason Walker

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Kygo is on fire with his latest album, Kids In Love.  Here's a radio-friendly cut from the album that's super nice.  Check out Sunrise, featuring Jason Walker on vocals...

New Music Fridays, November 10th, 2017 - Five Hot New Tracks

Hello and welcome once again to John's Music World's New Music Fridays.  Aside from the big release of Taylor Swift's Reputation, we've got some great new tracks for you to enjoy.  Check it out...

Walk On Water - Eminem, with Beyoncé

Surely one of the most talked-about new tunes of the week is this ballad featuring two of the most popular artists of our time.  The tune, featuring Bey on vocals at the chorus (I walk on water, but I ain't no Jesus) is a new direction for the 45 year old Em, who reflects on his own humanity.  The rapper premiered the track live at last night's MTV EMA's, and you can check out the vocal right here...

D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing) - NVDES, REMMI

In advance of their second offering, L.A.-based production group NVDES introduces this fast and funky jam.  Check out Do Your Thing...

Trouble In the Streets - BC Unidos, with Carly Rae Jepson

I love how Carly Rae Jepson has managed to stay relevant since her out of this world smash Call Me, Maybe.  The odds were definitely against her after that high-charting debut, and she hasn't exactly turned out to be a superstar, yet she hasn't really faltered either.  Her latest collaboration with Swedish production duo BC Unidos is a retro sounding, frenzied and fun ditty.  Check out Trouble In the Streets... 

Small Talk - Fake Pictures, Tiger Park

Here's one of those songs that's hard to find much information on (not even an audio track), but it's definitely worth a spotlight.  This dance jam has a funky, bass-y sound that;s simply hella cool!  Check it out on Spotify.

Boa Me - Fuse ODG, Ed Sheeran, Mugeez

Ed Sheer an guest stars on this brand new calypso track by rapper Fuse ODG and it works!  Ceck out the ear-pleasing, easy breezy Boa Me...

Well there you have it, five hot new tracks for your listening pleasure.  As always, stay tuned to more new music from John's Music World.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Song of the Day - Kiwi - Harry Styles

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On Wednesday, Harry Styles released the video for his hard-driving Kiwi, and it is one big, fun kiddie food fight.  Check it out...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Song of the Day - Instruction - Jax Jones, feat. Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don

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Here's a slamming new high energy dance tune brought to you by British deejay/producer Jax Jones, with nice vocals from Ms. Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don.  I featured this on last week's New Music Fridays, so yeah, it's really good.  Check out Instruction...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Song of the Day - All Over Again - Todiefor, feat. Helen, Dazie

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With all of the new songs I add to my Current playlist each week, it's sometimes hard to get to them all.  On Spotify, when you add a song to a playlist, it gets added at the very bottom, and if you don't remember to move it to the top, well...  Anyway, I've been cleaning out that playlist, putting more current tunes I've added towards the top and moving older stuff to other folders.  The result is I've been seeping new songs into my brain, some I've covered on New Music Fridays and others which I haven't, but saved anyway because I thought they had some value.  Here's one such tune.  I don't know much about the artist, but the song is awesome, soft at the verses and big and dancey at the chorus, just the way I like it.  Check out All Over Again...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Pose (Eva Shaw Mix) - Rihanna

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To me, Hump Day is all about sexy.  Yeah, it's called such because of the fact that it is the middle day of the week and it's a hump we all wanna get over, but yeah, the connotations are obvious.  That being said, the one thing Ms. RiRi did not lose on her Anti album was her knack for sexy songs.  She's had some slow, sexy, saucy ones before, like Red Lipstick, Skin, Watch n Learn, etc., and here's a bonus track from Anti whose Eva Shaw Mix is downright sexy as heck.  Check out Pose...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Song of the Day - Faking It - Calvin Harris, feat. Kehlani, Lil Yachty

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Good morning and Happy Tuesday!  Here's a great new tune by superstar deejay/producer Calvin Harris, with a little help from sweet-voiced Kehlani and Lil Yachty.  This one starts off kind of slow, but soon segues into this funky lil, head bopping jam.  Love this one!  Check out Faking It...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Song of the Day - House Party - The Knocks

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It's Monday and we've got the whole week ahead of us....boo!  I think we should all pretend we've got a house party to go to tonight.  What do you think?  Here's a perfect little neo-disco jam I spotlighted a few weeks back that's perfect for the occasion.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

New Music Fridays, November 3rd, 2017 - The Week's Hottest New Tracks

Hello and welcome to John's Music World's New Music Fridays.  As you all know, my favorite genre of music, hands down, is dance music and there's a lot of new beats that hit the airwaves this week.  Check out the week's hottest new tracks...

Riding Shotgun - Kygo, feat. Oliver Nelson & Bonnie Mckee

Norwegian deejay/producer has just released his newest album, Kids In Love, and just ahead of it came this sweet tune that is very radio friendly.  Check out Riding Shotgun...

Dirty Sexy Money - David Guetta & Afrojack, featuring Charli XCX and French Montana 

Superstar deejay/producer David Guetta is back with a really nice tune that hearkens back to some of the great tracks from his One Love and Nothing But the Beat records.  This time, Guetta is helped out by fellow producer Afrojack (...and some uncredited production from Skrillex.) and vocalists Charli XCX and French Montana, and the result is some good old-fashioned dance floor filler.  Check out Dirty Sexy Money...

Told You So - Miguel

R&B singer Miguel has been busy of late, dropping songs from his forthcoming album War & Leisure, and this, his latest, is a funky jam that brings to mind such funk music greats as Prince and Bruno Mars.  Check out the delightful Told You So...

raingurl - yaeji

I was instantly mesmerized by the hypnotic house beats of this late night jam.  The track is by Brooklyn-based singer yaeji, who Pitchfork calls "House Music's Most Exciting New Voice." Check out raingurl and find out why...

Something Bout Our Love - JONES

British singer/songwriter JONES has released one of my favorite tunes of the week.  Something Bout Our Love is a radio friendly tune that's very, very catchy.  Check it out...

Instruction - Jax Jones, feat. Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don, Mr. Eazi

This week has seen some really good dance music and this one is funky all the way through.  With big beats, sexy vocals and even a little bit of island flavor, this one's definitely a winner!  Check out Instruction...

So yeah, it's been a great week for new music with these selections, but there's more.  Check out these honorable mentions and as always, stay tuned for next week's New Music Fridays.

You and Me - Shallou
Santa's Coming for Us - Sia
Soon - Emeli Sandé, David East

Song of the Day - Breakaway - Klyne

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Here's a nice, chill vibe from Dutch duo Klyne off of their debut eponymous album.  Check out Breakaway... 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Song of the Day - When I Was Young - MO

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Good morning and Happy Saturday!  Here's a song I highlighted on October 27th's New Music Fridays.  It's by an artist called either MO or MOMOMOYOUTH???  Hard to find much of her, and that's probably because it's not really an "O" in her name, but a foreign character to which I can't figure out how to post.  Either way, the song is very dancey, and in a Euro style.  Very cool and catchy track!  Check out When I Was Young...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - You're My One and Only (True Love) - Seduction

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Ever since I rediscovered Seduction's Heartbeat again over last weekend, I kept racking my brain to think of another song of theirs that I loved, and I remembered!  You're My One and Only (True Love) was one of the funkiest of tunes, with a great backbeat and vocals, and it featured a mini-rap, which was just starting to become a thing, somewhere in the middle.  Great classic tune!  Enjoy...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Song of the Day - Pumping Up Clouds - Urban Cone

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Here's a song I should have posted a long, long time ago.  Pumping Up Clouds, by Swedish pop rock band Urban Cone, came out in July, right before I started posting my New Music Fridays feature.  I had saved it the week it came out, but as you can imagine, my Spotify Current playlist is jam-packed and so it got lost on me...until today.  Unfortunately, the band never did a video for the song, so the audio to the version I am talking about is right below, but they did perform it on a rooftop acoustically, so I am giving you the double treat of checking that out too.  I dare you not to love this catchy, very light-hearted tune.  Here's Pumping Up Clouds...

Now here's the live acoustic version...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Song of the Day - Highway to Hell - AC/DC

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I decided to change things up a bit this year for Halloween.  Instead of the usual suspects: Michael Jackson's Thriller, Ghostbusters, Monster Mash, etc., I thought I'd change it up with some good old fashioned rock and roll from those badass rockers from Down Under.  Here's AC/DC and Highway to Hell... 


Monday, October 30, 2017

Song of the Day - Heartbeat - Seduction

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I heard this oldie but goodie over the weekend and I just can't wait till Friday to share it.  Classic!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Music Fridays, October 27th, 2017 - The Week's Hottest New Tunes

Hello and welcome once again to New Music Fridays, where I share some of the best new music of the current week.  We've got several notable tracks to cover this week, so let's get started...

Wolves - Selena Gomez, with Marshmello

Our first song this week comes from Selena Gomez, in collaboration with DJ Marshmello.  The track has got a melancholic feel to it, with themes of lost love, though the chorus is musically uplifting.  Billboard reports that Gomez' fans might have been expecting this sort of tune after the star revealed that she is battling the disease lupus, which means wolf in Spanish.  Check out Wolves...

Heat - Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has still got it!  Her latest release from her freshly minted Meaning of Life album is an energizing blast of soul.  Check out the official audio of Heat... 

When I Was Young - MO

Okay, so here's one that I had a hard time finding out much about, but it is hella good and hella catchy.  It's got a nice, vintage Euro feel to it, though several Internet searches turned up that the tune originates in India.  Who knows?  I still love it!  Check out When I Was Young...

Never Let You Go - Kygo, with John Newman

You might remember British singer John Newman from his 2015 hit Good Things.  Well now the soulful crooner lends his powerful pipes to Kygo's newest gem, Check out Never Let You Go...

Shivers - Rachel Platten

Singer Rachel Platten has got a real winner here with this neo-discoish Shivers.  The track is immediately likable and will bring you back to the dance floor again and again.  Love this one!  Check out Shivers...

Por Favor - Pitbull, with Fifth Harmony

There was a time when it seemed as if Pitbull had been putting out hits constantly, but really I haven't heard anything from him in awhile, until now.  This week the Miami-based rapper debuted a rhythmic Spanish-English jam with the ladies of Fifth Harmony.  Check it out right here...

One More Light (Chester Forever Remix) - Linkin Park, Steve Aoki

I never would have imagined myself even mentioning rockers Linkin Park on this blog, but this hot remix of a beautiful ballad is absolutely the bomb.  Shout out to deejay Steve Aoki for paying homage to fallen member Chester Bennington!  Check out One More Light...

Well, I think I've given you all new music lovers something to whet your appetite from this week's crop of new music.  Stay tuned for more New Music Fridays next week and in the meantime, check out some honoable mentions...

I Miss You - Clean Bandit, featuring Julia Michaels
Gave Your Love Away - Majid Jordan
Broken Summer - DJ Snake, with Max Frost

Song of the Day - Waterfalls - TLC

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Just in case any of you were wondering where was yesterday's Song of the Day, well, I was away.  I spent the better part of the weekend in Straudsburg, Pennsylvania and yesterday we went chasing waterfalls...

Friday, October 27, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine

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Whatever happened to Florence + The Machine?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Here's one of theirs that always gets me going.  Check out Dog Days Are Over and then go on and have a great Friday...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Song of the Day - Find You - Nick Jonas

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After what seemed like along hiatus, Nick Jonas has been trickling out new songs these past couple of months.  Here's the second, and the most radio-friendly, of three new songs by Nick, which I included on September 15th's New Music Fridays.  The chill vibes of Find You is said to be Robin Schulz-inspired, with the coupling of acoustic guitar and electronic beats.  Maybe that's why I like it so much!  Check out Find You...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Water Me - Lizzo

I am free, yeah, yeah
Come water me, oh, oh
Love you so, but if you don't
I have to leave, oh no

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Here's a funky song for your Hump Day, one that I keep coming back to in my listening time.  Oh, I so wanna do a video for this one!   It's the alternative hip hop artist Lizzo and the humorous and inspirational, love yourself no matter what jam, Water Me...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Song of the Day - Don't Look Back In Anger - Portugal. The Man

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I'm still not sure exactly what to make of the band Portugal. The Man.  My very first experience with the Portland, Oregon-based alternative band was their very funkdified jam, Feel It Still, though they've been around since 2004.  Ever since hearing that one, I've kept a keen eye on them, hoping for more of the same.  I've seen a couple of new releases from their current album, Woodstock, but nothing's excited me.  That is, until now.  The familiarity of this cover is immediately felt, and the bands newest, an homage to Oasis, is a wonderful addition to their catalog.  I think I'll keep on watching and listening.  In the meantime, check out an acoustic studio version of Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Song of the Day - Erotica - Madonna

My name is Dieter
I'll be your mistress tonight

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Being a part time music blogger, it's not always easy keeping up on dates.  It was 25 years ago last Friday, October 20th, that Madonna's very controversial Erotica was released.  With the coincidental release of the infamous Sex coffee table book, and following the sexually charged Justify My Love song and video, the backlash against Madonna was fierce.  This was too bad, however, because musically she was at the top of her game.  Erotica, the album, is surely up there in my top favorite Madonna albums of all time, and Erotica, the song, has grown on me with the years.  Oh, that bass!  Here's Erotica...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

P!nk's 'beautiful Trauma': A Track by Track Review

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Now that I've had a week or so to digest P!nk's new album, beautiful Trauma. it's time to make an assessment.  The album contains 13 tracks, the same as The Truth About Love, though that album had several incarnations which contained a few more.  So my first thought after listening to the album left me wanting more.  I came across a tweet from Idolator that summed up the record better than I could...
That assessment  is spot on.  P!nk does things on this album that she's never done before and on several tunes, she showcases her talented voice more than ever before.  Possible pop hits are limited here, and there are even a couple of songs I'm already sipping, but it is P!nk, and so of course there is some meat here to sink your teeth into.  So without further adieu, here's my take on the songs of beautiful Trauma...

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The second song released in advance of the record is not one that immediately sticks in your head.  The tune begins like a ballad, but by the time she gets to the chorus, P!nk has you singing along to the uplifting chorus and the tune grows on you in no time.  One of my favorites off the record.  Check out an inspiring performance of the song on SNL...

Revenge, with Eminem

The last time Eminem appeared on a P!nk song was Here Comes the Weekend from The Truth About Love, and I absolutely did not like it.  Out of all the songs on that abum, this was the one I listened to the least, for sure.  Not so much this time around.  Revenge has the feel of an old school groove, and our mistress lays out a catchy rap and once Em drops in, it feels like a true duet.  To my glee, I've already heard this fun one on the radio and it made me smile!  Check out Revenge on YouTube.

Whatever You Want

Whatever You Want was the third and final release in advance of the record and this one's classic P!nk.  This acoustic gem is just that, a gem!  The track is very catchy and very radio friendly and could land a hit for Ms. P!nk.  Check out Whatever You Want...

What About Us 

The first song released from beautiful Trauma is also the best it has to offer.  With a poignant political message, a powerfully produced video, and of course P!nk's unique style of creating appealing music, this one inspired me to write a post just to say how much I appreciate her and her music.  This one got me and I am sure many people excited for the new album.  Check out What About Us....  

But We Lost It

They say everything is temporary
Who the hell are they anyways
I wanna know where does love go to die
Is it some sad empty castle in the sky?
Did we just shoot too high and spoil like wine?

You walked by and it's like our bodies never touch
No love, you hold me close, but I don't fell much
I cry, maybe time isn't on our side
We had a thing but we lost it
One more go, I kinda thought if we took it slow
It might be easier for us, yeah for us to know
I know we never been quite here before
I wish I knew it when we lost it

On The Truth About Love, P!nk proved she can do a power ballad as good as anybody, and But We Lost It is one killer heartbreak song.  For anyone who's ever lost it with a special someone, this one will surely hit home.  Beautifully sad!   


Okay, so here's the first song that I did not connect with.  Maybe it's because I never played Barbies in my room...check that, it is the reason.  I just don't connect with it lyrically.  This one's another down-tempo tune, and it's got its nice melodies, but that's where it ends for me.   

Where We Go

The melody in this one reminds me of something else I've heard before, though I can't quite pin it down.  Somewhere in the alternative 90's perhaps, and mixed with a little bit of today's chill.  This one is easy breezy and very likable, with  nice, rhythmic verses and an uplifting chorus.  Check out the audio for Where We Go on YouTube.

For Now 

Here's another, this time more rockish, power ballad that's beautifully written and powerfully performed.  This one's got that concert, hands in the air feel to it, and it really shows off P!nk's powerful pipes in a way we haven't seen much of before.  It's not my favorite, but like the folks at Idolator said, it's got lots of heart.


Now here's a fresh sound for P!nk, and I am loving it.  More mid-tempo and pretty hypnotic, this one reminds me of something Madonna might have done back in the day, and no, not because of the name of the song.  Secret is definitely an early favorite of the album.  Check it out on YouTube

Better Life 

Here's another tune that brings a little bit of freshness into P!nk's sound.  Hearkening back to her R&B days, though a lot less brash than then, this one's got a really nice groove to it.  I can definitely hear Better Life more on R&B radio than in pop, and I think it'd make a great single.   Take a listen on YouTube.

I Am Here

This one gives me goosebumps!  I Am Here is yet another new sound for P!nk, and this time it's a downright gospel feel, complete with a backing choir and foot stomping inspiration, and the vocals are simply spectacular!  There are a lot of dead links out there for this one, unfortunately, so you're going to have to get beautiful Trauma to check it out.     

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

I once penned an article for Yahoo entitled, Songs That Make You Want to Jump Off a Bridge.  Well, this song isn't quite that, but let's just say I'll be skipping this one a lot.  It's just not my type of song, though the vocals are really...wow!   Probably the best they've ever been! 

You Get My Love

If you didn't know that this was P!nk singing, you might think it was a Diane Warren song or maybe even Barbra Streisand.  Again, it's not my type of tune...it's very torch song, but that being said, I don't think anyone's ever heard this type of vocal range from her ever.     

So there you have it, the songs of beautiful Trauma.  The new album is not nearly as exciting as P!nk's former collection.  She's clearly pushing her own boundaries with many of the songs and sounds on the record, and her range is surely expanding.  As was mentioned in the tweet by Idolator, there are not a lot of potential singles here, but it's all quality, lyrically, vocally and musically, and though fans of P!nk's who were looking forward to another Truth About Love may be disappointed, but then again, maybe they'll learn to love some new musical styles from their favorite artist.

Song of the Day - Personal - The Vamps, Maggie Lindemann

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British group The Vamps have released a new tune with singer Maggie Lindemann and it is pure pop sunshine.  I included the tune on October 13th's New Music Fridays and just this past Friday the band released a video for the song.  Check out Personal...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Music Fridays, October 20th, 2017 - New Music This Week

Hello and welcome once again to John's Music World's New Music Fridays.  There's lots of great new music to check out this week, so let's get right down to business...

Gorgeous - Taylor Swift

Okay, so Taylor Swift has been trickling out new songs in anticipation of her newest album, Reputation, and this, the third such track is a light-hearted, catchy pop tune that's sure to keep her fans happy until the album's November 10th release.  Check out Gorgeous...

Kids in Love - Kygo & The Night Game

Norwegian deejay/producer Kygo's newest record is already being compared to U2, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and I'm going to add a little of The Who's Baba O'Riley into the mix.  This one is a nice power ballad with a lot of energy and well worth a listen.  Check out the hella cool Kids In Love...

Bedroom Floor - Liam Payne

The One Direction solo projects come out strong this week with a new album by Niall Horan and this new single by Liam Payne.  Bedroom Floor is the closest thing to a One Direction song that I've heard so far, only with more of an adult theme.  That being said, the tune is catchy and sure to be favorited by many fans of the One Direction phenomenon.  Check out Bedroom Floor... 

Anywhere - Rita Ora

Rita Ora is a name you're sure to be hearing more of as time goes on.  I first discovered her on the wonderfully melodic Your Song and then again on Avicii's Lonely Together.  Ora released a preview, Anywhere, from her debut album yesterday, accompanied by a fun video set in New York City.  The song is nice, catchy and very easy on the ears.  Check out Anywhere...  

Seeing Blind - Niall Horan, with Maren Morris

Horan's recently released debut solo album, Flicker, also comes with an accompanying single.  The beautiful ballad is a duet with country singer Maren Morris and you can check out the sweet Seeing Blind on iTunes or Spotify. 

Back in Your Head - Tegan and Sara, Ryan Adams

From a new tribute album of the tenth anniversary of Tegan and Sara's monumental Cons album comes a hard rocking Ryan Adams cover that's too good to be missed.  Check out Back In Your Head...   

Good Advice - Fever High, Jeff Goldblum

My pick for funkiest tune of the week comes from a Brooklyn-based duo who call themselves Fever High.  These gals have come up with a retro-sounding electro-pop single that'll be sure to have you bopping your head to the beat.  Their voices blend perfectly together as they work their way through this jam, and actor Jeff Goldblum delivers a strange, but kinda cool monologue somewhere in there.  Check out Good Advice on Soundcloud.

Though these new music tracks did not make my top choices for the week, please take note of these very worthy honorable mentions...

Meaning of Life - Kelly Clarkson
High Rollin' - Jaira Burns
Home - Nick Jonas

Song of the Day - Big Jet Plane - Alok & Mathieu Koss

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Big Jet Plane was originally a song by Australian singer/songwriter Angus Stone, and it was released way back in 2010.  At the time it was a huge smash in Australia and remixes of the melancholy tune brought it to newer audiences across Europe in the immediate years thereafter.  The Aussie classic has been remixed once again by the duo of Alok and Mathieu Kloss and I am loving it's chill and dancey vibes.  Check out Big Jet Plane...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Flashback Friday Song of the Day - Music - Madonna

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I watched a really funny video the other day.  The video was posted by Madonnarama on Facebook and it was titled Kids React to Madonna, and is hysterical if you can imagine.  One of the videos these pre-teens were showed was the classic Music.  So, here's Music...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Song of the Day - What Lovers Do - Maroon 5, featuring SZA

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Maroon 5 have teamed up with R&B singer SZA for a brand new, funky groove that I am loving.  It's a great tune to start your day off, so go ahead and check out What Lovers Do...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hump Day Song of the Day - Sexy Dirty Love - Demi Lovato

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Here's Demi Lovato's latest from her new Tell Me You Love Me record and the sexy dirty jam is a perfect choice for any Hump Day.  Check out Sexy Dirty Love...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Song of the Day - Hillside Boys - Kim Petras

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Here's another song from that awesome week of New Music Fridays.  It's by German upstart Kim Petras and the tune has got pop bubble gum written all over it.  That being said, it kind of reminds me of Marina and the Diamonds.  Check out the fun Hillside Boys...

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Music Fridays, October 13th, 2017 - Three New Hot Tracks

I apologize for the late posting of this week's best new music, but my pc and I haven't had too much time together these past couple of days.  Though I did manage to bookmark several new tunes, there are only three new tracks that I thought were noteworthy, so take a look and a listen...

Just Like You - Louis Tomlinson

Former One Directioner Louis Tomlinson is back with another single, this one a bit of a surprise, and it's a nice follow-up to his first solo single, Back to You.   Just Like You is a sweet, mid-tempo ballad that's said to be influenced by Arctic Monkeys.  Check it out...

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Personal - The Vamps, feat. Maggie Lindemann

British pop rockers The Vamps are back with a brand new single featuring singer Maggie Lindenmann and it's got a really nice sound.  I tell you, if you don't know this band then you should definitely check them out.  They're slowly, but steadily building up a nice array of music in their catalog that's definitely got universal appeal.  Unfortunately there's no video yet for the tune, nor audio track, so you should hop right on over to Spotify and check it out.

House Party - The Knocks & Captain Cuts

Okay, so other than the two previously mentioned tunes by more popular artists, here's one from a duo I haven't heard much from before.  The Knocks have teamed up with production team Captain Cuts for this funky, jammy House Party.  Oh, the funky beats!  The head thumping vocals!  Love this one...

Song of the Day - How Long - Charlie Puth

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Charlie Puth is one talented songwriter, but he's also a gifted singer.  Here's his latest release from his forthcoming Voice Notes album, and it's a nice, up tempo pop tune that's sure to get a lot of airplay.  Here's How Long...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Song of the Day - Hot Damn - The Shadowboxers

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Here's a song that's been growing on me more and more with each listen.  It's the Justin Timberlake-influenced (literally!) trio, The Shadowboxers, with their funky, easy on the ears and on the dance floor jam, Hot Damn.  Check it out...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Song of the Day - Starlight - Emeli Sandé

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Here's the latest from Emeli Sandé, a surprising dancey tune that I featured on New Music Fridays a few weeks back.  The song is a departure from her usual, more mid-tempo stuff, but like with almost everything she does, it works!  Check out Starlight...