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Here’s some of the “music” released recently.

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“Let’s Go (feat. Chris Brown)” by will.i.am

So, if you haven’t heard the controversy over this track, I’ll attempt to give my best amount of knowledgeable background. Mat Zo and Arty collaborated on a track titled “Rebound” on Anjunabeats. Then, Will.I.Am. and Chris Brown collaborate and commercialize “Let’s Go” … which is honestly the exact same song. They didn’t even remix the original… they just added lyrics. And the best part? They didn’t get permission and they didn’t give credit to the original producers.

“What do I know? I give it to legal I’m not no attourney. I did my piece. I gave credit to the person who did it, It’s not my fault he didn’t tell me about the other guy. So who’s to blame? I didn’t know, I wasn’t in the room when you made it. You shoulda told me you had a collaborator.” – Will.I.Am. in response.

You’ve got to be kidding me. Literally… I could have told you that Arty was a collaborator on the original track, “Rebound” by Mat Zo, just by typing “Rebound by Mat Zo” into Google… and guess what?! I’m not even an attorney! Silly how common sense works.

Then we have this great display of American intelligence:

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Holy mother of God. First of all, the grammar and spelling in this tweet is less developed than a 3-year-old toddler’s. Second, according to Chris Brown’s tweet and completely logical thought process, it really doesn’t matter if I ever disregard the law or engage in copyright infringement… as long as someone asked me to do it.

2.0 by 98 Degrees

I get that bands take hiatuses and then later release their “comeback” album, but this is one band that probably should have stuck to acting on reality shows, becoming members of Chippendales, and trying to run for mayor. Although, to be fair, they failed at their attempts to succeed at those careers too. They came back together so long after they broke up that they were surprised they blew up on Twitter and Facebook… welcome to the new media, grandpas. This album is terrible. Just listen to the first single, “Microphone,” which I can’t even figure out what genre to label it as – it’s a terrible mix between electronic, pop, and autotune. Side note: it’s also about oral sex. Sorry, but there’s something terribly wrong about 40 year olds singing songs about oral sex that target the pre-teen segment of the world. The best part is that when being questioned if they knew the song was about oral sex, they respond by saying they thought it was about singing in a microphone. Really… if the song was truly about microphones it would not contain the lyrics, “I’ll make you scream at the top of your lungs.” To entertain you, here’s some quotes from them in their interview with The Daily Beast:

“We made a conscious decision that we weren’t going to write on this record. We wrote 11 of the 13 on the last record.”

Thank god your so dedicated to be the best possible musicians you can be!

“New music from 98 Degrees was something that we were getting requests for so we wanted to do it for that.”

Can I please get a show of hands of people who were requesting new 98 Degrees music?

“You can’t decide to come out and release a pop record when music is in a rock phase. It won’t be as successful. You really have to wait and time it right, and everything lined up to make this the right time.”

They argued that they waited until pop music became the biggest genre to release their album… so wait – they waited until EDM was blowing up to release a pop album.

“When people asked how does it feel to be a boy band, even in 2000, we always said, “Well we’re more of a man band,” because even then we were 27, 25—we weren’t necessarily boys.”

‘Man band’?? Stop. That makes you sound even more childish than ‘boy band’.

David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo, Akon – “Play Hard”

David Guetta… I used to have so much faith in you. I’ve been trying to plan my summer festival season around seeing you and now I’ll stick to Spring Awakening and Lollapalooza. The beginning of this music video made me want to hurt someone: that whole ghetto/badass build up with all the cash and creepy looking people just to get a pair of the ugliest boots I’ve ever seen in my life made me want to puke all over my computer and then throw it across the room. Also, “Play Hard” samples (without credit might I add) Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” – two important comments on this. First, is it impossible for artists to come up with their own beats these days? It’s honestly becoming pathetic. Second, THIS SONG DOES NOT SAMPLE WIZ KHALIFA’S “SAY YEAH.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There’s a special place in hell for all of the people on YouTube commenting such things as…

“This song is stolen from Wiz KhalifaWork hard play hard ad say yeah. i think david Guetta is an ashole.”

1. No, it’s not. 2. Grammar: it’s your friend. 3. It’s spelled “asshole” not “ashole,” you idiot.

“Sounds like Wiz Khalifa’s “Say Yeah”…”

OMG You’re right!!! And you know what Wiz Khalifa’s “Say Yeah” sounds like? ALICE DEEJAY.

Calvin Harris new album, 18 Months, video preview

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Calvin Harris new album 18 Months due out October 30th

18 Months on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CH18MonthsDLX

The track listing for 18 MONTHS is:
1. Green Valley
2. Bounce (feat. Kelis) (***)
3. Feel So Close (***)
4. We Found Love (feat. Rihanna) (***)
5. We’ll Be Coming Back (feat. Example) (***)
6. Mansion
7. Iron w/ Nicky Romero
8. I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding) (***)
9. Drinking From The Bottle (feat. Tinie Tempah)
10. Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) (***)
11. School
12. Here 2 China w/ Dillon Francis (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
13. Let’s Go (feat. Ne-Yo) (***)
14. Awooga
15. Thinking About You (feat. Ayah)

(***) = Available Now

No Doubt’s back with new album, ‘Push and Shove’

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After 11 years away, No Doubt will release a new album on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Now, when I heard that the band would be getting back together to release a new album, Push and Shove, my emotions were a little confused. I couldn’t decide if I was overjoyed at the idea of one of my favorite old-time bands releasing new music or scared at the idea that it would not live up to my standards. When the first single, “Settle Down,” made its way to the music scene, I was pleasantly surprised, but ultimately started telling myself that I needed to expect a different sound for the full album.

Before we start this review, you should know that I love the album, but I feel like “Settle Down” led me astray as to what the album would actually sound like. I was expecting a little more circa-1995, but instead the album gives us a No Doubt that’s trying to hold onto its unique sound while still adapt to today’s Top 40 sound. However, there are still some amazing songs on this album that make you so glad No Doubt got back together.

The second song on the album, “Looking Hot,” will definitely appeal to the Top 40 radio listeners of today with its dance/pop feel. “Looking Hot” also captures the classic No Doubt genre of ska and reggae. It’s definitely worth a listen from past, present, and future No Doubt fans.

“Sparkle” is the true heard of No Doubt and this song will appeal most to the real, diehard No Doubt fans. The first ten seconds of the song alone made my ears perk up with excitement because it sounded so familiar. I could immediately just picture the band performing and Gwen Stefani doing her strut across the stage. “Sparkle” is completed with the outbreak of a brass sound.

Another very classic No Doubt sound comes from “Undercover.” This song is the perfect combination of percussion and vocal, topped off with a very necessary and amazing guitar break. However, that familiar No Doubt sound only becomes apparent in the chorus. The song separate from the chorus is, of course, still quite great.

Push and Shove also contains several slower ballads that do a great job of capturing the power of Gwen Stefani’s vocals, such as “Undone” and “Easy.” My personal favorite song on the album is by far, “Push and Shove,” the title-song. It’s a mixture of numerous genres of music including EDM, reggae, and ska. With the help of Major Lazer and Busy Signal, No Doubt almost creates a completely new sound. In addition, the chorus is just simply amazing. If there was one song you chose to listen to from Push and Shove, this should be that song.

Overall, No Doubt should have no problem bouncing back into the music scene with Push and Shove. The album has the power to both disappoint dedicated fans and attract new listeners, but if you go into with an open and excited mind like I did, you’ll fall equally in love.

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From Total Assault:

“The E! Network will be airing an hour long feature next Monday about the band and their history. No Doubt members will be rolling out exclusive archival content on their Facebook page throughout the next few days in anticipation of the show, which airs September 24th at 9 pm ET/PT. Also happening next week: Fuse TV is hosting a 24 hour network takeover next Tuesday in honor of the release, and No Doubt is scheduled to perform twice on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, on both Tuesday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 26th – check local listings for times.”

The album is now available for purchase/download on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PushAndShoveAlbum