With all the success that the music genre Reggaeton has received over the last couple of years, it is quite fitting that we list down some of its most unforgettable tracks.
We have all been acquainted with how Reggaeton is supposed to be—the feisty and sexy lyrics, the jumpy tunes, the beats that are worthy of our best dance moves and the raw take on exposing anything that it wants to be known.
Reggeaton proves that all Latin American countries would definitely keep the pavement sizzling and our ears strapped in to hear more.
Known for his huge contribution in making Reggaeton one heck of a genre, it is quite imperative to include Daddy Yankee on this short list.
Heralded as the father of modern Reggaeton, his worldwide hit track Gasolina and other skillfully crafted singles such as Oasis de Fantasia, Llamado de Emergencia and Que Tengo Que Hacer, no one would ever forget the mark that the song El Ritmo No Prende left.
We have all been lured by this track’s energetic beats, the use of Latin reggae instruments permeating on the background and the numerous times that the song paid respect to proper rhythm and melody.
The illustrious voice of Tego Calderon would forever reverberate in the enclosed halls of Reggaeton as without him, this music genre wouldn’t be as famous as it is today.
It was in 2006 that Calderon fascinated the world with his hit single Los Mate, together with Pitbull and Nejo. This track invariably attested that the world should pay respect to Reggaeton and there’s no moment in this track that would ever make you hate the artists.
Contrary to the frenetic tunes that Reggaeton offered to the music planet, La Factoria’s Perdoname took a cool twist to how this genre is played. This specific song brought the world into the softer side of Reggaeton, all with the soulful and sultry music video, the soft hushes and tones, the deep-rooted voice which is just too alluring to resist and the entirety of the track sounding luscious and attractive.
Through the geniuses comprising Calle 13, more specifically its frontman Residente, the song Atrevete Te Te is one of the most known Reggaeton tracks of all time. It was just a couple of years back when we were introduced to Residente when he got all of the awards at the Latin Grammy’s and people have craved for more.
Reggaeton is one lucky genre as the artists that make its heart beat are downright intelligent at what they do. During the days when Reggaeton was at its peak, artists like Don Omar knew the concept of slowing down with his track Ayer La Vi.
Reggaeton requires smart tactics up to the detail of when to release a single, and Don Omar does just that. This track is vehemently considered as one of the best follow-ups shouting pizzazz, ruggedness and musical quality fit to satisfy your Reggaeton craving.
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If there’s such a thing as a rock super group, The Dead Weather is sure to be regarded as one. Formed through a mix of talents coming from their former bands, The Dead Weather will never disappoint their fans due to the myriad of approaches they put on the plate. Currently comprised of Jack White, Dean Fertita, Alison Mosshart and Jack Lawrence, the quartet takes on almost all forms of rock and is sure to keep you at the edge of your seats whenever you see them perform.
They have gone as far as performing with a combination of blues, garage, psychedelic and alternative. The Dead Weather has been known to raise the bar of contemporary rock since 2009 and is prolific in releasing single after single as if they will never play again. The band humbly started and played live at Third Man Records’ headquarters in Nashville 6 years ago, and their trek to become known as one of the best rock bands of the New Age was set into motion.
Currently signed up with the musical outfit Third Man, The Dead Weather released three studio albums, all of which received sound reviews from critics and fans alike. Their debut album is entitled ‘Horeground’, which unexpectedly entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at the sixth spot carrying three of their most memorable songs: Hang You From the Heavens, No Hassle Night and Treat Me Like Your Mother.
After releasing their follow-up album entitled ‘Sea of Cowards’ in October 2009, the band became stronger and more relevant as a rock group, giving them better results on numerous charts all over the world. If you’re a Twilight Saga fan, then you’ve definitely heard their track ‘Rolling in a Burning Fire’ which is one of Eclipse’s official movie soundtracks. Their second album is also tagged as one of the thirty greatest albums of 2010, as per the famous music website, Rolling Stone.
Released this September, The Dead Weather managed to get their third album rolling entitled ‘Dodge and Burn’, which is already climbing up the charts just a few weeks after its release. Currently, the third album of The Dead Weather ranks within the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 and is known for their released tracks Buzzkill and I Feel Love.
The Dead Weather also came-up with a live album entitled ‘Live’ at Third Man Records West, which is managed by another well-known rock outfit Reprise, released in October 2009. Mosshart and White cited Captain Beefheart as their musical core, which is evident in some of the tracks written by the group.
Mosshart, known to be the band’s lead vocalist also gave thanks to artists like Janis Joplin and Patti Smith for molding her artistry and approach to singing. As a group, the quartet pointed to Sonic Youth’s way of singing which gave them direction in whatever it is that they are doing right now. Aside from the exposure of the band, The Dead Weather is also noted to be huge performers in music fests like the recently concluded Glastonbury Music Festival.
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“Cause loving you, loving you is too hard
All I do, all I do is not enough
Loving you, loving you
I cannot be loving you, loving you”
LOVE – a lot of times, we hear the word as the subject of a song, left and right, day after day. The word has been used so often that we hear different ways of how the singer conveys the message. Songs are outlets for feelings left unsaid anyways, and love is a subject that causes us to feel the most complicated emotions too hard to put in conversation. So hearing another track – in this case – cooing over a relationship gone wrong, it should not be an uncommon occurrence.
However, there are times when there is an exception. More than the business of making a song, those few who succeed in portraying the simplest of words into genuine feelings are artists who connect with listeners and leave a mark that may or may not be noticeable.
One of those artists happens to be a Southeast London-hailed duo called ‘Oh Wonder’. Formerly known by name Wonder Wonder, this duo is composed of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. They have made songs together since 2014 and release them just as the current page of the calendar flips to the next.
With no promotion, fanfare, or even a foot set in an official studio, the creative way the two have come up in releasing their song is a rather risky move, especially with their status as artists who are yet to be caught on the radar. Yet, true talents are hard to suppress. Currently, Oh Wonder has more or less ten million streams on SoundCloud and their track for August 2015 is receiving much attention.
“Drive” is the duo’s track for the month of August, and is one of the few songs to be hailed as one of the most beautifully crafted indie-pop songs of the year. This piece of Polish indie-pop resonates even after you’ve played the song. The ethereal quality between Vander Gucht and West is a perfect harmony that fits and melds together.
Every word is clear, as they wash through notes and simple production of down-tempo and far in between beats cohesively gliding with the classical piano. With a simple setting that leaves a big impact and lyrics that are true and not trying, this song could be your medicine for late-night, quiet jams.
Listen to the music and decide the score of this song yourself. If you like it – and there’s a high probability you will – don’t forget to check out their self-titled debut album already out since September 4th.
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The fusion of television and music is quite inevitable nowadays. We have known some artists who submerged themselves into singing, or even regard music as their first love. It is not a difficult task for some television personalities to jump into the musical bandwagon, as both require proficient skill to perform and entertain. Both fields have the same ideals, motives and goals.
Recently, One Tree Hill artist Jana Rae Kramer took the music industry by storm when she entered the US Billboard Hot 100 as one of the most sought-after singers for 2015’s last quarter. Kramer graced television shows and Hollywood movies such as Click, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, 90210, Entourage, Blue Demon and The Poker Club. With all her might, she also managed to put two studio albums on the music stands, and it is never an issue for these records to have an impressive following due to her huge fan-base from being on TV.
Born on December 2, 1983, the 31-year old artist focused her singing capabilities on country music, showing huge potential to follow the footsteps of Shania Twain and Faith Hill. It was in 2012 when she fully exposed her passion to sing, and it is with the eponymous label Elektra Records that she started out her humble journey to becoming a respected country diva.
We can all remember Jana Kramer’s album used in One Tree Hill through the track ‘I Won’t Give Up’, igniting her hope of becoming a recording artist. It was also in that year when her current music handler got her to sign a contract, expanding her following. Her next single even cemented her dodgy start as ‘Holding out a Hero’ was a huge hit when it was released on music streaming sites like iTunes and Amazon.
Jane Kramer’s music venture branched out and even got the 75th spot on the US Billboard Hot 100. Later on, this feisty country singer decided to put her music career on the right track when her self-titled debut album was made public and generated a favorable response, putting it on numerous charts.
The smash hit ‘Why Ya Wanna’ is the best track associated with Jane Kramer as it was also deemed as the most famous to date. Released last February 2012, this song frequently put Kramer’s name on the Billboard charts, as it peaked at 52nd place. It also paraded as 3rd on the Hot Country Songs Chart.
With all the good accolades that Kramer received, she even became a hot topic as an actress with projects left and right. Currently, Kramer delegated two studio albums with the latest entitled ‘Thirty One’, denoting her age. Released this October 9th, the second studio album immediately found itself on the Top 10 list with running sales of 18,000 US Dollars.
Her first album managed to hit a whopping 188,000 US Dollars in sales and the second album is a promise in the making. ‘Why Ya Wanna’ received Platinum status and her track ‘I Got the Boy’ was well-received with 298,000 copies sold just in the United States. With her career blossoming, Jana Kramer’s innate singing talent mixed with her acting ability made it fruitful for her after she won the ACM Awards’ Top New Female Artist last 2013.
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Her wit has been flawlessly exhibited in different facets of her career as a comedian and author, making Amy Poehler one of the most well-loved personalities on the silver screen. Just when we thought we have already seen all of the best in her, the actress gave us yet another surprise as she owned the stage together with Jack Black when they sang a Bette Midler classic entitled ‘The Rose.’
Intended to be a stint for the sake of comedy, Poehler surprised the fans as she sang her way through the lyrics of the classic song in a decent manner. The performance was staged during Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme at the Los Angeles Shrine Expo & Hall Grounds.
Dressed in a floral dress adorned with a furry outer garment and aviator sunglasses, the comedian impressed the crowd as she started singing the first line of the song in a somewhat soulful voice.
Humming the line ‘Some say love…’ served to jump start a whole number that caused the crowd feel mixed emotions that were all good nonetheless. The number was definitely a surprise and was met by satisfying applause.
This is not the first time the two teamed up in a song number, as we have seen them together in the 2003 movie ‘School of Rock’. However, this live performance is as real and as raw as it can get. The justice done by Poehler to the song was well-deserved because the comedian is a self-confessed Bette Midler fan.
“So I first met Bette Midler in my head when I watched the film The Rose in 1979… and since then, her and I have been best friends, in my head. In my head, she and I travel together, we have cut an album, and we pranked George Clooney.” – she confessed during her interview with Vulture in 2014. (Cited: http://time.com/4070431/amy-poehler-jack-black-the-rose/)
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And the world stopped for a time to make way for the 58th Grammys and celebrate the talents of today’s music industry. Expect nothing but splendid performances that leaves the jaw of audiences drop for quite a time.
This year includes remembering one the industry’s icon, David Bowie in which Lady Gaga spectacularly took part.
Oh how the social media raved about Gaga’s take on some of Bowies songs. Seems like Mother Monster is really on trance of transitioning from an eclectic star that she is to a more mature and respectable icon that she has turned into.
Taylor Swift went home victorious as she was able to bag not only one but multiple awards, including the much coveted Album of the Year for her smash success in 1989. Swift even stressed that the award is more of a trophy and wants people, especially young women to use her triumph as an inspiration to always chase their goal no matter how many or how huge challenges are.
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work, and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you are going, you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.” – The singer said as part of her acceptance speech. (Cited: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/taylor-swift-kendrick-lamar-win-big-at-2016-grammys-20160216)
Another big winner would be Meghan Trainor for Best New Artist. The singer behind ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ accepted her award sobbing.
Quite an emotional moment indeed, Trainor still looked fabulous even in between tears. Thanks to her elegant Mike Costello custom made gown, her star shone even brighter that night.
The 22-year old singer vested other promising rookies including Tori Kelly, Sam Hunt, James Bay and Courtney Barnett.
Uptown Funk was awarded to be the Record of the Year.
There is no denying that this single is one of the strongest contenders on the said category because the smashing hit earned favorable results sales wise and even stayed on the hit charts for a lengthy period of time.
Aside from the said award, the duo also won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
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They might not have won The Voice, but who cares. Revealed in the famous program ‘TF1’ presented by Nikos Aliagas, both members of Fréro Delavega, Jeremy and Florian Frérot Delavega, have a wonderful life story. Their first album, which includes their Sweet Darling tubes, My small country or the siren song, and ‘resuming ago’ with Vanessa Paradis, has passed like hotcakes. It was certified triple platinum.
Fréro Delavega delighted their fans by unveiling their brand new single, “Your face,” the first single from their new album to be released on November 27, 2015. It is truly a much- awaited event and every fan is really delighted and excited about this new single. This will surely showcase their love for music.
After spending the summer traveling across France for chain-concerts, the two singers have never wanted to stop and want to strike while the iron is hot. A new album was announced. While the album itself will come out on November 27th at Capitol Music France, a first extract was unveiled after just a few hours of the announcement. The song was entitled “Your Face.” We find the sweet voices of Jeremy and Florian, and the sound of their guitars, diving into the universe that is already known and successful for them. It would be good for us to listen.
Jeremy is always on vacation with Laure Manaudou.
While Jeremy was involved in the announcement of the arrival of “Your Face,” all the communication operations were arranged before he went on holiday with his current girlfriend, Laure Manaudou. The couple enjoyed a romantic interlude in sunny Spain.
Not a day goes by that the former champion gives their new social networks love testimonies for Jeremy. This was proven yesterday when she posted a video. Laure is in love, and not just a little!
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The talent show that spearheaded other singing contests announced that it will have its final bow together with its last season.
The singing competition that etched a mark since its pilot episode back in 2002 continued to reign ratings and endorsements, especially during its first nine years on air.
There is no denying that American Idol set the notch when it comes to defining talent discovery because years later, other shows with the same format followed.
As part of the show’s success, some of its notable alumni will appear in a few of the latest season’s episodes. Together with Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr, the last hoorah of uncovering America’s greatest talents will continue until they find the final Idol the show will produce.
“American Idol has been a big part of my life for so long, it’s frankly hard to imagine it without it. It’s been a remarkable journey, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a show that made television history in countless ways. It’s a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true too.” Says the long time host Seacrest. (Cited: http://www.etonline.com/tv/164255_american_idol_ending_after_season_15/)
Long before JLo, Lopez and Connick, the original trio who owned the three judges’ seats were Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. The queer and sometimes clashing personalities of these three are some of the reasons why the show attracted audiences especially during their first year.
After Cowell left Idol, Abdul and Jackson followed. The coveted seats were then replenished by other big personalities including Ellen De Generes, Steven Tyler and Mariah Carey.
Television will never be the same again after the show takes its final bow, but the legacy it will leave will surely be remembered as the stars that came from this reality show already created names for themselves.
Of course, there’s the first ever idol Kelly Clarkson, whom the audience loved even more after she set foot in the real world of Hollywood. There’s also the iconic country singer Carrie Underwood, who is not only known for her singing prowess, but she also became a female symbol of the definitive genre she possessed since her idol days.
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One leaving followed by another, until all ultimately comes to an agreement of separating ways to pursue a solo career or simply quit the music industry altogether – this is a heartbreaking experience for fans as well as for the artist themselves. While not uncommon, as we were subjected to this reality several times during the first half of 2015, every announcement of this sort still stings – and for some, it hurts like hell.
What a welcome to the second half of the year for all the Neon Jungle fans, as last July, the four-piece girl group consisting of Shereen Cutkelvin, Amira McCarthy, Jess Plummer, and Asami Zdrenka decided it was the best to call it quits. However, while most are still drying their tears after the separation of the group who managed to capture the hearts of many listeners across the world in just a span of two years, there are also some who are quick to get back on their feet – including Asami Zdrenka.
Making music, visiting the studio, and releasing a cover trilogy, Asami Zdrenka wasted no time in building her career as a solo artist, an act showing how the girls may have separated as artists but still remain as friends so there should be nothing to mourn over. The month after Neon Jungle disbanded, Asami released the first part of her Cover Trilogy, a live performance posted in YouTube under Asami’s favorite songs. It aims to introduce her musical inclinations to listeners as well as to explore them herself, as she has not come to fully exercise them when she was still in Neon Jungle.
The first part of her trilogy comes in the form of a classic, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” which she made into a bewitching song of her own. The original came from Neil Young in the 70s and was covered again in the 90s by Saint Etienne. On the other hand, the second part of her cover trilogy is a favorite. Gritty and splashed with melodies on top of raw vocals, “Pure Morning” is the complete opposite of the laidback and mellow “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” The third part is still in the works, but we have our fingers crossed for it to come anytime soon.
With hard work, frequent airplays, promotions and Asami’s pure talent, this solo career, she embarked on would hopefully bring her to the success that did not come quite into fruition in Neon Jungle.
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The Romanian music industry breathes early 2000s through two people from Brasov, one of which is Tudor Ionescu. Passionate about music, Dan Denes, a young engineer, met with him through a mutual friend. They decided to concentrate on music and their first single was a real breath of fresh air in their country. Producing even more hits, Fly Project sets the bar high in the sphere of Romanian Dance. Talented and hardworking, the Fly Project Dance duo quickly became the most recognized in Romania.
Their debut album came out in 2005 and their first single “Raisa” met instant success. Considered one of their most popular hits, “Raisa” was No. 1 in Romanian Club favorites and rankings until summer 2006. In 2007, Fly Project released “K-tinne,” another success rewarded by several trophies like the Romanian Top Hits Best Dance Award and the Romanian Top Hits Best Song Award. But it was only the first of the successes for the second album in record-sales, which gave the duo the opportunity to multiply the number of performances in that year.
2008 was the beginning of Fly Project’s international fame. “Brasil”, their single, was said to be the best single in the Romanian Music Awards, and climbed to the top of international rankings. By featuring Tom Boxer & Anca Parghel, the single reached number one in Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Moldova and many others. The duo is also known in the Asian market where they released the album “Best Of” in Japan. Year after year, their singles “Mandala”, “Goodbye”, “Musica”, “Back in my life” and “Toca Toca” stayed at the forefront of international rankings in Russia, the Nether- Netherlands, India, Greece and Latin America.
The single “Toca Toca” made a great impression in the world, particularly in Italy, Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain, Mexico, Turkey and always topped the music charts. For several weeks, the single remained at the top spot of Spanish Radio Maxima FM in addition to having been played thousands of times by major radio stations around the world.
After getting a Platinum disc for “Musica,” Fly Project’s “Toca Toca” was once again awarded with a Gold disk in Italy. Autumn 2014 started well for Fly Project, which won the Best Dance Award thanks to “Toca Toca” and the Border Breaker Award thanks to their international success in the Romanian Music Awards, one of the most important musical events in Romania. Fly Project also appeared at the prestigious Eska Awards in Poland and delight the audience by creating a beautiful atmosphere. The year 2015 promises to be just as glorious with “Toca Toca” always in international rankings, and the new single from the accompanied video “Like a Star” is set for a worldwide release that is already a great success.
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