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the early show: summer concert series!

June 10, 2010

Yesterday I took a trip back to the city I called home for the past 9 months, New York! The occasion was The Early Show Summer Concert Series. The artist performing: none other than Christina Aguilera. If you know me, you know this was my third time seeing Ms. Aguilera perform live and you know I was very excited. I never slept Tuesday night and just got on the 4:15 NJ Transit bus at 4:15 am on Wednesday morning. My little sister, cousin, and I got to New York around 7, I think. Since we were there so early, the wasn’t bad at all. Downside was we had to wait until nearly 12 pm to see her perform, so we were in line, tired and hungry.

Look at me striking my Xtina pose!

After about an hour waiting in line, Joan Rivers and her plastic face paid us a random visit! She even threw plastic coins at us. I don’t know why this happened, but it was fierce and so was she.

Around 11 am, we checked in and received our wristbands. We were then escorted into the “arena” if you will. The stage was set up on Fifth Ave, between 58th and 59th, right next to the Apple Store and across from the Plaza Hotel. We had to wait again as the prepped the stage and the equipment. Since I was sleep deprived and hungry, I thought I was gonna pass out, so I kneeled down. Soon enough her dancers appeared, which got me excited. Then XTINA came! She rehearsed a little of Not Myselt Tonight, then disappeared somewhere. I don’t know if it was because of the rain or what. Tease!

Before I passed out again, she came back in a fierce see-through rain jacket (same as the Not Myself Tonight music video). Julie Chen, host of Big Brother, The Early Show, and friend in my head, introduced Christina! I was so excited to see Julie. I forgot her name for a few seconds, but then I remembered and screamed “Julie Chen! Julie Chen! Julie Chen!” like I had tourette’s. She turned and waved to me. I could’ve died then. But I didn’t, because I came to see Xtina.

Christina started off with a teaser of one of her signature songs, Fighter. She then performed current single Not Myself Tonight. She followed that with classics, Genie In A Bottle and What a Girl Wants. I believe the last song she performed was You Lost Me from the new album, and she sounded great!

Overall, I enjoyed myself and was very impressed by her live. It was my third time seeing her live, and the closest I’ve ever been. She definitely saw me and I saw her up close for the first time. I felt like I was dreaming. My love for her as an entertainer and artist grew so much yesterday! I had a great time. It wasn’t live and it will air tomorrow (Friday) at… um, I don’t know the time, just early!

mini destiny’s child: reunion!

May 26, 2010

Sorry, I come bearing no news of a Destiny’s Child reunion tour or anything like that. Just a picture of two original DC members, Kelly Rowland and LeToya Luckett. Though the group seemed to have ended on bad terms ten years ago, it seems like the ladies have put the past behind them. It’s nice to see the ladies back together again, even if only on the red carpet. They’re both doing they’re own thing post-DC, and I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors. Look for Kelly’s new video for her latest single Commander in the near future.

american idol: finale!

May 26, 2010

Tonight was the finale of American Idol’s 9th season. Now, I stopped watching American Idol around the time Carrie Underwood won in season 4. It just lost it’s appeal to me. Now besides the auditions, a random mid-season episode or two, and the finale if nothing else is on, I don’t watch the show anymore. The only reason I tuned in tonight was to see Christina Aguilera perform. Luckily her performance was fairly early in the show.

After underwhelming performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, I was very satisfied with this performance. It started off with the Idol girls singing a medley of Beautiful, then segued into Fighter. After I said “Where’s Xtina” for about the tenth time, Godtina came out and hit the big note in Fighter. Just when we all thought that was it, all the extras exited stage left, and Christina was left there with her voice and her microphone. She sang a heartfelt version of You Lost Me, a ballad co-written by Sia. It was great and proved all Christina needs is her voice and her mic to shut a performance down. After all the hate, shade, and negative comparisons, there’s only one voice of our generation, and she just reminded us who owns it!

Surprisingly, I continued to watch the show even after Christina’s performance. It was a little entertaining, despite not having watched this season. It was Simon Cowell‘s last show, so they made a big deal out of that. Paula Abdul made an appearance, too. She came out like one of big reveals on Extreme Makeover. It was dramatic. She started to ramble, and it seemed like she was going to be a big tran-wreck. Then she finally made her point. Whatever it was, I forget. Something about Simon.

Another highlight of the night was Janet Jackson‘s performance. The Idols sang a version of Janet’s #1 hit song Again from 1993. Then the legend came out sporting her new short cut, and sang her newest single Nothing from her latest movie Why Did I Get Married (oh the memories…). While she’s never been a powerhouse vocalist, she proved she’s no Britney Spears. She actually has a voice, and can sing live. After her ballad, she ripped off her Matrix costume, revealing ANOTHER Matrix costume, and sang her classic song Nasty. He busted out a few moves, and reminded us she’s Ms. Jackson if we’re nasty.

After two hours of the Idols butchering classic songs, a few video montages, and a few Idol rejects coming back and bringing the lolz, the winner was finally crowned. Lee DeWyze was named the newest American Idol. I named him the newest flop winner. Let’s keep it real, all of the male winners have been flops, and he is reminding me of them. I didn’t watch this season besides two episodes, but I wanted Crystal Bowersox to win. Whatever. What did you think of the finale?

alicia keys: unthinkable (i’m ready)!

May 12, 2010

Unthinkable was my favorite song from Alicia Key‘s (not so spectacular to me) fourth album. The Element of Freedom as an album from an artist who has Alicia’s talent and creativity was just not doing it for me. It sounded like she was trying to expound upon the sound of her last album, but she went about it in a way that was boring, not fresh, and uninspired. This song, along with about two or three others, were the album’s saving grace.

The song, which features subtle singing from Drake, is reminiscent of Alicia’s older, more neo-soul influenced music. It’s smoldering and sultry. The video is pretty cool. I like the approach she takes by making the obstacle in the relationship a conflict of racism. The video, directed by Jake Nava (Beyoncé, Shakira) begins in the segregated 1950s, and continues to time travel through this “unthinkable” interracial attraction between Alicia and Chad Michael Murray, shedding a light on intolerance. Alicia, a product of an interracial relationship, does it beautifully.

beyoncé: why don’t you love me?

May 4, 2010

Beyoncé was a little bored on her vacation, and decided to be a metaphorical stork by making a video for her fans. Why Don’t You Love Me is not B.B. Homemaker’s new single, but that’s never stopped her from making a video before. I think it’s a cool video. I like the grainy, 50s/60s aesthetic. Nobody’s really doing that right now, so it’s cute.

example: kickstarts!

May 4, 2010

As I’ve posted before, I love Example. I like this video, too. Kickstarts is his third single from his forthcoming sophomore album Won’t Go Quietly. I am very excited for his album. What do you think of this video?

christina aguilera: not myself tonight!

April 29, 2010

Woah!

I don’t know what to say. Christina Aguilera is definitely not herself tonight. I think she definitely took that song title to heart, and took full advantage of being able to go crazy in this video! It’s the Dirrty Xtina we all love paying homage to Madonna’s Human Nature and Express Yourself. I love the S&M theme. She was giving me life in the catsuit, licking the milk from the bowl. I also loved the scene with her setting her old wardrobe on fire like a boss. The product placement, with the phone and her perfumes was a little tacky to me, though.

Besides being sexual in a not-so-subtle way, she is doing it in a church (remeniscent of another Madonna video). Between that, and the inevitable (and retarded) Gaga comparisons, this is sure to cause controversy. But, there’s one thing Christina is no stranger to and that is controversy. Love it or hate it, she does what she wants, and if you don’t like it…

kelly rowland: commander!

April 27, 2010

Kelly Rowland has a hot new single that just leaked. It’s called Commander! It’s produced by David Guetta, with whom she did a few songs with on his last album One Love. This is an uptempo electro/house track in which Kelly is commanding you to dance. I can see being bumped in the clubs already. I know this will be a smash in the UK, I’m just hoping this song resonates with US audiences. Kelly deserves her time to shine. The video better be hot!

Click here for the download link.

m.i.a: born free!

April 26, 2010

Wow, M.I.A is playing no games this go round! She is coming back hard with her new song Born Free. Stylistically, the song differs from M.I.A’s previous efforts. I’m not sure whether this punk-rock inspired track is the first single or just a buzz single. Regardless, I really like.

The video really got my attention! I appreciate how it has a real message instead of some corny gimmick that’s passed off as innovative. She’s using these redheads being graphically murdered in the desert as a metaphor for real life issues, such as the Sri Lankan Civil War and its post-war state. Though she wasn’t in the video herself, I was completely engrossed, wondering what would happen next.

M.I.A’s new album, which is yet to be titled, will be released this summer!

owl city: umbrella beach!

April 23, 2010

Umbrella Beach was definitely my favorite from Owl City‘s album, Ocean Eyes. It was on my November Playlist, and got many plays. It is such an upbeat song. Not quite sure what it’s about, though. The video is beautifully shot, and seems to be about not being afraid to put your ideas into action. I can get with that.