Welcome to the new week everyone. Have you ever broken through a wall you didn't even know existed? That's what's happened to me over the past few weeks. The other day a former professor of mine commented on one of my articles, telling me she thought it was really great writing. I know I'm a good writer, but to hear it from an authority was fantastic, and it made me take a step back, look at what I've been doing, and say "wow, I'm actually STILL improving!" Speaking of those features that are generating so much praise, this week I have a look at the charts with Pop Shots, a feature on NYC rocker Anna Rose, a Q&A with Chevonne from season three of The Voice, and a brand new video from Toussaint Morrison.
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Pop Shots - A Look At The Charts
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with some Billboard singles chart analysis. There’s a really interesting mix of music gaining steam right now. We have the dance pop of will.i.am and Britney Spears, the folk rock of Of Monsters and Men, the return of Fall Out Boy, the emergence of Olly Murs, the country of Carrie Underwood, and lots more Macklemore. The chart positions I'm using are from the Billboard Hot 100 as it was listed on Billboard.com this past Thursday, and since this is Pop Shots, you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
Camped out in her bedroom, New York City rocker Anna Rose is watching a blizzard cover her city in a thick blanket of snow. She says she's well prepared, armed with "crackers and flat Coca Cola," and a plan to add unicorn horns to her photos courtesy of the Younicorn app.
Despite being ill, Rose powered through her show at Sullivan Hall the night before. "I have some photos from the Sullivan Hall show. I think I might have to put a unicorn horn on one of those," she says with a laugh.
Toughness has never been a problem for Rose. Dealing with the assumptions of others, however, used to be an issue.
When an artist exits a singing competition TV show they have two options – strike right away, or risk fading into obscurity. Chevonne, a former backup singer for Lady Gaga who was a contestant on season three of The Voice, chose to strike, immediately launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund an album and a music video. The campaign turned out to be a successful one, as she exceeded her goal of raising $10,000.
I caught up with the big haired, big voiced, singer to find out more about her experience on The Voice, which included being selected by Cee Lo in the blind auditions, and stolen by Christina Aguilera during the battle rounds, as well as what it was like touring with Lady Gaga. Chevonne also discussed the incredible impact the Muppets have had on her life, and the experience of actually getting to work with them.
Teaming up with producer BMP, Kelz proudly presents his new track ‘Inhale’, a lively piece of UK urban music sure to set the benchmark for the young artist in 2013. Expect more new music from this exciting one-to-watch in the coming weeks, including the highly anticipated follow up single 'Zeus', featuring lady of the moment Lady Leshurr.
Black Cloud Music teams up with KevinNottingham.com to present the official music video for Noa James' "It's The Common Ground" featuring Curtiss King and produced by Phantom Thrett. The video was shot by BrickToYaFace and edited by Curtiss King. Look out for Noa James' new album The Adventures of Young Orca dropping March 4th!
Jordi LaForty remixes and drops cuts on this Perfeck Strangers joint from the "Series Premiere" album, providing a jazzy twist to the duo's soulful quest to locate their long-lost friend: hip-hop. Download it for free!
"The term "Always Sunny" is a metaphor, a play on words. Whenever you think of sunshine you think of good times and fun shit going on & that is what my life has been like lately, Always Sunny." - Antoine Banks
From the recent success of 789 Crew’s debut single ‘Teri Yaad’, they are ready to launch their second single ‘My Lady’ featuring international artist Arjun. The track has already been a huge success on the underground scene with over thousands of downloads.
Chicago native Wheatie releases a song along with the video featuring artist Tay OLei. The single will be on Wheatie's upcoming project entitled "2 Much Life". The beat is produced by Chicago's own DJ L.
"Witness II" hits with sharp alternating drums, layering over the dark and powerful choir, with the subtle touch of gritty Synths playing over the instrumental. Visually covered by the amazing animated battle between light and darkness.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #209 is entitled Whatcha Want? A Pay Day & Some Respect. Check out some hot new bangers from Nametag, SYG, Hayze, Perfeck Strangers, and more! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! This show is co-sponsored by BlackTreeMusic.com and can be found there every Thursday.
* Perfeck Strangers - Come Back Home (Remix)
* MHz Legacy f/ Blu - Yellow + Blue
* Sinatti Pop - I'm Moving
* SYG - Pay Day: No Respect
* Hayze f/ Apathy - Life Is Hell
* Nametag & Nameless - Whatcha Want
* Soul Khan & DJ Brace - Iron Galaxy Freestyle
* Random a/k/a Mega Ran - There, Their & They're