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:
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.
The popular music of today is absolutely terrible and while I do listen to it, I would also not miss most of it if was never played again. Also as a disclaimer, I fully admit to listening to all of these songs multiple times, alone and at the numerous college pregames, which without drunken college students, I’m pretty sure none of these songs would ever even make it to the public.
1. Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup”
This song is literally about a red solo cup… a red plastic cup… Nothing else. No deeper meaning. No metaphor. Just a cup.
2. Psy – “Gangnam Style”
This song is actually worse than Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” It’s not even in English, yet it’s also not even all in the same language; at least commit to one consistent language. Have you ever actually looked at the translation of the lyrics? No, probably not because that would take actual effort. The lyrics are literally, “A classy girl who knows how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee.” That is almost worse than Justin Bieber telling every teenage girl that they would survive starvation as long as they love him.
3. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
No one was ever trying to get back together with you, Tay, I promise. And no one likes it when you stop the general flow of the song to talk in the middle in an annoyed voice.
4. Madonna ft Nicki Minaj – “Give Me All Your Luvin”
This was just another pathetic comeback for Madonna. It’s almost worse that Madonna was good music when music was still good. She was the queen of pop and then she comes back in 2012 with a song that only illustrates her inability to correctly spell the word love. Honestly, she paired with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. while chanting “L.U.V. Madonna” and thought it would be a good song? Never play it again.
5. Flo Rida – “I Cry”
If you would like to hear this song, may I suggest listening to the original and better song by Bingo Players. Hint: the title of the song is “Cry” and Flo Rida will never actually give them any credit for it.
6. Rihanna ft. Chris Brown – “Birthday Cake”
Here’s the first thing that’s wrong with this song: Rihanna featuring Chris Brown. If you really need an explanation on why that’s bothersome, type “Chris Brown beats Rihanna” into Google because that will sum it up in the most vulgar way. Then google “Jenny Johnson and Chris Brown” because that’s the best comedic summary of him as a person. I remember the first time I heard this song and thought about how terrible it was so I tried to look it up by the lyrics, but failed when I realized that the only lyric was “cake.”
7. Drake – “The Motto”
Because “YOLO” should have never become a thing.
8. Skylar Grey ft. Emimen – “C’mon Let Me Ride”
I had a lot of hope for Skylar Grey after the P. Diddy single “Coming Home” and her help on “Love the Way You Lie.” Then I heard “Invisible” and I had even more hope for her. The hope even continued growing after hearing the Kaskade remix of “Invsible” and the DJ R3hab remix of “Dance Without You.” And then I heard “C’Mon Let Me Ride” and I no longer have any hopes for her in the music industry. There is no aspect of this song that should ever be considered catchy or good.
9. Flo Rida – “Whistle”
We just really did not need another song that when translated from radio-appropriate to its real meaning is simply telling every listener how to give proper oral sex. First 50 Cent tainted my 12-year-old mind by telling me that lollipops were simply magic sticks that needed to be sucked, and now today, young minds are tainted with Flo Rida telling them to put their lips around the whistle and start real slow.
10. Nicki Minaj
There is no one song. Let’s just get rid of Nicki Minaj.
However, you can play Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” every day.
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Well, I wanted to Katy Perry’s “Firework” to win ever since the moment it was nominated… and IT DID! The VMAs definitely got it right this time and wrong with the other eight she didn’t win. “Firework” deserved an award – it’s amazing, it’s meaningful, and it’s a huge hit. The video itself is absolutely fantastic and encouraging. Katy Perry is also potentially the nicest and funniest female artist as of right now and so deserving of this award. Congratulations, Katy. This song is perfect and means so much to me. Also… how adorable at the end of her speech when she got all sweet and said, “And last, but not least, my husband.”
(Update 10:12pm Central)
Bruno Mars Performance Review
Amy Winehouse was one of the most talented artists to ever come to our music industry and she was an extreme loss this year. Russell Brand did a great job honoring her. I’m extremely happy that Amy Winehouse was also honored by a cover of her song “Valerie” by Bruno Mars. His voice does her justice. He, along with his band and backup singers, put on a great performance, including a sing along to the words “Amy,” “We love you baby,” and “We’ll miss you baby.” It was so nice to see everyone singing along in the audience – she clearly had a profound effect on everyone.
(Update 9:58pm Central)
Best Female Video = Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
I’ll be honest, I had written Katy Perry and almost cried when I had to erase it and replace it with Lady Gaga. Seriously, the video was not that good and she’s still dressed as a man and pretending that she’s not Lady Gaga. WTF? I’m so confused as to who suggested her outfit for the night. I definitely still think that Katy Perry should have won still. I’ll let this slide though. At least it went to Lady Gaga who has had more than one huge hit and much success.
(Update 9:42pm Central)
Best New Artist = Tyler, The Creator “Yonkers”
Who is this guy? He’s up for Video of the Year, too, and according to my poll, he’s favored to win. I’ve never even heard of this song except for the one time I listened to it while I was making my picks for VMA winners. All I have to say is that when I heard it, I immediately stopped it because I thought the song and video sucked that much. Extremely disappointed. You all suck at voting.
(Update 9:31pm Central)
Britney Spears Tribute Performance
Definitely different than I expected since rumors of performances by Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, and more were rumored. Approximately 50 amazing dancers dressed in every well-known outfit that Britney Spears has ever worn in a music video.The dancing was amazing along with the flashbacks to all of Brit’s music videos. A tribute to Brit was amazing, but she’s still around and still getting bigger so we’ll obviously need another tribute soon. No one is more deserving for this than Britney though.
As for accepting her award, I’m extremely happy that was a fake kiss with Lady Gaga – not necessary to repeat Madonna and Britney.
(Update 9:19pm Central)
Chris Brown Performance Review
As much as I don’t like Chris Brown, his performance was unique, clever, and impressive. Although he didn’t really sing, he brought back older songs with a new twist including Nirvana, and some awesome dance moves. In addition, there were people flying in the air and dancing. Chris Brown’s performance was focused more on beats and dance more than singing which is completely fine with me – sometimes that’s all you need. Overall, I was very impressed with Chris Brown’s performance at the 2011 VMAs. I was expecting great dance moves and he didn’t prove me wrong.
(Update 9:14pm Central)
Best Male Video = Justin Bieber “U Smile”
How did that win? You’re kidding me. I’m embarrassed that you all voted for Justin Bieber over Eminem. The lyrics to the song you voted for are “Baby, whenever you smile, I smile.” I really never even thought that this video had a chance against the other nominees. I guess congratulations to Bieber and I now understand why he was so high on the Twitter Tracker, but in my opinion, he did not deserve this award.
(Update 9:02pm Central)
Adele Performance Review
That awkward moment when Katy Perry introduces Adele as a nominee for Video of the Year and she’s nominated too… However, related to Adele’s performance – oh my god amazing. Granted, Adele isn’t the most entertaining performer of the VMAs because she just stands there and sometimes moves her hands, by far she is the one with the best vocal performance. I have to thank her for not performing “Rolling in the Deep” because I wouldn’t have been as impressed with her playing her overplayed hit. With this performance, she continued to completely outshine herself; however, I still can’t root for her over Katy Perry for Video of the Year.
(Update 8:53pm Central)
Pitbull/Ne-Yo Performance Review
This is so far my favorite performance of the VMAs. They sounded really good! Ne-Yo and Pitbull’s vocals were both there, now let’s just hope that they were actually singing and not lip-syncing. Ne-Yo was also working up some really good dance moves throughout that performance as he twisted and turned around stage. The background dancers also caught my eye as they stayed true to their precise choreography. Then, finally, Pitbull’s bright red pants and clean, white jacket kept my eyes on the screen.
(Update 8:47pm Central)
Best Collaboration Video = Katy Perry feat Kanye West “E.T.”
I just screamed in my mind. I have never been so excited to see Katy Perry win an award. She’s so excited, too. Congratulations to Katy for her first moonman and screw you to Kanye, who just stood there and said “I have more.” In addition, she’s hilarious as she got on stage and said to Kanye, “This is the part where you interrupt me.” It’s all of the enthusiasm and humor she had in her speech that makes me so happy she won. Also, the video clearly took a lot of effort from Katy, Kanye, and the editing department. It’s a great video with great editing and special effects.
(Update 8:40pm Central)
Best Hip-Hop Video = Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
I didn’t really have a preference for this category going into the VMAs because I didn’t like any of them. My first reaction to the winner was “OH MY GOD” and not because of the winner, but because of the thought, “WHAT THE F*CK IS NICKI MINAJ WEARING?” You can’t beat Lady Gaga; she created the whole #whatwillgagawear sensation so back off Nicki Minaj. However, I will react to the award as well. The video never made impressed me, but the song has been a recent hit so I understand why many people have voted for it. At least it has an addicting chorus.
(Update 8:29pm Central)
Best Rock Video = Foo Fighters “Walk”
I think this might be one of the few videos nominated that actually deserves a VMA. The video has plot and premise and still focuses on the music. Then, in addition, the Foo Fighters are obviously one of the best rock bands to come to this generation. However, the speech was a little too repetitive – not of itself, but of every other award speech ever. In the future, I ask celebrities to keep us entertained in speeches.
(Update 8:20pm Central)
Best Pop Video = Britney Spears “Til’ the World Ends”
Congratulations Britney Spears!!! To have someone who has been in the music industry for this long and been so extremely successful, it’s amazing to witness her shock and emotion for winning this award. I’m extremely happy to know that Spears took this award. She deserves it. Brit is just further showing us that she’s here to stay and anyone that doubted her throughout any troubles she went through are just stupid (that’s my nice way of putting it). As she accepted her award, she was in tears and thanked her little boys – so deserving.
(Update: 8:04pm Central)
Lady Gaga Performance Review
So, #whatwillgagawear was the most popular thing trending on Twitter for quite some time leading up to the VMAs. Let’s change that to #wtfisgagawearing now. I was expecting such a better opening performance from Lady Gaga, anyone else? She’s dressed like a man and the dancing is sub-par. If you watched the reactions of the audience throughout that performance, you’ll see that no one, except Katy Perry (and I’m pretty sure that’s because she might be easily amused), had a positive reaction … and what might be Jay Z was on his phone. The singing does sound quite impressive; I’ll give it that much. Overall, that performance was too masculine and weird for her.
(Update: 7:49pm Central)
Awards have started to be distributed and early winners are already disappointing me and my picks.
Best Video With a Message = Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
Best Art Direction = Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
Best Editing = Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
Best Cinematography = Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
Best Choreography = Beyonce “Run the World (Girls)”
Best Special Effects = Katy Perry feat. Kanye West “E.T.”
Well, Best Video With a Message is extremely disappointing, only to me personally. Gaga did put out a great song that gathered a lot of attention and it had a great meaning. “Firework” by Katy Perry was my graduation song because it spoke to my family about some things I went through in my last year of high school, so I guess I had a huge bias towards it and was really pulling for it to win. Also, my love and obsession for Katy Perry doesn’t help. I guess I still understand how Gaga took this award. Adele so far is stealing away the VMAs – WTF? Let’s see how many she gets throughout the night. Lastly, of course I’m ecstatic that Katy Perry took her first moonman with Best Special Effects. 1 for 10 so far. Let’s follow that.
(Update: 6:23pm Central)
For the 2011 awards show, MTV has created the “Twitter Tracker” to keep track of which celebrities are tweeted about the most before and throughout show. In addition, when the show starts, their Twitter Tracker will follow each celebrity’s tweet from their seat and viewer’s favorite photos from the show. Take a look at the Top 10 most tweeted about celebrities though and realize what’s wrong with it.
1. Joe Jonas
2. Justin Bieber
3. Miley Cyrus
4. Lady Gaga
5. Jersey Shore
6. Chris Brown
7. Selena Gomez
8. Katy Perry
Ok, so the first person isn’t even nominated for an award, so logically we should tweet about them. He’s just presenting an award and his recent release didn’t even get much publicity – no need to give him so much attention. Bieber is up for one award against Eminem and Kanye West – he definitely won’t even win. Miley Cyrus… really? She’s not presenting, performing, or receiving an award. I’m not quite sure how she got to #3 most tweeted about. Jersey Shore, I understand because they have a new special episode tonight. Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, Adele, and Selena Gomez make complete sense, as does Katy Perry; however, Perry was nominated for 10 awards – how is she not higher? Think about this while you tweet.
[Correcting myself - I did not realize that Miley was presenting an award so I retract my "not presenting" statement.]
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