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Watch as Bruno Mars covers Adele’s “All I Ask” and makes it his own. This performance took my breath away and gave me goosebumps all over.
Led by rockstar band Coldplay, with the help of Queen Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars, they all rocked the 50 years of Super Bowl by honoring the previous halftime show performances. Continue reading #SB50 Watch: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars Rock the Halftime Show!
Justin Timberlake was the man of the night as he took 3 Moonmen, including Video of the Year for “Mirrors” in this year’s MTV Video Music Awards which held for the first time ever at the Parclays Center in Brooklyn. Aside from that, Timberlake also took the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Another big winner was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (I am a fan! Wait for my album review, coming soon!) who went home also with three, including Best Video with a Message for their highly relevant song “Same Love.” Bruno Mars, on the other hand, went home with two, including Best Male Video for his smash hit “Locked Out In Heaven.”
As for the the biggest highlight? One word: *NSYNC!!! Yep you heard that one right, they performed together again during Justin Timberlake’s super-dope performance. There were rumors coming to the event that they were indeed having a reunion on the VMA stage but that rumor remained shady, until they actually came out on stage with JT!
Lady Gaga kicked off the night strong with her new single “Applause.” Another highlight performance of the night was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love” with a surprise performance of no other than Ms. Jennifer Hudson.
VMAs would never be complete without some rather awkward moments, from Miley Cyrus‘ disturbing twerks and grinding with Robin Thicke, to Taylor Swift‘s F-bomb, to One Direction‘s booing moment when they received the Song of the Summer award for their song “Best Song Ever,” beating out the likes of Miley, Daft Punk, and Robin Thicke! I mean, c’mon, Blurred Lines is THE song of the summer for God sake!
Anyway here are the list of winners and sound off below if you guys agree with the results!
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BEST MALE VIDEO
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
ARTIST TO WATCH
SONG OF THE SUMMER
One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“I Knew You Were Trouble”
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”
P!nk featuring Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
BEST ROCK VIDEO
30 Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”
BEST POP VIDEO
Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Justin Timberlake, “Suit and Tie”
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Everything you need to know about the 13 songs of the summer. The list includes a variety of genre with a handful of incredible artists.
No. 13 – “Wake Me Up,” Avicii
UBIQUITY A gigantic summer song across Europe, “Wake Me Up!” hasn’t made much of an impact in the U.S. yet.
LONGEVITY Give it a little time. It was only released in mid-June.
SOCIAL POWER Avicii’s got hordes of followers from the dance-music world; his social platform of choice seems to be SoundCloud.
ROOTS “Wake Me Up!” is arguably the first post-Mumford & Sons Eurodisco hit.
CONTROVERSY What do you make of a bluegrass-tinged collaboration from a Swedish DJ, soul singer Aloe Blacc and the guitarist from Incubus?
No. 12 – “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
UBIQUITY A No. 1 dance-club hit, “Clarity” has also turned up on Glee and The Voice.
LONGEVITY Originally released last October, it’s been clawing its way into public consciousness for the past four months.
SOCIAL POWER Zedd worked on Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album, and he’s been pushing “Clarity” hard on the dance circuit.
ROOTS Apparently, Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” is now a genre.
CONTROVERSY None so far.
No. 11 – “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
UBIQUITY If you’ve seen ads for video games in the past year, you’ve heard this song’s lighters-up chorus.
LONGEVITY “Radioactive” crawled up the charts for 42 weeks before hitting the Top 5 in June—the slowest-ever ascent.
SOCIAL POWER There are countless YouTube covers of “Radioactive,” including several with the “Cups” beat.
ROOTS The song’s distorted, half-time beat couldn’t have happened without the emergence of the bass-heavy dubstep genre.
CONTROVERSY Wait, a rock band? They still make those?
No. 10 – “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Lane featuring Nelly
UBIQUITY The longest-running No. 1 country song ever was pushed over the top by a rap verse from Nelly; it’s topped 5 million downloads.
LONGEVITY Originally a 2012 summer song, “Cruise” kept on motoring and didn’t peak until this June
SOCIAL POWER Florida Georgia Line posts regularly to Instagram and Twitter, but the success of “Cruise” seems more about the song than about its artists.
ROOTS “Cruise” mentions the Marshall Tucker Band in passing, but otherwise it’s modern—country hip-hop, if there is such a thing.
CONTROVERSY Not unless “a brand-new Chevy with a lift kit” is somehow illegal.
No. 9 – “Cups” (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”), Anna Kendrick
UBIQUITY Expanded from a fragment in last fall’s Pitch Perfect to a full-length single, “Cups” is nearly double-platinum
LONGEVITY Kendrick’s sweet, family-friendly recording has been rising up the pop chart since January.
SOCIAL POWER Dozens of YouTube tutorials demonstrate how to play the song’s distinctive plastic-cup beat.
ROOTS Kendrick learned it from a 2011 video by Anna Burden, by way of Lulu and the Lampshades, via a 1931 Carter Family tune.
CONTROVERSY Please, someone, think of the cups.
No. 8 – “Best Song Ever,” One Direction
UBIQUITY This summer’s entry in the Boy-Band Stakes is a global Top 5 pop hit.
LONGEVITY Hot start, but too soon to tell: it was released in late July.
SOCIAL POWER Thanks in part to a ridiculous video (with the lads in multiple roles), One Direction is killing it on social-networking sites.
ROOTS The song’s main riff is blatantly lifted from the Who’s “Baba O’Riley.” Points for recognizing greatness.
CONTROVERSY You’d think they could have at least used the phrase “tweenage wasteland” somewhere.
No. 7 – “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun!,” FiNATTiCZ
UBIQUITY This L.A. crew’s flabbergastingly catchy track was huge in California last summer, and it’s become something like the twerking national anthem.
LONGEVITY FiNATTiCZ recorded “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun!” in 2009, but it didn’t hit the national chart until this summer.
SOCIAL POWER For a week or two in late July, it seemed like every video on Vine was a “Thun Thun” joke.
ROOTS It’s built on the hip-hop subgenre called ratchet. (See also: Sage the Gemini’s underground summer hit “Red Nose.”)
CONTROVERSY “Thun thun” is yet another nickname for ecstasy.
No. 6 – “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus
UBIQUITY Its unnerving, woozy video has upwards of 120 million YouTube views.
LONGEVITY Released just after Memorial Day, “We Can’t Stop” is aimed squarely at the summer-break crowd.
SOCIAL POWER Cyrus commemorated her 13 millionth Twitter follower by announcing her forthcoming album’s title: Bangerz
ROOTS The lyrics are packed with old-school hip-hop phrases: “can’t stop won’t stop,” “hands in the air,” and “la-di-da-di/we like to party.”
CONTROVERSY A phrase that could be “dancing with Miley” sounds more like “dancing with Molly,” slang for the drug MDMA (aka ecstasy).
No. 5 – “Holy Grail,” Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake
UBIQUITY If you missed the hoopla around the release of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, you may well have been in a different solar system.
LONGEVITY Barely one month old, “Holy Grail” is still climbing the charts—and the video hasn’t even been aired.
SOCIAL POWER Jay’s mobile app required users to post Facebook or Twitter updates to unlock lyrics.
ROOTS Jay name-drops Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Kurt Cobain. Justin croons from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
CONTROVERSY The app that was part of Jay’s deal with Samsung mined users’ social-media and e-mail information.
No. 4 – “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
UBIQUITY The Seattle duo’s uplifting hip-hop anthem has appeared in ads for software, beer, TV sports and the movies R.I.P.D. and Jobs.
LONGEVITY Initially released in August 2011, “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 this May, and was still in the Top 10 until recently.
SOCIAL POWER Not as timely as “Same Love,” their other summer hit, but two guys going sky-high with a self-released album is an irresistible story.
ROOTS Nods to Kanye West, Michael Jackson, “My Way,” A Tribe Called Quest and the duo’s Seattle hip-hop forebear Sir Mix-A-Lot.
No. 3 – “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
UBIQUITY Mars has been all over the charts for the past few years, and this disco-ball glitter bomb is his big summer statement.
LONGEVITY It was initially on Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox album last December; listeners found “Treasure” when a video aired in June.
SOCIAL POWER The song’s promotional site integrates fans’ Instagram clips into the official video.
ROOTS It’s Mars’ most overt Michael Jackson homage yet: both the song and the video are halfway to being “Blame It on the Boogie.”
CONTROVERSY Of course not: who could be cuddlier than Mars?
No. 2 – “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
UBIQUITY A No. 1 song in most of the world, it never quite made the top of the chart in the U.S.
LONGEVITY A genuine summer song (well, late spring—it was released in April).
SOCIAL POWER Fan remixes started appearing after Daft Punk had only released two 15-second snippets of “Get Lucky.”
ROOTS Having Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers play guitar on this faithful pastiche of his late-’70s work was an awesome idea.
CONTROVERSY Conspiracy theories were flying after their recent Colbert Report cancellation.
…and at number one…
No. 1 – “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
UBIQUITY It has spent nine weeks and counting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100.
LONGEVITY Can it be that we’ve only been living with “Blurred Lines” since March?
SOCIAL POWER Thicke cannily used his name as a hashtag in the video for “Blurred Lines,” unleashing a wave of parodies and covers.
ROOTS The groove is a dead ringer for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 R&B hit “Got to Give It Up.”
CONTROVERSY The video’s topless models were guaranteed to inflame one group of listeners; the lyrics’ “you know you want it” routine maddened another.
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Bernadette Hernandez, the Filipino mother of Grammy winner Bruno Mars, has died on June 1, due to brain aneurysm, The Associated Press reports. She is 55 years old.
Hernandez was a Hula dancer and singer who immigrated to the United States from the Philippines. She died at Honolulu at Queens Medical Center. No other details were given by Mars and his label Atlantic Records. Rest In Peace.
When we first heard Bruno Mars singing the chorus part of B.o.B.’s smash hit Nothin On You back in 2010, we were intrigued by his interesting voice quality and tone. Then we got to experience his full capacity and versatility in his debut album Doo Wops and Hooligans. With that album, I became such a huge fan or should I say a Hooligan. I watched his concert and became a bigger fan. I tried singing his songs that I even performed his breakout single Just the Way You Are in my brother’s wedding!
This singer-songwriter is one tremendous force to be reckoned with and has transformed from being a Hawaii native to a worldwide superstar, plus he is half-Filipino too! Some of the critics say that vocally, he is the next Michael Jackson. Now he has returned with his sophomore album—one of the most anticipated albums this year—Unorthodox Jukebox. Will Bruno experience the Sophomore Jinx or will he stay as one of the most relevant singers of this generation? Let’s take a look at the tracks:
- Young Girls – Bruno’s second offering kicks off with a beautifully arranged music with remnants of Doo Wops. I really like the drum beats that sound similar with that of Grenade.
- Locked Out Of Heaven – Now here comes Mr. Mars! This song is giving me the 80’s vibe and it seems like whenever I listen to this track I feel like I’m being baked or something. His vocals are AMAZING and it pierces through every guitar strings, percussion and synthesizers and everything in between. One of my favorite Mars singles to date.
- Gorilla – And the vibe from the 80’s continues. I guess this is an ambitious effort, and it works big time. Oh and by the way, he sounds so much like Michael Jackson on this one. I wonder about Bruno’s fascination to monkeys and gorillas, but with this song, I know now why. But in this jungle you can’t run / Coz what I got for you / I promise it’s a killer / You’ll be banging on your chest / Bang Bang / Gorilla. I. F CKIN. LOVE. THIS. SONG. You and me, baby, making love like gorillas. Damn.
- Treasure – Now I know the main theme of this album. Bruno Mars is trying to give his listeners a taste of throwback 80’s music. Treasure is one of those groovy, ecstatic songs that you can dance with. Put your dancing shoes and get your disco groove on with this track. Another gem of a song.
- Moonshine – Listening to this track takes you to a different place, just like in the lyrics, Take us to the stars tonight / Take us to that special place. The overall production of this track is so hypnotic that when you close your eyes you would feel you are in a different time zone.
- When I Was Your Man – With just a piano to accompany him, Bruno Mars lays out his heart and soul on this powerful, heartbreaking ballad. With all the fun, retro vibe in this album, this track clearly stands out from the rest, like a bucket of cold water splashing onto your face.
- Natalie – Just as soon as the previous ballad died down, drum thumps and hand claps enter the arena and Mars tries to sing his heart out, bewailing about a gold-digger named Natalie. The track is catchy that you can join the clapping and the lamenting, with a bit of head bopping on the side.
- Show Me – This song takes you again to a different place, but this time, to the beach! Just like his song in Doo Wops, Liquor Store Blues, this song is Mars’ one-but-staple reggae track of the album. This track is like another breeze of fresh, summer air.
- Money Make Her Smile – This is probably the most current song in the album. It’s a blissful mix of electronic, pop, R & B and hip-hop that can make Chris Brown excited.
- If I Knew – Well, I did not expect for Bruno Mars to end his sophomore album with a dulcet, candy-coated, doo-wopping ballad that is too short, you would ask for more!
Final Thoughts: An Instant Classic. Unorthodox Jukebox is an utterly incredible effort for Bruno Mars. I do not know if it’s better than his first album or not, but with two albums in, I think Mars has put the stamp of being significant in the Music Industry. If you love listening to some throwback, groovy music of the 80’s, this album is definitely a great buy.
Songs to be put on your Playlist: Gorilla, Locked Out Of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, Treasure.
Grab this album if you like: Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Smeezingtons, Mark Ronson.
4.5 out of 5