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Ed Sheehan – Galway Girl [Official Music Video]

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Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You [Official Music Video]

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Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill [Official Lyric Video + BBC Live Acoustic]

Ed Sheehan is back with two new singles and this song in particular gives me all the feels. He could have saved 2016 had he released this last year haha.

 

And enjoy a live performance of “Castle On The Hill” for the BBC 1 Radio Breakfast Show below:

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees [List]

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It’s almost a Sausage Fest at the Grammys!  Kanye West, fun., Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Jay-Z all lead the 2013 Grammy Nomination with six each, while Miguel and The Black Keys follow with 5 nominations each.

Of all the top nominees, Frank Ocean is the clear R&B standout of the year (Read my Album Review for channel Orange HERE).  Ocean is nominated for Best New Artist, Record of the Year (“Thinkin Bout You”), Album of the Year (“channel Orange”), Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap Sung Collaboration (with Kanye West and Jay-Z on “No Church in the Wild”) and Best Short Form Music Video (for “No Church in the Wild”).

Don’t fret ladies, the female artists also scored a bunch of nominations as well.  Leading the girl-power pack are Kelly Clarkson with four nods, Taylor Swift with three, and hot newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen who received two nominations.

I was particularly excited for the Best New Artist category because there were A LOT of up and coming artists this year.  To my disappointment, the likes of Mumford and Sons, Gotye, OneDirection, Ed Sheeran, and even Carly Rae Jepsen were all snubbed.  In place of them are Alabama Shakes, fun., Hunter Hayes, The Lumineers and Frank Ocean.  I know all of them except Alabama Shakes.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 10 2013 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  Here are the some of the nominees:

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys – El Camino
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Mumford & Sons – Babel
» Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
» Jack White – Blunderbuss

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
» Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Best New Artist
» The Alabama Shakes
» Fun.
» Hunter Hayes
» The Lumineers
» Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
» Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Maroon 5 – Overexposed
» Pink – The Truth About Love

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
» Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
» Maroon 5 – “Payphone”

Best Dance Recording
» Avicii – “Levels”
» Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”
» Skrillex feat. Sirah – “Bangarang”
» Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child”
» Al Walser – “I Can’t Live Without You”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
» Steve Aoki – Wonderland
» The Chemical Brothers Don’t Think
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» Kaskade Fire & Ice
» Skrillex Bangarang

Best Rock Performance
» Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Coldplay – “Charlie Brown”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
» Anthrax – “I’m Alive”
» Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
» Iron Maiden – “Blood Brothers”
» Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking”
» Marilyn Manson – “No Reflection”
» Megadeth – “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”

Best Rock Song
» Jack White – “Freedom at 21”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Muse – “Madness”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys, El Camino
» Muse, The 2nd Law
» Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
» Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
» Jack White, Blunderbuss

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
» M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

Best R&B Performance
» Estelle – “Thank You”
» Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi – “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
» Luke James – “I Want You”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Usher – “Climax”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
» Anita Baker – “Lately”
» Beyonce – “Love on Top”
» Melanie Fiona – “Wrong Side of a Love Song”
» Gregory Porter – “Real Good Hands”
» SWV – “If Only You Knew”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
» Chris Brown, Fortune
» Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
» Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Best R&B Album
» Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio
» Anthony Hamilton, Back To Love
» R. Kelly, Write Me Back
» Tamia, Beautiful Surprise
» Tyrese, Open Invitation

Best Rap Performance
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR (Hell Ya F—ing Right)”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris”
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Young Geezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 – “I Do”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Flo Rida feat. Sia – “Wild Ones”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – “No Church in the Wild”
» John Legend feat. Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
» Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse – “Cherry Wine”
» Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – “Talk That Talk”

Best Rap Song
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Wale feat. Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “The Motto”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris”
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild & Free”

Best Rap Album
» Drake, Take Care
» Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
» The Roots, Undun
» Nas, Life Is Good
» Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
» 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

Best Country Song
» Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
» Ronnie Dunn -“Cost of Livin’ ”
» Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
» Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”
» Eric Church – “Springsteen”

Best Country Solo Performance
» Dierks Bentley – “Home”
» Eric Church – “Springsteen”
» Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin’ ”
» Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
» Blake Shelton – “Over”
» Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

Best Blues Album
» Shemekia Copeland, 33 1/3
» Dr. John, Locked Down
» Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn
» Heritage Blues Orchestra, And I Still Rise
» Joan Osborne, Bring It on Home

What do you guys think of all the nominees?  Sound off below.  For the Full List of all the nominations, please go to the GRAMMY Official Website.

London 2012 Olympics: Closing Ceremony

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Just like what I did for the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics two weeks ago, I woke up as early as 3:50 AM to catch the live coverage.  I do not want to meddle with the drama I have experienced with that coverage channel so let’s go on. (Again my apologies for my twitter outburst)

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Witnessed by millions of viewers all around the world, the Closing Ceremony kicked off with stunning structures of London, right smack in the middle of the stadium.  A replica of the Big Ben itself chimed its bell 10 times to a countdown.  Again the whole set was so magnificent.

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With all the cheers and applause, Emeli Sande was on stage as she sang beautifully a song called Read All About It.  Then on top of the Big Ben I saw Wormtongue himself! Haha!  Yeah he’s actor Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, speaking some excerpts from Shakespeare “The Tempest.”  I did observe that the set were all wrapped in newspapers.  Astonishing imagery and effect!

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After the UK’s National Anthem, Michael Caine did a voice appearance as Butler Alfred as he counted down 5 to 0, and soon after, a car exploded and two men dressed as Batman and Robin came into view!

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British band Madness performed their hit “Our House” to the crowd’s delight.  Followed by Music Icons Pet Shop Boys.  I remembered when I was young I was afraid of their cult-like music and bizarre and somehow androgynous appearance.  Well they were still that weird, as they performed “West End Girls” while being pulled by cyclists, black spikey and red-orange unusually shaped hats and all.

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Creative Director Kim Gavin certainly wanted this grandiose celebration to cater all ages, as the boys of the hugely popular boy-band OneDirection were next to perform and the crowd went crazy!

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Afterwards, Stomp did a massive production followed shortly by Britains Got Talent winners Spelbound.  Both acts were so brilliant!  After Ray Davis of The Kinks performed, Emeli Sande is back to sing Read All About It, and I was emotional as a tribute video featured some of the victorious highlights of the Olympics.  That was touching.

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Next portion is the entrance of the flags and the athletes.  It was very lovely to see all athletes entering the stadium—204 nations, 1000+ number of participants, united as one.  To cap off the portion, another tribute video, this time in a monochromatic style, featured more triumphant moments of the Olympics.  Goosebumps!

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After the traditional victory ceremony for Men’s Marathon Final and the introduction of the volunteers, the crowd were treated with a brief interlude of Queen’s iconic song Bohemian Rhapsody, then the kids of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and Liverpool Signing Choir performed the Beatles’ classic Imagine with the help of a video of John Lennon himself.  I was in awe, overwhelmed with emotions, and literally crying.  That was probably one of my favourite moments of the Closing Ceremony. (Then the coverage was interrupted to their Morning Show and my heart was crushed. Damn you TV5)

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Next up was George Michael in his true total performer form.  He sang Freedom and White Light.  Followed by Kaiser Chiefs with their rendition of The Who’s Pinball Wizard! Woohoo!  It did not stop there, as David Bowie hits were played and several Hot British Supermodels appeared, wearing British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.  Creepy Annie Lennox was next, performing on top of an eerie pirate ship.  Well that production number was over the top!

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Another personal favourite moment of the Closing Ceremony was Ed Sheeran’s performance!  He sang a Pink Floyd classic Wish You Were Here, while a man is seen balancing on a rope.

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Funny man Russell Brand surprised the audience by coming to the stadium riding on top of a psychedelic bus, doing a Pure Imagination rendition from Willy Wonka.

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Then it’s time to party!  DJ Fatboy Slim came into the spotlight and played several of his dance hits.  The octopus set was hippie cool and dope!  Then Jessie J sang her smash hit Price Tag, then out in the gorgeous car was Tinie Tempah with his own smash Written In The Stars.  Lastly, Taio Cruz was next to come out of the car to the tune of his hit Dynamite, and it goes on and on and on indeed!  To cap off this segment, the trio chart toppers gathered on stage and performed Bee GeesYou Should Be Dancing.

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However, one of the major and much-anticipated highlights of the whole celebration was the reunion performance of 90’s pop group Spice Girls.  They sang two of their greatest hits – Wannabe, and Spice Up Your Life to the audience’s roaring applause.  Nostalgia continued with a comeback performance of Liam Gallagher.  I was delighted to see him perform Wonderwall live again!

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I have to say, I am in love with all the song selections.  Even from Mr. Blue Sky and Eric Idle appearance with Always Look On The Bright Side Of Things, to Muse’s theme song for the Olympics Survival.

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Another memorable moment from the London Olympics was the haunting appearance of the late great music icon Freddie Mercury, which later joined by the rest of the members of QueenBrian May and Roger Taylor, playing to what seems to be the staple song of every competitive event – We Will Rock You.  This time around they were joined by Jessie J.  Everything turned out to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

After the traditional Greek National Anthem and the speeches that ended with the London mayor handing over the Olympic flag to the mayor of Rio.

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And here comes RIO!  They gave us a festive sneak peek of what’s in store for the Olympics in 2016.  What a wonderful production!  You know what; I will definitely work hard for me to catch the Rio Olympics in 2016.  This will be the first time for a South American country to host this event!

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London 2012 organizer Sebastian Coe, said London presented “wonderful Games in a wonderful city,” adding that “we lit the flame and we lit up the world.” He also said: “When our time came, Britain, we did it right.”  That was moving.  After the chairman announced that the Summer Olympics in London is officially closed, the Olympic flames were slowly extinguished.  Such a bittersweet moment for me, again I was moved.  The whole event ended with Take That and The Who, and to a breathtaking display of fireworks.

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I cannot believe that London Olympics 2012 has come to an end.   London did a very exceptional job in hosting this year’s Olympics.   And I also heard that each participant/singer/performer for the Olympic Ceremonies was only given £1.00 which is equivalent to P65.00?  That is truly remarkable and admirable.

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16 days of glory, punctuated in a spectacular conclusion, I am delighted that I was able to witness this sensational event.

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Ed Sheeran – Drunk (Official Music Video)

In connection to my previous Album Review, here’s Ed Sheeran with his latest single/Music Video Drunk. No animals were harmed during the filming of this video. Enjoy!

Album Review: Ed Sheeran +


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In the era where White Guys With Guitars (known as WGWG) are making waves (well, not really, just in this popular TV show called American Idol), here comes a British guy with not just a guitar, but with a distinct voice.  He goes by the name of Ed Sheeran.  He is absolutely on the rise to super-stardom as he already won two Brit Awards!  That’s pretty amazing.  Let’s check his tracks:

  1. A-TEAM  – Nice way to jump-start the whole promising album.  His voice is promising and pleasing to the ears.  The melody is catchy that gives listeners a preview of what’s in store come next tracks.   The vibe of the song seems like a fusion of Jason Mraz and John Mayer.
  2. DRUNK – One of his current singles.  I personally love this track.  It shows his quirky, witty writing skills
  3. U.N.I. – The guitar background sounded like a Bieber track! Haha!  The songs showcases a bit of his rapping skills ala Mraz.  I can hear this as a background song for a TV show or something.
  4. GRADE 8 – It started off with a nice drum beat to cue in more of Sheeran’s rapping skills.  Very nice track.
  5. WAKE ME UP – It sounded like he did this through one of his live shows, like an impromptu thing.  I cringed a little when he sang something about Shrek and BluRays.
  6. SMALL BUMP – Another personal favorite of mine.  I really love this song!  I like the cool vibe of the melody.
  7. THIS – Ok here it is: I just fell in love with this track the moment I heard it.  The song is so heartfelt and emotional.  Definitely the I-would-sing-in-front-of-the-woman-I will-marry kinda song.
  8. THE CITY – Another upbeat track. Just OK for me.  Sounded a bit cheesy and boring.
  9. LEGO HOUSE – Definitely one of Ed Sheeran’s best and biggest tracks in the album.  I absolutely love this song.  One of my favorite summer songs.  The best part of this song is the hook efore the chorus. #OnRepeatMode
  10. YOU NEED ME, I DON’T NEED YOU – This song sounded so much like a Jason Mraz track.  He sounded like a Jason Mraz copycat.  The pop-flavored track is catchy though.
  11. KISS ME – Another powerful ballad that engages the listeners to feel how beautiful Ed Sheeran sounds.  He hits the notes perfectly and beautifully, a bit rough around the edges, but I absolutely have no problems about it.  You can feel his intensity and real emotions coming out of this particular song.
  12. GIVE ME LOVE – The final track of the album.  You could actually hear this song in a Victoria’s Secret Commercial (FYI).  Ed Sheeran delivers yet another powerful song that ended up with a lovely backup vocals.  Wonderfully written. Soulful. Nice one to end a very promising debut album.

Side Note: The Deluxe Edition features additional tracks.

Final Thoughts: I really like this album.  Ed Sheeran is extremely talented and gifted with fantastic writing skills.

Songs to be put on your Playlist: Lego House, This, Small Bump, Drunk, Kiss Me

Grab this album if you like: Jason Mraz, James Morrison, John Mayer, James Blunt, Paolo Nutini.

4.5 out of 5 stars