2014 VMA’s Biggest Suprises

Posted by Nadine Segal • August 25, 2014 at 01:38 PM

The Video Music Awards are famously unpredictable. You never know who is going to do what and everyone watching is waiting to be shocked.

Here are some of this year’s surprises:

Katy Perry and Riff Raff

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Katy Perry Relived the 90′s in Her Denim Dress – Katy Perry has admitted that it was nostalgia that drove her and her partner for the evening, Riff Raff, to wear their all denim ensembles, reminiscent of the days of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

Pharrell Didn’t Win Anything – This year was the year of Pharrell. His video “Happy” was actually everywhere this year. It even inspired thousands of people around the world to dance around the street and make their own versions.How did he go home empty-handed this year? He was nominated for “Video of the Year” and “Best Male Video”.

Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus Gave Up Her Stage Time – Last year after Miley Cyrus twerked her way to infamy, many claimed Miley was desperate for attention. This year, Miley Cyrus won the coveted award of “Video of the Year” and instead of soaking up the limelight, she helped promote a great cause. Miley sat on the sideline and sent up a homeless youth as a representative of the organization My Friend’s Place.

The Carter Family

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Jay Z and Blue Ivy Presented Beyoncé with the Video Vanguard Award -After an impressive performance of a medley of the whole Beyoncé album, Jay Z and Blue Ivy took the stage to present Beyoncé with the “Video Vanguard Award”. Jay declared his wife to be “the greatest living entertainer”. Beyoncé then tearfully expressed her appreciation.

Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande

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Nicki Minaj Had to Hold Her Dress Together – Something was array with Nicki’s dress during the second half of her performance with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. Nicki Minaj “held it together” both literally and figuratively to finish the song.

Lorde accepting VMA

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Lorde Won for “Best Rock Video” – We love Lorde, but since when is she Rock?

You can get all your favorite songs from last night’s winners using iMesh.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

5 Acts You Didn’t Know Are Canadian

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 30, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Deadmau5

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With Canada Day coming up tomorrow we thought we would celebrate with some Canadian musical acts. Some musical acts like Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber are famous for being from Canada. Here are some musicians you may not know are from Canada.

Arcade Fire – This band from Montreal is truly a family affair, 3 of the 6 band-mates are related. Front-man Win Bulter is married to Régine Chassagne, also in the band is Win’s brother, Will Butler.  Other members of the band include Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara. All of the members of the band play multiple instruments. Arcade Fire has gotten a lot of attention from both fans and critics since the release of their first studio album Funeral in 2004.  Last year they released Reflektor, their 4th studio album. It should be noted that while the band was founded in Montreal, not all of the members are Canadian.

Simple Plan – From Montreal Quebec, Simple Plan formed in 1999. The pop-punk band is currently working on their 5th studio album.  Another thing you may not know about the band is they perform the theme song for What’s New Scooby-Doo?

Deadmau5 – The man beneath that giant mau5head is Joel Zimmerman from Niagara Falls, Canada. The music producer has released 6 studio albums, he has also contributed to many compilations. For those who believe you haven’t really made it till you are a video game character. Deadmau5 is an avatar in DJ Hero 2. His tracks are also featured on many other games.

MAGIC! -  Have you heard of the band MAGIC! ? You may have heard their debut hit single “Rude”. The band from Toronto, are just getting started and they already featured on the Shakira song “Cut Me Deep”. Another wonderful bit of information, the lead singer of the band was instrumental in the New Kids on The Block reunion in 2007.

The Weeknd – Abel Tesfaye otherwise known as The Weeknd is a singer, songwriter and producer from Scarborough, Ontario. His stage name is intentionally misspelled as there was already a Canadian pop band with the name The Weekend. The Weeknd’s debut studio album Kiss Land, was released in September of 2013. The only guest on the album is fellow Canadian artist Drake.

 You can find all your favorite music from Canada and all over the world using iMesh.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

5 Years Later Michael is Still Topping Charts

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 25, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Michael Jackson

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It is hard to believe that it has been 5 years since Michael Jackson died so suddenly in 2009.

Michael was preparing for a big comeback, complete with a major concert series at London’s o2 Arena just before he passed away.

Since he has passed, his previously unheard music has continued to be released. His most recent album Xscape has topped the charts around the world.

In May Jackson performed at the Billboard Music Awards, well sort of. It was actually an illusion that is known as a “pepper’s ghost” which is similar to a hologram.

The latest single from Jackson is a duet with Justin Timberlake entitled ” Love Never Felt So Good”. The single has made it into Billboard’s  top 10.

 Download all of your favorite music from all your favorite artists using iMesh.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Greatest Songs Written By Paul McCartney

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 18, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Paul McCartney performing

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Paul McCartney is undoubtedly a talented man. He was a member of one of the most successful groups in the history of music, The Beatles and continued on to succeed as a solo artist. While he is a wonderful musician, perhaps his greatest gift is his songwriting.

To celebrate Sir Paul McCartney’s 72nd birthday today, here are some of the all-time greatest songs he has ever written.

Live and Let Die

Written by Paul and Linda McCartney specifically for the James Bond movie, Live and Let Die. The version recorded by McCartney’s band Wings as well as the Guns N’ Roses version were hits.

Here Today

This song was written as a tribute to John Lennon, two years after his passing. The beauty of the song comes from its simplicity.

Maybe I’m Amazed

The song was originally on McCartney 1970 solo album but wasn’t released as a single till 1976 when he recorded it on The Wings’  live album, Wings Across America. McCartney wrote the song about his wife’s support during the breakup of The Beatles.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

5 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Produced by Kanye

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 08, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Kanye West

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You may know Kanye West as Mr. Kim Kardashian, dad to baby North West and certainly as a rapper, but you may not know that Kanye West is also a record producer. Kanye began making a name for himself as a record producer in the mid 1990′s. He has written and produced tracks for some of the biggest names in music.

In 2000, Kanye West started to produce music for Jay-Z.

Jay Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Kanye also produced the first song Jay Z and Beyonce recorded together, he was the one who suggested sampling the Tupac song ‘Me and My Girlfriend”.

Jay Z ft. Beyonce – 03 Bonnie & Clyde

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Songs to Set the Summer Mood

Posted by Nadine Segal • May 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Beach Party

Memorial Day has arrived and with it the unofficial start of summer.

Here are the hottest songs out right now, to get you in the mood for summer:

Love Never Felt So Good

Though he is no longer with us, Michael Jackson is still putting out music that will get you dancing, like this duet with  Justin Timberlake.

Liar, Liar

This new song which was part of a collaboration with Pharrell Williams has put singer-songwriter Chris Cab on the map and we are sure to be singing it all summer.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Cher Songs Worth Sharing

Posted by Nadine Segal • May 20, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Cher

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Believe it or not Cher is turning 68 today and this pop icon is still touring.

Cher started out in the duo Sonny & Cher but soon made it clear that she could make it on her own. As a solo artist Cher released hit after hit, making a name for herself with her unique voice and flamboyant costumes.

In honor of Cher’s birthday we are going to “turn back time” and look at some of her greatest hits to date.

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

“Bang Bang” was Cher’s second single as a solo artist.  The song was a huge sucess for her and was covered by a huge variety of artists, most famously by Nancy Sinatra.

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves

Cher’s 1971 album was originally titled Cher  but after it was clear the single was a hit, the album was renamed Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves. Read more …

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Celebrating Janet Jackson’s Birthday

Posted by Nadine Segal • May 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Janet Jackson

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Janet Jackson is turning 48. Janet Jackson is a musical icon and an inspiration to many. The multi-talented star is also an actress and director.

Among the many artists who rank Janet as their greatest inspiration are non other than pop stars Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Rihanna. Britney claims Jackson is her greatest influence while Riri  calls Janet her “heroine”.

Aside from releasing 10 studio albums which together ranks her as the 7th best selling female artist of all time, she has won 6 Grammy awards along with numerous other awards in both music and film.

To look back at Janet’s expansive career, here are some favorites from her huge collection of hits.

Nasty

In 1986, the line “No, my first name ain’t baby, it’s Janet – Miss Jackson if you’re nasty!” became one of the most quoted song lyrics, referenced time and time again in music, movies and television.

Rhythm Nation

In “Rhythm Nation” Jackson tried to spread a message of racial acceptance and unity. The song and video for the song were wildly successful.

Escapade

This upbeat song dominated the airways when it was released in 1990.

Together Again

In 1997 Janet released her album The Velvet Rope; the most successful song off the album “Together Again” was a tribute to Janet’s friend who passed away.

All for You

One of Janet’s biggest hits was “All for You”. The dance song was off her 2001 album with the same title.

Happy Birthday Janet! You can find all your Janet Jackson favorites with iMesh, remember to dance along.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

The Piano Man Turns 65

Posted by Nadine Segal • May 08, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Billy Joel

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Billy Joel has been making music since he was 16 years old. He has won 6 Grammys and many other prestigious awards, including the Kennedy Center Honors. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Piano Man is turning 65 today and we thought this would be the perfect time time to take a look at his impressive collection of music.

If we wanted to list all of Billy Joel’s top 40 hits, there are over 30 that made it into the Top 40 chart in the US alone, not to mention some fan favorites that were never released as singles. Here is a taste of Billy Joel’s music over the years.

 

Piano Man

Released in 1973, the song was Joel’s first big success and with it he became known as The Piano Man.

Only the Good Die Young

This song was so controversial that many requested it be banned from radio, but that attention only seemed to make it more popular.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

 

Best Songs for Mondays

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 28, 2014 at 01:47 PM

Man with Coffee

Mondays are hard, there is no way around it.  There are few things that can ease the pain of a Monday morning quite like a great big cup of coffee and a great Monday song. Many songs have been written about the first day of the work week but here are the best of the best.

New Order – Blue Monday

This song has been covered time and time again but here is the original 1983 “Blue Monday” to help get you through the start of the week.

The Bangles – Manic Monday

Another song often covered by other artists is “Manic Monday” the song sung by The Bangles in 1986.  The songwriter was credited as “Christopher” who is actually Prince.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.