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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?

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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.

Best Songs Made for Sporting Events

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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The right song can really set the mood at a sporting event. Some songs have become anthems to get a crowd hyped before an event like “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Other songs have become synonymous with a specific team, like the song “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond has come to be the song of the Boston Red Sox.

Major sporting events like The World Cup and The Olympics will have official songs to represent the event. Here are some of our favorites:

“We Are One (Ole, Ola)” Pitbull ft. J.Lo and Claudia Leitte

This is the official song for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” -  Shakira ft. Freshlyground

“Waka Waka” was the official song for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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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.

The Funniest Songs for April Fools’ Day

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 01, 2014 at 01:13 PM

Woman singing in blue wig

Good music and good humor are two surefire ways to put a smile on your face. Together, the combination is unstoppable. In honor of April Fools’ Day we want to take a look at the goofiest songs out there, which are sure to have you smiling.

Starting with the king of funny music, Weird Al Yankovic. Here is one of our favorites “White and Nerdy”.

The Beastie Boys showed their humorous side with “Paul Revere”.

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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 Dogs

Posted by Nadine Segal • March 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Dog with headphones

Today is National Puppy Day, a day to celebrate the irresistible adorableness of puppies.

There are many singers and songwriters that love dogs. Some famous musicians are known for being seen with their pooches. Some artists love dogs so much that they have even written songs about them.

Any fan of the band Sublime will know about Lou Dog. Lou Dog or Louie was the dalmatian of lead singer Bradley Nowell. The dog was constantly being referenced in songs and was featured in the band’s photos. He was even onstage at shows.

Nowell wasn’t the only songwriter with a special place in his heart for dogs. Here are some popular songs written about dogs.

I love my Dog – Sublime

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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.

What’s My Name? Artists That Have Changed Their Names

Posted by Nadine Segal • March 12, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Kesha

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This week, Kesha went from spelling her name Ke$ha to spelling it Kesha. Whether this will reflect further changes in the singer’s life and career or if she just got sick of adding the dollar sign to her name, is yet to be seen. Considering the change comes just after a two month rehab stay for an eating disorder, it is a pretty fair guess that Kesha has done some soul searching recently.

Many artists choose to perform under another name and some like Kesha change that name, some even more than once. Here are some artists that can’t stick to one name.

Take Prince for example. In 1993 he changed his name to a symbol due to a disagreement with his then record company. The symbol, which is a combination for the symbol for male and the symbol for female, had no name. It became known as “the love symbol”, while prince became known as “The Artist Formerly Known as  Prince”. In 2000 after his contract was over, he went back to being known as Prince.

Not all name changes are so drastic, rapper Jay Z decided to remove the hyphen in his name which he previously wrote as Jay-Z. The change was so subtle that many have argued when the change actually took place.

Sean Combs is a successful rapper and a force in the music industry. Everyone is sure to recognize him, but will they know his name? He started his rap career as Puff Daddy, then changed his name to P. Diddy, then to just Diddy. If that wasn’t confusing enough, he is also part of a group called Diddy – Dirty Money.

Diddy’s former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez also started going by a nickname J.Lo when she released her second album.

Then there is Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Doggy Dogg, or Snoop Lion or maybe Snoopzilla, maybe we can just call him Snoop.

Do you think artists rename themselves to reflect a greater change or are they just looking for attention?

Whatever name your favorite artist goes by, you are sure to find their music on 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.