Usher Loses It

I’ve been worried about Usher for a while now. It’s hard for me to remember my musical journey without remembering Confessions, one of the finest R&B albums that I have ever heard. Usher became a megastar after Confessions¬†dropped, adding more pressure for his next album.

It’s hard to comeback after a stellar album, I understand that and have seen it happen countless times. Usher’s next album, Here I Stand was met with weak reviews even Continue reading

Sales Aftermath

As I said at the beginning of the weekend, the VMA’s usually result in a sales increase for both the nominees and performers. Florence + The Machine have seen the biggest jump since they made their performance of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ last night. The song has jumped to number 10 on itunes, a new peak for them, and their album, ‘Lungs’ has jumped to number 2. This should be a huge week for them sales and chart wise. Thankfully they are gaining fans from a performance that was true to their artistry.

30 Seconds to Mars will probably see their song, ‘Kings and Queens’ reach a new peak next week as well. The song has reached to number 22 on itunes. If they were smart the song would be re-released to Top 40 radio to gain audience impressions while the song is popular on itunes. Their album, ‘This is War’ also moved up to number 22 on the album chart.

Usher moved up a few spots as ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love’ zooms to 3 on itunes. It is not surprising since his performance was the most exciting of the night. Drakes song ‘Fancy’ is at a new itunes peak of 48. I am hoping that a remix with Mary J. Blige will be released soon.

I am glad to see that Florence and 30 Seconds to Mars seem to be benefitting from the VMA’s the most. Considering that they are less commercial than all the other acts I am sure they are celebrating their success today.

VMA Weekend Wrap-Up

Tonight was Lady Gaga’s night winning 8 awards, including ‘Bad Romance’. I am so thankful that the video that deserved all the awards won the most. I did pretty decent with predicting the winners tonight. I predicting 5 of the winners correctly. I best performance of the night goes to Usher, who was able to bring both awesome vocals and dancing. Florence + The Machine did an amazing job, staying true to her artistry. Taylor Swift was by far the worst of the night, and Kanye get the last laugh earning both the respect and love from the entire arena who was cheering his name at the end of the performance. The biggest disappointment was that fact that Lady Gaga did not perform. After last years performance she should of been the first person added on the bill. Overall the show was pretty decent, with all of the awards going to the deserving winners.

What did you think of the show? After all of the post that I have done today I’m done for the night!

‘OMG’ Usher feat. Will.I.AM

Rating: C-

Billboard reports that this week Ushers new single from his album ‘Raymond v. Raymond’ has hit number 1 on the Billboard Top 100. This means that this is Usher’s 9th number 1 single. I was conflicted on whether or not I should review this song because I wanted my first few reviews to be positive, but since the song hit number 1 I figured that you all should see both sides of me right off the bat. First I will say that its not the worst thing that I’ve heard but its certainly not up to the quality of music that we have seen from Usher and Will.I.AM in the past. The song was produced by and features Will.I.AM, who is the backbone to The Black Eyed Peas. Its literally impossible to mention 2009 without noting the success of the The Black Eyed Peas. Here’s some number just so you know how big they actually were- ‘Boom Boom Pow’ was number 1 for 12 weeks and was dethroned by ‘I Gotta Feeling’ which was number one for 14 weeks. That means The Black Eyed Peas ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks in 2009. Unreal. Whether you like the songs or not you can’t deny the success they achieved. That being said ‘OMG’ attempts to recreate the magic that ‘Boom Boom Pow’ had by mixing different sounds and beat changes. Even the drums sounds the same, but ‘OMG’ doesn’t come close; its too messy. During the chorus there a choir of men yelling “oh-oh-oh” over and over again. This is the most confusing part of the song because it does not fit with the sound of the song. Some part of me thinks I’d actually enjoy the song a little more if it wasn’t for the chorus. Usher also disappoints this time around. His voice sounds to mechanic and common to me. Think back to 2004/2005 where Usher was ruling the charts. Songs like ‘Yeah’ and ‘Confessions’ were able to capture the current sound of music while still showing Ushers singing abilities and showmanship. Basically I am saying that Usher is capable of much better than this. He sounds too similar to Will.I.AM with the flow of his verses. Usher doesn’t need to sound like anyone else-he has already proven himself. Still this success is a step in the right direction for him. This album has show him some success and now with a number 1 single attached to it, the album will only get bigger. Personally I think his other singles from this album ‘Little Freak’ and ‘Daddy’s Home’ are better than this, so pass on this song. I really predict that this might be its only week at number 1. Eminem released his new single to itunes this week, which has sky rocketed to number 1 on the itunes chart and has almost 5,000 reviews. I would not be surprised to see him in the top spot next week. I encourage to give it a listen though. It obviously has mass appeal- I just know Usher can give us a better single than this.

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