Now Trending :Revenge of the “whatsherface” and Brass Instruments

When most people think of Ke$ha, many messed-up things come to mind: out of control parties, endless drinking, masses of glitter, some unicorns maybe…. But certainly nobody refers to her as that backup singer in Flo Rida’s old hit “Right Round” (which, yes, is a re-make of the similar song “You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record)” by the 80s’ band Dead or Alive because there really are no original ideas anymore).  She took a phenomenal jump to “superstar” from “that random girl.” And, if it could work for someone like Ke$ha, it can work for anyone, right?

That’s why Dev is breaking into the music industry. While the name Dev may mean nothing to you, perhaps the phrase “Like a G6” rings a bell. Yeah, that’s right, she’s “that chic” in singing the refrain for Far East Movement’s first hit.  I guess that anybody can break into the industry now with a few lines in a song and a pretty (though unknown) face. Anyway, Dev’s new song  “In the Dark” brings me to my next music trend – including brass instruments in songs.

Surely you’ve already heard the saxophone gods play in Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”, but could you hear all the brass in the background of Beyoncé newest hit “Love on Top” that she played at the VMAs? Dev’ song follows suit with a type of “saxophone-like-substitute” that probably came from a synthesizer.

 What do you know? Maybe real music will catch on again!


Is Adele the new Amy Winehouse?

They say out with the old and in with the new….and the music industry couldn’t have time this exchange any better. As the entire news-watching world knows, Amy Winehouse passed away about a month ago in July. Known for her iconic “bad-girl” look and strong, jazzy voice, Amy Winehouse was not only one of the most talented female musicians in Britain, but also one of the most intriguing.

But that was a month ago, and the world continues to spin. As I had the radio on today, I couldn’t help but hear Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and think of Amy Winehouse. I mean, when you think about it, they are rather similar.

They both:

-are British

-released their first album before they were 20

-didn’t make in big in the U.S. until their second album

-have powerful, strong voices and a style of unique music that you can’t quite put your finger on

– do something cool with their hair. I mean Amy has the beehive, Adele does that bun thing….okay so maybe this one is a stretch….

Anyway, while Adele isn’t the tattoo-covered addict that Amy was, they definitely share some similarities. It’s interesting that while Amy passed away, Adele seemed to be rising to fame.

And, don’t get me wrong – you can never “replace” Amy with anyone. Not even with someone as talented as Adele. But can Adele pick up Amy’s crown and reign as the British powerhouse voice that Amy once was? Well, there’s always the possibility…..

The Morality of Remixes: The Rebirth of a Song or Shameless Greed?

It happened. Again.

Today, Katy Perry’s infamous fifth single “Last Friday Night” was released on Itunes, this time featuring rapper Missy Elliott. Not that I have any idea who Missy Elliott is. Regardless, it seems that a new trend in the music industry is to milk popular songs to death by releasing multiple remixes, as if the initial success of the song wasn’t enough. I suppose that one fair excuse for the countless versions of songs are the need for artistic expression through re-creating one’s own masterpiece. However, I do have the slightest suspicion that the greed of the music industry has something to do with it.

Not that I can really point a finger at anyone who really enjoys remixes. I, for one, have 3 CDs that only contain various Lady Gaga remixes, because I find that remixes breathe new life on songs that I’ve listened to so many times that I’ve gotten tired of them (not to mention that they are terribly fun to dance to).

Whether you like remixes or not, ponder this: is it wrong to warp a song so much that it is hardly recognizable? I’ve heard lots of remixes that cut out practically 90% of the vocals and fill in the rest of the song with some synth beats that are supposed to sound like the original song. Do you think that it’s too much to take a good song and make it a shell of what it used to be for the sake of some extra cash? Is that creativity or creative marketing?

Well, no matter how much remixes may reek of the avarice of capitalism, they’ll always have the sheer dance-ability that the original version lacked. Amen to that!