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New Music: Britney Jean Review

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Here’s my song-by-song review (although somewhat bias) in 140 characters or less of Britney Spears‘ eighth album, Britney Jean.

1. Alien
Great song. Haunting vocals. Contagious lyrics. Definitely not Oops 2.0, but good in its own grown up way. Prefer leaked version better.

2. Work Bitch
After listening to the entire album, I think this was a weird first single to release. Especially “for the gays.” Good, but not my fave.

3. Perfume
It took me a while to warm up to Perfume (because I wear cologne), but… I do like it. Vocals are really strong. Lyrics are kinda dumb.

4. It Should Be Easy
Britney? No. Basically auto tune featuring will.i.am. However, I like the verses. “Million billion” gets me every time.

5. Tik Tik Boom
One of the best songs on the album. Should have been first single. Has mass appeal. Much more gay friendly. Less auto tune than normal.

6. Body Ache
The name suggests this song has potential, but it’s just okay. Not the best intro. The first verse is the best. Bad chorus. Okay beat.

7. Til It’s Gone
I liked Til It’s Gone the first time I heard it. Great beat with good lyrics. The intro verse pulls you in immediately. Vegas set list?

8. Passenger
Enter Jesus… The first of a few where Godney comes out, literally. Passenger is good, not great. Vocals are odd. Grew on me over time.

9. Chillin’ With You
IMHO… Maybe one of the dumbest songs I’ve ever heard. Fun and cute collaboration, but it fell flat. Not memorable or exciting.

10. Don’t Cry
Mid tempo ballad. Not bad, but not great. Britney speaks Spanish during the chorus (kinda). TBH… More relatable than Perfume.

11. Brightest Morning Star
And… More Jesus. I was depressed after first listening, but Brightest Morning Star has grown on me. Take it as you will. It is what it is.

12. Hold On Tight
I mean… The Deluxe Holy Edition? Song is, yet again, about Jesus. Strongest Britney vocals of the album, though. Amen.

13. Now That I Found You
Hands down my favorite song on the album. Great beat, great lyrics and great vocals. Should be a single. Club worthy.

14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)
No, no. Just no. The original is just okay as it is. Why slow it down? I could have done without this one… Sorry, Britney!

Overall, Britney Jean is okay. I’m not obsessed with any particular song (or songs) which makes me a little sad and suicidal. I was hoping for something better and more… Britney.

The album is also very far from being “personal,” which is how Britney has described it in countless interviews. Not sure if she’s even listened to the album. I can’t help but wonder what the album would have been like if will.i.am didn’t produce it… No one will ever know (unless tracks leak).

I’d say buy the album and give it a listen. Don’t get me wrong… There are a handful of good songs. Some diamonds in the rough, if you will.

Britney Jean is available in both deluxe and standard editions on iTunes.

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New Music: Kelly Clarkson “Underneath The Tree”

Kelly Clarkson can do no wrong in my eyes.

Her voice is flawless.

She’s down to earth.

And she’s really funny. Just read her quick VMA recap:

 

Well, Kelly is back with her first Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, set to be released on October 25. The album will include covers of Christmas classics and original material.

 

Check out Kelly’s lead single from the album, which is likely to be an instant classic, “Underneath The Tree.”

 

Also, check out the Kelly’s cover of “White Christmas” from the album.

 

I guess Christmas came early this year!

New Music: The 1975 “Chocolate”

I couldn’t understand most of what they were saying the first time I listened, but I immediately liked the beat and flow of the song. After a few more listens (and a deep dive into the lyrics), the song really grew on me.

I think my boyfriend was pretty proud of himself for introducing me to something new that isn’t Britney. He did well.

Check out The 1975’s “Chocolate.”

New Music: Katy Perry “Walking On Air”

I liked “Roar.”

I didn’t like “Dark Horse.”

I love “Walking On Air.”

Of the three singles currently released from Katy’s forthcoming album, PRISM, “Walking On Air” is by far my favorite. It’s got an infectious beat with catchy verses.

I’m actually really looking forward to Katy’s new album.

Check out Katy’s “Walking On Air.”

 

Also, check out Katy’s “Dark Horse.”

 

Katy’s third studio album, PRISM, will be released on October 22.

New Music: Britney Spears “Work Bitch”

Britney Spears‘ new song is finally here and… It’s amazing!

I will admit that I am very bias, but I have a feeling this will do very well on the charts and impact the future of pop music. It’s Britney, bitch… She’s a legend.

Check out Britney’s “Work Bitch.”

New Music: Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is a haunting, mid-tempo song that is very different from the summer hit “We Can’t Stop.” I actually prefer Miley’s vocals when she slows it down and adds some emotion (like “The Climb”).

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I have to admit that I’m super excited about Miley’s upcoming album, Bangerz, due to be released on October 8.

Check out Miley’s “Wrecking Ball.”

Countdown to the 2013 MTV VMAs: #3

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are less than a week away and I can’t wait!

To celebrate this year’s VMAs, I’m counting down my top five VMA moments over the past few years.

VMA MOMENT #3:

Britney Spears performs “Baby One More Time” at the 1999 VMAs. This was Britney’s first VMA performance and… She nailed it!

 

Click here for VMA MOMENT #4.

Click here for VMA MOMENT #5.

 

The 2013 MTV VMAs will air live on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with performances by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.

Countdown to the 2013 MTV VMAs: #4

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are less than a week away and I can’t wait!

To celebrate this year’s VMAs, I’m counting down my top five VMA moments over the past few years.

VMA MOMENT #4:

Britney Spears wins three Moonmen for Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Video of the Year from the 2008 VMAs. She looked happy and stunning in her vintage silver Versace minidress.

 

Click here for VMA MOMENT #5.

 

The 2013 MTV VMAs will air live on Sunday, August 25 at 9 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with performances by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.