My Favorite Albums of 2012

19 12 2012

This year there were so many transcending albums that were released. Albums that have changed the face of music altogether. We saw new albums from music veterans, as well as material from brand new artists trying to make a name for themselves. Below are my top five favorite albums that were released in 2012.

5) Push and Shove – No Doubt

ImageI was absolutely ecstatic when I heard that No Doubt would be putting out an album for the first time in ten years. I was a huge fan of Rock Steady when it released in late 2001. I was in fourth grade at the time and No Doubt seemed to be the definition of cool. Ten years later, that hasn’t changed at all. No Doubt kept to their reggae/ska rocking roots and didn’t let the world of EDM enter their tracks, which I found respectable. Each song from the album is outstanding. I couldn’t even pick out favorites, aside from Push and Shove. If you haven’t listened to these tracks yet, I highly suggest that you do. 

 

4) Lotus – Christina Aguilera

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I was on the edge of my seat waiting with anticipation for Christina Aguilera’s new album to be released this year. Knowing that her last album, Bionic, from 2012, didn’t do so well, I was ready to hear what she would bring to the table this time. Personally, I enjoed Bionic and think it didn’t do well because it was ahead of its time, but I knew Christina was working extra hard on this next album and that’s what excited me. She was ready to prove her critics wrong. When Lotus was released I was in pure ecstasy. Aguilera has the vocals of a goddess and hearing them applied these updated tracks was a thrill. The ballads like, Blank Page, had the power to transport me to new dimensions. My two favorite songs from her album, aside from Your Body, are Let There Be Love and Cease Fire. Both songs offer a different release of chemicals to your brain, but both songs are powerful and strong. I was upset to see that this album didn’t perform so well and debuted only at number seven on the Billboard 200. I truly felt this album deserved better reception. However, no matter what happens I’ll always be one of Christina’s Fighters. 

 

 

3) MDNA – Madonna

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There’s no getting around the fact that Madonna is the Queen of Pop and after four years without releasing music, I looking forward to see what sort of tracks she would release. To my great pleasure, it was a dance album. I just can’t help blasting MDNA in the car and moving around like a fool. The beats are energizing! I also found MDNA to be the perfect album to workout to. In particular, the track I’m Addicted gets you into the groove. 

 

2) Born to Die – Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey. A name I will always relate to 2012. I first heard to her voice on her first single, Born to Die when I watched the music video for it in late 2011. It was so calming and hippy-ish, I loved it! Usually I find myself enjoying a more upbeat track, but her sound was beyond transformational for me. Therefore, when she released the album, Born to Die in early 2012, perfection took a new form. I couldn’t stay away from this album. It was the prime thing to listen to a the end of a long day when you needed a stress release. Everything was okay when I listened to her voice. 

 

1) Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album was my favorite album this year. I was happily surprised by what she had to offer. Her first album Pink Friday was good, but Roman Reloaded was GREAT. She gave her fans, including me, just what we wanted, a mix of rap and pop. This makes a great album because it’s something you can listen to no matter what mood you’re in. When I’m angry I listen to her rap tracks like Come on a Cone, but when I’m happy and want to dance, Pound the Alarm it is. She even has a few beautiful ballads like Marilyn Monroe mixed in. Roman  Reloaded defined the music scene in 2012, and that’s part of what makes it so great.

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My Favorite Songs of 2012

19 12 2012

The end of the year is here and as always it’s a time to reflect on the past twelve months. One of my favorite things to look back on is the music. By doing so, I come up with a list of my favorite songs I’ve heard throughout the year. Below, are the top ten songs of 2012, according to ME.

10) Girl Gone Wild – Madonna

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Hey, ey, ey, ey this song gets me dancing. The 80’s pop diva returned this year with a collection of hypnotic dance songs, Girl Gone Wild happened to be my favorite. It’s a song that makes you let loose and go…WILD. Whenever I listen to it, a sense of freedom comes over me and I feel on top of the world. Madonna definitely knows how to make a person feel a sense of empowerment.

9) Push and Shove – No Doubt

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There no doubting that No Doubt was ready to make their comeback with the ten year wait and Push and Shove proved just that. This song incorporated a reggae sound throughout and when Gwen Stefani belted out the bridge, I found myself on the verge of an orgasm. I’ve been a fan of No Doubt since their Rock Steady album featured songs like Hey Baby and Hella Good. It was great to have them back this year and I just pray that they don’t leave us again.

8) Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)

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When I first became aware of Calvin Harris, like most of the world, through his work on We Found Love, I knew he was a talent I should pay attention to. With his own album dropping in 2012, he proved we all should. His newest single with Florence Welch, Sweet Nothing, incorporates the EDM beats we’ve all come to love Calvin Harris for and Florence’s voice is just MAJOR. I could listen to this ALL day.

7) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

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Let me just throw this out there on the table to begin with, I have never been a fan of Taylor Swift, or her music. However, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together struck a chord with me. I would become giddy whenever I would hear it on the radio. To be honest, it’s just a fun song, one that I couldn’t let go of.

6) Diamonds – Rihanna

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When I first heard Rihanna’s lead single off of her new album, I wasn’t impressed. I was used to the EDM influence in her songs which were all over her album Talk That Talk. Once I started to give the song a listen to more and more, it began to grow on me. Rihanna didn’t need any beats, this song wasn’t meant to dance to. It was a song which she song from the deepest depths of her hearts and I began to find solace in it. Diamonds became the perfect song for me to just chill out to.

5) Starships – Nicki Minaj

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song. As the lead single to her sophomore album, Starships would serve as the appetizer of what was to come and boy was I excited for dinner. When I first listened to it back in February, it was unlike any song I had ever heard before and boy did it make me want to dance. Nicki was having fun with this song. It wasn’t so deep or directed at someone, like a lot of her songs are. Starships was just one big party and I wanted in!

4) As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber 

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I have never been a Belieber, nor will I be. However, a few of the songs Justin produced in his new album Believe I couldn’t resist, As Long As You Love Me was one of them. It’s a dance hit I just can’t ignore.

3) Where Have You Been – Rihanna

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I first gave Where Have You Been a listen to when Talk That Talk was released in November of 2011. It was my favorite song off of the album, aside from We Found Love. I couldn’t wait for it to be released as a single and in the summer of the year it finally was. In case you couldn’t tell already, I LOVE a song that can make me dance on its own. Where Have You Been not only had me dancing, but it also had me singing and jumping. Her music video for this song, made it that much better. I was set on learning the moves to the song. However, I was blessed with such creative talents, but I still dance to it in my own way.

2) Beauty and a Beat – Justin Bieber (feat. Nicki Minaj)

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My favorite song from Justin Bieber’s new album is Beauty and a Beat. What first attracted me to this song was that it featured Nicki Minaj. As a Barb, I was interested. After listening to the song one time, I fell in love and I knew it was going to be a hit. I enjoy the beats, I enjoy Justin’s voice and I love the rap Nicki spits, “Buns out…WEINER, but I gotta keep an eye for SELENER.” Never gets old. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

1) Your Body – Christina Aguilera

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This song. Oh my god. I haven’t enjoyed a song this much in a while. This is the most underrated song of all time. With a Hot 100 peak of only 34, I’m dumbfounded. Your Body is so electrifying and Christina’s vocals never cease to amaze. This song could put me from a depressed mood, into an extremely exuberant one. Can’t get enough. BEST SONG OF THE YEAR, no doubt.





Hott Singles Now

11 12 2012

There’s a few songs out this month that have really caught my attention and deserve the attention of the rest of the world. They’re all upbeat and inspiring to a degree, which I find to be fitting for this stressful time of year. Whether you’re a college student dealing with the hassles of finals, feeling a bit down with the colder weather, or just need some positive energy in your day, these songs are perfect for you.

Kerli – The Lucky Ones

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Kerli, an Estonian artist, made her debut in the music scene in the summer of 2008, with her debut album Love is Dead. I, for one, will never forget watching her music video for Walking on Air that summer. It was creepy, yet cute. Now, four years later Kerli is back with a whole new image and sound. The Lucky Ones incorporates her soothing voice, mixed with some sick EDM beats, sounding much more upbeat than her older music. This song serves as Kerli’s first single to her upcoming album Utopia. If this song is representative of the other songs to be featured on her album, than we are all in for a treat when Utopia drops.

Melanie Amaro – Long Distance

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     Melanie Amaro is the first winner of the U.S. version of the X Factor and is in the process of releasing her first album. Prior to Long DistanceAmaro released two songs in September of this year. I first caught wind of her single, Long Distance, last week when she performed it live on the second season of the X Factor. I really enjoyed the pureness of her voice, it’s clear that this young woman sings from her heart. Not only a song that has potential to produce tears, it also has an upbeat tempo that is great for the club. Long Distance draws comparisons to songs by Demi Lovato, like Skyscraper and Give Your Heart A Break. Don’t have a Long Distance relationship with this song, give it a listen.

Rita Ora – Radioactive

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     Okay, can I just say how much a want Rita Ora’s album to be released in the United States already? This girl has huge star potential and I want to be there for her journey. Her latest single, Radioactive, is my favorite song she’s released yet. Her vocals are so strong, comparable to those of Jennifer Hudson. Through each verse she sings, she has a sullen tone, which slowly works its way up to an uptempo vocal belt in the bridge. Not only that, but what would a song be in 2012, without some beats? You can find those in Radioactive as well.





Your Body Release

17 09 2012

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Today Christina Aguilera’s much anticipated single from her upcoming album Lotus was released for digital download. The track entitled, Your Body, is a cosmic collaboration between Aguilera’s strong vocals and electronic beats. With this single, Xtina has proven her versatility as an artist as she enters her thirteenth year in the music industry. Aguilera has had a supreme evolution since her girl next store, Genie in a Bottle days. Now as a mature woman in her early thirties, Christina is showing she still has what it takes to stay on top, embracing her curves and new image. With this little taste of her music to come, Lotus is sure to be an album of the decade. Here’s to much more success in your future Christina!