Music Posts

You Can’t Hug a Rolling Stone

The Lonely Island just dropped the music video for “Hugs,” featuring Pharrell. It’s the spiritual follow-up to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

A Place With No Name

A Place With No Name

Michael Jackson’s second posthumous album was released today. Xscape is an 8 song set, but the deluxe edition is 17 songs, featureing the original versions of those 8 songs, plus the edit of “Love Never Felt So Good” with Justin Timberlake. The deluxe edition is what you want.

Not because you will necessarily prefer the original versions, but because it allows you to see where the song was and where it ended up.

MoonQuest: An Epic Journey

If your Monday needs a boost, watch this. My brother Trent showed it to me.

People look at you strange, saying you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same.

People look at you strange, saying you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same. Like you’re doing all this for a reason. And what happens most of the time: people change. People change around you because they start treating you different because of your success.

– Jay Z

DJ Khaled’s “They Don’t Love You No More” features this great intro by Jay Z, from an interview conducted a few years ago. I think a lot of people can identify with it.

Music Video: “Crazy” by O’Neal McKnight

O’Neal McKnight’s “Crazy” has a really good vibe to it. The music video was just released, directed by Sarah McColgan, and I like it. Still waiting to buy the record! Watch below.

Music Video: “Last Man Standing” by Asher Roth featuring Akon (a.k.a. My Current Anthem)

Asher just dropped the visual for “Last Man Standing” featuring Akon. This song is my current anthem (Last.fm says I have played it more than any other song over the last 3 months), as I hit the road to speak and navigate my way through some personal and professional challenges.

It’s a great, dramatic, motivational record. The clip sees Asher facing off against a number of “villains.” He emerges, triumphant.

Music Video: “All The Way Turnt Up” by Roscoe Dash featuring Soulja Boy

A song that has really grabbed me is “All The Way Turnt Up” by Roscoe Dash featuring Soulja Boy. It’s been floating around for a while¬† and I’d hear it (such as when Willie Taylor of Day26 released his own spin on it) and thought it had a good sound, but never really went deeper.

Well, I happened across the music video for the newest version of the song with Soulja Boy and it definitely hooked me and I bought a copy on Amazon MP3 soon after. Check it out below.

Music Video: “Angels (Remix)” by Diddy/Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross

About a week ago, the new video for “Angels (Remix)” by Dirty Money featuring Rick Ross premiered online. Dirty Money is the three person collective of Diddy, Dawn Richard and Kalenna. Diddy is also offering a free download of the track, which was produced by Rob Holladay. I love the record and I love the video, which you can check out below.

My Top 25 Most Listened to Artists of 2009

diddy-dirty-moneyA few days ago, I shared my top 25 most played tracks of 2009 and now it’s time for my top 25 most played artists (see 2008).

This data, which comes from my Last.fm profile, takes into account only the top 500 artist combinations from my playlist in the past year, as that is all that Last.fm displays.

Here are the top 25 artists I listened to the most in 2009, along with the top 5 most played tracks by them or featuring them, if there are that many. If they were ranked last year, I’ll include that in a notation following their number of plays.

My Top 25 Songs of 2009

cassie-lets-get-crazy-coverFor the second consecutive year (see 2008), I’ve culled my Last.fm listening data in order to map out the songs and artists I listened to most in 2009. Instead of sharing it all in one post, this time I am going to break it up into two and this first post will cover individual songs.

This data takes into account only the top 500 songs from my playlist in the past year, as that is all that Last.fm displays. With that said, here are my top 25 most played tracks of 2009 (if the song was ranked last year, I’ll include a mention of that at the end of the listing):