New Music Friday – Single Reviews

This week, it’s all about the ladies with a Beyonce remix, another banger from Demi Lovato and a surprise from Avril Lavigne.

Mi Gente Featuring Beyonce – J Balvin, Willy Williams, Beyonce

Mi Gente is already one of the biggest songs of the year, but it’s about to set new records now that Beyonce is on the track. Much like Justin Bieber on Despacito, Beyonce seamlessly falls into the style of Mi Gente and compliments the song. She stays in a low register almost the entire track and sounds fantastic. Queen B announced all proceeds from the track will go to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the other affected Caribbean islands. Finally a charity single that doesn’t suck! 4/5

Ruin the Friendship – Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato continues to take her career in the right direction her newest material. Sorry Not Sorry was ok, but Tell Me You Love Me and Ruin the Friendship are great. The singer has morphed her sound into sultry R&B tinged pop and has never sounded better. Ruin the Friendship is a seductive song with Lovato wanting to take a friendship to the next level. The production and horns are spot on, while Lovato continues to prove her vocals are more than your average pop princess. 4/5

Beautiful Trauma – Pink

We’ve heard this song many times before from Pink. This time, it’s repackaged as a poppy Jack Antanoff produced tune. Beautiful Trauma is so calculating and over produced, any vocalist could be on it, which is a disservice to an artist who used to be known as a decent singer. It’s not horrible, but the subject matter has been done to death by Pink. We get it, you’re messy and dysfunctional in relationships. How many times can she repackage the same thing? It’ll get lots of radio play because of the formulaic structure, but it’s not a great song. 2/5

Wings Clipped – Grey

Upon first listen, I didn’t know who the featured vocalist on Wings Clipped was but I dug her voice. Turns out it’s Avril Lavigne and she’s never sounded better! The song gives off a 90s vibe in the best possible way, full of angsty lyrics with an upbeat sound. Avril has been laying low for quite some time, but this song is enough to remind everyone that the Complicated singer has a lot to bring to the table when connected with the right material. It’s worth noting the other vocalist on the track, Anthony Green matches Avril, giving a wonderful performance. Surprise song of the week! 4.5/5

I Would Die For You – Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus released her anticipated album, Younger Now today. I Would Die For You is the antithesis to her wild persona on Bangerz released in 2013. It’s honest, folksy and unapologetically vulnerable. The romantic ballad sounds like it was written about fiance Liam Hemsworth. Longtime Miley fans will appreciate this return to the ‘girl next door’ song and album. Those who appreciate honesty and vulnerability will soon become fans of the ever evolving Cyrus. 3/5

Let’s Kiss and Makeup – Shania Twain

Like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain released her new album today. Twain has been away from the spotlight for a long time and finally found her voice again. Let’s Kiss and Makeup sounds like vintage Twain with some beachy horns and a slight reggae vibe. It’s not groundbreaking by any means, but Twain still has an army of fans who will gladly accept mediocre music with open arms. 2.5/5

 

 

 

 

Song of the day

Questions – Chris Brown

Take the person away from the music, and Chris Brown is still churning out hit after hit. His personal life has overshadowed the music for years, but if you’re able to separate the two, Questions is a banger. Brown has produced solid singles recently, but Questions is my favorite with the island beat and sample from Kevin Lyttle’s Turn Me On.

Casting News

Leonardo DiCaprio will team up with Martin Scorsese again for Teddy Roosevelt biopic – Variety

Michelle Williams joins Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed in Marvel’s VenomDeadline

Jude Law and Blake Lively to star in spy thriller The Rhythm SectionHollywood Reporter

Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson join The Kid Who Would Be KingEmpire

Chevy Chase, Lewis Black, Richard Dreyfuss, Andi MacDowell and Chris Parnell to star in Netflix comedy The Last Laugh Variety

Shirley MacLaine and Anna Kendrick join female Santa Claus film Nicole Hollywood Reporter

Missy Elliott gushes over Leonardo Dicaprio

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott posted an instagram photo this morning gushing over Leonardo DiCaprio. Turns out the two ended up partying together last night, and Missy had nothing but good things to say about the Oscar winner:

“I LOVE this LEGENDARY man @leonardodicaprio😍😍😍 we had a great convo about music & he know his 💩 he so dope! I had a few glasses 🍾so I was a lil done in this pic 😂🤣😫😂 but we had a blast🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾”

The unlikely friends actually make sense if you think about it. She’s super talented and loves to party. He’s super talented and loves to party. Someone get them a reality show!

Justin Timberlake finalizing deal to headline Super Bowl halftime show

Justin Timberlake is set to make another appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show. This time however, the singer will be the main attraction.

Timberlake previously performed with NSYNC, Aerosmith and Britney Spears in 2001 and again in 2004 with Janet Jackson (nipplegate).

So far Timberlake is the sole performer but I expect he will include collaborator Jay-Z among others.

This news is a good sign for Justin fans eagerly awaiting the next album. It’s been four years since he released The 20/20 Experience. He’s been in the studio with Pharrell Williams and even tweeted “on the way” to fans asking when the new album will drop.

Will Justin make a good halftime act? I think he’ll be good, but not great. It really depends on his new material. I’m praying for a Justified 2.0.

Pitbull sends private plane to transfer cancer patients out of Puerto Rico

Pitbull added his name to the list of celebrities helping hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico through a very generous deed.

The 36 year-old rapper lent his private plane to transfer cancer patients to the United States so they can continue treatment. Pitbull didn’t make this good deed public, but a congresswoman from Puerto Rico tweeted the following statement:

English translation: Thanks to singer for providing a private aircraft to transport PR USA cancer patients to take chemo

Kudos to Pitbull for helping those needing it most!

Song of the Day

Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man

I’m late to this song. Even though I heard it everywhere all summer, I wasn’t 100% on board until recently. What took me over the edge? That Vitamin Water commercial with Aaron Paul. Pathetic to admit I know, but I found myself thinking ‘you know what? That’s a good song!’ The tune is a breakout hit for the band from Alaska. It’s a feel good tune to celebrate an Indian summer:

Here’s the commercial:

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are engaged

Jon Snow and Ygritte will be bound together for life…real life that is. Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are reportedly engaged!

The Game of Thrones actors have been dating for five years and recently moved in together. They told friends about their engagement last week.

When asked about his favorite filming locating Harington said that Iceland was his favorite “because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love.” The actors filmed scenes there for GOT during season 2.

No news yet on how he popped the question or what the ring looks like, but I’ll keep you posted!

Sofia Vergara highest paid television actress in the world

She may not be winning Emmy’s but Sofia Vergara is the real winner when it comes to television acting. The Modern Family actress is the highest paid female television actor in the world bringing in a whopping $41.5 million dollars last year! That’s over $15 million more than the second highest paid Kaley Cuoco earned ($26 million).

Interestingly, Cuoco earns way more per episode than Vergara, but Sofia has a lot of endorsement and licensing deals that push her to the top of the list.

HBO and Netflix may get all the critical acclaim, but broadcast sitcom stars are laughing all the way to the bank.

I don’t mind Vergara. She’s good at what she does and seems to not take herself too seriously. She’s doing a great job at capitalizing on her fame while she’s hot.

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If you were an actor, would you rather have critical acclaim or major money? Awards are nice, but I’d take $41 million a year over a trophy anytime!

IT is the highest grossest horror film of all time

IT is breaking all sorts of records including the highest grossing horror film of all time. The Stephen King adaptation just unseated The Exorcist as the highest grossing domestic horror film ever. The 1973 film, The Exorcist brought in $232.9 million while IT has brought in $266 million as of today.

After an awful summer for movies, IT has turned things around and is projected to be the highest grossing film ever in the month of October.

Have you seen IT? Do you plan to?

I’m definitely curious, but my fear of clowns has kept me away. The original scared me enough.