Dawn Richard - Pretty Wicked Things
Dawn Richard, formerly of Dirty Money, formerly of Danity Kane, is back and she’s going hard! Earlier this month Dawn announced her upcoming album Goldenheart along with the album’s first single, Pretty Wicked Things. Goldenheart is set to be released on October 16th of this year, until then I know I’ll personally be blasting Pretty Wicked Things every time I get into my car.
The song starts out slow with mainly Dawn’s vocals leading into the beat and the chorus with the song gradually building within the chorus. The song uses more auto tune than I would have liked from someone with Dawn’s vocals, however, if you’re not paying much attention to it you probably won’t even notice.
Dawn explains that Pretty Wicked Things is about, “the story of the beautiful things in life that get ruined by the wicked.” This is definitely evident when listening to the lyrics of the song, such as, “I found the love from him don’t feel right. Kinda felt like thunder. Kinda felt like rain. Kinda felt like him and the storm was the same.” I’ve always been a fan of Dawn’s since she appeared on Diddy’s MTV show where Danity Kane was formed. I’m glad to see she’s making her own solo music and look forward to hearing more from her. I think this song is a great start her solo career.
Jason Aldean - Take a Little Ride
The iTunes top 10 hasn’t changed much since the last time I reviewed it, in fact, all of the songs are the same except for one. Gotye’s Someone That I Used to Know has moved out and Jason Aldean’s Take a Little Ride has moved in. Jason Aldean released this song as of the 16th of July and has enjoyed having it top the iTunes top 10 soon after that. Currently, the song is sitting in the number 4 position.
Aldean’s current position should mean a good debut for him on the Billboard Hot 100, if this single continues at this pace he may even obtain his second Hot 100 top 10. The only time Aldean had a song in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 was with his Dirt Road Anthem released in April of 2011 which he later re-mixed with Ludacris. Dirt Road Anthem peaked at number 7 in the Hot 100.
Take a Little Ride has potential to be a great summer country song. Like most country songs, this song tells a story, this one tells a story of taking a nice ride with a beautiful woman on a warm summer day. This song is no where close to being a pop crossover song like most of the songs Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood have become known for, it’s a classic country song which should say a lot for how well it’s currently selling. I am personally more of a fan of the pop crossover songs than the pure country tracks, so this song isn’t going to be playing through my car speakers anytime soon. However, I’m glad to see something different in iTunes’ top 10 other than the catchy pop songs we’ve heard so much of lately.
iTunes Top Ten - July 14, 2012
When you think of paid music downloads very few places might come to mind. The first place for many people, no matter what service is used, is most likely iTunes. Of course there are other places, my favorite place to purchase digital music is AmazonMP3 and every now and then Google Play will have a deal on music that can’t be passed. However, with Apple devices being the world’s most popular digital media playing devices, even if people aren’t purchasing their music from iTunes, it’s almost a given that they’ve heard of it and a great chance that the software is downloaded on their computer.
With that said, if you’re looking to see what music is hot at that exact moment in time, a quick glance at iTunes’ Top Charts will do the trick.
Here’s a review of the current top 10 iTunes Songs:
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange Review
Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” quickly became one of the most anticipated albums of the year in the matter of a few days. Luckily, that anticipation didn’t have too much time to build before fans and others curious about what the album would hold were rewarded with an early release on iTunes.
For those of you who aren’t aware of who Frank Ocean is and where he came from, Frank Ocean accumulated a following after the release of his critically acclaimed mix-tape, Nostalgia ULTRA in 2011. This mix-tape helped him catch the eye of big names in the music industry, most notably the power couple Jay Z and Beyonce, along with Kanye West. This has led to him providing his creative ideas to both Beyonce’s album “4” and Jay Z and Kanye’s “Watch the Throne”. Ocean is also known for his involvement in the Hip Hop group Odd Future, led by Tyler, The Creator, where he provides his R&B vocals to tracks in addition to contributing his writing and production skills to the album. Odd Future has released a couple of mix-tapes leading to their debut album which debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 5.
Channel Orange isn’t like any other R&B album released this year, I would even go further and say it isn’t like any other R&B album released in the past few years. In my opinion, this album is by far the best album of the year across all genres, solely based on the creativity behind the album as well as the album’s uniqueness. “Channel Orange” tells a story, at times, the story can be a bit cryptic and focus can easily stray from the lyrics and story of a song to the underlying beat, however, the story remains and is fairly consistent throughout the album. You could choose to listen to the album by skipping through songs or playing it on shuffle, but you would lose out on the experience and probably create some confusing moments for yourself.
Time to take a look at each track in 160 characters of less:
Chris Brown - Fortune Review
No matter who you are, you’ve heard the name Chris Brown. Ever since his domestic violence incident in 2009 the general public has been split on whether they like him or not. There are people who feel there is no coming back from what he’s done, while his loyal fans will argue that no one is perfect and everyone deserves forgiveness. Then there are people like me, I personally don’t care for Chris Brown and feel that he has stopped maturing the moment people in his life stopped giving him direction and turned into “Yes” men. I feel that Brown deserves to be forgiven for his actions like all people do, however, I also feel that forgiveness comes once you’ve proven you’re no longer the same person that did those actions. Chris Brown has not proven that and is constantly finding himself in situations where he’s proving he’s still more of a child than a man.
With that said, I believe in separating a person’s personal life and actions from their music or art. I believe that if we knew everything there were to know about every celebrity there would be plenty of individuals that we would find personally revolting. Some people are just better at keeping their personal lives and beliefs away from their fans than others. While I don’t care for Brown, I do enjoy his music and look forward to hearing new material from him.
This leads me to Fortune, Chris Brown’s newest album of work, the follow-up to 2011’s F.A.M.E. Fortune is Brown’s fifth album overall and looks to be his second consecutive number one on the Billboard 200 (for those who are not familiar with the Billboard 200, it is a weekly chart that lists the top 200 best selling albums in order of most units sold). While first week sales are projected to be half of what F.A.M.E. sold during it’s first week, it still looks to be a commercial success for Brown. Fortune definitely continues the vibe F.A.M.E. started. Brown continues to play with different styles ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, and Dance Pop. These styles were present in F.A.M.E. but I feel he’s found more control over each style on Fortune.
Let’s look at the album song-by-song in 160 characters or less: