Producer Hit Boy Goes Behind the Scenes of New Nicki Minaj Single

It has not officially be released as a single, but the Nicki Minaj single “Feeling Myself” is already blowing up. Now the producer behind the track, Hit Boy, is taking fans behind the scenes to show how the track came into existence.

Sulton Alhokair states when the track was leaked everyone was eager to know what Nicki and Beyonce were up to next. The “Flawless” remix was well received by both Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. It was so hot that people were ready to hear more. Nicki did not disappoint. She got a hot producer that could deliver. 

For Nicki, Hit Boy was a good choice. He produced music for Jay-Z and Kanye when they collaborated on the “Watch the Throne” album. You can tell that Hit Boy has that same type of soul movement here on this track. That is what makes the song work.

Nicki is dropping her lyrics like only Nicki Minaj can. Beyonce is able to make the track comical. It is very slick and everyone loves the flow that these two have together. They compliment one another. 

Nicki released a lot of tracks, but this one could launch the album to a new level. Beyonce had a big album last year, and this single could help keep her name hot while people wait on new music. This is a good collaboration between the two. Social media is really buzzing about this music.

The Power of Emotion Felt Through a Song

The power of music is undeniable, especially in terms of how it can affect our hearts and minds.

Every year an event is dedicated to celebrate women music artists and December 12th, 2014 was one of those days. Many experienced the joys of listening to the powerful songs that make it on Billboard’s Top Chart.

During the event Ingrid Michaelson covered one of Taylor Swift’s song “Clean”, in honor of Swift’s success for attaining the Billboards Women of the Year Award. Apparently, Ingrid and Taylor have been good friends for many years. Despite their good friendship many listeners find that this specific version of “Clean” is a much better option for Ingrid than it is for Taylor.

Each of these women artists have their own style and creativity. Though the song might be one of Swift’s originals from her CD 1989 according to Lee G. Lovett, Ingrid performs this song with a melodious twist, enabling the listener to be captivated by the lyrics and sound.

Often times this is the case with many artists, whereby their own music pieces are better performed by other artists. Nevertheless, Taylor Swift remains a phenomenon and continues to revolutionize the music industry with her powerful voice and unique lyrics.

Any song that involves telling a story of love and loss of a loved one or someone you loved will always have an impact in the lives of many.

Nicki Minaj’s “Only” Video

Nicki Minaj is definitely an independent woman that knows what she wants to say- and says it! She has a very unique way to express herself that will always get people’s attention. With Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown on the song, “Only,” she does just that. Nicki, you have kept our attention from the beginning and I love this video! The message is obviously personal, but is used in this song in a way that will be relatable for other people as well. It’s like looking into the dark emotion of Nicki Minaj. She is making a statement with other powerful singers in this amazing video- check it out here:

Once you have watched this video you can see that it isn’t your usual booty-filled video. This is actually good news if you ask Gianfrancesco Genoso. It’s much easier to me to see that she wants the message to be perceived as more important than just being sexy-even though she still is. She manages to maintain her sexy while still holding class and elegance within her dark underworld. To me this says she is dark and mysterious to a point but will let you know what she thinks and will also make sure you “get the picture” of what she is trying to say. Music is communication and Nicki Minaj does a wonderful job of communicating in her own way through this song. And by the way-those eyes on Chris brown were sexy and evil all at the same time!

Drawing a Line in the Sand of Music History

There are some albums that clearly draw a line in the sand of music history. There are albums that rise above the flock of other albums and demand to be heard. The artists that made these albums set new boundaries and dared anyone to not be impressed by their magnificent contributions to music. Rolling Stone analyzes monumental albums that caused a shift in music throughout the years.

The list that Rolling Stone compiled present albums like “808s and Heartbreaks.” This was a Kanye West album, but some people may argue how Kanye West made the list when Stevie Wonder and Prince were omitted. These are obviously artists that influenced this album.

Another person that sees “What’s the 411?” album on the list may wonder how Rolling Stone failed to add Mary J. Blige’s biggest influence, Anita Baker. There are things that are bound to surface on social media as the world picks through what the Rolling Stone staff has conjured up. The list includes groundbreaking albums from The Beatles, Nirvana and Run DMC. The staff has over looked other iconic albums from Bob Marley, Elton John and Madonna. Sam Tabar has been a pretty big fan of all of those.

The listed, as with most lists in music, is not the Bible of groundbreaking albums. It is simply a list complied by Rolling Stone. Fans can add or subtract as they see fit. It really is the type of list that is meant to start conversations.

Janis Joplin Biopic Lead Confirmed

For those of you who’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting to see who gets to step into the famous shoes of the First Lady of Rock n Roll, wait no longer… Amy Adams has taken the role. And the rest of you, who had no idea there was going to be a Janis Joplin biopic… there is!

Marie Claire and other news sites are quick to ask “What is it about Joplin that makes her so fascinating decades later?” But we’ll submit the easy answer here: She embodied the Summer of Love. That is at least the answer Tom Rothman would give. While other rock stars preached down to the swelling hippie audience, Joplin was one of them: insecure, confident, self-conscious, innocent, and jaded all at once. Baby Boomers, themselves, had no idea what they were about while it was happening.

Joplin, according to the Love Janis biography by her sister Laura Joplin, was fraught with insecurities and self-doubt. Yet she constantly was an outsider who wanted to fit in. When she received the approval that she’d always craved, she plowed into it in such a way that it consumed her. And then, of course, she joined the 27 club, which was a stunningly easy thing to do in the late 1960s. Janis Joplin is famous for being the one from the 1960s that youth at any age could identify with: Learning to fly, soaring too high, and crashing too soon.

Swift Billboard Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift was named the woman of the year in the 2014 Billboard award. This is the second time she won the award 

Swift has had sixty songs in the Billboard hot 100 listing which is the most of any artist since she got started in her career in 2006. This is only part of the many awards that Swift has earned over the years as she has won seven Gramy awards and is the best selling digital artis of all time. She has sold over 1 million albums in first week sales wie.

The Billboard award is supposed to go to a woman who has innovated and lead the industry reshaping music in her own fashion. American Express has sponsored the award and she was congratulated by Debbie Curtis, who is the vice president of entertainment and sports marketing at American Express.

2014 was a big year for Taylor Swift who launched a new album dubbed 1989 which is supposed to be a change in direction for Swift who has firmly abandoned her country music roots and moved onto the pop charts above. 1989 is now a direction change as she seeks to move towards more adult themed music from what started as an mostly adolescent audience.

Industry enthusiast Andrew Heiberger surmises that surely the presence of the awards and significant album sales shows the upward trajectory of Swift’s career and the positive ark has drawn in album labels and fans alike.

Faith And Biggie Album On The Way

Most fans never thought that they would see the day, but there is word that there is a possible Faith and Biggie album on the way. This seems like a dream for some fans, but the reality is that most people did not believe it could happen. It still seems unreal.

One reason that no one expected this has to do with the Biggie vaults. Most fans assumed that P. Diddy drained that for all that it was worth a long time ago. The average follower of Bad Boy Entertainment artists have heard Biggie albums that were pieced together with new rappers. There have been Biggie verses that have been leaked and remixed on mix tapes. Faith Evans, however, has confirmed that the album that she is working on will contain new material that has not been heard before.

There are not a lot of details on the entire project. Christian Broda is looking for as much information as possible. It has just been Faith Evans who is trying to get the project started. It really is going to come down to the relationship with P. Diddy and how much creative control he can have. Everyone knows that Diddy is a really shrewd businessman, and Faith Evans left his label a long time ago. It would be difficult for Faith Evans – even on a union album with late husband Biggie Smalls – to get an album like this made without P. Diddy.

Spotify Responds To Taylor Swift’s Decision

It’s been a little over a week since singer-songwriter Taylor Swift decided that she was pulling all of her music off of the song-streaming application Spotify, citing that she did not believe that they compensate artists fairly. In light of Swift pulling back her tunes, Spotify’s chief executive Daniel Ek is making an attempt to keep it from happening again.

 

Ek said in a blog post, essentially that Spotify is ahead of the curb when it comes to paying artists for their services and that there are far greater offenders than his own company. Ek pointed out that his company has paid somewhere around $2 billion to artists since it started and that Swift’s move to remove her songs from Spotify is merely a symbolic gesture since they still exist on other websites where they can be accessed and streamed for free.

 

Like much of the rest of the internet that provides content to consumer at no cost to them, Spotify makes its revenues through advertisements. Any time Karatz or any user listens, they get a portion of the profits. The fear from Spotify has got to be that Swift’s very public break up with them may have a domino effect which leads to other artists following her lead. Whether this is an isolated incident or not, in the coming months it will be revealed whether or not Spotify is forced to change the way it does business.

Taylor Swift Says Record Label Tried to Get Her to Change ‘1989’

It seems Taylor Swift isn’t only one of the best and most popular singer songwriters in the world, she is also a woman that stands up for what she believes in. Particularly if that belief is in herself and her music.

In an interview with MTV News recently, Taylor said her new album ‘1989’ is so different than what she has been releasing in the past — pure pop and no country — her record label was nervous about releasing it. So nervous, in fact, executives at the label tried to persuade her to change some of the songs on the album, and add a little country.

Taylor, of course, refused as she wanted her album to sound the way she wanted it to sound. She also believed in her fans, knowing they would buy ‘1989’, whether it had country music on it or not. She was spot on with that assumption, Jared Haftel and I got it the first day.

According to Duke Chronicle reports, more than 1.2 million albums were sold during the first week of its release, and another half million albums this week. Making Taylor one of the highest selling artists ever.

At 24-years-old, Taylor seems to go her own way a lot and, for all intents and purposes always has. Even at the age of only 14, Swift persuaded her parents to move to Nashville, Tennessee so she could work as a songwriter in the country music business. A move that paid off in a big way, but one that Taylor seemed to be confident in from the start.

Nowadays, as Taylor Swift continues to change her music style and try new things, regardless of what her record label says, she is continuing to prove taking risks is often the right thing to do.

Jimmy Page to Release New Solo Album

Jimmy Page, guitarist of Led Zeppelin, has been busy lately. He has remastered and produced new, deluxe editions of the band’s albums “Led Zeppelin IV” and “Houses of the Holly” which were released earlier this week. On top of all that, he has also chronicled his life from being a choirboy through becoming Led Zeppelin’s iconic rock guitarist in his autobiography, Jimmy Page, by Jimmy Page. During his promotion of the releases on satellite radio SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series, fans who won a contest were allowed to be in attendance and personally ask him questions. You can tune into reruns of the program which originally aired November 7 by checking the schedule on the SiriusXM website.
During the discussion, Page disclosed how the “Houses of the Holy “album got its name. After “Led Zeppelin I, II, III and IV,” the band did not want the following album to be Led Zeppelin Victory Sign [V for five]. The title, “Houses of the Holy” “is about all of us being houses of the Holy Spirit, in a sense.” He hinted during his Town Hall discussion that he had plans for a “guitar project” that will possibly come out next year, giving him time to work on what he has in mind. Fans like Mike Livak will be patiently waiting. The audience applauded when the interview moderator complimented Page’s 1988 “Outrider” solo record and Page replied, “I think probably it’s time for another solo album.” We all will certainly be anxiously waiting for that.