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Demi Lovato – Skyscraper (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

August 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lovato’s most personal but also the best single for her to showcase her awesome vocals!  A wonderful return for the talented young artist!


ARTIST: Demi Lovato

DIGITAL SINGLE: Skyscraper

LABEL: Hollywood Records

DURATION: 3:42

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2011

  1. Skyscraper

I have reviewed Demi Lovato music and also her films and TV show for several years now and there is no denying that she is a wonderful talent with a beautiful voice.

But we all know how Lovato has had difficulty in her personal life and having to deal with being diagnosed as bi-polar.  There was a point in time that I wondered how her career can rebound as people know, the industry is ruthless and sometimes unforgiving.

But when it comes to this young starlet, she has a lot to give and with that beautiful voice, its best not wasted.

Her latest single “Skyscraper” not only is a testament to the actresses courage but also her determination to not falter and “Skyscraper” is a single that not only catches your attention, but you realize not only is it a personal song for the talent who has went public of having to deal with bullying throughout her life but it’s also a single that showcases her vocals.

“Skyscraper” is perhaps the best single to come from the talent thus far.  Yes, I enjoyed “Here We Go Again!” and I have many other singles from Lovato, but this single has so much heart and soul, you can hear those true emotions coming out from her beautiful vocals and by the end of the single, I was quite impressed.

“Skyscraper” is a wonderful return for Lovato to what she loves doing and for fans of her music, it’s a single definitely worth checking out!

supercell – The World is Mine feat. Hatsune Miku (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

May 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Japanese pop group and Hatsune Miku makes their US debut! Music utilizing the Vocaloid singing synth software may be an acquired taste for some, but the marketing and merchandise that has followed the popularity of this software and the character has been quite intriguing and the music from supercell to be different yet enjoyable.


GROUP: supercell feat. Hatsune Miku

DIGITAL SINGLE: The World is Mine (ワールドイズマイン)

LABEL: Sony Direct

CATALOG #: N/A

RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2011

  1. The World is Mine (ワールドイズマイン)

Miku Hatsune is possibly the biggest virtual idol to come from Japan.

And with recent commercials for Toyota showcasing the long blue haired character and a recent announcement of a concert in July in Los Angeles, needless to say that people in America have been wondering who Miku is?

Miku Hatsune actually one of the characters (or mascots) of the singing synthesizer application known as “Vocaloid” developed by Crypton Future Media using Yamaha Corporaton’s “Vocaloid” technology.

And then those who had the software started making their own songs using Hatsune Miku and then came figurines, video games and sure enough Hatsune Miku and music soundtracks.

And when it comes to the music utilizing the Vocaloid software and Hatsune Miku character, the Japanese group Supercell is best to known to utilize it.

The group supercell consists of 11 members, 10 that are illustrators and support  (these members work on the vivid illustrations, animation, design, and photography for album booklets, CD cases and music videos) and Ryo who creates the music and lyrics for the group was born in 2007 and were the first to utilize the Japanese video sharing site, Nico Nico Douga to promote their music and weres signed by Sony in March 2009.

The group have released two albums and three CD singles.  The first album selling more than 150,000 copies.   And the group has performed at concerts with Hatsune Miku on stage via a 3D hologram.

And now the group has released their first single in the U.S. courtesy of Sony Music Direct (Japan) titled “The World is Mine feat. Hatsune Miku” which is available on Amazon.com and iTunes and it is the song that can be heard on the Toyota USA commercial featuring Hatsune Miku.

As for the music, while the music of Hatsune Miku and music using the vocaloid is popular among  many fans worldwide, it’s a style that may or many not appeal to people.  Because the software uses the Vocaloid software, the software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in teh lyrics and melody.  And the software uses technology with specially recorded vocaloids of voice actors or singers.

So, it may be an acquired taste for some people.  For me, the whole concept of virtual idols and also the Vocaloid Software has been quite intriguing for me and I have followed it for years now and I have to admit that I am also interested in Hatsune Miku and how the character has been marketed, especially via videogames, Figma figures and Nendoroids. So, it makes me quite biased.

So, rather than tell people it’s worth it listening to or not, I’ll have you decide.

Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

January 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This is one seductive hit from Ms. Spears and another fantastic single showing us that she Britney still has it!  Catchy beats, sexy lyrics…it’s hot!  Awesome!


ARTIST: Britney Spears

DIGITAL SINGLE: Hold It Against Me

LABEL: Jive Records

DURATION: 3:49

RELEASE DATE: January 17, 2011

  1. Hold It Against Me

Britney Spears returns with an new single in 2011 titled “Hold it Against Me” which is off her upcoming seventh full-length album of the same title.

The single features a collaboration with Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee and Billboard (Canadian producer who worked with Ke$ha for the songs “Cannibal” and “Animal” and Robyn).

The single is very club/dance orientated featuring industrial beats, dubstep and rave and the lyrics are nothing short of sexy, which is the typical musical mantra of the pop diva. The song is pretty hot and love the music and the hook resembles the Cutting Crew classic “I just Died in Your Arms Tonight”.

But overall, this is one seductive hit from Ms. Spears and another fantastic single showing us that she Britney still has it! Catchy beats, sexy lyrics…it’s hot! Awesome!

Yelle – La Musique (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

October 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Third time is a charm for French group Yelle.  Fans have been waiting two years for a new single and “La Musique” was definitely worth the wait!  Catchy, addictive and I can’t wait for their next single/album!


GROUP: YELLE

DIGITAL SINGLE: La Musique

LABEL: Kitsune France

CATALOG #: SECL-891

RELEASE DATE: October 5, 2010

  1. Original
  2. DISCODEINE remix
  3. LORENZ RHODE reix
  4. TEPR remix
  5. MYD remix

YELLE is back with their third single “La Musique”, the long awaited single since the release of their 2008 hit “Je Veux Te Voir”.

The group consists of lead vocalist Yelle (Julie Budet), GrandMarnier (drums, backing vocals) and Tepr (keyboards, backing vocals). Yelle was formerly an acronym for “You Enjoy Life” but was changed to Yelle after a Belgian band was using the name YEL.

The group came to prominence with their racy hit “Je Veux Te Voir” which was posted on MySpace back in 2005 and eventually would reach the top 5 in France.

The song was so popular that it even led to many people all over the world discovering the group and giving the group a chance to showcase their music on live television. And within the last two years, fans have been watching their MySpace and Facebook accounts to see when a new album or single will be coming out and earlier in the year, Yelle did confirm they had new songs coming out. And sure enough, we have “La Musique”.

And the only reason how I found out is when pop star Katy Perry began promoting it on her iTunes Bing account and that the single was available on US iTunes.

The single features a pretty catchy synth arrangement, flirty vocals and cool beats. A pretty cool track overall and I wanted more.

With a total of five tracks included in the digital single: original version, a DISCODEINE remix, a LORENZ RHODE remix, a TEPR remix and a Myd remix. Aside from the original version, the DISCODEINE was an OK synth remix but the third track, the Lorenz Rhode remix is the longest track on the single with a funky synth, meanwhile the Tepr Remix has a more retro ’80s synth style to it and concluding with the Myd remix with sticky drabs of cool beats while Yelle’s voice permeates through those beats. A cool remix!

Overall, Yelle’s “La Musique” is a pretty cool single but outside of the remixes, the original track is still my preference and the best track on the single. Just a catchy, addictive song and definitely worth checking out if you are a Yelle fan!

Recommended!

Katy Perry – California Gurls (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

May 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes took “Empire State of Mind” to new heights, but this time around Katy Perry along with Snoop Dogg release their Summer pop track and showing us how “California Gurls” represent!

ARTIST: Katy Perry

DIGITAL SINGLE: California Gurls

LABEL: Capitol Records

DURATION: 3:56

RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2010

  1. California Gurls

When Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes collaborated for the track “Empire State of Mind”, the song literally became an anthem for New Yorkers and dominated the charts for weeks.  Now Katy Perry has created the West Coast/California song for the California girls and teams up with California-based hip hop artist Snoop Dogg and producers Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Benny Blanco.

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is a definitely fun, Summer pop track which comes from the female perspective and displays pretty cool ’90s style music and personally,  I have no doubt that California Girls will respond to the song with much fanfare (although not sure how listeners from the 49 other states will feel).

But who can deny such catchy lyrics:

California girls
We’re unforgettable
Daisy dukes
Bikini’s on top
Sun kissed
Skin so hot
We’ll melt your popscicle

How hot is that?

Overall, another enjoyable track from Katy Perry and to hear Snoop Dogg on the track definitely makes this California/West Coast track that much more enjoyable!  If anything, it’s great to hear Katy Perry with another guaranteed hit song and giving us something to enjoy until her next full-length album comes out during the summer!

Drake – Find Your Love (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

May 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

An enjoyable vocal single produced by Kanye West.   The latest single is catchy and enjoyable and although it gets a bit repetitive, the song definitely showcases Drake’s versatility as a music artist.

ARTIST: Drake

DIGITAL SINGLE: Find Your Love

LABEL: Cash Money Records/Young Money Ent./Universal Rec.

DURATION: 3:29

RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2010

  1. Find Your Love

Canadian hip hop artist Drake is back with a new single, “Find Your Love”, the second single from his upcoming album “Thank Me Later” (which will be released on June 15th).  The single marks Drake’s first single featuring the artist singing and not rapping.

Although Drake has sung before, such as the song “Housatlantavegas” from his EP “So Far Gone”, Drake’s latest single “Find Your Love” is co-produced by Kanye West and listener’s can find some influence from West ala his “808’s and Heartbreak” in a “Heartbreak” style of track.

Drake shows his versatility as a singer and for the most part, “Find Your Love” is a catchy song and although the words “I better find your loving / I better find your heart” gets a bit repetitive and has more of a Kanye feel than a Drake style, Drake’s latest track is an enjoyable single worth recommending!

Leighton Meester – Your Love’s a Drug (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

March 30, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A much better musical release from the “Gossip Girl” actress.  Leighton Meester’s “Your Love’s a Drug” is a catchy bubblegum pop track but with three songs (with three different musical styles) from Leighton thus far, it’ll be interesting to hear what kind of music she will have in her upcoming album.  But overall, her second single is much better than her first.

ARTIST: Leighton Meester

DIGITAL SINGLE: Your Love’s a Drug

LABEL: Universal Records

DURATION: 2:38

RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2010

  1. Your Love’s a Drug

Leighton Meester is known for her role as Blair Waldorf on the CW hit show “Gossip Girl” but when the actress showed off her vocals on Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad”, everyone was quickly inquiring of when the actress would have her own solo single and album release.

Not long after, Meester was signed by Universal Republic and news that her album would be produced by notable names such as “American Idol” judge and well-known music producer Kara Dioguardi, RedOne and Jr. Rotem and her first single “Somebody to Love” featuring a collaboration with R&B artist Robin Thicke was released in October and followed up by a Christmas song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” which was on the compilation album “Very Special Christmas 7″.

Now, Meester returns with her second single “Your Love’s a Drug”.  The track is a synth, dance, pop track and unlike “Somebody to Love”, no voice manipulation and pretty much showcasing Meester’s vocals and to tell you the truth, I prefer Meester with this musical style and it fits her vocals.   But with two singles, we get two different musical styles and it will be interesting to see what kind of music we get with her upcoming album.

But for the most part, “Your Love’s a Drug” is a catchy pop tune that I’m sure her fans will adore but I definitely want to hear more material from Leighton and get a feel of what kind of musical direction she’s headed, especially with the well-known producers that she will be working with.

Overall, “Your Love’s a Drug” is a good catchy bubblegum pop single.

Miranda Cosgrove – Kissin U (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

March 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Featuring a collaboration with Dr. Luke, actress/singer Miranda Cosgrove’s first single off her upcoming album is solid!

ARTIST: Miranda Cosgrove

DIGITAL SINGLE: Kissing U

LABEL: Nickelodeon/Columbia

DURATION: 3:19

RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2010

  1. Kissing U

Sure, many of you grew up watching Miranda Cosgrove through television shows such as Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” and her popular (and very successful) television ongoing show “iCarly” but we got a taste of Cosgrove’s vocals through the “ICarly” theme song as she sung “Leave it All to me”.

But this is a Miranda Cosgrove who is growing older and with this album, she is writing some of her tracks and working with producers Matrix and Dr. Luke.  And with big names such as these producers, she’s definitely in fine company.  And so far, listening to the first track from her upcoming album “Sparks Fly”, I definitely like where her music is headed.

The song which is co-written by Cosgrove and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (known for hits such as Britney Spear’s “Circus”, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot N Cold”, Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes”.

The track is well-produced, well-sung and has that sing/song style similar to Taylor Swift but with a rock edge.  The song features Cosgrove singing about kissing and enjoying it.

I have to say, compared to the other young solo female artists (especially from Disney), Miranda Cosgrove’s first single definitely shows sign of great potential.  I definitely look forward in seeing what Cosgrove and her producers have in store for her upcoming album.

Thomas Dybdahl – Cecilia (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

February 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Smooth, upbeat and enjoyable!  Thomas Dybdahl’s latest single release features two very different tracks but nonetheless, a wonderful single!

ARTIST: Thomas Dybdahl

DIGITAL SINGLE: Cecilia

LABEL: Last Suppa

DURATION: 7:56

RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2010

  1. Ceciia
  2. U

Smooth, upbeat and enjoyable!  Thomas Dybdahl’s latest single release features two very different tracks but nonetheless, a wonderful single!

With the release of “Cecilia”, former guitarist of the Quadraphonics, singer/songwriter Thomas Dybdahl of Norway is back with two awesome tracks that are very different from each other but for the most part, showing off Dybdahl’s pretty laid-back and free style of doing whatever feels natural.

“Cecilia” is an upbeat acoustic guitar-driven track and showcasing Dybdahl’s vocals while the second track “U” just oozes of smoothness and I wanna-sex-you-up, romance.  Definitely dig the musical arrangement and overall music for this song, especially with its final minute.  Overall, two solid tracks and another solid release!  Worth checking out!

Beyoncé – Fever (a J!-ENT World Groove Digital Single Review)

February 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As I listened to the song more and more, enjoyed what Beyoncé was able to bring to this song.  Definitely something not typical from her or her other Sasha Fierce persona…but something a bit noir-ish, dark and sexy.

ARTIST: Beyoncé

DIGITAL SINGLE: Fever

LABEL: Music World Music/Columbia

DURATION: 3:34

RELEASE DATE: February 9, 2010

  1. Fever

With the promotion of Beyoncé’s fragrance “Beyonce Heat”, she did a cover of the popular song “Fever” (originally sung by Peggy Lee and covered by many artists).

At first, the single took a bit of getting used too because I’m so used to Peggy Lee’s version.  But as I listened to the song more and more, definitely loved that deep bass but for the most part, enjoyed what Beyoncé was able to bring to this song.  Definitely something not typical from her or her Sasha Fierce persona…but noir-ish, dark and sexy.

Granted, the song may be a bit too different from what her younger fans may be used too but for those familiar with the song, it’s not about trying to sound like the others who have sung it in the past, it’s about making it your own.  And Beyoncé did accomplish that.

The digital single of “Fever” by Beyoncé is available now from your online digital music store.

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