Posts Tagged ‘Lady Gaga’

Finally, the moment we have been waiting for has arrived! Lady GaGa’s newest single, Alejandro, now has its video released! My comments can be found below the video.

1. It all looks like I was watching some horror film at first.

2. However, GaGa turns it up and it all becomes like a soft-core porn film.

3. GaGa seems to be paying homage to the one and only Madonna with the video.

4. Again, this might spark some controversy but come on, this is GaGa. She pushes the boundaries of everyone’s senses every time she releases a video.

5. Is it good though? It was okay for me. The dance routine was good to see though.

The video is not for those who are immature, to be honest. Hopefully, no overreactions are done regarding this new video by GaGa. And to end this post, here is a picture of GaGa herself:

Lady GaGa’s music video for her next single Alejandro is not yet out but after a long wait, a glimpse of the upcoming video has finally surfaced.

The clip is obviously short but man, the artistry is there yet again. The creativity seems to be flowing continuously yet again. Typical GaGa, what’s not to love?

Lady GaGa’s newest release, Alejandro – The Remixes, is available today! The latest EP of GaGa features remixes of her newest single Alejandro done by 8 top-class DJs from around the world. If you want to buy this newest release, you may do so via iTunes whose link I will give below:

Alejandro – The Remixes on iTunes

Additional dates have also been given to Lady GaGa’s 2011 North American Monster Ball. Buy a ticket on Livenation.com and score a free download of a new and exclusive song from GaGa herself. GaGa’s current opening band Semi Precious Weapons will join her for the said event. Semi Precious Weapons are releasing their album entitled You Love You on June 22nd.

The MONSTER BALL TOUR 2011 starring LADY GAGA
2/19 Atlantic City, NJ    Boardwalk Hall
2/21 New York, NY       Madison Square Garden
2/26 Pittsburgh, PA       Consol Energy Center
3/3  Toronto, ON Air     Canada Centre
3/8  Boston, MA            TD Garden
3/10 Columbus, OH       Schottenstein Center
3/15 San Antonio, TX     AT&T Center
3/19 Salt Lake City, UT  Energy Solutions Arena
3/25 Las Vegas, NV       MGM Grand
4/8   Houston, TX         Toyota Center
4/9   New Orleans, LA    New Orleans Arena
4/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
4/13 Miami, FL             American Airlines Arena
4/18 Atlanta, GA          Gwinnett Center

Finally, the video for Lady GaGa’s Telephone got released after experiencing several delays. The video lasts for 9 minutes and 32 seconds. It is definitely longer than any of GaGa’s previous videos. The story is fine but heck, the video ended up as simply decent. I did like the “How To Make A Sandwich” portion of the video as well as the “Rat Poison” portion. GaGa looked . . . fine and Beyonce looked great. The video says “To be continued . . .” at the end. I wonder, which single is going to be released next? My bet on this matter is Alejandro.

Written by Lady GaGa and Jonas Okerlund

Directed by Jonas Okerlund

Photo credits go to the fuckyeahladygaga Tumblr site which can be found here: CLICK

The Reflective Inklings has dished out one short playlist (Gem‘s Valentine Playlist can be found HERE). This time around, it’s my turn to dish out my songs for my personal Valentine Playlist. Hopefully, you all enjoy reading!

#1 A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton

From: Be Not Nobody

This track by Vanessa Carlton should definitely be included in people’s Valentine playlists. The piano arrangement is without a doubt, one of the best that I have ever heard. At first, A Thousand Miles sounds a little bit classical but once the intensity of the song rises, you know that it is really special.

#2 One – U2 and Mary J. Blige

From: The Breakthrough

The original version of the song which got released way back in 1992 is also actually great but this version with Mary J. Blige just lits up the place. Mary J. Blige on lead vocals and Bono doing the additional vocals just equates into a rock masterpiece. The lyrics are also great by the way.

#3 Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis

From: Spirit

Written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder, Bleeding Love became Leona Lewis’ shot into gaining lots of mainstream success and got it successfully. The emotionally-loaded track about people who get blinded by love in a relationship just sounds really exceptional. Leona’s vocals are absolutely top-notch, no matter how you look at her music.

#4 She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5

From: Songs About Jane

‘I don’t mind spending everyday! Out on your corner in the pouring rain.‘ Just the right piece of lyrics for someone who loves celebrating Valentine’s Day. The intro of the song just made me fall in love with the track and about the chorus, it’s really awesome.

#5 Starlight – Muse

From: Black Holes and Revelations

Starlight actually is the first song that I have heard from one of the greatest bands of the world. Hearing Matt Bellamy saying ‘My life, you electrify my life!‘definitely is one of the reasons why I decided to put this song into the Valentine playlist. The piano work done on the song is also sheer brilliance.

#6 Yellow – Coldplay

From: Parachutes

Chris Martin absolutely rocked it off in this one. The guitar work done in Yellow just sounds so relaxing. Yellow is one of Coldplay’s best tracks. Another plus is once played in repeating fashion, one can fall in love with the song totally.Yellow may be one of Coldplay’s early songs but it sure did give the band some hard-earned respect.

#7 Look What You’ve Done – Jet

From: Get Born

The Australian rockers’ third single makes it into the playlist. The piano arrangement on the song just adds a certain of mellowness into the track. Nic Cester’s vocals do sound good in Look What You’ve Done and is absolutely recommended for those who want to hear a rock ballad.

#8 Love Song – Sara Bareilles

From: Little Voice

The American songstress enters the playlist with Love Song, the first single released for her album Little Voice. The piano arrangement done by Sara Bareilles in this one just blew my mind away. The lines also are great like the line ‘I’m not gonna write you a love song ’cause you asked for it. ‘Cause you need one . . . ‘ The track definitely shows off Bareilles’ musical brilliance.

#9 Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

From: Eyes Open

Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars makes it into the Valentine playlist. Chasing Cars is not your typical explosive ballad but still sounds great as the melody of the song also is exceptional. Gary Lightbody’s vocal work is sheer brilliance and this made me like the song immediately after I heard it.

#10 Bad Romance – Lady GaGa

From: The Fame Monster

I initially did not even think of putting this song in the playlist. However, after thinking heavily, I just decided to put this one. Bad Romance just shows how Lady GaGa’s musicality has evolved. I do consider Bad Romance as one of GaGa’s best singles ever due to that irresistible hook.

#11 Electrical Storm – U2

From: The Best of 1990-2000

It may not have received lots of mainstream attention but Electrical Storm remains, at least in a personal level, one of U2′s best songs ever. As usual, The Edge’s chord work is stellar and he just makes it look like it’s really easy to do. For more on my thoughts regarding this track, please do check out my review by clicking the link: Electrical Storm Review

#12 Secret Valentine – We The Kings

From: We The Kings

Another rock record enters the playlist with Secret Valentine, released by the band out of Florida last year. This is one edgy record which can surely keep one energized with its heavy sound. Some may not like the track but I have got to say this- the track is surely a grower, no doubt.

#13 Best I Ever Had – Vertical Horizon

From: Everything You Want

What made me feel in awe for this track is the arrangement. Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) does not sound that heavy unlike some of the band’s released material like You’re A God. The track is definitely a keeper for those who really love rock ballads.

#14 Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

From: Sixpence None The Richer

Leigh Nash’s vocals are really sweet. It just sounds so angelic, don’t you think? Anyway, Kiss Me, which got released in 1998, is one of the best songs that Sixpence None The Richer released. The chorus is pretty catchy and can effective induce the Last Song Syndrome (LSS).

#15 The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

From: The Script

The song about love being tried to be reclaimed makes it into the Valentine Playlist. Danny O’Donaghue’s vocals are really awesome. The song did give the Irish rock outfit some mainstream success which they definitely deserved.

#16 I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden

From: Affirmation

Darren Hayes turned this song into a charm. ‘I knew I loved you before I met you.‘ It’s pretty ironic yet very effective at the same time in terms of conveying its message. No wonder why the song has been reportedly used a lot in weddings before.

#17 If This Is Love – The Saturdays

From: Chasing Lights

The bubbling synth action and scintillating chorus made this song as the best track in The Saturdays’ debut effort. If This Is Love really is an ‘enthusiastic’ track that just bursts off lots of energy. If This Is Love is simply an irresistible track.

#18 The Game of Love – Santana feat. Michelle Branch

From: Shaman

I thought back then that a collaboration featuring Santana and Michelle Branch just won’t work. However, it turns out that I was wrong big time as The Game of Love gained both commercial and critical success. As expected, the killer solo by Santana just blew my mind away.

#19 Lonely No More – Rob Thomas

From: …Something To Be

First and foremost, I would like to greet Rob Thomas a ‘Happy Birthday!’ Second, I do think this song gave Rob Thomas enough momentum for him to jumpstart his solo career. Third, I would like to say that if you are one Matchbox Twenty fan and simply love Rob Thomas’ vocals, you must listen to this one.

#20 Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

From: Whenever You Need Somebody

The song may be uber cheesy due to the lyrics but the techno beats present in the song made sure that the song is very refined. As I have said in my review (Click HERE to read it) of the song, the chorus may have been abused but overall, the song is simply a treat to the senses.

#21 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police

From: Ghost In The Machine

The piano part in the song played by Jean Roussel made this song very gorgeous. Sting’s vocals are almost always great and the artistry of The Police just shines in the track. Tracks like Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic do indicate the immense creativity that the band had then.

#22 Wonderwall – Oasis

From: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

The American breakthrough song for the English rock outfit enters the playlist with their smash hit Wonderwall. It’s just sad to see the band disbanding because of some issues existing between the Gallagher brothers. Anyway, songs likeWonderwall made me like the band big time. I just hope that they get together. Heck, Tears For Fears got reunited and this made me believe that there is still hope.

#23 Far Away – Nickelback

From: All The Right Reasons

Described by vocalist Chad Kroeger as Nickelback’s ‘only real love song’, Far Away sounds indeed like it. It did surprise me when the band achieved massive success with the track. For the first time ever, the band had two top ten singles in the Hot 100 Billboard Charts thanks to Far Away‘s surprising success.

#24 Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

From: Away From The Sun

I still consider Here Without You as 3 Doors Down’s best hit that ever achieved mainstream success. Brad Arnold, vocalist of the band, actually said that the inspiration for the song was his now ex-wife. Pretty inspiring and sweet from the man e?

#25 Love Song For No One – John Mayer

From: Room For Squares

One of the first John Mayer material that I really loved. John Mayer definitely knows his stuff, no doubt. The way he was utilizing his guitar in his early years as a musician was just a pure treat to the hearing capabilities of the listeners.

#26 No One – Alicia Keys

From: As I Am

No One, which remains to be Alicia Keys’ biggest hit, is just a stunning pop record. Alicia Keys gives her all in this one and it clearly shows. Her voice is simply rich and soulful enough to make more successful releases in the future.

#27 Love Will Keep Us Alive – Eagles

From: Hell Freezes Over

Sung by bassist Timothy Schmitt, this song by the Eagles may not have been formally released as a single but it sure did capture the hearts of those people who just clamor for romantic material. When heard on the band’s live performances, you’ll end being amazed. Seriously.

#28 Drive – Incubus

From: Make Yourself

One of the best Incubus songs that I have ever heard. This is what I will constantly say about Drive which was released by the band in December 2000. What made this song so ace is the very great chorus. And come to think of it, Brandon Boyd’s artistry just shined big time in this one as well as the band’s.

#29 If You Leave Me Now – Chicago

From: Chicago X

Peter Cetera, then with Chicago as the bassist, sung this track and eventually became the group’s first number one hit. The arrangement of the track complemented the song very well and Cetera’s vocals just did not bore me at all.

#30 True – Spandau Ballet

From: True

What made this song a killer is the intro (the ‘huh-huh-huhs’ to be exact). It’s a great slow love ballad that has been the band’s most remembered song in the U.S. The instruments used in the song created a very charming sound which gets some strong emphasis in the song’s middle parts. Simply amazing.

#31 Everything – Michael Buble

From: Call Me Irresponsible

The guitar-driven track remains as one of Buble’s tracks that I really love. His musicality is just marvelous. I have got to admit that the track did surprise me considering how he sings in most of his songs. He may have changed his style a little bit in this track but come on, it worked so no worries.

#32 For You – The Calling

From: Daredevil: The Album

One of two movie soundtrack-associated tracks that gets into the playlist is For You. The orchestra-like sound in the track makes the track really great, you have got to say. Add Alex Band’s unique vocals and you got yourselves one of rock’s great love ballads.

#33 Love Song – 311

From: 50 First Dates Soundtrack

A fantastic cover of the song that originally came from The Cure appears into the playlist. The chord work done on the track is amazing. 311 definitely gave justice to the original with their superb effort. And a side note: 50 First Dates is actually a great movie. Just saying.

#34 Mandy – Barry Manilow

From: Barry Manilow II

The ballad by Barry Manilow eventually became his first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. It’s something that romantic people will love. It’s slow and smooth enough for romantic evenings. No wonder it’s impact is still being felt today whenever the ‘Love Month’ arrives.

#35 All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

Ranked 362nd by Rolling Stone in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

One of The Beatles’ hits that I truly loved. Tracks like this are a reason why The Beatles have become a major staple in the music industry. The track definitely remains as one of music’s most revolutionary singles, no doubt.

This ends the long Valentine Playlist of yours truly. Comments are appreciated.

The banner image was made by my friend, Kristine. Thank you so much Pards!

This is it! Part VII finally shows the Top 10 list of songs that got out this 2009. Again, comments will be appreciated. My Top 10 list may not be looking good at all but still, I believe these songs really deserved it. Let us now get the ball rolling and end this countdown!

THE RUNNERS-UP:
#10 I Am Not A Robot – Marina and the Diamonds
From: The Crown Jewels EP
A very soulful single coming from the Welsh artist cracks into my Top 10. The richness of Marina Diamandi’s vocals truly is shown here. I expect her to make a huge impact come 2010 as she releases her debut album The Family Jewels. British women do rule in my opinion.
#9 Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
From: Blueprint 3
The best hiphop song that came out this year. Period. I would never have thought about the combination of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys working at all. It just seemed that their musical styles won’t mesh at all. However,Empire State of Mind proved me wrong big time. The song that got featured in the recent World Series delivers a patriotic message and yes, Jay-Z’s verses have really evolved in his latest album and this song showed how. Let us not forget how Alicia Keys sounded in this one. Hitting the high notes was truly spectacular and she made sure that the song will not fall apart.
#8 I Wish – Mini Viva
From: Colloquial Obsession
The British all-female pop group Mini Viva enters the countdown at #8 with I Wish. Flaunting off a very irresistible chorus, the song about regrets really excels all because of the lively vocals of Mini Viva. He could be the one who hits the light inside my soul. Great line and delivers the message perfectly. Thank you Mini Viva!
#7 Remedy – Little Boots
From: Hands
The RedOne-produced track for Victoria Hesketh, more known by her stage name as Little Boots, gets the 7th spot. The song is definitely a keeper for those who love listening to dance tracks. Remedy does possess a very sick and infectious beat that can make your head spin around. Definitely worth listening.
#6 No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
From: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
In my humble opinion, No You Girls is the best song from the latest effort of the band coming from Glassgow, Scottland. No You Girls features a very catchy chorus and a very scintillating guitar sound. No wonder why the song got featured in an iPod advertisement.
#5 The Spell – Alphabeat
From: The Spell
Danish pop group Alphabeat enters the countdown at #5 with their very impressive The Spell. The song inspired by Black Box’ I Don’t Know Anybody Else features a very powerful hook which is also groovy. Anders SG’s vocal work is simply amazing. The song sounds modern with a touch of the 80s or 90s. This song is really a must-have for your playlists.
#4 The Fear – Lily Allen
From: It’s Not Me, It’s You
Lily Allen makes her second appearance on the countdown with The Fear. What I like about the song is that it has very witty lyrics. Lily Allen really writes well. Compliment this ability with your voice and you got yourselves a very powerful combo. Fortunately, Allen does possess this combo. The Fear sounds a little bit different from common pop records. However, the song still packs a lot of punch thanks to Allen’s vocals and intelligence. Lily Allen just never stops evolving musically.
#3 Uprising – Muse
From: The Resistance
Coming off an appearance at Twilight’s soundtrack (which I found to be very disappointing), Muse came back this 2009 with their first single, Uprising, for their fifth studio effort. The guitar work sounds awesome. Matt Bellamy can really be considered as one of rock’s gods in my opinion. Muse is already a rock legend. Their craft continues to get better with every album that they release.
#2 Bad Romance – Lady GaGa
From: The Fame Monster
Initially, I thought of Bad Romance as my #1 for this countdown. However, I heard suddenly this song which also came out this 2009 which definitely blew me away. Anyway, Bad Romance is one of Lady GaGa’s greatest singles ever. Heck, even the music video looks very polished and grand. Lady GaGa’s musicality is just one of the best ever in my opinion. Even though Poker Face got overplayed before, my respect for Lady GaGa’s craft never wavered and I am very happy that my respect did not waver at all.
THE WINNER:
#1 Bulletproof – La Roux
From: La Roux
Bulletproof is the song that totally blew me away. Eleanor Jackson’s sweet delivery absolutely is the bomb. We must also not forget Ben Langmaid’s synth work in this song. Very awesome work done by the two members of La Roux. Everything about this song is simply spectacular – the verses, the chorus, the arrangement, and the vocals. I am just really happy that I got to know this song even though it was by accident.
This ends my countdown. Thanks for reading the entries, by the way! As for the other parts of the countdown, I will give their links which can be found below:
Again, thank you so much especially to all the people who helped me big time.

With The Fame spawning two very successful singles in the name of Just Dance and the very infectious Poker Face, Lady GaGa decided to kick things up by a notch with her sophomore album The Fame Monster. Lady GaGa, Stefani Germanotta being her real name, recorded 8 tracks for her sophomore album. The number of tracks in the standard edition may be noticeably shorter than The Fame but the quality of the tracks makes up for it.

Opening the album is the very awesome Bad Romance. The RedOne-produced track absolutely is another brilliant track from Lady GaGa. I have already said what is needed to be said about this song in a previous review which can be found here: Click this.

Alejandro does not really impress at first but after a few listens, it grew on me. The Spanish-inspired track also has a catchy lyric going on with the repeated mentions of the name “Alejandro.”

Monster has subtle lyrics included. This track is one of the 3 best ones in the album (more on that later). It is a very surprising track in my opinion. I did not expect Monster to be something great. The techno-inspired beat absolutely made me love it.

Speechless shows off GaGa’s impressive vocals. The song can be described as a ballad but still, the song is great though it does not have much single-potential included.

The poorest track in GaGa’s sophomore effort would be Dance In The Dark. The song surely is an upbeat one but Bad Romance‘s awesomeness surely took all that is special in this song.

GaGa actually collaborated with another pop diva for her sophomore effort: Beyonce. Their combined efforts brought up Telephone, another awesome track. The verses of the song are really great and Beyonce’s part is absolutely brilliant. The presence of the busy dial tone is also ace.

Another slow song from GaGa comes in the 7th track entitled So Happy I Could Die. What’s a surprise for this track that RedOne and Space Cowboy produced the track. Considering that both are better in terms of making uptempo songs, the quality of So Happy I Could Die comes as a surprise. The track is one of the surprises in terms of quality though that is not an understatement.

Closing out GaGa’s sophomore effort is the track Teeth. The lyrics can be described as dark and that makes the song very effective. Certainly, the song did a good job in closing out the album.

Eventually, three tracks stood out in GaGa’s sophomore effort: Bad Romance, Monster, and Telephone. Alejandro can be considered as the 4th best track though. Dance In The Dark is a good track but Bad Romance is absolutely better. GaGa’s sophomore effort is absolutely great.

Genre: Pop
Date Released: November 18, 2009
Label: Interscope Records/Cherrytree Records

Lady GaGa has returned with new material that has only left fans asking for more. Bad Romance is the sixth released single for Lady GaGa’s debut album “The Fame” and the first single released for the re-release album which is named “The Fame Monster.”

As with previous material released by GaGa, RedOne is again involved heavily in Bad Romance. One may know RedOne because Lady GaGa mentioned his name in her debut single Just Dance. RedOne also produced the smash hit Poker Face. RedOne’s work in this song is simply amazing.

Bad Romance is an upbeat song with fused elements from the pop, rock, and electronic genres respectively. The song can captivate the listener through very catchy lyrics. Another amazing thing is that Lady GaGa actually sang one line of the song in French.

If Poker Face had ‘Po-po-po-ker face’, Bad Romance matches it with ‘Ra-ra-ra-ah-ah-ah, roma-roma-mama.’ The line looks stupid when seen in this entry but the line does sound great in the single.

The track is definitely sheer genius. Lady GaGa absolutely is one of the most creative artists of the present generation of artists. The ability to stamp out her class in the music industry with convincing fashion is simply amazing. Bad Romance only continues Lady GaGa’s path to more success. Bad Romance definitely made this writer anticipate the release of the re-released version of “The Fame”, “The Fame Monster.” The track only tells that Lady GaGa is indeed back after a short period of silence.

Genre: Pop
Date Released: October 25, 2009
Label: Interscope Records/Cherrytree Records

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more popularly known as Lady Gaga, was an unknown name to many until this mainstream effort was released.

One would notice the usual preference of the synthesizer in each track. I am not saying that it is a bad thing. Actually, it did help in producing beats – beats that can really help this album sell a ton – for this debut effort by Lady Gaga.

Infectious beats is an aspect where the album excels. Having infectious beats usually make good pop records and this one is no exception. Aside from having infectious beats, the album excels in attaining that right feel for the dance tracks. Combined with electronic beats and impeccable choruses, the album does manage to make itself a worthy buy.

Best track would be “Poker Face” for its addictive chorus. Having that “Ma-ma-ma-ma” intro helps a lot too. Second best track would be the first released single of this album which is “Just Dance”. Having a very danceable hook and beat absolutely contributed to me loving this track.

Proving itself to get some mention here would be “Beautiful Dirty Rich” for its theme which is about being vain and boastful at the same time. The title track also is a good one due to its funkiness. “Lovegame” might have its share of innuendos but still, it is also one of the tracks that stand out in this one.

Amidst all the positives I have had for the album, it has its shortcomings. “Again Again” absolutely was the worst track of the album. It degenerates the fun that the other tracks built. The momentum built by the first eight tracks got squashed by this “ballad.”

Still, this is an album that absolutely can make you feel very great and end up loving it. Possessing material that is fresh makes this pop record special. Lady Gaga does not fall short in delivering a remarkable pop record.

The album successfully manages to keep all tracks very great. It is a well-produced one and most tracks can be released as singles. Lady Gaga definitely is not a one-hit wonder and this album proves that. Except for one mishap, the tracks are very satisfying and enjoying as well.

Albeit its shortcomings, I would still say that this album is definitely worth the try. Can Lady Gaga declare herself as the “Savior of Pop” with this effort? I do not think so but she obviously helped in bringing the genre back to prominence.

Genre: Pop
Date Released: August 19, 2008
Label: Interscope Records/Cherrytree Records