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Flaca Covers Como La Flor

Posted: October 22, 2015 in New Music
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Did you know Flaca from Orange is the New Black sang? Neither did I. Did you know Flaca just released a new video? Neither did I, until today. Technically, it is not Flaca herself but Jackie Cruz, the actress that plays the not always bright, chola looking, latina inmate in Netflix’s series. Jackie Cruz can sing and who knew it? She just released a video to “Como La Flor” with a chilled acoustic version of the song. I like it, I like it a lot. It doesn’t sound like her trying to duplicate a Selena song, instead she is making the song into her own style. I hope to hear more music soon!

Rihanna Gets Closer to Album Release

Posted: October 8, 2015 in New Music
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On Wednesday, Rihanna shared the album artwork to fans and media at a small art gallery in Downtown LA. The artwork was created by artist Roy Nachum and below is a preview. RiRi announced that the album’s name is ANTI and release date is very close. It’s safe to say, fans went batshit crazy online. Why wouldn’t they? RiRi has accustomed us to getting a new album EVERY year (except 2008, we only got a re-release album) from 2005 through 2012.

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Damita Jo had not released an album with original songs since 2008’s Discipline and fans had clearly made her aware that they were tired of waiting for new stuff. She gave us a #1 hits album and tour in 2011but had been MIA since getting married in 2012. This summer she surprised us with a tease to the album and news of a fall tour to support it. The tickets to the tour quickly sold out and additional dates and venues were scheduled. These venues are much bigger than the smaller venues she performed at in 2011, I saw her at the Universal Amphitheater but now she is performing at the Forum and the Hollywood Bowl here in LA. This demonstrates that the fans really did miss her and are anxious to see her perform live. Now that the new album Unbreakable has dropped, I’ve had about a week to digest it. It’s a slow album, let’s start with that. Very slow, compared to her previous albums, which were full of R&B Pop Dance songs. Slow is not bad…it’s just different. It sounds very Janet without it being too Janet. The dance songs are out, only “BURNITUP!” with Missy Elliot would be considered dance. The other songs have a strong R&B slow groove vibe to them. It’s a good album to chill and have as background music at a small party. It is definitely not aimed to the youngsters out there. This album is aimed to the true Janet fans, which are probably older and more matured. They’re probably not looking for the next Electronic Pop song out there and instead are looking for music with quality and substance. Interestingly, the missing component of this Janet album is Sex. The album is sensual and seductive but without the ooohs and ahhhhs of many of Janet’s albums. Trust me, I was on board with sexy Janet in the Janet and Velvet Rope albums but it did get a bit tired in the 2000’s. Glad to see that she put that away for this album. It is predicted, this will be Janet’s 7th number one album once Billboard finalizes sales next week. To top it off, Ms. Jackson has been named one of the nominees for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is clear, Ms. Jackson is back and remains in Control. On a side note, great choice of “No Sleeep” featuring J. Cold for first single.

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I’ve been following Disclosure for a couple of years now and I was lucky enough to see them at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood before they blew up. There last album was hot from first to last song with some unknown guests (at the time), like Sam Smith. For this new album Caracal, they’re not holding back with the A+ guests and they’ve brought back Sam with the first single “Omen”. But what has me losing my shit, is the second single “Magnets” featuring Lorde. My first thought hearing this song, was damn, Lorde should’ve held on to this song for her own album! The song is bad ass and the vid is even badder. I can’t picture anyone else doing this song besides Lorde, the beat and Lorde’s voice blend in perfectly. So far Disclosure has two for two hits and it looks like they’re going to replicate the success of their last album. Wait until they release “Nocturnal” with the Weeknd!