New Beyonce Single in 3 Weeks?! September 24, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Music.
Tags: Beyonce, John Thrasher
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Word on the Twitterverse is that Beyonce has a new single out in 3 weeks. Does this mean a new ALBUM OUT before Christmas? Surely we would have heard about this kind of news by now if a new album were indeed coming out…right?
Producer Los Da Mystro wrote on his Twitter:
Listening to New B record Dream wrote…FUcKINg INSANE! WOw!! She About to Kill the game again! Had to Listen again!! Yall C in 3 weeks!
I’m kind of freaking out.
A Few Quick Thoughts About the 2010 BET Awards June 28, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology, Television.
Tags: BET Awards, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz
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1. Still undecided if I like Chris Brown again or not. The tears just seemed perfectly timed. I dunno.
He definitely can dance like no other male performer out there at the moment though. Wow!
2. Kanye has NOT returned. That performance was boring and I yawned and checked my text messages as it was playing.
3. Trey Songz for Best Male R&B Artist? I don’t think so. Saw him in front of Mariah’s concert on New Year’s Eve at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and was bored to tears.
4. Lady Gaga and Beyonce winning Video of the Year was interesting. I thought it was a fun video, but…Video of the Year?? And I love both of them!
Check out Chris Brown’s performance where he dances his ass off, and then cries about the man in the mirror
Tags: Beyonce, Why Don't You Love Me
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I don’t really know why but I REALLY have loved Beyonce’s new video for “Why Don’t You Love Me?” which was released on the ultimate, platinum, exclusive, deluxe, remix version of “I Am…Sasha Fierce.”
Check it out. My favorite part is when she’s dusting off her 900 Grammys.
Big Announcement Coming This Week! February 16, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John.
Tags: Beyonce, Lady Gaga
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John Thrasher Has A Big…Announcement! February 3, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Beyonce, Fame Monster, John Thrasher, Lady Gaga, Monster, Music, Sirius
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My January Mood February 3, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Moods, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Apple, Avatar, Bess Rogers, Beyonce, D.C., Haiti, iPhone, Lady Gaga, Madonna, New York, Rosie O'Donnell, Sherlock Holmes, The Lovely Bones
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I keep forgetting about my “Moods” but thankfully I have Julien to thank for keeping me in check with them.
Here it is!
Movies: In January I saw a lot of movies. I saw The Lovely Bones, which was absolutely fascinating. It kept me thinking and had an affect on me for days after I saw it. I also saw Sherlock Holmes, which was a lot of fun, but not really a classic by any means. I ventured out and saw Avatar in 3D, which if you read this blog, know my thoughts on it. Overall, a lot of great movies in January!
DVD: I bought Madonna’s “Confessions Tour” after spending 2 straight weeks with Courtney, and watched it 10 times in 1 week. I couldn’t stop! It’s such a fascinating show. Please buy this DVD, it’s the best home-concert experience that you’ll ever see!
Top 5 Songs of January:
1. Bess Rogers – Travel Back
2. Bess Rogers – Yellow Bird
3. Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga – Video Phone
4. Madonna – Lucky Star
5. Bess Rogers – I Don’t Worry
TV Shows: I haven’t watched much TV in January, at all. Nothing really kept my interest, other than the Hope For Haiti relief telethon and the Australian Open. However, now that it’s February you know I’m going to be all over Lost!
Purchase: This might be my most favorite purchase in a very long time. I bought a new stereo system for my car! It’s a Kenwood something or other, and I can now play my iPhone directly in to the stereo instead of with crappy radio antenna transfers! It’s really pretty and the sound quality is gorgeous!
Travel: I went just about everywhere in January. I started 2010 in NYC and expect to end it there as well! I visited Brittney in Altoona for a night. I went to DC to visit C’Anna before we traveled to NYC for my birthday. Just went last weekend again. A lot of traveling and a lot of exciting memories that I’ll never forget!
Something I’ve Discovered: It’s no secret that I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Rosie O’Donnell. No, not the Rosie O’Donnell that we all see on television being loud and obnoxious, but the Rosie that is compassionate, intelligent, smart and opinionated. There’s nothing I love more than a confident woman. Well, good news folks, she now has a radio show on Sirius! I got Sirius this summer, and can’t imagine a better way to spend my money! I’ve listened every day, and you should too! Check her out here!
My Top 10 Played Tracks of 2009 December 29, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology.
Tags: Alejandro, Bad Romance, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Dance in the Dark, entertainment, Fernando Garibay, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Music, Sam Sparro
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I use a fun little application called Last.fm on my Mac. (Click here to see my track stats since 2007). It tracks every single song that I play on iTunes and my iPhone. I love it because I get to see what I have been listening to and what were the most played artists over the last week, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and overall.
This count isn’t entirely accurate, because I don’t have an iPod dock in my car. I just play CDs. So, odds are Beyonce and Lady Gaga would have higher play counts this year, but alas, here is documentation of my top 10 most-played tracks of 2009:
10. John Mayer – Who Says
This one really surprised me as being my No.10 track this year. I only had this song in my iTunes for a couple of months and I can’t say it’s even one of my favorite songs. Either way it made it to No.10 in 2009 with 33 plays.
9. Sam Sparro – Black and Gold
This was a nice surprise when I saw my list. I knew I had played it a lot, but didn’t realize I had played it so much! I really love Sam Sparro and I really love this song. It ended the year with 35 plays.
8. Brittney Tyler – My Song
This is probably the most surprising of all of my tracks that made it in my Top 10. Brittney is actually my best friend and not a signed musician. I had posted her music on my YouTube account (with her permission) and this was one of the ones that I never posted. The song is an original of hers, and I hope that we will have it posted sometime soon. This track is at No.8 in 2009 with 38 plays.
7. Britney Spears – 3
Another Britney makes it on to my Top 10, and surprisingly she is less talented than the other! Britney Spears, who I am growing to hate for some reason, released this ridiculously catchy song “3″ in the fall and I couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s so catchy! Now if only she could read music, sing live, and play the ukulele like the Brittney at No.8, I would be okay with this. Anyway, ’3′ is No.7 with 43 plays.
6. Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga – Video Phone
Well the rest of the countdown is pretty much a landslide. The only Beyonce song to make it in to my Top 10 this year is the one featuring the one and only Lady Gaga. The next closest Beyonce song of 2009 was “Diva” at No.37 with 16 plays. As mentioned above, a lot of my obsession with this album came via my CD player in my car. Anyway, Video Phone used to be one of my least favorite songs on Beyonce’s “I Am…” album, but after it was rereleased with a Gaga verse, I instantly loved it. Most hard core Gaga fans hate this song, but I will play it all day if I can. “Video Phone” is No.6 with 55 plays.
5. Lady Gaga – Speechless
In like 3 days I had played this song 30-some times. All of the songs from Gaga’s “Fame Monster” album were instant classics for me (minus “Telephone” surprisingly…which everyone loves). This song earned its way right to the top of my “Shower Concert Tour” playlist almost immediately. “Speechless” is No.5 in 2009 with 56 plays.
4. Lady Gaga – Monster
When I first listened to “Monster,” most of my friends had already heard it because I waited until the album was released to listen to it, rather than listening to the leak. It had an immediate effect on my mood and overall demeanor, which is always a good sign when it comes to music. I still can’t get enough of this song, and I am sure it will be in my Top 10 of 2010 as well. “Monster” is No.4 in 2009 with 58 plays.
3. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
I was surprised that this song was only No.3 when I looked at my stats. I had the demo of this song for about a month before its actual release and thought that all the extra plays would put it higher. Either way this song is one of my favorite of the year, and will always remind me of 2009. This is the song that inspired a collection of paintings that I am working on based off of “The Fame Monster” album. Each song will have its own painting. I’m calling it The Monster Collection. You can check out the finished painting right here. More on that later! “Bad Romance” is No.3 in 2009 with 97 plays (compared to Danny Lamas’ 232 plays, that’s nothing!)
2. Lady Gaga – Dance In the Dark
If I were to pick a song that I thought would be No.2 by the end of 2009, I probably wouldn’t have picked this one. Though I love it, and play it often, there are other songs that remind me of the year. The producer of this song, the amazing Fernando Garibay, has retweeted me a few times regarding the painting that I am doing for this song. He told me he would post the painting on Twitter once I was done with it. I am not done with it at all, and am actually stuck on it, but as soon as it’s finished, he’ll be the first to know. This song is FANTASTIC and an instant classic and if released as a single, I am sure will be a huge hit. “Dance in the Dark” is No.2 in 2009 with 101 plays.
1. Lady Gaga – Alejandro
This is another one of the songs that I had the demo for a while before having the finished track. Hearing the finished track compared to the demo made me absolutely ADDICTED to this song. The painting for this song is finished and can be seen here. It’s hard to think that “Alejandro” is my No.1 song of 2009, but the numbers don’t lie! “Alejandro” is my No.1 played song in 2009 with 142 plays.
What makes my Top 5 songs interesting is that my No.1 song of all time (for the last 3 years at least) was David Archuleta’s live version of “Imagine” with 92 plays. My top songs hadn’t changed at all over the last year until Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” came out, and immediately 4 different songs became my most played ever! I think that’s pretty influential if you ask me. I can’t wait to look back on this list in 2010 and see the differences!
My Top 10 Albums of 2009 December 28, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Uncategorized.
Tags: albums of the decade, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Billboard, David Archuleta, Ingrid Michaelson, La Roux, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Music, Owl City, Sam Sparro, Sasha Fierce, The Fame, The Fame Monster
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After much thought and consideration, I now present to you the top 10 albums of 2009, as chosen by me. Stay tuned, because I’ll also be posting my Top Tracks of 2009, and my Top Albums of the Decade in the days ahead!
10. Mariah Carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
This album is NOT my favorite Mariah Carey album, but as a whole it ended up being my number 10 choice. I listened to a couple of the songs from the album A LOT this year, and really enjoyed them. I think this is very classic Mariah Carey, but still think some of her lyrics and dying whistle tones kept me from loving it.
9. David Archuleta – [self titled]
This album was released late last year, but it still was one of my favorites all the way through February and March. It has a lot of catchy songs, and I always find myself putting it in my car’s CD player ever now and then. I hope his next album is a little more riskier and less bubblegum tween pop.
8. Owl City – Ocean Eyes
I haven’t listened to Owl City in a few months, but I really liked this album when I first heard it. I jumped on the Owl City bandwagon about a month before they took off and dominated the Billboard charts. I was excited to find a new artist that I could tell other people about, but before I had a chance to think, “Fireflies” was No.1 on every chart. Great album and reminds me a lot of my fall semester.
7. Sam Sparro – [self titled]
A friend of mine did a dance routine to Sam Sparro last fall for his dance recital (to Black and Gold) and I thought it was a great song. I went and downloaded the album and realized it is a work of genius! Nearly every song is funky, danceable, catchy, and matched with great vocals from Sam Sparro. If you don’t have this album, you’re going to want to buy it…if anything for your party mix.
6. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom
This album has only been out for a little over a week, but it has been enough to really effect me on a variety of levels. It almost seems that she wrote this entire album with me in mind. I don’t think it’s as great as 2007′s As I Am, but then again it’s a completely different vibe. Either way, definitely check this one out, and really give it a couple of listens before you judge.
5. Lady Gaga – The Fame
This album was also released late last year. I had the leak when I was in Italy in June 2008, and didn’t listen to it much. However, once Poker Face was released as a single earlier this year, I immediately realized what kind of jewel I had in my iTunes library. I am now one of the biggest Gaga fans I know, and really love playing this album no matter what mood I am in: a sign of a true classic.
4. La Roux – [self titled]
It seems like every time I hear of a new artist or song, I get really in to them, and then a month later they blow up. Same thing happened for me with La Roux. This album is full of fun, techno beats that are sure to keep your feet moving.
3. Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody
Ingrid Michaelson could release an album reading the phonebook and I would think it was the greatest album of all time, and I admit that. However, her songwriting, and lyrics can not be denied. She is a true talent, and I have a very intimate connection with her music. I saw her tour this album in Pittsburgh this fall, and it was fantastic, as expected. Check this one out for sure!
2. Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster
Give this album a month more and it probably would have been my No.1 for 2009. I’ve played the hell out of this CD, even weeks before it was released, and I am still not over it. Every song is on another level of electro pop, which is an experience in itself. Hopefully I am seeing her on my birthday, in New York City!
1. Beyonce – I Am… Sasha Fierce
This album came out late November of 2008 as well, and for the last year has been one of my most played albums week in and week out. I NEVER get sick of this album, and that is a very rare feat for me. I usually end up falling in love with music for a couple of weeks and then not listening to it for a very long time (Janet’s “Discipline”, Danity Kane, etc.). Beyonce hits gold with me with everything that she releases, and this album was definitely the album of the year for me. It has a beautiful mix of dance tracks and ballads that all really seem to stick in your head.
Lady Gaga Dominates iTunes Charts November 23, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, technology.
Tags: art, Bad Romance, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Music, The Fame, The Fame Monster, Video Phone
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After only 3 hours of sales, Lady Gaga’s new album The Fame Monster was No.3 on iTunes today. The Deluxe edition, which also features her first album The Fame, is No.5. Now, she has the No.1 song, video, and album simultaneously. She is also featured in the No.2 video, Beyonce’s “Video Phone” remix.
Check it out, and buy your copy of The Fame Monster here!
My Chucky Videos Are Back on YouTube! October 1, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology, Television.
Tags: Amerie, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Chucky, My Humps, Piece of Me, Rihanna, Touch, Umbrella, Upgrade U, YouTube
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So after Fergie and Britney Spears saw my videos, they called YouTube and had them taken down (drat!). However, YouTube has no added links to buy the music that I used in the video, which I guess means that they can show the video.
Here are the three Chucky videos, featuring Danny Durr as Chucky.
Chucky – Touch (Original song by Amerie)
Chucky – My Humps/Upgrade U/Umbrella (Original songs by Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, and Rihanna)
Chucky – Piece of Me (Original song by Britney Spears)