Posts Tagged ‘Last.fm’

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Top 20 albums of 2009.

December 25, 2009

Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas!  I have compiled (and it was startlingly easy) my top 20 albums of 2009 (if you know me, you know it’ll be an R&B female-dominated affair as usual!).  Unlike last year, when I listed 10 and did mini reviews, this time I’ve got 20 (since my shortlist came to 20 albums, I thought it would just be easier to rank 11-20, than pick out some for Honourable Mentions).  No mini-reviews, or I would be here forever, and I think my blog posts are long enough without breaking the 5000 word barrier!  So I’ve just put the best and worst tracks from each album with the album cover, and hopefully you’ll be intrigued to download my favourite songs of 2009.  And while you’re at it, you can download my own album, Quiet Storm, here too! So without further ado…

20. Utada HikaruThis Is The One (read my full review here!)

Highlights = Come Back To Me, Apple And Cinnamon, This One (Crying Like A Child), On And On

Skip = Automatic Part II, Poppin’

19. Electrik RedHow To Be A Lady Volume 1

Highlights = Muah, P Is For Power, W.F.Y., Drink In My Cup, Kill Bill

Skip = So Good, Friend Lover, On Point

18. Lady GaGaThe Fame Monster

Highlights = Bad Romance, Alejandro, Monster, Teeth

Skip = Speechless, So Happy I Could Die

17. Joss StoneColour Me Free!

Highlights = Could Have Been You, Stalemate, Girlfriend On Demand

Skip = Incredible, Parallel Lines, Governmentalist

16. Cheryl Cole3 Words

Highlights = 3 Words, Parachute, Heaven, Fight For This Love, Boy Like You

Skip = everything else!

15. Chrisette MicheleEpiphany

Highlights = Blame It On Me, Epiphany (I’m Leaving), Notebook, On My Own

Skip = What You Do, Another One, Mr. Right

14. Nicki Minaj – Beam Me Up Scotty

Highlights = I Get Crazy, Kill Da DJ, Mind On My Money, Keys Under Palm Trees, Beam Me Up Scotty

Skip = Best I Ever Had, Easy

13. MýaBeauty & The Streets Vol. 1

Highlights = About My B.I., Show Me Something, Boss, Club Go Crazy, Work It Out, Black Out

Skip = Go Hard Or Go Home, The Only One, Full Service

12. Robin ThickeSex Therapy

Highlights = Sex Therapy, Meiplé, Shakin’ It For Daddy, Elevatas, Make U Love Me

Skip = Million Dolla Baby, I Got U, Mona Lisa

11. Alicia KeysThe Element Of Freedom (read my full review here!)

Highlights = Doesn’t Mean Anything, Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart, Love Is My Disease, Distance And Time, Empire State Of Mind (Part II)

Skip = Love Is Blind, Wait Til You See My Smile, Like The Sea, This Bed

10. The-DreamLove vs Money

Highlights = My Love, Take U Home 2 My Mama, Fancy, Right Side Of My Brain

Skip = Walkin’ On The Moon, Sweat It Out, Love vs Money, Let Me See The Booty

9. Keri HilsonIn A Perfect World…

Highlights = Turnin’ Me On, Get Your Money Up, Knock You Down, Make Love, Energy, Where Did He Go

Skip = Intuition, Slow Dance, How Does it Feel

8. Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D.

Highlights = Boom Boom Pow, Rock That Body, Imma Be, Electric City, Mare

Skip = Alive, Missing You, Rockin To The Beat

7. ShakiraShe Wolf (read my full review here!)

Highlights = Did It Again, Why Wait, Men In This Town, Mon Amour

Skip = Gypsy, Spy

6. Trey SongzReady

Highlights = I Invented Sex, I Need A Girl, LOL :-), Black Roses, Yo Side Of The Bed

Skip = Jupiter Love, Does He Do It, Be Where You Are

5. AmerieIn Love & War

Highlights = Heard ‘Em All, Higher, Swag Back, Different People, Dear John

Skip = Tell Me You Love Me, Red Eye, Pretty Brown

4. LeToyaLady Love (read my full review here!)

Highlights = She Ain’t Got…, Not Anymore, Good To Me, Regret, I Need A U, Don’t Need You

Skip = Take Away Love, After Party, Tears

3. CiaraFantasy Ride (read my full review here!)

Highlights = High Price, Like A Surgeon, Never Ever, Work, Keep Dancin’ On Me, I Don’t Remember

Skip = Ciara To The Stage, Love Sex Magic, Lover’s Thing

2. RihannaRated R (read my full review here!)

Highlights = Hard, Russian Roulette (check out my single review here!), Fire Bomb, Rude Boy, G4L, The Last Song

Skip = Rockstar 101

1. Mariah CareyMemoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (read my full review here!)

Highlights = H.A.T.E.U., Ribbon, Angels Cry, I Want To Know What Love Is, Candy Bling

Skip = It’s A Wrap

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communication.

July 23, 2009

Certain situations lately have been making me think of the “Communicate” interlude from TLC’s Fanmail

“Communication is the key to life
Communication is the key to love
Communication is the key to us

There’s over a thousand ways
To communicate in our world today
And it’s a shame
That we don’t connect

So if you also feel the need
For us to come together
Will you communicate with me?”

We have so many avenues of communication open to us nowadays: face to face, email, telephone call, text message, blog, vlog, instant messengers, chatrooms and forums, twitter and social networking… It’s so easy to keep in touch with people (and now I can do it all on my beautiful Prada phone, more or less!) that it’s almost overwhelming choosing the method of communication.  Do you text, email, write a letter, call on the phone?  Different people suit / prefer different methods, and some are more anonymous while others are intimate and suggest more effort and attention.  A situation last night occurred where I sent a text message to B to see how he was, and he didn’t reply because his phone was on silent… meanwhile, he sends me a message on a different, completely unrelated site asking me how my day had been and everything! I was touched that he thought of me as much as I of him… but it was a bit frustrating that there are so many avenues of communication open to us that it is almost a problem to remember to be consistent!  You can hit me up on twitter, myspace, vox, last.fm, facebook, on my cell (well, if you have my number 😉 ), email, msn… how do people choose?  And is it not surprising that problems occur when we don’t check all of these different places for messages every day?
The other thing I quickly wanted to address tonight is why I am writing this blog.  In my introductory post I was in a bit of a crazy mood and I was being inspired by Bai Ling‘s insanity… but now I realise that that is something special that cannot be duplicated!  As fun as it sounded at the time, I don’t really think I am into aping Bai Ling (well, not often). And surprisingly, I have my own things to say! I’m touched that people are taking the time to read, be it my views on relationships, the internet, sexuality or just life, and the music reviews and videos and downloads I post for you all. 🙂  It’s thrilling that I can share myself so openly with you all, and I’m touched that you are all reading it and keeping up with me! I hope that you keep coming back because at the moment I still have plenty to write about (how’s that for tempting writer’s block! 😛 ) and I have lots of music-related stuff in store also. 😉 At the end of the day, this blog allows me to communicate in a more full way than twitter (my other current favourite avenue of inet-based communication), which is definitely great for on-the-go updates of where I am and what I’m doing… but this blog here allows me to expose my thoughts and communicate with you all on a deeper level.  Thankyou for listening, and please don’t hesitate to communicate with me, however you prefer.
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a quick thankyou.

July 9, 2009

Okay, while I was sleeping the views for this blog have rocketed a little bit! So I just wanted to take this time out to thank everyone; I hope that it continues, I hope that you enjoy what you’re reading and I just wanted to thank the nice people who’ve left comments so far, and all you guys for reading… I really appreciate you and enjoy you and I hope that the blog keeps growing and that you keep coming back to visit 🙂

I also just made over 100 followers on twitter, without really doing anything! So everyone who is following me, I am glad that I am interesting to you, even though I can’t really understand why! I have to make a special mention of DSquared2, the fashion designer brothers, who started following me the other day – I am extremely flattered, and I don’t know what I said that was so interesting for them to be following me, but I just hope that I keep it up!

Keep reading, I’m getting ready to launch my new album, and then it’ll be a twitter / myspace / last.fm / blog takeover!!!  Catch you later…

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Something legitimate to blog about.

June 30, 2009

Okay, so I actually have something serious to say.  I know, that didn’t take long, this is only my second post, but late last night and early this morning two instances have occurred that kinda restore my faith in people.  Bear with me.

I have been searching for the mp4 of Ciara’s new video Work (which you MUST see!!! download it here) for over a week, since the video premiered on Channel 4 and subsequently on youtube.  No matter how much searching I did, the only place I could find the video was on youtubealike sites for streaming.  NO DOWNLOAD.  So I began to get frustrated, and I tried to do what the fast girls do… I found a link for the video in some random format (.mkv, as a matter of fact) and atttempted to convert it.  Now this is where the story gets sad… the conversion wouldn’t work.  No way, no how, no dice.  So I went back to the blog where I downloaded the mkv thing and asked very kindly in their shoutbox if they could upload her video in .mp4 format.

The other story is in fact very similar.  I like Toni Braxton.  I possess near enough all of her music (certainly all of her output that has been released on CD).  So I was idly reading about her on wikipedia, when I discovered that there was a song of hers that I did not have.  Once the world ceased to fall down around me, I subdued my anger and shock and went in search of this song (FYI, it is called “No More Love”, it features Irv Gotti, and you can download it here because I love you).  I spent over an hour on google, youtube, limewire, but all I could find was the lyrics to the song. The full lyrics, nonetheless.  This piece of evidence suggested that the song had ben widely heard, despite being quite a few years old now (2003-ish I believe) and being blocked from release by Toni Braxton herself after she got her panties in a bunch found out there was this whole controversy with another song she wanted to release, which sampled the same 2pac song as Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s “Bonnie & Clyde ’03” (which only copies Queen Mariah’s “How Much” anyway… why am I supplying all this information?).  So to cut a long story short, I couldn’t find the damn song, despite using all of my (usually more-than-sufficient) resources.  Same as with the damn video.  So let me tell you, dear reader, what I did.

I reached out. I went on Last.fm, I found somebody who had been listening to this song recently, and discovered that they were already my ‘friend’ (because we’re all friends on here, yknow? *strokes cat*).  So I messaged him and asked him very kindly, once again, if he could upload the file and send it to me.

In both instances, it took them less than 12 hours not only to fulfill my request, but do so with a smile.  Not only was I overjoyed to have the video and the song (disclaimer: it’s not actually that good, and I can sorta see why Toni blocked it… if you want some real Toni Braxton recommendations, hit me up and I’ll see what I can do for you 🙂 ) that I had sought for more time than I would care to admit yesterday (hell, I went to the gym!  I can waste the rest of the day if I want, it’s already a qualified success 😛 ), but I was really touched (I’m being serious now) by the fact that these two people whom I have never met, and whom I don’t really know and who don’t know me, went to the lengths to share this material with me.  Just because I asked them to.  And they did so so promptly.  It was a really nice thing to do, and even if you’re not interested in Ciara or Toni Braxton (which, btw, if you’re not, I advise you to keep that on the DL because otherwise I will have to swing my ponytail on your ass block you cry), I wanted to do the same for you and share the love, share the links and hope that you download one or the other and enjoy.

If you have any requests, let me know and I’ll do my best to hook you up.  I do have more to say, and I will probably say it sometime soon, but I actually have to go and do a real-life thing so I will close by saying that in a world where people often let you down and mess you around, and sometimes / often it is easy to believe that you can only trust you, yourself and you (which is not a sentiment I entirely disagree with, actually), there are still those certain human beings that will overlook self-interest to help someone out.  That makes me smile, and that really is something I thought was worth writing about today.

(don’t worry, more red danger miniskirt sexy love to come soon. probably)