on May 25 in Darin • Flo Rida • Jennifer Lopez • Jessie Ware • Jordin Sparks • Justin Bieber • Latin Pop/Urbano • Omarion • Passport Tunes • Pharrell • Scissor Sisters • Videos • Whitney Houston • Wisin & Yandel
Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez - “Follow The Leader” (Video)
OK… The video has been out for a minute but I didn’t have internet access when it dropped… plus, the boys were just on American Idol this week, so it’s the perfect excuse to post it now. In short, Wisin, Yandel, and Jenny (or rather their stunt doubles) star in “Cirque De S’Olé”, an action adventure series of flips, jumps and various somersaults through the streets of Acapulco. J. Lo does her “latin mami en fuego” bit while W&Y do their “fly papis club swag” thing which means the blame is should be on me for expecting something different. Grade: B-
Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks - “Celebrate”
It’s still hard to believe that Whitney is gone but we can take comfort in the imminent arrival of genuinely new material. “Celebrate” is a poppier, more upbeat retread of La Houston’s ‘09, Alicia Keys/Swizz Beatz-penned single “Million Dollar Bill” but it is no less enjoyable. I’m also loving that some of the last material that she recorded was dance-y, positive and a well, celebratory affair.
Scissor Sisters - “Inevitable”
After taking Adam Lambert’s sound in a funkier direction for his contribution to the glam popper’s recent album Trespassing, Pharrell continues to surprise (well, me at least) by also blessing the Scissor Sisters(!) upcoming album Magic Hour with the Neptunes touch. Skateboard P’s collabo with Jake Shears & The Gang is a surprising 70’s flavored, R&B-ish mid-tempo synth ballad with a chorus seemingly blessed by the Bee Gees and a finale deliciously blessed with some diva ad-libs. Who knew that the Scissors Sisters could successfully pull off a quiet storm jam???
Omarion featuring Rick Ross - “Let’s Talk” (Video)
With a new track featuring a Salt-N-Pepa referencing chorus, some choice Biggie samples, and a verse by label boss Rozay, you would figure the Beyoncé of B2K would have a slam dunk on his hands, right? Well, not exactly. While the latest from Omarion, or rather Maybach O, isn’t the sure-fire hit that he so badly needs, it ain’t a total dud either. The vid features O rocking what is surely some newly purchased South Beach club gear while starring along several pairs of breast implants. However, the “doin’ too much” dancing for which he is known is thankfully kept to a minimum.
Jennifer Lopez featuring Flo Rida - “Goin’ In”
La Lopez premiered this track on the Idol finale this week complete with an eyeroll-worthy rocking of a NY fitted cap. Her periodic block-repping antics have always been a source of amusement for me. “Goin’ In” is slated to featured on the upcoming Step Up Revolution soundtrack is most noteworthy for being a Jennifer Lopez single that doesn’t feature Pitbull. Other than that, yeah… nothing really to see here, or hear.
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris - “All Around The World”
I could never really get behind that “Boyfriend” business, and that includes the various remixes featuring verses from trendy rappers past ‘n’ present. For his second single from his upcoming album, the Biebs gets his Chris Brown on with a heavy handed europop jingle with an anonymous verse from Ludacris. I’m still not co-signing on this guy’s music, but I guess this is an admirable step in the right direction in his PG-rated quest to mature his music.
Jessie Ware - “What You Won’t Do For Love”
OK.. I remember reading about this chick a few months ago with some blogger breathlessly describing her as “the new Sade”. Well, I sat through her video for “Running” and although the penchant for black clothing and pulled back hair was similar, a 2.0 Sade she was not. I was turned off by the inaccurate inflated hype and had dismissed ol’ girl, but she’s back! Jessie’s latest is remake of the Bobby Caldwell classic “What You Won’t Do For Love”—- and the magic of YouTube just rocked my socks when I realized that the original was sung by a white dude! I always assumed that Bobby Caldwell was a black guy… go ‘head Bobby! Sorry tangent… um yeah, Jessie does a respectable job with this tune. Check for her album when it drops this summer.
Cheryl Cole - “Love Killer”
This is not a cover of Darin’s hyperdramatic ballad of the same name from a couple of years ago. No, Cheryl’s “Love Killer” is a sonically interesting mid-tempo R&B/dubstep number that would have made for a great follow-up to Usher’s “Climax” instead of the predictable urban jam/dance pop route that he decided to travel yet once again. Unfortunately, “Love Killer” 2012’s songwriting doesn’t pack the same punch as the track’s production, which also manages to render Cheryl’s vocal a wee bit irrelevant. However, it is nice to see a pop artist doing something besides ringing up RedOne or David Guetta for an obvious hit.
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