Archive for September, 2009

UTADA, THE RIHANNA OF JAPAN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Chemistry like apple & cinnamon.

Although Utada’s music isn’t exactly the most innovative, it definitely delivers.

“I like smart people, not whether you’re educated or not, just whether you have that spark, that light in your attic.”
–Utada

Check out one of my favorite tracks by the Japanese singer below.


To learn more about Utada’s music click here.

ON HEAVY ROTATION: ‘LET IT SLIDE’ by NIKKI FLORES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Little is known about the whereabouts of Nikki Flores (after an album release in 2007) & although the CD was a little too sugary for my taste, I definitely think Flores could have a lot of potential for pop radio if given the right direction. The track LET IT SLIDE (below) has a tiny touch of Ryan Tedder (Beyonce’s HALO). Check it out!

A FINE FRENZY DOESN’T BOMB WITH SOPHOMORE RELEASE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

A Fine Frenzy is out with BOMB IN A BIRDCAGE, the singer/songwriter’s sophomore disc filled with delicate quirks which made the world take notice of the fiery red head in the first place. An album I highly recommend filled with pretty lyrics and interesting fusions of beats.

Check out my favorite track from the album (the hypnotic STOOD UP) below.

Steel & concrete break
Beneath the steady waves
Of fearless hope & grace
In kindness there is strength

KANYE WEST INTERRUPTS OBAMA’S SPEECH [GASP!]

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This made me laugh. Check out the King of Douche interrupting Obama below.

JAY-Z & ALICIA KEYS / NO PLACE COMPARES TO NEW YORK CITY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’ll have one anthem on the rocks please.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys serve up an anthem about the greatest city in the world–let’s hear it for New York! Check out the studio version of EMPIRE STATE OF MIND followed by the live performance from the 2009 VMA’s below.

MTV VMA’S 2009: BEYONCE SAVES THE NIGHT, SHOWS HALO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

FROM ASS TO CLASS.

To quote Pink–“Kanye is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me.”

Taylor Swift deserved her moment and luckily for her (and the world) Beyonce was there to save the day! While Beyonce took the stage to accept her award for Video of the Year for Single Ladies, the humble singer brought Swift back up to the stage to have the chance to accept her award without being interrupted. Thank God for Beyonce!

I can see your halo B!

If you missed it, check out the clip below.

I LOVE NEW YORK & IAN AXEL

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Please take a moment of silence to remember 9/11.

LIFE IS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT DEATH HAS BECOME JEALOUS. Has someone hurt you? Have you hurt someone? <--That just sounded like an "Appear on the Maury Show" advert. My bad! But in all seriousness -- let today be a day to break the chains. You are not an immortal vampire from Twilight (dream on tweens!) — life is short. Never hesitate in letting those around you know how you feel. It may be your last chance to say I love you or I forgive you or I’m sorry I screwed up. Every breath is a tiny gift from God. Don’t take it for granted. <--I mean it! To all the servicemen & firemen who protect each and every one of us daily: THANK YOU. Now check out a song I've had on repeat for close to a year now. It's a gorgeously stripped pop song with a heart the size of the Big Apple. Watch the video to HOME by Ian Axel (an up & coming singer/songwriter from New York) below.

Find out more about Ian Axel here.

OPRAH’S GOTTA FEELING

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Oprah starts her 24th season with a ferg! I mean a bang. Glad no one got punched upside da head.

Watch the teaser for Oprah’s new season remixed to BEP’s I GOTTA FEELING below.

Find more footage here.

PRECIOUS FRIENDLY FIRES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ed Macfarlane & Edd Gibson (from my new favorite band Friendly Fires) spoke to Sarah Champion of Absolute Radio on the red carpet at the Mercury Prize 2009. Check out the interview below.

JANET JACKSON BREAKS THE SILENCE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“People have told me, ‘I am an American citizen because of your brother.’ He wrote them a letter or something. He was just that giving, loving person. And the greatest entertainer there ever was. And is. I hope people get a glimpse of him now, some sort of picture.”

–Janet Jackson, in the new issue of Harpers Bazaar
Her 1st interview since MJ’s tragic death

THE CULT OF MICHAEL JACKSON OPENS CHAPEL IN NEW YORK ON 9/11

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


If you’ve ever wanted to sacrifice your hair while drinking Pepsi in memory of Michael Jackon, now is your chance.

I KID!

Kinda.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Cult of Michael Jackson because, well, to be honest I thought it was freaky. And after posting the article the Cult emailed me a press release of the Chapel’s opening events:

“Imagine the strife and wars we could solve if we just straightened up and boogied down,” said Rusel Parish, the artist who is now busily designing the chapel. “The Cult of Michael Jackson transcends thousands of years of hate, war, and spiritual prisons of other religions; and instead brings the world into a new order: one of love, soul, funk and pop. We could end the entire world’s suffering and we could literally blame it on the boogie.” <-- TRUE DAT.

The chapel will open during September and October as a place for believers to come, meditate and pay homage to the King of Pop. The opening will be at 6 p.m. on 9.11.09. Come one, come all. Details are as follows:

Chapel
Figureworks
168 North 6th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Reception 9.11.09 6pm
Open September/October

Official After Party
We Love MJ
Hope Lounge
10 Hope Street
9.11.09 from 9PM – late
BBQ & Drink Specials 9-11 PM
No cover charge

Visit the Cult’s official website here.

SHIA’S GOT A GOOD HEAD UNDERNEATH THAT PAPER BAG

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“Clubs are so lame. Most people don’t even dance at these clubs. They just stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor.”

–Shia LaBeouf

RAP & THE BAPTIST CHURCH: A THUG’S LIFE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Droppin’ it like it’s hot since 1897.

Check out the Funky Fresh Senior Choir below.

BEYONCE’S GOT ‘NEW SHOES’ & AN EXTRA CANDLE ON THE BIRTHDAY CAKE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

To celebrate B’s 28th, I thought I’d post one of my all-time favorite tracks by her, the unreleased NEW SHOES. This song was definitely on repeat for quite some time after some jerk decided to take my heart, put it in a blender, crush it to pieces, & then flush it down the toilet. Perhaps that was a little dramatic but ya get the point! And hopefully you can relate.

Let NEW SHOES give you the little push you need to move beyond a broken heart.

Listen to the track below.

DISCOVER ‘BODIES’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I want people to feel elated, I want them to dance, I want them to forget about who they are and where they are for 50 minutes – and, within those 50 minutes of forgetting who they are, I also hope people relate to the songs. This is a record that I’m very proud of – I think it’s fucking brilliant.”

–Robbie Williams

ONE RECORD I AM DYING TO HEAR!

Williams’ album REALITY KILLED THE VIDEO STAR will be available November 9th. Until then, discover BODIES, the fresh off the press single, below.

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