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Album Review : Drake – Thank Me Later…

It seems like Drake has been around for so long , a Grammy nominated mixtape and performing with some of music’s biggest names all before a first album , that sounds impossible but Drake has produced. Good news though however Drake is finally releasing his long awaited his debut album “Thank Me Later.”

Arguably one of the most anticipated albums of the year, the 14-track record is much of what we have come to expect from the Toronto native . Yes, there is a lot of singing, but you cant argue with the fact Drake certainly knows how to create a good beat for his songs. With production from the likes of Timbaland, Kanye West and Swizz Beatz, the 23-year-old pretty much cooked up a very impressive recipe for commercial success. Perhaps the most blatant introduction to his career altering year is the lead single “Over,” . The thoughtful club ready track has an intro that sounds as if it was in a different decade, but it adds a little bit of todays kinda style to make the appeal even stronger.


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proving that hip-hop can have a softer side eases on down the road of melodic “cushiness” by way of “The Resistance” . On the Alicia Keys assisted “Fireworks”calls out Rihanna for their very public yet very brief affair) but once he makes his way to “Find Your Love,” he is in full-fledged R&B mode. Its admirable the transition he makes from singing to rapping. Among the most daring songs on the album is “Karaoke” its so interesting because (besides Drake’s ability to tell a story so crystal clear that visualizing it is effortless), he displays a  skill for jumping in one lane then another without making us feel like he’s trying to be something he’s not.

As expected Kanye West earns every inch of his production credit on the medium-tempo “Show Me A Good Time,” a song complete with record scratches, middle register piano keys and Drake’s knack for a southern inspired lyrical delivery that comes together to form perfection. By the time his Young Money counterparts Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne lend their voices to two tracks, the album seems to push itself to a whole different level as bass beats and a hint of reverb collide with well earned conceit. Drake even goes so far as to pledge his love for Minaj on “Miss Me” featuring Lil Wayne but plays coy when he’s paired with her on “Up All Night.” Other ear catchers include the “Light Up” in which Drake understandably takes a backseat to Jay-Z’s appeal but the quality of collborations on the album has impressed me particularly.

Drake has his own very clear definition of Greatness , a style newbies would be scared to try and produce. Impressive!



UPDATE : Drake released his official debut album “Thank Me Later” in the States yesterday. According to Billboard, the album is poised to be one of 2010’s top-selling albums and is projected to sell in the range of 425,000 to 475,000, if not more, by the end of the week. If it moves as much as sources think, it’ll mark one of the biggest sales weeks of the year for a single album.

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Chart Update- Dizzee, Corden pip Tinie Tempah to No. 1

Dizzee Rascal and James Corden have beaten Tinie Tempah in this week’s UK singles chart.

Orchestrated by Simon Cowell, the rapper and comedian made a late surge to the top of the charts with their unofficial charity World Cup anthem ‘Shout’, a loose cover of Tears for Fears’s 1985 hit track.

Only released on Wednesday, the track pulled in impressive sales of over 110,000. Corden and Dizzee performed live to an audience of nearly 10 million on Britain’s Got Talent over a week ago.

Tempah’s ‘Frisky’, featuring Labrinth, could not replicate the the 21-year-old hip-hop artist’s debut single ‘Pass Out’, which stormed to number one in April.

David Guetta fell three places from last week’s chart victory, denied third place by K’naan’s ‘Wavin’ Flag’, which was another new World Cup entry.

Meanwhile, Eminem made another small climb, from sixth to fifth spot, while Usher’s ‘OMG‘ re-entered the top ten at number six.

Jason Derulo’s ‘Ridin’ Solo’ and B.o.B’s ‘Nothin’ On You’ plummeted to seventh and eighth place respectively, ahead of ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’ by Alicia Keys, which was down two to number nine.

Pixie Lott only just missed out on making the top ten with ‘Turn It Up’, while Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds benefitted from World Cup fever to rise a huge 43 places to slip inside the top ten.

Elsewhere in the top 40, Dizzee’s ‘Dirtee Disco’ was down eight places to 12, N’Dubz’s ‘We Dance On’ slid nine spots to 17, while Aggro Santos’s ‘Candy’ sunk the same distance to 14. Also, ‘Solo’ by Iyaz dropped ten spots to 20.

The top ten singles in full (click where possible for our reviews):

1. (-) Shout For England ft. Dizzee Rascal & James Corden: ‘Shout’
2. (-) Tinie Tempah ft. Labrinth: ‘Frisky’
3. (-) K’naan: ‘Wavin’ Flag’
4. (1) David Guetta & Chris Willis ft. Fergie & LMFAO: ‘Gettin’ Over You’
5. (6) Eminem: ‘Not Afraid’
6. (11) Usher ft. will.i.am: ‘OMG’
7. (4) Jason Derulo: ‘Ridin’ Solo’
8. (2) B.o.B. ft. Bruno Mars: ‘Nothin’ On You’
9. (7) Alicia Keys: ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’
10. (53) Baddiel & Skinner & the Lightning Seeds: ‘3 Lions’

Source: Official Charts Company

Featured Artist : Mark Asari…

SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST BORN TO MAKE MUSIC :


Mark Asari grew up in London, but always knew what he wanted from a young age. Instead of hitting the streets, he indulged himself in music, whether writing songs, creating beats, or just simply listening and studying his favorite artists and producers. And all that research has paid off!

Mark cites artists such as diverse as Brandy, Glen Lewis, Rascal Flatts, Lauren Hill, Beyonce,  Coldplay,  India Arie, Tyrese,  Kim Burrell, Colbie Caillat, Musiq, Michael Jackson, Imogen Heap, George Benson, Jason Reeves, Usher and Bob Dylan as influences. The writer producers he admires include The Clutch, James FauntLeroy, Sean Garrett, The Underdogs, Ryan Tedder, Adonis, Darkchild, and Timbaland.

Mark is an exciting young writer and at the forefront of a new wave of UK hit songwriters. He has recently worked with Tinie Tempah, Bryn Christopher, TMS, Parker & James, Harmoney and Inflo 1st  on a number of pop projects. #TEAM UK is really very strong right now..

Watch this space for more news on Mark. But for now make sure you check out this amazing cover of “Alicia Keys” hit single “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” . His voice is without a doubt flawless on this track..

Check it out here: & make sure you follow him on Twitter http://twitter.com/markasari.

Also if you want to check out more of his songs then a couple of his songs are featured below :

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Charts Roundup : David Guetta Knocks Dizzee off No.1 Spot …

David Guetta has topped this week’s singles charts with ‘Gettin’ Over You’.

The 42-year-old DJ made a late surge to number one, overtaking B.o.B’s ‘Nothin’ On You‘, which was at the top spot for much of the week.

Featuring a star-studded cast including Chris Willis and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, it is the star’s third hit single from his One Love album, following 2009’s ‘When Love Takes Over and ‘Sexy Check’.
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With B.o.B in second place, Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Dirtee Disco‘ fell to fourth after last week’s chart . There was good news for Jason Derulo and Aggro Santos, who both jumped to third and fifth spot respectively.

Eminem’s ‘Not Afraid’ slipped a place to number six, while N-Dubz were down two places from the previous week to eighth. Meanwhile, Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber moved up a spot to nine with ‘Eenie Meenie’.

Elsewhere, Alicia Keys re-entered the top ten at number seven with ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’. Edward Maya and Roll Deep finally left the top ten, with ‘Stereo Love’ and ‘Good Times’ settling for 12 and 14 respectively.

The top ten singles in full (click where possible for our reviews):

1. (-) David Guetta & Chris Willis ft. Fergie & LMFAO: ‘Gettin’ Over You’
2. (-) B.o.B. ft. Bruno Mars: ‘Nothin’ On You’
3. (4) Jason Derulo: ‘Ridin’ Solo’
4. (1) Dizzee Rascal: ‘Dirtee Disco’
5. (8) Aggro Santos ft. Kimberly Wyatt: ‘Candy’
6. (5) Eminem: ‘Not Afraid
7. (13) Alicia Keys: ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’
8. (6) N-Dubz ft. Bodyrox: ‘We Dance On’
9. (10) Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber: ‘Eenie Meenie’
10. (3) Iyaz: ‘Solo’

Live Performance : Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart .. Britains Got Talent..

Check out this amazing live performance from ALICIA KEYS. She flew in especially for this live performance on the live shows of Britains Got Talent and boy did she deliver, she really is an amazing artist.

What did you think?

Miley Cyrus, Usher and JLS are also set to perform on the show this week.

Music News : Alicia Keys, Usher & JLS to perform on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’…

Simon Cowell is really pulling out all the stops for the Britain’s Got Talent live semi final shows this week isnt he??. After the success of attracting international stars to last seasons X Factor live shows it has been announced that International R&B stars Usher and Alicia Keys will perform this week. Last years winners Diversity kicked it off on the first live show with a truly amazing routine which certainly impressed the crowds and viewers.

Meanwhile, Usher, who had a recent UK no 1 with ‘OMG’ is also booked to appear. Alicia who had her first UK no 1 album recently, will appear within the week to perform ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’. On Friday, X Factor runners up JLS will perform their new song ‘The Club Is Alive’.

The live Britain’s Got Talent finals kicked off Monday night at 7:30pm with the first live semi-final. It was a very impressive start with singers like Olivia Archbold and Josh Barry flying the flag for the singing category. Olivia narrowly missed out on the final after acts Tobias Mead and Spellbound(who were both amazing by the way) were put through ahead of her.  Bring on the rest of the  live semi finals i say! :)

Theres also rumours that Miley Cyrus will be performing on the live Semi Final shows this week.

OFFICIAL: Alicia Keys FINALLY confirms her pregnancy…

Theres been speculation for weeks that Alicia Keys was expecting a child, and now the Grammy-winning singer’s rep has officially confirmed that she is in deed pregnant with her and producer Swizz Beatz’s first child. It does not stop there either.

The rep also confirms that the couple are engaged and they are planning to get married later this year! Double Good News :)

Now that she’s struggling to hide the pregnancy, I guess she felt she had to announce it publicly. I wish Alicia all the best in her pregnancy and engagement and that she has a very healthy baby. Congrats!

Rihanna, Alicia Keys & JLS confirmed performers for Radio 1’s ‘Big Weekend’…

I havent actually blogged about this previously so i thought i would now . Radio 1 are having an upcoming two-day Big Weekend which will take place at Bangor’s Faenol Park in Wales on May 22nd and 23rd. Pop and R&B stars confirmed to perform include big names such as Rihanna, Alicia Keys, JLS, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha and Cheryl Cole. A full list of performers can be viewed here. Fans have been applying  for free tickets via Radio 1’s official website. A total of 450,000 people applied for the tickets but unfortunately only 10,000 tickets are actually available for each day.

That’s right UK folks. I said FREE tickets! I mean, that line-up is like wow! And that’s only a QUARTER of the performers! Anyone who has tickets are in for an amazing day which ever day they decide to go to.