Music Discovery III

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Let me start off by saying that I’m not 100% happy with my song choices this week. There are so many songs in the world and to limit it to five is an impossible task. These are by no means my most popular posts, but they are ones that I really like doing and I hope someone who shares my love of good music will appreciate them. I’m going to be sharing five of my current favorite songs. I seemed to gravitate more towards pop music and recent finds this week, with some other stuff mixed in between. The Spotify playlist will be embedded at the bottom of the post so you can listen to the songs. Fingers crossed that it works!

[Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen] I love the raspiness of Carly Rae Jepsen’s voice. Her new album just came out and this is the only song I bothered to download off of it. It gives off a Taylor Swift-esque vibe.

[Everything I Didn’t Say – 5 Seconds Of Summer] I had to throw this one in because last week I saw 5 Seconds Of Summer perform live for the third time. This is one of my favorite songs that they did and I’ve been listening to it a lot since! (The video I took below is of Amnesia, not Everything I Didn’t Say.)

[House Party – Sam Hunt] It’s only fair to have a country song in the mix. In the Summer I tend to listen to WAY more country music than when the cooler weather begins to set in. But recently while it’s still hot, I’ve been listening to this a bunch. I think my roommates would be proud.

[Downtown – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis] I heard this for the first time on the VMA’s a couple of weeks ago. It’s got a very Uptown Funk old-school sound and I’m loving it.

[Eyes Shut – Years & Years] I found out about this English band through a YouTuber that I watch. I love this song and it puts me in a really calm state of mind.

Music Discovery I • any songs from my iTunes library

Music Discovery II • songs I downloaded in June of 2015

My 2015 VMA Picks

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Tonight is the night of the MTV Video Music Awards. I’m a sucker for all award shows, as trashy as they may be. Grammy’s, Emmy’s, People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice, SAG Awards, you name it and I force my family to watch it. I realize that MTV is an awful network and all of these awards are probably rigged. I realize that Miley Cyrus might be a very strange host. I also realize that I’m incredibly excited to grab a snack and watch it. I thought that today I would let you know my picks for the 16 different categories. Why are all the nominees the same five artists over and over when so many videos have been released this year? My opinions should probably (definitely) be taken with a grain of salt since I don’t really watch music videos in their entirety unless it’s One Direction and I haven’t seen half of these.

Before I begin let me just start off by saying that I think the “Uptown Funk” video is creepy, The Weeknd bothers me, and Taylor Swift doesn’t need to win every award. Here we go.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” | Who knew Ed Sheeran could ballroom dance? Give him the credit he deserves on this one.
  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

BEST MALE VIDEO //

  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • The Weeknd – “Earned It”
  • Nick Jonas – “Chains” | Have you guys SEEN Nick Jonas?

BEST FEMALE VIDEO //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” | Ellie Goulding was a close runner-up but I’m less tired of this song.
  • Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
  • Sia – “Elastic Heart”
  • Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO //

  • Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Big Sean ft. E-40 – “I Don’t F–k With You” | Um. I’ve never seen any of these videos. This song just makes me laugh.

BEST POP VIDEO //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” | Duh.
  • Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
  • Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

BEST ROCK VIDEO //

  • Hozier – “Take Me To Church” | The video for this song is so good. 
  • Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
  • Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
  • Walk the Moon – “Shut Up And Dance”
  • Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

ARTIST TO WATCH //

  • Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
  • Vance Joy – “Riptide”
  • George Ezra – “Budapest” | His voice.
  • James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
  • FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

BEST COLLABORATION //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” | As much as I like Ariana Grande, this song is undeniably catchy.
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
  • Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
  • Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE //

  • Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
  • Colbie Caillat – “Try” | I’ve never heard any of the other songs.
  • Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
  • Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
  • Wale – “The White Shoes”

BEST ART DIRECTION //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante) | Very artistic, Charles.
  • Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (François Rousselet, Jason Fijal)
  • Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jack White, Jeff Peterson)
  • The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
  • Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
  • OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano) | Don’t you HAVE to vote for OK Go for best choreography? I mean, come on.
  • Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
  • Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY //

  • Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst) | Very cinematic, Christopher.
  • FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
  • Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

BEST DIRECTION //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
  • Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost) | So powerful.
  • Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

BEST EDITING //

  • Beyoncé – “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
  • Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London) | Duh, again.
  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
  • A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
  • Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS //

  • Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios) | Explosions galore.
  • FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
  • Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
  • Skrillex & Diplo “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer, Gloria FX, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
  • Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

BEST SONG OF THE SUMMER //

  • 5 Seconds Of Summer – “She’s Kinda Hot”
  • David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj – “Hey Mama”
  • Demi Lovato – “Cool For The Summer”
  • Fetty Wap – “My Way”
  • Fifth Harmony – “Worth It” | SO MANY CHOICES. But when I really think about it, this song does remind me the most of the summer months.
  • Major Lazer – “Lean On”
  • OMI – “Cheerleader”
  • Selena Gomez ft. ASAP Rocky – “Good For You”
  • Silento – “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”
  • Skrillex & Diplo ft. Justin Bieber – “Where Are U Now”
  • Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood”
  • The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

– Alex