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2016 Groove of the Day/Rihanna/Drake/”Work”

With just over three weeks to go in 2016, let’s start to wrap this fucking bitch up, shall we? 

While none of us have any idea what the next four, oops, few years will bring, what we do know is that those grooves will continue to bump no matter what, and as long as we have tracks like Ms. RiRi’s “Work” to get us by on the dance floor of life, it’s all fucking good in the music hood. 

Served up at the start of the year as the lead single from her much delayed (and now super successful) ANTi set, the contemporary dancehall inspired number not only came armed and ready with not one, but two accompanying music videos, but it had all of us wondering just what the fuck Ri was spittin’ out. Right, Drake? 

Indeed, it’s still a music mystery, but either way it all, um, worked because “Work” became Rihanna’s fourteenth (!!!) number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, ushered in a new era of the diva we’re still living for (“Kiss it Better” for fucking life), and now will dance its way straight to Grammy night next year as it’s been nominated for a handful of awards including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance thanks to her former Degrassi co-star.

I guess what it all comes down to is Rihanna betta werk when it comes to “Work” because that’s what all of us will be doing for a very, very long time when it comes to this fucking track.

Get your Philly Mixtape freak on right here and here….

Cover photo courtesy of www.verysmartbrothas.com 

 

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Monday Music Truth

1.A broken zipper tried to stop Britney Spears….and lost. 

1, 2, 3, not even a zipper is going to get in between Britney Spears constantly showing us these days that she’s still that pop music bitch. 

During the singer’s Piece of Me show in Las Vegas over the weekend, the “Womanizer” diva suffered an “Oops” sized wardrobe malfunction on the back of her sheer, um, outfit that we saw her in during her performance of “Pretty Girls” at the Billboard Music Awards back in May. 

Many of her dancers were on it (and seemed to be almost bowing down to Britney), scurrying along trying to assist her, but being that she’s knows handle the biz like a bo$$, Spears kept up her choreography, outfit falling apart or not.

Just watch. 

2.Adele had us clutching our 25 music pearls for dear life over the weekend….

Here we (finally) go with some new Adele? 

Over the weekend, Ms. Adele had all of us checking our purses for our music lives when she broke the Internet by an airing a short, mysterious new music trailer during the UK’s X Factor telecast on Saturday night.  Playing out as a mini “lyric video” as words flash on the screen, we hear a woman who sounds awfully like Adele (as if we couldn’t tell.) singing those now coveted lyrics.

The words seem to be in Adele’s music frame of mind, (“they say that time’s supposed to heal ya / but I ain’t done much healing”) and the elegance of it all is just all delicately wrapped up in the simple style of our beloved English Breakfast tea sipping music mother. 

Watch the 25‘ hype train get rolling below. 

3.Janet Jackson got a big on-stage surprise during her Unbreakable World Tour on Friday night….

Ms. Janet Jackson got served with a big surprise at the end of her sold out show at the Forum in Inglewood, Calf. this past Friday night during a break when she thanked her audience–with Beyoncé and Channing Tatum among the lucky ones who were in attendance–for helping make her new album, Unbreakable, No. 1.

“I want to thank you for making the Unbreakable album No. 1,” Jackson told the packed music house. She then went on to thank her fans for their continued support, specifically noting how her “family has been in the entertainment business for 50 years.” #truth

It was then that Ms. Janet’s long-time producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis hopped on stage to congratulate the diva on her latest historic achievement, further reminding us why we will always be living that “If” kind of music life for all of Janet eternity. 

4.Gloria Estefan and her Miami Sound Machine had us all in their “Conga” line thirty years ago…

Fronted by a then-28-year-old Gloria Estefan, thirty years ago today, Miami Sound Machine’s infectious ’80s dance track “Conga” began its own Latin line dance with the Billboard Hot 100. Eventually going on to hit the top 10 in winter of the following year, Estefan told Billboard in 2003 that the spicy single took a full year to achieve its music milestone. “Radio kept saying, ‘We can’t play this.’ But once they played it, the phones would go crazy,” Estefan spilled. 

Cooked up in 1974 by Emilio Estefan Jr. as Miami Latin Boys, Gloria joined two years later as a vocalist, and the name changed to Miami Sound Machine. In 1978, she married Mr. Estefan and the act’s first English-language chart success came in 1984 with “Dr. Beat,” which dance its way into the No. 17 spot on the Dance Club Songs chart.

Launching into her own in the late ’80s, Ms. Gloria helmed a mega-successful solo career, which included the smash serenade, “Coming Out of the Dark,” which was her return to Latina music diva form after she broke her back in a tragic bus accident in 1990. “Conga” was truly the start of Ms. Estefan taking us a music getaway that provided music that was certainly like no other on radio at the time, all while dishing out an influence that will continue to leave its music mark of for years to come. 

5.Gwen Stefani surprises fans with performance of her shade-y new single…

On Saturday night, Gwen Stefani surprised fans with a live debut of a new track called, “Used to Love You.”

The No Doubt diva hit the stage for a MasterCard Priceless Surprises concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom, serving out the first new music since she confirmed truth of her split from Gavin Rossdale this past summer. 

“I just want to share a song that I wrote recently,” she said to the crowd at the top of the set, according to People. “This song is really special.”

With personal lyrics like “I thought I was the best thing that ever happened to you” and “I guess nobody taught you how to love,” it seems as if there’s some Gavin Rossdale divorce shade being thrown here. 

Allegedly produced by J.R. Rotem, “Used to Love You” was revealed by Stefani on Twitter as her official new single, besides last year’s  “Baby Don’t Lie” & Spark the Fire,” of course. (Sigh.)

Get lost in a live performance clip of  “Used to Love You” below.

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Mixtape Music Truth

1.Drake’s “Hotline Bling” just got a Nintendo rewerk….

There’s certainly no need to argue that former Degrassi star Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is the jam of the fall season. The shining tune is currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has already gotten the cover treatment from notables like Sam Smith and Erykah Badu. However, this cover treatment you’re about to hear is a whole new kind of Nintendo story..

Avid Tumblr participant Seth Everman looked beyond the “Bling” and the saw the cohesiveness between the bouncing beat of “Bling” and Nintendo 64’s most memorable sounds, which led him to use his console to mix in the melodies from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Mario Kart 64 over Mr. Drake”s original fire. 

All with a little help from Mario himself. Watch the clip below. 

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2.The Justin Bieber Purpose hype train keep rolling with some good old-fashioned community service love…

Remember that pesky egging case that got Justin Bieber in a little bit of trouble? 

The Daily Mail is reporting that Bieber recently painted the walls of a youth gang intervention center in Los Angeles as part of his community service stemming from the now infamous case.

In fact, the “What Do You Mean?” singer recently uploaded a few Instagram videos of himself working hard painting a wall, while what indeed sounds like new some new material from his upcoming Purpose set strategically plays in the background.

The Biebs was certainly eager to prove he was really working, captioning one video, “For the people who think I picked the paint brush to look like I am painting I’m really in this shit.”

Watch the videos right here

3.Frank Sinatra’s upcoming 100th birthday to remembered….

Get ready to show some 100th birthday love to “Ol’ Blue Eyes”……

The dearly departed Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday will be celebrated with an A-list TV tribute featuring Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys and John Legend, organizers of the event announced today. 

Carrie Underwood and Usher are also among the stars lined up for the primetime special Sinatra 100:An All-Star GRAMMY Concert, which is all set to be taped Dec. 2 at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theatre.

According to organizers The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, the special will mix in performances of Sinatra classics with rare archival footage narrated by the deceased music legend himself, and it will be the only televised concert special celebrating Sinatra’s birthday milestone.

“Frank Sinatra is a voice for all generations. His showmanship and artistry have remained unmatched since he began performing professionally in the 1930s to his last recording 21 years ago,” spilled president & CEO of of The Recording Academy, . “Today, he continues to gain popularity for his classic sound and signature style. It’s only fitting that we join the global celebration in honor of his 100th birthday.”

There are also quite a helping of Sinatra 100 events on the way this winter, including  a new collection of music, Ultimate Sinatra, as well as  Sinatra: An American Icon which will premiere in Los Angeles at the GRAMMY Museum on Oct. 21. 

 

4. Neil Patrick Harris knows how to breathe fire now…

As if owning every award show and our hearts wasn’t rough, now Neil Patrick Harris now knows how to breathe fire.

On this week’s episode of his hit NBC show, Best Time Ever, the host brought on Jack Black to perform a fiery performance of “Born To Be Wild,” where Harris proved hungry for a mouthful of fire. 

Former Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger, a regular on the show, (good for her!) also joined Black to sing the classic rock song.

Get burned by Black, Scherzinger and Doogie below. 

5.Nick Carter says it’s up to us to get that Spice Girls/Backstreet Boys tour to happen….

If we “Wannabe” Nick Carter’s music lover…it’s up to us to make it happen.

Last week the former BSB-er excited thousands of fans online when he tweeted Mel B–aka Scary Spice–about what she thought about a possible joint tour between the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls, which Nick wonderfully stated, “could be epic.”

ET broke tea mugs with Nick after Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars where he spilled on what it would take for the tour to actually happen…and it all depends on how much the fans want it. 

“Just keep tweeting. Trend it if you want it!” Nick said, referring to the #backstreetboysspicegirlstour hashtag he wrote in his tweet to Mel B days ago. “Gotta get it trending!”

Nick went on to say that if the tour does actually happen, there’s one thing that he and his fellow Backstreet Boys are going to need– bigger dressing rooms.

“We’re some prima donnas,” Nick admitted, laughing.

That’s probably true.