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15 Underrated Diva Singles to Always Be Thankful For

May we be forever grateful to each and every single one of these oh, so underrated diva grooves this holiday season.

They all tried really, really hard to have a feel good time and rock the Billboard charts (most of them, sigh, okay all of them didn’t crack the top 50 on the Hot 100) and deserve our immediate attention….because it’s time to dance and party, like….everyday. 

Happy Divasgiving! 

Britney Spears/Tinashe/”Slumber Party”  Get ready to clutch your Godney pearls because the Las Vegas owning diva’s second Glory single only peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. And no, it’s not Tinashe’s fault. So, in the meantime, let’s put on that music that makes us go fucking crazy, tho, and watch this lace teddy worthy video on repeat. 

Janet/”All Nite(Don’t Stop)”  Attention….it’s time to dance and not ponder why this scrumptious Damita Jo single didn’t do shit on the charts. Oh, yas, it was 2004 and like, Nipplegate happened and stuff. 

Ariana Grande/Future/”Everyday”  Why this feisty and ferocious Mizz Grande groove from Dangerous Woman couldn’t make it’s way into the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year is beyond us, but what do know is that’s it’s certainly one of her best bangers. Throw in a video that’s filled with so much love it’ll make you think twice about being an asshole and well, slay, Ary-anah, slay. 

Madonna/”Bedtime Story” No words since, you know, they’re useless and more of getting unconscious and watching Madge give birth to doves over-and-over again. Not only is this one of the music legend’s best clips, but it accompanies one of the most underrated songs of her entire career….and that certainly isn’t a question. 

Alicia Keys/”Girlfriend”  You might not know this, but this Jermaine Dupri produced ditty was actually the first single released from Ms. Keys’ Grammy snatching debut set, Songs in A Minor. But due to the fact that “Fallin” completely took over/destroyed our worlds soon after, it was seemingly forgotten about. But once you start bobbin’ your head to this beat, you’ll remember just how hot Ms. Keys’ “Girlfriend” will always be. 

Whitney/”One of those Days”  While it may be one of the highest charting songs on this list (at number 28 it’s still nothing to sing home about), it’s still easy to under appreciate this oh, so delightful Nippy jam due to the dearly diva’s massive body of work. We still miss you, boo  and it’s grooves like this one where we really understand why. Let’s chill along with Ms. Houston, shall we? Yes. 

Janet/”Rock With U”   Here we have the most underrated single of Janet’s career. And again…stop with those fucking pesky questions and wonder more how Mizz J and her dancing crew pulled it all off in just one take for this fucking brilliant video. 

Xtina/”Dirrty”  At the end of the day, there’s no denying that Mizz Xtina is one of the most underrated singers of our time. Back to Basics, Bionic and Lotus, anyone? Yeah, no. There’s also no denying that this Rockwilder cooked up jam from the kick off to the Stripped era wasn’t well received by the Billboard charts and stalled out at number 48. Now, put that in your assless chaps pipe and smoke it as we get down and “Dirrty” one more time……today. 

Xtina/”Your Body”    Sigh…….and another one. 

Gwen Stefani/”What U Waiting For?”   Not only did this underrated Gwennie groove kick off her solo debut, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, but it’s also the reason all of us stupid ho’s of the world are taking all sorts of chances. Plus, the Alice in Wonderland inspired accompanying video is still beyond are wildest writer’s blocked dreams. So, why did it barely crack the top 50? Guess we’ll never know. But in the meantime look at your watch now…and go. 

Fergie/”Labels or Love”  So, remember when Fergie did a Fergie-fied number that nobody cared about for the Sex and the City movie? Most likely, neither does she. But we still must turn it up and hit the runway because it reminds us of a simpler time when all of the Sex gals got along. And pre-Double Dutchess days, of course. 

Dido/”Nothing to Lose” So, remember when Dido did a Dido-fied number for that Sex and the City sequel that nobody cared about? Most likely, neither does she. But there’s just something (okay, every god damn thing) about this groove that’ll make you feel it all over. And yes, that does say Dido. Just shut the fuck up and….groove. 

P!nk/”Feel Good Time”  With all of her high-flying realness (did anyone else just rip their fucking pearls off this past Sunday night?), Billboard chart shattering prowess and her newfound relationship with Channing Tatum (hey, boo), it’s hard to imagine a time where Ms. P!nk wasn’t having a, um, feel good time on the charts. This William Orbit produced banger from ’03 was the theme for Charlie Angels:Full Throttle, but for the sake of less spilling about how it only tapped number 60 on the Hot 100 and more listening to this underrated Ms. Moore music ride, we’ll just it blame it on Demi Moore. 

Mariah Carey/”You Don’t Know What to Do” The best single MC served out post “Touch My Body”is right here and seriously not enough people care about it. Maybe if she would have done this disco-kissed groove last New Year’s Eve none of that would’ve happened…just sayin.’ It’s that magical. 

Keyshia Cole/Nicki Minaj/”I Ain’t Thru” How the fuck did this powerful diva empowerment anthem absolutely go nowhere on the Billboard Hot 100? Actually…don’t answer that…just raise ’em up to this one and every other diva owned track on this list as we’ll forever be grateful for everything they’ll continue to give us….even after we’re gone. Thank you, ladies. 

Happy Divasgiving! 

Want more divas giving in your life this holiday season, check this, this and this out. Luv you, gals!! 

And while you’re at it become a fan of Philly Mixtape right here! Happy holidaze! 

 

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Thanksgiving Week Entertainment Groove

First order of business……

GO BIRDS! 

Second, here’s to a happy, healthy holiday to all filled with lots of love, and of course, heaping amounts of turkey. Also, if you’re planning to par-tay this Wednesday night, please be f#$king safe and responsible. We have Uber and Lyft for a reason, kids. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Sing Your Life Karaoke w/ Sara Sherr  All of that family time got you buggin’ and ready to scream it all out? Well, you’re in luck because chances are the always colorful Ms. Sherr has everything you need for your inner Alanis at any one of these fab Philly locations listed below all holiday week long! Gobble, gobble!! Sun, 9-2 Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street Tues, 9-2 12 Steps Down, 9th and Christian Fri, 9-1 Southhouse, 2535 S. 13th St. Saturday, 9-1:45 Les & Doreen’s Happy Tap,1301 E Susquehanna Ave

*You and your pipes can also join Sara this Thanksgiving Eve night at Bridget Foy’s Annual Karaoke Thanksgiving Eve Party, where all of us will certainly be feeling the love after the famed Philly restaurant’s tragic fire last month. As per the event’s official Facebook page….”The bricks may be smokey but our voices are loud and strong.” Let’s do it. Wednesday/Mustard Greens/8 pm/622 S. 2nd St. 

ANNIE   For the love of all things “Tomorrow,” there’s simply no denying that it’s been a hard knock year for all of us, so what better way to relax for a day with the family and go see this forever cherished Broadway musical while it’s in town through the Philly holiday season! There’s really nothing else to say here except get those tickets and Daddy Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan, Sandy and everyone’s favorite ginger curled cute, Ms. Annie, will be waiting for you! Tonight-Jan 7th, 2018/Walnut Street Theatre/Various ticket prices & showtimes/825 Walnut St.

Finding Neverland It looks like our holiday entertainment wishes are coming true early this year because there’s no words to describe the magic that will take over our souls when this favored musical flies into Philly this week. Actually, there’s quite a few as TIME magazine spills that the stunning show “captures the kid at heart” and VOGUE stated that “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” So, if you’re looking to get into the spirit while rejoicing in the origin story of our favorite storybook character, Peter Pan, then get those tickets right here, right now before it all flies away like Tinkerbell this Sunday. Academy of Music/Tuesday-Sunday/various showtimes and ticket prices/240 S. Broad St. 

Stay Blue in November Looking to kick off your holiday week in a most fabulously charitable way? Well, then head over to UBar tonight for a fantastic event benefitting Fox Chase prostate cancer research! Dress it up a little and get ready for a healthy happy hour featuring a photo exposition, silent auction, raffle, snacks, tasty cocktails and maybe one or two boys who’ll be ready to mingle! Plus, you know you’re just dying to get out there and keep spilling about P!nk’s performance during the American Music Awards last night. Be there, kween! Tonight/U Bar/6pm-9 pm/1220 Locust St. 

Mister E.’s Shock Show   Just in time for the holidays, your worst nightmares are about to come true. And no, we’re not talking about spending time with that that family member you absolutely cannot stand, it’s the delightfully cray Philly entertainment troupe Dead Flowers’ hosting their second installment of one of their hit Gayborhood show! So, if you’re looking for an evening full of  danger, defiance, stupid human tricks and unpredictable weirdness (prior to Thanksgiving, of course), this is the event for you. Oh, yas, there’s also going to be a gong that will definitely be used a $150 cash prize for the one contestant who’s just truly fucking out there. Don’t miss this one, kids!   Tuesday/Tabu/9 pm/200 South 12th St. 

The Chris Paterno Band  If you’re looking to skip the clubs this Thanksgiving Eve night but still want to get a little rowdy in a most right way, then you must jump on over to World Cafe Live where the bombastic beats of Philly’s very own Chris Paterno Band (for more tea on this one-of-a-kind local ensemble, check this out) will be warmed up and waiting just for you. Presented by 9x (!!) Grammy Winner Joe Nicolo and hosted by Kiki Vodka, get snazzy and brace yourself for a night full of fun, great company, deliciously themed cocktails and music…lots and lots of god damn music. Now, what could be better than that? Absolutely nothing.   Tickets/Wednesday/7 pm/World Cafe Live/3025 Walnut St. 

Cirque Du Soleil presents Varekai  Deep within a forest atop a volcano, exists an extraordinary world, where anything is possible: Varekai… From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story begins. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.” Yes, those are the words that describe this truly incredible show which will no doubt be captivating audiences in Philly for a special engagement this week. And while we may not know just what spectacular stunts and aerial wonders lie in store for us thanks to Cirque’s legendary entertainment prowess, we can all get a little closer to the wondrous truth by getting tickets right here because this is a show that absolutely no one from any age should miss out on. Let’s fly. Wednesday/Nov. 22nd-Sunday Nov. 26th/Various showtimes and ticket prices/Liacouras Center/1776 N. Broad St. 

Macy’s Christmas Light Show Not that this beloved Philly holiday spectacle needs any introduction since you’ve been oh, so patiently waiting for it all year long, but the stunning lights shall begin warming your holiday spirit high atop the Grand Atrium at Macy’s Center City beginning this Thursday, November 25th through December 31st beginning from 10 a.m to 8 p.m every two hours. Who’s ready? Everyone…even The Grinch. Happy holidays!  Macy’s Center City/1300 Market St. 

Ledisi First, play this delightful groove on repeat. Then get those tickets to see Ms. Ledisi slay alongside Kirk Franklin at the Tower Theatre this Friday night. It’s that simple.  Friday/730 pm/Tower Theatre/19 South 69th St.

Mariah Carey Although she canceled the Sands Bethlehem Center stop on her All I Want for Christmas Tour for tonight, there’s no telling if the “Obsessed” diva will make it to Saturday’s show in Atlantic City. Saturday/The Music Box@The Borgata/730 pm/One Borgata Way 

Drag Your A** to Brunch Just when you thought it was safe to grab that last drumstick, here comes the always vaginally challenged Brittany Lynn and her Philly Drag Mafia gals ready to serve you with a Thanksgiving Spectacular at Bourbon & Branch this Sunday that’s about to put the Stove Top in your stuffing. So, join Mizz Lynn along with Navaya Shay, Crystal Electra, Larissa Karan, Dj PIIMB and very special guest Joey Martini for a show that will definitely put the gaaaay in your holiday in so many ways. Get those tickets right here, right now…and hurry, kween because they will sell out. Now, go. Sunday/Bourbon & Branch/12 pm/705 N. 2nd St. 

Looking to hit the Philly dance floors this Wednesday night? Then you might want to check out…….

Cloud Nine w/ DJDJ, Hashland &Eltrain@Tavern on Camac(9 pm, 243 S. Camac St.)…………Blasterjaxx @NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)…………A Decade of Dubfire @Rumor(9 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………..Double Down DJ Takeover @Coda(10 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)……….Thanksgiving Eve@Howl at the Moon(7 pm, 258 South 15th St.)………Jive Turkey Party@Trestle Inn(8 pm, 339 N. 11th St.)………

Also on the local and legendary entertainment decks for your………….

Monday/11/20 

ODESZA/KASBO@Electric Factory(8 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)………….American Football@Union Transfer(7 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)……….Atomic Blonde@Balcony Bar@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.0………FINAO BOOGz@Voltage Lounge(7 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)

Tuesday/11/21 

The Lighthouse and The Whaler @Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)………….Nikka Costa@World Cafe Live(8 pm, 3025 Walnut St.)………Kool Keith@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)………….Kitten@Boot & Saddle(830 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………….Tiara Thomas@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)………….Drunk Piano@Underground Arts(9 pm, 1200 Callowhill St.)

Wednesday/11/22

Basement@The Fillmore(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Carach Angren@The Trocadero(8 pm, 1003 Arch St.)……………Sadistik@Kung Fu Necktie(8 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)…………The McLovins@Milkboy Philly(8 pm, 1100 Chestnut St.)………..Jerome Jennings@South(7 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)……Stars Apart@Boot&Saddle(8 pm, 1131 S. Broad St.)………..Erica Corbo@Connie’s Ric Rac(8 pm, 1132 South 9th St.)………..Freaks@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(9 pm, 1250 N. Front St.) 

Thursday/11/23 

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Friday/11/24 

Hoodie Allen@Union Transfer(8 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………..Balance & Composure @Electric Factory(645 pm, 421 N. 7th St.)……………Sheppard@The Foundry(8 pm, 29 E. Allen St,)…………..AC Slater@Coda(11 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)…………..Jason Ross@Rumor(11 pm, 1500 Sansom St.)………….Deadfellow@Johnny Brenda‘s(9 pm, 1201 Frankord Ave)………….Danceteria@The Dolphin Tavern(10 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)………DJSC@Kung Fu Necktie(10 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)

Saturday/11/25 

Kamasi Washington@Union Transfer(830 pm, 1024 Spring Garden St.)…………..Hatebreed/Code Orange @TLA(7 pm, 334 South St.)………….Figure@Disctrict 9nNe(8 pm, 460 N. 9th St.)………..Pierce Fulton@The Foundry(7 pm, 29 E. Allen St.)…………Guordon Banks@Coda(8 pm, 1712 Walnut St.)………..Poppy@Kung Fu Necktie(7 pm, 1248 N. Front St.)……….The Politik@NOTO(10 pm, 1209 Vine St.)………..Holy Trinity @The Dolphin Tavern(9 pm, 1539 S. Broad St.)

Sunday/11/26 

Pianos Become the Teeth@TLA(730 pm, 334 South St.)…………..Laurel Halo@PhilaMOCA(531 N. 12th St.)………….Joanna Pascale@South(9 pm, 600 N. Broad St.)……….Nakir Tasi@Bourbon & Branch(6 pm, 705 N. Broad St.)…………….TIk Tok@Kung Fu Necktie Upstairs(8 pm, 1250 N. Broad St.) 

Cover Photo Courtesy of Palms Realty Costa Rica 

Happy holiday week!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Question Pink’s ‘M!ssundaztood’

Picture it….fall 2001. 

Ms. Alicia Moore aka P!nk was fresh off the Grammy snatching high-heeled success of “Lady Marmalade” alongside galpals Xtina, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Missy and had just served us with the news that the follow-up to her 2000 R&B bedroom romp, Can’t Take Me Home was coming soon. 

Then…it happened. P!nk released lead single “Get the Party Started,” which was a little more rocked out than what we were used to with an accompanying video in which our local girl (hailing from Doylestown) was a little less…pink.

Actually, it was the P!nk we never thought we needed as accompanying album M!ssundaztood turned out to be a smashing success, selling fifteen copies worldwide and would also be a big “fuck you” to her record label master, L.A. Reid, who told the diva, “You’ll be a pop star…all you have to change is everything you are.” 

Which indeed turns out to be another reason why you should never question P!nk’s M!ssundaztood, which has just celebrated its fifteenth birthday. 

Here’s five more. 

1.Because “Get the Party Started” will indeed always get the party started. When it comes to P!nk lead singles, perhaps none are as ferocious and fierce as “Party,” which took over our headphones and our Making the Video lives from the moment it skateboarded into our worlds back in the fall of 2001.

With its bouncy beat, campy lyrics and Ms. Moore’s ready flow, it’s the reason why our license plates still say “Stunna #1 Superstar” and why they’re still kissing our ass when we pull up to the bumper while checkin’ our gold diamond rings for life, gurl. 

Of course, it’s most likely the reason you joined Bally’s for a brief moment in time back in early 2002. Anyone remember those commercials? Of course you do.

2.Because “Just Like a Pill” is one of the best pop songs ever recorded. One part rock ballad, one part music truth and all parts a pop music manifesto, Mizz third single “Just Like a Pill” is a song that doesn’t just make you think about like, life and stuff, but P!nk’s delivery of every lyric just hits you in all the right places, taking you to another place that only our girl can provide a first class music ticket for. 

Plus, the accompanying video (with all that black hair!!) has the diva romping with white bunny rabbits for fuck’s sake. Sigh….just watch. 

3.It’s all wrapped up in Linda Party realness… Another reason you should never, ever question this album is because P!nk used her smart music business sense to link up with former 4 Non Blondes front runner, Linda Perry, (really...just what the fuck is goin’ on?), and in turn, the perky, yet delightfully miserable pair came up with an album that’s just full of life, especially on tracks, well, any of the eight tracks the two legendary ladies cooked up on Missundaztood, especially the saucy title track. 

4.It’s why we’re still obsessed with her today. Imagine if P!nk had kept her R&B sass throughout her entire almost two decade career? Now, stop it because we simply wouldn’t have it any other way. Why it was indeed a risky move to give the middle finger to Mr. Reid (although he was married to Pebbles, we still have to show him respect), it was one that certainly paid off as its the rocked our reason we’re still obsessed with P!nk in whatever she does, whether it’s announcing her second pregnancy in a glossy photo shoot, churning out hit-after-hit or flying high above the stage while serving us pure aerlized magic during any one of her performances, this is the album where all of it started from, and we’ll certainly be forever grateful.  

5.Because it’s fucking P!nk…. Do you really need another reason? Okay, here’s another one….the “Sweet Dreams” refire of “Get the Party Started” co-starring Redman and the legendary Ms. Annie Lennox is the absolute main reason why you just shouldn’t ever question M!ssundaztood, but the reason you should never question anything our local girl Pink does….because she does it oh, so fucking well.