Archive for May, 2008

Promoting: Urban Noize

Posted in Promotion with tags , , on May 31, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Urban Noize is a two part production team based in Miami, Florida. They have produced a multitude of mixtapes and exclusive remixes, like this amazing rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” that I’m sharing with you today.

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Artist Update: Vanessa Hudgens’ Identified = Sophisticated Funk?

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on May 30, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

As July 1st approaches, Vanessa Hudgens‘ sophomore album, Identified, is almost ready to be released to her fans that are anxiously waiting to hear some new material from her. Her debut album, V, dropped in the late summer of 2006, spawning two singles, with one of them, “Say OK”, making it to the #64 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. With Identified, Vanessa claims to be bringing a more mature, “sophisticated,” album that will be “funky” as well as “fun.”

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Review: The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up (Single)

Posted in Reviews with tags , on May 29, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

After a failed attempt at becoming a solo artist, Nicole Scherzinger decided to regroup with her four backup dancers and continue on with the Pussycat Dolls. On “When I Grow Up,” she still seems to be the only one providing any distinguishable vocals, which disappoints me. Other members of the group, like Melody Thornton, have proven they are capable of singing. They could at least allow the rest of the dolls to sing backup vocals.

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Promoting: Hilary McRae

Posted in Promotion with tags , on May 27, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Hilary McRae’s debut album, Through These Wallsis available now!  Released by Hear Music, this record showcases McRae’s soulful smoky voice along with her piano skills and seasoned songwriting abilities.  She’s backed by a powerful set of horns that were arranged by Charlie Calello, who has arranged music for legends such as Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen.  At 21 years old, McRae shines wise beyond her years as she draws upon past relationships and heartbreak to help craft many the messages behind the twelve songs on the record.   With upbeat tracks like the lead single “Every Day (When Will You Be Mine)” to the smooth and sultry “Let’s Stop,” Through These Walls is a record with something for everyone to enjoy.   

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Review: Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl (Single)

Posted in Reviews with tags , on May 24, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Katy Perry‘s second single, “I Kissed A Girl“, is a groovy pop gem that will leave you wanting to hear more from her. Her voice is impressively charismatic as she powers out her recollection of something she did after a few too many drinks. The tune is catchy enough and the driving bass line will make you turn the song up so you can feel it, while you sing along.

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Review: Usher – Here I Stand

Posted in Reviews with tags , on May 23, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Usher’s latest album strikes an odd chord with me. Here I Stand is supposed to be about growing up, but all Usher seems to sing about, on this album, is lusting after women (“Love In This Club”, “What’s A Man To Do”), being monogamous (“Before I Met You”), having a child (“Prayer For You”) , and making more of them (“Trading Places”, “Love You Gently”). It isn’t like I’m asking Usher to sing about being more responsible or taking better care of himself, but he doesn’t appear more mature on this record; just older.

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Artist Update: Kerli “Walking On Air” Video

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on May 22, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

The music video for Kerli‘s debut single, “Walking On Air“, premiered online today, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It’s mystical, creepy, creative, and unique; exactly what we have come to expect from Kerli. You won’t be disappointed.

All the elements of the video make for a unique and unforgettable experience that only Kerli could bring to you with her warm, yet, haunting voice and self-written lyrics. Spinning rooms, a spooky doll, videography tactics that will remind you of some of the most frightening horror movies, and glimpses at the beauty of nature give this video an edge that will intimidate you with its strange beauty, but keep you watching out of intrigue.

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