Artist Update: Vanessa Hudgens’ Identified Preview

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on June 23, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Vanessa Hudgens‘ sophomore album, Identified, has recently been made available for preview and, after hearing it, I am not excited for this record. It sounds like a disaster.

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Artist Update: Girlicious Perform “Like Me” At 2008 MMVA’s

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on June 16, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

I’ve been feeling “Like Me” since the moment I heard it. Both it and “Stupid Shit” are great songs, but I’m dying to hear them do a mid-tempo or a ballad. So, basically, the wait for the album is killing me.

Girlicious performed at the 2008 Much Music Video Awards in Canada this past weekend and the performance was, just, alright. Very little of the singing was actually live, but the dancing was good, and the girls looked great.  

There is even a surprise toward the end of the song. I think you’ll all enjoy it.

Watch the performance after the jump…

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Review: Keri Hilson – Energy (Single)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on June 15, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Keri Hilson‘s story is similar to that of The-Dream and Sean Garrett. For years, she has been behind the scenes writing hits for artists other than herself: Chingy, Britney Spears, Ciara, but she is finally on her way to stepping out and getting her own chance to hog the spotlight.

Ironically, on her debut single, “Energy,” Keri had no role in the creation of the track and has left all of the heavy-lifting to the Runawayz. It irks me that someone capable of doing for themselve is having other people work for them, but the song is good, regardless, so, I forgive.

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Review: Nas – Hero (Single)

Posted in Reviews with tags , on June 10, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

I have been in wild opposition of Nas‘ recent agenda, which is, ultimately, using racial tension as a tool to gain some extra publicity. Even if he is trying to bring a change, he is going about it in a way that I would call too forward.

He attempted to title his ninth studio album “Nigger”, like the word has some kind of value to him. If racism is such a heavy issue to Nas, you think he’d be a bit more sensitive in choosing his words. There’s a point where being anti-censorship hurts his “cause.”

He even uses the word a few times on, “Hero,” the, Polow Da Don produced, first single off his new album, which is strong enough to make me put aside my distaste for his choices, if only for the four minutes this track runs for.

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Artist Update: Kerli’s Debut Album Approaches

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on June 9, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

I have just been informed that Kerli‘s debut album, “Love Is Dead“, has been pushed up to a release date of July 8th.

That subtracts about one month from our time spent waiting to finally get our hands on a copy of the record that is sure to put Kerli on the map.

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Artist Update: Ashanti’s Wal-Mart Soundcheck

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , , on June 5, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Ashanti‘s fourth studio album, The Declaration, proved not to be a contender in the battle for album of the year, or month, but her Wal-Mart Soundcheck reminds us, that while she may not have released the best album she could, Ashanti is still a strong performer.

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Review: Sean Garrett – Turbo 919

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

 After spending years behind the curtain, producing hits for artists like Chris Brown, Ciara, and Beyoncé, Sean Garrett finally decided it was time to release his own album, Turbo 919

It features the strong production skills that Garrett has displayed time and time again on the chart-toppers he’s made for other artists and is full of songs that are perfect for the club or a summer afternoon.

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