miley cyrus

NMT 9/1/15

I was a little bummed with the new Miley album… only because Bangerz is one of my favorites… with that being said, definitely worth the listen… HERE

Beauty Behind The Madness blew my expectations out of the water. It’s got such a sexy sound. It most certainly is something I can see myself listening to straight through again. LISTEN HERE

If you know me at all, you know how excited I was for some new Bieber 😉 What Do You Mean has set the tone for what’s to come *hopefully* this fall (with a highly anticipate tour? maybe? one can only hope!)

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Current Playlist 4.19

1. Not a Bad Thing Justin Timberlake

2. We Were Just Kids Radical Something

3. Memories Back Then T.I., BoB, Kendrick Lamar

4. Hey Ya Cover Miley Cyrus

5. SuperSpy Joshua Bass

6. Do I Wanna Know? Artic Monkeys

Glory Years: Songs of the 2000s

Who’s ready to feel old?

And by old I mean ancient. Here are a few jams off my 2000s playlist. Talk about a blast from the past.

Enjoy, ya old fart.

2000 Stronger– Britney Spears

2001 U Got It Bad– Usher

2002 Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous– Good Charlotte

2003 Ocean Avenue- Yellowcard

2004 My Band– D12

2005 Shut Up-Simple Plan

2006 Grillz– Nelly

2007 Hey There Deliliah– Plain White Ts

2008 Sexy Can I– Ray J

2009 Party In the USA– Miley Cyrus

I think the worst part about this is how I feel like some of these songs “just came out”… but in reality they came out years ago…

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Photo Cred fullasoul.com

music gets social

(originally posted 11/13 via tumblr)

Gone are the days of payola and disc jockeys being the sole musical influence for the masses. Twitter and other social media outlets have taken this concept and pushed it to a whole other level.

Take Miley Cyrus for example. Would Cyrus sell as many albums, concert ticket or songs on iTunes if it wasn’t for the online universe consistently pushing her name and brand out to the masses? Cyrus has capitalized on social integration for her personal brand, as well as being a brand that others are continually talking about. During the Video Music Awards, Cyrus became the most tweeted about subject in the history of Twitter with over 306,000 tweets being sent out per minute. The VMAs are a chance for artists to be rewarded for their triumphs, as well as share their talent with the world… but Cyrus did more than that. Cyrus started a buzz that to this day, months later, hasn’t died.

Continuing to capitalize on her social success, Cyrus took to her Twitter feed to promote her Vevo video release of “Wrecking Ball” using the hashtag #WreckedTheRecord. Whether it was her continuous updates on social media, or simply an intriguing video, “Wrecking Ball” did just that, it blew the Vevo record out of the water with over 19 million views in the first 24 hours online. The previous record holders, One Direction, had only 10.7 million views in the first 24 hours.

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Cyrus took another forward step with her social media and used it to slowly release her track list before her album was released.  By releasing her track list via Twitter, Cyrus was able to generate even more buzz about her upcoming release. Her timing of the track list was, of course, following the release and success of “Wrecking Ball”.

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Cyrus isn’t the only one releasing album information via social media. Fellow social media all-star, Justin Bieber, has taken to Instagram and Twitter with Music Mondays to encourage Beliebers to keep their eyes open for his releases.

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Bieber’s most recent release, “PYD”, dropped last Monday. Thousands of Beliebers took to Twitter to express their excitement for the track and how R.Kelly and Bieber “killed it”. Perhaps the incredible overload of PYD tweets and Instagram posts can be linked to Bieber’s followers. Bieber has over 47 million Twitter followers, the most any user has, and nearly 12 million Instagram followers.  Bieber and his team understand how important capitalizing on the social platforms can be and they use it to their advantage.

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Social media can be a huge tool to use when you’re dealing with music. The artist gains a following and sends messages out, fans feel a part of the artist’s life reading tweets, then fans send messages to their followers about the artists. It’s an incredible cycle and proves that word of mouth is a huge influencer over the music and artists that are popular today. Not only are the messages reaching the masses, but they are doing it for free. Bieber and his Beliebers and Cyrus and Smilerz are only a fraction of the most talked about trends on social media.

Next time you send a tweet out about the latest Cyrus stunt, or “Like” the selfie of Bieber on Instagram, know that you are helping influence the popular music and topics for today and tomorrow.

oh, miley

(originally posted 9/13 via tumblr)

Have you seen Wrecking Ball yet? Chances are…you have. Did you see her VMA performance? Did you hear about it? Chances are… you have. Whether you like Miley or hate her, you know her name.

You probably also know that Bangerz is dropping soon and she used to be a Disney Channel star (yes, Hannah Montana, child star who gets the best of both worlds).

So, you hate her? You don’t like that she dances with foam fingers and runs around half naked? That’s fine. However, I don’t hate her. I love that she twerks, chops her hair off and is making a new name for herself. Did I mention she’s breaking records and doing music that makes her happy?

I was in the unfortunate situation of “watching” the VMAs via my Twitter feed. Boy was it blowing up. Although 9/10 tweets in my feed were disgusted and/or shocked by the performance, they were still tweets. I decided to start looking at trending topics… of course Miley is all over this. Some people thought she was brilliant, some thought she was insane… but all that really matters is that they did just that, they thought about her. After watching via Twitter… I was finally able to watch it. Yes, I admit I more or less had my mind made up about her performance (that I was going to love it). And I did. I would be lying if I said she didn’t rock the boat and make me slightly uncomfortable, but isn’t that the VMAs is about? Remember when the Britney Madonna kiss caused so much uproar? Exactly. You remember it because it was memorable, not because you loved it and it made you feel happy about life.

Miley tweeted following the VMAs… Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That’s more than the blackout or Superbowl!#fact.”

Point. Proven.

As VMA noise dies down, Miley gives the world another new “talking point” and it’s called Wrecking Ball.

The song itself caused lots of talking when it first came out. But not enough chatter, not for Miley’s style. The video, now that’s something that got people talking.

Miley broke the Vevo record, previously set by One Direction, for 19.9 million views in the first 24 hours. How awesome is that? You have to give the girl props, whether you hated the video or loved the video, you watched that video.

Miley tweeted about the day “Once we beat the record on @VEVO lets keep watching Wrecking Ball so we set a higher record #WreckTheRecordhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8 …

Yup, she went ahead and #WreckedTheRecord. Her video is artistic. She means what she says. She loves what she does. And you can tell. Did I mention her body is flawless?  I’ll admit, I can’t hear the song anymore without visualizing naked Miley flying around on a ball and chain, but that doesn’t mean I don’t jam out to the song every time I hear it.

Long story short- Miley is making a name for herself, she’s doing the music she wants to do and she’s successful.