10 Best Songs of 2013

Today is officially the last day of 2013. Tonight people will party hard or just spend time with loved ones staying up till midnight welcoming 2014. A lot of many great songs have been recorded and I created a list of the ten best songs of this year. This was hard to do since there are a lot of great songs. These songs are more likely to make people sing along, get stuck in people’s head, or put them in a really good mood. Please click the links to watch the videos and enjoy.

10. Will.i.am Scream and Shout ft. Britney Spears– This is a very upbeat dance song. Will.i.am was a member of the hip-hop group the Black eyed Peas. Most of the songs he recorded with the group is catchy and fun to listen to and this song is no different.

9. Bruno Mars Locked Out of Heaven– This is another upbeat song. According to songfacts.com The song finds Mars singing of a relationship that is so good the narrator feels like he was “locked out of heaven” before he met his lover.

8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop Ft.Wanz– The song makes buying discount clothes that was previously owned seem hip. The chorus of the song is catchy and can get stuck in people’s head. According to songfacts.com Macklemore was surprised when this song became a huge hit. “I wouldn’t have anticipated that a song about used clothes would be #1,” he told Rolling Stone. “I thought it was a niche song with some pop appeal – never thought it would get played on the radio, much less get where it is now.”

7. Maroon 5 Love Somebody– The song was played often on the radio this year. At some point people start singing along with the words of the song. Songfacts.com states this is one of several Overexposed tracks that Adam Levine wrote after his two year relationship with the Victoria’s Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna ended. The front man told The Sun: “We could never put out a Maroon 5 record without the love songs as that’s why we connect so well with our fans. We have fun, yes, but we speak about things we’ve all been through at some time.

6. Fun Some Nights-Some Nights is another song that was played on the radio this year. The theme for the music video was during the Civil War. According to songfacts.com The song expresses the anguish of a young man who is a long way from home, as he lies in bed at night thinking of his family members. Producer Jeff Bhasker said of Nate Ruess’ songwriting to the New York Times: “He can tackle these really dark subjects and put this pop melody to it.”

5. Roar Katy Perry– Her lyrics for this song is empowering for women to be strong and have their own voice. Songfacts.com states the song has hit #1 in 15 countries and entered the top 10 in 38 charts worldwide; it is easy to see why when looking at the fine songwriting craft on display. Of course, as with any smash hit, the song employs a great deal of repetition to ingrain itself in the listener’s head, making it hooky and memorable; however, the repetition suitably expresses the songs primary theme, which is one of empowerment.

4. Pitbull Feel This Moment Ft Christina Aguilera– The song is a nice mixture of hip-hop, dance and a little bit of pop having Christina featured in the song. The song reminds people to be in the moment and take it all in.

3. Pink Try– This is the second single off of Pink’s Truth About Love album. According to songfacts.com the song is a handclap-heavy ode to hanging onto your dreams and aspirations even if it means taking risks. “Where there is desire there is gonna be a flame,” sings Pink on the chorus. “Where there is a flame someone’s bound to be get burned. But just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die. You gotta get up and try.”

2. Justin Timberlake Mirrors– This is a heartfelt love song off of JT’s 20/20 Experience album. Songfact.com states this eight-minute vulnerable epic finds Timberlake wooing a girl. “You’re shining something like a mirror,” he sings, “and I can’t help but notice you reflecting this heart of mine.” Timberlake adds that he has come, “to the realization” that she is his “other half.”

1. Kelly Clarkson Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) –This is a motivational song stating that when a relationship ends people can be strong and move on. According to songfacts.com The title track of American Pop-Rock singer Kelly Clarkson’s fifth studio album fits in with many of the powerhouse singer’s previous empowerment-themed, Miss Independent tunes. We hear the songstress confidently tell her former beau, “You heard that I was starting over with someone. They told you I was moving on, over you. You think I’d come. I’d come back swinging. You tried to break me. But you see what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”



Cher Live at Sunrise

cher dressed to kill

Nothing can keep this diva out of the spot light. Cher will hit the road for her Dressed to Kill Tour. On May 17th 2014 she will perform at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale Florida. When people buy tickets to her concert online, they will get a copy of her latest album Closer to the Truth which was release last Tuesday according to her official page. The first single off of the album is Woman’s World. This is the singer’s twenty-sixth solo album in her career.

 According to the BB&T Center’s official page Cher’s previous tour “The Farewell Tour” later dubbed “The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour” was one of the most successful tours ever by a solo artist and played for a record-breaking 325 dates and seen by over 5.5 million people. Cher performed all her old song that any Cher fan favors. Some of them included “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” “I found someone,” and “Strong Enough. Cher has been in the music industry long enough that she is considered a legend to some people.

Before becoming the singer she is today, she started her career as a duo with Sonny Bono. Together the two did a verity show called Sonny and Cher. In the show the two would often sing and perform comedy skits. One song they would always sing on their show was “I Got You Babe.” The two had a daughter named Chastity who is now known as Chaz Bono. Without Sonny there would be no Cher. But throughout the year she has come into her own as an amazing singer and performer. As long as Cher wants to be on the stage there will always be a big audience to come and watch her do her thing which is to entertain of course. Below is the video for Woman’s World and Dress to Kill tour dates.

Tour Dates:

March 22 Phoenix, US Airways Center

 March 24 Houston, Toyota Center

 March 26 Dallas, American Airlines Center

March 28 Little Rock, Verizon Arena

March 29 Tulsa, BOK Center

March 31 Nashville, Bridgestone Arena

April 2 Pittsburgh, Consol Energy Center

April 4 Washington DC, Verizon Center

April 5 Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun

April 7 Toronto, Air Canada Centre

April 9 Boston, TD Garden

April 11 Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 12 Detroit, Joe Louis Arena

April 23 Buffalo, First Niagara Center

April 25 Montreal, Bell Center

April 26 Ottawa, Canada Tire Centre

 April 28 Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

April 30 Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena

May 2 Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena

May 5 Charlotte, N.C., Times Warner Cable Arena

May 7 Raleigh, N.C., PNC Arena

May 9 Brooklyn, Barclays Center

May 10 East Rutherford, N.J., Izod Center

May 12 Atlanta, Philips Arena

May 14 Jacksonville, Fla., Veterans Memorial Arena

May 16 Orlando, Amway Center

 May 17 Ft. Lauderdale, BB&T Center

May 25 Las Vegas, MGM Grand

May 28 Denver, Pepsi Center

May 30 Lincoln, Neb., Pinnacle Bank Arena

May 31 Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center

June 2 Louisville, KFC Yum! Center

June 4 St. Louis, Scottrade Center

June 6 Milwaukee, BMO Harris Bradley Center

June 7 Chicago, Allstate Arena

June 9 Des Moines, Wells Fargo Arena

June 11 Minneapolis, Target Center

June 20 Winnipeg, MTS Centre

June 21 Saskatoon, Credit Union Centre

June 23 Edmonton, Rexall Place

June 25 Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome

June 27 Vancouver, Rogers Arena

June 28 Seattle, Key Arena

June 30 Portland, Ore., Moda Center

July 2 San Jose, SAP Center at San Jose

 July 5 Ontario, Citizens Business Bank Arena

July 7 Los Angeles, Staples Center

July 9 Anaheim, Honda Center

July 11 San Diego, Valley View Casino Center



Justin Timberlake Live in Concert

JT_2020-TOUR_small_newsletter-759x410Justin Timberlake is on the road again with his latest album the 20/20 Experience. Some of the hit songs off this album include Mirrors and Suit & Tie. This album went double platinum and is this year’s bestselling album with over two million albums sold to date. The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist. In the month of September JT released the 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 that has the hit singles Take Back The Night and TKO.  On March 4th 2014 JT will perform at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

This summer JT hit the road with rapper Jay-Z for the Legends of summer stadium tour. The set list contained a mixture of songs from both artists who performed together instead on different times. If you missed out on this summer tour, the 20/20 Experience world tour is your second chance to see JT do what he does best. JT may have put acting on his list of talents, but he’ll always come back to his first love music.

JT first started his music career in the 90’s with the boy band ‘NSYNC. In 2000 the band broke sales record in the first week of the release of their second album No Strings Attached racking up 2.4 million copies sold. The boys then put out their third album Celebrity. Shortly after the group called it quits. In 2002 JT released his debut album Justified. Then his second album FutureSex/LoveSound hit shelves in 2006.

 It’s sad to say that JT is the only member to have success in music after the split. It seems with every move JT makes his star shines better and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. What will JT’s next career move be? Fans will have to wait patiently and see. Here is the music video for Take Back The Night and tour dates are listed below.

Tour Dates:

11/13 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena *
11/15 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena *
11/16 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
11/18 Memphis, TN – Fedex Forum
11/19 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
11/21 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
11/26 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
11/27 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
11/29 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
11/30 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
12/02 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
12/04 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
12/05 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12/11 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
12/12 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
12/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
12/15 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
12/17 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
12/19 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
01/13 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
01/14 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
01/16 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
01/17 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
01/19 San Jose, CA – SAP Center
01/20 Los Angeles, CA – LA Forum
01/22 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
02/07 Fargo, ND – Fargodome
02/09 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
02/10 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
02/13 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
02/14 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
02/16 Chicago, IL – United Center
02/17 Chicago, IL – United Center
02/19 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
02/22 Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
02/24 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
02/25 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
02/27 Boston, MA – TD Garden
03/04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
03/05 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
03/30 Sheffield, UK – Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
04/01 London, UK – O2 Arena
04/02 London, UK – O2 Arena
04/04 Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
04/05 Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro
04/07 Manchester, UK – Phones 4U Arena
04/08 Manchester, UK – Phones 4U Arena
04/11 Birmingham, UK – LG Arena
04/12 Birmingham, UK – LG Arena
04/14 Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
04/16 Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
04/18 Amsterdam, NL – Gelredome
04/20 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
04/22 Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
04/24 Berlin, DE – O2
04/26 Paris, FR – Stade de France
05/01 Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
05/02 Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
05/04 Hamburg, DE – O2 World
05/06 Copenhagen, DK – Parken
05/08 Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
05/10 Stockholm, SE – Tele 2 Arena
05/12 Helsinki, FI – Hartwall Arena
07/12 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
07/14 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena
07/16 Albany, NY – Union Center
07/18 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
07/19 Boston, MA – TD Garden
07/22 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
07/25 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
07/26 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
07/28 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/30 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08/03 New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena
08/05 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
08/08 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Center
08/11 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose

10 Songs That Motivate

Music is not only fun to listen, but the lyrics of certain songs can pick you up when you are down. It is seen as an expression of feeling. For some people music is an escape from the hardship of everyday life. The sound for music is like medication for the soul. Here is a list of 10 motivational songs.

10.  Not Afraid by Eminem- “We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. Whatever weather, cold or warm” You don’t always need to do things on your own. There will always be a have to walk the world alone.


9. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson- “What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter” Some things in life may not go your way, but those are the moments you learn to become a stronger person and fight back to achieve what you want.


8. When You Believe by Mariah Carey featuring Whitney Houston- “Oh yes, there can be miracles when you believe” These powerhouse singers teamed up and created a song that reminds you to always believe in yourself.


7. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor- “For as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive” This is a good song to listen to after a break-up. You know you’ll move on after the person is gone


6. Dare You to Move by Switchfoot- “I dare you to move, I dare you to move like today never happened” The song speaks about leaving behind whatever is keeping you from moving forward.


5. In The Middle by Jimmy Eat World– “Hey, don’t write yourself off yet it’s only in your head you feel left out or looked down on. Just try your best, try everything you can” You shouldn’t worry about what others think of you and be yourself.


4. True Colors by Cyndi Lauder- I see your true colors Shining through I see your true colors and that’s why I love you” The song speaks about you shouldn’t be scared to show your real self to the world.


3. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera- You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down”
You are a beautiful person no matter what others may say.


2. We are the Champions by Queen- “We are the champions, my friends,
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end”
The song speaks of we never give up because we are the ones on top.


1. Eye of the tiger by Survivor- Rising up, straight to the top Had the guts, got the glory Went the distance, now I’m not going to stop”Like Rocky Balboa we all went to be champions in life.






By jmarszal Posted in music

Britney Spears’ New Album Hits Vegas


Earlier this month pop princess Britney Spears released her eighth studio album entitled Britney Jean. Spears recorded another dance album like Femme Fatal which was release two year before. This is her first album that contains parental advisory. Starting December 27th Spears is taking center stage at Las Vegas inside Planet Hollywood. She will perform songs from the new album including the smash hit “Work Bitch.”


 According to planethollywoodresort.com the show “Britney: Piece of Me” couples a high-energy concert with a pulsating, nightclub feel. Planet Hollywood’s venue houses the world’s largest indoor projection theater and offers an explosive, theatrical experience. Show goers can relive their favorite Britney moments, all while dancing the night away. The site also states the singer will bring back her most iconic looks on stage. Britney fans on tweeter are dying to go to the show:


“Making it a point to get to Vegas sometime in the next two years to see @britneyspears” tweeted Stephanie Schwartz.

“Soooooooooooooooo wanna go to @phvegas to see @britneyspears get to #workbitch during #pieceofme” tweeted Jennifer Lynn White


Last night the entertainment channel E! aired a documentary entitled “I’m Britney Jean.” It revealed Spears’ preparation for the big show. Her fans got to see how much determination and hard work Spears puts in to her career, family, and the people that work for her. It also showed behind-the-scenes meetings that decided the details of the show such as what songs she would perform and what the stage would look like. Parts of the documentary looked intense. Fans got to watch Spears practice a new dance routine.


The documentary also showed Spears’ personal life. Fans were given an inside look in the relationships between her and her kids as well her and parents. This documentary proves that Spears deserves everything she’s worked hard for. Here is a clip from the documentary “I’m Britney Jean.”


Christmas Albums to Listen to During the Holiday

When it comes to holidays, Christmas is the one the lifts everyone’s spirits at the end of the year. Nothing is better than spending time with family, putting up the tree, and decorating the house with Christmas lights. The music is also a big part of the holiday. These songs are played in malls and stores well consumer buy gifts for their loved ones, radio stations play them all December long to get you into the holiday spirit after a hard day at work. What makes a good holiday song?

 Holiday music should put you in the spirit of Christmas while you prepare. It should put smiles on people’s faces filling their hearts with joy. The music should be catchy making you want to sing along. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good singer or not as long as you’re having fun singing. This kind of music should make adults feel like kids again giving flashbacks to their childhood. These factors are what make holiday music so special.

 These Christmas albums have the factors listed above that make them good to listen to during the holiday:

NSYNC: Home for Christmas– You’re probably thinking this boy band is old news. Yes they are, but the harmony and catchy lyrics makes this a nice album to listen to. If you were once a fan of this group, listening will bring back memories of the good old days when you were fan. NSYNC may be gone but they’re still around Christmas time.


Christina Aguilera: My Kind of Christmas– Her voice is a powerhouse that cannot be ignored. Hearing her vocals will make Christmas songs sound powerful than ever before. Christina gives a new dance sound to Christmas music with songs like “This Year and “Christmas Time.”


Jewel’s Joy: Holiday Collection– Jewel gives you a softer side of Christmas music. “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” is sung in a folk style. This album is for people who enjoy softer sounding music. Jewel does a Christmas version of her own song “Hands.”


Michael Buble: Christmas– His voice gives a blues sound to Christmas music. When he sings Buble sounds like Frank Sinatra. Instead of creating some new songs, Buble stays with all the songs everyone knows and loves. The smoothness of his voice will put you in a relaxing state of mind.


Mariah Carey Merry Christmas– Just like Christina Aguilera this woman has a booming voice that will give you goose bumps when she sings. Her version of “All I Want for Christmas” has a pure up beat Pop sound that will make you want to sing along.


With Christmas coming on Wednesday gather your family together and enjoy the sounds of the holiday and make memories. After all, that is the true meaning of the holiday. If I didn’t mention a certain Christmas album, please leave a comment.