Taste Of Music

Billboard Buzzing For Ariana Grande’s New Album, “Thank U, Next”

February 9th, 2019   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Musical icon, Ariana Grande, come by way of Florida, USA, bringing a mix of emotions and sass to her new hit album, “Thank You, Next”. The album debuted on, Feb 2/8, with hit singles, “Thank u, next” and “7 Rings”. Ariana came in the new year buzzing. “Thank u, Next”, is catchy and relatable. Its hard not to sing along, making its mark on the billboard. Heartbreaks make great hits, as she mentions, ex-finance, Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller. With her hard work and dedication in the studio, pop culture singer, Ariana Grande, was able to release two albums in 6 months. You can see the full track list below:

Who is the King of R&B?

December 19th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Jacquees is an American singer who signed a contract with Cash Money Records in 2014. His 2016 hit single “B.E.D” was on the Billboard charts for 7 weeks, peaking at number 69.    Recently, the Music Industry and Social Media has been in an uproar, when R&B artist Jacquees pronounced and crowned himself as the new King of R&B. Jacquees posted a video a few days ago on Instagram and Twitter, stating that in this generation right now, excluding those artists that came before him. “I just wanna let everybody know that I’m the King of R&B right now!” Music Industry leaders, social media observers, journalists, celebrities and fans over the world are reacting on social media.

“Jacquees ain’t even the R&B Employee of the Month!”, states one follower on Twitter.   “What the hell made him think he was the King of a generation?” Others were quick to mention and compare previous ‘Kings’, who personified the R&B genre over the decades, to the likes of James Brown, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Steve Wonder, and Luther Vandross. Ride or Die followers also mentioned the most recent R&B superstars on the scene like Usher, Chris Brown, and Trey Songz.

Diddy weighs in on remarks debate, “R&B’s not being made right now.” To have P. Diddy come out and comment on music is a big thing, because he knows real R&B. It’s not about who makes the best hit singles or album of the year, it’s about how consistent and relevant you stay throughout the music industry.. It’s too early to crown him ‘King of R&B’ when he has only recently been nominated for the first time. Jacquees was nominated earlier in 2018 for the R&B Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and that was won by Bruno Mars.  Diddy has received awards for best Rap, best R&B Song, best Producer, best Group and much more, so his insight on music is held in high regard. R&B is about sexuality, sensuality, and vulnerability.  We’re talking about sharing your soul. We’re talking about making love through your music; Making the next generation of babies. From a males point of view, it is about adoring a woman; Not  putting her down.  Adoring and empowering women; Not just about sex.” You have to be able to affect your audiences in general in a positive way.  Important, that an artist should be able to sing and convey their message authentically.

TMZ spoke with R&B veteran Tank recently, and asked his reaction was towards the young singer for hyping himself. ‘Jacquees can handle the pressure that comes with this kind of controversial statement.  No one even comes close to Chris Brown in terms of talent and hardware.  You still got some work to do in the eyes of your peers.” One artist that everybody left out was R Kelly, although his accusations have make it tough for people to crown him “King”.  Tank believes that R Kelly could be considered the King of R&B and that his accusations don’t disqualify what he’s accomplished. “If you can’t sing it better live, then you’re not his King!” I believe that the word “King” has been used too loosely without taking into consideration all the work they have done and accomplished. Right now the two best R&B artists I would have to say is Chris Brown and Trey Songz. All current artists can compete for the title of King.  But only a true King deserves the Crown.

By: Luiscardy Santos

Dierks Bentley: Mountain High Tour

May 26th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

One of country music’s biggest stars, Dierks Bentley, has just began his Mountain High Tour with the upcoming release of his new album, The Mountain. Dierks has had hits such as, What was I Thinkin’, 5-1-5-0, Somewhere On a Beach, Black, and many others. He started his tour on the East Coast and rocked the PNC Bank Arts Center on Saturday. LANCO and Brothers Osborne were the opening performances, and they got the crowd excited belting out their respective hits. Soon enough, Dierks Bentley came on and gave a fun filled performance racing through the audience and singing a few songs in the rain soaked crowd. His final song was “Drunk on a Plane” where he rode a suspended lighting rig to simulate piloting a plane.

His tour makes its way across the United States making stops all over. This tour is in preparation and promotion for his new album. One of his first singles is, “Woman, Amen.” This song is in praise of the woman in his life. He says in the song that she gives him hope and strength. He pours out his love and admiration for the women who gave his “drifter’s heart” a home. Make sure to see his energy filled show coming to a town near you.

By Daniel Sproviero

2018 Billboard Music Awards

May 16th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

This year’s 2018 Billboard Music Awards will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, on May 20th. Just this past April, the list of nominees was announced.  It will be the first ceremony to be broadcasted on NBC; hosted by the American singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson. The Billboard Awards is known for honoring some of the hottest names in music today. Music lovers are eager to see artist of today such as: Cardi B, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, and many others take home grand awards. Get ready for some iconic moments coming your way this Sunday! Another glorifying thing about this awards’ show is the platform it establishes for all ranges of music. The level of well-roundedness and inclusion this show exemplifies is exceptional. Look forward to seeing various genres of music honored from: Country, Rap, Rock, Dance/ Electric, R&B, and even Latin. Fans will have the opportunity to vote and select winners of the Billboard Chart Achievement Award and the Top Social Artist Award. There are two ways to vote: online voting and Twitter voting. The media is roaring with what to expect from this year’s Billboard Music Awards and who will be the shining star of 2018. This has been a great year for the music industry. It has been the year of prosperous women, a year of controversial themes, and a year of fearlessness. Therefore, prepare your watch parties for this glorious Sunday of music because this is a show you will not want to miss.


by Tiarra Miller

Jason Derulo: Colors

April 26th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Looking for a song to lift your spirit? Colors by Jason Derulo will certainly do the job. It was released in late March 2018 and will be the official song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The music video which was released in April 2018 features flags representing different countries of the world. Through the ravishing sound of the instruments, Jason Derulo invites each individual to embrace cultural diversity. The song urges people to come together to celebrate diversity and shows the appealing nature of unity. Colors will definitely bring joy, and warmth in people’s heart.

By Monica Legerme


7 Time Grammy Nominee/
Grammy Winner
Louie Vega

Get in the Mix

January 29th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Louie Vega

Thanks to a change in the rules, remixers are now getting credit for their impact on music culture.

Remixes are a major part of the way music evolves in the 21st century. They build bridges between genres and they connect cultures around the world. Now Spotify is making some changes designed to give remixers the credit they deserve.

For the first time, streams of remixes will count toward the remixer’s monthly listeners. (This update applies to all songs with a remix credit dating back to the beginning of 2015.) Remixes are also now eligible to appear in the Popular and Latest Releases sections of the remixer’s artist profile—a feature you may have noticed since it was rolled out in October 2017. Finally, remixers will now get access to song-level insights for their remixes in Spotify For Artists, giving them unprecedented access to data reflecting how fans engage with their music.

These improvements are all about recognizing remixers for their artistry, so to mark the changes, we got on the phone with Little Louie Vega, one of the most celebrated remixers of all time. One half of the pioneering house duo Masters at Work (along with his partner Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez), Louie has remixed some of the biggest names in popular music: Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Madonna, Chic—the list is practically endless. He’s currently up for a Grammy Award for his “Roots Mix” of Loleatta Holloway’s posthumously released song “Can’t Let You Go.” It’s the second year in a row that he’s been up for a trophy; he was nominated last year, in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, for his album Louie Vega Starring… XXVIII. All in all, this is his sixth time on the ballot, and in 2005, he won the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly.”

We asked Louie (born Luis Ferdinand Vega Jr.) about his favorite remixes over the years, along with what makes a great remix—and one tantalizing commission that he regrets having turned down.

Congratulations on the Grammy nomination. It must feel nice to be up for the Loleatta Holloway song, as kind of a tribute to her.

Little Louie Vega: She’s our queen, man. She’s the icon. She’s the one of the most sampled voices in history. I was lucky enough to get this song from Yvonne Turner, who produced her in her later years. She had one of the last songs she recorded, which never came out, and she brought it to me. I loved Yvonne’s mixes—her production was amazing, but I said, let me do something, you know, just to give it another flavor.

You’ve remixed some of the biggest artists in the world. Are there any remixes you think of as being major moments in your career?

The remixes we did for Incognito, on Talkin’ Loud. I like when we took artists from different genres and did something powerful that affected the dance scene. When we did Roni Size’s “Watching Windows,”that was a beautiful piece that broke barriers and went in different areas.

You guys have always been a bridge to the dance floor from a whole range of different styles.

We did Afro Celt Sound System, a group Sinead O’Connor worked with. We love what we did with that. You know, all these groups from different scenes, it could have been a rock record, a jazz record—we weren’t afraid to take chances. That’s what we love to do: take something from one place and bring it into our realm.

Back in the day, remixes were a major part of the music industry: Every record got a remix. How have things changed for remixed since then? Do you feel like the major label remix is starting to make a comeback?

Remixing was the thing in the ‘90s and it was huge, a lot of those remixes were getting astronomical fees. These days, most remixes, you just do them to do them. For me, I produce records now, that’s what I do: I’m a producer. Of course, I remix things that I would love to put my touch on. Right now I’m remixing two unreleased songs that Luther Vandross recorded when he did the Never Too Much album back in 1981. To me that’s a big challenge, so I jump on stuff like that. The remixing thing is a lot more on spec. These days, you let go of an acapella and if the record is big, everybody’s going to try to do a remix of it, from an amateur to somebody established. It’s almost like a free range right now.

When you’re doing a remix, how important is it to you to stay true to the original song?

A lot of the time, we did a version that stayed true to the original song, and then we did dubs with a vocal hook or a musical hook and all this new music. The thing with remixing is that you have the freedom to build a whole new musical foundation underneath the singer, and that’s what allows you to take it to that other place. It allows you to take an artist that has never set foot in a club, and now their song could be the biggest song in clubs around the world.

What do you listen for when deciding whether or not to remix a given song?

Something’s really got to catch my ear. I’ll give you a perfect example. Back in the early ‘90s, we did a remix for Saint Etienne’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” If you listen to the original song, that dub really had nothing to do with the song. We took some small vocal hooks and we built this new track around it. But you still knew that it was kind of Saint Etienne. You have to have something from the song that is catchy and that’s what we always looked for. If we heard something like that, we would do it. Sometimes you would find the weirdest songs that didn’t really work as a full-club mix under, so we would do these dubs that would still keep some of the identity of the artist.

Are there any songs that you would ever say no to remixing because they’re just too untouchable to perfect as is?

Yeah, of course, man. Kenny and I said no to some of the biggest artists back in the day if we didn’t feel that we could do justice to the song. I’ll never forget, back in the early ‘90s, when we were asked by Atlantic Records to do a remix on a Mick Jagger song . And I just felt that we couldn’t do to the song what we really wanted. Trust me, we wanted everything to work with Mick Jagger. He’s the greatest, you know what I mean? But we felt like we were going to do our thing to it, and it wasn’t really going to sound like it was his song and melody. So we passed on it and I’ll never forget, I got that phone call. He was in a video shoot and he called my home. I couldn’t believe it was him. I actually was saying, “This is not Mick Jagger.” And he kept saying, “This is Mick.” I heard the accent and everything. I said, oh goodness, it is him. [Laughs] He’s calling about the remix that we just said we couldn’t do! I’ll never forget that.

Is there a little part of you that now regrets saying no?

I regret it 100 percent. What I know now, I definitely could’ve done some justice to it, no matter what. Sometimes we would request for singers to come in and re-sing. We thought having them in the studio, we’re really going to take it to another place. We did it with Donna Summer, may she rest in peace. We did it with Tito Puente, we did it with Jocelyn Brown, Bebe Winans. So many different artists, we suggested they come into the studio and they would get new ideas and it would become this beautiful piece.

It sounds like remixing is a very holistic process in that sense.

One of our special qualities is that we really know how to get the best out of artists in the studio. We’re feeding off each other all the time.

Do you think remixers get enough credit from the public for their work as artists in their own right?

I don’t think the normal person gets it, but somebody in the dance scene or the hip-hop scene, they understand what a remix is. But even then I don’t think most people realize how much would go into creating a remix. The perfect way to show somebody—let’s say one of my family members said, what do you do when you remix a record? So I’ll say, “Listen to the original and now listen to my remix. What you hear right here, that’s not in the original. That’s what I did.”

Can you remember the first remix that made an impression on you as a listener?

Walter Gibbons, Francois Kevorkian, Larry Levan—back in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, they didn’t really redo all the music like we do. They would take the original song and strip it down, dub it, do all these wonderful things with it, which was an art as well. They didn’t just take an acapella and compose music under it. They were stripping down the records and creating new arrangements and putting effects on them. One record that really blew me away, because I got to work on it, was Loose Joints’ “Is It All Over My Face.” We did a project for West End where we did a mix of the catalog, and we also remixed like 20 of their songs. One of them was “Is It All Over My Face.” When we put on the record, we were like, wait a minute, it doesn’t sound like the version Larry Levan did. And then you started realizing the magic that Larry had.

What are some of your favorite remixes that you’ve done over the years?

Wow. Let me think, let me think. It’s a pretty big catalog—we’ve probably recorded over 2000 pieces of music. “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth, Wind and Fire. We took a ballad, a slow jam, and we did we did a really nice house remix to it. That’s one. “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You,” a remix I did for Funkadelic. Also “Dance,” by 3 Winans Brothers featuring the Clark Sisters, definitely that one. Oh, I got another one. “Ran Kan Kan,” a song by Tito Puente. That was very challenging because imagine you got to take a 1950s record and create a house remix, you know what I mean? We really worked hard on it and it came out really great. Actually, that little hook, that’s Marc Antony singing. Nobody even knows that.

Which remixes of your own work by other people have most impressed you?

The best one, and it’s one of the top remixes of all time, is when 4 Hero did “Black Gold of the Sun” for us for Nuyorican Soul. That’s a great remix. We were so happy when we got that remix.

Have you been able to grow your fan base by people discovering your music through your remixes?

Yeah that happens all around the world. It’s crazy because now, on Spotify, when you look up Louie Vega, it’s got so much music of mine, so it’s really wonderful that you’re able to explore, you know what I mean? I’ll tell you my Spotify story, because I just did this thing. You know the cabaret law in New York was repealed, right? I did this project called Dancing in New York 1926-2017 My publicist came up with this idea: He said, why don’t you go and pick 91 songs for the 91 years the law was in place? So I did my homework. It’s like I went to school, I learned so much about music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s that I never knew before, through my research on Spotify. And I created this playlist. It opened up a whole new world for me.

It’s amazing to be able to go back over that many decades of music and teach other people about it. That archive is there at people’s fingertips to explore, and to have people like you help make sense of it is really inspiring.

It’s funny, because the music that I was picking, when I talked to friends that were schooled in this kind of music, they told me that those were game-changing songs. The ones I picked, at least a couple from each decade, had changed the music scene, which was kind of weird. I just happened to pick those songs from what was catching my ear, you know what I mean? As you skim through it, you can hear the changes—the sounds and recording quality and the orchestration, or how the music went downtempo then more uptempo, that kind of thing. You look at the music from the ‘20s and ‘30s and you see this big-band music that was like what house music is to us today. That was their dance music.

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7 Time Grammy Nominee, 1 Time Grammy Winner
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Louie Vega

Taylor Swift: Back and Better

November 2nd, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Taylor Swift has finally returned from her break from music and she is better than ever. She has just released her music video ‘Ready For It?’ and it already has over 10 million views. Besides the fact that the music video is great, one can also find innuendos of her throwing jabs at her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. Calvin and Swift like many Hollywood couples ended on not so great terms, they’ve been going back and forth over social media regarding who wrote ‘This Is What You Came For’. So, Taylor decided to continue the feud by taking similar art work from Calvin Harris and using it in her new music video. Besides the feud, Taylor is back and making music which I’m sure everyone is happy about.


By: Vicky Estrella

I Heart Radio Music Festival: Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Calvin Harris and More!

September 22nd, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »



The annual I Heart Radio Music Festival held in Vegas this past weekend featured all the biggest names in music right now. The amazing set list included many fan favorites from Iggy Azalea to Lorde, Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ed Sheeran and much more. This is its fourth year running and the event was a massive success. Stars like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher and Coldplay lit up the stage performing song after song sometimes up to 30 minute sets to a legion of screaming fans. Some amazing collabs also came into play as Ed Sheeran teamed up with Mac Miller, Usher with Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj and her Bang Bang co-artist Ariana Grande. It was definitely a weeknd you didn’t want to miss. The event was hosted by Ryan Seacrest in the greatest party city in the world.


Article by:
Helen Trieu

Kanye Stops Concert Telling Kid in Wheelchair to Stand Up

September 15th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »



Kanye West is not exactly known for being Mr. Sensitivity, but after news broke about him stopping his concert to tell a fan in a wheelchair to “stand up,” he might just be the most insensitive person on the planet. At his concert in Sydney on Friday, in the middle of the show Kanye stopped the music and said, “I decided I can’t do this song, I can’t do the rest of the show unless everybody stands up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and sh-t.” In the crowd there were two fans that could not stand up as one was in a wheelchair and the other had a prosthetic limb, something that Kanye did not find out until after he made the entire crowd jeer at them to “STAND UP.” The rapper even went so far as to complain about how long it was taking for them saying, “This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable. If he is in a wheelchair, then it’s fine.” Much to his dismay the fan was actually in a wheelchair, so Kanye just went on to continue his show. The entire incident was caught on camera for all of our viewing pleasures.

Article by:
Helen Trieu

Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons Says Rock and Roll is Dead

September 8th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »



Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has been going off on a bit of a rampage lately making controversial remarks on an array of topics from immigration to Donald Sterling to depression and now he has stated that “Rock is finally dead.” In an interview with Esquire Magazine, Simmons stated that, “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered.” Instead of putting the blame on musicians and their lack of care, as many thought he would have, Simmons blames the death of rock and roll on the internet and file sharing. He stated that he feels for new bands that are coming out because people nowadays don’t value artists enough to pay them for their craft. “You’re better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for The X Factor. And I’m not slamming The X Factor, or pop singers. But where’s the next Bob Dylan? Where’s the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up pop acts and write their stuff for them,” he told Nick, Simmons’ son and the person who is interviewing him for Esquire. He goes on to say that the pinnacle of music was 1958 to 1983, with bands like Nirvana and Tame Impala being the voice of the era. It’s hard to say rather the emergence of the internet and file sharing was a good thing or bad, but for those in the music industry, it was definitely the beginning of the end.


Article by:
Helen Trieu