The act of “sampling,” or looping beats from pre-existing recordings, can be pretty divisive. While some view it as essentially stealing, the skill that it takes to create something truly unique and new has elevated sampling into an incredibly precise (not to mention difficult) art-form, spanning genres from hip hop to electronica and everything in between. It’s not hard to simply take the hook from an already- popular song (*cough* Kanye *cough* Diddy), but the best DJs get their cred by digging through record crates to find the most awesomely obscure beats they can get their hands on. NOTHING is off limits when they head to their sonic laboratories, which is why some of the biggest hits of recent years actually got their start as a scratchy and forgotten vinyl from way back when.
Those “Blurred Lines” are becoming a little clearer now that Robin #THICKE’s summer jam has climbed to the top of Nielsen SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart. Here’s a look at that and the rest of this week’s chart action in this week’s SoundScanner round-up:
“Ride Wit Me” hitmaker Nelly was right at home on stage with Florida Georgia Line as he dropped his verse for the remix of the country duo’s crossover hit “Cruise” during the finale performance of the 2013 CMT Music Awards. And why not? This isn’t the first time the Southern rapper has dabbled in the twangy genre. Read more…
Hold up, Girl On Fire! It was Lenny Kravitz getting a crowd hungry for a full evening of country celebration at last night’s CMT Music Awards. The sometimes-actor-always-rockstud lit up the stage with “American Woman” alongside country star Jason Aldean, who immediately transitioned into his co-host duties with CMT favorite Kristen Bell. Read more…
Hunter Hayes is taking a major step in his career this summer, headlining his own tour across the nation. In the latest episode of For The Love Of Music, the country singer finally gets to see the set design for his upcoming shows.
“We Can’t Stop,” the new party anthem from Miley Cyrus is already everywhere. Guess what, that’s how young Cyrus likes likes that. In a new interview with MTV News, Cyrus talks about how the song reflects her real life personality. You try being a self-proclaimed “party animal” and the “hardest working person you’ll ever know,” at the same damn time.
Pop stars are known for pushing musical boundaries. But what happens when they push their creativity all the way into a different persona?