Songwriting is a pretty tough business, but we guess even superstars get lazy. If you’re going to cut corners, the first place to start is the lyrics! Tons of songs have been written by the lyricists essentially hitting “cut-and-paste” over and over, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming hits. Still, they tend to annoy the living hell out of us. And what better day to pay tribute to repetitive madness than GROUNDHOG DAY!
Last night’s annual installment of the Grammy Awards was a big night for VH1 You Oughta Know alums and the phrase “get lucky.” Sexy marrieds Beyoncé and Jay Z embraced the public eye enough to show off some Carter family cuteness, while Queen Latifah married 33 couples to the sounds of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Same Love.” But is that really all that went down? Read more…
Royal couple Beyoncé and Jay Z have been responsible for performances that both make us cry and cheer with joy. And after a 2013 that saw two new albums from the Carter clan, it’s fitting the invincible duo kicked off tonight’s Grammy Awards. For many, performing “Drunk In Love,” a sultry ode to sloppy sexing off B’s self-titled fifth album, was an interesting choice for Grammy opener. Yet letting two marrieds sing all about how much they love loving (and rubbing) on each other is just further proof that there is no denying Queen B.
Some songs are so closely associated with their singers that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else performing them. That’s why it’s weird and jarring to hear that MANY monster hits were actually meant to be recorded by other people. It throws our whole music-loving universe into doubt! Can you imagine a world where Rihanna didn’t sing “Umbrella,” Beyonce didn’t sing “Irreplaceable,” and Britney Spears didn’t sing “Toxic”?! Folks, we don’t think we want to live in the world. But it almost happened!
Who doesn’t love a good duet? There’s something exciting about when two artists come together on a song and create something special. The right pair knows how to blend their vocals, merge their best assets and play off each other’s talents. Brandy and Monica knew how to do this when they recorded “The Boy Is Mine.” Although it was a huge hit, that’s all fans got. We never got a second duet single or even an album. That’s a real shame considering how those two would have brought the house down with an entire record. The same goes for regular collaborators, Beyonce and Jay Z, or Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez. These artists make up the list of duet albums we hope that happen!
Hit-making is a collaborative process, with many hands and minds going into the mix to create a finish product. Don’t believe us? Check the credits for your favorite song in the charts today! In among the seemingly dozens of names you’ll find the one tunesmith who had the original germ of the melodic hook…and sometimes even the whole song! Most of these songwriters are unsung heroes (see what we did there?), names and faces unfamiliar to the masses despite the hours of pure pop pleasure they’ve given us over the years. Today we’ve decided to honor them by sharing their original demo versions of some of their greatest hits. Read on and enjoy the original voices behind the songs!