FANTASIA - "BACK TO ME"
I'm not going to get in to any of Fantasia's personal drama (there are plenty of other places you can go to get all of that info) but I am going to tell you about the American Idol winner's third album, "Back To Me [+digital booklet]".
The title of this new record is appropriate because she has come back strong with a collection of solid and smooth r&b songs and brings her own special spin to each one.
This is a great song off of the album and she's gotten some assist from Cee-Lo Green:
The Thrill Is Gone - Fantasia
KATY PERRY - "TEENAGE DREAM"
Katy Perry is off to a great start with her summer smash hit song, "California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)" which was a nice kick off for her third album, "Teenage Dream [Explicit]".
She began her career as Katy Hudson singing Christian-rock before taking on her mother's maiden name and becoming Katy Perry (to avoid any apparent confusion with actress, Kate Hudson) to belt out secular music.
This follow-up to her 2008 hit album, "One Of The Boys" has her returning to the sound that worked so well for her previously. That's not necessarily a bad thing but it does make this album seem really not much more that a collection of a few potential singles surrounded by a lot of filler. Despite that, I'm sure this CD will keep Ms Perry at the top of the charts for quite a while.
The title track appears to be her next hit single:
And here is the trippy music video for her first hit off of the album:
MATTHEW DEAR - "BLACK CITY"
Matthew Dear is better known as a electronic producer and a remix artist but he is taking center stage on his new album, "Black City". His sound is a combination of house beats mashed up with his distorted vocals and grooving techno pop music.
Although he was born in Texas, he grew up in Michigan where as a teenager, he was inspired by the electronic music scene there.
He has also created music under the names, Audion, False and Jabberjaw.
Here is a sample of his music off of his latest:
Honey - Matthew Dear
USHER - "VERSUS"
"Versus [+digital booklet]" is Usher's follow-up EP to this year's release, "Raymond V Raymond [+digital booklet]". I'm not sure why this was necessary because his other CD just came out only five months ago but this collection would, according to the artist," explore the subjects of being newly single and being a father".
There are seven new songs plus two remixes which includes the Justin Bieber single,"Somebody To Love Remix".
I like this song off of his new record in which he teams up with Jay-Z:
Hot Tottie - Usher Featuring Jay-Z