REVIEW: JAMIE WOON – MAKING TIME 0 332

Despite having already released one album, Jamie Woon has, in recent times, disappeared from the minds of many music fans. That’s because, as an advocate of putting his all into what he does, he’s spent four years putting together this latest offering.

“Message” begins with an instrumental introduction that runs for more than 30 seconds. Ideally, it could have been much shorter, but when the vocal kicks in, soulful and smooth, the wait is most certainly worth it. Lyrically, it’s a simple little number, but that is just one of the many things that makes it so appealing – the instrumentation and vocal blend together almost seamlessly – by some distance, it’s one of the strongest opening numbers to an album this year.

“Movement” ups the tempo somewhat (I dare you to try and resist tapping your feet) and as a result, ups the enjoyment, though it’s hard to pin-point just which aspect of the song makes it such a good listen. “Sharpness” meanwhile brings with it a sense of musical elegance and a rhythm that just begs for you to groove and sway to it, so when the complete style switch up that is “Celebration” follows on, to say it’s a surprise is a considerable understatement. It is also the weakest number of the collection so far, as the majority of the vocal is hidden under the jazz-style instrumentation.

Unfortunately, things don’t improve much with the arrival of “Lament” which is a slow, rather depressing number, a strong, sharp contrast from every track which has come before it. Thankfully the lull doesn’t last long and “Forgiven” begins to get things back on track thanks largely to a slick, R&B undertone and a good vocal, while despite how slow and subdued “Little Wonder” is, its simplicity, both in terms of the lyrics and instrumentation, makes it worthy of a few repeat listens, although it is likely to divide opinion as to whether it’s actually a good track or not.

“Thunder” kicks things up a notch rhythm wise but sadly that’s the best thing about it, as the vocal is strange and likely to irritate and/or baffle those who give it a listen. Lyrically, “Skin” is much better and plays upon the soulful style which Woon works with so well and he keeps that up via album closer “Dedication.” It would have been nice for Woon to close out the collection as well as he started it, and the song comes close to achieving said aim, but it lacks a certain something that would have made it truly memorable.

Despite having gotten off to a strong start, there’s a sense that Woon has been more open to experimentation with this album and that, unfortunately, is what lets it and, as a result, him down. Hopefully, should he record another album in the future, he’ll find what really works for him and produce something much more solid and enjoyable for his fans to listen to.

 

 

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MTV EMAS 2019: NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 29

The 2019 MTV EMA nominations are finally here and the competition is hot! Ariana Grande is once again a top contender with nods in a whopping 7 categories (7 nominations? “7 Rings”? This might be her lucky number!). We also have some new faces leading the nominations this year: Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish. These two did not come to play at their first EMAs, each with 6 nominations. Mendes Army, fear not: seasoned EMA veteran Shawn Mendes is right up there with them, also having 6 nominations!

As always, the awards will go to the artists who get the most votes and it’s up to the fans to vote for their favourites on mtvema.com and through social media!

We’ll find out who the EMA winners are one month from now! The 2019 MTV EMA will be broadcasted live around the globe on 3 November from the FIBES Conference and Exhibition Center in Seville.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

BEST US ACT
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

BEST CANADIAN ACT
Alessia Cara
Avril Lavigne
Carly Rae Jepsen
Johnny Orlando
Shawn Mendes

BEST SONG
Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

BEST ARTIST
Ariana Grande
J Balvin
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

BEST VIDEO
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
ROSALÍA & J Balvin – Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Taylor Swift – ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco

BEST COLLABORATION
BTS & Halsey – Boy With Luv
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)
Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
ROSALÍA & J Balvin – Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita
The Chainsmokers & Bebe Rexha – Call You Mine

BEST NEW
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Mabel

BEST POP
Ariana Grande
Becky G
Camila Cabello
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

BEST LIVE
Ariana Grande
BTS
Ed Sheeran
P!NK
Travis Scott

BEST ROCK
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Liam Gallagher
Panic! At The Disco
The 1975

BEST HIP-HOP
21 Savage
Cardi B
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott

BEST ALTERNATIVE
FKA Twigs
Lana Del Rey
Solange
twenty one pilots
Vampire Weekend

BEST ELECTRONIC
Calvin Harris
DJ Snake
Marshmello
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

BEST LOOK
Halsey
J Balvin
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

BIGGEST FANS
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
BTS
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

BEST PUSH
Ava Max
Billie Eilish
CNCO
H.E.R.
Jade Bird
Juice WRLD
Kiana Ledé
Lauv
Lewis Capaldi
Lizzo
Mabel
ROSALÍA

BEST WORLD STAGE
Bebe Rexha – Isle of MTV Malta 2019
Hailee Steinfeld – Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Muse – Bilbao, Spain 2018
The 1975 – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019
twenty one pilots – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019

JENNIFER LOPEZ & SHAKIRA CONFIRMED FOR 2020 SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW 0 31

Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation has announced artists Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform for the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show on February 2, 2020 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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Pepsi and the NFL collaborated with Roc Nation to bring these two icons together for the first time ever, for what will be an unforgettable performance on the world’s biggest stage.

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez said in a statement. “And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th anniversary, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”

“I’m so honored to be taking on one of the world’s biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the U.S. and all over the world — and to top it off, on my birthday!” Shakira said. “This is a true American dream and we are going to bring the show of a lifetime!”

Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, producer, and entertainer who has established herself in music, film, and television. She is a successful recording and touring artist who has sold over 75 million records and has a cumulative worldwide box-office gross of over $3 billion. 

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter and multi-GRAMMY award winner. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including three GRAMMYs, eleven Latin GRAMMYs, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the U.S., has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade, and is one of the top-5 YouTube artists of all time. 

The first exclusive interview between the two artists will air tonight on Thursday Night Football during halftime of the 8:20 p.m. ET game.