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Midterms Week Playlist

This week, MTL will cater to the college kids who are stuck in the library studying, writing papers, and procrastinating. Everyone can use a good playlist, so here is one to get you through midterms week.

  1. Maroon 5–“Stutter”
  2. Maria Rita–“Num Corpo So”
  3. Ke$ha–” Blow”
  4. Bruno Mars–“The Lazy Song”
  5. Everclear–“I Will Buy You A New Life”
  6. Britney Spears–“Oops I Did It Again”
  7. Natalie Imbruglia–“Torn”
  8. Nena–“99 Luftballons”
  9. Inna–“Hot”
  10. Avril Lavigne–“What the Hell

Would you rather cope with midterms as spelled out to the left, or with the playlist? To listen to the entire playlist, and watch the music videos, click here.


Gwyneth Shows Her Chops

Gwyneth Paltrow in Counrty Strong. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently revealed her singing ability when she guest-starred on FOX’s Glee as substitute teacher Holly Holliday. Lately there has been a lot of talk about her return to the show as a substitute in future episodes. Paltrow wowed Glee viewers when she belted out Cee-Lo’s “Forget You” on the show, and some may be surprised that the voice on the track is her actual voice.

Over the past year, Paltrow has been doing nearly as much singing as acting. You can get a taste of her country singing abilities as Kelly Canter in Country Strong (1/7/11). Kelly Canter is a country singer who finds herself in a bit of a downward spiral when she finds herself in a rehabilitation facility and flirts with an orderly who aspires to be a singer. Gwyneth Paltrow embodies Kelly Canter and sounds like she is at home singing country music in the “Country Strong” music video.

The title track is an uplifting track about tapping inner strength. Being country strong is when getting up when life knocks you down. It is losing a fight, but never losing faith. Gwyneth’s voice adds a special element to the song that makes the lyrics seem like they are coming from her heart. Gwyneth takes on the character of Kelly Canter so beautifully that she could pursue a country music career, because she is country strong.

The film also includes country star Tim McGraw as Canter’s manager and husband and Leighton Meester, an actress-turned-singer, as a beauty queen-turned-singer. Meester has contributed her voice to songs like Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad”. It should be interesting to hear her sing in such a different genre.

Bruno Mars: 1 Man, 1 Year, 7 Grammy Nominations

Bruno Mars (center) and band mates celebrating their Grammy nominations.

Prior to 2010, many Americans had never heard of the name Bruno Mars. Now, his work is so prominent that you may be listening to a song he worked on right now. As a singer, songwriter, and producer he has had his hands on many 2010 chart-toppers. While writing and performing with the likes of Travie McCoy, B.o.B. and Cee Lo Green, Mars was also working on his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

Doo-Wops & Hooligans was released in October and has reached the #3 position on the Billboard 200. Bruno’s first single “Just the Way You Are” made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. This album has a very eclectic sound and seems to have influences from many genres. ┬áThe album starts with his second single, “Grenade”, a simplistic blues tune about a man who would do anything for the woman he loves (but she won’t do the same) and goes into an old school rock tune, “Runaway Baby”, and a reggae-inspired collaboration with Damian Marley titled “Liquor Store Blues”. Bruno Mars allows listeners into his soul as he sings about things like heartbreak and friendship.

As reported on, songs he had a hand in creating were some of the best-selling singles of 2010. His “Just the Way You Are” claimed #3 on Amazon’s Top-Selling Singles of 2010 list and #18 on iTunes’ Top-Selling Singles of 2010 list. The collaboration with Travie McCoy, “Billionaire”, is ranked #15 and #12 respectively. Bruno Mars has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just the Way You Are”. Mars has also been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Producer of the Year.

Some may think of Bruno Mars as an overnight celebrity, but he has been working in the music industry since he was seventeen years old. The year 2010 has been a successful year for him and allowed him to break out into the mainstream music scene. He has proved himself a force to be reckoned with in the music industry and is possibly the biggest breakout star of the year.  Can Mars shine past Grammy veterans like Eminem, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and Alicia Keys?

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