Disorderly Conduct Warrants Woman of the Year Nomination

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MTV used to stand for Music Television, but lately its main focus has been on reality television programs. Just when viewers thought it could depend on MTV for music, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi popped up in the running for MTV News’ Woman of the year. Snooki competed with musicians Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj for the title.

All of Snooki’s competitors are reasonable candidates for the Woman of the Year title because they have done something to deserve it. The “Lady” who was presented the award—Lady Gaga—continued a worldwide tour, released memorable music videos and participated in philanthropic endeavors like the MAC AIDS Fund Viva Glam campaign with Cyndi Lauper.

This year, Nicole Polizzi starred in MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore”. Snooki is known for drinking, falling down, getting punched in the face and being a party girl. Her only charitable venture (that I could find) was selling her autograph for $10.00 at a community center in New Jersey; the money she raised from the signing session was donated to charity. Do you think she is Woman of the Year potential?

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.  The 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 RollingStone.com, 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?

A Local Favorite: MTV Push Artist of the Week

As I write this, I cannot help but fill with a sense of pride. I remember the day I met these guys; they were one of the opening acts for Valencia at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Md. in 2009. They were just three teenagers from Fairfax, Va. looking for some gas money to get to their next show.

Now, The Downtown Fiction is signed to Photo Finish Records and is MTV Push Artist of the week. The threesome has grown from playing hometown shows at Jammin’ Java (on the nights bassist David Pavluk was not working) to an international act. In September, they toured with We the Kings in Japan and noticed the cultural differences between American and Japanese audiences. Lead singer Cameron Leahy told MTV, “Everyone is really respectful and polite, and everybody will be rocking out to a song… then all of a sudden you finish and everyone is like—silence”.

TDF will be touring with The Ready Set and Allstar Weekend on the GLMR KLLS tour starting in February. The guys will be returning to Baltimore on March 6, 2011, and you can guarantee I will be there to support them.

Be sure to like them on Facebook and download their new holiday track “Keep Me Warm” for free tomorrow!

NOTE: Drummer Eric Jones promised me an ice skating trip (peer pressure does wonders) haha.

Begin More Than Listening

If everyone just heard music, there would be no reason to have a favorite band or song.  Listening to songs allows the listener to enter the singer or songwriter’s soul.  By truly listening, one can relive the moment that was immortalized in the music.

Experience can be applied to many aspects of music–how long the artist has been performing, the moment he or she is singing about, or the atmosphere he or she creates with the song (recorded or live).  Without accounting for the experience an artist creates, all songs may as well be the same.  More Than Listening is a music blog that focuses on the experience an artist and his or her music brings.

Eyes may be for seeing, but ears are for more than listening.

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