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Album of the Day: Various Artists – Ultra Music Festival 2015

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) adalah festival EDM tahunan yang berlangsung di bulan Maret di kota (tentu saja) Miami, Florida, Amerika Serikat. Festival yang berlangsung secara outdoor ini merupakan salah satu yang bergengsi dan menghadirkan barisan line-up yang datang dari nama-nama paten di skena dance music. Begitu populernya festival ini, hingga setiap tahun selalu padat dihadiri oleh ribuan orang dari berbagai sudut dunia. Mereka berbondong-bondong untuk menyaksikan DJ/musisi EDM favoritnya beraksi. Mungkin kita tidak bisa menghadiri UMF tahun ini. Tapi jangan takut, karena kini telah hadir sebuah album kompilasi bertajuk “Ultra Music Festival 2015” yang siap menghadirkan keriuhan UMF dimana saja,

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Single of the Day: Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea – Pretty Girls

Britney Spears tampaknya tanggap akan trend. Dan itulah yang mungkin membuat ia masih mampu memegang eksistensinya sebagai princess of pop, selain tentunya tetap berkarya. Iggy Azalea sendiri merupakan nama panas di skena musik dunia. Rapper asal Australia ini memang tengah menjulang namanya berkat album dan single suksesnya. Tidak heran jika kemudian ia menarik minat artis lain untuk bekerjasama, termasuk juga Spears. Setelah digaungkan dengan cukup intens, akhinya kolaborasi antara Spears dan Azalea, yang berjudul ‘Pretty Girls‘, akhirnya bisa kita simak juga. Dan senang Britney kembali ke gaya urban, ketimbang EDM yang akhir-akhir ini sering ia bawakan. Tentu saja dengan hadirnya Azalea lagunya

Album of the Day: Shayne Ward – Closer

Music make over? Possibly. Tapi kebenaran sejati mengenai “Closer“, album studio keempat dari Shayne Ward ini adalah kisah yang lebih luas dari itu. Perceraiannya dengan Sony pasca “Obsession” merupakan tantangan terberat dalam karir pemenang The X Factor UK ini. Ia menandai momentum tersebut dengan “1 door closed, A Thousand more will open.” Bergabungnya Shayne di bawah manajemen baru, Alan Edwards membuatnya bisa bernafas lega dan melanjutkan impian indahnya sebagai recording artist. Pun, perjodohannya dengan Mike Stock, sepertiga dari legenda produsen musik SAW, berhasil melahirkan album studio bertemakan throwback di tahun 2015 ini. ‘My Heart Would Take You Back’ yang terlebih

Brandon-Flowers-2015

Single of the Day: Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love

Berselang 5 tahun setelah album solo pertamanya, Brandon Flowers kembali merilis album solo berjudul “The Desire Effect”. Single berjudul “Can’t Deny My Love” didaulat menjadi lead single dalam album solo kedua dari vokalis band The Killers ini. Lagu “Can’t Deny My Love” ditulis oleh Flowers dan Darren Beckett, seorang drummer dari band The Red Romance. Secara umum lagu ini berbeda dengan lagu-lagu Flowers di album sebelumnya. Lebih banyak sentuhan synth dalam “Can’t Deny My Love”. Meski begitu, beat dan dentuman drum serta solo gitarnya membuat kita merindukan lagu-lagu poprock era 80-an. Setelah dirilis, single ini kemudian menjadi Most Viral Track

Lisa

Album of the Day: LiSA – Launcher

Merubah image lama menjadi suatu image yang baru memang tidaklah mudah dan hal ini sekarang dialami oleh penyanyi yang sudah malang melintang di dunia soundtrack anime atau anisong yaitu Risa Oribe atau yang sering dipanggil LiSA. Penyanyi yang sudah malang melintang dan sering mengisi anime populer seperti Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Mahouka dan yang paling baru Nisekoi ingin merubah image penyanyi anisong yang sudah lama ia sandang dan ingin menjadi seorang lady rocker. Hal ini memang dirasa wajar karena sebelum LiSA melejit berkat sumbangsih suaranya dalam anime Angel Beats dia adalah seorang vokalis dari band rock bernama “Chucky” yang terpengaruh

X Factor US Top 6 – The Unplugged & Pepsi Challenge

Minggu ini, 6 finalist tersisa akan membawakan masing-masing 2 lagu, yang pertama adalah versi unplugged (akustik) dan juga Pepsi Challenge, dimana para fans bisa vote untuk memilih lagu mana yang dibawakan oleh para finalis.

1. CeCe Frey – Demi Lovato – Young Adults – “Edge Of Glory” by Lady Gaga
Penampilan pertama CeCe di babak ini cukup bagus.
LA: “Sometimes we get it wrong. I’m starting to become a fan.”
Britney: “At this point in the competition it should be great, it was just good.”
Simon: “I don’t think you are worth the 5 million dollar contract. It was a little too cabaret for me.”
Demi: “I think this was one of your best performances.”

2. Emblem3- Simon Cowell – Groups – “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
Mereka cukup berhasil membawakan dengan versi akustik lagu ini.
LA: “That was pretty good. At least one of Simon’s groups can sing harmony.”
Britney: says, “This has been your best performance in the competition.”
Demi: “You guys did great, it wasn’t the best. I feel like it’s a downgraded version of the Jonas bros 5 years ago.”
Simon: “The pressure to deliver what they just did, you did amazingly well.”

3. Carly Rose Sonenclar – Britney Spears – Teens – “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber
Boleh dibilang lagu ini terdengar lebih baik daripada versi aslinya, dan terasa beda.
LA: “I love you so much! You showed some restraint. That was maybe your best for my taste.”
Demi: “You sang it better than Justin did. You remind me so much of Jo Jo.”
Simon: “This is why I love working in this country. I’m seeing a star emerge week after week. You’re actually very cool, you really are. One of my favorite performances.”
Britney: “I’m so proud of you. Each week, you make the song your own”

4. Fifth Harmony – Simon Cowell – Groups – “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
Penampilan mereka makin membaik tiap minggu, harmonisasi juga semakin terasah.
LA: “I still didn’t hear any harmony. You should be named Fifth Unison”
Britney: “I’m trying to figure out what separates you from the other girl groups.”
Demi: “I feel like there’s a couple of you that should just be solo artists.”
Simon: “That was really unfair criticism, LA. They have worked on their harmonies. I think they deserve a shot in the semi-final next week.”

5. Diamond White – Britney Spears – Teens – “It’s a Man’s World”
Kita tidak melihat adanya ‘unplugged’ dibawakan dilagu ini, bagus sih, hanya saja terdengar seperti ‘full band’.
LA: “That was really different for you. This week, you brought attitude. You sang your butt off.”
Demi: “It was risky singing a song you’ve done before, but it paid off.”
Simon: “It was a little bit screechy in parts, you made up for it in the end. I wish you had chosen a different song.”
Britney: “I’m so proud of you. You not only nailed it, you destroyed it.”

6. Tate Stevens – LA Reid – Over 25s – Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
Pembawaan Tate di lagu ini cukup bagus.
Britney: “I feel like you’re getting away from what you do best, down the middle country.”
Demi: “I’m a fan of you. I will be buying your album one day. This performance was a little boring and you skipped out on the high note.”
Simon: “It’s like taking a goldfish for a walk. You have to choose the material. I like it when you choose the material. Not a great song choice.”
LA: “I love the song. You did a really good job with the song. You’re finally doing something for yourself. Your family stands behind you, and I stand behind you.”

Babak kedua: Pepsi Challenge:

7. CeCe Frey – Demi Lovato – Young Adult – “Part of Me” by Katy Perry
OK, CeCe Frey kembali ke tampilan semula dengan tattoo Leopard di wajahnya, soal penampilannya? Sayang, agak kacau dan dia terdengar seperti berteriak-teriak dibagian verse.
LA: “Not loving it. That was karaoke.
Britney : “I found it very entertaining. I loved it.”
Simon: “I liked the way you were defiant all the way through the performance. If you do go, I’m going to miss you.”
Demi: “if the princess of pop says you were good, then I’ll take it from her,”

8. Emblem3 – Simon Cowell – Groups – “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
Penampilan mereka terdengar lebih baik dari yang pertama.
LA: “Tonight you nailed it.”
Britney: “I thought it was a superstar performance.”
Demi: “I am a fan. I just want to see you command the stage more. Much better than your first performance.”
Simon: “That is a silly criticism. I think you’ve been really good tonight. Emblem 3 has landed.”
Perseteruan Simon vs Demi semakin memanas, dimana mereka terkadang merebut mic dan saling memotong komen masing-masing.

9. Carly Rose Sonenclar – Britney Spears – Teens – “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce
Carly terdengar seperti profesional menyanyikan lagu ini.
LA: “You never let me down.”
Demi: “That’s a phenomenal vocal. I do want to hear something uptempo.”
Simon: “Don’t listen to a single word this one has said.”

10. Fifth Harmony – Simon Cowell – Groups – “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato
Akhirnya Fifth Harmony memberikan penampilan terbaik mereka selama di X Factor US ini.
LA: “I actually hear harmonies. That was your very very best performance”
Britney: “A friend of mine sings this song good, and so do you.”
Demi: “I think this song should have been your song. You sing it better than the original. It was energetic, fun. Simon did a good job this week.”
Simon: “The show would not be the same without you,”

11. Diamond White – Britney Spears – Teens – Diamonds by Rihanna
Namanya sesuai dengan judul lagu yang dibawakan, dan Diamond pun turun dari langit2 panggung dengan kursi yang berbentuk ‘berlian’. Sayang versi lagu yang dibawakannya kurang pas.
LA: “I really like you, I really like that song, unfortunately I didn’t love your rendition of it.”
Demi: “I feel like you definitely did it justice.”
Simon: “Everybody is being really strong tonight. The second half was better than the first. Overall, I think you’ve had a good night.”
Britney; “I feel like this song was made for you.”

12. Tate Stevens – LA Reid – Over 25s – “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks
Tate is in his element! Dengan membawakan lagu yang pas di genrenya, Tate bersinar!
Britney: “That felt like a Tate Stevens performance.”
Demi: “I got a little sleep on that performance, but you have a huge future ahead of you.”
Simon: “Welcome back to the competition. YOu remind me of Garth Brooks. I’m happy you’ve come this far. You don’t put an age cap on talent. We are going to see you next week 100%”
LA: “If there is any truth that you were straying away from your roots, America brought you back. That was great.”

Result Show:
Minggu ini ada Melanie Amaro, pemenang X Factor US season 1 membawakan lagu barunya “Long Distance’, sedangkan debut albumnya diperkirakan akan rilis awal tahun depan.

Eliminasi pertama yaitu CeCe Frey.

Kemudian Ke$ha tampi membawakan single terbarunya “C’mon”.

Di Sing-off Fifth Harmony vs Diamond White. Dimana Fifth Harmony membawakan “Anytime You Need a Friend” by Mariah Carey dan Diamond membawakan “I Hope You Dance” Lee Ann Womack.

Simon Cowell memulangkan Diamond White
Britney Spears memulangkan Fifth Harmony
LA Reid memulangkan Diamond White
Demi Lovato memulangkan Diamond White

Diamond White terliminasi.

Top Votes:
The leaderboard

1. Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
3. Emblem3
4. Fifth Harmony

Saksikan X Factor USA hanya di BChannel TV setiap hari Kamis & Jumat pukul 21.00 dan re-run dengan teks Indonesia hari Sabtu jam 20.00 dan Minggu 18.00 WIB


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