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Album of the Month: Mariah Carey – #1 to Infinity

Mariah Carey + #1 = ∞ Awalnya, “#1’s” adalah album kompilasi pertama yang Mariah Carey rilis di tahun 1998. Album ini mengemas seluruh lagu no.1 yang ia punya yang pada saat itu berjumlah 13. Kini, 17 tahun kemudian, ia berhasil menambah jumlah lagu no.1-nya hingga akhirnya terkumpul sebanyak 18 buah. Dengan membubuhi sebuah lagu baru berjudul ‘Infinity’, Mariah merilis kompilasi terbarunya, “#1 to Infinity“, yang sekaligus menandakan reuni bersama L.A. Reid dan residency di Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Yang namanya no.1 merupakan hal yang mutlak. Pengambilannya didasarkan pada chart resmi yang Billboard kelola dan diakui nationwide. Tapi untuk edisi global, tracklist album mengalami perombakan. Bukan hal yang baru juga, karena

Will Young

Album of the Day: Will Young – 85% Proof

Ekspansif? Harus. Itulah gunanya usia karir dekade kedua. Bukan hendak mencari-cari jati diri, tapi lebih kepada kepuasaan nyeni. Will Young banyak memberlakukan hal tersebut dalam album studio terbarunya, “85% Proof“. Lantas, kenapa 85%? Jawabannya ternyata ada pada pernyataan Will yang menunjuk angka tersebut pada alcoholic strength of moonshine. Sementara album ini sendiri ceriteranya menjorok pada fikiran hidup, dan musiknya kebanyakan yang upbeat. Itulah ‘Love Revolution’, single andalan dari album ini yang dengan kepiawaian Will bersama Jim Eliot dan Mima Stilwell mengawinkan karya mereka dengan karya Ivan Matias, Andrea Martin, dan DJ Tomcraft. Jadilah irama pop yang tak biasa dengan segenap

Little Mix

Single of the Day: Little Mix – Black Magic

Disadari atau tidak, Little Mix gemar untuk melakukan utak-atik terhadap musik mereka. Dari satu album ke album berikutnya, mereka bergerak luwes dengan beragam influens yang pastinya membuat karya pop mereka anti bosan. ‘Black Magic‘, single terbaru dari Perrie Edwards dkk ini akan membawa para pendengar untuk asyik beretro ria dalam kemasan musik yang banyak merefleksikan pop di masa 80-an. Think about ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ fused together. Ya, ‘Black Magic’ setara dengan kedua karya klasik tersebut dalam ukuran fun dan joy-nya. Dalam pelaksanaan tribute kepada pop 80-an tersebut, LM enggak harus bayar

Giorgio Moroder

Album of the Day: Giorgio Moroder – Déjà Vu

Coba bayangkan jika Giorgio Moroder terus menjadi penyanyi rock dan tidak berkolaborasi dengan Donna Summer? Mungkin Calvin Harris, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Daft Punk tidak akan memainkan musik electro dan Ultra Music Festival tidak akan pernah ada. Giorgio menulis masa depan untuk musik electro lewat kolaborasinya bersama Donna Summer di awal 70’an, lagu seperti “I Feel Love” dibuat dengan menggunakan Moog synthesizer dan menghasilkan sound yang futuristik pada masanya (dan masih relevan sampai sekarang), lagu ini pun menjadi lagu proto-EDM. Setelah “I Feel Love” mencetak hit — para musisi berlomba-lomba memakai synthesizer untuk terdengar modern dan Giorgio terus menghasilkan hits

Kelly Clarkson

Classics: Kelly Clarkson – My December

Dulu, “My December” disebut anak haram yang dilahirkan oleh Kelly Clarkson karena telah mengkhianati label sekaligus eksekutif musik Clive Davis. Label menentang perilisannya, karena dinilai terlalu jauh membawa Kelly lari dari jalur pop. Tapi Kelly memperjuangkannya dengan keringat dan air mata hingga berhasil rilis pada 22 Juni 2007. Was it worth the fight? It was. Kini “My December” dianggap sebagai pahlawan dalam karir Kelly. Meski angka penjualannya yang kurang memuaskan (dikarenakan oleh penarikan kegiatan promosi serta pembatalan tur konser untuk album ini), album yang berisikan 13 track ini memberi point tertinggi dalam unsur personal. Album ini menguliti jiwa dan visi

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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