DjDandys top 10 for August 2015
01. Madonna-Bitch I’m Madonna
02. Taylor Swift-Out of the Woods
03. Zedd Feat. Jon Bellion-beautiful Now
04. Fetty Wap-1738 Trap Queen
05. Nicki Minaj-The Night is Still Young
06. Rihanna- Bitch Better Have My Money
07. Avicii-Waiting for Love
08. Bob Sinclar-Feel The Vibe
09. Years & Years-Shine
10. Major Lazer Feat. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley-Powerful
Hello and welcome to another edition of the Music Corner. This month we finish up an amazing summer with the release of Janet Jackson’s first single since 2008. Last month, we were not sure when we would hear the new song. Well it has arrived, and although it’s not great, it isn’t terrible either. “No Sleeep” (which does have 3 e’s) is a sultry R&B hit, produced by longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, that is pretty contagious. It is the type of song we would expect from the diva with a soft, fluid rhythm. Perhaps as this article reaches print we will have some upbeat dance mixes of the song and a great new video. This song marks the 40th time Janet has charted on the Billboard hot 100 with a peak at number 67.
Rihanna is being congratulated for having surpassed the 100 million mark in gold and platinum single certifications by the RIAA. The organization (Recording Industry Association of America) also claims that she is the first artist to do so. Oddly this “accomplishment” isn’t a testament to singles sales but includes other uses of her songs such as counts for ringtones and streaming plays. I would have thought that Taylor Swift might have reached this milestone as well by now, but perhaps the artists’ refusal to allow her songs to be played on Spotify made a difference. It seems that the RIAA has created the certification rules because it wants to be able to put out continual press releases about these major artists passing the 100 million-milestone marker. Comments on Billboard Magazine’s website unanimously downplay the accomplishment, accusing the industry of faking these numbers to suit their own interests.
A great artist that sent me a new promotional track this month is Noah, who will be releasing the single called Man in the Making on august 7th. This release includes mixes by Cutmore, Andi Durrant, and Lifesquad. The song is a sequel to his previously released “Keep on Movin.” He states, “It is part of my evolution as an artist, a declaration, because after all, we are all men in the making.” Noah says he plans to create an IAMMITM campaign using the song as the basis for a movement that will include athletes, entertainers, and possibly even the president. “Man in the Making” is a well-crafted piece that deserves a listen. The song also has amazing dance remixes that will surely rock the dance floor. You can check out the mixes at www.noahmusic.com.
Ultra Nate returns to the dance floor with a banger that is sure to bring back memories. A new remix of her quintessential club masterpiece “Free” has been released by the duo Craig C. and Dj Sinna-G from Denver. It is a refreshing new take on this classic track that will have dance floors moving everywhere.
So a battle erupted between Iggy Azelia and Britney Spears over the lackluster performance of their duet “Pretty Girls.” I must admit that the song is not getting a great deal of attention in the club and I haven’t received any requests for it, which is odd for a Britney song. It seems that Iggy is upset at Britney for not promoting it properly, resulting in the song failing to crack the top 25 on the charts. Britney has responded, through Twitter, letting Iggy know that she is booked in Vegas through the end of the year. Iggy has unfortunately had her headlining tour cancelled, supposedly due to lack of ticket sales. She also cancelled her appearance as the headliner for Pittsburgh Pride this year, over controversial Twitter remarks she made as a teen. She was replaced at that event by Nick Jonas.
Thanks again for checking out the Music corner and I hope you make an effort to go party at your local clubs. The deejays are working hard to earn your support and want you to keep that Pride momentum going all year. Let them know you are listening even if you are not inclined to dance. I will see you next month.
DjDandy is a 25-year veteran club deejay. He is also a freelance writer and photographer. Currently, he is a video deejay at MJ’s On Jefferson in Dayton, Ohio. He previously worked at The Dock in Cincinnati during the 90s and then spent ten years spinning at clubs in Florida.
This picture is of me at a wind farm in northwestern Indiana.