Posts Tagged ‘Arts’


[Important Note: If you're of the conservative or sensitive type and still haven't heard the song (good for you!), I wouldn't suggest you watch the video at the end of this post.]

Rihanna and Chris Brown concert. Brisbane Ente...

Rihanna in Concert (Image via Wikipedia)

One day after Rihanna took her Twitter to announce that she would collaborate with non-other than pop princess,  Britney Spears, a remix of RiRi’s international hit S&M popped up on YouTube, and I’m sure many people’s fantasies just came true (especially considering how Spears has perfected the art of moaning through most of her songs).

The tune, an ode to everything sadomasochism, is not for the faint-hearted or the conservative. The original version has been playing on the radio for a while, even though in the UK the title had to be changed to the refrain “Come On” to make it less shocking.

Though named as a “remix,” there isn’t much change in this edition. The opening beats and synths are slightly changed and the the “na na na come on”s are stronger and more forceful because there’s two voices getting them out there. The alternation of which performer sings what part is definitely very-well thought out and just adds to the intensity of the whole thing.

The second verse of the song though gets the most significant update as the lyrics are changed to “just one night full of sin, feel the pain on your skin, to promise me mercy, it’s your turn to hurt me. If I’m bad, tie my down, shut me up, [...] cause the pain is my pleasure, nothing comes better.” This is most probably because Britney does the singing here and her vocals are not as high as Rihanna, or they just felt like changing things for this new release.

I am not going to comment on the overall lyrics and message because I don’t find this song to be representative of what music should be nor do I like Rihanna, especially after she went all pixie-cut and transformed her R&B style to pure club-pop. It’s a pure exploration of fantasies but should not be as commercially spread as it is right now because it caters to a small population. Plus, imagine your little sister singing that song while she doesn’t understand the lyrics!

But do I like Britney and Rihanna duetting?

Of course I do!

It’s a match made in pop music heaven!  Spears is certainly a hot commodity right now with two new singles and an album, Femme Fattale, topping the charts and receiving much critical acclaim. Rihanna, on the other hand, has been riding out the success of 2010’s smash collaboration with Eminem, though her album Loud has not been up to par.

So this music fan right here is hoping that the two get together really soon and make something from scratch because if they were individually able to take the music world by storm, there’s no end to what they could do together!


Album Cover for Roxette's Charm School (Image Via Wikipedia)

Although it is not set to be released  until April 18th, Roxette’s second single from their eighth studio album Charm School is destined to become a worldwide hit mainly because it reminds faithful fans of the band’s most famous songs from the 80s namely, It Must’ve Been Love and other songs from the Joyride age.

Many fans, like myself,  have taken to the internet to express their desire of having this song released as a single and thankfully, the duo have listened. No word on when and if a video will accompany the release, but regardless, this is a flawless song that can stand on its own, and can directly attract listeners despite its placement as the fourth track on the album, right after the very weak but enjoyable She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio).

The Swedish duo, formed of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle have been making music for a while now but took a long, well-deserved ten-year break to work on their own projects and sadly, because Fredrikssion had brain cancer and has suffered some permanent damage to her cognitive abilities. Thankfully, she’s all better now and her vocal abilities are still intact, as demonstrated throughout the album.

Written and composed by Gessle, who is known to be a musical mastermind,  this song follows the tradition of vocals alternation that Roxette have been known for. Per’s smooth, lower register singing opens up the track, with Marie slightly doing back-up duties before the whole thing is transferred to her on the bridge. She does a stellar job here, with her contrasting high notes and incredible power in delivering the most important lines of the song. They continue to go back and forth, joining their voices together on the chorus to bring the whole song full circle.

Gessle does a great job in putting the music together. It’s definitely a rock song, with elements of electric guitar- especially at the end of the track as Fredriksson belts out the last note- drums, and some piano. The way he puts these together to make a fantastic rock-pop ballad is undoubtedly one of the strengths of this song. It’s no Listen to Your Heart however, but they’re not trying to do that anyways.

As for the lyrics, it’s about finding that one person who can be your consolance and hear you in times of distress, thus the speaker calls out to be spoken to about the significant other’s problems, with love, as the refrain keeps saying. Even though that person wants to hide, Fredrikission, in her very mighty voice, draws him near and eases him out of his vulnerability.

Would I recommend this song to someone who is just getting to know Roxette? Yes and No. Yes because the song is magnificent and such a breath of fresh air from everything we’re exposed today but no because they simply would not get what we’re all raving about. I would instead recommend that they take a listen to my ultimate favorite by this duo Listen to Your Heart or anything from their 80s body of work.

For fans of Roxette, this song will just reaffirm why we’ve fallen in love with Marie and Per and appreciate that a rare few make music like this today.


When I first heard Hurt’s Wonderful Life, I thought it was a song that the radio station had dug up from the late 80s and were bombarding us with because it was featured in some sort of movie or TV show. Then after some research, it turned out that it was only the band’s second single and was only released to the stations in August, and was met by much success in Europe mostly and I am not surprised.

This past year, I’ve only heard one other band that was successful at integrating synths in their music, and that was Hot Chip on their album One Life Stand but the newcomers Hurts will give the other band a run for their money in the next few years if they continue to do what they did with this song.

Basically, the song is about a man who is about to jump off a bridge until he meets Suzie who re-instigates hope in the man’s heart and falls in love with him along the way. The chorus is basically the very simple but also highly important message that Suzie tells the man:

Don’t let go

Never Give up

It’s such a wonderful life (more…)


Hello Everyone!

As you may have realized, our content has not been updated for around a week now- something which is agonizing to both Tom and myself. Truth be told, this lack of fresh content has been mainly due to a mix of Writer’s Cramp and getting ready to start our senior year of college next week, as well as Tom having a familial obligation. Therefore, please be patient with us as we get readjusted to the “normal” life, and I’m certain this will be a source of inspiration for some new content. We also have a lot of reviews coming up, with this being the high-season for album and movie releases, so we can guarantee that no matter what, you’re going to be entertained.

In the meantime, we’d just like to share some really exciting news with you all. TnT has been running for almost 3 months now and last night we received word that this little project of ours was reviewed by Kadmous.org, a wonderful website that specializes in celebrating Lebanese achievements and culture. Naturally, we’re thrilled about this and we would like to thank Lebanos for taking the time to check out our blog and write this review, and also for sorting out the few concerns we had straight away. You can check out the review (which is in Arabic) right here :)

And of course, keep checking back for new stuff! :D


Single Cover

In 2005, Australian songstress Delta Goodrem paired with former Westlife member Brian McFadden to release Almost Here, a sort-of-ballad, that managed to do considerably well in the countries where it was released. The song, however,

would only mark the start of Goodrem and McFadden’s professional and personal (the two are engaged to be married) collaboration. After writing Together We Are One, a song Goodrem performed at the Opening Ceremony of the  Commonwealth Games in 2006, they went on to write several songs for Goodrem’s third album Delta. 

Now in 2010, McFadden has released his third solo album, entitled Wall of Soundz, a distinctly electro-pop offering that diverts from what he’s been known to offer. Despite that, the third single,  from the album, Mistakes featuring his leading lady, should not be missed. (more…)


Freddie Mercury in New Haven, CT at a WPLR Sho...

Freddie Mercury

I’ll admit, it took me quite a while to get into Queen‘s music, even though “We Will Rock You” has been on my iPod for God knows how long. This summer, I’ve finally taken a liking to their music and for this post, I’ve chosen to share their 1981 hit song, Under Pressure.

You may recognize its bassline from a popular  90’s (though not as classic) song by the name of Ice, Ice, Baby (yes that one), but other than that, the two songs have nothing in common.

Under Pressure features David Bowie on vocals, marking his first ever collaboration, and his presence on the track can be really heard because of the way his vocals contrast with Freddie Mercury‘s high pitched and ever-so distinct sound.

A timeless track indeed, you can’t help but sing along to the opening verses (and basically, that’s what got the song stuck in my head) and the rest of the song’s lyrics are equally as striking.

It may not be Bohemian Rhapsody but Under Pressure should be given the attention it deserves as some new fans rarely pay attention to it, unless they’re like me, and have read about the controversy over the bassline that I mentioned above.

I’ll let you be the judge of things, because like always, here’s the video (sans Bowie, because that’s the clearest version I could find)


Chad Dylan Cooper and Sonny Munroe

Chad Dylan Cooper, the leading star of tween drama MacKenzie Falls, has just asked out Sonny Munroe, star of hit sketch comedy show So Random out on a date. The audience cheers, as this step was long overdue, then hang on the edge of their seats to see if the date will go off without a hitch or will be ruined by Sonny’s cast mates.

If you have no idea who or what I’m talking about, don’t panic. It means one of two things: Either you’re a full-blown adult or you don’t have any younger siblings, cousins, or relatives that keep you glued to Disney Channel whether you like it or not. But trust me, you’re not missing out on much. Oh and for your information, the introduction is a scene from the second season of Disney’s Sonny With A Chance , starring someone you may have accidentally heard of, Demi Lovato. (more…)