Posts Tagged ‘success’


Eminem performing at the DJ hero party at June...

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We here at TnT are huge Eminem fans, even before he made his amazingly successful album Recovery. We have previously reviewed Love The Way You Lie and No Love, both great songs in their own right, as well as their status as chart-toppers. We are therefore a bit perplexed about his most recent collaborations that are not up to his usual standard.

The first is a Part Deux of Love the Way You Lie, which will be featured on Rihanna‘s latest (and most probably lame, boring, non-creative) album Loud. This news should come as no shock to anyone familiar with how the music industry functions. Apparently, the fiery redhead (yes, she doesn’t seem to be giving up that color anytime soon) Barbadian doesn’t. As reported by MTV News, she was shocked that Eminem wanted to a follow up to their smash duet. Rihanna, sweetheart, it’s very simple. Once you make a hit record that gets a lot of buzz generated (mainly because you have Megan Fox in the video), you want to ride out the success for as long as you can.  How could you not know that with all the success you’ve had? (more…)


Ever since TnT has started, I’ve been doing reviews of songs that are either newly released or that I’ve recently discovered. I’ve realized however that I’ve never shared the songs that I cannot get over no matter how old they get. Then a prompt I found on Plinky really set this in motion and so these are the three songs that no matter what happens, I cannot remove from my iPod or stop singing to myself.

  1. Truly, Madly, Deeply- Savage Garden (1997)

Off their debut self-titled album, this song cemented the Australian two-man band’s fame and presence in the pop music world, mainly because the song’s lyrics and melody struck a chord with almost all listeners across all generations. It doesn’t hurt either that its success can still be felt thirteen years after it’s release. You can’t help but swoon over the lyrics that Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones wrote, Hayes’s smooth voice, appropriate for this type of slow, romantic song, or the beautiful musical orchestration. With this song, the band played their cards right, even going as far to shoot two videos, the most popular of which in Paris, France, because accordingly it’s the most romantic city in the world. All these elements have made it my ultimate favorite song, and besides, what girl would not like to be at the receiving end of the following lines? (more…)


I don’t know if you’ve managed to see this yet but the Lebanese advertisement world finally has a fantastic final product airing on the local TV stations, and it comes in the form of an ad for Bank Audi’s Loubani Card, which and taking into consideration my limited knowledge in the banking world, is a card that solely uses the Lebanese Lira as its working currency.

So what strikes me the most about this ad, developed by Leo Burnett, is the archive footage they were able to retrieve of well-known places like the American University of Beirut (AUB), the infamous Saint Georges Hotel and Yacht Club, the teleferique, the tramway in Sehet El Burj (that’s now known as DT if you want to get all modernized), and the now demolished Carlton Hotel (which is expected to be transformed to, you guessed it, high-rise, wildly-expensive apartment buildings!)

Though its only an approximately one minute ad, I’m sure it’s impact is going to be long-lasting, especially that it gives the older generations a chance to remember the good old days, and remind us “newbies” of what we’re single-handily destroying.

Enjoy! :D


I’ve been trying to write this post since TnT started out but it has been incredibly difficult.

Third time's a charm

After all, how do you sum up your entire childhood and the closure to it in 500 words?
You see, even though I’ve seen Toy Story 3 around three weeks ago, the movie has had an impact on me and others of my generation like no other. I even walked out of the theater with tears in my eyes, forgetting my actual age for a moment, and allowing myself to be swept back to the time when I actually thought my toys (especially my beloved Minnie) would come to life when I left the house.
The movie in its actuality follows a fairly simple and routine-like plot-line for the trilogy and that is the toys venturing out on an adventure, only to go a bit too far, and have to find their way back home.
But this time around, the movie reflects the inevitable: growing-up, something the older fans (like me) can obviously relate to. Andy is now the one to step out of home bounds as he is going to college, like many of us. The toys are not. And in the midst of the confusion, they end up being donated to the local Day Care Center. That’s where all of the action, the comedy, the heartfelt moments come into play taking you on an hour and a half long ride that you just don’t want to come to an end.
But I’m not here to tell you the story. A lot of websites will do that for you, and even better, I recommend skipping the latest Twilight “movie” to see Toy Story 3 because nothing can compare to you seeing it.
I’m here to write just about how much we underestimate movies like this one. We are always looking for the bigger, the most expensive, and the most high-tech but they more often than one seem to disappoint us in terms of content (Ahem Avatar). But pieces like Toy Story 3 don’t come around everyday. In fact, not since the first and second movies had there been anything like it, and many thought it could not duplicate the success of its predecessors. But it has, and it has charmed everyone.
Especially the ones who watched with wide eyes as Buzz came into Andy’s room for the first time, believing he was an actual space ranger. Or memorized To infinity and beyond, a line that has become more than just a cartoonish catchphrase. Or when Woody and Buzz finally agreed to be friend, promoting You’ve Got A Friend In Me to blast out of the speakers. Or when Woody met Jessy, his female counterpart that you just couldn’t but love.

You've Got A Friend In Me


But that was almost ten years ago. And we’ve all grown up since then. We’ve moved on to more responsibilities, abandoning the days of childhood play and make-believe. The days of watching Toy Story and Toy Story 2 were placed behind us, unless there was nothing else on tv and Disney Channel happened to be airing it once again.
And then the news came out that a third movie would finally come out and we all rushed to the cinemas, clutching our stuffed Woodys and Buzzs, and our hearts and fondest memories, jumping over the long line of children who had not been as fortunate as us to grow up with the series.
We were allowed to go back to those glorious days, even if it were for two hours, but it was something substantial. Otherwise, the last 15 minutes of the movie would not have had us all on the verge of, or in, tears, thinking about the old days and how far we’ve come along.
Sadly, this is the final one and all we have now are just fond recollections of the three films and every emotion we have felt throughout this almost 15 year long journey. And of course, we’ll always remember that our dreams extend to infinity and beyond
PS: In case you’ve missed it, I’ve posted the delightful trailer to the film right here for your viewing enjoyment :)


Every summer requires a song to characterize it. And for Summer ’10, Maroon 5, the band behind hits such as This Love and She Will Be Loved are happy to fill those shoes with their new single Misery from their highly anticipated third album Hands All Over.

Single cover for "Misery"

Misery , despite the melodramatic name, is a wonderful uptempo song, that keeps you smiling for 3 minutes and 36 seconds. It’s everything you would expect from Maroon 5, and that’s really a plus point as many bands and solo artisits are trying to reinvent themselves and failing miserably (Example, Christina Aguilera). By focusing on what they do best, they come out with a fantastic end-product that you can’t easily get out of your head. As a matter of fact, it got stuck in my head just after a single listen, and by the second, I was already singing along with Adam Levine, the band’s lead singer.
As stated on Wikipedia, this song is about a man facing the demise of a relationship. Except the melody and catchy lyrics are not what you would normally expect for such a dreary topic. Notable lyrics include

Girl you really got me bad
You really got me bad
I’m gonna get you back
Gonna get you back

Which is perhaps where they got the idea of the video from.
It tackles a serious topic, violence, but in a hilarious way, to go with the whole feel of the song. In the clip, Levine plays the role of a man whose girlfriend is trying to have him killed, applying the whole message of the song in reverse.
The end result is bound to keep you in giggles as he gets smashed into walls, dodges bullets, gets run over by cars-nothing that you wouldn’t normally see on an episode of RoadRunner.
This song is going to be really hard to miss this summer season with cars blasting it at top volume and people singing You really got me bad in high-pitched voices. And if the album is anything like its first single, then I will be the first person in line to buy it once it comes out in September.