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MiRecommend: YouTube Covers

I've been going through a phase of checking out YouTube covers of popular songs recently. Great lot of fun, mostly good because the most viewed ones have high numbers for that reason, they're good. This is a way many artists are being discovered by big labels ever since Justin Bieber and Esmee Denters, so I know I'm not bringing you something new to the table.

Karmin are one of the latest to be signed and release a record. My Jamerican friend that spent a few months in London alerted me to them via their cover of Tinie Tempah's "Written In The Stars" in April this year.



Their "Look At Me Now" got them a lot of coverage. Mainly because she kills Busta's quadruple time (and a white chick doing it makes it better in the eyes of many). Their single knocks hard

Some next chicks I found via this method are sisters Ivana (19) and Jessica (18) better known as VanJess.

Discovered them through Rihanna's "We Found Love". The chick on the left…

Real Badman Never Afraid: Justin Bieber's Xmas album is a vibe

Yep, you read the title correctly. I came across Bieber's Xmas album after my dad told me he read Bieber has done a reggae song. When I played it to him he said "Hmm... you can just about tell it's reggae" (my dad's hardcore reggae fan thankfully).

You may think the same thing but it's the acoustic reggae sound people (namely Bruno Mars and I realised Ed Sheeran's "A-Team" has a hint of it which explains the Shy FX Ackee & Saltfish remix) have adopted. Off-beat guitar strums/stabs/whatever. If you know reggae, you know what I'm on about. If not, it's the pattern of the guitar. Reggae brought that to the mainstream



Gave the rest of the album some burn as I had time to fill. And curiosity got the better of me. Ultimately I'm open-minded to music that likes to hear what's going on in a next genre to mix my meditation, so wondered how the rest would be. I am pleasantly surprised. There are bangers on there. I tweeted that if you…

Sean Paul interview by Marvin Sparks

Anyone that knows me, knows how priviliged I felt to speak with one of the most iconic dancehall artists ever. Sean Paul is the don that set off dancehall in a real way. Remember all the dancehall videos Summer 2003? I loved them times. Everyone learning the dances for the first time and dem ting. Even more shocking was him knowing who I am. We sat and spoke like mates. We've had Twitter and email interaction prior to meeting but it was still strange for him to know who I am, if you get what I'm saying.

Anyway, it's a feature I'm actually happy with for once. Getting good feedback about it being informative and stuff so I like that. I'll be uploading some footage soonish. Enjoy

Sean Paul: “Dancehall’s influence on popular music culture is immense” | Interview

"“Got any Sean Paul, mate?” is a request most DJs have become familiar with ever since Sean Paul smashed through the mainstream doors with an aunthentic dancehall brand of floor-fillers such as “Gimme The…

Tweeter Review: X-Factor - Rihanna perf.

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Last but not least

Disclaimer: Tweets do not necessarily reflect the opinions of us (me) here at Marvin Sparks dot Blog Spot dot com. We (I) found them funny/relevant

Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!

@studiopixie studiopixie
Gassed to see RiRi :D If it's anything like the last #XFactor performance! Wooooooooy the timeline went into meltdown! Loooool! (click here for Tweeter Review of last time)

@shach7 Meshach Broderick
I wonder if Rihanna will do her new single? I like it

@Caligraphist The Caligraphist®
Rihanna's on. Time for certain man to top up the wank bank. lol #xfa…

Tweeter Review: X-Factor Live Show 7

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Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!

@AllysaRochelle Rochelle Robertson
Time for some Twitter XFactor Joke

@EvadneyC Evadney
OK time for #XFactor; how boring can this week be and which 'talent' will go home?

@DEEPERMC Edilson Abilio™
Movie night is dead, fix up #xfactor

FlashBack Friday: Lil' Jon x Crunk Appreciation

Lil' Jon is the man hip hop forget contributed a lot. He brought the bass into hip hop in a big way. Bass that hip hop artists thrive on these days. Catchphrases were ridiculed by Dave Chapelle, meaning he became a slight laughing stock. He would have benefited by evolving with the times and included more lyrical rappers on his beats. I give him credit for creating monster anthems though, he had a knack for great hooks that were easy to learn.

I'm going through a Lil' Jon phase today so thought I'd share

Lil' Scrappy - No Problem

Reminds me of Jamaica Queens, near the mall place. Can't remember what it's called but it's at the end of a side road.



Trillville ft. Lil Scrappy - Neva Eva

"Get on my level, hell nah, never that. I knew you wasn't real 'cos all you do it chit-chat" gets me hype.



Lil Scrappy - Head Bussa

This reminds me of Need For Speed. Keep still while you listen to this. Dare you.



Lil Jon ft. Pastor Troy - Throw It Up

Samples…

Tweeter Review: X-Factor - Lady Gaga perf. + Kitty "Born This Way"

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Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!

@MarvinSparks Negus Marvin Sparks
Wonder if Lady Gaga will finally unveil herself as a Romanian boy called Gheorghe tonight...

@madnewsblog Mad News
what is Gaga going to do tonight... #X-Factor

@Popjustice Popjustice
Right this had better be good.

@AngryBritain AngryBritain.com
Lady Gaga will be wearing meat. Frankie Cocozza will be at home beating it #xfactor

@studiopixie studiopix…

Tweeter Review: X-Factor Live Show 6

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Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!

Technical difficulties

@ArchnaSawjani ArchnaSawjani
Technical difficulties before X Factor? Really?!?!

@loudmouthmelvin Loudmouth Melvin
Looooool technical difficulties on the #xfactor when is rains it pours

@thatgrapejuice Sam GrapeJuice
I "can't" at ITV streaming Youtube clips due to 'technical difficulties'. I want X Factor!

@danwootton Dan Wootton
WTF is goin…

FlashBack Friday: Nile Rodgers Appreciation

Taken during the performance of "Good Times" when Nile invited members of the audience to dance on stage

I had the pleasure of witnessing stone cold legend Nile Rodgers last night for the second time in 12 months. If you claim to know and love music, but thought "Who?" be ashamed.

I'll call 'em Nile and Chic because I'm not sure how many of the others are from the original line-up. The concert was full-packed of hits which have all stood the test of time (three decades), played incredibly well on stage, accompanied by two magnificent (and flippin' HOT!) singers in Falumi (I think that's how you spell it) and Kimberly Davis.

Nile Rodgers isn't only the guitarist and founding member of Chic, he's a songwriter and producer of hits along with co-founding member Bernard Edwards (RIP). When I say hits, I mean classic hits that have lasted decades. And on top of those hits have been other massive hits. I dread to think about the amount of money he…

What's In My Ears?

Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out, Word's Gone

These dudes are one of those bands whose names I see about but never listened to their stuff. Tell a lie, I listened to a few of their tracks on Spotify but ended up getting bored. Decided to click a link to their video one day and loved it. Song's groovy. The video is really cool too.



Tanya Lacey - Letter To My Ex

Heard about Tanya Lacey via asking someone who they were standing with in their display pic o BlackBerry. Fly pretty thing with blonde hair. He said she's a singer, I saw a pretty face and thought "Probably another pretty girl that can't sing" 'cos that isn't rare (sarcasm). Someone played me her stuff in an office (exclusive stuff at the time), first song was aight, but this one jumped right out at me. Reminiscent of that raw hip hop soul sound from the 90s - raw neck-snappin' drums with lush keys. And her voice is mad soulful. Don't like the "S-T-A-R" bit 'cos spelling in so…

Previously unreleased J. Cole interview I did

A few of you may remember the big heavyweight exclusive interview I dropped where J. Cole surprisingly said he'd like to work with grime heavyweight MC, P Money. Sparked off a big wave of discussion in the grime scene.

Here's another J. Cole interview I did way before the album came out. I'm a big fan of J. Cole. Damn near stan levels so I ask questions based on a bunch of his lyrics.

Lyrics I quote are:

On 'Farewell' he says he would go back to his younger days "Let me relive my younger days just once again... my childhood, now I'm blanking out they were truly my best days..." so I ask about growing up and how experiences shaped his life and lyrics.First fell in love with hip hop'Can I Live' he says "Am I living to get paid or slave for a wage all week/ I can't do no 9-to-5, told my mom sorry" mums reaction to becoming a rapper over his law degree'Dollar and a Dream' "People say I'm the future but yet I'm givin…

Tweeter Review: X-Factor Live Show 5

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Last but not least

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Forget what the papers and judges say, here's what the tweople say!

Theme: Club Classics

@AngryBritain AngryBritain.com
IT'S TIME. TO FACE. THE FACT THAT. ALL THE. TULISA. KELLY. ROWING. THAT'S IN. THE PAPERS. IS A SHALLOW PLOY. FOR RATINGS #xfactor

@IAm_LisaBent LISA BENT
Will any of the judges bring up kittygate? Regarding Derry? Tulisa likes airing backstage antics so let's see eh!

@madnewsblog Mad News
Good to see Kelly looking well an…

My Rant: MOBO's don't care about the 'B'?

I wasn't gonna comment on this a) I didn't watch it (watched Beres and Tarrus in real life) and b) I think I've missed the boat. In the blogging world "It's better never than late" as I criticised MOBO's twitter for the other day after posting Estelle's old video as "new". But you know what? I'm gonna do it 'cos I just watched this (one of the disclaimers to the aforementioned rule is "unless you're bringing something fresh") over at MadNews where I almost flooded her comments box with this.



First off, I'm not sure if it was the editing but I didn't get MissLaLa's point about "They don't care about the MOBO's, they've got BET".

Actually, the real first off is people shouldn't really comment on things they don't care about in real life.

Moving on, do the MOBO's care about Black music? Well, by glancing at the list over the past couple years you will see some dodgy songs by Di…