– Ton of traffic coming through the blog for the review of Tino Coury’s “Diary”, so it’s probably safe to say that this track actually has some buzz going on. Tino premiered the video for “Diary” over on Yahoo! Music yesterday, so make sure you check it out. For those of you who liked the promo pic in the first post, you probably won’t be disappointed by the video. Tino’s website isn’t fully functional at this point, but you can get signed up for the mailing list or link to fan pages there.
– Folks are talking about the Christina Aguilera single “Not Myself Tonight”, and it’s not all good. While the single is not a dog by any means, it sure doesn’t add anything to the conversation about Christina’s sound maturing. In fact, the beat sounds a lot like Chris Brown’s “Forever”, and the vocals have a Britney-style quality to them in spots. No surprise on the beats, as they share the same producer in Polow da Don, but we just expect more from Christina than to follow the trends. Here’s the track if you haven’t heard it yet…and let’s hope that future releases show the evolution that everyone seems primed for.
– Train is back at #1 on iTunes with “Hey Soul Sister”, which got me thinking about what makes a hit record. Is it a ukelele? Train uses it, and Train’s producer also utilized it on Jason Mraz’s ubiquitous “I’m Yours” in 2008. Even Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” became a minor hit after it was used in several commercials in the mid-2000s. Maybe Mariah should consider a ukelele-based CD, now that her remix CD Angels Advocate has been scrapped. Anyway, here’s a good reason to post Iz’s version of “Somewhere”. If this doesn’t put you in a good mood, I don’t know what will.