Parker is Slacker's curator of all things pop, such as Today's Hits, Hits of the 2000's. She is a professional pop music sponge who tends to say yes to every opportunity that comes her way, which translates to a life of fun - like playing bass in an Elvis Presley cover band called The Pelvis Breastlies.
I live in Atlanta, where it’s a million degrees every day and around here it’s felt like summer for at least 2 full months. Which is why I was a little surprised to learn that the first day of summer was yesterday, June 21st. So it seems like the best possible time to line up our contenders for the Song of The Summer.
First up, The Weeknd has a strong entry with his MJ inspired dance track Can’t Feel My Face
Summer’s always a great time for reggae tracks, and this one from OMI will get stuck in your head for the next 3 months, minimum.
What’s that? You want more dance music? How about this party track from DJ Snake featuring Alunageorge? You Know You Like It.
Now that Kendrick Lamar has remixed one of my current favs, Jidenna’s Classic Man has GOT to be a contender.
Of course there’s always that track that was leaked – and then quickly unleaked – by Miley Cyrus. And Rihanna could drop a banger any second that could blow the rest of these out of the water. So tell me – which of these is going to go down in history as the Song of The Summer 2015? Let me know on Twitter! Follow ParkerOnSlacker.
45 year old Carl McCoid from the UK has maybe taken his Miley obsession to unhealthy lengths. To date, he has 29 tattoos of either her face, her lyrics, or some other miley reference scattered over his entire body. And you think she would be flattered, right? I mean, look at this quality work:
But instead of being appropriately grateful that she had such a loyal supporter, Miley supposedly called the tatts “creepy”, and now Carl wants to have them removed. I assume in one long laser session, sobbing the entire time. Way to be a dream killer, Miley.
So is it possible that these two clues together mean that Ig is expecting? Sure. Is it any of our business? Proooooooobably not. Many expectant mothers are advised to wait until the second trimester to announce their news – even if she DOES have a bun in the oven, it might be too early to make it public knowledge. So let’s at least give her time to plan her wedding before we throw a giant internet baby shower.
One thing’s for sure, though – if she IS preggers, the perfect video for this occasion already exists.
Guys, Ariana Grande is my new hero today by saying what many women have been thinking all along – it’s idiotic to define them by the men they’re dating. I don’t think anyone can deny that Ariana is a force in her own right, with her own career and aspirations and voice. So who CARES who she’s dating… or has dated… or is about to date? That should be a non-story. Ariana then went on to address a few more problems in her extended tweet:
So here we are. Deep in the heart of awards season, with the Academy getting ready to pass out their golden statuettes this weekend.
As Slacker’s (arguably) most pop-culture obsessed curator, I want to talk to you about this year’s Academy Award nominated songs (best original song), and who I think will (probably)(maybe)(most likely) win.
Let’s start at the top, alphabetically speaking:
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
This song features Scarlett Johansson & Joshua Bell – the latter, in case you don’t recognize the name, is a grammy award winning violinist. Scarlett sings this haunting track that plays over the credits of the documentary about climate change in Greenland, which was expected to earn a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but was left off of that list. The academy might want to throw it a bone in this category, but more likely this just wasn’t high profile enough to win this year. You never know. Could be a dark horse.
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Can I be honest here and say that if Seth MacFarlane wins an oscar I’m probably going to boycott these awards for the rest of my life? That being said, this is a sweet throwback to the 40’s sung by Norah Jones. Despite the fact that he’s hosting this year, I just feel like the Academy knows better than to RECOGNIZE SETH MACFARLANE. EVER. Or I hope so, at least.
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Everyone I know who read this book (including myself) got super excited about the movie, and then came out of it feeling… OK? Not amazing, not entirely disappointed, just… I think at that point we all finally recognized the challenges of making a story almost entirely set in a boat in the middle of the ocean interesting for 2 hours. Anyway, this song is ok, but it’s nothing compared to the final contenders.
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Listen, nobody ever likes the new song added to these productions, especially one as tried and true as Les Mis. I’ve been a fan of the musical since 8th grade and there’s no way this song was going to stir me in the way “I Dreamed A Dream” or “On My Own” would. It’s not even exhilarating in the way “Do You Hear The People Sing” is. But they had to nominate something in this category from the film (or look kind of silly) and this is the only new, original song in it. Probably added explicitly for the purpose of getting nominated for this exact award. This song could win – it’s got the star power and the promotion behind it, but my bet is safely on…
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Awards shows love Adele. They don’t just love her, they luuuuuuuuve her. They want to marry her. And not only do we have a big ol’ crush on Adele, we have a societal obligation to love James Bond films. This was an amazing flick, with a perfect, old school sounding theme song. It’s *almost* too obvious, but I think Adele is going to win it (as usual.) It’s not so hard to imagine Adele going on to perform on Broadway at some point, where she’ll win a Tony. Then just throw a television appearance or two into the mix, and Adele is certain to be the world’s next EGOT winner.
But before I get ahead of myself, let’s review.
Will win: “Skyfall”
Could win: “Suddenly”
Should win: “Skyfall”
Obviously I could be wrong about all of this, so feel free to speak up and share your predictions – plus your arguments for or against – in the comments! Also make sure to check out the new Oscar Movie Music Station on Slacker Radio for more scores, themes and songs of the greatest cinematic masterpieces