Old Skool Tear-Jerkers

It was just last night, when I thought to myself “Hmmm Bina, what should you write about next?” That’s when I randomly got on Youtube and started watching old music videos. Finally, I wound up at Celine Dion’s performance of the 1997 hit song “My Heart Will Go On.” At first, my Youtube searching seemed pretty random, but then I realized that everything that I searched for touched my heart in some form or fashion while growing up. I think that many of us love to reminisce about the past, especially those of us who appreciated our childhoods and the songs and shows that came with them.

So, let’s take a walk down memory lane, and remember some of those songs that warmed our hearts. Nothing can beat the music from the 90s and early 2000s. I don’t care what anyone else says.

Celine Dion – “Meart Heart Will Go On”

If there was such a thing as the perfect song, then Celine’s “My Heart Will Go On” off the “Titanic” soundtrack would be it. There’s enough emotion in the music video that no one ever has to watch the actual movie to get a tear.

Also, here’s a link to the Celine performance that served as inspiration for today’s post. Celine Dion – Titanic Live

Boys II Men and Mariah Carey – “One Sweet Day”

As separate performance entities, Boys II Men and Mariah could both make me cry. It’s not a surprise that they made my list as a partnership.

Aerosmith – “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”

Like most tear-jerking songs, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” was written for the soundtrack to a great movie (i.e. “Armageddon”). I don’t think anyone could forget the unbelievably sad/happy/hopeful  ending of that film.

Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris”

This might be my favorite song of life. I never saw “City of Angels”, but as the film’s main song off the soundtrack, it’s extremely well done. Love you Goo Goo Dolls for sure.

Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans – “Be Missing You”

I loved the MTV performance of this song so much that I had to include it instead of the actual music video. All of us can remember when violence took both Biggie and Tupac from us. Oh back in the day when P. Diddy was Puffy…If you really want to see the original music video, you know I was not about to disappoint. Click Here – Ill Be Missing You

**Of course, these five songs are not the only Tear-jerkers from back in the day. There are plenty of great songs. Feel free to leave a comment, saying what your favorite music tear-jerkers are.

p.s. When I originally started writing I People Watch, it was not my intention to have a blog full of posts about music. That must say something, right? Music is something that touches everyone’s soul and will always continue to do so. 🙂

Who is Taio Cruz?

Had someone asked me who Taio Cruz was a week ago, I can’t say that I would have known. With his smash hit single “Break Your Heart,” Taio is joining the likes of Kanye West and Ne-Yo as a behind-the-scenes writer/producer turned mainstream artist. At only 26, Taio has already written and produced music for A-list stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, and is prepping for the U.S. May 18th release of his sophomore album Rokstarr.

Seeing as though Taio is British, it does make some sense that his name is not yet “big” in the U.S. However, “Break Your Heart” is all over the radio, and his single “Dirty Picture” featuring Ke$ha has already been heard in the American party/club scene. For anyone who is into the Lady Gaga-Jay Sean-electronic-pop-dance mix, Rokstarr is definitely for you. The feel-good album will have you dancing around your room and singing to your mirror for sure (not that I do any that….lol).

On another note, Taio Cruz’s increasing popularity in the states marks a wave of British artists conquering the U.S. charts with catchy dance songs. While Jay Sean’s “Down” continues to blow up every car radio,  Natasha Bedingfield’s  “Pocket Full of Sunshine” can still be heard blasting from college dorm windows. True, British artists have always had a strong presence in the U.S. market (i.e. The Beatles, The Who, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, etc.). Nonetheless, this year has seen an unforgettable British influence on the U.S., and is showing that Americans want to listen to some bloody funky and fun songs. And, with all this emphasis placed on danceable tracks, better music videos, and little Justin Biebers, I’m starting to sense a return to an era of POP music. Isn’t it about time for another wave of Bubble Gum entertainment anyways???

**Check Taio’s single “Dirty Picture” below!**

Snap! I love it 😉

Usher Back On Top

Surprise. Surprise. After pushing back his album a few months, Usher secured the number one spot on the Billboard 200 with his latest LP Raymond v. Raymond with 329,000 copies sold. Originally, Raymond v. Raymond was scheduled to be released last December, but after much debate Usher’s record label felt a later date would be best, and thus far, it looks like they were right. In addition to having the number one album in the country, Usher’s newest single “OMG” debuted at #14 on the top 100 singles, and is predicted to continue its climb up the charts.  As mentioned in an earlier post, “OMG” was not my favorite song, but lately I’ve been watching its music video almost every morning. I guess you can say I like it now. As for the rest of the album, I’d say it’s definitely worth a listen. *It’s been a while since Usher’s been on top, and I’m glad to see things are working out well for him. 🙂

Here’s a clip of Usher performing “OMG” on American Idol last week –

Justin Bieber is so precious its sickening. Not to mention just last week Bieber held the number one and five spots on the Billboard 200 with My World 2.0 and My World respectively. Get it! I wish I had that much success at 16…Can we say mini white Usher or is that too bold? lol

And, speaking of mini white Ushers, where is Justin Timberlake??? After the return of seasoned performers like Britney, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and now Usher, I feel like JT needs to drop something soon.

Thank You Lady Gaga

Looking back over the past school year (and I know it’s not finished just yet), I realize that I have been really entertained by the music industry lately. At first, I could not pinpoint the exact reasons for why music artists were bringing me a particular and unexplainable joy, BUT now, I know why! Ladies and gentlemen, the age of the music video has returned and I think it is for the better.

Personally, I have been getting tired of the cheap video girl images that came packaged and ready for shipping with every new rapper. There are only so many times when artists can recycle suicide doors, exploding champagne bottles, and metal mouths for their music videos. That is precisely why 2009 and 2010 have been incredibly strong music video years. It looks to me like the music industry is beginning to realize just how important a music video can be in promoting a new song. For example, Usher’s brand new video for his latest single “OMG” is awesome. Originally, I was not a fan of “OMG,” but now after seeing a few classic Usher dance moves combined with clean choreo against a crisp white wall and dancing shadows, I love the song!

Don’t get it twisted, Usher’s video, though cool, has nothing on the reigning queens’. That’s right. Lady Gaga and Beyonce undoubtedly killed the music video game this year, bringing a much needed sense of creativity to other artists. Without her quirky/sometimes questionably unique style and groundbreaking concepts for music videos, Lady Gaga would not be the superstar that she is today. Not to mention, Lady Gaga is making everyone realize that they need to step their game up!  As for Beyonce, she’s been in the business working her butt off for years, and it is her approach to the music video that helps to continue her dominance over the rest. I mean, let’s be real….we all thought “Single Ladies” was a hot ass mess until we saw the music video….

Anyways, I could go on forever about how happy I am to be watching the quality of thought all over MTV, VH1, and Youtube nowadays….So, instead of boring you with my rambling, I am just going to give you examples of the music videos I think rock. These artists definitely deserve to have people watch their efforts.  😉

Side note: I would like to thank Chris Brown for continuing to provide great music videos despite his career dry spell. The sand-spinning in the video for “Crawl” is just magical! Gets me every time. LOL Also, thank you Adam Lambert for coming correct, and at least trying to hang with the best of the music video kings and queens. You’re underground sewer/Dracula’s lair theatrics made me love you even more. Keep up the good work! Also, where is the Alicia Keys and Beyonce video for Put It In A Love Song? Am I missing something here or wasn’t the production for that video being hyped over two months ago? I’m just saying….

Enjoy the videos! 🙂

And because there is no video for Put It In A Love Song, here’s a picture from the music video shoot for you to stare at? lol

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