DJ Lilly gives her picks – who was her winner this week?

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If I ever hear a Norah Jones song again, it will be way too soon. The past few weeks have been taken up by way too much of her music. I am hoping there is light at the end of this tunnel.

One song I was going to review last week is “Maybe” by Sick Puppies; I actually thought it was pretty good. I also liked some of the Kat Deluna tracks that were in the jukebox recently. My brother loves the song “In For The Kill” by La Roux; but I just wasn’t feeling it. I do think it could be another hit though. A good friend of mine is really into Christina Perri’s song, “Jar of Hearts.” The song isn’t in the jukebox any more (it was a few weeks ago), but I thought I would give my opinion on it anyway. I love the lyrics and I love the melody and I hope the song catches on and becomes a huge hit.

I loved the Glee Cast’s version of “Empire State of Mind.” I thought they did an awesome job. I liked Cee-Lo’s “Forget You/F U”; but the unedited version is so much better! If you are going to listen to a song like that, no point in listening to an edited version. I liked Alex Goot’s “Apple of My Eye”, but I am not sure yet if it will become a hit or not. The Green Children songs were definitely something different, I kinda liked some of them. It was also nice hearing something new from Rob Zombie, even though it wasn’t necessarily “good.” I liked Matt Hires’ “A to B” and I hope it becomes a hit too.

I have never really been a fan of Train, but their songs aren’t usually too bad. The lead singer’s voice just annoys me sometimes (in certain songs). I think “Marry Me” will be another hit song for them. Another song I wasn’t quite feeling is the new My Chemical Romance song, “Na Na Na.” I didn’t think it lived up to the band’s full potential. It seems to be doing OK on Billboard though (Top 20 on Alternative, Top 50 on Rock). I just wasn’t feeling “Magdalena” by Brandon Flowers and I didn’t think it was as good as “Crossfire”; but I do wish him much success in his future career. Selena Gomez’ “Rock God” was OK; but I prefer songs like “Round & Round” and “A Year Without Rain.”

Last, but certainly not least, one of my favorite songs in the jukebox this week was Karmina’s “Slow Down” (which I submitted). I think they are a talented indie band with music that is very different than other stuff you hear on the radio. Their 2008 song, “The Kiss” became a pretty well known song, based on the music video alone (which featured Amanda Ireton from MTV’s “A Shot At Love”). I write song lyrics and I really like the lyrics of “Slow Down” and the music is pretty good too. I think it’s time to get something different on the radio and I really hope that this song makes it (or any future song by these talented ladies). They made it to number 20 on my Top 50 in 2008, and they made it to DJ Isis’ Top 10 that same year. This year will be their return to the countdown. If you want to tune into the countdown, and find out what this year’s No. 1 will be, the show begins at 8:30 p.m. EST on December 26th. In the meantime, keep it tuned to Resolution Radio every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern and please participate in the contest starting December 1st! Oh yes, and if you want me to rate a specific song (or artist), all you have to do is e-mail me! – DJ Lilly (hewitt_fanatic@musician.org)

Kanye announces album title, next single

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Kanye West has announced the official title to his upcoming Nov. 22 release will be called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The news came via Twitter (of course!) the day after West’s announcement that the Nov. 22 date was locked in.

This morning West wrote “The official album title is and always was… MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY.”

West also said some of his weekly G.O.O.D. Fridays releases will be included on the new release, which is the follow-up to his 808s & Heartbreak released in 2008.

West said “The first song on the album is called Dark Fantasy produced [b]y The Rza co-produced by me and No I.D.”

West used Twitter to announce that “All of the Lights” will be the album’s next single, although after Kanye’s collaboration with Bon Iver and Gil Scott-Heron “Lost in the World” leaked online last week, West said he is not releasing any unfinished samples of the song: “I ain’t letting no leaks have any affect on my song choices… All of the Lights is the next single but wait till yall here the final!!!!!”

West is finishing up the album packaging right now “in Paris” where he is also screening the 40-minute film companion to “Runaway,” his latest single, posting a tiny image from the film.

Are you getting more excited about West’s new album release? Do you like the new title, or did you prefer the rumored “Good Ass Job” better?

Hear new music first – HP

Just weeks from release date, Lil Wayne busted with contraband & moved to solitary confinement

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Even though he’s almost at the end of his stint at Rikers Island Lil Wayne has gotten himself in trouble – again.

SPIN reports the rapper was caught with a pair of headphones and an MP3 charger in his cell, which has resulted in a solitary confinement punishment.

This isn’t the first time Weezy has been busted with contraband in jail, in May when the rapper was busted for having headphones, a charger, and a watch that doubled as an MP3 player in his cell.

Now, just weeks away from his release in November, is reportedly spending 23 hours a day in solitary, with one hour of time for recreation or in religious services. His phone privleges have also reportedly been cut to just one personal phone call a week. Just how long Weezy will be in solitary is not clear.

However, SPIN notes that despite the recent violations the rapper has been reportedly receiving preferential treatment inside the facility to include longer visiting time than other inmates, as well as guards bringing in pizza from outside the facility.

It’s still not clear whether his release date, scheduled for Nov. 4 will be affected by his latest infraction. MTV reports that if he is still released Nov. 4, rumor has it Weezy will be holding a concert at Madison Square Garden Nov. 5; however, his label head said on Monday that plans for Weezy’s post-prison party are still being finalized and will most likely take place in Miami, not New York.

Do you think Lil Wayne should have his release date pushed back because of his latest infraction? Will you be happy to see him out of the slammer?

Hear new music first – HP

Hidden song contest nominees!

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– Painting by George Pali

We are ready for another hidden song contest – are you? As many of you know, the hidden song contest is THE best way to earn extra points for prizes at HitPredictor, so let’s get to it!

For each song you find and correctly report in during the contest window, which runs through 3 p.m. EDT Oct. 7, you will receive a 25 point reward, and an entry into the drawing for 250 more!

To participate, all you need to do is report each of the hidden songs you find from the list below by the 3 p.m. EDT Oct. 7 deadline (via Twitter to @hitpredictor or e-mail* for those who don’t Tweet) to earn the 25 point reward per correct song. Then, on Thursday, we will give away an additional reward of 250 points per contest song! These awards are given out to one random winner (entrant) for each song! For those who don’t use Twitter, you can send your entry to me via e-mail at maijaliisa [at] hitpredictor.com. Please remember to include your HitPredictor username!

Here are the member-submitted nominations for this week’s contest – can you find the hidden songs?

  • Justin Kirk “Lullaby”
  • Band of Horses “Factory”
  • Brendan James “Your Beating Heart”
  • Muse “MK Ultra”
  • Dave Barnes “God Gave Me You”
  • Dave Barnes “Little Lies”
  • Locash Cowboys “Keep In Mind”
  • Sara Bareilles “Not Alone”
  • B.Reith “The Comeback Kid”
  • 3OH!3 “Double Vision”
  • 3OH!3 “Streets of Gold”
  • Christian Kane “The House Rules”
  • OneRepublic “Marchin On”
  • Kevin Rudolf “You Make The Rain Fall”
  • KaraMel “Underwear”
  • Jason Castro “You Are”
  • FFH “Undone”
  • Olivia Newton-John “Help Me to Heal”
  • Tyrone Wells “Happy as the Sun”

Because of all the fantastic nods, we will again be having another special members’ picks this Friday – songs from the nominations list this week that we think deserve attention but weren’t in the contest – which you’ll see outlined on the blog and hear in the HitPredictor jukebox! Will your pick be one in the contest or one on Friday? The only way to find out is to listen!

Thanks again to all of the HitPredictor members who took the time to send in nominations this week! Please remember, if your nomination wasn’t picked this week, you can submit it again! You guys are a great source of new music for us and we love to know what YOU are listening to before it hits the airwaves!

Remember, it is your nominations that make this contest possible so keep it up by submitting nominations each and every week on our Facebook Fan Page or e-mailing them to me at maijaliisa [at] hitpredictor.com. The members whose nominations made it into the jukebox in this week’s contest will be rewarded with 25 bonus points on Thursday, those whose picks make it in on Friday will receive points at the end of the week.

Please note that points for the contest will not be awarded to your account until after 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 for any entries.

Let me know if you have any questions – otherwise get busy rating music for the chance to earn bonus points and win even more!

Hear new music first – HP

Please note that late entries will NOT be accepted!