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Heard Around the Web [New Jams]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on April 4, 2011

Aeroplane vs. Friendly Fires vs. Giselle
“Crave Paris” (Flight Facilities Remix) [Get Hyped On This]

Alana Lee
VIDEO: “Butterflies” [Idolator]


Alex Guadino feat. Kelly Rowland
“What a Feeling” [About.com]

Bad Boy Bill feat. Alyssa Palmer
“If I Tell You” [About.com]

Bera
VIDEO: “Fav Things” [PopDirt]

Big Time Rush feat. Snoop Dogg
“Boyfriend” (Jump Smokers Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Britney Spears
“Scary” [We Are Pop Slags]

Britney Spears
“Till the World Ends” (Jump Smokers Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Britney Spears
“Till the World Ends” (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix) [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

Cataracs feat. Dev
“Turnt 4 Da Weekend” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Chipmunk feat. Keri Hilson
VIDEO: “In the Air” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Chris Brown
“All About You” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

CockNBullKid
VIDEO: “Asthma Attack” [We Are Pop Slags]

Etienne de Crecy
“No Brain” (Paul Chambers Remix) [Get Hyped On This]

Fancy
“All Night Long” [That’s My Jam]

Fanfair
“Vaccine” [Popdust]

Far East Movement
“Candy” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Grasshopper
“Need Some Action” [That’s My Jam]

Imogen Heap
“Lifeline” [Prophet Blog]

Jackie Boyz
“Lighthouse” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jamie Woon
“Lady Luck” [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

Jay Frog
VIDEO: “It’s Alright” [PopDirt]

Jay Sean
“Moment to Love” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jennifer Lopez feat. Lil Wayne
“I’m Into You” [We Are Pop Slags]

Jennifer Lopez
“Invading My Mind” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Jes
VIDEO: “Awaken” (Thomas Gold Remix) [PopDirt]

Jocelyn Enriquez
“If I’m Falling in Love” (Freestyle Remix) [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
VIDEO: “E.T.” [Prophet Blog]

Kay
VIDEO: “My Name is Kay” [PopDirt]

Kazaky
VIDEO: “Love” [About.com]

Kelly Rowland
“I’m Dat Chick” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Keri Hilson
“Shades” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Kid Cudi
“Capcom” [Idolator]

Kimberly Caldwell
“Heart Like Mine” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Ledisi
“Pieces of Me” [That’s My Jam]

Lil Eddie
“You Should Be With Me” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Lloyd
“Don’t You Wanna Know” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

London
VIDEO: “Body” [Grown Folks Musik]

Lyrica
“Fire Drill” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Marques Houston feat. Immature
VIDEO: “Ghetto Angel” [Bring Da Beat Back]

Mary J. Blige feat. Diddy & Lil Wayne
“Someone to Love Me (Naked)” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Mateo
“In Your Arms Tonight” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Mindless Behavior feat. Ciara, Tyga & Lil Twist
VIDEO: “My Girl” (Remix) [That’s My Jam]

Natalia Kills
“Heaven” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Natalia Kills
VIDEO: “Wonderland” [C.S. Perspective]

New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys
“Don’t Turn Out the Lights” [We Are Pop Slags]

Nicole Scherzinger?
“Desperate” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Pharrell
“The Game Has Changed” [Idolator]

R. Kelly
“Make It Rain” (Remix) [RnB Music Blog]

Sky Ferreira
“99 Tears” [We Are Pop Slags]

Swizz Beatz feat. Eve
“Everyday (Coolin’)” [Mixtape Maestro (2.0)]

Taragana Pyjarama
VIDEO: “Girls” [XLR8R]

Teddybears feat. Robyn
“Cardiac Arrest” [Don’t Stop the Musik]

Zoë Badwi
VIDEO: “Freefallin'” (New Version) [We Are Pop Slags]

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NKOTB vs. Captain Planet [Feel-Good Friday]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on July 23, 2010

Are we the only ones who hear a slight similarity between New Kids on the Block‘s “Step By Step” and the closing theme of Captain Planet and the Planeteers? Both came out in 1990, but let us know if we’re delusional in the comments.

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New Kids on the Block – The Block (Deluxe Edition) [Reviews]

Posted by j.ly on June 2, 2010


After being out of the musical spotlight for 14 years (save Jordan Knight and Joey McIntyre’s notable solo efforts), New Kids on the Block had a lot to prove with their reunion album, The Block. Would their sound be reminiscent of the pop from their glory days or would the boy band — now composed of grown men — create cheesy interpretations of today’s music?

The response is “Click, Click, Click,” the set-opener and song that reportedly initiated the regrouping. The smooth, R&B-flavored track is defined by its hand clap-driven melody, and the raspy-voiced delivery and hollow beat craft a hypnotic vibe as the boys repeatedly ask their girls to “pose for me.” Also following the camera theme is “Lights, Camera, Action,” an energetic groove that borrows every film and TV cliché one can reference.

Guest stars abound on The Block, most notably Ne-Yo, who duets with NKOTB on one of our favorites, “Single.” Fellow Bostonians and predecessors New Edition make an appearance on “Full Service,” a bassy, fluid cut filled to the brim with vocoder vocals. Lady GaGa’s contribution comes in the form of “Big Girl Now,” which features a playful back-and-forth over an electronica-infused R&B melody.

“Grown Man” features purring chants and screeching howls from the Pussycat Dolls, while the club-seducing “Put It on My Tab” is a laid-back duet with Akon. Hip-hop club bangers “Sexify My Love,” “Looking Like Danger” and “Twisted” keep the party going, while ballads such as “2 In the Morning,” “Don’t Cry” and “Officially Over” are perfect for the after-party.

The Block’s only weakness is NKOTB’s reminder that the group is now composed of grown-ups, a theme that’s consistent through many of this solid set’s track list. Despite this, the album is an entertaining journey that’s nostalgia-inducing and forward thinking.

That’s My Jam’s Rating:
5. Get It Now
4. Get It On Sale
3. Get It As a Gift
2. Get It To a CD Exchange Store
1. Don’t Get It At All

Track List:
1. “Click, Click, Click”
2. “Single” feat. Ne-Yo
3. “Big Girl Now” feat. Lady GaGa
4. “Summertime”
5. “2 In the Morning”
6. “Grown Man” feat. Pussycat Dolls & Teddy Riley
7. “Dirty Dancing”
8. “Sexify My Love”
9. “Twisted”
10. “Full Service” feat. New Edition
11. “Lights, Camera, Action”
12. “Put It on My Tab” feat. Akon
13. “Stare at You”
14. “One Song”
15. “Don’t Cry”
16. “Officially Over”
17. “Looking Like Danger”

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Pop Grows Up [Opinion]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on May 16, 2010

Artists within the pop music spectrum tend to fall in one of two places. There is the teen-oriented side, which caters its bubble gum sound to the latest trends, upbeat rhythms and edgy fashion. The other is the safer genre dubbed adult contemporary, which focuses on easy-listening melodies and lyrics that rarely offend the masses.

The pattern used to be that if you were in the teen-oriented bracket, you faded into obscurity once you got to be “too old” and presumably looked foolish trying to dance, or you transitioned into the lighter adult contemporary material. Some artists were able to thrive in both worlds by releasing material that catered to both audiences.

Over the first decade of the 2000s, a new crop has evolved both ideas. Not only have these grown-up pop stars extended age restrictions and audiences, but they are also catering to older demographics that are still eager for new material from the former heartthrobs and teen queens.

These nine acts carry on the tradition set by predecessors such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Prince.


Jessica Simpson
Propelled by her powerhouse vocal performance on “I Wanna Love You Forever” and catchy numbers such as “A Public Affair,” Simpson matured quickly with her marriage to Nick Lachey, which was chronicled on the MTV reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.


Gwen Stefani

The No Doubt frontwoman appealed to teens and adults with diverse songs that included “Don’t Speak” and “Spiderwebs.” A new generation caught on to the craze with her chart-topping hit “Hollaback Girl.”


Justin Timberlake
After his massive success as one of the lead singers of NSYNC, Timberlake carved his solo niche by teaming up with Timbaland for such tunes as the post-breakup-with-Britney Spears track “Cry Me a River” and the floor-filling “SexyBack.”


Pussycat Dolls

The burlesque act turned pop stars featured a sexy mix of dance routines and vocals from lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. “Don’t Cha” and “When I Grow Up” catered to the streets, while “Stickwitu” and “Hush Hush” had crossover appeal.


Christina Aguilera
After finding a “Genie in a Bottle,” Aguilera rose to fame with touching ballads à la “I Turn to You,” club bangers such as “Dirrty” and old-school tributes, specifically “Candyman.”


Daniel Bedingfield

A purveyor of pure pop, Bedingfield seduced listeners with the club anthem “Gotta Get Thru This” and edgy “James Dean (I Wanna Know),” but fans stuck around for the touching “If You’re Not the One,” which reflects his talent as a songwriter.


Fergie

Though her former band Wild Orchid surely had crossover appeal to both pop sets, Fergie’s hip-hop-flavored “Fergalicious” and “London Bridge” paved the way for more tender fare, such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”


Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the Block’s jam-packed On the 6 gave pop huge hits with “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight,” but J.Lo continued to churn out success, including multiple hits with Ja Rule, the grown and sexy “Get Right” and Spanish-language ballad “No Me Ames,” recorded with then-future husband, Marc Anthony.


New Kids on the Block

The ultimate “Pop Grows Up” story, NKOTB reunited after nearly 15 years with The Block. Their sound matured from “Step By Step” and “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff)” to material embraced by Jordan Knight and Joey McIntyre’s solo efforts: the Lady GaGa duet “Big Girl Now” and the Ne-Yo collaboration “Single,” respectively.

Posted in Christina Aguilera, Daniel Bedingfield, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, New Kids on the Block, Opinion, Pop, Pussycat Dolls | 1 Comment »

Jordan Knight – “Give It To You” [Feel-Good Friday]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on May 14, 2010

A little Grease tribute, a New Kid on the Block and hot choreography by Darrin Henson. Any other reasons why this makes you feel good? Tell us in the comments.

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Pop Mix 2 – April 2010 [Playlist]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on April 24, 2010


Let’s hear it for the boys! Lou Pearlman, famous for forming some of the groups included in this playlist, declared that as long as there were screaming girls, there would always be boy bands. While some of us may not be female nor screaming, it doesn’t mean we can’t still appreciate the pure pop these guys perform. Click here to see what we’re talking about.

Posted in Backstreet Boys, Boyzone, Five, I.D. (Identically Different), JLS, New Kids on the Block, NSYNC, O-Town, Pop, SoulDecision, Take That, Videos | Leave a Comment »

New Jack Swing 4 Ever [Vintage That’s My Jam]

Posted by j.ly on March 28, 2010


[Originally published 06.04.08]

While hip-hop and R&B are almost impossible to differentiate in today’s music landscape, that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1980s, the two were proudly separate genres until producer Teddy Riley pioneered a fusion between the street-oriented beats and traditional R&B vocals called new jack swing. Riley, along with Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling, formed the genre’s premier group, Guy, whose self-titled debut album featured classics such as “Groove Me,” “Teddy’s Jam,” “I Like,” and a personal favorite, “You Can Call Me Crazy.”

What soon followed was a near domination of R&B and pop radio by new jack swing acts such as Al B. Sure!, Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown; television shows such as A Different World, In Living Color and The Arsenio Hall Show giving air time to the music and the artists; mainstream performers such as Paula Abdul, Jeremy Jordan and New Kids on the Block embracing elements of the genre; and high-profile artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson devoting nearly entire albums to the sound that was popular until the early 1990s.

That’s My Jam chatted with two members of the NJS4E (New Jack Swing 4 Ever) Family about their Web site, NJS4E.com, which pays homage to new jack swing’s founders, heroes and contributors.

THAT’S MY JAM: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, gentlemen. First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
VIJAY CHANDEGRA:
My name is Vijay “Jode” Chandegra. I am a professional with a love for all things new jack. The idea behind the site is to promote the music to those that have an interest in it by doing anything we can to get the love out there.
ANDREW KNYTE: Well, my name is Andrew, and I’ve spent time in Canada and the United States, and was born overseas from the West. I like to think I maintain a global perspective on things and I think that shines through on the spirit and personality of NJS4E.com.

When did you first fall in love with new jack swing?
CHANDEGRA: The moment I heard “Groove Me” by Guy. I used to put it on all of my tapes for about three months straight. I loved “I Want Her” by Keith Sweat before that, but just didn’t know that the genre/sub-genre was called “new jack swing.”
KNYTE: I fell in love with new jack swing during the summer of 1990. I was in the seventh grade back then, and about two years earlier, I, like everyone else in the Canadian city I lived in, were into heavy metal. But new jack swing offered me a form of music that I could more closely identify with, and that spring/summer had some great releases, particularly by BBD, Johnny Gill and En Vogue.

What is it about the music that is so appealing to you and to its fans?
CHANDEGRA: New jack has always been about the good times philosophy. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have in your pocket. It’s about enjoying life ― no matter what challenges it brings you. If you’re feeling down, then listen to an uptempo new jack track and see how long that frown stays there. You can’t help smiling.
KNYTE: I think for me, new jack is inclusive of everyone. It’s a big party. It’s very positive/upbeat/optimistic, and from a class standpoint, it’s upwardly mobile. There are two aspects to it I guess: the sociopolitical aspect and the entertainment aspect. It’s undeniably entertaining. I mean most pop/R&B music today owes a great deal to NJS. And again, since I’m always thinking on a societal level as well, for me it was a much more pro-social expression of urban culture than, say, gangsta rap.

What are your favorites within new jack swing, such as artists, songs and albums?
CHANDEGRA: Favorite new jack artist would probably be Guy, the creation of Aaron and Damion Hall, and super-producer Teddy Riley. My favorite NJS track varies, but right now it’s Heavy D & The Boyz’s “Is It Good To You.” My favorite new jack album is Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. It was the epitome of the style and no one did it better than MJ on that set.
KNYTE: That’s an easy one for me. Hands down, New Edition. Some would argue that the group isn’t pure new jack, but by 1988, during their Heart Break era, they were undeniably the “cool kids” and all their singles from “If It Isn’t Love” to “N.E. Heartbreak” embodied the burgeoning new jack spirit that had started to emerge in 1987. NJS album? I’d have to give it to The Future by Guy. Musically, they were trying to expand their horizons and become “major league” ― beyond the exploratory mining shaft they excavated with the first album, which is still probably the most important album of the movement. NJS song? Definitely a hard one, but I’d have to give it to … tied between New Edition’s “Crucial” (the eight-minute remix version) and Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Do Me!,” specifically the Wolf and Epic Remix that was featured in the music video. Not a fan so much of the other versions, including the album one.

How did the idea for the parties come about and what goes on at them? Do people dress in clothing from back in the day?
CHANDEGRA:
The idea for the parties began as a friend’s get-together. I was going to throw a party for 50 friends where it would be new jack swing, hip-hop soul, classic soul and Golden Era hip-hop being played all night. It turned into NJS4E’s first party and it has just picked up since then. We have now done parties in New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and London, with more planned wherever people demand it. Some people do dress in the new jack clothes of yesteryear. It’s all a bit of fun. The music, the energy and the hassle-free attitude are what make the parties unique.

Why is it important for you and your comrades to continue promoting and informing the public about new jack swing?
CHANDEGRA:
Because it’s a forgotten genre. It’s a moment in time that people don’t talk about enough. If I were to go to a club today, they would accommodate all types of requests for house, disco, soul, indie, rock and hip-hop. But new jack seems to be left off. So we thought we would redress the balance. There is clearly a demand for it and the music-buying public is realizing that “music” is not necessarily what the record companies make them believe it is. There are many “urban” artists that do not feel the need to sing about diamond necklaces, drinking Cristal or driving six-liter super cars. There are musicians that still write and sing about love, life and the journey that we all go through. It is about “real” music and making sure that it is something that is not forgotten. That is why we do what we do, and although new jack is only a small part of it, it’s the part that means the most to us.
KNYTE: For me it’s also important because there was a lot of progress ― again, on a social level ― during that time period being made. Using the N-word, calling women by the B-word, and making pot-smoking a lifestyle to be proud of, without a thought toward moving up in the world and being a productive member of society, were definitely not what the New Jack Era was about. TV shows like A Different World, being set on a historically black college campus on prime-time network TV? I think that was a pretty big deal. And it seems almost unthinkable now that a show like that could survive on prime-time network TV. I think in many ways, “urban” culture has taken strides backward since new jack ended. We’re seeing some improvements now, but the mid-’90s through the early ’00s were definitely depressing for me. “Laffy Taffy” by D4L and “Ai Yi Yi” by the Ying Yang Twins, for me, are just frankly embarrassing ― no disrespect to those artists. We can do better, and with NJS, we did do better. What I’m trying to say musically is that during that time, there was diversity in how urban culture was presented. For every clown you had like Biz Markie you had a smooth dude like [Big Daddy] Kane, a political dude like KRS-One or Chuck D., and maybe a gangsta like Ice Cube. Lately, it seems like urban culture, particularly hip-hop, is either a gangsta or a clown. Nothing in the middle, but Kanye and Jay-Z helped out towards that end a lot. Like I was saying before, during the NJS Era, we did better. And I want to make sure we don’t forget that. This means a lot to me.

What has been your greatest success with the site?
CHANDEGRA:
Our greatest accolade would be being nominated for a prestigious Vh1 Hip-Hop Honor Award for “Best Honoree Web site.” That was the greatest validation that we could have hoped for. It meant that we were doing something right. Vh1 is a great supporter of “black” music and its heritage, and coming from them was an honor. Also, the way in which the artists and producers from the genre have welcomed the “push” towards “real” music that we have tried to propel and continue to strive towards.
KNYTE: I would agree with Vijay on that, but I still think we’re still only getting started. My vision for NJS4E and its impact on the cultural zeitgeist of how music is perceived and consumed among the general public is quite staggering. And we’re taking steps toward making that vision a reality.

Besides your own site, are there any other sources you recommend to new jack fans to get information or listen to the music?
CHANDEGRA:
The world has changed so much since new jack was around. Fans of the artists can actually get in touch with a lot of the artists themselves via MySpace and other social networking sites. Someone said to me recently, “Doesn’t it detract from these artists’ superstar status to be directly in touch with the fans?” I responded by saying, “No. It actually shows that the artists are actually human beings. What better way of reacting to a fan’s loyalty and support than to say it yourself?”
KNYTE: I would just do a Google search. Wikipedia can do an excellent job of pointing you in the right direction, too. So can YouTube.

What artists/songs of today do you recommend to fans who maybe haven’t “moved beyond” new jack swing?
CHANDEGRA:
There are some artists that are being quite creative with their songwriting and musical journey. Ne-Yo is very good songwriter and his songs tend to evoke a lot of emotion.
KNYTE: There is a new guy on the scene named Ryan Leslie. Check him out. I’d also watch a new guy named Nasri. He’s currently making music for the reunited NKOTB, but his influences are all new jack swing (it says on his MySpace profile ― look at the artists) and I have a feeling he could be huge.

Is there anything else you’d like That’s My Jam readers to know about new jack swing and NJS4E.com?
CHANDEGRA:
We have a lot in store for 2008. We are doing a tribute concert for Kenny Greene of the R&B group Intro. He was the guy that spearheaded the careers of Mary J. Blige, SWV and Ashanti. That’s going to take place in New York in October. We have a few other surprises in store too, so watch this space at NJS4E.com.
KNYTE: Here is one thing I would like to say: if you dig what we are doing, consider rocking one of our T-shirts. It would do a lot to support what we are doing, and I’ll be more than happy to make sure you are taken care of if you ever make it to one of our events. You can grab one of the T-shirts at the Web site, look on the left side and click on “store.” As far as the United States is concerned, even though the site started here, we are frankly getting more love in Europe. So I’m asking the Americans who are reading this ― if you want a new jack event in your neck of the woods, let us know. Hit us up on MySpace ― we’ve done three events in New York City in the past year, and one in Chicago in 2006. But we are eyeing Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. If your city isn’t listed, get our attention. And another thing ― the new Web site will be launching in late August. And more surprises are on the way towards late ’08. So get ready. Alright, that’s it! Thanks for reading everyone!

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Sound Off – New Kids on the Block: The Block [Deluxe Edition]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on March 2, 2009


The latest albums making noise

After being out of the musical spotlight for 14 years (save Jordan Knight’s and Joey McIntyre’s notable solo efforts), New Kids on the Block had a lot to prove with their reunion album, The Block. Would their sound be reminiscent of the pop from their glory days or would the boy band — now composed of grown men — create cheesy interpretations of today’s music?

The response is “Click, Click, Click,” the set-opener and song that reportedly initiated the regrouping. The smooth, R&B-flavored track is defined by its hand clap-driven melody, and the raspy-voiced delivery and hollow beat craft a hypnotic vibe as the boys repeatedly ask their girls to “pose for me.” Also following the camera theme is “Lights, Camera, Action,” an energetic groove that borrows every film and TV cliché one can reference.

Guest stars abound on The Block, most notably Ne-Yo, who duets with NKOTB on one of our favorites, “Single.” Fellow Bostonians and predecessors New Edition make an appearance on “Full Service,” a bassy, fluid cut filled to the brim with vocoder vocals. Lady GaGa’s contribution comes in the form of “Big Girl Now,” which features a playful back-and-forth over an electronica-infused R&B melody.

“Grown Man” features purring chants and screeching howls from the Pussycat Dolls, while the club-seducing “Put It on My Tab” is a laid-back duet with Akon. Hip-hop club bangers “Sexify My Love,” “Looking Like Danger” and “Twisted” keep the party going, while ballads such as “2 In the Morning,” “Don’t Cry” and “Officially Over” are perfect for the after-party.

The Block’s only weakness is NKOTB’s reminder that the group is now composed of grown-ups, a theme that’s consistent through many of this solid set’s track list. Despite this, the album is an entertaining journey that’s nostalgia-inducing and forward thinking.

That’s My Jam’s Rating:
5. Get It Now
4. Get It On Sale
3. Get It As a Gift
2. Get It To a CD Exchange Store
1. Don’t Get It At All

Track List:
1. “Click, Click, Click”
2. “Single” with Ne-Yo
3. “Big Girl Now” with Lady GaGa
4. “Summertime”
5. “2 In the Morning”
6. “Grown Man” with Pussycat Dolls and Teddy Riley
7. “Dirty Dancing”
8. “Sexify My Love”
9. “Twisted”
10. “Full Service” with New Edition
11. “Lights, Camera, Action”
12. “Put It on My Tab” with Akon
13. “Stare at You”
14. “One Song”
15. “Don’t Cry”
16. “Officially Over”
17. “Looking Like Danger”

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ThreePlay

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on January 30, 2009

Improving your video vocabulary — three clips at a time

MIDNIGHT STAR – “OPERATOR” (1984)

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2008 Year in Music Review – The Slow Jam

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on January 6, 2009



As we say hello to 2009, That’s My Jam would like to reminisce about the songs that rocked our world (or didn’t) in 2008

That’s My Jam’s musical tastes lean towards the more upbeat side of the spectrum, but when a slow jam comes along that finds itself on our repeat, it’s something to write home about. With this song, we got two titans of pop collaborating on That’s My Jam’s 2008 Slow Jam, “Single” by New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo.

Runners Up
“His Mistakes” by Usher
“Discipline” by Janet Jackson
“Love in This Club Pt. 2” by Usher, Beyoncé and Lil Wayne

What was your 2008 Slow Jam? Let us know what and why ― along with your first name, city, state and county ― by e-mailing thatsmyjamradio@gmail.com

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