Radio Bobby: Top 5 New Music Releases (10/21)

Here is you latest installment of RadioBobby for the week of October 21, 2013.  Links to this week’s selections are included for iTunes.

Cody Karey1.  (The Whole Album) by Cody Karey – (vocal/pop) Wow – that’s all I’ve got.  I saw the album artwork from artist Cody Karey and took him for just another auto-tuned pop voice meant to appeal to tween girls.  Nevertheless, I clicked the album to give him a shot – and WOW.  I was blown away.  His vocals rival those of Josh Groban and the message on his album is uplifting and inspiring.

There must be something in the Canadian water because that country produces some amazing pure vocalists! …and even though it’s a debut album, I feel his name already ranks among greats like Celine Dion and The [Canadian] Tenors.

Favorite songs? “You Are the Song,” “A Million Pieces,” “Unbroken Dreams,” “All I Know,” “If Ever I Fall,” and “Leap of Faith.” – I’m not kidding, the WHOLE album is spectacular!

Let me see how else I can say this: WOW!!! 

1.  “Do What You Want” by Lady GaGa f. R. Kelly – (pop)  This week, Lady GaGa released her second single from her upcoming album ARTPOP.  “Do What U Want” features a bangin intro. and  surprisingly sexy vocal from R. Kelly set in GaGa’s catchy tune. She could just bring him back to life in the pop world! The single has the same risque pop appeal that dominated her first, dance beat-driven album THE FAME and the same vocal riffs featured on 2011’s BORN THIS WAY album.  Mother Monster is blending her sounds and evolving as an artists – and it sounds great.  Look’s like the queen of pop is back and I’m letting her (and this song) do what she wants with my body!

2. “The Conductor” by AFI – (alternative) AFI has grown and developed a unique, adult alternative sound to accompany their dark tonality.

3. “Love Don’t Die” by The Fray – (pop) It’s catchy pop with a jagged edge.  I suspect this could end up being involved with a television ad campaign for Target, Apple, or Windows – then be sought out by people – and then succeed on the radio.  Maybe? Why not.

4. “Walking In A Winter Wonderland” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – (holiday) The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, his background vocalists, and trumpet solos give this Christmas classic a jazzy new take.  I like it!

5. “Who Are You” by Fifth Harmony – (pop) Not that pop really needed another auto-tuned female pop-group, but while they’re here why not give them a chance.  Their new EP “Better Together” dropped this week.  While most of it sounds dance-heavy and added in post, this song stands out as a nice vocal that reminds me of “I Hate This Part” by PCD.  Give it a go.



Radio Bobby: Top 5 New Music Releases (10/8)

Radio Bobby and I are baaaaaaaaack.  Ok, so I took an unannounced hiatus from the site.  I was going to give you all a Radio Bobby two weeks ago, but I couldn’t find 5 new songs I liked.  Then last week I thought, “Ok, great – I can do a Radio Bobby…” but again, I couldn’t find five new songs I liked.  That said, this week has delivered – so here it is, your newest RADIO BOBBY!

Jamar Rogers - Drink of You

1. “Drink of You” by Jamar Rogers (pop) – Since his days as a contestant on The Voice, I’ve been a fan of Jamar Rogers.  So it really is a no-brainer that I’d love and select his new single as this week’s number one song.  “Drink of You” shows off Rogers’ voice and soul.  It’s saucy and rough – “I’m walking in the desert just for a drink of you.” Too bad this didn’t drop at the beginning of summer – this would have been a perfect song for hot summer night.

2.  “Make You Feel My Love” by Lea Michele (Glee Cast) (pop) – Lea Michele’s voice is one of the most beautiful in the world.  “Make You Feel My Love” fits her voice like a glove.  Compound that with this being the tribute song for the late Cory Monteith and you have one of the week’s best songs.  For those unfamiliar, Monteith played Finn Hudson on the popular FOX musical – long-time boyfriend of Rachel Berry (Michele).  The duo was romantically involved beyond the show as well, something you get from the raw, yet powerful and moving vocal on display from Lea Michele.

3. “Far Too Young to Die” by Panic! At The Disco (alternative rock) – Lead singer Brendon Urie’s voice and song arrangement anchor this solidly to this week’s list.  This up-tempo, trance-inducing, techno-rock-pop song is easy listening and addictive.  I promise you’ll be thanking me tomorrow.  Also, while you’re at this – check out the entire new album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”

4.  “Gone” by Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus (pop) – She’s come a long way since her days on American Idol.  The former contestant has a new-found maturity and frailty to her voice.  A strong effort to say the least, “Gone” should quickly and easily become a top-seller for Iraheta.

5.  “You Can’t Make Old Friends” by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (country) – Two country icons come together to put out a contemporary, yet classic-sounding single.  If there’s one thing you get from this song, it’s a sense of nostalgia.  This is how duets and raw, talented voices work – a sure-fire country classic.

Honorable Mention:  “4×4″ (feat. Nelly) and “FU” (feat. French Montana) by Miley Cyrus from her new album “Bangerz”


Brendon Urie - Panic At The Disco - Girls Girls Boys

This one goes to Panic! At The Disco for their homage to D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” video.  Brendon Urie capitalizes on the nudity rage and does it in a way that is sure to appease some fans, while leaving the others salivating or yearning for more (which should sell some concert tickets).