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Kris Allen’s New Single – “Live Like We’re Dying” World Premiere! [FULL download]

September 21, 2009

Get this. Kris Allen just released his first single, “Live Like We’re Dying” on Z100 New York! (Listen: HERE) The song just ended, the radio jockeys are interviewing Kris now. I’m going to be incomprehensible starting now because I’m so excited!

My thoughts on the song: It was AMAZING. It’s the sort of stuff you want to listen to when you’re down, feeling low or alone. The track is very fun, very uplifting and it just raises your spirit. You can’t help but dance along with it (at least I did). It spreads a good message: live everyday like you’re dying, capture every moment cause it’s precious, and to love everyone around you. Also, I like that the song has a summer jam to it (even though summer is almost over) and the chorus is super upbeat. It’s sort of like a rap, but you’re actually singing. The whole vibe of the song is very Jason Mraz-ish, with lots of guitar  playing in the background. If you’re into Jason Mraz’s smooth soulful tunes (read: “The Remedy“, you’d have no problem with this one.  Overall: great stuff. A+

ETA: The interview just ended! The DJs said that they had recorded the interview and will be posting it up soon, so check out the website, HERE.

ETA2: Going to be posting the download link soon!

ETA3: Download link posted below! Note: This is not in HQ. This is a ripped version from the radio station interview.

Live Like We're Dying

Download: HERE

ETA4: Lyrics to the song!

Sometimes we fall down, Can’t get back up
We’re hidin’ behind skin that’s too tough
How come we dont say I love you enough
Til its too late…. its not too late

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
But we could make a feast from these crumbs
And we’re all starin’ down the barrel of a gun
So if your life flashed before you what would you wish you would have done

Gotta start

Looking at the hands of the time we been given
If this is all we got then we gotta start thinkin’
If every second counts on the clock thats tickin’
Gotta live like we’re dyin’
We only got 864 hundred seconds in a day
To turn it all around or to throw it all away
Gotta tell em that we love em while we got the chance to say
Gotta
Live like we’re dyin’

And if your plane fell out of the skies
Who would you call with your last goodbye
Should be so careful who we let fall out of our lives
Or when we long for absolution there’ll be no one on the line

You never know a good thing til its gone
You never see a crash til its head on
Wny do we think we’re right when we’re dead wrong
You never know a good thing til its gone

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Enjoy! Please leave comments! What are your thoughts on the song?

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American Idol 8 – Top 2 – Studio Recordings [download]

May 21, 2009

I’m running a bit late, so I posted the studio recordings first! This week we have a track from each contestant, which is the second song they performed in the finale, chosen by Idol creater Simon Fuller. I have two album art choices, so pick your favourite! Mediafire is down, so we’ll have to settle with Evilshare! ETA: Winner’s singles added! “No Boundaries” is the coronation song for this year’s winner, co-written by Kara DioGuardi.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 2 Studio Recordings -
Simon Fuller’s Choice  [Album Art #2]
[Adam's Official Single Cover][Kris' Official Single Cover]

Track List:

  1. Adam Lambert – “A Change Is Gonna Come
  2. Kris Allen – “What’s Going On
  3. Adam Lambert – “No Boundaries”
  4. Kris Allen – “No Boundaries”

I hate myself for saying this, but the coronation song is really growing on me. I love Adam’s take on the song, he actually sounds really good here. It’s great that the essential Adam essence is not missing in the song. However, Kris totally owns the song. His version of the single is incredibly radio friendly, I can actually see it doing well on the charts. It’s a hit in the making.

Congratulations to Kris Allen! He really deserved it. A tribute to the amazing Adam Lambert and the winner himself, Kris Allen.

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American Idol 8 – Top 3 – Studio Recordings [download]

May 14, 2009

Congratulations to Kris Allen and Adam Lambert for making it to the top 2! They both really deserved it. The contestants got to perform two songs this week: one chosen by the judges and another picked by themselves. Idol is being good this year by giving us BOTH the studio recordings, usually it’s only one per week per contestant. Sweet.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 3 Studio Recordings -
Judges & Contestants’ Picks Week

Track List:

  1. Danny Gokey – “Dance Little Sister”
  2. Kris Allen – “Apologize”
  3. Adam Lambert – “One”
  4. Danny Gokey – “You Are So Beautiful”
  5. Kris Allen – “Heartless”
  6. Adam Lambert – “Cryin’”

Kris’ acoustic version of “Heartless” is easily the best track of the bunch. It’s so nice to the ears that you can hit replay without getting tired of it. “Apologize” isn’t bad either, it’s tons better than his live performance. Adam has decent tracks too, “One” is really smooth and inspirational. Danny’s voice is incredibly hoarse on “You Are So Beautiful”, it’s painful to hear some of the notes, but overall it’s a good track.

A tribute to Danny Okey Gokey.

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American Idol 8 – Top 4 – Studio Recordings [download]

May 7, 2009

Adrenaline pumping Rock n Roll week produced some great performance and some average ones, but did the contestants pull it off in the studio versions?  I’m really psyched that the duets are also recorded along with the usual singles. I have two album art this week just to give a little variety. Pick your fav and you’re good to go!

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- American Idol 8 – Top 4 Studio Recordings -
Rock n Roll Week  [Album Art #2]

Track List:

  1. Adam Lambert – “Whole Lotta Love”
  2. Allison Iraheta – “Cry Baby”
  3. Danny Gokey & Kris Allen – “Renegade”
  4. Kris Allen – “Come Together”
  5. Danny Gokey – “Dream On”
  6. Adam Lambert & Allison Iraheta – “Slow Ride”

Singles: Kris sounds a whole lot better in the studio, I really like his track this week. Adam and Allison have decent tracks too, but their live performances are much better. I hate to admit it, but I rather enjoy Danny’s too. The scream isn’t that bad on here.
Duets: For me, Danny & Kris’ duet in the studio pwned Adam & Allison’s. Danny & Kris sound amazing, especially when their voices blend together. Adam & Allison’s lack that punch you get from their live performances.

A tribute to the lovely Allison Iraheta.

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American Idol 8 – Top 5 – Studio Recordings [download]

April 30, 2009

Jazz week proved to be a great one. Everyone stepped up their game and delivered amazing performances. I decided to change from the usual group picture for this week to make it a little special. And besides, the top 5 group picture is horrible. Hehe.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 5 Studio Recordings -
Rat Pack Standards – Jazz Week

Track List:

  1. Kris Allen – “The Way You Look Tonight”
  2. Allison Iraheta – “Someone to Watch Over Me”
  3. Matt Giraud – “My Funny Valentine”
  4. Danny Gokey – “Come Rain or Come Shine”
  5. Adam Lambert – “Feeling Good”

I’ve got to give props to all the contestants; the tracks this week are AMAZING. All of them are a must spin. They’re all special in their own way. I have nothing bad to say about this week, it has got to be one of the best and most successful week that Idol has ever had. Although all of the tracks are stellar, my favourites this week are Matt and Adam’s.

A tribute to the terrific, unbelievable, unique, soulful, talented, Matt Giraud. ♥

Enjoy! Please leave comments!

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American Idol 8 – Top 7 v2 – Studio Recordings [download]

April 23, 2009

I apologize for being slightly late for the studio recordings this week. I’m currently using my laptop to do my usual blogging, it isn’t as quick as through the PC, since there are some software which are unavailable, plus its dead slow. Hope you guys understand! This week, the contestants battle it out with the fearful disco theme. MOAR happy Matt and co. for the album cover!

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- American Idol 8 – Top 7 v2 Studio Recordings -
Disco Week

Track List:

  1. Lil Rounds – “I’m Every Woman”
  2. Kris Allen – “She Works Hard For The Money”
  3. Danny Gokey – “September”
  4. Allison Iraheta – “Hot Stuff”
  5. Adam Lambert – “If I Can’t Have You”
  6. Matt Giraud – “Stayin’ Alive”
  7. Anoop Desai – “Dim All the Lights”

The bad: I’m not a huge fan of Lil’s track, the song is too big for her. I still think that Allison’s rock vibe doesn’t go well with the disco theme, and her track this week proves just that. Anoop’s song goes on forever and ever.
The good: Adam’s track is very smooth. However, I do prefer his live version more. Danny does these up-tempo songs better in my opinion. His vocals here are superb. The best tracks this week are Kris and Matt’s. Kris’ creative ideas paid off this week. His track is really great simply for the fact that it is original and fresh. Matt’s just pure awesome. His voice, riffs and falsetto works perfectly for his song.

A tribute to Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai.

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American Idol 8 – Top 7 – Studio Recordings [download]

April 16, 2009

Let’s continue the war dance. SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE. There’s even a happy Matt in the cover art. Hehe. Here are the studio recordings this week! The Idols get mentored by Quentin Tarantino and perform soundtracks from various movies.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 7 Studio Recordings -
Songs From Movies – Quentin Tarantino Week

Track List:

  1. Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
  2. Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”
  3. Adam Lambert – “Born To Be Wild”
  4. Matt Giraud – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman”
  5. Danny Gokey – “Endless Love”
  6. Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly”
  7. Lil Rounds – “The Rose”

My personal views: I really hate “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”; it’s been covered so many times.  However, Allison managed to make it fresh, so kudos on that. Anoop’s track sounds really good, it’s smooth and nice. Matt’s live performance did not do him justice at all, his studio version is superb.  I love Kris’, it’s one of the best this week. Lil always manages to sound better in the studio, if she can project the same vibe onstage, she’ll be a frontrunner by now. Not a fan of Danny and Adam’s tracks. Danny’s vocals sound very weak, and Adam, same ol’.

A tribute to the Simon Cowell for delivering the good news. PREACH, Cowell.

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American Idol 8 – Top 8 – Studio Recordings [download]

April 9, 2009

Here are they studio recordings for this week! The Idols tackle songs from the year they were born. The right pic is up this time. Hehe.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 8 Studio Recordings -
Songs From the Year They Were Born Week

Track List:

  1. Danny Gokey – “Stand By Me”
  2. Kris Allen – “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”
  3. Lil Rounds – “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
  4. Anoop Desai – “True Colors”
  5. Scott MacIntyre – “The Search Is Over”
  6. Allison Iraheta – “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
  7. Matt Giraud – “Part-Time Lover”
  8. Adam Lambert – “Mad World”

Nothing much special about this week’s studio recordings.  My thoughts  on this week’s: Danny, Kris and Lil had average, good performances, their studio versions are not much different either. Anoop and Scott’s come off as boring. Allison and Adam’s are interesting and nice to the ears. Especially Adam’s, it’s so haunting. Matt just blows my socks ears off everytime. He never fails to deliver.

A tribute to the respectable Scott MacIntyre.

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American Idol 8 – Top 9 – Studio Recordings [download]

April 3, 2009

I really want to apologize for the slow upload. There were some internet speed and connection problems that were simply killing me. Sorry I couldn’t get them up sooner, but I hope you guys understand!

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- American Idol 8 – Top 9 Studio Recordings -
Top Downloads Week

Track List:

  1. Anoop Desai – “Caught Up”
  2. Megan Joy – “Turn Your Lights Down Low”
  3. Danny Gokey – “What Hurts The Most”
  4. Allison Iraheta – “Don’t Speak”
  5. Scott MacIntyre – “Just The Way You Are”
  6. Matt Giraud – “You Found Me”
  7. Lil Rounds – “I Surrender”
  8. Adam Lambert – “Play That Funky Music”
  9. Kris Allen – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Unlike other weeks, I have positive stuff to say about everyone’s tracks. Anoop, Allison and Danny’s are, in Paula’s words, relevant. Adam is in his own universe. Megan and Scott’s are soothing. Lil sound so much better in the studio. However, the standouts are Matt’s and Kris’. When these two hit the studio, magic happens. Their studio versions are always top notch and quite commercial, the kind you can expect spinning on your radio. Overall, these are great tracks to listen to.

A tribute to the amazing quirkiness and weirdness of Megan Joy Corkrey. CAW!

Enjoy! Please leave comments!

ETA: I want to apologize once again for the wrong cover art! I totally didn’t notice that it was the wrong group picture whilst in a hurry to get everything uploaded. Thanks guys for noticing and telling! You guys are the best! Sorry Megan! I have absolutely nothing against her though. Hehe! Hope you guys love this one.

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American Idol 8 – Top 10 – Studio Recordings [download]

March 28, 2009

I’m back up guys! And here are the studio recordings as promised! I hope you guys didn’t wait too long for this, my sincere apologies! Exams are inevitable, unfortunately.

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- American Idol 8 – Top 10 Studio Recordings -
50 Years of Motown Week

Track List:

  1. Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get It On”
  2. Kris Allen – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”
  3. Scott MacIntyre – “You Can’t Hurry Love”
  4. Megan Joy – “For Once In My Life”
  5. Anoop Desai – “Ooo Baby Baby”
  6. Michael Sarver – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”
  7. Lil Rounds – “(Love Is Like A) Heatwave”
  8. Adam Lambert – “The Tracks Of My Tears”
  9. Danny Gokey – “Get Ready”
  10. Allison Iraheta – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”

While most are listenable, the standout track is Matt Giraud’s. His simply sound the best. Danny Gokey and Scott MacIntyre have equally horrible song choices. I expected more from Allison Iraheta and Adam Lambert’s tracks, but they sounded better live with their own versions. I think its super cool that the contestants get to record their voices over the original tunes in the background.

I might as well compile my weekly reviews in this post. Firstly, WTF? First Alexis Grace, next Matt Giraud? Matt did not deserve to be in the bottom two at all. He was awesome this week, one of the best of the night. Him being there just sends angry impulses down my spine. I seriously hope that doesn’t happen again. Michael Sarver was eliminated, thankfully. No save from the judges too. We expected that. But Matt, THAT was shocking. And uncalled for.

And another thing, Megan Joy Corkrey is now officially known as Megan Joy only. *headdesks* Time to change your tags, guys.

A tribute to Michael Sarver.

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