Author Archives: Monté Delorian
After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. WorldAccordingtoMonte.com is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched worldaccordingtomonte.com in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how worldaccordingtomonte.com was born.
Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, worldaccordingtomonte.com has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!
As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.
There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog. I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.
If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with worldaccordingtomonte.com in any way, I humbly thank you!
I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)
See you there!
After weeks of delays, Brandy’s highly anticipated video for “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown has premiered! The “Never Say Never” singer struts, pops and unleashes her inner diva in the Hype Williams-directed clip. “Put It Down” is the lead single from her upcoming sixth album, Two Eleven, due October 2. Watch the video below.
Today (August 9), Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday. Despite her untimely passing in February, WATM pays tribute to one of the best, if not the best, to ever pick up a mic. Even at her lowest points, nothing or no one can take away what she brought to the table, musically, in the ’80s and ’90s. Speaking of the ’80s, watch Whit crush the stage — with nothing more than big hair, a fringe-y dress and a mic — on MTV in 1986.
Thanks for the music. Happy Birthday, Whitney!
No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani looks like she just left a runway in Milan on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Inside the mag, Gwen opens up about her personal style, staying fit, balancing a career and motherhood, and more. “It’s super fun being a mom, but it’s hard too. Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done by far,” she told the magazine.
The issue hits newsstands on August 21.
MMG’s leader claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don’t opens in the top spot with his largest opening-week sum.
The beautiful, talented and extremely underrated Melanie Fiona is the latest artist to visit Billboard’s studio for their “Candid Covers” live sessions. The Toronto songbird, who released her sophomore album, The MF Life, earlier this year, covered fellow Canadian Alanis Morisette’s 1996 classic “Ironic.”
“[Ironic] is just a great song that I think just really cut through in pop culture when I was a child,” explained Mel. “There was not a person in the world that didn’t know that song. No matter what type of music you listen to, no matter where you grew up, you know that song. I think that was a special song for me back then because it really made me pay attention to the art of storytelling.”
Mel also performed an acoustic version of “Wrong Side Of A Love Song,” the latest single from her new album. Watch below.
Ne-Yo stopped by Power’s 105.1’s popular morning show The Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning (August 7). The singer-songwriter talked with Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee about his new album R.E.D., why he turned down a role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., what he thinks Trey Songz is lacking, why he gave Beyoncé writing credit on “Irreplaceable” and more.