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Category Archives: Artist Spotlight

We’ve Moved! WATMONLINE.COM


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 monte@watmonline.com. (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

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Breaking & Entering: Imagine Dragons to release debut album ‘Night Visions’ September 4


Members of Imagine Dragons are from left: Ben McKee (bass), Daniel Platzman (drums), Dan Reynolds (vocals) and Wayne Sermon  (guitar).

If you haven’t heard their music on the radio, there’s a good chance you’ve heard it in commercials for TV shows, films  and even during the opening ceremony of 2012 London Olympics. Indie rockers Imagine Dragons have slowly built a buzz since releasing their self-titled debut EP in 2009, and with their single, “It’s Time,” continuing to build at radio, the Las Vegas-based band will release their first full-length album, Night Visions, on September 4.

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Remembering Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009


Today marks three years since the death of the greatest entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson.

Despite his passing, MJ’s legacy lives on through his timeless music.

WATM remembers the King of Pop by counting down his top five music videos.

See the list below.

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Breaking & Entering| Jade Novah – Shades of Jade


There’s nothing more exciting than discovering new music and sharing it with the world. Yesterday, I randomly stumbled across Jade Novah’s mixtape, Shades of Jade, and have literally had it on repeat ever since.

The singer-songwriter, who has penned tracks for Mya and Melanie Fiona (“Watch Me Work”), dropped her eclectic mixtape earlier this week.

The 14-track freebie features covers of Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain,”  Beyoncè’s “Countdown” and Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” and mash-ups of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Jessie J’s “Domino.” It also features two original songs, “Sticks & Stones” and “Maniac.”

The covers and mash-ups work so well because of the revamped arrangements and vocal ability of the Cleveland, Ohio native, born Lindsay Fields. Unlike many artists who cover well-known material, she flipped the tracks to make them sound as if they were written specifically for her.

Find out more about Jade and download the mixtape below.

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Breaking & Entering: Rio – ‘Sex and Sativa’


 

Breaking & Entering is a new series that highlights upcoming-and-coming and/or unsigned artists on WATM.  I’m not Clive Davis, but I know a hit when I hear it, and I know a star when I see it.  So,  this new series will give the readers of WATM a chance to hear some new music from those on the rise. If you are an artist with music or a project you’d like featured, simply throw me an email at worldaccordingtomonte@gmail.com. NOTE: Submitting music doesn’t guarantee a post — I have to like what I’m hearing in order to feature it, but you knew that already. Right?

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Artist Spotlight: SWV – ‘I Missed Us’


During the era of TLC and En Vogue, SWV rose to the top of the charts with the hits “I’m So Into You,” “Weak” and “Right Here.” 15 years after the release of their last album, the trio — comprised of Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and Leanne “LeLee” Lyons — make their long-awaited return with I Missed Us.

Largely produced Cainon Lamb, co-producer of hits for Keyshia Cole (“Let It Go”),  Beyoncé (“Countdown”) and Monica (“Everything to Me”), I Missed Us is a fresh start for the ladies. The 13-track project doesn’t sound like an album by a group who’s already been to the top, but more like an album from a artists who are still hungry with new benchmarks.

Whether it’s the sample-heavy “All About You,” the Brianna Perry-assisted “Do Ya,” the booming bass on “Better Than I,” or the soaring vocals on the inspirational “Use Me,” SWV’s I Missed Us ranks as one of the year’s most solid R&B albums. Welcome back, ladies!

Watch the video for “Co-Signhere

Listen to “Do Ya” featuring Brianna Perry below.

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The Review: Dawn Richard – ‘Armor On’ [EP]


As the definition of R&B evolves, Dawn Richard, formerly of Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money, steps to the forefront to usher in a new wave of the genre; one free of limitations, relying solely on the music. On Armor On, her debut EP, Dawn takes listeners on an emotional roller coaster ride, filled with love, heartbreak, regret, forgiveness and seemingly everything in between, all the while maintaining a sense of individuality and a sound all her own.

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The Review: Madonna – ‘MDNA’


With a career that spans nearly 30 years, Madonna has done it all: multiple number one singles, diamond and multi-platinum albums, and record-setting tours. What is left to prove? Absolutely nothing. MDNA, her twelfth studio album, finds the Queen of Pop expressing her post-marriage angst and partying along the way.  If you’re expecting a sappy, divorce record, this isn’t the album for you.
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