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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!
Lifted as the lead single to her fourth studio album, “Get Right” is perhaps the brightest gem in Jennifer Lopez’s catalog. Produced by Rich Harrison, the man behind Amerie’s “1 Thing” and Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” “Get Right” is notable for its use of a horn sample from James Brown’s “Soul Power ’74.” Peaking just outside the top 10 at No. 12 on the Hot 100, “Get Right” became J.Lo’s first chart-topper in Britain since 2001’s “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”
Did You Know? “Get Right” received four nominations at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Dance Video, Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Editing.
Lifted as the second single from his sophomore album Street Dreams, Fabolous‘ “Can’t Let You Go” was one of his many hits in 2003. The track reunited the Brooklyn MC with R&B songstress Lil Mo, who he previously worked with on 2000’s “Superwoman (Part 2),” and singer-songwriter Mike Shorey. Produced by Just Blaze, “Can’t Let You Go” reached the top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Hip-Hop & R&B Songs chart.
Did You Know? Fabolous is featured on two of Lil Mo’s biggest singles, 2001’s “Superwoman (Part 2)” and 2003’s “4Ever.”
- Artist Spotlight: Lil Mo Surprises on New Album (worldaccordingtomonte.com)
- New Music: Fabolous – “There Is No Competition III: Death Comes in 3s” [MIXTAPE] (worldaccordingtomonte.com)
After years of underground success, Twista broke into the mainstream with 2004’s Kamikaze. For the album’s lead single, Twista enlisted Jamie Foxx and Kanye West for an ode to classic soul artists on the aptly titled “Slow Jamz.” Produced by Kanye West, “Slow Jamz” topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for one week on February 10, 2004, becoming the first number one single for all three artists.
Did You Know? “Slow Jamz” was for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005.
In honor of her 33rd birthday, Aaliyah’s “Try Again” is today’s daily throwback!
Produced by Timbaland, “Try Again” was the lead the single from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack. Debuting on the Hot 100 in March 2000, “Try Again” peaked at number one on June 17, 2000, becoming Aaliyah’s first and only number one single on the chart. Its music video, directed by Wayne Isham, won two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film. “Try Again” also earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Did You Know?: “Try Again” was the first song to ever reach number one on the Hot 100 based solely on the strength of its radio airplay.