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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!
After a four-year absence, Brooke Valentine returns to the spotlight with new music and a new stage name. Now known simply as B Valentine, the Houston-born singer celebrates the birth of her son on “Forever,” the feel-good lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album.
“A lot of fans have been asking where I have been,” she says. “You know, I’ve been singing since I was 12 years-old; so by the time songs like ‘Girlfight’ and the Chain Letter album hit, I’d been doing this for quite a while. In this world, you just can’t have all career and no balance. I gave birth to my son London, who I love and adore. He requires a bit more attention than what the average parent has to give to a child.”
Aside from the birth of her son, the singer, best known for her 2005 top 20 smash “Girlfight” featuring Lil Jon and Big Boi, says her time away from the industry was her chance to live life. “I’d been fighting to be released from the deal with Virgin Records. I was no longer in love with the industry and with the politics that go with it. I needed a break. I needed to live life,” Brooke says. “But I want my fans to know, though, that I never fell out of love with music or creating it. I was always appreciative of their support and what they have meant to my career.”
From the Vault
“Cover Girl (Live)”
Off her debut album, Chain Letter
With 16 wins and 44 nominations, Beyoncé is the third most honored woman in GRAMMYs history. After winning three with Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé tied the record for most wins (five) in a single night by a female artist in 2004. In 2010, she surpassed the record when she won six awards, including Song of the Year and Best R&B Female Vocal Performance for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Halo.”
At just 30-years old, she ranks third for most honored female performers behind Alison Krauss (26) and Aretha Franklin (18), and ties second for most-nominated female artist in Grammy history with 44, behind Dolly Parton, with 45 nominations.
In addition to a trio of solo performances, Knowles has also graced the GRAMMYs stage with Prince and Tina Turner. In 2004, she performed a ‘Purple Rain‘ Medley with Prince, which incorporated her hit single “Crazy In Love.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMYs, she joined forces with the legendary Tina Turner, performing Turner’s classic “Proud Mary.”
Watch Beyoncé perform the “Purple Rain” Medley with Prince at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 below.
With a then-record ten nominations, Lauryn Hill went into the 41st Grammy Awards (1999) a favorite to win big. By the end of the night, Hill won five, and set a record for most wins by a female artist in a single night. In addition to scoring Best New Artist, she won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won Best R&B Album and Album of the Year, making it the first hip-hop album to win in the category.
The singer-rapper capped off a record-making night with a performance of “Zion,” an ode to her first-born son, accompanied by Carlos Santana on guitar. Over the years, her record five wins would be tied by the likes of Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Beyoncé (2004), Amy Winehouse (2008), and Alison Krauss in 2009. The record was broken in 2010 by Beyoncé, who won six.
Nearly two decades after its release, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill still stands as one of the greatest albums of all time. Unlike anything before or after it, the album’s lasting impact on music and pop culture is proof that music has no expiration date.
Watch Lauryn Hill perform “Zion” with Carlos Santana below.
GRAMMYs Rewind: Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West & Lil Wayne featuring M.I.A. – “Swagger Like Us” (Live at the 51st Grammy Awards)
For the first time on national television, four of the biggest names in hip-hop – Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne — took the stage to perform “Swagger Like Us,” the second single from T.I.’s sixth album, Paper Trail. With a 9-month pregnant M.I.A. in tow, the hip-hop titans rocked the stage at the 51st Grammy Awards, where they were nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by Duo/Group, winning the latter.
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.”
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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.