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Category Archives: Live Performances

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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Dawn Richard performs ‘Automatic’ acoustic at BMI “Next Fresh Thing”


Earlier in the week, I posted a video of Dawn Richard performing an acoustic version of “Automatic”for the first time. Well, it was so nice the former Danity Kane diva had to do it twice.  Dawn closed out her set at BMI’s “Next Fresh Thing” showcase at the Viper Room in L.A. last night with another stirring acoustic rendition of the track.

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VIDEO: Trey Songz Performs ‘Heart Attack’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’


 

Hundreds of screaming fans packed the outdoor concert stage to get a glimpse of Trey Songz on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (July 25).  The R&B crooner, whose fifth album, Chapter V,  arrives August 21, closed out the show with a performance of “Heart Attack,” the Rico Love-penned lead single.  Backed by a live band, Tremaine delivered a so-so showing on the late-night show; vocal rest and lemon should always be part of his ministry before performing live. Just sayin’.

Watch below.

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Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber Win Big at Teen Choice Awards


Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber owned the night at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (July 22).

“I just feel so honored that I get to have you guys in my life,” a beaming Swift told fans as she accepted her coveted surfboard. Swift won five awards, including choice female artist, female country artist, single by a female artist for “Eyes Open,” country song for “Sparks Fly” and choice movie voice for “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”

Bieber Fever reached new levels as the teen star hit the stage to perform medley of  “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me,” with rapper Big Sean, from his chart-topping  album Believe, and took home five boards.

Watch Bieber’s performance below.

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Video: Brandy performs ‘Put It Down’ for the first time live


Fans at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theater were treated to Brandy’s first live performance of “Put It Down,” the lead single from her upcoming sixth album Two Eleven, last night. The 90s powerhouse commanded the stage with her crisp live vocals and booty-poppin’ choreography. It’s clear Frank Gatson, Beyoncé’s longtime choreographer who’s responsible for Bran’s moves in the still-unreleased “Put It Down” music video, has taught the “Full Moon” singer a thing or two about selling an 8-count and owning the stage.

It’s refreshing to Brandy FINALLY promoting her Chris Brown-assisted single that’s been available on iTunes since May,  even if only through radio promo. Baby steps. Next, she’ll have to follow-up the underperforming track with something to really make people want to shell out $9.99 when her album drops. By the way, there’s no better time than the present to release the video, Bran. Just sayin’.

Watch below.

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Video: Nas performs ‘Daughters’ on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’


On the eve of the release of his tenth album Life Is Good, Nas hit the stage on Late Night with David Letterman to perform “Daughters.”  The Illmatic rapper looked dapper in a collared shirt and white pants as he spit the lyrics to the third single from his new album, which hit stores today.

Watch below.

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Video: Nicki Minaj performs ‘Pound The Alarm’ on ‘The Tonight Show with Leno’


Wearing a nude-colored bodysuit — complete with jewels and peacock feathers — Nicki Minaj bought the party to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday (July 13).

The “Beez in the Trap” rapper sat with Leno and reminisced about her job working at Red Lobster. “I didn’t want to be there and the customers could tell,” said Nicki. “They always want too much bread. That’s what bothered me. Please, if you go to Red Lobster, stop ordering extra bread.”

Following her chat, Nicki, who stars in Ice Age: Continental Drift, lit up the stage with her colorful performance of “Pound The Alarm,” the latest single from her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Watch the performance below.

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Video: Tyrese Performs for AOL Sessions


Tyrese stepped off his soapbox on Twitter to perform for AOL Sessions. The singer/actor, whose filmography ranges from urban classic like to Baby Boy to blockbuster smashes like Transformers, shared his intimate feelings and personal thoughts as he sang some for his hits like 1998’s “Sweet Lady,” 2003’s “How You Gonna Act Like That,” and his most recent top 20 smash “Stay.”

For all the things that can be said about Black-Ty’s rants and ramblings on social media, there’s no denying his singing ability. The man’s ’bout that singing life, folks. Check out Tyrese’s soulful Sessions below.

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