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!
We can all agree that “Sweat” was not the best way for Ciara to make her return to the limelight. Even a verse from 2 Chainz, hip-hop’s reigning king of guest spots, couldn’t ensure the track spins on radio and downloads on iTunes. Then again, “Sweat” was never made available for purchase on iTunes so maybe Epic knew the song was a dud.
A snippet of a new track called “Overdose” has surfaced. Unlike anything we’ve heard from the former Princess of Crunk & B, the uptempo cut moves her into a house/club lane.
Listen to the snippet below.
Back in May, I featured Rio as the first artist in WATM’s Breaking & Entering series. Now the Nashville-born singer, songwriter and producer returns with title track from his upcoming Good Morning Dreamer project. Much like “Sex and Sativa,” “Good Morning Dreamer” is catchy enough to get stuck in your head after only a few listens.
“”Good Morning Dreamer” was inspired by southern hip-hop and Jack Daniels. Combining the intimacy of a day in bed and trunk-driven bass line,” Rio says. “GMD is sure to compliment a great time.”
Listen to Rio’s latest under the jump.
Chris Brown gets wet and wild in his new video for “Sweet Love,” the Polow Da Don-produced single from his fifth album Fortune, arriving July 3.
Playing up his status as a ladies man, the R&B heartthrob causes women to levitate from their beds as he walks down an empty street en route to his girl. Once he arrives, he strips shirtless and takes his seduction from the bedroom to the dance floor, mesmerizing her with sexy dance moves. No Breezy visual is complete without a quick 8-count, right?
Watch the video below.
Since the release of her mixtape, Sailing Souls, last year, Jhené Aiko has been steadily building buzz. Capitalizing off her recent success, Aiko leaks a new track, “2 Seconds.”
The laid back cut finds the former B2K associate, who is currently working on her debut album with producer No I.D., reaching a breaking point with an uncompromising lover.
“How could you say that I did it, when I didn’t/Think its ’bout time that we end this now/I don’t need your trust/I don’t need this shit,” she coos.
If you aren’t familiar with Jhenè’s work, do yourself a favor and download sailing soul(s) here.
Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group takes a page from The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on the Self Made, Vol.2 album cover. Arriving June 26, the follow-up to 2010’s Self Made, Vol.1 features Ross, Stalley, Meek Mill, Wale and the newly acquired Omarion. The music video for “Bag of Money” featuring T-Pain, the lead single, premiered last week. Watch below.
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 email@example.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?