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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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Hot Shots: Odd Future & Frank Ocean Shot by Terry Richardson


Hip-hop collective Odd Future recently clocked time with world-renowned photographer Terry Richardson.  Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and the rest group, which looks to include an infinite amount of members, take center stage in the unconventional photoshoot.

Check out the pics below.

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First Listen: Mariah Carey feat. Rick Ross & Meek Mill – ‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em)’ [Snippet]


Our first taste of Mariah Carey’s new single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill, comes via a snippet released on Amazon.  The Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox produced track premieres tomorrow (August 2).

“I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it,” Mariah  tweeted last month when announcing the single. “When u hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics #WIN.”

Listen to the snippet below.

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Hot Shots: Brandy & Chris Brown get close in ‘Put It Down’ Video


 

Brandy gets up close and personal with her collaborator and co-star Chris Brown on the set of her video for “Put It Down,” in a photo posted on Breezy’s Instagram on Tuesday night (July 31).

The “Never Say Never” singer also released the first official photo from the video set on Tuesday. The pic shows Brandy standing in front of two Ferraris flanked by background dancers in the Hype Williams-directed clip, which was choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr. (Beyoncè, Michael Jackson).

“Stay tuned for more surprises this week!” Brandy  teased on Twitter, revealing more she will release more from the video this week.

Put It Down” is the lead single from her sixth album, Two Eleven, due October 2.

See more below.

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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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Mariah Carey Announces New Single Featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill



After giving birth to ‘dem babies’ and standing by husband Nick Cannon during his health scare, Mariah Carey will return with her new single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

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Lady Gaga Teases New Fragrance With Film-Noir Style Video


 

Lady Gaga does everything in grand fashion. So it’s no surprise that the teaser for her first fragrance, Fame, looks more like a mini movie than a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the “first ever black eau de parfum”.

“So excited, gonna post a film by Todd Tourso, Reggie Know, Rob English, Kennith Robin. It’s called “FORMULATION” and is for my fragrance FAME,” Gaga tweeted to her 27.2 million followers on Wednesday (July 18).

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NEW MUSIC: Dawn Richard – ‘Pretty Wicked Things’


Dawn Richard introduces us to the sound of her full-length debut GoldenHeart with “Pretty Wicked Things,” a new track released to celebrate her 1 million Twitter followers.

Produced by Armor On collaborator Druski, “Pretty Wicked Things” starts like a soulful ballad with haunting drums and piano then slowly builds into a dubstep/dance track, reminiscent of “Heaven” and “Faith” from her EP.

“It’s the story of the beautiful things in life that get ruined by the wicked,” explains Dawn. “Goldenheart is the fusing of new sounds with R&B/soul. We are introducing the setup to Goldenheart with the release of ‘Pretty Wicked Things.’ This isn’t a single. It’s a setup. We have a lot ofsurprises for the hearts. Grow with us.”

GoldenHeart drops October 16.

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