Okay, hear us out on this. It just makes sense that Carly Rae Jepsen, who had arguably the biggest song of 2012, would close out the year by singing her hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, right?!
Well not only did the singer perform her massive smash, she also treated viewers to a rendition of her song ‘This Kiss’ while rocking a pretty long red skirt and black midriff baring top — we know, we were cold just watching her too!
She was just one of many hit makers to take the stage in N.Y.C.’s Time Square – Taylor Swift, Psy, Flo Rida and Pitbull also helped ring in the new year with their performances!
Pitbull, dressed in sunglasses and a long black coat, performed a medley of his hits, including ‘International Love,’ ‘Hey Baby,’ and ‘Rain Over Me.’
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Pitbull brought the party (and then some) to the season finale of ‘X Factor‘ tonight (Dec. 20), performing his latest hit, the crazy catchy ‘Don’t Stop the Party.’
With a Christmas tree in the background, Mr. Worldwide helped celebrate the festive season with a troupe of sexy dancers behind him. He wished the audience “Happy Holidays” twice and danced his face off in white pants and a black blazer and cummerbund. Yes, he was wearing his signature shades.
No matter what time of day or what time of year, Pit is always a sharp-dressed man. If this perf doesn’t get you shaking your bootay, then you don’t have a pulse. It’s always a good time when Pitbull performs. This particular live rendition of ‘Don’t Stop the Party’ was no different.
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Australian DJ Havana Brown can’t get enough of Pitbull.
Fresh from the Australian leg of Mr. Worldwide’s Planet Pit World Tour, where the 27-year-old DJ served as an opening act, Brown stopped by the Celebuzz‘s Hollywood studio to talk about what it’s really like to tour with her “We Run The Night” collaborator.
“He’s great live, the performances have a lot of energy, but he’s actually like that in real life,” Brown said.
“He’s got a lot of energy for life in general. He works hard but he also plays hard…for some reason people find it surprising when I say that he’s actually a real gentleman. He’s loyal and he’s really genuine, giving and generous.”
Brown, who has also opened for the likes of Rihanna and Britney Spears, said that Pitbull’s energy also flows backstage — where often the party continues well after the end of the show.
“It’s just a South American flavor, energy. They’re just backstage — happy. They’re enjoying every moment,” Brown told us.
Brown and Pitbull will reunite on stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Dec. 16 for the 2012 VH1 Divas show, which will also feature Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrusand host Adam Lambert. Brown will serve as the show’s house DJ.
Two weeks later, the pair will ring in 2013 in Miami.
“I am so pumped for this New Years,” the Aussie DJ said. “I don’t think I’d rather be anywhere else than in Miami with Pitbull. It’s going to be so much fun.”
For more of our chat with Havana Brown, check out the video – above.
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From Enrique Iglesias to Shakira, the list of the Top 10 Latin Pop Songs of 2012 features some of the most successful singers in the world. The widespread appeal of the genre is evidenced by the fact that even American and British R&B stars like Chris Brown and Jay Sean are rushing to appear on music by emerging Latin artists. Check out the wide range of styles and influences, including tropical, soul and hip-hop, in PopCrush’s list of the Top 10 Latin Pop Songs of 2012.
‘Follow the Leader’
Wisin & Yandel Feat. Jennifer Lopez
For her curtain call on ‘American Idol,’ Jennifer Lopez elected to sing ‘Follow the Leader,’ her collaboration with Wisin & Yandel. They performed the song on the ‘Idol’ Season 11 finale, just as it was shooting up the Latin Tropical Airplay chart. Over South American-inspired rhythms, J. Lo teases, “Baby, the way that I’m working my body / I can tell that you already like it / I’ll make you lose your cabeza.”
Romeo Santos became a Latin pop superstar during his years in the bachata group Adventura. As a solo artist, he has continued to rack up hit singles and has performed with Usher, Diddy, and Lil Wayne. ‘La Diabla,’ a track about a she-devil who takes advantage of unsuspecting men like him and toys with their hearts, topped both the Latin and Tropical charts in 2012.
Shakira’s hips still don’t lie, and on ‘Addicted to You,’ she gets everybody’s hips moving with a pulsing beat and lively horns. The song from the singer’s ‘Sale el Sol’ album is entirely in Spanish aside from the hook, “Baby I’m addicted to you.” Viewers may become addicted to the music video, which features Shakira lying in a bathtub and dancing sensually in a tight dress.
Prince Royce has continued to reach new heights since our interviewwith him last year. He scored three consecutive No. 1 hits on the Latin Songs chart in 2012, including ‘Incondicional,’ a single from his ‘Phase II’ album that provides an unexpected fusion of bachata and mariachi music, along with a breezy melody and Royce’s words about selfless giving and unconditional love.
Shakira once turned down repeated requests to appear on Pitbull’s smash hit ‘Give Me Everything,’ but she took up his offer to collaborate on ‘Get It Started,’ which finds her and Mr. Worldwide taking their music to the club with a frenzied Eurodance-style beat. On the only song in our Top 10 that’s entirely in English, Pitbull compares himself to Tom Cruise and Muhammad Ali and brags about dropping the ball in Times Square.
Jay Sean guests on ‘Bebe Bonita,’ a soulful pop track that became a big hit for Venezuelan duo Chino & Nacho, who have survived their early days in a boy band to become stars on their own. Sean adds his smooth R&B touch to the track, singing, “Girl, out of everyone you stand out / And without even trying, girl you know you shine,” while Chino & Nacho add bilingual lyrics about their perfect ‘Pretty Baby.’
Puerto Rican reggaeton star Don Omar won the Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album for ‘Meet the Orphans 2: New Generation.’ The record’s opening track, ‘Hasta Que Salga de Sol,’ translates as ‘Until the Sun Comes Up,’ and describes how long Omar wants to party. Omar orders listeners to raise their beers and dance until they break their hips. That’s an intense celebration!
Mexican duo Jesse & Joy were the big winners at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards, pocketing four trophies, including Record and Song of the Year for the piano-driven breakup ballad ‘Corre!’ The song evokes heavy emotions as Joy tells the story of a relationship that has run its course. She sings painful lyrics that translate as, “You look at me differently / You hug me and I don’t feel your warmth anymore.”
‘Finally Found You,’ the latest hit from Latin pop king Enrique Iglesias, features Sammy Adams on the radio version, but a second recording featuring Daddy Yankee was issued for the Latin pop market. The catchy track with fluttering synths and lyrics that describe Enrique meeting the girl of his dreams became the singer’s 23rd No. 1 hit on the Billboard Latin Songs chart, extending his own record for most chart-toppers in history.
Puerto Rican hitmakers Wisin & Yandel enlist two of R&B’s biggest names, Chris Brown and T-Pain, for their No. 1 dance-pop smash ‘Algo Me Gusta de Ti. “I’m your man / I need your body / Can I take you there?,” Breezy asks over an electro dance beat that recalls many of his own hit songs. In the energetic music video, all four men dance and hang out with a house full of ladies. The party anthem caps off our list of the Top 10 Latin Pop Songs of 2012.
Pitbull (or Mr. 305, as he affectionately refers to himself) has been making the dance floor burn way before he became the monarch of the Latin pop explosion, and we thought it was about time to celebrate him with the Top 10 Pitbull Songs!
The Cuban-American artist was getting the party started as the hype man for 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell back in 2001, and he later teamed up with Lil Jon to rock the mic during the crunk music scene between 2004-2007. Currently, he unites clubgoers all over the world with his global dance-pop songs, like the 2011 chart-topper ‘Give Me Everything’ and newer party jams like ‘Get It Started.
In honor of Pitbull’s global domination, we are counting down some of the biggest songs of his career. So, check out PopCrush’s Top 10 Pitbull Songs list and shake your culo!
‘Shut It Down’
Pitbull teams up with Akon on his thumping 2009 club hit, ‘Shut It Down.’ Mr. Worldwide boasts about his exciting lifestyle that he says feels like a Martin Scorsese movie, while Akon takes vocal command on the exhilarating chorus. “I don’t make it rain / I spit that global warming,” Pit raps, teasing the title of his 2012 LP three years prior to its release.
Mr. 305 notched his third No. 1 hit with this appropiatetly titled, crazy club song, which samples his own 2004 party-starter, ‘Toma.’ If this song doesn’t make you shake your rump, you better check your pulse. ‘Krazy’ is a wild, crunk track that will bring out the party animal in even the most timid of pop fans, especially when Pit starts chanting, “Now jump up, let’s get crazy.”
Mr. Worldwide loves the ladies! On ‘International Love,’ Pitbull salutes all the beautiful women in the world from the beaches of Brazil to coasts of Greece: “In Greece, you’ve guessed it, the women are sweet / Been all around the world, but I ain’t gon’ lie, there’s nothing like Miami’s heat.” R&B crooner Chris Brown adds some star power to the track, as he compares women to various cities on the electrifying refrain.
Unknown fact: Shakira originally was asked to sing the hook on ‘Give Me Everything,’ but she declined. WTF?! In any case, she was eager to sing the chorus on ‘Get It Started,’ which quickly became another dance-pop hit for the Cubano. The synth-heavy song features Pitbull rapping about traveling to exotic locations. “Two passports / Three cities / Two countries / One day / Now that’s worldwide,” he boasts.
No one can get the party started like Pitbull. Produced by DJ Budha, TJR and Marc Kinchen, this 2012 ‘Global Warming’ track has become Pit’s signature dance-pop song, tailor-made for the club with its spicy, horn-laden, house beats. The accompanying video was so hot, that it was banned in the U.K. for being too sexually explicit. Muy caliente!
Coming in at No. 5 on our Top 10 Pitbull Songs list is this crunkfied jam produced by hit-maker Jim Jonsin. The infectious, percussion-driven tune slyly mixes hip-hop (with its ‘Rapper’s Delight’ lines and ‘Planet Rock’ beat) with house music (the Nightcrawlers’ ‘Push the Feeling On’ sample). On the track, Mr. Worldwide raps about fulfilling all the ladies needs with his unique brand of room service: “Forget about your boyfriend / And meet me at the hotel room.”
Pitbull brings the fly ladies to the dance floor on this synth-centric club tune. On ‘Hey Baby,’ the Miami native boasts about bagging all the women he desires. “Not a goon or a goblin, I’m a monsta / Because I hit all of the baddest women in the world / Gangsta,” he raps. T-Pain comes through with his Auto-Tuned vocals encouraging women to drop it all the way down to the floor and shake their moneymakers.
Speaking of shaking booties, coming in at No. 3 on our list of the top Pitbull songs is probably his most well-known club song to date. Under heavy Latin rhythms and a more subdued dancehall beat, this bumpin’ track was a worldwide smash during the height of the reggaeton explosion back in 2004. Pitbull and Lil Jon got the party crunk with this infectious, bilingual club banger. CULO!
‘I Know You Want Me’ became an international hit for Pitbull in 2009 (thus the name “Mr. International”), selling two million copies worldwide. Produced by Lil Jon, Mr. 305 brought Little Havana to the dance floor with this thumping club ditty that appeals to fans of all ages and races — seriously, we bet your mom and dad even know this song. Afterward the world got a taste of ‘Calle Ocho,’ every artist was clamoring to collaborate with Pitbull.
Finally, sitting at the top of our list is Pitbull’s first-ever No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Give Me Everything.’ The song pushed 4 million copies worldwide, becoming the unofficial anthem of summer 2011, and is also every DJ’s go-to track if he wants to get the party started right. Ne-Yo sings the carefree hook on the club anthem, as Mr. 305 invites everyone to his global dance party. “You might not get tomorrow, let’s do it tonight!“
Pitbull is moving in to the Top 20 Songs for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, while Ne-Yo is moving up! Mr. 305 comes in at No. 19 with his ‘Global Warming’ single ‘Don’t Stop the Party,’ while Ne-Yo’s heartfelt club track ‘Let Me Love You’ comes in at No. 4 this week.
What else is new for the Top 20 countdown? Kesha‘s ‘Die Young’ is the new dominator at No. 1, while Pink‘s ‘Blow Me’ is replaced by the entertainer’s latest single, ‘Try.’ Check out the list of PopCrush’s Top 20 Songs for the week of Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2012, and be sure to tune in to our radio show on Saturday and Sunday (12/1 + 12/2) to hear all of these tracks plus this week’s winning About to Pop tune (Owl City‘s ‘Shooting Star’).
Top 20 Songs: Week of Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2012
20. The Script, ‘Hall of Fame’ Feat. will.i.am
19. Pitbull, ‘Don’t Stop the Party’
18. OneRepublic, ‘Feel Again’
17. Psy, ‘Gangnam Style’
16. Pink, ‘Try’
15. Ed Sheeran, ‘The A Team’
14. The Lumineers, ‘Ho Hey’
13. Justin Bieber, ‘Beauty and a Beat’ Feat. Nicki Minaj
12. Phillip Phillips, ‘Home’
11. Justin Bieber, ‘As Long as You Love Me’
10. Flo Rida, ‘I Cry’
9. Taylor Swift, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
8. Chris Brown, ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’
7. Alex Clare, ‘Too Close’
6. Rihanna, ‘Diamonds’
5. Bruno Mars, ‘Locked Out of Heaven’
4. Ne-Yo, ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)’
3. fun., ‘Some Nights’
2. Maroon 5, ‘One More Night’
1. Kesha, ‘Die Young’
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Note: Every Monday, PopCrush will publish a list of our Top 20 songs for that given week. Then, over the weekend, fans can tune in to our national radio show to hear all of these hot songs plus some other amazing pop tunes. To see a list of radio stations where you can hear the PopCrush Top 20 countdown, click here.
Pitbull geared up for the Thanksgiving holiday by bringing a little ‘Global Warming’ to the TODAY show this morning (Nov. 21.)
Mr. Worldwide performed ‘Back in Time’ in his signature aviator shades and while wearing a tan blazer. Pit is easily one of the stylish pop stars working today and he always looks so dapper. Plus, we love his sense of humor. Remember when he footed the bill of the web prankster who launched the campaign to have him play at a Walmart in a remote part of Alaska? But back to present day, Pit rocked it and had all the people assembled in Rockefeller Center feeling his rhythms and rhymes.
Pit also jammed his first-ever No. 1, the summer of 2011 smash ‘Give Me Everything’ and even sent a Thanksgiving shout out to the peeps in New York City. It wasn’t particularly cold this morning but Pit still made things feel festive. He even had TODAY host Hoda Kotb rocking out in the crowd. Kotb was all kinds of into Pit and dancing. The rest of the crowd jumped up and down, like they were enjoying a pre-workout for all the turkey they will be consuming tomorrow.
In the interview about ‘Global Warming,’ Pit talked about wanting to change the musical climate and how he didn’t record the album traditionally in the studio. He recorded wherever and whenever he could, and sent the parts off to be mixed in the studio. It’s unorthodox but we can’t argue with the results when they are this good.
Then Pit launched into his latest smash ‘Don’t Stop the Party.’ We were rocking out in the living room when Pit jammed that out. It’s easily one of the catchiest songs of 2012. We pretended we were in Rockefeller Center, taking it all in live.
Check out photos from Pit’s perf below. And then watch him deliver a killer live set.
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Watch Pitbull Interview + ‘Don’t Stop the Party’ on TODAY
Pitbull has become one of kings of hip-hop in part because he had a great mother who served up a dose of tough love when he started getting involved with drugs on the streets of Miami. The rapper credits his mom for helping to build his character after she kicked him out of the house during his teenage years for using drugs.
“She said, ‘Grab what you can in 20 minutes and get out!’” the rapper recalls in an interview with ‘Access Hollywood.’ “I respect my mom. My mom is my father and my mother, and she’s the one that has made me a man. And at the same time, why I respected that when she told me that was because she spoke very clearly with me and I broke the deal. She goes, ‘I understand that you’re gonna be out here, due to the neighborhood that we live in and you’re gonna be dibbling and dabbling, whatever, but there’s one thing that I don’t want you to do and that’s be involved with this type of substance or product,’ and I did.”
Pitbull says he wasn’t a bad kid, but adds, “I always said, ‘I’m not a troublemaker, but I was always around some trouble.’” Pitbull also cites his lyric from ‘Give Me Everything,’ in which he raps, “I took my life from a negative to a positive / I just want y’all to know that,” as evidence that he hasn’t forgotten his journey from a regular kid living in a troubled neighborhood to Mr. Worldwide, hip-hop superstar.
The rapper’s latest album, ‘Global Warming,’ hit stores yesterday and features his current hit ‘Don’t Stop the Party,’ plus collaborations with Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and the Wanted.
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Pitbull‘s performance at the 2012 American Music Awards began before the applause for Christina Aguilera had even died down, so we had a feeling they were tied together in some way. Sure enough, after a ferocious rendition of ‘Don’t Stop the Party,’ Pitbull brought out Xtina for a cameo on their new collaboration.
Surrounded by girls and backed up by a video screen flashing bright colors, the rapper got the AMA party started with his latest single. Just in case any fans down front in the pit weren’t feeling him, Pitbull left the stage and went into the crowd to crank up the party another notch.
True to his word, the Rolling Stone cover subject wasn’t ready to quit when ‘Don’t Stop the Party’ finally finished. “Let’s take it back to the ’80s!,” the rapper shouted as viewers heard an updated version of the synth riff from a-ha’s classic pop hit ‘Take On Me.’ That’s when Aguilera returned to the stage just long enough to sing the hook from ‘Feel This Moment,’ her new team-up with Pitbull.
‘Don’t Stop the Party’ and ‘Feel This Moment’ both appear on Pitbull’s album ‘Global Warming,’ which finally hits stores this week. The record also features ‘Back in Time,’ his ‘Men in Black III’ theme song.
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‘Drinks For You (Ladies Night)’ is the name of the J. Lo track, and if you hate this kind of music, just prepare yourself — you’re going to hear this on repeat over and over and over again. The beat is catchy from the get-go and the opening kind of reminds us of ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ by the Buggles from back in the ’80s. Also, it’s not as in-your-face and loud as a typical Pitbull track; instead, he opts for a more subtle tone that’s as contagious as ever.
“I done had a long week / Now it’s time to celebrate,” repeats Lopez on the track, and despite the single-lined hook, it’s the one line of the song we find ourselves repeating. Why? Because it’s going to make for an awesome Twitter status and Facebook update, of course!
Meanwhile, he takes a similar route for his Christina Aguilera-featured tune ‘Feel This Moment.’ The song starts off with a beat that may sound familiar, since it’s a totally synthed-out version of the ’80s classic ’Take on Me’ by A-ha. Sounds like Pitbull really did go back in time when he was looking for inspiration for his latest batch of tracks!
On the high-energy chorus, Xtina belts out “One day when the light is glowing / I’ll be in my castle, golden / But until the gates are open / I just wanna feel this moment,” before she really lets it roar with a series of “woahhh’s.”
What do you think of the tracks? Listen below, and you can expect ‘Global Warming’ to officially impact on Nov. 16.
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Pitbull‘s collaboration with the Wanted and Afrojack, ‘Have Some Fun,’ leaked to the Web — and chances are it’ll inspire listeners to do just that.
The song opens with the Wanted (predominantly Max George) channeling Sheryl Crow’s ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’ hit ‘All I Wanna Do,’ singing, “All I want to do is have some fun / I got a feeling that I’m not the only one / All I gotta do is take you home / I got a feeling this party has just begun / It’s all I want / I got a feeling that I’m not the only one / It’s all I want / I got a feeling that you’re gonna give me some / It’s all I want.” Afrojack’s production fits in perfectly with the Wanted’s dance-heavy style.
The track features Pitbull’s typical raunchy come-ons and tongue-in-cheek humor. Mr. Worldwide spits in half pickup lines and half hashtags: “You got her / Bingo / She’s a star / Ringo / Her and two friends? / I like that lingo.” It’s typical Pitbull in terms of content, but Afrojack’s breakdowns and the Wanted’s harmonies give the track elements that we haven’t heard from the Miami-based rapper before, and they all work seamlessly together.