It’s almost a month into 2012 people, and we’re already hard at work. One thing we didn’t do much of in 2011 was post videos-but that is about to change. Check out our Youtube channel *here* to see our first video of the year. Feel free to subscribe while you’re there, as we will continue to add videos of us working (and not working) in the studio, as well as other places around the country. Stay tuned…
As 2011 has come to a close, I, like many of you, find myself reflecting on the year past: what went well and what didn’t; favorite memories, aaand some not so favorite memories; what we accomplished, and what we hope to accomplish in 2012, etc. One of the things I like to do through all this is to put together ‘favorite lists.’ Not only does it force me to objectively look at what I really liked the past year, but I have also found it enjoyable to look back years later at these lists and see how my tastes have evolved.
So with no further introduction, here are my top 10 favorite songs of 2011.
As some of you know, we are in a contest for a Nick Carter remix. The voting ends in a couple days, so please vote. Click anywhere in this text to go to the site, and then just click on the “vote” button to the right of the screen. After that, just follow the directions for finish voting. There is a way to vote without signing up for an Indaba account, so don’t feel like you have to sign up.
Thanks for your support, and please pass this on to anyone you know who would be willing to vote. Remember, the voting ends on Aug. 25th, so vote before then!
It’s finally here! We really hope you guys enjoy this! I know we have made you wait a long time to hear it, and we REALLY want everyone to love it. If you do like it, please forward the link to EVERYONE you know (and even people you don’t know) 🙂
Thank you all for your support of Incorporated Elements! We are on a mission to gain a large group of friends to share in our musical journey with us, and it starts with you.
Hey, music biz, here’s a hint on how to get people to pay for more music…PUT OUT GOOD FULL ALBUMS, and people will buy them! Consumers can now preview 90 seconds of songs on iTunes, so you had better be putting out good artists who make good albums. I know that the model of iTunes and digital downloading in general is single track download based…but, music lovers still want to buy full albums…IF THEY’RE GOOD.
Stop spending so much money to pay “Famous Producer X” to produce one good single for you, and then you don’t have money left in the budget to spend the time and effort to make the rest of the album good. I’m a producer, so I know what it really costs to make an album. Our production company could produce full albums for the amount of money you spend on a couple songs sometimes!
Consumers aren’t stupid. They are more careful with their money now than ever before, so make it worth it for them to spend money on your artists. It would only make sense that if a person likes an artist, they would love to have as many good songs by that artist as possible. Therefore, if you try to make sure there are 10-12 really good songs on an album, people will buy them. If you make one or two good songs, and throw together 9-11 mediocre or bad songs, then people won’t pay for them. Duh! In this age of being able to get either one song or a whole album, consumers need to feel like you care enough about them spending their hard-earned money that you will really try to put together worthwhile full album projects.
I realize that music is very subjective, and what one person loves, another person hates…but, AT LEAST DO YOUR BEST TO PUT OUT THE BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT WITH EACH ARTIST. If you do that, then you can be assured that art has been represented.
But, maybe I’m just old-fashioned…and proud of it.
PS – small note to consumers and music listeners…if you want record labels to put out good albums with good artists…stop supporting the crappy artists out there who are just trying to shock you, arouse you, or be some sort of circus freak show, just because a lot of other people are listening to them.
Grits’ hit ‘Ooh Ahh’ is still on the itunes hip hop/rap charts, sitting comfortably at #32. It has been as high as #28. We’re working hard, trying to get it to break the top 20! Thank you all for all the support so far-keep spreading the word!
With the debut of the new MTV show, The Buried Life a few days ago, there has been a huge resurgence of the song “Ooh Ahh” by Grits. This song was co-written by Ric “DJ Form” Robbins and produced by Incorporated Elements. It has already been used in such films as “Fast And Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Big Momma’s House 2”, among many, many television shows. But, with “Ooh Ahh” being the opening theme song of The Buried Life, it has begun to climb up the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap download chart.
We would love to see it break into the top 10, but we need your help to do it. If you would like to support Incorporated Elements and DJ Form, consider downloading “Ooh Ahh” by Grits from iTunes and asking friends, family, and music fans everywhere to do the same.
Even if you don’t go download it, we really appreciate all the support we’ve been given from you all so far, and we look forward to continuing to connect with more and more of you out there! Below, I’ve posted some links to some videos using Ooh Ahh and one new song.
(based loosely on my iTunes Most Played Playlist, and some others that I just really like)
Not all of these were released in 2009, but this is the year that I really listened to them.
I’ve split this up in two lists, since my tastes are so widely varied…
Most of you will think I’m weird, because I have such a wide range of musical tastes. I feel like I’m missing some really good songs on here, but I just can’t seem to think of others…please respond with at least your top 10, and that may help me change some of mine by jogging my memory!
Cry – Kelly Clarkson
The Best Day – Taylor Swift
Lucky – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
Revelry – Kings Of Leon
Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble
Fearless – Colbie Caillat
That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
Party In The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Don’t Let Me Stop You – Kelly Clarkson
I Told You So – Carrie Underwood
One Time – Justin Bieber
I Never Told You – Colbie Caillat
You Belong To Me – Taylor Swift
All The Right Moves – OneRepublic
Got Dynamite – Demi Lovato
Fireflies – Owl City
If I Can’t Have You – Kelly Clarkson
Uprising – Muse
Sober – Pink
Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna
The One – Slaughterhouse
How Low – Ludacris
Auditorium – Mos Def
Boyz With Tattoos – The Bangz
So Fine – Sean Paul
Mad – Ne-Yo
Get Your Money Up – Keri Hilson
Pretty Wings – Maxwell
Empire State Of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Single Ladies – Beyonce
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Blame It (remix) – Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, T-Pain
If you continue to follow Incorporated Elements and our blog, you can bet that you will see Jimmie Allen’s name on these pages again. We have been collaborating with Jimmie for the past couple of years, working together on numerous songs for various projects/opportunities. And we have only just begun. He is a workhorse, writing nearly everyday-almost as often as he visits his neighborhood Starbucks. Not just a writer, he is also a solo artist, and has been busy of late working on his solo project. The song that is linked above, ‘Comet,’ is the first single off his forthcoming album, due in 2010. Though we didn’t produce it, we fully support Jimmie in all his solo endeavors, and are excited to see where this new chapter takes him. He has some exciting things ahead of him, so stay tuned! Also be sure to check him out in a city near you, as he hits the road in December. For further updates on Jimmie Allen, check his Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/jimmieallenmusic.