Listen to One Republic "Good Life" Featuring B.o.B (Remix)


After chart-topping collaborations with Bruno Mars, Hayley Williams and Jessie J, the multi-talented Atlanta MC B.o.B. now spits out a few rhymes to spice up and refresh One Republic's new single "Good Life." Driving force behind OneRepulic continued success is Ryan Tedder, a prolific songwriter who many newcomers and established artists turn to if they're looking for a solid pop hook.

In a recent interview with NPR, Tedder reveals what he thinks makes a catchy pop hook. "Simplicity and memorability," he explains. "It must be a simple melody and one that I think packs an emotional punch. And the other element would be a basic human concept and you need to say it in a way that hasn't been said before."

He adds, "On 'Good Life' the real hook is the post hook. It's what comes after it. We have this really super simple whistle. I hadn't heard a whistle in a song in forever and that's all I kept hearing on the song so I just whistled this melody into the mic and it really is the hook — it's the catchiest part of the song."

May 27, 2011 in B.o.B., One Republic | Permalink

Win Tickets to MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Party with B.oB. and Ke$ha


In conjunction with this year's MTV Video Music Awards, MTV presents a special VMA concert in support of LIFEbeat, an organization that raises awareness and provides support to the HIV/AIDS community through music. Performing at this very special event that will be held at the House of Blues in Hollywood are Ke$ha and B.o.B. is a proud supporter of LIFEbeat and is giving away a pair of tickets to the event. To have a chance to win, follow me on Twitter and simply tweet "Hey @arjanwrites! I would like to win two tickets to @lifebeatdotorg's VMAs event and party down with Ke$ha and B.o.B."

Contest closes on Friday at midnight EDT. Winners will be notified via Direct Message on Twitter to pick up tickets at the venue at the day of the show. You need to live in the Los Angeles area (or willing to travel there at your own expense). Be quick! Cool show. And don't forget to wrap it up, boys and girls!

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September 9, 2010 in B.o.B., LIFEbeat, MTV VMA | Permalink

B.o.B. & Friends Perform Free Show in Atlanta


Chart-topping happy man B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray Simmons) is truly in a league of his own. It is easy to label him as just another hip hop artist, but his music and performance go way beyond one, single genre. Simmons' music is a pop-savvy brew of pop, soul, rock and hip hop that doesn't fit one particular mold.

His debut LP is not called "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" for nothing. Like a happy-go-lucky comic book character he rocks and rolls easily from one genre to the next - performing with guitar, diving into the crowd, singing from the mic stand, crooning on the piano and fiercely spitting rhymes to a chanting crowd. Very entertaining and a lot of fun to watch.

The "hyper-creative savant" performed a special gig in his hometown of Atlanta on Saturday night that was sponsored by MySpace Music, Microsoft Windows and HP computers that introduced its brand-new line of Beats by Dr Dre enabled laptops. B.o.B. took on all of his hits and his future ones, including "Nothin' On You,"  the fantastic and meaningful "Kids" (with Janelle Monae) and his global smash "Airplanes" that sent the crowd into overdrive.


Prior to the show, I received an extensive demonstration of HP's new top-of-the-line Envy laptops that feature sophisticated sound technology courtesy of Beats by Dr Dre. Frankly, I was a bit skeptical at first, thinking this Beats thing was just a marketing ploy and a fancy logo slapped on to some laptops to sell a few more of them. But I was impressed by this product.

First of all, the HP Envy laptops come with an easy-grip, all-aluminum casing that easily rivals the look and feel of the latest MacBook Pro notebooks (I work from a first generation MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard, which is getting a bit sluggish after 4 years of intense use.)

The sound on the HP Envy laptops is truly outstanding. Audio quality is often not a high priority for laptop makers, but the built-in Beats technology (a hardware extension to the soundcard with pre-set audio profiles) on the HP laptops make a world of difference.

And when music sounds better, it feels better, creating a much more entertaining experience. I'm looking forward to toying more with an Envy loaner I'm hoping to receive to give you more insights (Yes, I'm a bit of a tech geek and most definitely an audiophile). If you're in the market for a new PC laptop, you should definitely consider one of these handsome, sonically-pleasing  HP Envy laptops. (Disclaimer: I did not get paid to write this.)

August 3, 2010 in B.o.B. | Permalink