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The end of the cycle!  The dust has settled and we have the final overall Top 12 and Bubble!

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
4.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
5.  Ed Sheeran | SING
6.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
7.  Colbie Caillat | Try
8.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
9.  Maroon 5 | Maps
10.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
11.  Little Mix | Salute
12.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out

The Bubble:

13.  Cody Simpson | Surfboard
14.  One Direction | You & I
15.  5 Seconds of Summer | Don’t Stop
16.  Brad Paisley | River Bank

Recap:

It’s a clean sweep for Demi Lovato as Lovatics take over both tallies and give her another no. 1 overall finish, a back to back affair and doing so again over back to back top runner-up Fifth Harmony!   In the second runner-up spot is Scotty McCreery, who finished strong in both tallies to mark the first time he has ever been in the overall Top 3!

David Archuleta finishes up outside the Top 3 at no. 4, despite tallying 5th in both tallies, but the uncertainty for the no. 4 overall spot between Ed Sheeran, The Cab in their respective tallies was too much to overcome for either and they both end up at no. 5 and no. 6 overall respectively!

Colbie Caillat finishes strong at no. 7, Cher Lloyd jumps back inside the Top 20 at no. 8, Maroon 5 finishes strong as well, checking in at no. 9, Madison Beer drops down to no. 10, Little Mix and OneRepublic wrap up the Top 12!

In The Bubble, we have a new leader in the form of Cody Simpson, whose weak mobile tally sank his Top 12 hopes and ends up at no. 13 overall.  One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer finish 14 and 15 and Brad Paisley is your biggest shaker, dropping completely out of the Top 12 from last week, down 9 spots to no. 16!

The next cycle, the 24th begins today at 2 pm ET and ends next Friday at noon ET!  The first leaderboards will be issued next Monday at 7 pm ET.  No new videos enter the 24th cycle.   Keep on voting!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
3.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
4.  Ed Sheeran | SING
5.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
6.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
7.  Colbie Caillat | Try
8.  Maroon 5 | Maps
9.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out
10.  Little Mix | Salute
11.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
12.  Cody Simpson | Surfboard 

The Bubble:

13.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
14.  One Direction | You & I
15.  5 Seconds of Summer | Don’t Stop
16.  Brad Paisley | River Bank
17.  Lana Del Rey | Shades of Cool
18.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart
19.  Todd Carey | Nintendo
20.  The Resolution | Hometown Heroes

The Countdown Mobile Top 12

1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
4.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
5.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
6.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
7.  Ed Sheeran | SING
8.  Maroon 5 | Maps
9.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
10.  Little Mix | Salute
11.  Jesse McCartney | Superbad
12.  Colbie Caillat | Try

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  Demi Lovato continues to rule the top of the tally, but Scotty McCreery may be gunning for a no. 1 finish here as he trails the defending champ in the runner-up spot, the first time EVER he has reached this point!  Fifth Harmony drops a spot to no. 3, Ed Sheeran remains steady at no. 4, David Archuleta jumps a spot to nol. 5, sending Cher Lloyd to rounding out the Top 6.

Things in the second half of the Top 12 remain steady from Monday, but Cody Simpsons climbs out of The Bubble and back into the Top 12, sending Madison Beer down to no. 13!

In The Mobile Tally:  Your Top 3 of Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony and The Cab remain steady while Scotty McCreery begins his ascent, climbing to no. 4!  David Archuleta & Madison Beer remain steady at no. 5 and no. 6.

Ed Sheeran is on the outside looking in at no. 7, Maroon 5 climbs a spot to no. 8, Cher Lloyd drops a spot no. 9 and Little Mix climbs two spots to no. 10!   Jesse McCartney and Colbie Caillat both emerge from outside the Top 12 to being inside the Top 12 at no. 11 and no. 12 respectively!

This is the final leaderboard update for the cycle!   Keep on voting!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

Latest and more at http://www.musiqtone.com/musiqtoneblog/?p=1990

The Spotlight

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By Alan Ho

Who:  Never Let This Go
Where:  Tempe, AR
For fans of:  All Time Low, The Maine, Every Avenue, Yellowcard, the All-American Rejects

Arizona’s alternative and rock scenes have long been considered historic and somehow yet underrated, bringing the likes of Alice Cooper, Jimmy Eat World, The Format, The Word Alive, Authority Zero, Job for a Cowboy and more recently, The Maine and The Summer Set.

Could we add this latest upstart from Tempe?  Perhaps we can.  Enter in Never Let This Go.  Formed in 2012, frontman David Kleinebreil and company have made the slow and long journey to the precipice of potential breakout, bringing their energetic take on alternative rock (think Jimmy Eat World meets Yellowcard meets All Time Low) to the stage, sharing it with the likes of Go Radio, Set It Off and This Providence.  The foursome recorded their debut EP just over two years ago with Greeley Estates’ rhythm guitarist David Ludlow and are currently set to drop their second EP, also produced by Ludlow (and A Change of Pace’s Dan Parker) on August 23 titled Remember.

Why on the precipice of potential breakout?  Say what you want about what the South by Southwest Festival has become, but it is still THE premiere destination and place for unsigned indie acts like Never Let This Go to truly showcase themselves to a variety of people that can potentially take them to places higher than ever imagined.  And that is exactly what the group has done, recently wowing audiences in multiple showcase shows at SXSW this year.

The Maine and The Summer Set have formed a pretty powerful and talented duo to recently come out of the Grand Canyon State.  Could Never Let This Go join them to form a trio?  Time will tell but given their potential and talent, that time could come a whole lot sooner!

Links:

Official Facebook
Official YouTube

Video:

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  Ed Sheeran | SING
4.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
5.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
6.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
7.  Colbie Caillat | Try
8.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out
9.  Maroon 5 | Maps
10.  Little Mix | Salute
11.  Cody Simpson | Surfboard
12.  The Cab | Lock Me Up

The Bubble:

13.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
14.  One Direction | You & I
15.  5 Seconds of Summer | Don’t Stop
16.  Brad Paisley | River Bank
17.  Lana Del Rey | Shades of Cool
18.  Panic! At The Disco | This Is Gospel
19.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart
20.  Jesse McCartney | Superbad

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
4.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
5.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
6.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It
7.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
8.  Ed Sheeran | SING
9.  Maroon 5 | Maps
10.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out  
11.  Lana Del Rey | Shades of Cool
12.  Little Mix | Salute

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  Things remains the same in the Top 3 as it was at the end of Cycle 22 as Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony and Ed Sheeran go 1-2-3.  Scotty McCreery debuts and opens at no. 4 with “Feelin’ It,” Cher Lloyd and David Archuleta rounds out the Top 6.  Colbie Caillat does better at the open in the tally, opening at no. 7, OneRepublic checks in at no. 8, Maroon 5 at no. 9 and Little Mix opens at no. 10.

Cody Simpson returns to the Top 12 at no. 11 and The Cab tumbles down, opening at no. 12.  Madison Beer tumbles out of the Top 12 and into The Bubble, where she leads the pack.  One Direction checks in at no. 14, also dropping out of the Top 12, 5 Seconds of Summer and Brad Paisley round out the Top 16, also both dropping out of the Top 12!

In The Mobile Tally:  Demi Lovato is looking to sweep both ends for a back to back no. 1 overall finish as she opens at no. 1 over no. 2 Fifth Harmony!  The Cab and Madison Beer do markedly better in this tally, opening at no. 3 and 4, respectively.  David Archuleta opens at no. 5 and Scotty McCreery is “Fellin’ It” at no. 6!

The next leaderboards will be published her Thursday at 7 pm ET!!!  Keep on voting!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

Latest and more at http://www.musiqtone.com/musiqtoneblog/?p=1986

Maroon 5 announces tracklist, cover art for new album

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By Alan Ho

It is certainly one of the most anticipated albums of 2014 and superstars Maroon 5 have finally unveiled cover art and the tracklisting for V, their followup to 2012’s Overexposed and the return of original member Jesse Carmichael, turning the group into a sextet. V is set to drop September 2, 2014 on 222 Records/Interscope Records and features the chart topping single “Maps”.

“Bringing it all back home, V features the return of M5’s original keyboardist Jesse Carmichael to the fold, rejoining frontman Adam Levine, guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer/percussionist Matt Flynn, and keyboardist PJ Morton after a two-year hiatus. Maroon 5’s latest provides a sonic summation of the group’s journey to date – capturing the essence of the earliest M5 hits through to their most recent successes, as well as providing a picture of its artistic growth into the future”


Here is the tracklist:

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1. Maps​​​​​​

2. Animals​

3. It Was Always You

4. Unkiss Me​​​​​

5. Sugar​​​

6. Leaving California

7. In Your Pocket​

8. New Love​

9. Coming Back For You

10. Feelings

11. My Heart Is Open ft. Gwen Stefani​

B Sides-​

1. ShootLove​​​​​

2. Sex and Candy​

3. Lost Stars​​​​

Musiqtone is about to enter into it’s twelfth year overall this coming September, but the name itself is about to turn TEN on February 8, 2015, which is considered when we finally made the steps to arrive in the complicated and fun world of music journalism!  It is a ride that we could not experience, make inroads in and create without the slew of volunteer staff writers that have come inside our virtual doors that we opened a year into the name change in 2006.  People have come and gone through our doors, each making their indelible mark into the tapestry that is Musiqtone, gaining valuable experience writing, covering and discovering and most importantly learn the side of the music world not a lot of people see.

Like we said, people come and go, due to our volunteer nature and we have decided to go all in on an effort to find, discover and cultivate the next group of young would/will-be journalists looking to get their feet in and/or get a taste of what this side of journalism is all about!  It all comes down to if YOU have what it takes to leave YOUR mark on Musiqtone!

What are we looking for?  YOU.  The music fan, who also likes to tell people what they think about an album, about an issue affecting the industry, someone who enjoys discovering new acts and telling the whole world about it and why, someone who wants to ask a musician or band about their musical craft and more, someone who wants to be in the thick of the action!

That’s among the many characteristics and qualities we are looking for!  If that’s you and you also like to write, report, showcase, what are YOU waiting for?!

Where are we looking?  Well, everywhere.  Consider this as a mass reload.  But we will really look into candidates like yourself from areas (surrounding metro as well)  like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Diego, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Orlando and Denver!

Staff writers review albums, concerts, interview all kinds of bands and artists, big, medium, small, discover new acts and much more!

So apply, see if you got what it takes!  In fact, we’ll even scrap our normal screening processes we put our candidates under!  All we need is your writing samples (detailed on the application page) and your full application and take that as your official candidate screening!

We bet that you are wondering, how will I know if I’m in or not?  Well, if you get an e-mail or phone call from our co-founder, CEO and chief publisher/webmaster, you got your answer.  But, if you get some e-mail response from our Jobs account, you got your answer as well!


So we ask again, what are YOU waiting for?  Apply and see if you got the chops…of course, we gotta think so too!  Consider this a mutual assessment of your writing chops!

Two years ago, Jason Mraz went all concept as he explored every facet and avenue (positive, negative, heartbreaking) of love of the aptly titled Love Is A Four Letter Word, which also somewhat coincided with the breakup between himself and fellow singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman (who didn’t exactly mince words the same year with her fiery album release). After two years have passed, having long moved on, where would Mraz be for his fifth album?

Remember the sheer positivity (even when things seemed bleak?)in his breakout Mr A-Z and his debut album Waiting for My Rocket to Come? He’s baaaaack and now he brings in a healthy and much needed dose of optimism in his newest album, titled Yes!. The album’s admittedly understated, acoustic mood and material is very much appropiate considering how incredibly snarky, somewhat selfish and in many ways, pessimistic America and the rest of the world has generally become. There is something to be said when someone as naturally positive and happy-go-lucky as Mraz is has decided to bring all of that back in such a world that may look at it with skepticism but even the most pessimistic of persons has to be softened after taking one listen to the album in its entirety.

The acoustic tone is set from the get go on the instrumental opener “Rise,” with its sweet, dulcet strings transitioning and mixing in with a choral line from the singers of all-female folk rockers Raining Jane close to the end of the instrumental piece. It’s a perfect seguing into the overall acoustic tone to the album and sets up opening full track “Love Someone” perfectly.

The aformentioned “Love Someone” is certainly something that could have shown up on his last album, but given the relatively melancholic tune of that album, the subtle positivity oozing out of “Love Someone” turns out to be far much more appropiate for this album. But it’s not an in your face type that Yes! gets into at certain tracks, this one is more of a calm, soothing type of positive, a subtle love poem wrapped in soft acoustic guitar strumming and liberal but subtle use of the sitar. It’s perfect summer romance song to play at night in the city or during the day on a country road with the roof open.

Album name: Yes!
Label: Atlantic
Release Date: July 15,2014
Rating: — 4.9 out of 5

Review written by: Alan Ho

To read the rest of the review, click here.

The dust has settled!  This one was a pretty wild one as a bulk of the eight new videos that entered the cycle caused all sorts of mayhem in both tallies!

Again, we cleared the dust and now we have your final overall Top 12 and Bubble (Top 16)!

The Countdown Top 12 and Bubble:

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1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  Ed Sheeran | SING
4.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
5.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
6.  Brad Paisley | River Bank
7.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
8.  Colbie Caillat | Try
9.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
10.  Maroon 5 | Maps
11.  One Direction | You & I
12.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out

The Bubble:

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13.  5 Seconds of Summer | Don’t Stop
14.  Little Mix | Salute
15.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
16.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart

The Recap:

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It’s a whole lot of girl power at the top as Demi Lovato scores her second no. 1 overall finish, holding off fellow tourmates Fifth Harmony in a stretch run showdown, but they are plenty “boss” in the top runner-up spot!  Ed Sheeran finished strong to score a no. 3 overall finish, but the first time since the start of his current run in which he failed to finish in the Top 2!

Continuing a resurgence (that will bring in his latest video, retiring this one) is Scotty McCreery as he finishes fourth overall, thanks to a late surge in his web tally votes, allowing him to vault past David Archuleta, who had a late fade in both tallies and fails to get into the Top 3 for the first time in 16 months, finishing 5th overall.  Brad Paisley rounds out the Top 6 with “River Bank.”

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Madison Beer goes a third week in a row finishing 7th overall, Colbie Caillat was unable to overcome a weaker web tally, but her no. 3 finish in the mobile tally gets her a no. 8 overall finish!  Cher Lloyd tumbles out of the Top 6, finishing up at no. 9, Maroon 5 completes a quintet of new videos entering and finishing in the Top 12 at no. 10 with the fiery “Maps.”

One Direction and One Republic round out the Top 12.  5 Seconds of Summer commits to a late surge in both tallies and squeaks past no. 14 Little Mix for the top spot in The Bubble at no. 13.  The Cab and Rixton round out the Top 16.

The next cycle, the 23rd begins today at 2 pm ET, the first leaderboards will be issued on Monday at 7 pm ET.  Watch out on our Twitter feed for in-cycle updates preceding the opening leaderboards this weekend!

We have one new video entering the 23rd:

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1.  Scotty McCreery | Feelin’ It (replaces previous video “See You Tonight)

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

The Countdown Web Top 12 and Bubble:

1.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
2.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
3.  Ed Sheeran | SING
4.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
5.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
6.  Brad Paisley | River Bank
7.  Madison Beer | Unbreakable
8.  Maroon 5 | Maps
9.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
10.  Colbie Caillat | Try
11.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out
12.  One Direction | You & I

The Bubble:

13.  Little Mix | Salute
14.  5 Seconds of Summer | Don’t Stop
15.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
16.  Phillip Phillips | Raging Fire
17.  Rixton | Me and My Broken Heart
18.  The Resolution | Hometown Heroes
19.  Danielle Bradbery | Young In America
20.  Cody Simpson | Surfboard

The Countdown Mobile Top 12:

1.  Fifth Harmony | Bo$$
2.  Demi Lovato | Really Don’t Care
3.  Colbie Caillat | Try
4.  David Archuleta | Don’t Run Away
5.  Ed Sheeran | SING
6.  Scotty McCreery | See You Tonight
7.  The Cab | Lock Me Up
8.  Cher Lloyd | Sirens
9.  OneRepublic | Love Runs Out
10.  O-Town | Skydive
11.  Lana Del Rey | Shades of Cool
12.  5 Seconds of Summer | Don’t Stop

Recap:

In The Web Tally:  Remarkable consistency in what was an initially upended leaderboard from top to bottom!  But as we know, stretch runs can provide drama and sprints to the finish for position!  Key change though is Brad Paisley finding his way into the Top 6, knocking down Madison Beer to the outside looking in at no. 7.  Little Mix takes back the mantle of The Bubble at no. 13 and O-Town is making an unseen surge to no. 23, up 16 spots from the opening on Monday!  Could they crack the Top 20?

In The Mobile Tally:  We also see very little change, but numbers are very tight across the board, a little surge here, a little lull there and we could have a lot of change to make the final overall positions on Friday interesting!

These are the final leaderboards for this cycle.  The cycle ends tomorrow at noon ET, and the 23rd cycle begins 2 hours after at 2 pm ET.  Keep on voting!

The web tally is for your computer AND/OR tablet and you get 100 votes per day here.  The mobile tally is for your smartphone or selected feature phones, you get 50 votes per day here with a 4x multiplier (one vote=four votes)!

And also stay tuned to our Twitter feed for any quick in-cycle tally updates!

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

The Countdown Web
The Countdown Mobile 

Latest and more at http://www.musiqtone.com/musiqtoneblog/?p=1980

Lorde gets lampooned by Weird Al Yankovic (The Premiere Box Special)

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By Alan Ho

It is often said that if you get any of your hit songs lampooned and parodied by Weird Al Yankovic (unless you’re Coolio, Eminem, Prince, people who handle James Blunt and some people in Lady Gaga’s camp), you have officially made it in the music business and anything else that happens afterwards is just cherries on the top.

Well Lorde, in that case, you have finally made it.  So have you, Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines” becomes “Word Crimes”).  Ditto for you Pharrell (turns “Happy” into “Tacky”)

Instead of “Royals,” Weird Al brings you….”Foil.”  Presented by the fine folks at CollegeHumor.

Watch.  Prepare to be…FOILED.  And if you thought it was only about what to do with your leftover food…watch the second half.  And the ending.  Oh, Patton Oswalt.