AJR stands for Adam, Jack, Ryan (Brothers)
AJR is a New York City-based indie pop band composed of brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met. The band is a DIY pop group who write, produce, and mix their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment.
New at number 29 this week.
Safe songs for June 30, 2014
|LW||TW||ARTIST||TITLE||Prime Cuts #||BPM|
|3||3||Nico & Vinz||Am I Wrong||201412||120|
|1||4||Rixton||Me and My Broken Heart||201409||87|
|5||7||Paramore||Ain’t it Fun||201352||104|
|7||8||SDJ Snake/Lil Jon||Turn Down for What||201402||101|
|6||9||Justin Timberlake||Not A Bad Thing||201408||86|
It’s rated R but critics are giving it some positive reviews.
Critic Rama Tampubolon gives it: GRADE: 4 out of 5
Holy smokes! I never thought I’d say this, but I actually had a blast watching Nick Cannon’s feature directorial debut, SCHOOL DANCE, this is a really funny movie and it’s got tons of familiar faces from George Lopez and Kat Williams to Kevin Hart and Wilmer Valderrama. The jokes hit the targets, and it’s not just a black-centric comedy either, it’s a high school comedy with a few sideline sketches on the side but it’s as if in a sea of mild to simply boring comedy movies out there, Nick Cannon and his co-scribe know exactly what can make us laugh. SCHOOL DANCE is fun, hysterical and downright cool.
Bobb’e J. Thompson is our lead man in SCHOOL DANCE, I was a huge fan of his hilarious starring role in ‘Role Models’ a few years back. Bobb’e plays a high schooler who’s a lot shorter than everybody else and just like everybody else, he too wants to fit in and there’s this rap group called the Rangers which tells him that if he wants to join in, he has to get the panties of a certain hot girl in school and that’s where Anastacia comes in, the girl of Bobb’e’s dreams in this movie.
By the way, it’s interesting in and of itself to see Bobb’e play some kind of shy nerd who has trouble rapping when in fact Bobb’e is actually a damn good rapper in real life.
The school in SCHOOL DANCE is filled with colorful characters and cliques, one of which is the hispanic gang led by Wilmer Valderrama’s character. One of the members of the rangers has a dad, played by Kat Williams, who’s in prison and owes this gang some money. Kat, one of the funniest comedians working today, gives a scene-stealing performance in SCHOOL DANCE, his is a must-see.
That same evening there is to be a lock in, it’s an event where for one night, students get to spend the night at the gym socializing and this is an event where things get rowdy and wild with parties bumpin’, there’s a contest with $2,000 grand prize and so the rangers are hoping to win in order to get their friend out of trouble. All the while, there’s another gang led by Kevin Hart, and also a couple of incompetent cops who help make this movie even more hilarious than it already is.
I think all in all, the reason why SCHOOL DANCE’s humor works effectively is because it’s built around the characters, and so no matter how silly it may get, it never goes astray from what the characters are all about, and sure it may be also about the usual high school complexities, like trying to fit in or the pressure of losing your virginity, but SCHOOL DANCE approaches it straightforward without make it too dramatic and it also doesn’t make light of them either.
For example, George Lopez plays the father of the girl that our lead has a crush on, and Lopez’s character has a scene in which he gives his daughter a fatherly advice about not to date black men, he generalizes that black men will smooth his way into your life, get you pregnant and then run off or disappear like a magician, but then his own hispanic culture young men aren’t giving him enough reasons to defend them. These are typical speeches that many parents out there give to their children behind closed doors. And so I don’t think SCHOOL DANCE necessarily is saying black men are cool and hispanics are not and vice versa, no. I think SCHOOL DANCE is trying to say that there will always be lazy folks in any culture or any ethnicity, it doesn’t mean that they are all lazy,because there will always be a few good apples worth getting to know. So that whole speech by Lopez could’ve easily turned into something that’s unnecessarily long or too dramatic with a mopey music score on the background, but nope, that whole speech was complimented with humor in between, along the way, so on one hand, it never loses its funny and on the other hand, at the same time, it retains its seriousness as well.
I think SCHOOL DANCE is a well-balanced Romeo & Juliet-esque comedy that accomplishes exactly what it set out to do from the get-go.
Could this new dance “Super Selfie” blaze a new dance craze going into the new school year. It’d be great to put twerking and grinding in the dust with something a little more challenging and less disgusting. Check out the Manoeuvres doing some hot moves to an MC Hammer classic. Impressive.
Here is a large list of songs that are not currently on the Top 30 but are still popular and are safe to play at schools. If you are looking for a Responsible DJ who will play nothing but Safe Songs at your next dance….CLICK HERE FOR OUR DIRECTORY
Listed by mosts recent adds to the recurrent list. Updated February 18 2014
|Recurrents- (Still popular)|
|Paramore||Still Into You||201315||136|
|Jay Z-Timberlake||Holy Grail||201329||72|
|Ariana Grande / Big Sean||Right There||201340||78|
|Selena Gomez||Slow Down||201333||128|
|Drake||Hold on We’re going home||201332||100|
|J. Cole||Crooked Smile||201323||82|
|Lupe Fiasco/Ed Sheeran||Old School Love||201342||86|
|Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran||Everything has Changes||201327||79|
|Capital Cities||Safe and Sound||201249||118|
|Zedd / Ft Foxes||Clarity||201305||128|
|Robin Thicke||Blurred Lines||201322||120|
|Justin Timberlake||Take Back the Night||201329||109|
|Maroon 5||Love Somebody||201314||120|
|Calvin Harris-Ellie Goulding||I Need Your Love||201312||125|
|Ariana Grande / Mac Miller||The Way||201314||83|
|Daft Punk||Get Lucky||201317||116|
|Krewella||Live for the Night||201327||128|
|One Direction||Best Song Ever||201330||118|
|Rihanna/David Guetta||Right Now||201329||130|
|Macklemore/Ryan Lewis||Can’t Hold Us||201310||73|
|Selena Gomez||Come & Get it||201315||80|
|Macklemoore-Ryan Lewis||Thrift Shop||201246||95|
|Pitbull-C Aguilera||Feel This Moment||201302||136|
|Demi Lovato||Heart Attack||201309||88|
|Mariah Carey/ Miguel||#Beautiful||201319||107|
|Chris Brown||Fine China||201314||104|
|Justin Timberlake||Suit annd Tie||201303||103|
|Justin Bieber /Wil I am||#that Power||201312||128|
|Calvin Harris/Florence Welch||Sweet Nothing||201238||128|
|Emeli Sande||Next to Me||201230||95|
|Sean Kingston/Chris Brown/Wiz||Beat it||201316||98|
|Swedish House Mafia||Don’t You Worry Child||201234||129|
|Avril Lavigne||Here’s to never growing up||201315||83|
|Olly Murs/ w Flo Rida||Troublemaker||201250||106|
|Imagine Dragons||It’s Time||201208||105|
|Will.I.AM-Britney Spears||Scream and Shout||201248||129|
|Justin Bieber w /Nicki Minaj||Beauty and a Beat||201244||127|
|Flo Rida||I Cry||201238||126|
|Justin Bieber||All Around the World||201307||128|
|Taylor Swift||We are never getting back together||201234||86|
|Chris Brown||Don’t Wake Me Up||201221||128|
|Pink||Blow Me One Last Kiss||201228||114|
|Owl City-Carly Rae Jepsen||Good Time||201227||126|
|Carly Jepsen||Call Me Maybe||201210||120|
|David Guetta/ Chris Brown||I Can Only Imagine||201230||127|
|Rihanna||Where have you been||201216||128|
|Trey Songz||Heart Attack||201214||75|
|Future||Turn on the Lights||201226||66|
|Nicki Minaj||Pound the Alarm||201227||126|
|One Direction||Live While we’re young||201240||126|
|Calvin Harris||Lets Go||201212||128|
|Katy Perry||Wide Awake||201223||80|
|David Guetta/Nicki Minaj||Turn Me on||201231||128|
|Taylor Swft-B.O.B||Both Of Us||201220||63|
|50 Cent/Dr. Dre/Alicia Keys||New Day||201232||98|
|Katy Perry||Part of Me||201210||130|
|Flo Rida||Good Feelin||201137||128|
|Pitbull||Back In Time||201214||127|
|Gym Class Heroes||Self Back Home||201203||130|
|Chris Brown||Turn Up The Music||201206||130|
|Goyte||Somebody that I used to Know||201205||129|
|Rihanna||We Found Love||201140||128|
|The Wanted||Glad You Came||201134||128|
|One Direction||What Makes You Beautiful||201213||129|
|Drake /Rihanna||Take Care||201150||122|
|Calvin Harris||Feel So Close||201131||64|
|Rihanna||You Da One||201147||127|
|Young Jeezy||Leave you alone||201208||95|
|Pitbull/w Chris Brown||International Love||201140||120|
|Jennifer Lopez||Dance Again||201215||128|
|Chris Rene||Young Homie||201209||80|
|LMFAO||Sorry for Party Rockin||201201||134|
|Hot Chelle Rae||I Like it Like That||201139||101|
|Bruno Mars||It Will Rain||201140||75|
|David Guetta||Without You||201136||128|
|Selena Gomez||Love you Like a Love Song||201131||119|
|Dev & Enrique Iglesias||Naked||201201||125|
|Outasight||Tonight is the Night||201142||120|
|Foster the People||Don’t Stop||201146||133|
|Gym Class Heros||Stereo Hearts||201125||91|
|Jason Derulo||It Girl||201133||92|
|LMFAO||Sexy and I know it||201133||130|
|Lady Gaga||Marry the Night||201145||131|
|Maroon 5/Aguilera||Moves Like Jagger||201132||128|
|Britney Spears||I Wanna Go||201124||131|
|Enrique Iglesias||I Like How it Feels||201139||128|
|LMFAO||Party Rock Anthem||201102||131|
|Cobra Starship||You Make Me Feel||201120||132|
|Alexandra Stan||Mr. Saxobeat||201119||127|
|New Boyz||Better with the Lights on||201120||112|
|Bad Meets Evil||Lighters (squeaky clean)||201125||90|
|Kanye West||All of the lights||201050||71|
|Nicki Minaj||Super Bass||201115||127|
|Karmin||Crash Your Party||201144||96|
|Sean Paul||Got 2 Luv||201129||92|
|David Guetta||Where them Girls at||201119||130|
|T-Pain||Best Love Song||201108||81|
|Lady Gaga||The Edge of Glory||201120||128|
|Chris Brown||She Ain’t You||201114||91|
|Bruno Mars||Lazy Song||201108||87|
|Beyonce||Best Thing I Never Had||201124||100|
|Lupe Fiasco||The Show Goes on||201045||72|
|Black Eyed Peas||Just Can’t Get Enough||201106||94|
|Jennifer Lopez||I’m Into You||201115||84|
|Wiz Khalifa||Roll Up||201106||94|
|Adele||Rolling in the Deep||201048||105|
|Britney Spears||Til The World Ends||201111||133|
|Tinie Tempah||Written in the Stars||201104||93|
|Hold it against Me||Britney Spears||201103||134|
|Lady Gaga||Born This Way||201102||120|
|Pittbull||Rain on Me||201125||128|
|Far East Movement||Rocketeer||201047||96|
|Chris Brown||Yeah 3X||201044||129|
|Taio Cruise-Travie MacCoy||Higher||201102||128|
|Rihanna||What’s My Name||201043||100|
What really damages the school dance industry are those DJs who insist on playing inappropriate songs, and are tolerant of inappropriate dancing. Administrators who are unable to control those DJs that insist on crossing the line, many times choose to pull the plug on their school dances rather than condone unacceptable music and dancing. Thus schools end up doing fewer dance events and there are fewer school gigs for the DJ industry. The number of high school dances has been cut in half over the past decade, almost exclusively due to these lyric and dance issues.
Responsible DJs are proving every weekend, that dances can be fun, hugely popular and still be acceptable to the administrators. Keep up the good fight!
I am always amazed at the DJs who ignore administration concerns and insist on satisfying their ego and bending to student pressure. Likely they won’t be invited back but event worse, may have done irreparable damage to the dance program at the school. Here is a comment from one such DJ in Riverside California:
That “do not play” list is ridiculous. Those are pretty much the biggest songs of the year and if you DJ ANY school dance and don’t play them, you will pretty much be labeled as the worst DJ alive. Please remove me from this email blast! Thank you.
PARTY UP ENTERTAINMENT
Miley Cyrus responds to a fan’s invitation to go to prom.
I got a call from New Orleans super star mobile DJ Rocky Bourg that gave me a poke- to post an update. Thanks Rocky.
I realize the front blog post page here at the school dance network has been lying dormant for a while…..but believe me there is a lot going on behind the scenes. Let me update. Our DJ membership and school subscriber base had grown over the past couple of years to the point where it was time to do an upgrade in our site. I hired a web guy to spearhead the project that was to be completed no later (absolutely) than January 1 2014. With great hopes of an exciting launch, and plans to make a big splash with a vendor display showing off the new site at Mobile Beat (next week) I was pumped. January 1 came and went, and with more issues and challenges then had been expected….the new site is still readying for launch. Hmmmm. Very frustrating. In the meantime, we have held steadfast to our content providing e-mails to our DJ members and to our school subscribers, sending our TOP 30 Safe Songs List (Mondays), our DO NOT PLAY list (Wednesdays) and our bonus School Dance Content blog on Friday. Our membership continues to grow, our subscribing schools list continues to grow, and I am just so anxious to get the new roll out published. Every time I get a web guy update, it is just going to be a day or so. Now 30 “days-or-so” have passed with yet the latest word (yesterday)…it’ll be a day or so.
For those of you who have been patient…..when the new site launches look for easier use, updated look, and back to frequent content updates. It’ll just be a day ….or so.
- Slow songs for school dances, not on the Top 30 dance songs:
- “Adore you” by A Miley Cyrus
- “Say Something” A Great Big World/ Christina Aguilera
- “All Of Me” -John Legend