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Now! Bracket Second Round: Seattle Region

May 5, 2013

So, as I said in my introductory post, every round, I will switch regions with my buddy at The Jones Corner.  So now that I have done the Detroit and Nashville regions for the first round, I will be doing the Seattle and New Orleans regions for this round.  So, let’s get to it.

1 seed: Now 37 vs. 8 seed: Now 11

now37

Starting Five

Love the Way You Lie-Eminem feat. Rihanna

Firework-Katy Perry

Just the Way You Are-Bruno Mars

Raise Your Glass-Pink

Only Girl (In the World)-Rihanna

One and Dones

Bottoms Up-Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj

Like a G6-Far East Movement

Whip My Hair-Willow Smith

No Hands-Waka Flocka Flame

Now 11

Starting Five

Underneath It All-No Doubt feat. Lady Saw

Hot in Herre-Nelly

Ordinary Day-Vanessa Carlton

Don’t Know Why-Norah Jones

One Last Breath-Creed

One and Dones

Days Go By-Dirty Vegas

THE BREAKDOWN

While I enjoy some of the songs to be found on Now 11, there is just no denying the firepower of Now 37.  In terms of star power, Now 37 has very few throughout the series that can match it.  It leads the series in Number 1 hits and is one of the deepest rosters that you’ll see.  So, while I love “Hot in Herre” as much as anyone, and can thoroughly enjoy “Don’t Know Why” and “One Last Breath” when in the right mood, there’s no way Now 11 will advance.

FINAL SCORE

Now 11: Not in Herre

Now 37: Raise Your Glasses

2 seed: Now 80’s vs. 7 seed: Now 25

Now 80

Starting Five

Girls Just Want to Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper

Uptown Girl-Billy Joel

Every Breath You Take-The Police

Here I Go Again-Whitesnake

Billie Jean-Michael Jackson

One and Dones

Don’t You Forget About Me-Simple Minds

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go-Wham!

Total Eclipse of the Heart-Bonnie Tyler

Jessie’s Girl-Rick Springfield

Eye of the Tiger-Survivor

Now_25

Starting Five
Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin)-T-Pain feat. Young Joc

Home-Daughtry

The Sweet Escape-Gwen Stefani feat. Akon

Thnks fr th Mmrs-Fall Out Boy

Before He Cheats-Carrie Underwood

One and Dones

Girlfriend-Avril Lavigne

Pop, Lock & Drop It-Huey

THE BREAKDOWN

This is one of two of the “strange” matchups where we have a “greatest hits” vs. the hits of (to use a bad pun) “now.”  I do enjoy some of the songs on Now 25, but in terms of star power and song longevity, there is no way an album that has Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and The Police in addition to some of the most memorable one hit wonders of all time (and one of the most memorable music videos for that Whitesnake video) is going to lose in the first round to Avril Lavigne  & T-Pain.

FINAL SCORE

Now 25: Thanks for the Memories

Now 80’s: Eye of the Tiger

3 seed: Now 17 vs. 11 seed: Now 30

Now_17-1

Starting Five

Let’s Get It Started-Black Eyed Peas

Goodies-Ciara

Take Me Out-Franz Ferdinand

1985-Bowling for Soup

Here for the Party-Gretchen Wilson

One and Dones

Pieces of Me-Ashlee Simpson

Now 30

Starting Five

Gives You Hell-All-American Rejects

Just Dance-Lady Gaga

Womanizer-Britney Spears

Love Story-Taylor Swift

Heartless-Kanye West

One and Dones

I’m Yours-Jason Mraz

THE BREAKDOWN

Other than the Black Eyed Peas, Now 17 is kind of all one and dones. They are one and dones that I enjoy, but there isn’t a great sense of star power to this album.  Now 30 on the other hand has incredible star power and songs that have stood up over the past few years.  As much as I would like to advance Bowling for Soup, I think they will be bounced right here and our 11 seed will advance!

FINAL SCORE

Now 17: Taken Out

Now 30: Really happy for you, gonna let you finish, but this album has some of the best talent of all time

4 seed: Now 32 vs. 5 seed: Now 14

Now_32

Starting Five

You Belong With Me-Taylor Swift

Best I Ever Had-Drake

I Gotta Feeling-Black Eyed Peas

Down-Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne

Whatcha Say-Jason Derulo

One and Dones

Good Girls Go Bad-Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester

Now 14

Starting Five

Where is the Love-Black Eyed Peas feat. Justin Timberlake

Right Thurr-Chingy

Crazy in Love-Beyonce feat. Jay-Z

Senorita-Justin Timberlake

Why Can’t I-Liz Phair

One and Dones

Stacy’s Mom-Fountains of Wayne

THE BREAKDOWN

Now 32 is a fairly solid album, but there is just a great amount of star power on Now 14.  The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake (times 2) is very tough to overcome, plus one of the most catchy one and dones over the past decade.  “I Gotta Feeling” and “You Belong With Me” are two incredibly popular songs, but they just don’t have the overall strength to advance.

FINAL SCORE

Now 32: Baby you are down, down, down, down, down

Now 14: Stacy’s Mom has got them moving on

So, to recap, the albums advancing are the following and they will be in these match ups:

1 seed: Now 37 vs. 5 seed: Now 14

2 seed: Now 80’s vs. 11 seed: Now 30

Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.

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