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Fun (Megan Nicole) | Sounds Like | If I Had No Loot (Tony Toni Tone)

Fun by Megan Nicole If I Had No Loot by Tony Toni Tone

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The chorus vocal melody to Texas-born singer-songwriter Megan Nicole's track Fun (released October 14, 2014) is similar rhythmically to the chorus vocal melody to 90's R&B artists Tony! Toni! Tone's If I Had No Loot (released June 1, 1993). While Fun and If I Had No Loot are in completely different keys and have different melodic contours, both chorus melodies feature similar "New Jack Swing" rhythms, which emphasize the first two quarter notes of the beat, and both songs have the same exact tempo (108 bpm). Fun is also reminiscent of Sugarland's All I Want to Do, the Rolling Stones' Tumbling Dice, and King Floyd's Groove Me (released 1971).
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Fun (:24) VS If I Had No Loot (1:03)

Fun
Key: D minor
Chord progession (chorus):
D min, B, D min, B, D min, B, G, B

If I Had No Loot
Key: A
Chord progression (chorus):
A6, A9, A6, A9, A6, A9, A6, A9



Ain't It Fun (Paramore) | Sounds Like | Every Little Step (Bobby Brown)

Ain't It Fun by Paramore Every Little Step by Bobby Brown

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Ain't It Fun (released February 4, 2014) by Tennessee alt pop band Paramore is similar rhythmically to several late 80s/early 90s "New Jack Swing" era hits including Every Little Step by Bobby Brown (released March 9, 1989), Nasty by Janet Jackson (released April 15, 1986), and 1988's Joy and Pain by Rob Base/DJ EZ Rock--featuring the original Maze sample, as well as to Life Is A Highway by Tom Cochrane (released September 20, 1991), and Steely Dan's Kid Charlemagne (released May 1976). Ain't It Fun is built on a common funk/R&B groove whose origins can be traced back to the legendary session drummer Bernard Purdie, and subsequently, producers Teddy Riley and Jimmy Jam.

Ain't It Fun (1:00) VS Every Little Step (1:03)

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Ain't It Fun's verse vocal melody for the line "What are you gonna do when the world don't open up 'round you?" parallels the verse vocal melody to the line "What'll you do when you get lonely?" in Eric Clapton's Layla.

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