Lea Michele‘s debut single “Cannonball” was warmly received by critics and is already sitting pretty in the iTunes top 20. To my ears, however, it was a little stuffy and hard to distinguish for other Sia-by-numbers power ballads. No worries! Dave Aude solves both problems by giving the track a welcome dance overhaul.
There’s a long tradition of turning ballads into club candy going all the way back to Toni Braxton‘s “Unbreak My Heart”. Dave Aude does a skillful job of ramping up the BPM without murdering the song’s sentiment, while Lea’s vocal soars prettily over the his fast and furious synths. Listen after the jump. More »
Watch out Mariah, Kelly Clarkson is coming for your Queen of Christmas crown! The newly-wed diva is nudging her way up the Billboard Hot 200 with seasonal set Wrapped In Red and delighted viewers last night (December 11) with NBC special Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.
One of the highlights was Kelly’s gorgeous rendition of “Silent Night”, which she subsequently uploaded to VEVO to serve as the song’s live video. It starts with the first (and best) American Idol winner alone on a festive stage before being joined by country divas Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire for some killer harmonizing. Watch up top. More »
You can stop speculating on that Rihanna/Shakira collaboration! The tantalizing duet was inadvertently confirmed by Pitbull in an interview on Kid Kraddick In The Morning. Mr. Worldwide was asked about his blockbuster hit “Timber” and admitted that the song was originally intended for RiRi.
Here’s where it get interesting. “That is an ironic situation there,” Pit said. “The person we were looking at first to work on that record was actually Rihanna and Rihanna had something she had to do with Shakira, so she wasn’t able to work on our record.” He then thanked Ke$ha for helping the track become a global smash. Watch the interview after the jump. More »
Timbaland never really went away, but thanks to his work on Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/2o Experience, as well as Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail, there’s a renewed interest in the super-producer as he enters a new era of his career. With more eyes on him again, Tim’s prepping another solo album, Textbook Timbo (I guess judging by the title, that’s bad news for anyone who’s tired of his trademark skittering, beat-boxing sounds). Tim today (December 12) has dropped the lyric video for monster single “Know Bout Me.” Featuring Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy, the beat consists of a “Tubular Bells”-like piano loop unspooling over a trap stomp.
Jay is relegated to an opening ad-lib, but Drizzy more than makes up for the absence with a few standout lines, including this couplet: “I been singing and rapping, I make a killing in both / If I had to choose a Jackson, man I’m feelin’ like Bo.” There’s still too much of Timbo’s chirping and scatting for our liking, but other than that, it’s pretty dope! Makes us think he saved his fresh material for this release and unloaded all the leftovers on 20/20 Part 2.
Check out the lyric video below. More »
The boys from To Be One are shaping up to be one of the hottest new boy bands in the game under the expert guidance of Lady Gaga‘s ex-manager Troy Carter and MTV host/TV personality Layla Kayleigh. They impressed with debut single “Wherever You Wanna Go” but take things to the next level on “Do You”.
For starters, the band experiments with a slick, hip-hop sound on the new track and update their image with a more mature look in the flashy video. Given their breakthrough on America’s Best Dance Crew (they were runners-up), it’s no surprise the clip focuses on eye-popping choreography. Watch up top. More »
John Legend dropped by Conan last night to perform his single “All Of Me.” If it had been more faithful to the vision of the music video, it would have taken place in a body of water of some kind, while he and wife Chrissy Teigen frolicked blissfully in the sunshine.
But no, this one was shot indoors, so it was at a piano in a fairly spare set-up, a stripped-back rendition of the song that was all about them keys and them pipes. It was nice, though! Good vocals, as per usual. More »