Nico & Vinz Perform Summer Smash “Am I Wrong” On ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
Nico & Vinz, You're So Right!
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Check out Nico & Vinz's breakthrough hit "Am I Wrong". Read More »

Having reached the #4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Nico & Vinz’s breakout single “Am I Wrong” is hitting radio waves by storm as of late. And now, it appears that the Swedish outfit have begun making their late-night talk show rounds as well.

Serving as the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 21, the duo — who are currently on tour with Bruno Mars in place of fellow soulster Aloe Blacc — performed their infectious summer hit, really livening the crowd while showing off their smooth dance chops.

Catch the performance up top, and let us know what you think in the comment section below. More »

LIGHTS Announces New Album ‘Little Machines’ And Premieres New Single, “Up We Go”: Listen

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment

Hey — LIGHTS is back!

The last time we heard from the Canadian electro-pop darling was with the release of her sophomore record, Siberia. (Well, and the acoustic version of the album, which was released and toured last year.) Since her second album dropped, she’s gotten married to Blessthefall‘s Beau Bokan and given birth to their daughter named Rocket (!) in February. Happy family!

And now, she’s ready to go for Round 3: Today, the singer-songwriter revealed the title of her upcoming studio album Little Machines, due out on September 23 — and already available to pre-order.

To give us a taste of what’s to come, the singer just dropped the lead track off of the upcoming set: “Up We Go,” a punchy, motivational synth-pop production that brings CHVRCHES and Tegan & Sara‘s Heartthrob to mind — and maybe even a bit of Katy Perry‘s “Roar.” “Everyone here is ready to go/It’s been a hard year and I only know/From down this love, it’s only up we go!” she encourages on the anthemic chorus. It’s a much more shimmering and lifted sound than the crunchy sound of Siberia.

What do you think of LIGHTS’ sunnier disposition? Listen to “Up We Go” after the jump, and let us know in the comments below. More »

Clean Bandit Premiere Icy Hot Video For “Come Over”: Watch

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
Sun, Sun, Sun, Sunshine
Clean Bandit Chat
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Our interview with the "Rather Be" hit-makers. Read More »

It’s been a big year for Clean Bandit 

Coming off their recent success from their debut album New Eyes (which contains infectious summer jams such as “Rather Be” featuring Jess Glynne, and “Extraordinary” with Sharna Bass), the British electronic troupe is back with their third single “Come Over” — and a beautiful new video to match.

As seen in the videos for “Rather Be” and “Extraordinary,” the group has quite a fondness for the unique, and “Come Over” is certainly no exception.

Directed, produced and shot by Clean Bandit themselves, the clip bounces between Svalbard, a Norwegian island cluster in the Arctic Circle, and Marrakech, Morocco, two polar opposite locations that manage to somehow balance each other perfectly in the video. Clean Bandit’s cellist Grace Chatto, who looks a bit like Game Of ThronesDaenerys Targaryen, rides Husky sleds in the middle of Norway while guest artist, British reggae singer Stylo G, dances atop a sand dune in the Sahara Desert and takes a stroll in the Medina. It’s a pretty mesmerizing video to say the least, with stunning visuals that compliment both Grace’s icy vocal qualities and Stylo’s summer vibes. Watch the video up top.  More »

La Roux’s ‘Trouble In Paradise’: Album Review

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
La Roux's 'Trouble'
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Sophomore LP Trouble In Paradise is on the way. Read More »
La Roux's "Gently"
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La Roux's New Album: Listen
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"Trouble In Paradise" is streaming! Cue the screams. Read More »
La Roux's "Uptight"
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Hear Trouble In Paradise single "Uptight Downtown." Read More »
La Roux’s first real dose of success was comparable to the Big Bang Theory (the actual theory — not the hit TV show). In 2009, the UK outfit (then comprised of one Ms. Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid) dropped their self-titled debut album. The project had a handful of proverbial bangers, but it wasn’t until 2010 that La Roux really popped. Cut to the episode of Entourage where Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) was being led down a rugged path by porn star Sasha Grey, and they find him passed out in a drug-induced coma on the side of his built-in pool. The closing credits played DJ Skream’s remix of La Roux’s “In For The Kill.”

Sure, the original version manifested itself in the form of many a commercial, but that remix fell into the hands of hip-hop and became rappers’ fodder. The track was wildly remixed and sampled by everyone from The Game to Khloe Kardashian‘s bae French Montana. The winning bidder, though, was the other Kardashian beau, Kanye West, who landed on the official remix. That’s all a roundabout way of saying that the five-year wait for a second La Roux album has been an arduous one, considering how once La Roux arrived, they really arrived.

Trouble In Paradise marks the much needed return of a now solo dolo Elly Jackson, filled with smoother melodies and bubbly production, yet lyrical poignancy. More »

Tove Lo Premieres “Not On Drugs” Lyric Video: Watch

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
She's Just In Love...
Tove Lo Talks
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We sit down with the Swedish pop dynamo. Read More »

Swedish pop songbird Tove Lo first popped up on our radar with her unbelievably catchy “Habits” way back in April of ’13. And ever since then, she’s had us staying high all the time — from the debut of her explosive “Out Of Mind” all the way to her rock solid debut Truth Serum EP, released this past March.

Mercifully, Tove’s about to drop yet another (substance-inspired) single on us: “Not On Drugs,” the woozy, love-drunk anthem off of her Truth Serum EP. “Baby listen, please/I’m not on drugs, I’m not on drugs…I’m just in love!” she swoons across the stadium-sized, guitar-filled chorus.

“[It's] about the happy kind of love where you feel like there’s nothing that can get you higher than the person you’re with and have these feelings for,” she told MTV UK. Kesha would say, your love is her drug.

Listen to the pop gem up top, and let us know what you think of Tove’s latest single in the comments below. More »

Jenn Em’s “Jailkeeper” Video: Idolator Premiere

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
Doing Time
Chelsea's "Ghost"
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Los Angeles-based singer Jenn Em is a 22 year old vocal dynamo who hails from Chevy Chase, Maryland and comes packing a voice that is as contemporary as it is full of old-school soul. Keeping in line with the “anything goes” state of pop in 2014, Jenn’s debut single “Jailkeeper” is a moody, somewhat bluesy pop number that almost defies genre. If there’s a space to be occupied somewhere between Ella Fitzgerald, Christina Aguilera and Lorde, Jenn Em just may have found it.

“At one particular moment, I had been [in L.A.] for four or five months, and it was this really dark point,” Em explains to Idolator. “It was the only time in my life I thought, maybe I ought to pack up my shit and go. I sat at my piano and wrote…it was almost like I blacked out. When I opened my eyes, I had finished the song. That was five years ago, and that’s ‘Jailkeeper’.” More »

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