Ingrid Michaelson slyly released one of the year’s best pop songs way back in February and it’s taken half a year for most of us to realize it. The 34-year-old singer/songwriter is currently enjoying the second biggest hit of her long career with “Girls Chase Boys”, which is hovering just outside the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100. (Only 2007 smash “The Way I Am” has charted higher).
What makes the lead single from Lights Out so good? Well, it’s possibly the most nonchalant break-up anthem of all time (“all the broken hearts in the world still beat, let’s not make it harder than it has to be”). It’s the musical equivalent of texting someone “lol bye”, which gives it universal appeal. Oh and the gender-bending video — a cute homage to Robert Palmer‘s iconic “Simply Irresistible” visual — doesn’t hurt. Watch up top. More »
Ariana Grande is taking no chances with sophomore LP My Everything. The 21-year-old worked with the game’s hottest producers and songwriters as well as roping in the services of cool collaborators like Zedd, The Weeknd, Childish Gambino and Iggy Azalea. You can now add rising Colombian rapper J Balvin to that already long list.
The Latin superstar appears on the just-released Spanglish remix of lead single “Problem”. I usually love it when artists retool their songs for the Latin American market (who will ever forget this gem?) but there’s something creepy about J Balvin quietly repeating Big Sean‘s lines in Spanish and then robotically trading verses with Iggy. Decide for yourself after the jump. More »
Nico & Vinz delivered the soundtrack of summer 2014 with “Am I Wrong”. The infectious world music-tinged pop anthem turned out to be a worldwide phenomenon — topping charts around the globe and peaking at an impressive number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The Afro-Norwegian duo is hoping their US debut LP Black Star Elephant (due September 16) finds a similar reception.
The 20-song set features the newcomers’ breakthrough hit “Am I Wrong” (of course) but their European follow-up “In Your Arms” doesn’t make the cut. (The same goes for the duo’s contribution to The Good Lie soundtrack). Instead the LP is comprised of completely new material with evocative titles like “Homeless”, “My Melody” and “Know What I’m Not”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »
Tired of listening to Body Talk? Did you Do It Again until you just couldn’t take it anymore? That’s okay: There’s new Robyn on the way.
In an interview with TIME, the Swedish pop songbird opened up about new material for an upcoming EP while touring with Royksopp. She’s been working alongside bandmate Markus Jägerstedt and late longtime collaborator Christian Falk, the “Dream On” producer who tragically passed away only a few short weeks ago.
“He was sick for a while before he died, and that’s also one of the reasons I wanted to make sure that we got that material out there, before he actually disappeared from the face of this earth. So he was able to be a part of that a little bit before he went,” she explained. “It’s also changed the songs a little bit, me and Markus are still working on it. It’s going to be strange, but very healing, to finish the record without Christian.” More »
Yesterday, Calvin Harris offered up the first snippet of his new single “Blame.” He also unveiled the official cover art for the song, which features “Love Me Again” crooner John Newman on vocals, and noted that the single’s release date is now September 7 (it originally had an August 25 date, per iTunes back in July).
But good news — while this all means we’re still a good two-and-a-half weeks off from hearing shirtless Ice Bucket Challenge stud Calvin’s new jam, he’s still not done teasing us. Harris popped another snippet from “Blame” on Instagram this morning — one that sounds like the intro to the song — and you can give it a listen below. More »
In response to the ongoing chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, Georgia rapper T.I. has teamed up with singer-songwriter Skylar Grey on a hard-hitting new number called “New National Anthem.”
Complete with a menacing beat and a powerhouse hook from the “I Need A Doctor” songstress, T.I. addresses the topics of racism, gun culture, and, well, the actual state of the union. The “No Mediocre” hip-hop kingpin has been very vocal on the subject as of late, posting a personal letter about the death of Michael Brown via Instagram on August 19.
“I know radio prolly ain’t gonna play this,” T.I states in the beginning of the song. “But chopper going off in the hood man like Afghanistan or the Gaza strip somewhere, man/Yeah, we hear it so much. we probably numb to it by now. After all, it’s the American way, right?
Listen to the track after the jump. More »