It’s been a true pleasure seeing Sophie Ellis-Bextor have another hit album in the UK with Wanderlust, as previous efforts like Make A Scene and Trip The Light Fantastic were woefully overlooked by the music-buying public at large. And the charming, string-laden “Runaway Daydreamer” makes for an excellent choice for follow-up single to slow ballad “Young Blood.”
The “Runaway Daydreamer” video, however, doesn’t offer much more than what we already saw in the Wanderlust trailer clip last fall. In fact, some of the camera work, particularly during the final minute, seems a bit jarring and amateurish — though whether that’s on purpose or not is anyone’s guess. More »
Last month, Robyn and about a dozen dancers/extras stepped onto the stage with Zhala at the Swedish Grammis and gave a performance of the latter’s Konichiwa Records single “Prophet.” All in all, it played out like somewhat of a reenactment of Nirvana‘s seminal visual for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Now comes the lyric video for the song, which is no less of an eyebrow-raiser, and is as bizarre as the tempo-changing dance song itself.
In the clip, a hand (Zhala’s?) holding flowers that, quite frankly, look at times like filleted body organs waves back and forth to the beat, threatening to put the viewer in a hypnotized state. That’s about all that happens. The real bonus is getting to see the actual lyrics, because who knew she was actually singing things like “immovable dance all night” and “I am the confuser now”? Certainly not I. More »
Future has premiered the video for “Move That Dope,” his ice cold Honest track featuring Pharrell and Pusha T, with production from Mike WiLL Made It.
The visual, directed by Benny Boom, features the trio chilling out in a jeep, intercut with a police chase and some I Am Other branding for Pharrell. There are also cameos from Mike Will, Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, Schoolboy Q and a Zack Morris cell phone. One person who didn’t make the cut, though, is Casino, who had a verse on the original version of the track but was excised from the video.
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A pack of new album releases debut on the Billboard 200 this week, thus bumping older titles like Katy Perry‘s Prism, Lorde‘s Pure Heroine and Bruno Mars‘ Unorthodox Jukebox out of the Top 10. (Also barely hanging in there is Beyonce‘s self-titled fifth album, at #10). This also means that the chart-topping streak of the soundtrack to Disney’s Oscar winner Frozen is once again interrupted.
Leading the pack of newbie LPs is Schoolboy Q‘s third studio set Oxymoron, which goes in at #1 after first-week sales of 139,000. The Los Angeles rapper’s first two albums, which were independently released, charted at #100 and #111, respectively. More »
After hearing his verse on the syrupy “Senile,” we now get Lil Wayne‘s solo track off the forthcoming Young Money compilation Rise Of An Empire (out March 11). “Moment” is equally slurry, with Weezy managing his manic energy over an atmospheric beat (that murky intro sounds an awful lot like the opening to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”).
The song is a slow burn, as his verses start quiet and gradually gain steam. All in all, a good holdover while we wait for him to finish Tha Carter V. Give it a listen below. More »
Music festival season has officially begun, with Austin, Texas’ annual South by Southwest kicking things off next Tuesday (March 11). With 2,200 acts (!!) set to perform over the six-day conference, our favorite artists can easily get lost in the mix. So we’ve combed through the extensive roster and picked out this year’s can’t-miss performers!
A majority of our SXSW picks last year were rooted in pop, but this time around the choices are a bit more varied. From seasoned pop veterans to rising stars from across the pond, these seven performers are definitely worth waiting in long lines for a chance to see them live. More »