Lily Allen will ruffle some feathers with the title track of her awesomely-titled Sheezus LP. The spoken-word hip-hop/pop song is a rather biting commentary on the industry and her fellow divas. “Now wish me luck, I’m gonna need it,” she admits. “I’ll see you on the other side if I’m still breathing.” What is causing the Brit so much inner-turmoil?
Well, it could have something to do with the next verse of the song. “RiRi isn’t scared of Katy Perry’s roaring, Queen B’s going back to the drawing,” Lily quips before singing a certain Kiwi wunderkind’s praises. “Lorde smells blood, yeah she’s about to slay you.” It’s the next lyric that’s really controversial. “We’re all watching Gaga. LOL. Dying for the art, so really she’s a martyr,” she sings about the state of Mother Monster’s ARTPOP era.
Regardless of how you feel about Lily’s observations, you have to admire her honesty. This is a return to the fearlessness of her 2009 LP It’s Not Me, It’s You — a characteristic that has been sorely missing from Sheezus jams like “Air Balloon”. As for the video? It’s a multi-colored affair to evokes M.I.A.‘s visual approach. Watch up top. More »
Ricky Martin shared a preview of his latest World Cup anthem “Vida” yesterday (April 21) but the finished product is even more of a blast from the past than expected. With the exception of a couple of grey hairs in the heartthrob’s expertly pruned beard, the Salaam Remi-produced party anthem and video (for that matter) is fairly interchangeable with anything the 42-year-old released at his late ’90s peak.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s something to be said for consistency and Ricky sure knows how to knock out a summery smash with generic Spanglish lyrics that probably sound pretty inspiring after a couple of Coronas. It’s just that the “Adrenalina” singer seems to be revisiting former glories (ie. “The Cup Of Life”) when he could just as easily have a hit with something more current. Maybe next time. Needless to say, he looks great in the video and the Brazilian scenery is pretty awesome. Watch up top. More »
Fresh from two triumphant sets at Coachella, Canadian electro-wizards Chromeo rocked the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (April 21). The duo brought along their flashy keyboards, which rest upon female legs, and performed retro-pop anthem “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” as well as recent single “Come Alive”.
Dave 1 and P-Thugg always bring the party. The band’s slick ’80s synths, tongue-in-cheek showmanship and quirky props turned the Hollywood lot into a rollicking rave. “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” is still the catchiest example of the current early ’80s dance revival and promises great things for Chromeo’s fourth LP White Women, which drops May 12. Watch up top. More »
Sia took The New York Times through her songwriting process in a recent article and casually revealed that “Pretty Hurts”, a self-help ballad on Beyonce‘s game-changing visual album, was originally offered to Katy Perry and then Rihanna, whose manager sat on the future hit for eight months before ultimately passing on it.
The Australian singer/songwriter first emailed the song to Katy but got no reply. (More about that later). Next on the “Chandelier” diva’s list was RiRi. Her manager held on to it for eight months but didn’t pay the fee to secure the soaring song. “When Beyonce heard it, she slid into home base and just closed the deal,” Sia explains.
Interestingly, Dr. Luke got his hands on Bey’s version before it was released and played it for Ms. Perry. “I’m pretty hurt you never sent me this song,” was the message she apparently texted Sia, who, in turn, told the frequent chart-topper to check her email. Her reply? “It was meant to be with Beyonce.” The moral of the story is clear. When Sia sends you an email, open it! More »
Tiesto‘s decision to try his hand at an Avicii-like crossover dance-pop hit turned out to be inspired. “Red Lights” swiftly became the biggest (non-remix) hit of the Dutch DJ’s blockbuster career and is still climbing the Billboard Hot 100. He’s hoping to find similar success with catchy follow-up single “Wasted”, which features the voice of Matthew Koma.
“Wasted” is an even bigger step away from the 45-year-old’s usual hard-hitting trance/electro-house comfort zone. While “Red Lights” crossed over thanks to an exceedingly catchy and commercial topline, its follow-up combines elements from pop, rock and EDM. “I like us better when we’re wasted,” sings Mathew over strummed guitar before the synths arrive. It’s instantly hummable and very radio-friendly, which is the whole point. Listen to Tiesto’s next hit after the jump. More »
News that Robyn had recorded an EP with Norwegian dance outfit Röyksopp had electro-pop connoisseurs salivating. As such, it’s a relief to report that Do It Again is every bit as magnificent as you would expect from the Scandinavian team that brought you 2009 gem “The Girl And The Robot” — at least, if the just-surfaced title track and icy synth-ballad “Every Little Thing” are any indication.
After months of sloppy electronic pop from acts that really should know better, Röyksopp‘s beautifully crisp synths combined with Robyn’s emotional vocal make for a heady mix indeed. The catchy title track is an upbeat floorfiller that with a surprisingly commercial chorus, while “Every Little Thing” sounds like an intricately-crafted sequel to the Swedish diva’s killer Kleerup collab “With Every Heartbeat”. More »