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LIGHTS Talks Growing Up, New Album ‘Little Machines’ & Going Into Labor While Recording: Idolator Interview
LIGHTS has grown up a lot since the first time we all heard her single “February Air” in an Old Navy commercial in 2008. Now 27, not only has the Canadian synth-pop artist put out two albums — The Listening and Siberia — and a number of EPs, she also started started a family.
In 2012, LIGHTS married Beau Bokan, lead singer of the metalcore band Blessthefall. Then earlier this year, she gave birth to their first child, Rocket Wild Bokan.
Despite all the changes in her personal life, LIGHTS continued rocking the stage on a world tour as well as worked on her latest project, third album Little Machines (pre-order from iTunes here), which arrives tomorrow ( September 23) via Warner Bros. Records. In fact, her schedule was so jam-packed this past year that she spent the last trimester of her pregnancy in the studio, where actually went into labor.
“It’s funny because I finished the record when I was pregnant,” she tells Idolator. “I did take some time off to have her. [But] I mean I did vocals while I was in labor, which was crazy.”
LIGHTS is cleary a trooper and really happy, which one can hear from in Little Machines. We talked to her while she had a some down time in Toronto to learn more about the third album, her songwriting process and what really happened when it came time for Rocket Wild to enter the world. More »
LLoyd’s debut album, Sticks + Stones, made her a pop sensation in the US. With hit singles like “Want U Back” and “Swagger Jagger,” her sugary yet sneakily edgy pop music pushed her up the charts, where the album peaked at the ninth position. But three years later, the now-20-year-old has more experience, a more refined look and even got married — and she wanted to bring some of that change into her new album. More »
And so, for the first time in quite a while, an Idol alum has a lot riding on a follow-up album. On Behind The Light, which is out today (), Phillips again teams up with producer Gregg Wattenberg, so the 12-track LP unsurprisingly sounds familiar. There’s that whole “If it ain’t broke” thing, of course, but there were hopes that this effort would take Phillips to the next level of his pop-folk singer-songwriter career, perhaps filling the void while Mumford & Sons take an extended break. More »
But that wasn’t the only thing that Bastille had up their sleeves: singer Dan Smith decided to take a stroll around the Merriweather Post Pavilion during “Flaws,” which caused the shrieks to rise but also caused a bit of a chaotic chase as security made sure to keep a moving barrier going as the singer made his way through the venue.
The Brits also performed “These Streets,” “The Silence,” “Things We Lost in the Fire” and “The Draw” — a track that Smith says is one of the band’s “most depressing songs.” Of course, the band couldn’t end their show without turning things back up with “Pompeii,” a perfect ending to a high-energy set. More »
“Shout out to the people in the rain,” front man Mark Foster said. “I see you guys out there. You’re giving me good energy over here.” The band played hits from their 2011 debut album, Torches, like “Call It What You Want,” “Don’t Stop,” “Helena Beat” and, of course, “Pumped Up Kicks.”
Check out our photos from the wet set up top. More »
And while LDR managed to keep her signature stoic presence as she performed hits like “Summertime Sadness,” “Cola” and “Video Games,” things took a different turn when she decided to hop off the stage and start taking selfies with fans. While this was a sweet gesture, there was an eerie silence with bursts of screams throughout this long pause during her performance. After what felt like 10 minutes (but was probably only a couple), she got back on the mic to sing her latest single, “West Coast.” More »
A Great Big World kicked off the show with their hit “Say Something” (sans Christina Aguilera) and paid homage to New York with their ballad, “Already Home.” Meanwhile, Jessica Sanchez, who’s been working on her follow-up to 2013′s Me, You & the Music, opted for covers. Although she’s still in the early stages of album-making process, Sanchez revealed that she’s been steadily working on writing her songs for her sophomore LP.
“I never really wrote in my life,” she tells Idolator. “But I’m really just trying to put my whole self in this album and be completely from me and just share my story. But we’re working really hard and making sure that this is to the T — perfect.” More »
Cher Lloyd Reveals New Album Executive Produced By Shellback, Will Be Less Glittery: Idolator Interview
“I am trying to make these lovely people wearing suits bring it out quicker just because I owe it to the fans,” she said. “They have been waiting very patiently, and I feel I’ve worked really, really hard on this one — not that I didn’t work hard on the last one, but I’ve been a lot more involved. Hopefully I’m looking at September. So that’s pretty soon.”
While the details around the release date are still in the works, Lloyd was adamant about the fact that we’ll be seeing a different side of her, thanks to the well-known Swedish producers she has enlisted and the British sounds she’s tapping into. More »
“We started it but really hit a snag for the first time in 20 years,” keyboardist and singer Taylor Hanson told Idolator. “The stress level among the three of us with touring and the non-stop work and everything – we kind of hit a wall. And we took a lot of the summer last year away from writing, not working on it, and just said, ‘Hey, take a deep breath,’ and asked ourselves what we wanted this record to be.” He continued, “So when we came back together to specifically focus on writing, that energy, that more guitar-driven epic attitude and intensity and the force of this album was apparent. A theme on a record is something you can only partly instigate. You can’t predict what the inspiration is going to be, and that attitude is what helped with Anthem and evaluating and re-evaluating what our band is and what we need to say on this record.”
Despite the obstacles the guys had to face with this album, it’s “an upbeat record but one with a lot of punch to it.” So much punch that one track has become an Oklahoma City Thunder anthem. Idolator had a chance to chat with Taylor about all of that, as well as his love for Instagram and advice he’d give his younger self. Head below for the Q&A. More »