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When we last checked in on Mancunian singer Shayne Ward, he was recording his fourth album with producer Mike Stock (of the legendary Stock Aitken Waterman pop production team) and funding the album through Pledge Music. Two months later, Shayne has reached 124% of his goal for the LP, so roll on February! Er, actually, make that April.
In a new update posted on Pledge Music today, Ward revealed the above cover art and title for the album, Closer. He also noted that the LP’s release date has been pushed back two months, to April 13, 2015, due to his involvement in a UK musical adaptation of War Of The Worlds. (Incidentally, Shayne will co-star in War Of The World alongside another artist who worked with Mike Stock: Jason Donovan.)
Catch Shayne’s full update on upcoming album Closer below. More »
One Direction have narrowly edged Coldplay out of the runner-up spot, as far as biggest album openings of the year go. We all know that Taylor Swift is tops in 2014 with 1989 , which debuted earlier this month with 1.287 copies sold out of the gate. That left Coldplay in second place, after Ghost Stories opened with 383,000 in May. But 1D have crashed into the top spot on the Billboard 200 after selling 387,000 copies of Four last week.
That’s impressive by 2014 standards, but it’s a far cry from the 546,000 One Direction’s previous LP, Midnight Memories, started with last December. Still, the boy band now have the distinction of being the only group to have their first four albums debut at #1. Another noteworthy item: Four will be the final chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 based soley on sales. Starting next week, streams will also factor into the chart. More »
UK-based trio Years & Years have followed up their Real EP with brand new single “Desire,” a stomping, whomping house track that could just see them go from emergent dance act opening for Sam Smith on tour to bona fide hit-makers before long. “Desire” comes packed with an irresistible chorus, a soul-grabbing house hook and a dramatic music video directed by Sing J Lee, who also lensed Gorgon City‘s “Ready For Your Love” and Chvrches‘ “The Mother We Share.”
“Is it desire or is it love that I’m feeling for you,” Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander ponders on the chorus of “Desire.” A press release describes the track as conveying the “cyclical conflict of being a slave to desire and the blurring between the lines of lust and love.” Sounds pretty accurate to us. More »
Still feeling a tad creeped-out by Little Boots‘ thought-provoking “Taste It” video? A good remedy for that might be two new songs from the British singer’s upcoming Business Pleasure EP: “Pretty Tough” and “Heroine.” The former is a slow-burning synth jam that sounds like moody music lifted from John Carpenter‘s cinematic ouvre, while the latter is a throwback house track that picks up where Little Boots’ astounding 2012 single “Every Night I Say A Prayer” left off.
Give both Business Pleasure cuts a listen below ahead of the EP’s release next week. More »
Kiesza‘s debut LP Sound Of A Woman arrived stateside in October, but it finally gets a UK release next week (on December 1). Ahead of that, the flame-haired Canadian songbird is promoting her third European single, “No Enemiesz,” which she performed live on BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge today. As is tradition on the show, artists also belt out a cover of another artist’s song, and this time around Kiesza chose Naughty Boy and Sam Smith‘s 2013 hit “La La La.”
Will “No Enemiesz” wind up becoming Kiesza’s third Top 10 single in the UK? We won’t know until Sunday. Ahead of that, catch her cover of “La La La” above. More »
Another promotional video from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s chart-topping Cheek To Cheek album has premiered, and this time it’s for the pair’s cover of Duke Ellington‘s 1931 jazz standard “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”. Like the rest of the clips from this project, Mother Monster and Tony are shown here in a studio while recording their vocals for the album. There’s nothing groundbreaking being visualized, but it is a treat to see Gaga channeling her inner Liza by bopping around with quirky hand gestures and tossing her short blond hair to and fro.
Cheek To Cheek is still hanging in there on the Billboard 200 at #30 in its eighth week on the chart. Do you think Gaga will be giving the gift of a new pop album, a la this now-classic masterpiece, in 2015? More »
Another American Music Awards has come and gone, and like with all of these shindigs, there are lessons to be learned and moments worth singling out. Did you sit through all three hours of this particular dog and pony act last night? Yes? Well, then see if you agree with our best/worst roundup. No? Then, children, pull up a seat and allow us to relay what went down. Have at it below! More »
No statues were handed over to Ariana Grande during last night’s American Music Awards, but she did spend quite a lot of time on stage performing both a medley of her Top 10 hits from this year and “Bang Bang,” her joint single with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. Following that, Ari’s holiday single “Santa Tell Me” went on sale at midnight on the iTunes store.
Overall, it’s a cute, harmless stocking stuffer that ticks all the necessary boxes, in that there’s classic instrumentation, a hummable chorus and lyrics that reflect a mixture of the festive season with the possibility of heartbreak at the holidays. Added bonus: a choir of backing vocalists — or should we say Christmas carolers? — pipe in at the end, giving the mid-tempo track quite a peak moment. Listen below. More »
The 2014 American Music Awards got off to a thrilling start for Swifties on Sunday night (November 23), as Taylor Swift took the stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and performed her latest 1989 single “Blank Space.” Adding a bit of dale to the evening was host Pitbull, who also slipped on his performing shoes when it came time to hit the stage for “Fireball.”
One particular highlight was Sam Smith‘s fantastic, flawless outing with “I’m Not The Only One.” He did what many of his contemporaries couldn’t do throughout the night: he sang without the aid of a backing vocal track. But without a doubt, it was Jennifer Lopez who stole the entire show with her jaw-dropping performance of “Booty.”
Catch Sam, JLo and the rest of the 2014 AMAs performances below. More »
“Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up once more for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special (due out on January 27), and they turned out their first television performance of the song on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Although this will be the fourth LP for Grammy-winning producer Ronson, it’s turning out to be his most high profile project as a lead artist, with “Uptown Funk” currently in the Top 10 on iTunes.
The pair later debuted new track “Feel Right” with special guest Mystikal on SNL. Watch Mark and Bruno’s SNL performance of their new single above, then catch “Feel Right” below to see what all the fuss is about. More »