It’s not easy to make the leap from buzzed-about social media siren to legit pop star but Pia Mia takes another giant stride towards her end goal with “Fill Me In”. The 18-year-old, who came to fame covering hits on YouTube, has already released a bunch of cute urban-pop songs (“Red Love” and “Mr. President”) but her latest track displays a new level of maturity.
The Guam-born diva tackles Craig David‘s 2000 debut single “Fill Me In” — with a little help from Austin Mahone, no less — and she makes it her own with confident vocals and slick production courtesy of Nic Nac (the dude behind Chris Brown‘s “Loyal”). Pia’s debut LP is set to drop later this year via Interscope Records. Listen to her killer cover after the jump. More »
Given the quality of voice and knack for writing catchy pop songs, you can’t help but think Miriam Bryant is a couple of lucky breaks away from cracking America like fellow Swede Tove Lo. The 23-year-old came close a couple of times — Zedd collaboration “Push Play” was, at one point, going to be the follow up to “Clarity” — but she might have more luck with new single “Dragon”.
The first taste of the rising diva’s sophomore LP is a heady dose of Scandinavian electro-pop with a chorus that soars despite the confusing lyrics. (“I’ll be your dragon tonight” sounds more like a threat than a declaration of love!) Not that it matters. “Dragon” showcases the full range of Miriam’s powerful pipes and the song gets stuck in your head regardless of the Game Of Thrones-evoking subject matter. Listen after the jump. More »
And she’s back! Fergie unveiled the first taste of comeback single “L.A. Love (La La)” today (September 19) and it’s already glaringly obvious that she has an infuriatingly catchy smash on her hands. The 1:45 snippet sounds like a loop of a much shorter clip — she literally just repeats city names and says “la la la la” — but I don’t care if she spends the whole song selecting random towns from an Atlas.
There’s not much else to take from the mysterious preview, which premiered during a fashion show in Milan. The 39-year-old’s voice is on point and she rides the bouncy hip-hop beat with ease. It’s basically The Dutchess 2.0, which is exactly what her fans have been waiting for. Production details haven’t been released yet but it sounds like a Mike WiLL Made It or DJ Mustard joint to me. Listen after the jump. More »
Jessie J staged one of the year’s most unexpected yet very welcome comebacks with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj-assisted smash “Bang Bang”. The unstoppable anthem was a timely reminder of the diva’s incredible vocal prowess and she’s going to run with the momentum by swiftly moving on to “Burnin’ Up” — the second taste of new LP Sweet Talker.
Produced by red-hot hitmakers Wallpaper and Axident, “Burnin’ Up” sounds like a nuclear-powered club-banger with major radio appeal. “I got a fever tell me what did you do, temperature risin’ when I look at you,” sing/howls the Brit over slick beats in a snippet that appeared on her Instagram account today (September 19). Can’t wait to hear 2 Chainz‘s verse! Check it out after the jump More »
Let’s be clear about one thing: Shayne Ward‘s sophomore album, 2007′s Breathless, is a highly underrated beacon of pop perfection. Written and produced primarily by Rami Yacoub (with some additional help from Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Savan Kotecha and a smattering of other heavyweights), the album was somewhat of UK success that spawned hits in Manchester native Ward’s home country like “No U Hang Up,” “If That’s OK With You” and title track “Breathless.”
If you’re not up on Ward (as many in the States likely aren’t), he was the winner of the second season of The X Factor UK, back in 2005, and was signed to Simon Cowell‘s label Syco. Unfortunately for Shayne, Cowell was pretty tied up with his American TV dealings, and so a good three years passed between Breathless and the release of the singer’s third album, Obsession. After poor sales, Ward was released from his label deal in 2011. Upon this, the handsome crooner tweeted, “1 door closed, A Thousand more will open.” More »
With the Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet “There Must Be More To Life Than This” now out there, the full details of the upcoming compilation Queen Forever (out November 10) have also now been revealed. The release will include a 20-track single album version, as well as a 36-track two-disc version. In addition to all the hits included (some of which are “new takes on well-known songs,” per a press release) are the duet with Jackson as produced by William Orbit, a previously unfinished Queen track (with Freddie Mercury) called “Let Me In Your Heart Again” and a new, stripped-down rendition of Mercury’s 1984 Giorgio Moroder collaboration from the Metropolis soundtrack, “Love Kills.” More »
:: Beyonce just got another half-sister. Yes, DNA tests reveal that Mathew Knowles has indeed fathered another illegitimate child — this time with Texan real estate agent TaQoya Branscomb. Congratulations? [Vibe]
:: Who knew Justin Bieber was a fan of the culinary arts? Yesterday (September 18) he posted a video showing how to prepare chicken breast and broccoli. Take careful notes, foodies. [Gossip Cop]
:: Gwen Stefani admits that she got into a fight with husband Gavin Rossdale about him joining The Voice. She thought it would be too much for the couple but eventually came around. [Radar Online]
:: He might have lost Mariah Carey but Nick Cannon can still lay claim to owning the world’s most expensive pair of shoes. The kicks he wore on the America’s Got Talent finale cost a record $2 million. [MTV]
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Aretha Franklin is releasing her 39th studio LP on September 30. Wait… what? The news comes as a surprise because the queen of soul is kind of ‘doing a Beyonce‘ — the album isn’t a total secret but details are heavily guarded. Clive Davis, who is overseeing production for Arista Records, did, however, shed some light on the tantalizing project for Billboard.
For starters, it’s a concept album. Aretha will cover classic songs by fellow divas including Adele, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Etta James and Diana Ross. “[The diva's] new album is purely and simply sensational,” Clive says of the unexpected opus. “She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form. What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice.” My iPod is ready. More »
Tinashe has done everything right since breaking through with irresistible stoner jam “2 On”. Her follow-up (the A$AP Rocky-assisted “Pretend”) is as close to new Janet Jackson music as we’ll get until she launches that long-overdue comeback, while Aquarius buzz track “Feels Like Vegas” is the sexiest bedroom anthem to surface since Beyonce‘s “Dance For You”.
The only thing missing from the rising diva’s oeuvre is a killer uptempo club anthem. I’m sure that will be addressed on her debut LP, but until that drops, check out Sneaker Snobs‘ winning house overhaul of “2 On”. The Chicago DJ ups the BPM and gets a little experimental with autotune (Schoolboy Q sounds like a chipmunk) on the much-appreciated remix. Listen after the jump. More »
Ed Sheeran has already talked about writing a song for Hilary Duff’s comeback album (he described it as “good” in case you’re wondering) but the former teen queen has been pretty tight-lipped about the whole experience. Well, she finally spilled the tea — revealing the duet’s title (“Tattoo”) and some details about the x singer/songwriter’s creative process.
“He vocally produced it and came in the booth with me,” Hilary told MTV about the much-anticipated collab. “I was really intimidated because, normally, they don’t do that, so I kept looking up and being like, ‘You’re Ed Sheeran and I’m singing the song that you wrote and I want to do right by it’. Happily, it all turned out well.” It was awesome and then he, in like 15 minutes, did all the low stuff and the harmonies and the background.” Can’t wait to hear it. More »