You might already be familiar with 19-year-old Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Nick Celino from his stint as a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent. After all, he’s kind of hard to forget with that hair. And that voice!
Today (November 17), backed by radio support from BBC’s Radio 1 & 2, the singer is now making his big debut with “Drowned,” a truly chill-inducing, piano-led rainy day ballad that showcases his powerful chops above a soft piano melody and moody guitar.
The emotional track was co-produced by Lana Del Rey producer Sterling Fox and Andrew Horowitz, and offers an intriguing first taste of what’s to come from the unique young crooner.
Listen to “Drowned” after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
There are still approximately five weeks until Christmas, but Fifth Harmony and Meghan Trainor are here now to put you in the holiday spirit! As part of Epic Records’ forthcoming EP I’ll Be Home For Christmas, the singers have recorded some very festive songs!
First up is Fifth Harmony, who covered Mariah Carey‘s 1994 classic — “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The pop ladies maintain the original production, which is kept modern with glossy piano keys and their clean harmonies. As for Trainor, she shared an original track titled “I’ll Be Home” — a heartfelt ballad about yuletide nostalgia.
The I’ll Be Home For Christmas EP (the record label’s first holiday effort) is set for a November 24 release, and features artists like Fiona Apple, Tamar Braxton and a duet from Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson. Listen to the girl group’s take on Mariah Carey and Meghan Trainor’s original song after the jump! More »
Nicki Minaj has two sides to her, as reenforced by her latest music. One moment, she acts ruthless as if to show that the male-dominated hip-hop industry cannot contain or intimidate her – see “Only,” featuring Chris Brown, Drake and Young Money label boss Lil Wayne, for the latest proof. The next, Minaj acts vulnerable, to signal in pop-informed songs that she’s getting personal. New song “Bed of Lies,” off her third studio album The Pinkprint and featuring in-demand songwriter Skylar Grey at the piano, falls in the latter category.
Without warning, Minaj debuted “Bed of Lies” earlier today (November 16), a few days after she and Grey performed a snippet on stage during the MTV EMAs. It’s a more pointed and detailed version of debut Pinkprint single “Pills N Potions,” as she confesses to popping pills and actually considering overdosing, due to a love taking advantage of her but also growing increasingly distant. Hear it below. More »
When the first version of the Band Aid collective’s charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded in 1984, the studio session became a media event in of itself. Starting at 9 a.m., journalists watched closely as music superstars like U2‘s Bono, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Genesis drummer Phil Collins and Sting filed into the studio.
So on November 15, as new and established musicians alike arrived at London’s Notting Hill to record a new version of the song, this time raising awareness on the current ebola crisis, the media noticed that one notable artist was reportedly missing – Adele.
Despite announcements that she was among the dozen-plus participating artists, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” co-writer Bob Geldof (above, far right) said that Adele never responded to his request, according to The Independent. More »
Say what you like about Iggy Azalea but all the tracks she’s shared from Reclassified — a reissue of debut LP The New Classic, due November 24 — have been pure fire. If MØ-assisted lead single “Beg For It” and hilarious brag-anthem “Iggy SZN” (“I know you can’t stand it, just get you a seat”) are any indication, the Australian femcee has perfected her already-enjoyable mix of pop and hip hop. Need further proof? Look no further than soaring Ellie Goulding collaboration “Heavy Crown”.
The “Fancy” hitmaker has already teased the future smash in a preview of Colin Firth‘s upcoming blockbuster Kingsman: The Secret Service but she kindly uploaded a longer, high quality snippet to YouTube today (November 14). The combination of Iggy’s snarling rap with Ellie’s breathy vocals works surprisingly well and the lush production elevates “Heavy Crown” to unexpected heights. Oh, and you get to hear the classy British diva declare “bitch, I got it now!” Listen after the jump. More »
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack is proving to be a stellar one, and the latest tune released from the compilation is “Kingdom” — a collaboration between Charli XCX and Duran Duran‘s Simon Le Bon. For the song, the rowdy “London Queen” chanteuse tones down her usual punky edge and shows off a more delicate side.
“Kingdom” is quite the lovely ballad, as Charli XCX’s soft vocals drape over the glimmering piano melody. Le Bon comes in towards the end for a brief moment, as the track gets more glitchy and distorted.
The Lorde-curated Hunger Games soundtrack (out on November 17) features songs like Stromae‘s “Meltdown,” CHVRCHES‘ “Dead Air” and the Lorde/Miguel/The Chemical Brothers mashup “This Is Not A Game.” Listen to “Kingdom” after the jump! More »
Earlier this week we informed you that Stockholm had deployed a teenage Ace Of Base tribute band, much like A*Teens at the turn of the millennium, called A*Base. Today the first reveal of what’s in store arrives in the form of “Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry,” a cover of AOB’s third single off 1995 album The Bridge. And if you were hoping for a 90% faithful adaptation that still manages to sound punchy as can be and irresistibly catchy in 2014, you’re in luck(y love…okay, sorry for that one.)
A*Base’s “Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry” was released in both radio edit and extended forms on iTunes worldwide today. No surprise here — it’s already flown up to #6 on the Swedish digital store’s chart. Listen below! More »
Pitbull reunites with Ne-Yo once again for their collaboration on Mr. Worldwide’s track, “Time Of Our Lives.” The uptempo tune is ready for dancefloors everywhere, thanks to the celebratory lyrics and its suave EDM (who knew synths could sound so refined?).
“Time Of Our Lives” follows up the artists’ previous collaboration on 2011′s “Give Me Everything.” Look out for Pitbull’s eighth studio LP, Globalization, on November 24 — which will feature guests like Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul and Jason Derulo. Take a listen to their new duet after the jump! More »
David Guetta‘s forthcoming album, Listen, is jam-packed with big-name features — with one of them being Nicki Minaj! The duo’s collaboration track with super-DJ Afrojack is titled “Hey Mama,” and a snippet of the tune is now here. From the sound of it, the song will most likely be a future club-banger — thanks to the rugged dancehall flair from the rapper, the production’s old school call-and-response chants and wild synths.
This marks the third collaboration between Guetta and Minaj, who have previously worked on 2011′s “Turn Me On” and “Where Them Girls At.” Listen, the French producer’s sixth studio LP, will be released on November 24 and features the lead single “Dangerous.” It includes guests like Sia, Bebe Rexha, Nico & Vinz and Emeli Sande.
Take a listen to the “Hey Mama” preview after the jump! More »