That new One Direction
material might be coming sooner rather than later.
After the boys hinted at their “more edgy” new material on The Today Show, “La La La” hit-maker Naughty Boy‘s just gone and revealed the title of a (potential) 1D lead single called “One Chance To Dance,” co-penned by Emeli Sandé and 1D’s own Zayn Malik.
“We wrote it with Emeli Sandé and it’s a real progression for them. I’ve been told there’s a big chance it’s going to be the first single from their next album. I literally finished it this morning so I’m allowed to talk about it now,” he revealed to The Sun. More »
‘s concept album for an upcoming 3D animated film
, is starting to take shape. Emeli Sande
reveals that she has been writing songs along with producer Rodney Jerkins
. “I’ve been writing for Rihanna’s new movie, which has been incredible,” Sande said to Digital Spy
. “I was with Rodney Jerkins the other night. I feel now I’m back on creative mode.”
She isn’t kidding. Sande, the biggest-selling U.K. artist of 2012 and 2013, also revealed that she has been in the studio with Naughty Boy, the rising producer behind “La La La” featuring Sam Smith. And it’s fitting, too – as Naughty Boy revealed to us last year, that same global hit was originally to be written with Sande herself. “But because she was on tour, I did the session with Sam and I presented the idea to him,” he said. “It just had to be Sam because where it went from there is perfect.” More »
Before becoming a household name in the UK (and budding international star) with blockbuster hits “Heaven”, “Next To Me”
and “My Kind Of Love”
, Emeli Sande
released a long-forgotten song on obscure jazz/soul label Starla Records. “Takes” was only released on limited edition 7″ vinyl and, somewhat miraculously given her success, never surfaced online until now.
Finally tracked down by a Scottish newspaper, “Takes” is a fascinating snapshot of a hugely talented artist still calibrating her sound. The retro-soul anthem is an enjoyable Motown knock-off and there’s no denying the quality of Emeli’s voice but it would take her another couple of years to perfect her winning approach to soul-infused pop. Listen to the lovely relic after the jump. More »
once again shows she has great taste in emerging British singers. After trotting out Sam Smith
last week for a duet of his song “Money On My Mind,”
Swift snagged Emeli Sande
for her penultimate Red
tour show on Monday (February 10). Swift and Sande performed “Next To Me,” the late-momentum hit off her 2012 debut album.
“Do you remember the BRIT Awards last year? I had a great time and I got to meet one of my favorite artists, and I watched her clean up,” Swift said to the crowd at O2 Arena. “Then I got this idea that what if she might come out and sing a song for you. London, what would you say if I told you that Emeli Sande is here?” The announcement was greeted by the inevitable wall of Swiftie screams.
Check out the performance (damn that Emeli can sing) and Taylor’s grateful tweet below. More »
Pop stars like Ed Sheeran
, Fall Out Boy
will pay tribute to Elton John
in a forthcoming reissue of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
. First released in 1973, Goodbye
debuted at No. 1 and held that position for eight weeks straight, as John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin
released one hit after another, including the title track and “Bennie and the Jets.”
Universal Music/Mercury will release a deluxe reissue of Goodbye on March 24; on the second disc, Sheeran covers “Candle in the Wind” while Fall Out Boy takes on “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” Miguel tackles “Bennie and the Jets,” which Music Week reports will also feature Wale. See the full tracklist of covers, also including Emeli Sande and Hunter Hayes, after the jump. More »
is a (rapidly) rising star in America but, at home, she’s an untouchable chart force — and has the receipts to prove it! Her much-praised debut LP Our Version Of Events
is the UK’s best-selling album for the second year in a row. It sold 640,000 copies in 2013, bringing its total to an eye-watering 2.03 million units.
Who else featured in the nation’s top 10 best-selling albums? Michael Buble‘s To Be Loved came second with 456,000 copies sold, while the Les Miserables motion picture soundtrack rounded out the top three. There were some surprises, notably Bastille‘s Bad Blood and Jake Bugg‘s self-titled LP. See the full top 10 after the jump. More »
passed away today (December 5) after a long battle with a severe chest infection. The much-loved humanitarian’s death sparked an immediate outpouring of grief, respect and admiration from celebrities touched by the great man’s journey and wisdom.
Beyonce, Fergie and John Legend posted photos taken with South Africa’s first black president on their social media accounts. “Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace,” wrote Mrs. Carter on Instagram. Other celebrities urged fans to show their respect by following Mandela’s example.
“Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That’s how you pay your respect,” tweeted Kendrick Lamar. Other artists like Ed Sheeran and Kelly Rowland posted quotes, while Jennifer Lopez kept it succinct: “It always seems impossible until it’s done. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed.” Read more reactions after the jump. More »
Sporting flowers in her flashy blue-blonde coif, Emeli Sande
turned out a passionate performance of “My Kind Of Love” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Wednesday (November 6). The Roots
helped out for the live take of the track from her wonderful debut Our Version Of Events
. (Yo how do Questlove
and co. learn all these new songs every week?)
The British singer didn’t need any fanfare or attention-grabbing set dressings, appearing under a lone spotlight. Her evocative, slow-burning vocal performance did all the legwork. Check it out up top. More »
really gets around. The in-demand Scottish diva lent her powerful pipes to recent tracks from Tinie Tempah
and Alejandro Sanz
but her latest collaboration could be her best yet. She teams up with 2012 X Factor
UK winner James Arthur
for “Roses” and together they deliver a heartstrings-tugging ballad for the ages.
Co-penned by Sande and produced by Naughty Boy, the smoky love song documents a doomed and destructive affair. “I could have chosen anybody but I chose you,” James begins the emotion-drenched duet before outlining why he probably made a bad decision. Emeli then comes in for the chorus, singing: “smells like roses to me, two young lovers at sea.”
There are copious lashings of strings, mournful lyrics, subtle hooks and more than enough opportunities to showcase their respective vocal chops. If this is any indication of Arthur’s debut LP, it could be well worth hunting down. Listen to “Roses” after the jump. More »
lends her always impeccable vocal to Tinie Tempah
‘s “A Heart Can Save The World” — a new track on the British rapper’s sophomore set Demonstration
. As you can probably tell by the album title, the MC is in a political mood and he tackles topics as diverse as unemployment and refugees in the collab with his trademark spitfire flow.
Produced by Naughty Boy, “A Heart Can Save The World” is never heavy-handed. The beats come thick and fast and Emeli makes the track pop with a hopeful (and catchy) chorus. This is the second time the Brits have joined forces (they worked together on Disc-Overy album track “Let Go”) and they second time they have delivered something fresh and inspiring. Listen after the jump. More »