scored a surprise international hit in 2013 with “Hello”
— an irresistible dance anthem featuring Christina Milian
and Lil Wayne
. The Australian DJs are now hoping to repeat the feat with another high-profile collaboration. This time around, the boys have joined forces with diva Eva Simons
for a floorfiller called “This Girl”.
“Give me wings, make me fly,” sings the Dutch dance queen over fluttery synths before arriving at the fast and furious chorus, which basically consists of her repeating: “do it one more time for this girl!” T.I shows up towards the end to rap about “making love in the Benz” but the real star is the manic production. After a seemingly endless string of folk-tinged EDM anthems, it’s a relief to hear a balls-to-the-wall club banger. Listen after the jump. More »
There’s no stopping the Dutch invasion of clubland! Joining Martin Garrix
in the battle for EDM supremacy is countryman Sidney Samson
fame), who teams up with dance diva Eva Simons
on bone-rattling new single “Celebrate The Rain”.
Opening with the “Take Over Control” vocalist singing about a drought over jittery keys, the track soon explodes into a booming electro-house anthem with the kind of hands-in-the-air chorus that will be devoured by clubbers around the globe. Some of the lyrics are a bit odd (“I wanna dance in a puddle”…sure, why not?) but this still hits the spot. Listen after the jump. More »
scored a surprised international hit with electro-house instrumental “Animals”
— topping the charts across Europe and reaching an impressive number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 17-year-old Dutchman’s anthem could now have an even wider appeal thanks to countrywoman Eva Simons
, who provides a vocal.
The popular dance diva is probably best known stateside for voicing Afrojack‘s 2010 hit “Take Over Control”, so she’s no stranger to writing a killer top line. Her brooding vocal and aggressive chorus “we own the night, baby — we’re fucking animals!” suits the drop-heavy track nicely. The vocal mix is only a bootleg at present but it’s impressive enough for an official release. Listen after the jump. More »
A smattering of new female acts clawed their way to the top of the pop ladder in the first half of 2012. Lana Del Rey
effortlessly transitioned from indie-darling to global superstar, a subtle synth-pop anthem proved to be Ellie Goulding
’s ticket to the Top 5 and Carly Rae Jepsen
unleashed the all-conquering bubblegum-pop juggernaut “Call Me Maybe”
. But who is going to follow in their much-hyped footsteps? We attempt to answer that very question by shining a light on 12 ladies, from 9 different countries, who all have one thing in common: the raw talent and ferocious attitude to make the leap from blog sensation to chart force.
“Take Over Control” singer Eva Simons
will probably concede that she’s just had the busiest six months of her life. Not only has the up-and-coming dance diva seen her career skyrocket this year, she’s also been wildly productive. “I got the chance to work with some creative people, very talented people,” the Dutch songstress notes in a behind-the-scenes video that showcases her activity in recent months. “I just worked with will.i.am
. We did a song, ‘This Is Love’
.” (Modest Eva skips mentioning that, oh, you know — “This Is Love” just happened
to top the UK chart this summer.) She adds, “I worked with RedOne
. He’s such a creative person, it’s insane.”
In fact, the RedOne explains in the clip above that his team found the recording process with Eva to be effortless. “Just in a week we did six songs that are so strong,” the producer reveals. “It’s a beautiful project that I’m really proud of.” More »
brought his monochromatic style to Live With Kelly
this morning, performing “This Is Love”, the Steven Angello-produced single off his upcoming solo album, #willpower
. The piano from the single’s video
makes an appearance during his early morning performance, as does Eva Simons
and her fluffy, stuffed animal-esque mohawk whose existence continues to baffle us. (Seriously, how many cans of hairspray does this woman use in the morning?)
“She is the real thing,” the Black Eyed Pea recently said of Simons. “It’s exactly what dance music is about. That’s why I’m so happy and honored to be working with her.”
#willpower is expected to drop this fall, and will include collaborations with LMFAO, Britney Spears, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Justin Bieber, and Ne-Yo. So, basically, everyone.
brings his act to Londontown in his video for “This Is Love”
, the Steven Angello-produced single off his forthcoming solo album, #willpower
. The Black Eyed Pea starts things off slowly, playing a will.i.am-branded piano in front of the city’s Tower Bridge. Eventually, clubgoers pop up via will’s laptop (do they have Skype in nightclubs now?) and Dutch singer-songwriter Eva Simons,
rocking the most intense, gravity-defying mohawk we’ve ever seen, provides some fierceness on the hook.
Though the video starts off promising with an interesting outdoor locale, Will.i.am’s low-key piano-playing, the random, confusing club scenes and the giant distraction that is Eva’s hair never really gels together. “This Is Love” comes off like a bunch of separate concepts were thrown into one video. And maybe we’re just a little bit more cautious with our personal computers, but we really wouldn’t recommend leaving a laptop out in the rain like that. Then again, this is will.i.am — we’re sure he can afford to get a new will.i.am-branded PC.