Hot Chelle Rae
can’t help but to sound sheepish in its new song, “Don’t Say Goodnight.”
Sure, youthful vocalist Ryan Follese sings of two girls seated on his lap. He also admits to being super drunk and waiting out last call at a bar, as patrons pair up and head out. He even makes a marijuana reference — this girl, she gets him high! However, “Don’t Say Goodnight” — or “#DONTSAYGOODNIGHT,” whichever — sounds inspired by fun.‘s plucky and anthemic pop but never quite feels as revelatory as Some Nights, even when an electric guitar solo kicks in toward the end. The song may be about grown-up antics, but it feels instead like an anthem for someone ten years younger.
Follese’s confession that he tries to rap like A$AP Rocky, followed by a female voice saying that he can’t, doesn’t quite help matters. It’s okay — in the words of Michelle Trachtenberg, “You gotta ease into it.”
Hear Hot Chelle Rae’s “Don’s Say Goodbye” after the jump, then weigh in at the comments below. More »
Hot Chelle Rae
has released a music video for “Hung Up,”
their latest single off their third album. In the PR Brown
-directed clip set in Los Angeles, all four band members attempt to approach one girl, only to have their pursuit thwarted by what appears to be a technical malfunction.
“Hung Up” follows Hot Chelle Rae’s sophomore album Whatever and 2012 stint as Demi Lovato‘s supporting act during her global tour. Their third album is due out later this year. More »
Anthemic power pop four-piece Hot Chelle Rae
— who you may remember for their breakout 2011 single “Tonight, Tonight” — are back with a new song, “Hung Up,” a cover of Madonna
‘s single by the same name. (Just kidding, not really, but how rad would that be?)
No, HCR’s “Hung Up” is a sprightly, uptempo pop-rock jam with a soaring melody that evokes One Direction‘s hook-driven style with a little of the grown-up vibe of Maroon 5 or fun.; it might be slight, but enormously effective. Listen after the jump. More »
Hot Chelle Rae
had a splashy burst onto the scene with last year’s “Tonight Tonight,” but all has been relatively quiet on the HCR front lately, making way for even poppier boy bands The Wanted and One Direction to crop up in the meantime. But now the boys are back with a new acoustic take on their single “I Like It Like That,”a catchy ditty about the trials and tribulations of losing one’s iPhone while partying. (We’ve all been there, haven’t we, Lady Gaga
?) The video was recorded in London, of all places, which only gives us more reason to believe that Hot Chelle Rae can still give those Brit boy bands a run for their money.
It was a good night for former American Idol
champs at the 2012 CMT Music Awards, as country crooners Carrie Underwood
and Scotty McCreery
both went home with awards. Underwood, the night’s big winner, took home the honors for Video Of The Year (for “Good Girl”
) and Collaborative Video Of The Year (for her Brad Paisley
pair-up “Remind Me”). McCreery was awarded the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year statue for his country hit “The Trouble With Girls”
Elsewhere, professional awards collectors Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean went home with the Group Video, Female Video and CMT Performance Of The year awards, respectively. Head below to catch the full list of winners, and Lady Antebellum’s mashup performance with Hot Chelle Rae. More »
Favorites is our recurring video series on the personal preferences of the pop artists who inspire us. Because the artists we love love stuff too.
“This Little Girl” songstress Cady Groves is about to wrap up her North American trek with “Tonight, Tonight” pop-rockers Hot Chelle Rae, and while they were on the road together we thought it would be great fun to sit them all down and prod them on what some of their favorite things are. Little did we know we’d be hearing about the Shania Twain back catalog, offbeat pronunciations of “salmon” and “filet mignon” and — yikes! — Cady’s first sexual experience via a beach ball at a Styx concert. (No, we’re not kidding.) Watch our exclusive video from when this meeting of the pop minds happened below.
Well, pop music fans, it’s that time again. Time to say goodbye to what’s past
and look ahead to something fresh. Maybe you plan to party like it’s 1999, or maybe you’re spending a cozy evening indoors away from the debauchery. If your answer is the latter, thank your lucky (pop) stars that performers like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and Jessie J are painting the town to ensure those of us sitting home when the ball drops still have a magnificent time. You likely have seen the viral video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, and if that inquiry is lingering in your mind regarding your favorite musical acts, find your answer below. More »
It must be the holidays — otherwise, how could we account for the gift of having so many of our favorite acts in one room? Z100′s Jingle Ball pulled out all the stops at Madison Square Garden last night, including a Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato duet
and Lady Gaga singing “White Christmas”
perched atop a motorcycle with sunglasses on (it’s true, a white Christmas can be very bright). In addition to these marvelous ladies, the bash featured Foster The People, Travie McCoy, David Guetta, Hot Chelle Rae, Pitbull, and LMFAO. We weren’t on hand to see it for ourselves, but reliving it via these photographs, it sure looks
like spirits were bright.
, Michael Buble has the holiday season locked up on the Top 200 with his festive LP Christmas
, which posts a second week at #1 after sales of 293,000 copies. The breakout holly jolly hit this year, Billboard
points out that the album has now crossed the million mark as far as copies sold to date. Looks like Michael’s stocking is going to be stuffed with royalty checks!
If you haven’t been paying much attention to Hot Chelle Rae, perhaps it’s time you did — since pretty soon you most likely won’t have a choice, anyway — and here to help get your attention is Demi Lovato, featured on the band’s new LP Whatever
(in stores November 29). Still riding high on her positive “Skyscraper”
buzz, the red carpet vixen’s
appearance on the ballad “Why Don’t You Love Me” seems a smooth tactic to get young ears tuned into the American Music Awards’ choice for New Artist Of The Year.
(It won’t hurt that the “I Like To Dance”
foursome is easy on the eyes, too.) Hear it below.