With 2014 nearing its end, it’s safe to say there has been less-than-memorable music. But Nelly Furtado has come out of the woodworks to possibly be pop’s saving grace! The Canadian songstress has been in the recording studio working on new music with Duke Dumont. When asked in a recent interview if there are any singers that he’d like to collaborate with, the British DJ/producer said “An interesting one at the moment — we’re doing some stuff in the very early stages — is Nelly Furtado. I love her. With Nelly Furtado, you could write a hit record that would actually be good.”
Dumont continued, “There’s not many artists like that in the pop music world. With other singers, it would be a more generic track. With Nelly Furtado, I think you could actually do something quite interesting.”
Back in September, the producer gifted North America with a Fall tour and an EP which features summer smashes like “Won’t Look Back,” and “I Got U.” As for Furtado, a few of her unreleased demos from her 2012 album The Spirit Indestructible surfaced earlier this year including “No Regrets” and “Red Balloons.” More »
reminded us 1. that’s she’s still alive and 2. a brilliant pop star when she shared lovely unreleased track “Red Balloons”
a couple of weeks ago. The Canadian diva freed another stellar demo from her laptop today (February 26) — unleashing “No Regrets”, most likely another outtake from underrated LP The Spirit Indestructible
As much as I liked “Red Balloons”, it sounded like a work in progress. “No Regrets”, on the other hand, is a fully formed and rather fantastic pop song. This is vintage Nelly Furtado. Co-written and produced by Rick Nowels, the uplifting track taps into the folk-with-a-modern-twist aesthetic of Loose highlights “All Good Things” and “Say It Right”. In other words, it’s extremely good.
The arrival of “No Regrets” raises two questions. Why was gem omitted from the 35-year-old’s last album and when will we get new music? I guess we’ll never get an answer to the former but Nelly’s team could be leaking these tracks to seed a future project. Cross your fingers! In the meantime, listen to the “Big Hoops” singer’s latest after the jump. More »
I miss Nelly Furtado
. There’s still a place for the Canadian diva’s distinctive voice and heartfelt lyrics in pop music despite the miserable reception her actually rather great The Spirit Indestructible
album received. She’s too talented to simply fade away — as recently surfaced unreleased track “Red Balloons” underlines.
While there’s some debate as to which era the song belongs, it certainly wouldn’t sound out of place on The Spirit Indestructible along side folk-tinged moments like “Bucket List” and “End Of The World”. “Red Balloons” taps a similar vein of melancholy and boasts a strikingly pretty chorus. I would have loved to hear the finished version. Listen to new/old Nelly after the jump. More »
failed to set the charts on fire with her hugely underrated Spirit Indestructible
album but she’s fighting back with a pair of hip-hop collaborations. The Canadian superstar teamed up with Stack$
and now features on Nelly
‘s uplifting “Headphones”. The M.O.
highlight finds the similarly named veterans in a hopeful mood.
“Imma turn my headphones up and fly away, blast off to the stars because I don’t wanna think,” sings Nelly over soaring synths and clapping beats. The enduring MC then steps in to deliver some inspirational advice, insisting that the important thing in life is “living in the moment with my shorty right beside me”. Listen to the wise anthem after the jump. More »
Hip hop has always been a musically competitive sport, with rappers going head-to-head in battles ever since the genre’s birth in the late ’70s. The best diss songs have sparked the most fueled beefs in rap history (Tupac
, Jay Z
, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil’ Kim
, etc.), but the light is rarely shed on other music genres. It turns out that some of our favorite pop stars know a thing or two about taking lyrical shots at other artists.
The tune that started it all was John Lennon‘s infamously brutal “How Do You Sleep?” in 1971, which was geared towards former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. Later, in the 1990s, Alanis Morrisette brought back the diss track theme with her gritty signature song that was made for Full House‘s Dave Coulier, “You Oughta Know.” Since then, pop music has had its fair share of musical battles . Get into the beef below!
We’ve all heard of the sophomore slump. You know, the dreaded second album that often shows diminishing returns or, in drastic cases
, completely unravels an artist’s career. The good news for pop titans Katy Perry
and Lady Gaga
is that they have already successfully navigated that hurdle. As the dueling divas prepare to release their highly-anticipated third LPs (The Fame Monster
registers as an EP), we’ve rummaged through the pop history books — ok, Googled wildly — to see what the gold standard for pop superstardom is.
Interestingly, the third album often represents a commercial and critical high-water mark for music’s elite. The shackles of expectation (from both label and fans) have largely been shed by that stage and many acts hit the ball out of the proverbial park. Shania Twain‘s third project sold 40 million copies, Beyonce‘s netted five Grammy awards and Madonna‘s produced five top 10 hits. How will Prism and ARTPOP compare to these success stories? Time will tell. In the meantime, see how the pop heavyweights that went before them measure up after the jump. More »
After a six-year hiatus to pursue a not-completely-horrible acting career, Justin Timberlake
dusted off his microphone and picked up exactly where he left off at the end of the FutureSex/LoveSounds
era — by bringing innovative yet distinctly retro-tinged R&B back to the airwaves and charts. Producer pal Timbaland
might have helped a little. Together they crafted the super-slick “Suit & Tie”
, which stayed true to JT’s collaborative approach by calling on the services of rap legend Jay-Z
While the first taste of The 20/20 Experience wasn’t as immediate as some expected from such a powerhouse pairing, the soulful jam turned out to be a total grower and is still lodged in the upper echelons of pop charts around the globe. As the release date of Justin’s much-anticipated third opus nudges ever closer, we’ve combed through his past collaborations and chosen seven of the best. More »
isn’t giving up on her Spirit Indestructible
album — for which she’s released approximately 25 singles in the past two months despite its lackluster (to be generous) chart performance. Admittedly, though, every video has been pretty great! The songs, perhaps, tuneless and disappointing. But the videos have been uniformly fairly arresting, so hey — at least she’s doing something right.
That brings us to the video for the unfortunately titled “Bucket List” (perhaps the only song title worse than “Parking Lot”), which turns out to be a pretty decent song, with a lovely and very sensitive video, since its basic message is “YOLO.” More »
has a long and storied track record of teaming up with big artists on his tracks — here’s looking at you, Kelly Rowland
, since we may or may not be listening to “Dilemma” at this very moment — but there have been few details on the shape of his upcoming LP, M.O.
, due out in June. And yet! When he hit the red carpet at the Grammys
this weekend, he revealed a few of the boldface names set to appear on the album. More »
Oh, man. Sure was a shame about Nelly Furtado
‘s last album, wasn’t it? Despite her best promotional efforts, The Spirit Indestructible
proved, well, destructible on the charts. But Furtado remains indomitable: The Portuguese songbird has just dropped the video for her newest single, “Waiting For The Night,” and it’s a tune! Certainly an improvement on the previous singles from Spirit
, and the video is her chic-est in a minute.
It’s nothing too high-concept — just Furtado in some Gaga-esque half-face makeup, doing some sultry noirish swaying with zombie dancers, because YOLO (unless you’re a zombie) — but it’s a smartly devised clip to one of the best songs off Spirit. Watch up top.
What do you think of Nelly’s new vid? Sound off in the comments, then head over to Directlyrics.com to read the song’s full lyrics.