Posts tagged "Yuna"

7 Questions With Yuna: ‘Nocturnal’, Chad Hugo & The Business Of Music

Yuna Talks Music
Yuna‘s beautifully understated Nocturnal LP was released last month to universal acclaim — a response not exactly foreign to the much-praised Malaysian singer-songwriter. Her delicate vocals and lush, multi-layered sound continue to win new fans around the world.

The 27-year-old dropped by the Idolator studio recently to chat about her sophomore set (as far as the US market is concerned) and opened up about her vision for the album. Yuna also talked about her current influences (Feist, The xx and Lorde) and explained why music she approaches music like any other business. Watch up top. More »

Yuna Unveils ‘Nocturnal’ Album Cover: See Her Floral-Themed Artwork

Given the release of both the Croods soundtrack duet “Shine Your Way” with Owl City and her springtime Sixth Street EP, it’s been a busy year for Yuna — and she’s not done keeping her fans supplied with fresh material just yet. The 26-year-old Malaysian singer will follow up last year’s self-titled international LP with the 11-track Nocturnal, due out October 29 on Verve.

The LP kicks off with the warm, finger-popping late-summer jam “Falling,” and offers up 10 more pop- and R&B-tinged songs, like “I Wanna Go” (produced by Michael Einziger of Incubus), “Mountains,” “Rescue” and “I Want You Back.”

Hear “Falling” and catch the full Nocturnal tracklist below. More »

Yuna’s ‘Sixth Street’ EP Song “Let Love Come Through” Featuring Kyle: Idolator Premiere

Fresh off her 2012 self-titled debut album and Owl City duet “Shine Your Way” from the soundtrack to The Croods, Yuna is giving us the gift of her bright and breezy pop once again in the form of her Sixth Street EP, due out on May 7. The five tracks on the digital-only release are wrapped in a certain kind of warmth — and there’s a reason for that! “All of the songs were written in my apartment where I’m most comfortable, and at that point I understood who I was and knew what I was feeling about life,” Yuna says of Sixth Street.

Today Idolator is premiering “Let Love Come Through” off the EP. Jazzy, smooth and with just the right infusion of summertime cool, the song kicks off with a rap by Kyle before Yuna’s soothing vocals and thick, retro synths take over.

Head below to hear Yuna & Kyle’s “Let Love Come Through,” as well as charming Sixth Street single “I Wanna Go” (produced by Mike Einziger from Incubus). More »

Owl City & Yuna Perform “Shine Your Way” On ‘Jay Leno’: Watch

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Shine Your Way Like A Diamond
Y’know that killer Owl City and Yuna tune “Shine Your Way” that we had the privilege of premiering a few weeks ago? It’s making big moves already: From a Top 10 rendition on American Idol to a big performance last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which saw the collaborators taking the stage for a sweetly inspirational take on the track. More »

Owl City And Yuna’s “Shine Your Way” From ‘The Croods’: Idolator Premiere

These Two Shine Bright On Their Soundtrack Song
Owl City and Yuna are feeling particularly bright and sunny on “Shine Your Way,” their soundtrack offering for The Croods, which somehow manages to sound more upbeat than OC’s hit Carly Rae Jepson collaboraton “Good Time.” Adam Young produced the song with film composer Alan Silvestri and songwriter Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt).

Synthy strings open “Shine Your Way” before a dance beat kicks in and Young and Yuna sing, “Open road but it’s sitll dark, build a fire from a spark, shine, shine your way.” All the right elements, both natural and musical, are present for this one to become a radio staple this spring — and for Malaysian songstress Yuna to finally break out in a big way. More »

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad 25′: Kylie Minogue, Miguel & More Remember The King Of Pop

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Who's Bad?
Tomorrow (September 18) brings the 25th anniversary re-release of Michael Jackson‘s seventh studio album, Bad. Over the past month we’ve celebrated the momentous occasion by revisiting MJ’s 1988 Bad tour performance of “Human Nature”, presenting a rare demo of “Smooth Criminal” (“Al Capone”), listing our favorite pop star covers of Bad tracks and even giving away a copy of the re-release. But we’re not the only ones excited the late King Of Pop’s music milestone. More »

Yuna Talks About Her Life & Being Influenced By No Doubt: Exclusive Interview

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Idolator Talks To Yuna
We sat down with Yuna just hours before her live gig at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles recently. The up-and-coming 25-year-old singer, who recently covered Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange opener “Thinking Bout You”, discussed her musical upbringing in her native Malaysia, where she started off writing poetry before diving into full-fledged songwriting and heading stateside. Beyond her Malaysian influences, the first-time Bonnaroo performer cited No Doubt and Fiona Apple as a few of her idols before talking about being starstruck by Pharrell, her co-collaborator and the producer of her single, “Live Your Life“. Watch our exclusive interview above!

Top 12 Women About To Pop In 2012

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.

Yuna Covers Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You”

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Yuna Is Thinkin Bout Frank
Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna wowed the crowds at Bonnaroo, and now the 25-year-old artist is eminating awesomeness once again with an enchanting cover of Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange single “Thinkin Bout You”.

Recorded in her Los Angeles home, Yunalis Zarai loops her vocals over and over, creating a musical quilt of harmonies and melodies that beg to be replayed over and over. Plus, she pretty much nails Frank’s silky falsetto, and that’s quite feat in and of itself.

Yuna’s self-titled album is out now in the US.

Yuna Performs Live At Amoeba Music, Los Angeles: Idolator Review

Two weeks after playing at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival, Yunalis Zarai aka Yuna arrived at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Jun. 26) for a performance of songs off her self-titled debut album. Stepping onto the stage wearing a black frock and a purple headscarf — her signature — the Malaysian singer-songwriter looked visibly surprised by the people slowly filtering into the record store’s crowded rows.

“Thank you so much for coming,” she told the audience. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t think anyone was going to come.” More »