Conchita Wurst has unveiled her Eurovision 2014 song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. The power ballad oozes Old World class–think Adele’s “Skyfall” or any other James Bond anthem–but there is a lot more to this song than movie soundtrack magic. On one level it’s about how a broken romance makes you stronger. At the same time, it’s a self-affirming rebuke to all those people at home and abroad who have looked down on Miss Wurst for being different.
The teenage group from Melbourne who are now based in LA, unleashed their music video for new track Real Girls Eat Cake on Monday, in which they condemn the infamous thigh gap trend. Band members Beau Brooks, 20, his 19-year-old twin brothers Jai and Luke, Daniel (Skip) Sahyounie, 19, and James Yammouni, 18, used their new track to encourage their female fans to ditch the salad in favour of some sweets.
Pharrell Williams has premiered a new music video and never mind the half-naked girls or Kelly Osbourne feature, he impressively manages to wear not one, but five hats in just under five minutes. No wonder the Happy singer recently sold one of his hats on Ebay, it was to make room for his collection of many other hats, as evident in the accompanying promo for upcoming single Marilyn Monroe.
Alicia Keys has a song on the upcoming soundtrack to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, "It's On Again", a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell. The video, below via Rap-Up, features all three artists, along with Hans Zimmer, its composer. The video is also cut with New York nighttime imagery from the movie, which gets a theatrical release May 2. The soundtrack is out April 22.
The Get To Know You EP is filled with four songs with a predictable theme – love and relationships. This could easily have been guessed; what better way to build a fanbase than by letting teenage girls feel like Jai is singing “I want to get to know ya” directly to them? This is something often seen on One Direction’s albums, and is obviously a marketing/musical strategy that works.
Heavy hitters R3hab, Nervo and Ummet Ozcan have teamed up to produce and release a surefire dance hit, “Revolution.” The group presents a seamless blend of musical styles in this track for an innovative, exciting sound. R3hab brings his Dutch house style to the table but with a darker edge, while the Nervo sisters bring their amazing vocals and a progressive house flair. Ummet Ozcan adds his grand tech-trance touches. Together, they’re able to create a track that none of them could have done as well on their own, showing the true spirit of collaboration.
The electronic-dancehall group Major Lazer have just dropped the video to accompany their latest track “Aerosol Can.” Taken from their recent five-track EP, Apocalypse Soon, the song features jack – and master – of all trades, Pharrell Williams. Taking a break from his singing, fashion designing and crying on Oprah, he lends his hip-hop talents to the bouncy production we know and love from the project headed by Diplo.
Usher first teased "Good Kisser" last week with a dance-filled music video that featured a stripped down thumping beat and a whispered refrain of "good kisser." That same bit of music opens up the new single, but after roughly 40 seconds, that beat drops and a far more retro, throwback R&B melody kicks in.
"Sing" is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It features production and additional vocals from Pharrell Williams. The song was released as a digital download on 7 April 2014, serving as the lead single for his upcoming second studio album.
Musically, "You & I" takes its cues from 90s rock power ballads. The song opens with a simple strumming guitar accompanying the lead vocal. Piano chords join in for the first singing of the chorus, but the production is so carefully put together the recording is robbed of its heart-tugging potential. By the time we are midway through the second verse, attention is likely to lag. Rock guitars kick in about two thirds of the way through the song with dramatic falsetto.
The boys are about to unleash a new track called ‘Shotgun’ on the 24th of May, and they’ve kindly given us a first glimpse of the lyric video. The song is another fizzy slice of pop rock, falling somewhere between The Vamps and 5 Seconds of Summer, depicting young love at its most carefree and summer-y.
"West Coast" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for her third studio album, Ultraviolence (2014). It was written by Lana Del Rey, and Rick Nowels, while production was handled by Dan Auerbach. The song was released on April 14, 2014, by Polydor Records and Interscope Records, as the lead single from Ultraviolence.
As promised, Nicki Minaj comes through with the first official single from her third studio album The Pinkprint, "Pills N Potions." On Monday we received the cover art and a few words about the record from Nicki, she called it "uplifting" and "soulful." Indeed, it's a very different direction than "ChiRaq", more pop-driven and definitely radio friendly, with Nicki singing about bad habits (pills and potions) as she reflects on love lost.
As she approaches the June 17th release of her new album Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey has been quite liberal in previewing its 11 tracks. Already we’ve heard “West Coast”, “Shades of Cool”, and “Ultraviolence”; now, audio has surfaced of a ghostly, lo-fi ballad called “Brooklyn Baby”. Listen in below. As previously reported, Del Rey recorded the album in Nashville alongside The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Pre-orders are ongoing.
Twin Atlantic are set to release new single ‘Heart And Soul’ on May 25 through Red Bull Records. The song is taken from their new album, due later this summer apparently! Tour dates coming soon, in the meantime feast your ears on the first new Twin music in two years...TWO YEARS!
Can’t Get Enough by Becky G ft. Pitbull has 128 BPMs and is great workout music for Boxing, Running. After the release of her latest single ”Shower”, Becky G has continued her rising momentum by releasing a video for ”Can’t Get Enough”, a single from her 2013 EP ”Play It Again”. The video isn’t the most high-budget, but displays a colorful and vibrant array of graphics and outfits. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s Becky G.
In the pop charts many musical collaborations have failed and succeeded. This collaboration certainly works, showcasing what two new, talented artists can do when they put their musical minds together. Laura Welsh and Gorgon City have created Here For You. Who could forget Gorgon Cities Ready For Your Love featuring MNEK that hit 4.5 million video views.
A new version of "Sexual Healing" is a Grammy Award-winning 1982 classic hit song recorded by American singer Marvin Gaye on the Columbia Records label. It was his first single since his exit from his long-term record label Motown earlier in the year, following the release of the In Our Lifetime album the previous year. People magazine described it as "America's hottest pop-culture turn-on since Olivia Newton-John suggested she wanted to get 'Physical'." It is listed at No. 233 on the Rolling Stone list of its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.