Sunday, December 15, 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
dj earworm - united state of pop 2013
it's that time of the year again when dj earworm pulls together the biggest pop hits of 2013 and miraculously mashes them all together. interestingly the general tone feels alot more internal than previous collections. maybe we had a more diverse number of hits this year, which allowed for a different pace. still a joy to experience!
check out the list of acts on this years mash up!:
Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up
Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man
Capital Cities - Safe & Sound
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
Eminem feat. Rihanna - The Monster
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly - Cruise
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z - Suit & Tie
Katy Perry - Roar
Lady Gaga - Applause
Lorde - Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop
Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop
OneRepublic - Counting Stars
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna - Stay
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child
Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Will.I.Am feat. Britney Spears - Scream And Shout
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
lorde - team
with a video inspired from a dream she had, the young alt pop phenom takes on the royal role and lets in young acne boys who lose into her kingdom of youth. she so cool...
sam smith - money on my mind
not only did our boy sam get on the bbc sound of 2014 longlist, he also released a new single under his worldwide deal with capitol records and it's a fun insta-hit! currently making appearances in the US (sold out troubadour in LA over the weekend and coming to NYC for a showcase with naughty boy), it'll be a good kick off for what will be a massive 2014 for him.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
ariana grande - last christmas
making some inoffensive changes to the wham! classic xmas song, ariana taps into the christmas market with this new release. can she do no wrong these days?
marina and the diamonds - have yourself a merry little christmas
what a lovely wistful version by marina. technically this was released last year, but barely anyone saw it, so i suggest a reboot and claim it for the 2013 mix instead!
kelly clarkson - underneath the tree (live)
with thanksgiving out of the way, lets get right into the xmas spirit! been holding off on posting this catchy number for a few weeks and now it's the perfect weekend to do so! [UPDATE: check out this live performance of the lovely song from kelly's upcoming xmas special]
Saturday, November 30, 2013
lady gaga feat kermit the frog - gypsy (muppet holiday spectacular)
a highlight from the all over the place gaga/muppet thanksgiving collaboration. the song is 80's synth rocktacular (until the song stupidly starts listing cities that gaga's visited in the past) plus kermie's harmony is pretty darn bad ass too!
Friday, November 29, 2013
RECORD STORE DAY: the civil wars - behind the bars (elliot smith cover) / foals - bad habit (cctv) / nick lowe - i was born in bethlehem / queens of the stone age - i sat by the ocean / u2 - ordinary love / lana del rey - born to die / lady gaga - applause (empire of the sun remix) / sondre lerche - rejection #5
with people clamoring to buy stuff during black friday, the record store day folks have also decided that today would be a great day to celebrate independent record stores around the world via sales of one off special pressings on vinyl. though i'm a smidgen behind on this, it's still not too late to visit your local record store over the weekend to see if there's any good stuff left! check out some highlights of what you could find below:
the civil wars - behind the bars (elliot smith cover) "behind the bars EP"
foals - bad habit (cctv) "the cctv sessions LP"
nick lowe - i was born in bethlehem "quality street: a seasonal selection for all the family LP"
queens of the stone age - i sat by the ocean "…like clockwork (black on black) LP"
u2 - ordinary love "ordinary love 7""
lana del rey - born to die "born to die LP"
lady gaga - applause (empire of the sun remix) "applause remix picture disc 12""
sondre lerche - rejection #5 (package details - trailer) "public hi-fi sessions 7""
london grammar - nightcall
releasing a fan favorite off their debut album 'if you wait', london grammar's cover of the kavinsky / drive soundtrack theme song gets a proper chilling sparse video to match their wonderful version. love these guys!
want more? check out this chilled out house remix by hot chip's joe goddard!:
london grammar - nightcall (joe goddard remix)
aloe blacc - ticking bomb (lyric video)
if this doesn't make you paranoid, i don't know what will! aloe has crafted a highly cinematic soul sermon that i guarantee will be used for some post apocalyptic movie/tv series in the coming months (smart music supervisors should really take heed to my words!) great song.
sam smith x nile rodgers x disclosure x jimmy napes - together (lyric video)
jeez, talk about super group! this one off retro funk single is just fun to listen to (it's basically a great groove hook) and a nice celebration of talented people who did well this year.
bombay bicycle club - carry me
taking a total departure from their folk leanings on their last album, the BBC seem to have found joy in experimenting with drums, song structure and guitars. the final result is a surprising and exciting affair that hopefully will be the running thread on their upcoming new album. love this!
chloe howl - paper heart
why this song hasn't buzzed through to the masses is beyond me. it's a piece of perfect synth pop with a really strong bass kick below it all. spread the love if you like what you hear cause chloe is definitely a good contender for artist to watch in 2014!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
james arthur - recovery (acoustic)
oh boy, it's not a great week for our x factor uk alum. not only did he get called out for some homophobic slurs on a song, but subsequent twitter spats with celebs have led him to quit twitter altogether and claim exhaustion from all performances except for this weekend's x factor uk one. of course there's a petition for him to be taken off the show and i'm curious what he'll do to rectify his current tarnished impression live, we shall see... shame cause this follow up single is actually really good.
gabrielle - say goodbye (a64 performance for sbtv)
as the 1st official new single off of gabrielle's greatest hits collection 'now and always : 20 years of dreaming', gabrielle has recorded 7 new tracks for her fans with every intention of following up with an album of all new material. this is a nice reminder of her skills as a songwriter too. welcome back!
rebecca ferguson - roar (katy perry cover) (live @ air studios)
i can just listen to this smokey katy perry cover by rebecca on repeat for hours. the x factor uk alum is definitely coming into her own these days and this performance shows her confidence with both her stage presence and doing other people's hit material. love her!
jessie j - thunder
jessie's in full drag vampire thunder goddess mode here! thank goodness the song is a strong one (though she's still shouting at me when she sings, maybe she can learn from christina aguilera's lesson that less is a good thing!)
tal feat little mix - une autre personne
my fave girl band at the moment crossed the pond and offered their vocals on pop star tal's album 'a l'infini', the end result is a catchy number that you can bop along to even though you have no clue what they're singing about. the power of pop!
olly murs - hand on heart
as part of the re-release of his 3rd album 'right place, right time', the latest single "hand on heart" has been radio remixed with a more lush sound. it's a solid pop ballad and a perfect winter companion piece for your pop mix. i'm just sayin...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
rihanna - what now
strictly catching up at this point. this is yet another highlight from riri's 'unapologetic' album.
want more? check out riri during the AMA's this year...
rihanna - diamonds (live @ american music awards 2013)
katy perry - unconditionally
there she goes again, writing totally perfect pop songs that you'll be able to sing instantly and will gnaw at your brain when you least expect it. yaaay!
a great big world & christina aguilera - say something
the speed to which this song has entered the masses definitely makes this THE sad ballad of the season. i've said it before, but to actually enjoy christina's vocals on a song is a new feeling for me. it's a thanksgiving miracle!
WEDNESDAY MIX: bastille - the draw / of the night / oblivion (live @ capitol studios) / of the night (live @ alan carr chatty man)
my love for bastille continues to grow over these past few weeks and here are the reasons why. check out their diverse talents below as they release a brooding indie number with "the draw", followed by their current wonderful 90's covers of "rhythm of the night/rhythm is a dancer" aka "of the night", then a GORGEOUS orchestral version of their album track "oblivion", topped up with a finale of their single live on the kooky alan carr chat show. if you don't love these boys by the end of this, well, why are you on my music blog in the first place?
bastille - the draw
bastille - of the night
bastille - oblivion (live @ capitol studios)
bastille - of the night (live @ alan carr chatty man)
oh boy! within a week, my fave male voice of 2013 offers up two beautiful acoustic songs to his fans. whether these will be transformed into fuller productions for his debut album remains to be seen, but for now, it's all about his heartbreaking voice. swoon away fans, i sure am.
sam smith - not in that way (demo)
sam smith - i've told you now (live)
ella eyre - deeper
the voice of rudimental's "waiting all night" smash gets a debut single and it's a pretty darn retro northern soul pop cool affair. setting up what will probably be an exciting 2014 for the singer, this is a very nice song to kick it all off.
want more? how about this housed up remix by friend within!:
ella eyre - deeper (friend within remix)
Monday, November 25, 2013
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2013 HIGHLIGHTS: ariana grande - tattooed heart / lady gaga & r kelly - do what you want / one direction - the story of my life / miley cyrus - wrecking ball / katy perry - unconditionally
ariana grande - tattooed heart
nothing like a killer performance that pretty much blew everyone out of the water with it's simplicity. wait... just singing? no wonder she got a standing o from the whole audience and won best new artist later that evening.
lady gaga & r kelly - do what you want
oh the theatrics! as usual the totally performance perfect gaga continues to prove to me that she needs a broadway show in the future. i'm just saying...
one direction - the story of my life
yeah... i'm smitten with this song...
miley cyrus - wrecking ball
meow! is it wrong that i was interested in the cat behind her?
katy perry - unconditionally
great spectacle... meh vocals!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
2ne1 - missing you
the 2ne1 gals are back with a 3rd single teasing their upcoming full length album (set for an early 2014 release). in typical 2ne1 fashion, the ballad feels like 3 tunes mashed together and weirdly working in the process. high fives to the art direction and stylist of the video too!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: sia feat the weeknd & diplo - elastic heart (OST hunger games: catching fire)
sia feat weeknd & diplo - elastic heart (OST hunger games: catching fire)
even though we loved this song about a month back, it's nice to see that it's getting some proper video love (albeit this weird grungy fashion piece loosely based on the exes sia and jd samson) the song is still awesome, so just turn it up and ignore the visuals!
lily allen - hard out here
any song that repeats the word 'bitch' leading up to the bridge deserves high points in my pop admiration scale! lily allen takes on girl power to a whole new level and throws in some funny lyrics in the mix. welcome back ms allen!
Thursday, November 07, 2013
WACKY AWARDS SHOW: YouTube Music Awards 2013 (with live videos by eminem, arcade fire, m.i.a., avicii and lady gaga)
webcast creative director spike jonze says that there was no script or plan to the awards, plus live music videos were created by lady gaga, eminem, arcade fire and avicii, adding to the chaos. if you didn't see it live, it sure was wackadoodle! here are the highlights of the evening below:
eminem - rap god (youtube awards 2013)
m.i.a. - come walk with me (youtube awards 2013)
avicii - hey brother / you make me / wake me up (a live short film by lena dunham) (youtube awards 2013)
arcade fire - afterlife (youtube awards 2013)
lady gaga - dope (youtube awards 2013)
want more? click below to see the rest of the performances and some of the award itself:
ed sheeran - i see fire (OST: the hobbit - the desolation of smaug)
performed completely by ed sheeran (choir and all!), this is ed's first new material in two years and it's exclusive to the upcoming hobbit film coming out next month. i've always felt that ed had a hobbit like quality and it looks like i'm not the only one!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
little mix - boy
someone has been listening to ALOT of classic aaliyah! nothing wrong with that since the timbaland beats don't kick in about a minute in, preceded by a solid acapella intro! the little mix gals are definitely making themselves an interesting act on the pop field. definitely my fave girl band out at the moment (there i've said it!)
chvrches - lies
it's kind of amazing how fast this electro pop trio have risen in the past year! with their catchy songs and cutie lead lauren becoming the obsession of many a hipgal and fanboy, it's great to end the year with the first song that made me buzz for them back in the day. officially their new single, this is chvrches at their best (though the mother we share is still my fave song of their repertoire)
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
laura mvula - little girl blue (ost: 12 years a slave)
with music inspired by the powerful '12 years a slave' film, the john legend curated soundtrack features alicia keys, alabama shakes and a beautiful duet between chris cornell and joy williams (civil wars), but this gently heartbreaking number by laura mvula uses the opening notes of the christmas carol "good king wenceslas" and brings us to a time where this kind of celebration would basically be a young girls pipe dream. throw in laura's jazzy vocals and you've got something incredibly special for the week. just brilliant.
london grammar - nightcall (lg re-edit)
covering kavinsky's 80's electro 'nightcall', the london grammar trio have chosen to haunt the song instead, coming up with this beautiful epic lullaby for your pleasure.
while we're in london grammar love mode, check out their recent visit to jools holland over the weekend!
london grammar - strong (live @ later with jools holland)
dan croll - home
maybe cause there's a chill in the air, or maybe cause i just need a nice cuppa tea, but this 3rd official single by the uk singer/songwriter is hitting all the right spots on this tuesday morning. channeling the best of harry nilsson then morphing into a rousing singalong with four part harmonies, what's not to love about this gem about the perks of going home. album doesn't come out til next year, making him a frontrunner for one to watch 2014!
Monday, November 04, 2013
a great big world feat christina aguilera - say something
after watching a dance choreographed to this song by the amazing stacey tookey on so you think you can dance, christina reached out to this singer/songwriter duo and asked to be part of the song. the result is this simple and beautiful harmony where her vocals actually allow for the song to breath. it's gracious which is an adjective i haven't been able to attach to aguilera in awhile. just wonderful.
behind the scenes of the recording of "say something"
so you think you can dance - say something (feat amy and robert)
birdy - light me up
after releasing a slew of piano driven ballads, birdy finally loosens up and puts out this joyous upbeat number co-produced by rich costey (arctic monkeys/sigur ros) and ryan tedder. it's a gem so turn it up!
avicii feat dan tyminski - hey brother
after the mega success of the aloe blacc collaboration, avicii goes and collaborates with bluegrass singer dan tyminski (and sometime alison krauss & the union station member) for this old skool country number with yet another thump along beat. it'll be a smash.
justin timberlake - tko
old skool timberland beats and sounds run rampant on this track which sadly still feels like b-sides from another album. heck, the video has already garnered 4 million hits, so what do i know?
ariana grande feat big sean - right there
so here's a few things that we learn from this video... ariana grande discovers the fan for the first time (omg! it's manual and makes wind!)... patrick schwarzenegger is hawt (omg! his hair!)... and ariana STILL has better songs than mariah at the moment (omg! MC is not happy about this!)
ellie goulding - how long will i love you
aw... shot entirely on the nokia lumia 1020, this excerpt is actually part of a longer version short called 'tom & issy' directed by roger michell which will be released soon. until then a lovely little teaser with this lovely little song.
check out the behind the scenes of the making of this short
one direction - the story of my life
it is by far, the best song that the 1d boys have ever put out and hopefully a nice segway into better songs for the future.