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Friday, June 05, 2015

BE BACK IN A FEW!

once again my day job is taking me away for a few weeks. i will attempt to throw in a few big updates during this time, but it will be a good 2 weeks before i get around to posting more frequently. keep coming back to check in!! see you soon!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: ryn weaver - octahate


ryn weaver - octahate
we've been fans of this awesome indie pop song since back in october of last year, now with fresh relaunched support from the label, it looks like 2015 is going to be the year of ryn weaver. between this still awesome gem and her album title track 'the fool, we are officially having a moment with this gal!

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: josef salvat - till i found you


josef salvat - till i found you
aussie singer josef salvat is slowly turning into 2015's debut solo male singer making epic dramatic pop for the masses. it's hella wonderful (with solid videos to match) and definitely on our radar!

Monday, May 18, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: david guetta feat nicki minaj & afrojack - hey mama


david guetta feat nicki minaj & afrojack - hey mama
world premiering on vessel, we continue our love of nicki with this fun jam for the summer.

VIDEO PREMIERE: nicki minaj feat beyonce - feeling myself


nicki minaj feat beyonce - feeling myself
world premiering on tidal, check out this perfectly cheeky jam from nicki minaj and beyonce. loads of fun!

VIDEO PREMIERE: taylor swift feat kendrick lamar - bad blood


taylor swift feat kendrick lamar - bad blood
it's a crazy cast, but t-swift has some serious a-list connections:

Bad Blood Cast:
Taylor Swift as Catastrophe
Selena Gomez as Arsyn
Karlie Kloss as Knockout
Kendrick Lamar as Welvin Da Great
Martha Hunt as HomeSlice
Jessica Alba as Domino
Serayah as Dilemma
Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori
Hailee Steinfeld as The Trinity
Ellie Goulding as Destructa X
GiGi Hadid as Slay-Z
Hayley Williams as The Crimson Curse
Zendaya as Cut-Throat
Lily Aldridge as Frostbyte
Ellen Pompeo as Luna
Mariska Hargitay as Justice
Cara Delevingne as Mother Chucker
Cindy Crawford as Headmistress

Friday, May 15, 2015

NEW BRITNEY!: britney spears & iggy azalea - pretty girls


britney spears & iggy azalea - pretty girls
i still stand by my 'it's barely a song' statement, but it does make me happy to see britney embracing her silly and dancing with her crew again.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WEEKEND NSFW: cazwell - downtown


cazwell - downtown
blunt smoking, porn loving, bootie shaking, gay rapper cazwell returns with yet another naughty video that both titillates and entertains at the same time. it's the weekend, so watch this in the privacy of your home you pervs!

WONGIE AWWWW SONG OF THE WEEK: ed sheeran - photograph


ed sheeran - photograph
honestly just press play and watch ed sheeran go from baby to superstar. awwwwww!

Friday, May 08, 2015

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: ryn weaver - the fool


ryn weaver - the fool
we fell in love with ryn's previous single 'octahate' last year (which is getting some pop radio traction these days) and now she charms us with her new single which is just magical (especially if you listen to it late at night). allegedly inspired by the animation of studio ghibli the video is equally inspired. definitely a fan!!

SOUL GAL: sinead harnett - she ain't me


sinead harnett - she ain't me
UK singer/songwriter sinead harnett has been working towards bringing her soulful vocals to the masses for a good few years. featured in tracks with wiley, disclosure and rudimental, sinead is now front and center with her latest single that is easy on the ears and sets sinead up for what could be a solid debut album. she's on our radar!

btw, if you wanna check out sinead sing this catchy number live take a look at her wonderful acoustic performance below:

sinead harnett - she ain't me (live @ vevo dscvr)

WONGIE VIDEO OF THE WEEK: petite meller - baby love


petite meller - baby love
directed by a.t. mann and fashion photographer napoleon habeica, this highly stylized celebration of colors, wildlife and the youth of africa by french pop gal petite meller is something to admire. throw in the pop rave house (with sax!) track that is instantly catchy and you've got your hipster obsession for the summer. you have been warned!!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

HOT REEEMIX ALBUM: OST - fifty shades of grey remixed


OST - fifty shades of grey remixed
though the film turned out to be a big successful meh, the wonderfully eclectic soundtrack of 'fifty shades of grey' continues to generate hits. which is probably why the label has decided to release a remixed companion album for the fans. the result is a surprisingly subtle collection of lush late night beats perfect for an evening of... um... staying in.

WONGIE REMIX OF THE WEEK: loreen - paper light (revisited)


loreen - paper light (revisited)
[UPDATE now with video premiere!!]
we've been fans of swedish singer loreen ever since her eurovision win back in 2012. though she still remains a star back in the EU zones, intl success seems to have eluded her. to be honest, it doesn't matter since the woman continues to put out interesting signature releases that places loreen in her own category. with a new single just out, the label competes with itself by putting out this 'revisited' version by salvatore ganacci and it's pretty damn hot! definitely on repeat!

btw, there is nothing wrong with the original single. it's a wonderful slice of smart pop, which is what we love from our loreen. check it out below:

loreen - paper light (higher)

REEEMIX!: stromae - ave cesaria (major lazer remix)


stromae - ave cesaria (major lazer remix)
though i still prefer the original, it's always nice to hear diplo and co do their magic on a track that you're familiar with. i wish there was more clever incorporation of the vocals, but this is a nice boogie for your day.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: chris stapleton - tennessee whiskey (live @ the view)


chris stapleton - tennessee whiskey (live @ the view)
with 15 years worth of songs under his belt for some of the biggest names in country (and one adele), singer songwriter chris stapleton is finally ready to take the center stage with his amazing raspy soulful voice and sensitive silent man stance.

ironically it was a cover of the george jones classic hit 'tennessee whiskey' (on THE VIEW no less!) that made me sit up and take notice of this talented 'new' artist. this performance is so perfect (chris even has his wife morgane on stage with him) that i may have gotten teary from the surprise of what i was watching! the new album 'traveller' just came out and you can listen to it in full on spotify now.


if you can't watch the video, check out the bluesy studio version below:

chris stapleton - tenneesee whiskey

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: lucy rose - our eyes


lucy rose - our eyes
there's something so pleasantly breezy about UK singer/songwriter lucy rose's new single. throw in this kooky dorky video and you've got what could be her biggest crossover hit yet. i'm a fan and this just continues my love for her!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: joy williams - woman (oh mama)


joy williams - woman (oh mama)
welcome to your female empowerment anthem of the week. co-writing with the amazing audra mae (and matt morris), this sparse gospel-esque jam just builds on itself until the powerful climax, showcasing what will be an exciting solo album for the ex-civil wars member. can't wait to see her live!

WONGIE SOUL JAM OF THE WEEK: maverick sabre - walk into the sun


maverick sabre - walk into the sun
nothing like a happy soulful bop to make your week go by nicely! taken from the upcoming 2nd album 'innerstanding' i really love seeing our irish lad michael stafford in this happy spirit. it's a color that really suits him!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

AUDIO PREMIERE: britney spears feat iggy azalea - pretty girls


britney spears feat iggy azalea - pretty girls
with the official premiere of this song at this years billboard music awards (in two weeks) hopefully we'll get to see a version of the artwork for the upcoming video! the song is whatever, but THE VIDEO... i can't wait!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: x ambassadors - renegades


x ambassadors - renegades
music is a funny thing cause sometimes it just takes a few bars from a commercial to draw you in and keep you captivated for the duration of the ad; such is the case of the jeep ad using the music of ny based band x ambassadors. with their singalong chorus and simple song structure (throw in some fancy layering behind it all), "renegades" is set to be a big hit for the band who're currently working on their upcoming major label album.

wanna see the ad that grabbed my attention?

2015 jeep renegade ad

VIDEO PREMIERE: adam lambert - ghost town / (live @ the ellen degeneres show)


adam lambert - ghost town
[UPDATED: now with the hype williams directed video, the song has definitely grown on me more since it's debut a week and a half ago] it's the return of adam lambert in the form of a strong dance pop number produced by max martin / shellback that is destined to be a hit. my only issue with the song is their need to add that dub bass which i find unnecessary since the song could do with some subtler cooler groove. this probably means the remixes are right around the corner, but for now this sets up what could be a big big year for adam!

wanna see more? adam went on the ellen degeneres show and performed this song live for the first time:

adam lambert - ghost town (live @ the ellen degeneres show)

AUDIO PREMIERE: disclosure - bang that


disclosure - bang that
while the disclosure brothers are working on their new album, they offered this fierce house track to the fans in the interim. turn it up cause it's faaaaabulous!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NEW RUDIMENTAL!: rudimental - never let you go


rudimental - never let you go
they're back! the rudimental boys seem to be entering into a more mature sound which incorporates their drum n bass beats but really it's about the lush arrangements surrounding the song. to be honest, the song is a bit too 'catch phrase-y' for my taste, but hopefully their other stuff will be great. we shall see!

Monday, April 27, 2015

THE SOUND OF BAD: mariah carey - infinity


mariah carey - infinity
jeez... all the stuff that the press release will no doubt champion (she showcases her vocal range! did you hear that last note! mariah's back with her signature style! the production is massive!) is literally the stuff that bugs me about her these days. it took 5 people to "craft" this song and in the end it's just bad rhymes, overproduced music, shrill trills and references to things i could care less about. just sing a song with no frills already... THAT'S the mariah we want back!

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: arctic lake - limits


arctic lake - limits
ok fine, the similarities between london three piece arctic lake and the other three piece london grammar are very close. both have leading ladies with haunting beautiful voices and both swim in that shoegazing electronica that makes them interesting instantly. the only difference is that london grammar don't have new material out at the moment and the new band arctic lake... do! and what a lovely song it is! recently added onto the bbc radio 1 playlist, we will be hearing alot more from this trio in the coming months. you have been gently nudged.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

HOT REMIX: beyonce - blow (country club martini crew acoustic mix)


beyonce - blow (country club martini crew acoustic mix)
with just a guitar, the acoustic remix of blow by country club martini crew is all sorts of awesome!

FANMADE ALBUM STREAM: taylor swift - 1989 (acoustic version)


taylor swift - 1989 (acoustic version)
so someone went and made acoustic versions of the whole 1989 album and it's actually not bad.

NEW CONOR MAYNARD: conor maynard - royalty


conor maynard - royalty
i have to be honest here, as much as i'm a fan of conor maynard, i much prefer his previous single 'talking about' than this jazzy pop number. hopefully there are better songs in the upcoming album to choose from.


conor maynard - royalty (live @ red bull music)
actually this stripped down version is MUCH better. they really should do a remix with a more ragtime arrangement.

HOT SOUNDTRACK: jessie j - flashlight (OST pitch perfect 2)

 
jessie j - flashlight (OST pitch perfect 2)
illuminating the barden university campus from the film pitch perfect, jessie j offers up the kind of power balladry that she is known for. it feels a tad dated to my tastes, BUT the video does feature scenes from the upcoming PP2 and i simply cannot wait for it to happen!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: lunchmoney lewis - bills


lunchmoney lewis - bills
the song is a worldwide smash and you should be bopping along to it, like yesterday, only cause you will hate this song in a months time. the florida based rapper will hopefully figure out a way to rise above the success of this song cause if not, the words one hit wonder will be etched pretty quickly here. just sayin...

AUDIO PREMIERE: the chemical brothers - sometime i feel so deserted


the chemical brothers - sometime i feel so deserted
besides their contribution to the hunger games soundtrack last year, it's been almost 5 years since the chems have put out new material. with their album 'born in the echoes' coming out in july, this first single shows us the brothers still know how to work it out. definitely hypnotic, i can't wait to hear more in the coming months!!

AUDIO PREMIERE: major lazer feat ellie goulding and tarrus riley - powerful


major lazer feat ellie goulding and tarrus riley - powerful
the next official single from the upcoming major lazer album features ellie goulding and jamaican artist tarrus riley on vocals. a bit of a departure from their heavy dance sound, this is almost a power ballad (it's still major lazer, so not quite). definitely offering a diverse bunch of tracks, the new album is shaping up to be pretty darn interesting.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HOT AD MUSIC: sia - fire meets gasoline (heidi klum intimates)


sia - fire meets gasoline (heidi klum intimates)
used as the official music for heidi klum's latest campaign for her intimates collection, the ad also ropes in ex-game of thrones hottie pedro pascal as her feiry partner in crime. the ad makes no sense, but heidi and pedro look great and really that's all we can ask for.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WONGIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: jason derulo - want to want me


jason derulo - want to want me
um i think this is the song of the summer... i've said it. too catchy for it's own good! i'll probably hate it in a few weeks, but for now it just brings a smile to my face and a boogie in my step!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AUDIO PREMIERE: lianne la havas - unstoppable


lianne la havas - unstoppable
it's been three years since we've heard new material from the gorgeous UK soulstress lianne la havas, and that wait has produced this lush large single for us fans! with an almost freestyle structure, this gives us a preview of her upcoming album 'blood' produced by the grammy winning paul epworth. from what i've heard, this makes me very excited!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: rhodes - blank space (taylor swift cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 piano sessions)


rhodes - blank space (taylor swift cover) (live @ bbc radio 1 piano sessions)
uk singer/songwriter david rhodes (aka rhodes) goes on bbc radio 1 and gives a seriously yearning cover of taylor swifts hit smash and turns the whole spirit of the song into something quite lonely and desperate. we are definite fans and will post more of him in the coming days, but for now, enjoy this beautiful gem.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW ERIK HASSLE!: erik hassle - no words

 
erik hassle - no words
this is easily the most pop friendly release by swedish singer erik hassle and hopefully it'll bring more fans to the soulful singer/songwriter and a longtime wongie favorite.

WONGIE INDIE POP SONG OF THE WEEK: rac feat alex ebert - tear you down


rac feat alex ebert - tear you down
channelling some serious old skool talking heads, this album favorite from RAC that features edward sharpe and the magnetic zero's alex ebert FINALLY gets an official release. actually it's kind of perfect with spring in the air, this is exactly the kind of light fun boogie that'll kick your winter blues away!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: janelle monae & jidenna - yoga


janelle monae & jidenna - yoga
[UPDATE] janelle monae owns this new track that makes yoga super sexy and empowering. no wonder we love her so!

THIS IS WHAT I WROTE TWO WEEKS BACK:
taken from janelle monae's new imprint wonderland records, this cheeky trap number also introduces her first signing jidenna. it's hella fun and i can't wait to see the video!!

VIDEO PREMIERE: florence + the machine - ship to wreck


florence + the machine - ship to wreck
[UPDATE: now with video premiere!] the second official single from her upcoming 'how big, how blue, how beautiful' album is a brighter jam than her previous releases, the irony is that the lyrics are about self sabotage.

VIDEO PREMIERE: mumford & sons - the wolf / belive (live performance)


mumford & sons - the wolf
[UPDATE] now with a live performance video which makes this song more bearable. i guess this album needs to be heard live instead of the studio version.

THIS IS WHAT I WROTE LAST WEEK:
so the song isn't bad and marcus sounds pretty rocking. but it's just kind of too easy to criticize this band for trying out a new sound for themselves and coming out kind of derivative (cough... foo fighters... cough). sigh...

want more? check out mumford and sons on SNL over the weekend:

mumford & sons - believe (live @ snl)
once again, this song sounds SO much better live!

Monday, April 13, 2015

WONGIE ELECTRO POP SONG OF THE WEEK: prides - higher love


prides - higher love
honestly the 80's celebratory synth pop song by these scottish lads speaks for itself! with only a few EP's under their belt, the trio are heading over stateside for a mini tour before going back to the UK summer festival circuit. i'm sure we'll be hearing alot from them in the coming months... and that makes me happy!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WONGIE DISCOVERY: rag'n'bone man - bitter end (live) / hard came the rain


rag'n'bone man - bitter end (live)
um... what just happened? watching rory graham (aka rag'n'bone man) perform this live version of his current single is like discovering chocolate for the first time. i think i may have found my fave male vocalist of the year!!

want more? check out his current single where he rips into the chorus like a mack truck and takes you down with him. awesome! (oh and the video is pretty dramatic too!)

rag'n'bone man - hard came the rain

Saturday, April 11, 2015

WONGIE DISCOVERY: shura - 2shy


shura - 2shy
what a lovely introspective wallflower 80's jam of a pop song! aleksandra denton (aka shura) ventures from being a bedroom producer of music into the limelight as her new song has captured the admiration of some pretty influential music folks over in the UK. we will be hearing more of this young gal, if only she'll get off the wall and stand into the spotlight.

Friday, April 10, 2015

WONGIE SONG OF THE WEEK: little big town - girl crush


little big town - girl crush
i've been a long time fan of this country vocal quartet and they've just topped themselves with this simple electric guitar strummed old skool number that just harks back to the rock n roll ballads of the 50's. i'm swooning and so should you!

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL LIVE: madonna - bitch i'm madonna (live @ the tonight show starring jimmy fallon)


madonna - bitch i'm madonna (live @ the tonight show starring jimmy fallon)
damn right she is! the woman looks great and has a fun time getting down with her dancers. throw in diplo and a cameo of her son rocco and you've got a really fun performance that's bound to go viral. bitch press play already!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

VIDEO PREMIERE: madonna - ghosttown


madonna - ghosttown
easily my favorite song off the album, here is the brand new madge video with terence howard as her guest star!