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Rudimental and Ed Sheeran Drop Track Together

News, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

26th September 2015

Rudimental’s new single dropped this week and you need to hear it. They have teamed up with Ed Sheeran to create “Lay It All On Me” and I want this track to be laid all over everywhere for as long as possible.

In general I am a Rudimental fan, but they have got it going on lately. From the first listen this song had me in love. Not only does it have a great dance beat and is super catchy, but it’s got Ed Sheeran. I think I pretty speak for much everyone under the sun when I say that he could make almost any song better than it may have already been.

In true Ed Sheeran style this song, no matter its beat and synth is still very romantic. The lyrics speak to helping a loved one with struggle and overcoming hardship but all while making you want to dance and sing. Is there anything he can’t do? (I’m going to go with no, there isn’t). This pairing is amazing and it close to the likes of the much loved pair of Sam Smith and Disclosure.

If this song does nearly as well as anything Sam Smith and Disclosure have brought us, I can only hope there are so many more collaborations like this between Rudimental and Ed.

Rudimental hasn’t just limited themselves to one great collaboration lately either, they have also done some amazing work with both Will Heard and Mahalia on similar electronic tracks.

At the end of the day this song is going to be on repeat all over the world today from both Ed and Rudimental fans. Dropping this track made my day and I’m sure it made a great deal of other peoples as well. The full single is available now for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify.

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Review: Robin Thicke ft. Nicki Minaj // Back Together

Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Videos

5th September 2015

I know I’m not the first person to jump on the “I hate Robin Thicke Bandwagon”. Yet, when he continues to make awful music I have no choice but to succumb to what the general public knows: he’s annoyingly untalented.

Mr. Thicke is back (unfortunately) and trying to squeeze any last drops of hope from “Blurred Lines” (which in case you missed it: newsflash- he got sued over for ripping off Marvin Gaye).

Armed with his newest track “Back Together”, he brings along rapper Nicki Minaj, probably in hopes of tricking her loyal army of fans into liking his music.

As to be expected, it didn’t work.

The song is a true funky flop. Disco is dead for a reason, and funk is only still alive because of Pharrell.

It’s like something out of the 70’s that should have stayed there.

And I still can’t seem to decipher which confuses me more: the music video (the beginning where Thicke floats on his back belting “Put me back together” with a martini balanced on his stomach??? ) or Nicki Minaj’s verse.

On the track, Minaj has some stand out lines such as the following:

“It’s popping / I’m Mary Poppins” Only to be outdone by: “I said, “ring, ring, ring, ring, ra-ring, ring /
Put a ring on it or ding, da-ding, ding”

Not only does the verse not do Nicki any justice as a rapper whatsoever, it does not work with the song. There is no cohesion, and there isn’t any lyrical flow. The rapping awkwardly does not mesh with the disco and feels like the two should be separate entities.

Thicke has revealed that the song is more about learning to trust other people again. But I can’t trust him after he plagiarizes another artist’s work and then proceeds to make bad music.

Can we follow Paula Patton’s lead and dump Robin Thicke already?

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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This Might Be The Worst Song of The Summer

Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

5th August 2015

Well, I think it has finally been done. The most annoying song of the summer is here. No I’m not talking about OMI’s “Cheerleader” and I’m not talking about “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo. I’m talking about LIZ’s “When I Rule The World”.

For a song that is being regarded as “one of the summers most off-the-wall anthems”, I am baffled. To start the beat of the song sounds like something that came from a club scene in the first season of Jersey Shore. I’m also not sure if she is singing or rapping, whatever is going on there, LIZ has me incredibly confused and quite annoyed with whatever it is.

The lyrics are another thing that get to me with this song. I can support the female empowerment tone that I think LIZ was trying to capture but using a ‘dog collar round your neck’ and being ‘on your knees’ to ‘go scrub the deck’ was just a little too much for me and in the grand scheme of things, maybe even too much for the radio? I get where LIZ is coming from with these lyrics but man-oh-man I just cannot get on board with them. Also they become repetitive and when they’re in that strange rapping/singing voice, it makes it so much worse.

Although the song sends me into a small furry, I do have to give LIZ credit for the “When I Ruled The World” music video. It is a pretty funny homage to the 2000’s and as someone who’s childhood took place during those years I understand everything that is going on in this video. Everything from the Care Bears to the Y2K JLO-esque headband makes me want to give her a big high-five for doing the 2000’s their justice in this video, not to mention LIZ pulls off one hell of a Hillary Duff impression in this video as well.

This song is guilty of some serious fetish undertones, a confusing vocal style, and a beat worthy of only the Jersey Shore soundtrack, like I stated before it might just be the most annoying song to be released this summer. But, it does have a pretty great music video, now in true 2000’s style I would like to drop a Video On Trial verdict on this track. LIZ I sentence you please pick a vocal style, wear that insane blue jumpsuit in public for the rest of forever and keep on living in the 2000’s girl, you keep doing you.

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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5 Music Videos You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

Editors Choice, News, Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

4th August 2015

Lately there have been a mass of great music videos being released and to be honest I can hardly keep up! Here is a small snapshot of some of the amazing videos that have come out over the last week or so that you do not want to miss, and of course why you don’t want to miss them.

1. The Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face 

It seems like every time I get in the car lately this song is playing, and thank goodness it hasn’t yet reached the point that the Weeknd’s previous hit “Earned It” did. I never fail to turn this song up and the video just took it right to the next level. Watching the Weeknd bust a move left me feeling some type of way, times ten, and I’m pretty sure all the people in this video felt the exact same way. Who knew he had moves like that? I’m not going to ruin the entire video because of course I’m trying to get you to watch it but, if the first half of this video left you feeling hot just wait until you get to the end.

2. New Found Glory ft. Hayley Williams – Vicious Love

For my second choice I ended up at New Found Glory’s video for “Vicious Love”, which features Hayley Williams the pop-punk princess/ lead-singer of Paramore. Now, New Found Glory is awesome to start but throw Hayley Williams in there and it becomes a match made it tattoo and hair-dye heaven. This video is pretty hilarious due to the way it pokes fun at people getting couple tattoos and it all just going to crap pretty much immediately. The fake beards are also a great touch just for fun because why the hell not, right? I very seriously wish I was in the crowd for this video and would like to formally invite New Found Glory to formally invite me into their next video. This song perfectly explains that not all love is easy, fighting is almost inevitable but it doesn’t mean you don’t love that person more than anything else in this world. But, it also does not mean you should tattoo you partners name on you forever, this video should be enough proof of that. If you still need convincing by the end, hit replay.

3. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith – Omen 

I am pretty sure I can speak for a large percentage of people when I say I have been waiting for another Disclosure/Sam Smith masterpiece since “Latch” was released in 2013. I think I can speak for all those people again when I say that I was not at all disappointed by “Omen” or its video. If the club in this video exists in any form I would really like an invitation, yet somehow I think it is strictly reserved for Freddie Mercury reincarnates and Scarlett Johansson look-alikes. But lets be totally real here this joint looks like some kind of Great Gatsby fever dream and the lighting has Sam Smith looking super fine, but everyone knows he is super fine in general. I can’t wait for this song to hit the radio and/or my invite for this club to come in the mail.

4. 5 Seconds of Summer – She’s Kinda Hot 

This song has a lot of people wondering is 5SOS is taking Green Day’s spot on the much loved pop-punk scene, and this video might have just nudged them closer into that position. This Aussie foursome has stollen the hearts of millions of girls (admittedly mine as well) and everything they release seems to get better and better.  The video has some serious All Time Low vibes and the pop-art animation reminds me a lot of their own video for “Weightless“, which was released back in 2009 (and was also the anthem of life at the time). The 5SOS boys always look like they have one hell of a good time making their videos and it really comes through in this one. Although I’m not quite sure what is going on with the light up float contraption in this video, I can only guess that it is somewhat of an homage to My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” because that makes a lot of sense to me. One day I can only hope that I come home to 5SOS singing this song on my porch but, a girl can only dream.

5. The Lighthouse and The Whaler – I Want To Feel Alive

My last but not at all least choice for not to miss videos is, “I Want To Feel Alive” by The Lighthouse and The Whaler. This is one of the cutest music videos I have seen in a while and also Holland Roden has a staring role within it, so of course it makes me love it even more. For those of you that don’t know of Holland she stars in Teen Wolf on MTV (a show of which I am a devoted fan) and she burns it down every week with her insane amount of talent. But, back to the video. This video left me wanting to feel alive and I’m sure it leaves everyone else who views it the same way. It leaves a longing for every summer to be much like the video depicts, full of laughing, friends, fun, love and adventure. Yet at the same time it leaves you nostalgic for the summers and moments that you’ve already lived that consisted of all those things. This song is adorable, the people in the video are adorable, in general it is just a great watch that makes you feel things, so you know, watch it.

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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Ones To Watch // George Ezra

Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Ones to Watch, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

25th July 2015

Bluesy British babe George Ezra released his first full-length album “Wanted On Voyage” in 2014, yet is only now beginning to pick up speed in North America but trust me; this is one voyage you don’t want to miss.

The first time I was introduced to George Ezra was in an article produced by NPR Music in January. It was titled “George Ezra: Listen To This Man, He’ll Make You Swoon”, and as soon as I read about being swooned I was more than ready to hit play. I’m really glad that I did hit play, because swooning was exactly what happened next. George is a great looking guy but a voice as great as his face was not what I was expecting when I first listened to him. It more than caught me off guard, but in the best way possible. His big voice is exactly what we need in a world where most music seems to blend together. So when I finally started to hear his first single “Budapest” on the radio I was ecstatic.

Ezra’s album was inspired by a weeklong train trip where he took in all that he could which eventually became the great compilation that is “Wanted On Voyage”. Everything about him and his album is enjoyable and different. His music has an almost addictive quality to it and every time I’m listening to him I find myself trying to imitate his enchantingly deep voice.

“Wanted on Voyage” has already made its way to the top of the British charts and has made some notable famous fans as well. Sir Ian McKellen another famous Brit even made his way into Ezra’s music video for “Listen to the Man”. People all over the place are in love with George Ezra and I can’t wait for them to be in love with him here in North America (mainly because I would really like to see him in concert).

With the video for his new single “Barcelona” being released just this week his popularity is bound to peak again and hopefully with a whole new fan base. Keep an eye out because it won’t be long before you will be seeing a lot more of George Ezra.

Article By Emily D’Orazio

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Hunter Hayes releases ’21’ Music Video

Country, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

30th June 2015

’21’ was released as a single in May this year and has already reached close to 9 million hits on Spotify.

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 10.51.58 PMThe video, which was published a few days ago, features Hunter rocking out on his guitar as well as dancers moving to his beat. Instead of showing their faces we only see their figures dancing, but one could easily tell they are having fun whether they are dancing on their own or with someone else. “Remember what it’s like to just dance all night / We’ll dance all night ” .

 

The song is one of Hunter’s latest singles, alongside ‘Where is all Begins feat.Lady Antebellum‘ which was released earlier this month, and ‘Young and In Love‘ which was released recently.

’21’ is definitely one of the few songs that I would have on repeat for hours.

’21’ is also available on iTunes. Check out the video here!

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The Front Bottoms Sign With Record Label Fueled By Ramen

Business, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

26th June 2015

The Front Bottoms hit it big early this week after signing with the record label Fueled By Ramen. The little New Jersey band has been making music since the early 2000’s but has finally come to join the leagues of Fueled By Ramen’s long list of awesome artists.

The label has signed a number popular artists over the years including the likes of; Panic! At the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, and so many other beloved bands but now it’s the Front Bottoms turn to play with the big boys.

Signing a major deal wasn’t the only thing the band was up to either; the same day that they signed their deal they also released their new single ‘Cough It Out’ along with its music video. The song speaks volumes about falling in love and the difficulty that comes along with it. The video itself is in true Front Bottoms style, it is simple but gives us a little adventure to admire.

If you’re not familiar with this band already I suggest you build your repertoire, starting with my personal favourites ‘Peach’ and ‘Twin Size Mattress’. This band has some serious lyrical talent, and both of these songs show it to the fullest. Each of their songs beyond these two are little stories, poems or pissed off odes to getting lost, and before long everyone and their mother will be talking about them. Fueled By Ramen has had a serious hand in helping so many bands make a name for themselves and I have no reason to believe they won’t help The Front Bottoms knock peoples socks off soon.

The bands new single is now available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon and for streaming on Spotify along with their previous albums. Go fall in love with the Front Bottoms; they are more than worth it.

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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Album Review: COIN // Debut Album

Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, Singer/Songwriter, Videos

23rd June 2015

COIN, the new four-man band from Nashville is more than worth cashing in on. After stumbling upon their debut album during some late night surfing I can’t help but say this was more than just a happy accident. These beachy sounding boys have got me hooked, and soon it will be more than just me that is crazy for them.

Right from the get go, COIN has you wanting to dance and sing to songs you’ve heard no more that 30 seconds of. Every track continues to push the album forward and keeps listeners from being able to sit still. There is something almost hypnotising about what this band has created. This album feels like it was made for long hot summer days and drives to the beach.

For a debut album this band sounds established and ambitious as hell.They have released a sound that is polished, focused and amazingly fluid. Every track fits together perfectly, maintaining the sound and vibe but keeping the album from sounding like one massively long song. They are refreshing to say the least.

The bands first single ‘Run’ is fun and easy to listen to and has a chorus that is just as fun to belt out, something I could definitely hear on the radio one day. The track is very guitar driven yet, it is still airy and enjoyable. The video for the single is also great to watch and fits the song uniquely.

COIN has given us something that is dynamic and fun from beginning to end. They could be compared to bands such as Vampire Weekend, The Mowgli’s, Hellogoodbye and at some points even the Arctic Monkeys but they still have something about them that makes them completely their own at the same time. Their lyrics reflect something very down to earth; they are raw toward actual human emotion and portray scenarios of falling in and out of love, wondering what is coming next in life and reflecting on what has already happened.

This band has brought something to the alternative music game that is going to be hard to beat once they start to pick up speed. They are both expectant and nostalgic and to bring both of those things to the table at the same time, people are going to eat it up and ask for seconds. Spend your change on COIN’s self-titled debut album and you won’t regret it, you’ll be digging money out of the sofa by the time the next album comes around I guarantee it.

Article by Emily D’Orazio

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