Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato prove to be a smooth pop pairing on new single, ‘Solo’

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Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato remind listeners that a party of one is still a party on their new single, “Solo.”

Outfitted with the trappings of a track destined for radio favoritism — lyrics conducive to car sing-a-longs, a catchy background beat, and a particularly strong female vocalist who confidently belts an alluring hook— “Solo” is a lyrically honest contribution from the Clean Bandit camp that celebrates independence in anthemic style.

Step aside, men: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness, upward trend in female chart toppers

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I’m gunna let you finish, Kanye, but uh…

Female singers with upbeat dance songs are far more likely to top the music charts nowadays, according to new findings by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. The study also found a downward musical trend in happiness and an increase in sadness.

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, examined 500,000 popular songs released in the UK over a three decade period, from 1985 and 2015, and categorized them each based on their mood.

“‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,’” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.

Of course, researchers emphasize that a gradual decrease in the average “happiness” index does not mean that all successful songs in 1985 were “happy” and all successful songs in 2015 were “sad.” They were looking for average trends in the acoustic properties of music and the moods describing the sounds.

The overall mood shifts in the songs’ musical elements fall in line with past studies that have examined lyrical content changes over the years. They have found that positive emotions, on the whole, have declined; while indicators of loneliness and social isolation have increased.

“So it looks like, while the overall mood is becoming less happy, people seem to want to forget it all and dance,” says Komarova, a mathematician and evolutionary biologist who led the study. She added, “The public seems to prefer happier songs, even though more and more unhappy songs are being released each year.”

Some songs with a low happiness index in 2014 include “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Whispers” by Passenger and “Unmissable” by Gorgon City. Songs from 1985 with a high happiness index include “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, “Would I Lie to You?” by the Eurythmics, and “Freedom” by Wham!

Additionally, researchers found the most successful musical genres of recent are dance and pop, with a “clear downward trend” in the success of rock, beginning in the early 2000s.

The researchers also found that the “maleness” of songs — or the frequency of male singers in popular music — has decreased over the last 30 years. “Interestingly, successful songs exhibit their own distinct behavior: They tend to be happier, more party-like, less relaxed and more likely to be sung by a woman than most.”

The same trends hold true for the US market, based on a preliminary review of data by researchers. A few 2014 hits that meet the study’s qualifications for successful pop music include Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass.”

The findings arrive at a critical time when the music industry is grappling with issues of gender inequality, where men are overwhelmingly dominating the visible ranks of artists and songwriters, despite studies such as these, which show a strong cultural/consumer yearning for female dance/pop hits in the contemporary global music climate.

Read the fully study by UC Irvine here.

H/T: Stereogum

Matoma puts tropical twist on Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ ‘I Miss You’

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Matoma is preparing for an enormous 2018.

Wrapping up the year with a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the artist will surely rip into 2018 with poise. On the heels of his album announcement for One In A Million and a tour set to kick off Jan. 11, he’s released an energized tropical house rework of Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels’ collaboration “I Miss You.”

Enlivening the subdued number right off the bat with record scratches, a balmy bassline sees out the same lively elements that allowed for “All Night” and “Old Thing Back” to rise in the house reigns. Matoma is divulging perfect music for the wintertime blues, only begging for the release of new work to be in the ears of his eager listeners.

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Alyson Stoner, Sweater Beats & BKAYE cover Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’

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A talented trio have teamed up and created a cover of Clean Bandit‘s “Symphony.”

The original was a smash hit, capturing musical elements attractive to fans of all genres. On Sept. 14, Alyson Stoner, Sweater Beats, and BKAYE teamed up to add an epic future bass feel to the successful track. Metallic percussion elements and clean sidechains are what give this single its juice, resulting in a beautiful rendition of the song. Stoner even created her own video to the track, found here. In an interview with Hollywood Life, the singer shared her thoughts on the song and wanting to cover it.

Symphony” is the song I played on repeat to get through a dark place, and with the chaos in the world, I believe it’s the exact message that can bring a smile, hope and some relief to us.

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Clean Bandit – Rockabye (Autograf Remix)

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Autograf have been keeping their creative content flowing. After reinventing Dr. Dre’s classic “Episode” with their infectious indie dance sound, the Chicago trio proceeded to sample Tupac’s seminal “Changes” for a touching farewell tribute to President Obama.

Now Autograf have flexed their seasoned crossover muscle with an innovative spin on Clean Bandit’s new single, “Rockabye.” The song sports a pleasant chord progression underlying complex vocal chops and a potent mid-range lead. The whole thing unfolds over an intelligent 4-minute arrangement, making for a satisfying rendition of the freshly nominated Brit Awards single.

Autograf’s remix of “Rockabye” is out now. Stream it below.