This is a big week for R&B. That’s true first of all in a statistical sense: The Weeknd’s new EP, My Dear Melancholy, just put up 169,000 equivalent album units in its first week — the biggest total for an R&B release since late 2016 (when, uh, the last Weeknd album came out). We … More »
“New Rules” is a great song. Using the ingredients of the moment — nimbly tapped tropical-house keyboards, complex but airy drum programming indebted to Africa and the Caribbean, a morphing stylistic terrain that veers from booming rock-indebted bridges into surging dance-infused choruses — it serves as a contagious canvas for 22-year-old British pop singer Dua … More »
Song of the week:
Hailee Steinfeld ‘x’ BloodPop® – Capital Letters
Hailee’s best song since the Haiz EP and BloodPop®’s best song since his last one but the big news is that you should check out Popjustice’s ‘Fifty Shades Freed (Original Soundtrack)’ playlist on Spotify. It is a playlist invented purely to trick, confuse, annoy and finally upset anybody searching for the actual soundtrack, which isn’t out until next month.
Additional notes on this week’s efforts:
- Obviously the Troye Sivan single would have been Song Of The Week had he not violated the golden rule of New Music Friday.
- Stefflon Don‘s Hurtin’ Me remix comes at a slightly strange time but if she’s going to whack out a new version of the song to boost streaming numbers we should all just be grateful it’s not an ‘acoustic version’.
- Hayley Kiyoko‘s Curious is immense and that’s all there is to it.
- The new Amanda Delara song’s great — she had that really good track Dirhamz last year too.
- Camila Cabello‘s album is out today; She Loves Control is the best of the new stuff.
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Camila Cabello stuck the landing so emphatically that it’s easy to forget she leapt in the first place. This time last year the 20-year-old Cuban-Mexican singer from Miami was fresh out of Fifth Harmony, her generation’s most popular girl group, assembled by Simon Cowell from an array of teenage strangers on the short-lived American edition … More »
Over the last few months, BloodPop® has remixed songs by HAIM and Lana Del Rey, and the producer’s latest remix takes on one of the year’s best pop songs, Taylor Swift’s “…Ready For It?.” His bouncy, lighter take on the track was briefly a Tidal exclusive, but you can now listen via … More »
This past Friday, the fourth annual Dance Music Awards opened to the public and that means that the best new single of 2017 is open to voting. After collecting more than 100,000 votes for last year’s poll, EDM Sauce continues again with one of the year’s biggest awards’ ceremonies. Aside from categories such as best YouTube
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This past Friday, the fourth annual Dance Music Awards opened to the public. After collecting more than 100,000 votes for last year’s poll, EDM Sauce continues again with one of the year’s biggest awards’ ceremonies. Aside from categories such as best YouTube music channel, best music photographer, best live act, best festival, best radio show, best
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Pink is having the last laugh. This past summer, when MTV awarded its Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to the singer born Alecia Beth Moore, there was much social media cackling; surely they weren’t serious about elevating this durable and reliable hitmaker to the same iconic level as Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake? … More »
Song of the week:
BloodPop® and Justin Bieber — ‘Friends’
‘Noted songsmith‘ Michael Tucker has now launched a proper actual pop career (or ‘project’ as we apparently call them these days) and, bloody hell, he’s not messing around with this one, offering vocals from Justin Bieber, Tranter & Michaels doing the writing bit, rave horns and zapping noises throughout and, as a result, a renewed sense that — hey, do you know what — pop might be alright after all. It’s fine. It was all just a false alarm. Things are going to be okay.
Wrong of the week:
Chris Meid feat Phyne and Tabor — ‘Eye Of The Tiger’
It’s been a while since we featured a really shit, totally unnecessary dance cover apparently aimed at the under-25s but using a song with no emotional resonance to anybody under the age of 30. For a while we thought that whole genre had gone away. But no. It remains. Here we find several people taking responsibility for a song which, like many other classics of this particular genre, removes all drama and emotional charge from a song and slaps some guide vocals and will-this-do production on top. It is a very mean and nasty song and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
- Desperate times once again call for Despacito measures: Syco are using Little Mix to help with the international launch of La Banda winners CNCO. ‘Reggaeton Lanto’ first came out last year.
- Lots of artists we really like but who haven’t quite made it yet are releasing new tracks today, among them Firefox AK, Beatrice Eli and Anna Of The North.
- Echosmith and Fickle Friends have both released new music on the same day, which just seems like bad planning.
- Benny Anderson is now in full-on troll mode: he’s released a new piano cover of ‘Thank You For The Music’ ahead of a full piano album. Come on Ando. You know what we want. You are just fucking with us now. Sort it out.
One-hit wonders are a common phenomenon in the music business, and most of them have a fan base that insists their other songs are just as good. It’s rarer, though, to see a well established band break through with a surprise pop hit more than a decade into its career, “She Don’t Use Jelly” style. More »