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.

Clean Bandit Teams Up With Demi Lovato For New Pop Infused Single – ‘Solo’

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Clean Bandit is known for crafting some of the biggest hits in modern day dance music. Their breakout single with Jesse Glynne ‘Rather Be’ and their most recent major hit ‘Rockabye’ both received millions of digital streams and thousands of hours of radio play over the last few years. Now the group has teamed up

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New Music Friday: A Totally Bandit week for pop, plus Christine and the Queens returns

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Notes:

  • The new Christine and the Queens single was released on a day that wasn’t Friday, which means it doesn’t quality for top-of-the-playlist status, and also it’s not as good as the Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato single, so that’s all worked out fine.
  • Great to see Leon Else get a big moment on the generally-really-good 13 Reasons Why season two soundtrack album with My Kind Of Love.
  • Galantis and Uffie: what a team.
  • Betty Who‘s still going!
  • Nicole Millar is one of the more exciting artists working in a very crowded pop space: No Strings is the latest glimpse of a really rather great debut album that’s due for release later this year.
  • Riton and Kah-Lo have released their song again, and that’s fine.
  • Hard to know how to cover the existence of the (pretty great but that’s not the point) new Backstreet Boys single, really.
  • For different reasons it’s hard to know how to approach Hillsong Young & Free‘s latest godbanger. What a world!

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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

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

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Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

We’ve listened to the Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato song ten times in a row and here are our findings

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First off, let’s consider the artwork. Here we have a blue hand on a lady’s legs, sitting on top of the planet Earth as it passes through a hole into another dimension. And in a way aren’t we all, sometimes, a blue hand on a lady’s legs sitting on top of the planet Earth as it passes through a hole into another dimension?

Makes you think.

Anyway we have listened to Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s new song Solo precisely ten times and are now in a position to share the following ten facts:

1. Solo is a song about finding strength in self-imposed solitude, and salvaging the power of independence from the wreckage of a relationship.

2. That’s right: like all the best songs it’s about having a wank.

3. Well it’s a bit more complex than that: this perky masturbanger is about suddenly realising you were a twat for ending a relationship, being too sad to have rebound sex (‽) and taking matters into your own hands. Seven decades into this thing we call pop songwriters may be struggling to find new ways to talk about love and relationships but with this tribute to the sadwank Clean Bandit might be sailing in uncharted waters right here.

4. There’s an amazing WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO near the start: a siren that says “leave your workstation, leave your belongings, there’s a pop juggernaut about to smash through the wall”. The middle eight sounds like BLOODY ABBA. Credit here should go to the people who are literally credited on the song: it was written by Jack and Grace from the band with Fred Gibson (who’s well on his way to becoming the UK’s next super-huge pop person) and the persistently excellent Camille Purcell.

5. There’s also some Anywhere-by-Rita-Ora chopped up vocal business going on here but fear not because there are strings and swooshes as this is quite unmistakably a Clean Bandit single. It’s — and this is a phrase we’d like to see used more in everyday conversation — Totally Bandit.

6. Demi Lovato’s vocals sound like Demi Lovato once you know they’re Demi Lovato, but they could also be lots of people, and in a way that’s the beauty of Demi Lovato isn’t it?

7. 🚨 THIS SONG INCLUDES THE PHRASE “DANCING ON MY OWN”. 🚨

8. At this stage Clean Bandit are the UK’s most reliable pop inventors. Even that last one with Julia Michaels ended up being 7x better than you thought it was, right? Obviously reliability isn’t the most exciting trait in a pop act, but when it’s based around the idea of how reliably exciting songs are, maybe it is actually exciting?

9. At this stage it also looks like Clean Bandit may never release a second album so we’ve decided to make it for them. Already up to five absolute belters and that’s before you even add Solo, which is out next week (and pre-orderable today if you’re the sort of person who pre-orders songs in 2018).

10. There was a point when we were listening to Solo and Rockabye was playing in the background, because we’d tried to stop the player in the record label’s proprietary digital music delivery service using the pause key on our keyboard and had actually started a different song playing in Spotify, and actually the two songs sounded totally amazing together, so if Clean Bandit fancy going for some extra streams by making a mashup that’s literally two songs playing at the same time they could have a big hit on their hands.

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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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Can Sam Smith Put Up Adele Numbers This Holiday Season?

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Ever since he made the leap from golden-throated Disclosure associate to sulking adult-contemporary torch singer extraordinaire, Sam Smith has caught the same comparison over and over again: He’s the male Adele. More »

Clean Bandit Tries Something New With Latest Single But Come Up Short

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Clean Bandit have a seriously impressive track record. The group picked up a Grammy for their mega hit, ‘Rather Be’ in 2015 alongside Jess Glynne. The departure of the group’s violinist changed things up noticeably but the group demonstrated the are more than capable of making due without their string section. Earlier this year their

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Niall Horan’s Solo Album Makes One Direction Seem Dangerous By Comparison

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At this point One Direction have been broken up long enough that we’re beginning to see what each member of the once-dominant boy band is bringing to the table in his solo career. Zayn Malik fashioned himself as a mini-Weeknd of sorts, exploring 50 shades of sexy pop-R&B and coming away with some decent … More »