PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Week In Pop is moving to Mondays! Today’s installment will be the final Thursday column. Look for the first Monday column just four days from now, on Jan. 27. The Grammys are this weekend. You probably know this because the Recording Academy is mired in scandal right now, with allegations of corruption … More »
Rare is an accurate title for a Selena Gomez album. Gomez, the former Disney Channel teen actress turned pop superstar and tabloid fixation, is part of the class of big-time pop singers who haven’t released a full-length project since the middle of last decade — a group that includes Adele, Rihanna, and her former boyfriends … More »
Every year, just before the Grammys, the Recording Academy picks a big, iconic star to honor at the MusiCares Person Of The Year benefit gala. A couple of months ago, the Academy announced that Aerosmith will be the belles of this year’s ball. (Steven Tyler actually made the announcement a little early during … More »
King Princess really is royalty of a sort. Mikaela Mullaney Straus, the 20-year-old upstart who’ll release her debut album Cheap Queen tomorrow, is the daughter of Oliver H. Straus Jr., owner of Brooklyn’s Mission Sound Recording. Like many artists who find their way to fame before exiting their teenage years, she was born … More »
Press play on the year’s biggest country album and you might wonder if you’re listening to a country album at all. Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road is the genre’s only release to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this year and enjoyed the biggest debut streaming week ever for a country album, with … More »
This year has already given us one Kevin Garnett “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!” viral triumph by the name of Lil Nas X. You probably know that story by heart: A savvy young meme-maker who may or may not have built his online following by running a Nicki Minaj fan account heavily promotes his country-rap … More »
A man who characteristically wears many musical hats apltly describes Diplo‘s approach to production throughout 2019. The producer has demonstrated the ease his amorphous affinity to reinvent himself, with the release of house EP, Higher Ground, and his establishment of an house-hailing imprint by the same name—as just a solitary example.
Not to be overlooked in the bountiful sonic web of his recent ventures is Diplo’s development of his country-geared project, Thomas Wesley. Having wrapped his inaugural Higher Ground showcase, hosted at New York’s Brooklyn Mirage on September 22, Diplo now turns his attention to his Thomas Wesley moniker with “Lonely.”
The record features—believe it or not—the Jonas Brothers, marking yet another high-profile collaboration from the DJ who’s worked with just about every variation of artistry in the game at this point in his storied career. The Jonas Brothers’ triad of vocals is pop-oriented in nature, sitting smoothly atop an upbeat arrangement that derives a rugged, Western authenticity from metallic guitar chords. “Lonely” is the third single from Diplo’s forthcoming country album; predecessors include “So Long” and “Heartless.”
It seems like it was only a matter of time before this one materialized.
From wedding crasher antics in Las Vegas earlier this year to a more recent social media “hack” that found Diplo in control of the Jonas Brothers‘ official Instagram account, the JoBros and Random White Dude have sparked an entertaining friendship amid the boy band’s highly successful comeback campaign this year. Now, the foursome are taking things to the next level, cementing their friendship on a new joint, “Lonely.”
The song is expected to be a single from an upcoming country music album from the Mad Decent head honcho. A quick preview reveals the collaboration’s pop-leaning sensibilities with a hint of twang, in line with much of Diplo’s newly emerging country catalog. “Lonely” is due to land at midnight EST on September 27.