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 »

Poder A La “Gente”: The Latin Pop Resurgence Is On

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“Mi Gente” is the perfect name for it, really. More »

The Path To A Hit Single Is Changing — Just Ask Miley Cyrus & Demi Lovato

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Do you remember “Party In The U.S.A.”? Ha ha, funny question, right? How could you forget it? It was everywhere. There was no escaping it. More »

Rebecca Black’s “Wasted Youth” Sounds An Awful Lot Like The Julia Michaels Song She Covered A Few Months Ago

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Rebecca Black of “Friday” fame has a new EP out. It’s called RE/BL and, as Popheads points out, it features a song titled “Wasted Youth,” which sounds an awful lot like another track that came out this year called “Uh Huh” written by the songwriter and burgeoning pop starMore »

Jessie Ware’s New Album Features Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels

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In the last few weeks, the subtly ravishing British soul singer Jessie Ware has come out with a couple of new singles, “Midnight” and “Selfish Love.” And just as you might imagine, those are the first two tastes of a new album that we’ll get to hear before the end of the year. More »

Watch Julia Michaels Sing “Issues” At The 2017 VMAs

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We’ve been big Julia Michaels fans since she released her debut solo single “Issues” back in January. Since then she’s picked up quite a few fans and released an excellent EP called Nervous System, but at tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards broadcast she went back to that breakthrough hit. Watch her sing “Issues” … More »

Songs That Inspired Sigrid’s ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ EP

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It should come as no surprise that Norwegian starlet Sigrid was inspired by some of the strongest hooks in pop history while writing her Don’t Kill My Vibe EP, which was released on May 12 via Island Records. After all, her lead single “Don’t Kill My Vibe” shows a studied understanding of how to nail irresistible melodies, and the electropop number is rife with the type of clever and playful songwriting that you would only expect from an artist who has mastered her craft. That track is a rebuke of industry producers and writers who had doubted her song craftsmanship, but as you’ll see from her playlist, this is a songwriter who knows what she’s doing. From Adele to Zara, here’s Sigrid’s playlist of inspirations for her debut EP.

PLAYLIST

1. Adele – Rolling in the Deep


I discovered Adele when I was 13, and I remember asking myself how I could ever like another artist after hearing this song. It’s just a perfect banger! She’s probably one of my biggest inspirations, because her music taught me how to appreciate a good chorus.

2. Lorde – Green Light


I’ve been listening to Lorde since her first album came out, but I think Green Light is my favourite song so far. Damn, WHAT a tune. can’t wait to scream my lungs out at one of her shows!

3. Skepta – Shutdown


I remember hearing this for the first time and thinking “Ok, that sounded very aggressive in an elegant and calm way. How did he do that?” Skepta’s way of being snarly in a quirky yet cool way inspired me to scream “I tried to play it nice, but” right before the chorus hits in “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Seriously, I tried to copy him, haha.

4. Rihanna – Needed Me


My favourite Rihanna song, but then again everything she and her team make is great. Greatness. Gah, where’s the fangirl emoji when I need it.

5. Grimes – California


I love her album Art Angels, and “California” is probably my favourite song on it. It’s smart, fun, and crazy pop. How can you not like that?

6. Justin Bieber – Sorry


I think this must have been one of the first songs I heard where I actually paid attention to the vocal melody. How smart, intricate, interesting and catchy it was. They probably could’ve gotten away with half of those vocal hooks, but nope – they just made a whole song without any boring melodies. I can’t get over how brilliant this song is.

7. Julia Michaels – Issues


I wasn’t really surprised when I fell in love with Michaels’ first single – after all she’s the topliner behind Justin Bieber’s Sorry. The first thing I thought when I heard “Issues” for the first time was “YES!”. It just felt so fresh! Julia Michaels + topline is probably my favourite combination.

8. Zara Larsson – Lush Life


Can we talk about the title of this song? It sounds perfect, and oh my the graphic possibilities dealing with two words both starting with L and both made up of 4 SYLLABLES/LETTERS. I wish I was a part of Larsson’s creative team and show some love for symmetry. #LL

9. Gabrielle – 5 Fine Frøkner


I’ve listened to this Norwegian songstress for a long time, it’s truly impossible to not like her tunes. They’re catchy, honest, cool, sassy, fun, big, euphoric. They’re everything to me, her music makes me feel.

10. M.I.A. – Paper Planes


The first time I listened to this song was with my older brother and sister doing laundry back home in Ålesund. I was around 14 or something, and obviously I looked up to them and their music taste. My brother put this on and I couldn’t believe how cool this song was. I hadn’t heard anything like it before, so it was definitely a special moment.

11. Maggie Rogers – On + Off

12. Tove Lo – True Disaster

13. Imogen Heap – Between Sheets

14. Neil Young – Tell Me Why

15. Haim – Falling

16. Neiked – Sexual

17. Charli XCX – Break The Rules

18. LÜT – Boytoy

Your (Completely Speculative) Guide To Taylor Swift’s (Possibly Imminent) New Album

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Taylor Swift has been a little too quiet lately. Some might call that a blessing; this is, after all, a woman who can saturate your entire news feed without trying very hard, and one who is also known for trying extremely hard, a polarizing figure who’s been known to wear out her welcome even among … More »

New Music Friday: Julia Michaels at the top, ‘Yes Lad’ at the bottom, various songs in between

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Song of the week:
Julia Michaels — ‘Worst In Me’
Today Julia Michaels releases a seven-track collection, pleasingly billed in this era of endless EP releases as a ‘mini-album’, in which she pushes the very boundaries of WhisperPop™ and cements her position as one of 2017’s most essential new popstars. ‘Worst In Me’ is our pick of the tracks but, to be honest, there’s not a duff one among them.

Wrong of the week:
Yes Lad — ‘Something More’
This, from a boyband several people may or may not dimly remember from last year’s X Factor, is first recorded example of someone handing over the entire writing and production of a pop song to someone from Fiverr.

Additional notes:

  • Due to failing to observe the most sacred law of New Music Friday Charli XCX is not eligible for Song Of The Week, but her early release of ‘Boys’ did mean she was eligible for the 2017 Twenty Quid Music Prize, so it’s swings and roundabouts really.
  • OneRepublic have covered Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’ and the results aren’t pretty.
  • After a couple of confusing releases Gryffin‘s back on track with a pretty sparky Sinead Harnett ‘collab’.
  • Jay Hardway‘s ‘Need It’ isn’t exactly redefining the concept of electronic music but it certainly hits the spot on a cloudy Friday.
  • Jessie Ware‘s single is pleasant.

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New Music Friday: Julia Michaels at the top, ‘Yes Lad’ at the bottom, various songs in between

This post was originally published on this site

Song of the week:
Julia Michaels — ‘Worst In Me’
Today Julia Michaels releases a seven-track collection, pleasingly billed in this era of endless EP releases as a ‘mini-album’, in which she pushes the very boundaries of WhisperPop™ and cements her position as one of 2017’s most essential new popstars. ‘Worst In Me’ is our pick of the tracks but, to be honest, there’s not a duff one among them.

Wrong of the week:
Yes Lad — ‘Something More’
This, from a boyband several people may or may not dimly remember from last year’s X Factor, is first recorded example of someone handing over the entire writing and production of a pop song to someone from Fiverr.

Additional notes:

  • Due to failing to observe the most sacred law of New Music Friday Charli XCX is not eligible for Song Of The Week, but her early release of ‘Boys’ did mean she was eligible for the 2017 Twenty Quid Music Prize, so it’s swings and roundabouts really.
  • OneRepublic have covered Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’ and the results aren’t pretty.
  • After a couple of confusing releases Gryffin‘s back on track with a pretty sparky Sinead Harnett ‘collab’.
  • Jay Hardway‘s ‘Need It’ isn’t exactly redefining the concept of electronic music but it certainly hits the spot on a cloudy Friday.
  • Jessie Ware‘s single is pleasant.

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Subscribe to the playlist on Apple Music

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