At first, Korn were a myth to me. When they released their self-titled debut album in 1994, I was 11. I may have glimpsed their spooky dreadlocked scowls in magazines or TV ads, or wherever I found out about new music in that nascent internet era. But for a suburban Christian kid who spent his … More »
Jafé has recently released a new single titled “Her(e)” with DeModa, and their rich musical tapestry works incredibly well together. To get into the creative mind of this talented guitarist and artist, we got in touch to hear about his Musical Guilty Pleasures. 1) Britney Spears – “Toxic” I don’t care what anyone says, this
Notes on this week’s new releases:
P-o-p-p-y-she’s Poppy‘s new single, her best since I’m Poppy, sounds like Gary Numan doing Teenage Kicks. (Some brilliantly relatable reference points, there, for our teenage reader!) It works well alongside the new Christine and the Queens single — they come at pop from different angles but they’re both proof that popstars can have fun pushing sonic and visual boundaries.
Raye‘s new single is probably her best solo track to date. There’s a great conversational element to the lyrics (“we could have been cool, well maybe not that cool, but I would’ve fucked with you and you know you would have too”) with some enjoyably dramatic pretend string swooshes in the chorus.
The Years & Years album is out today! Producers across this album include Greg Kurstin, Kid Harpoon, Mark Ralph, Jesse Shatkin, Olly Alexander (!), Steve Mac and Grades so they were clearly not fucking around with getting this one out the door. The best song on the album is Rendezvous, and that is a fact.
Sharks‘ post-Wait output has meandered slightly, but we believe in Life After Love.
This week’s playlist features songs called Madonna, D’Angelo and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Quite the dinner party lineup but, one cannot help but feel, also a really exciting and dynamic group of people to form a private detective agency. You’d definitely watch one and a half seasons of that on Netflix, wouldn’t you?
We regret to inform you that Pitbull — who’d also be a great Netflix detective, in fact cancel the one we mentioned above because Pitbull PI must happen immediately — has once again been rifling through his Ultimate 80s Summer Hits playlist. This time the wheel of summertune stops on Arrow’s Hot Hot Hot (you know it, it’s the one that goes “hot hot hot”), except Pitbull changes “hot hot hot” to “free free free” so let this put to an end any debates that still rage over Pitbull’s genius.
And it’s quite a week for gents who were once in boybands: Justin Timberlake, Max ‘The George’ Wanted and Niall Horan all have singles out. Niall’s is marginally better than Max’s; Justin’s, described by Billboard as a “surprise summer jam”, is not at all surprising and not that much of a jam, but it’s been released in the summer and one out of three ain’t bad.
Once upon a time what passed for poppy alternative rock was Stephen Malkmus whimpering, “You’re the kind of girl I like/ Because you’re empty, and I’m empty.” Nowadays apparently it’s Mitchy Collins and friends chanting, “I like that you’re broken, broken like me/ Maybe that makes me a fool/ I like that you’re lonely, lonely … More »
The man of the woods is out of the woods, and he’d like you to know that summer starts now. That’s what Justin Timberlake, newly minted man of the beach, declares at the beginning of his vaguely tropical new song “SoulMate.” The track, which he just dropped on the world by surprise, is Timberlake’s first … More »
“Chief Flavor Officer.” It’s not just a ceremonial title. It’s an office that carries great dignity, importance, and responsibility. If you sign on to become a Chief Flavor Officer, you cannot take that duty lightly. And if you’re the Chief Flavor Officer of a company that might be fraudulent in its claims about its flavoring … More »
“Boo’d Up” is blowing up. Ella Mai’s sumptuous ’90s R&B throwback, first released way back in February 2017 as the opening track of her Ready EP, is on its second week at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. The slow-burn success story had its genesis in Spotify and Apple playlist placement but … More »
That Post Malone shattered streaming records with the release of his album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, seemed only to foreshadow further success relative to the album. After attracting a whopping near 80 million global Spotify streams of the sophomore outing on the day of the album’s debut alone, Beerbongs & Bentleys has since claimed the No. 1 spot on the charts, selling a total of 461,000 equivalent album units in its first week. The production additionally sits atop Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, resting comfortably in the very first spot on the expansive list. The artist has also sold 153,000 copies of the album in terms of traditional sales.
2018 has seen a slew of big name releases exit from the studios of J. Cole, Justin Timberlake, and Migos, with each artist putting forth KOD, Man of the Woods, and Culture II, respectively. Despite the acclaim of each artist or group behind the above productions, it is Beerbongs & Bentleys that has enjoyed the most monumental first-week debut so far in 2018, an accomplishment evinced in Beerbongs & Bentleys’ gain of a Platinum certification a mere two days after the album’s drop date.
The statistics show a marked increase in Post Malone’s presence in the U.S. music market; his debut album, Stoney, weighed in at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, while selling 58,000 album equivalent units in its first week, 19,000 of which were traditional sales. It seems that the sky is the limit for Post Malone.