Mercer serves up his latest “Human Nature”, a summer-friendly track that samples some groovy and classic Michael Jackson. Coining it “Nothing but a summer jam,” the track is airy and not too far of a step from tropical. Though a departure from many of his other releases, “Human Nature” still has many key qualities that are present in Mercer’s musical style. A thumping bass line, popping synths, and a BPM closer to the 124-130 house music mark make this a must for speakers this summer.
Dent May’s catchy orchestral pop has enraptured us for some time. Their newest effort, Across the Multiverse, sounds exactly like its title suggests – a sweeping, sparkling swirl. We asked Dent May to make us a playlist of tracks that he listened to while recording and the playlist he came back with was full of discoveries and sonic wonders. Check out the playlist below as well as the new lyric video for their stand out track, “Picture on a Screen.”
1. Pages – Let It Go
Here’s a track I consistently pulled up while recording the album for sonic inspiration. My friend Pat Jones recorded Anton Hochheim’s drums, and we listened to this repeatedly between takes searching for this kind of dry, very open sounding hi-fi 70s drum sound.
2. Aged In Harmony – You’re A Melody
I’m really thankful this got re-issued last year, because the original record is like $500. Everything about this recording is perfect, and I want to live in this world.
3. Greg Phillanganes – Lazy Nina
This one seems to be a hit among my friend group in Los Angeles. Maybe it’s one of those things where people discover something at the same time due to YouTube recommendation algorithms. Greg Phillanganes is mostly known for his work with Michael Jackson, and this song was written by Donald Fagen. Gotta love the lyrics about being home from tour and easing back into the daily routine.
4. Donna Summer – State Of Independence
I read an excellent book called Recording Michael Jackson by Quincy Jones’s engineer Bruce Swedien. This is from an underrated self-titled Donna Summer album Quincy produced right before he did Thriller in 1982. Still haven’t figured out how to work in the gospel choir yet, but definitely expect that on a future album.
5. Con Funk Shun – Love’s Train
James Ferraro turned me onto this song. I’ve probably listened to it thousands of times and you should too.
6. Byrne & Barnes – Love You Out Of Your Mind
This is a cult classic that was hard to find at one time. It was recorded in Muscle Shoals, AL and originally released in Japan. Robert Byrne recorded another one of my favorites “Blame It On The Night,” and these guys went on to work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Pointer Sisters, Boyz II Men and many more.
7. Alessi Brothers – Seabird
I probably shouldn’t even be revealing my secrets like this, but this recording directly influenced one of the album new tracks. Listen for yourself and decide.
8. Brian Protheroe – Changing My Tune
Alex from Mild High Club showed me this one. I love the self-referential lyrics about songwriting as metaphor for love, and the string arrangements are by Del Newman, who worked with Harry Nilsson, Cat Stevens and many others.
9. The 5th Dimension – Requiem 8:20 Latham
This was written by Jimmy Webb, a fellow Mississippian who wrote the greatest songwriting book of all time, Songsmith. It’s required reading for all my songwriting heads. When Billy Davis, Jr. sings, “Why could I not die then? / warm behind the curtains of your hair” is about when I start sobbing.
10. Sally Oldfield – Woman Of The Night
Here’s one of many songs I learned about through Jimi Hey, who’s played in a bunch of great bands and is my favorite DJ in Los Angeles. All of his Dublab radio shows are on Soundcloud, and everyone needs to check that out.
11. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream
I’ve been wanting to write a duet forever, and this is my favorite of all time. When I asked Greta to sing on “Across The Multiverse,” I sent this over and was like, “I want to achieve this level of greatness.”
In anticipation of Lady Gaga’s halftime performance at this Sunday’s Superbowl, Billboard reached out to several of music’s most notable figures to ask their favorite and most memorable halftime shows from history. From Migos to TheChainsmokers to Mike Will Made It, the music industry’s most recognizable names chimed in to give their best Superbowl throwbacks just in time for this weekend’s game.
Andra Day, Mario and The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall said that, in their opinion, the best halftime show ever was performed by the late Michael Jackson during Superbowl XXVII. Even though Jackson was his favorite, Alex Pall said that from now on, Bruno Mars and Beyonce should take over halftime shows.
“We still don’t know how he teleported around the stadium like he did but it was the most awesome thing ever. But since Michael is gone, we need to just let Beyonce and Bruno do every Super Bowl henceforth, no discussion. I’m pretty sure the entire world would get on board with this plan.”
Jeezy was in agreement with Pall, as he cast his vote for Bruno Mars’ Superbowl XLVIII show. “I like that guy, man. We should get in the studio — I have to hit him up.”
Migos’ Quavo said that Janet Jackson’s Superbowl XXXVIII show was the most memorable, while Chase Bryant chose The Rolling Stones and their Superbowl XL performance.
Finally, Mike Will Made It chose Beyonce as his favorite halftime performer, citing her iconic Superbowl 50 showcase.
(AllHipHop Rumors) Alright now! Yall are getting out of hand with these Michael Jackson comparisons.
I already had to give Birdman a mean side eye when he compared Young Thug to Michael and Prince.
Now I see that Migos are off their rockers also.
While I’m sure they are enjoying the success of their No. 1 hit, “Bad & Boujee” and their No. 1 album, ‘Culture’, there’s no need to get carried a way. LOL. It’s still all love though.
Before rapper/actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino gave them the cosign of the era, Migos already had a name for themselves, various hits, and various major collaborations.
Glover’s shout out helped take their song “Bad & Boujee” to the top of the charts, and the rap trio sat down with Ebro In The Morning to talk the success of the record.
In the interview with Hot 97, Migos discuss their influence on today’s Hip-Hop and what they’ve brought to the game as well as how they’ve inspired others in it.
The trio titled their album ‘Culture’ because they feel that it’s time to own the culture of Hip Hop and claim it. They feel that they’ve done a lot for music, and they believe that there are artists bigger than them that get recognition off of their flow.
Apparently it was the mumble rap criticism that drove Migos to do even more.
It was all good until they said that they feel “Bad and Boujee” is the Michael Jackson “Bad” record of this generation.
There have been, and they always will be hit records and records that went pretty high up the chart even regardless of their quality or lack thereof, but I’m sorry fam, there is no comparison to “Bad” and “B&B”.
“I compare it to Michael Jackson’s “Bad”. We haven’t had that type of song in a long time that just makes you feel bad. To make you feel like [it’s] your crew against my crew. The beat just did something to me at the knees, man. It just made my knees wiggle, man. It gave me attitude. It gave me something to feel good about when it came on — and it was history from there,” said Quavo.
The song is dope, but as far as the MJ comparison……….issa NO!
(AllHipHop Rumors) Okay we may have to piss test Birdman this week. He better put some respeck on Michael Jackson and Prince’s name!
Well it looks like the fact that Birdman and Young Thug are back working together has Birdman very excited.
The two are even working on another Rich Gang album after taking a brief hiatus from collaborating.
Birdman has been teasing new music on Instagram, and it was all good until the Cash Money boss gave Thugger some controversial praise.
Baby basically called Thugger Michael Jackson and Prince, as to basically compare him to the late legends. At times, Baby made me think he was a couple sandwiches short of a picnic and that his train was off the track, but he knows good and damn well Young Thug aint no legend and icon like the late Prince and Mike.
If you are wondering why Birdman is bigging Thug up so hard, he and Thug have about 10 songs done on ‘Rich Gang 2’, and the project will just feature them. Dang they left the homie Rich Homie Quan off.
While I do believe it will be another big year for Thugger, you gotta leave the legends out of this fam. LOL.
(AllHipHop News) The daughter of Michael Jackson has given a rare in-depth interview with Rolling Stone.
Paris Jackson used the cover story to speak about her often discussed parentage.
MJ’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe is widely accepted as Paris’ mother, but many people have questions about her father.
Unlike her brother Prince Jackson, Paris has no problem publicly stated she confidently believes Michael is her biological dad.
“He is my father,” says Paris. “He will always be my father. He never wasn’t, and he never will not be. People that knew him really well say they see him in me, that it’s almost scary.”
The 18-year-old is so convinced about her direct lineage to the King of Pop she identifies herself as his ethnicity.
“I consider myself black,” declared Paris.
She continued, “[My dad] would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”
“Most people that don’t know me call me white,” added Paris. “I’ve got light skin and, especially since I’ve had my hair blond, I look like I was born in Finland or something.”
In the RS article, Paris also discussed being sexually assaulted, attempting suicide, her current relationship with Rowe, and growing up with one of the most famous people in the world as her father.
Another notable segment of the interview focused on MJ’s 2009 death. Paris believes the entertainment icon was murdered.
“It’s obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullsh-t, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bullsh-t.”
Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of Michael, has lived about as far from the public eye as you can live if you’re the child of one of the most famous people on the planet. But Jackson recently gave her first-ever in-depth interview to Rolling Stone, and the resulting profile is full of fascinating tidbits. More »
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