Welcome To Superstardom, Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello stuck the landing so emphatically that it’s easy to forget she leapt in the first place. This time last year the 20-year-old Cuban-Mexican singer from Miami was fresh out of Fifth Harmony, her generation’s most popular girl group, assembled by Simon Cowell from an array of teenage strangers on the short-lived American edition … More »

New Music Friday: Sigrid at the top, Third Eye Blind cover (?) at the bottom, various songs in between

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Song of the week:
Sigrid — ‘Strangers’ 
If you’re judging it only on this year’s run of songs, of which BloodPop®-esque techpop corker ‘Strangers’ is the fifth, Sigrid’s probably 2017’s best new popstar. This week she’s also released a Leonard Cohen cover (!) as a pivotal part of the Justice League soundtrack, which isn’t the sort of showcase moment that exactly lands in the lap of every hasn’t-actually-had-a-hit-yet new artist, so we think it’s fair to say Sigrid’s team are upping the ante as 2018 comes into view.

Wrong of the week:
Timeflies — ‘Semi-Charmed’
This is a semi-cover of Third Eye Blind’s ‘Semi-Charmed Life’, a song that in 2017 is only remembered with any fondness at all by two members of Busted.

Additional notes:

  • There’s a barrage of new Sia material this week, and there are some quality control issues. This involves a pretty good song from her Christmas album (but she’s still holding back the best ones for some reason — ‘Snowflake’ in particular is a real moment), but it also involves a sub-par song that’s ended up with Dannii Minogue, and another underwhelming appearing on a TQX single.
  • There are also three songs out today (none of which are on our playlist, apols) involving Ed Sheeran — a remix of one of his own songs, a song on the Taylor Swift album, and an underwhelming Fuse ODG track.
  • Oh and Nick Littlemore‘s been busy too — Empire Of The Sun and Pnau both have new music out today. The Empire Of The Sun song’s pretty spectacular, but the Pnau album’s worth a listen too and includes a good track with Vera Blue.
  • We’ve included an Adam French song called ‘The Rat’ on this week’s playlist. It’s shit, but the first two seconds sound like it’s going to be ‘No Scrubs’ which is quite funny.
  • Taylor Swift‘s new album is out today but Taylor and her team want to make as much money as they can from it so sadly you can’t hear it on any streaming services.

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Maroon 5 And The Rock Band As A Pop Hit-Making Machine

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For well over a decade, Rivers Cuomo has been trying to turn Weezer into a pop band. Weezer have always played a kind of pop music, of course; their 1994 debut (“The Blue Album“) overflowed with weapons-grade catchy rock songs you can dance to, and even its aggressively blown-out follow-up Pinkerton followed suit. More »

New Music Friday: Eves Karydas at the top, Raye at the bottom, various songs in between

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Song of the week:
Eves Karydas — ‘There For You’
Eves used to be known (and made some extraordinarily good tunes) as Eves The Behavior, which was a far better popstar name if we’re all honest with ourselves because Eves The Behavior sounds like a thing and a concept and a big idea and Eves Karydas just sounds like a person, and there are lots of people. So many people. Mind you, what a person Eves Karydas is. This elegant and bold new song is her first single on Island, and Island did a pretty good job this year of convincing everyone that Sigrid was the future of pop 1 so hopefully they’ll do exactly the same with Eves.

Wrong of the week:
Raye — ‘Decline’
A lot of people — not least Raye herself — have worked very hard to get this artist into just the right place for a big pop moment to happen. It hasn’t really happened yet. Will it happen with ‘Decline’? If it did, it would be something of a hollow victory. It’s hard to tell if ‘Decline’, a cut-and-shut job that involves the chorus of an early 2000s hit, is the sound of everyone going hell for leather to finally make it all work, or if it’s really just the sound of everyone admitting defeat.

Additional notes:

  • Taylor Swift must be holding back the really good songs so that the album seems really exciting on the day it’s released. Right? That must be what she’s doing. Yes. It’s all fine.
  • Sia‘s ‘Santa’s Coming From Us’ is the first track to come from her upcoming Christmas ‘LP’ but ‘Snowflake’ and ‘Underneath The Mistletoe’ are the album’s real secret weapons.
  • The lightly idiosyncratic, Fred Ball-produced ‘Say It To My Face’ sees Madison Beer continuing to lay the foundations for a pretty exciting 2018.
  • ‘Lemon’ is quite good and everything but if this is Rihanna‘s only Q4 moment Christmas is cancelled.

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  1. Basically they went ‘look, Sigrid is the future of pop’ and lots of people in the media went ‘hey, Sigrid is the future of pop’ — quite clever really

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Before Halloween Is Even Over, ‘Tis The Season For Christmas Albums

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Sorry to spook you, but: You’d better put on an ugly sweater over your Halloween costume because it’s Christmas time again! It must be, or else all these musicians wouldn’t be releasing Christmas albums already. That’s the only explanation for such a phenomenon, really. Perhaps you can’t yet feel the Christmas spirit in the air … More »

Insufferable YouTubers Are Now Making Terrible Rap Music Too

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There comes a time in every adult human’s life, should they be lucky enough to live that long, when they must conclude that youth culture is trash — or at least it has become entirely indecipherable to anyone old enough to exist outside its bubble. From my vantage point out here, I’m pretty sure what’s … More »

Zayn – “Dusk Till Dawn” (Feat. Sia) Video

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When last we heard from Zayn Malik, the former One Direction member, he’d teamed up with Taylor Swift for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a song from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. And now he’s trying to make movies of his own. Zayn has just teamed up with Sia for “Dusk Till Dawn,” a … More »

New Music Friday: Julie Bergan at the top, a Thong Song remix at the bottom, various songs in between

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Song of the week:
Julie Bergan feat Tunji Ige — ‘If You Love Me’
In a week of huge pop releases the best tune of the week comes from Norwegian pop practitioner Julie Bergan. Three years ago we fell in love with Julie’s second single ‘Younger’ (both the radio version, which is like a lost Little Mix Number One, and the Oliver Nelson remix still sound totally brilliant), but she hasn’t topped it UNTIL TODAY.

Wrong of the week:
Ed Sheeran — ‘…Baby One More Time’
We quite like the idea of the Spotify Singles thing — it’s basically their version of Radio 1’s Live Lounge — but this cover is a big no. Realistically the JCY rework of Sisqo’s ‘Thong Song’ is today’s worst release, but it’s not quite as distressing as Ed Sheeran mailing one of the 250 Wonders Of The Pop Age.

Additional notes:

  • Susanne Sundfør is back!
  • Another week, another new Sia song, but ‘Free Me’ stands out from a lot of her recent releases both musically (it recalls a lot of her earlier stuff) and lyrically (because triumphing in the face of adversity via a series of extended metaphors just isn’t a realistic depiction of how everyone is able to live their lives). The song’s been released in support of #endHIV.
  • Tileyard pop entities Sigala and Ella Eyre have made a song that would have been quite enjoyable between two and three years ago.
  • ‘Roulette’ has bubbled to the top and seems to be the best new song on the Katy Perry album.
  • Careful with the new Pharrell song, the last time he did a song for a Despicable Me soundtrack it sat around for ages before boring everyone to death in a prolonged and relentless period of cynically contrived joy.

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Watching Katy Perry Struggle For Relevance This Year Has Been Painful

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Katy Perry opens her new album by singing, “Can I get a witness?” Her promotional tactics for Witness have communicated a similar sentiment, albeit more intense: “Please look at me!” This is the singer known for spraying whipped cream from her cupcake bra, so it’s not like she’s ever been a master of understatement. But … More »

Zedd is reaching out to numerous artists to organize an ACLU benefit show

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On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order declaring a 90-day ban on people entering the country coming from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The order additionally requires the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine countries provide “adequate information” for its citizens to receive visas to enter the country, and suspended the entrance of all refugees into the United States for four months. Trump’s sweeping decree was met with immediate opposition internationally, followed quickly thereafter by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filing a lawsuit against the president which has led to a federal judge ordering a stay on Trump’s order.

Numerous artists have come out in vehement support of the ACLU’s opposition to the current U.S. administration, with Zedd being so moved that he has vowed to take action. In a tweet, the producer called on Sia, Macklemore, Camila Cabello, and Grimes to join him in a proposed benefit concert to support the ACLU’s efforts.

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After Zedd’s tweet began to spread and gain media traction, the artist doubled down on his intent to hold the concert. Zedd went on to denote his immigrant status; the producer born in Russia, raised in Germany, and currently resides in the United States courtesy of a visa. While no show is official yet, the producer is adamant that concert will come to fruition, declaring in another tweet, “I WILL make it happen.”

Zedd’s commitment to following through on his impassioned causes was demonstrated in 2016, when he made good on his offer to produce music for Kesha during her highly publicized dispute with Dr. Luke and Sony, resulting in their “True Colors” collaboration.

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