We’ve been waiting a long, long time for Joyride, Tinashe’s endlessly-delayed follow-up to her excellent 2014 debut Aquarius. She first announced the album way the hell back in September 2015 — that’s over two years ago — and since then, we’ve gotten a string of underperforming singles and an entire companion mixtape, … More »
Last week, Tinashe released a new song — the Future-featuring “Faded Love” — in what will hopefully actually be the rollout to her much-delayed sophomore album, and last night she revealed the video for the track. It’s shot vertical iPhone-style and follows Tinashe as she dances alone in what looks like an abandoned warehouse … More »
Notes on this week’s popular music efforts:
- Following last week’s excellent Monsters it’s two-for-two in the whole ‘Saara Aalto gradually unveils the three songs she’s putting forward for Eurovision’ escapade. This one’s a simile-strewn semiballad about a wrecking ball hitting a domino, although surely the whole thing about the ‘falling like a domino’ image is that dominos famously fall quite easily and therefore wouldn’t require heavy duty shoving equipment?
- The week’s best song comes from Kim Petras, who officially hit superstar status on January 25 with the release of the Faded video and is currently in the position of twiddling her thumbs while she waits for the rest of the world to catch up.
- Hannah Jane Lewis has released a sparky new single called Aftershock, which is a tribute to everyone’s favourite morning tipple.
- As usual Tracey Thorn is brilliant.
- The new Chainsmokers single has some nice bits in it. Sick Boy, their last track, was quite interesting as well. Do you think that by the time their next album’s out they might have transformed into something fairly excellent? Look we’re just throwing ideas around here, nothing’s set in stone.
- Fuck knows what’s happening in the new SOPHIE song.
- And finally Muse have got a hilarious new single out. WATCH OUT GUYS THERE’S SOME THOUGHT CONTAGION!! Thank God Muse are here to make sense of the world!!! “Hey but they put on a great show, you should really see them live” — no we shouldn’t, they’ll just play a load of Muse songs.
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Is Tinashe season finally approaching? Joyride, the R&B star’s follow-up to her tremendous 2014 debut Aquarius, has been in limbo for years. She’s released a whole album’s worth of singles over the last few years plus an entire companion mixtape. It was fair to wonder if Joyride would ever come out, but as … More »
Tinashe and Offset released a strong new collaboration called “No Drama” this morning, but unfortunately it’s been all drama for Offset today. Nonetheless, the pair are forging ahead with the song’s official video. It’s a very good video, too, with a strikingly styled Tinashe gliding through some impressive dance moves. Watch below. More »
Let’s try this again! Aquarius, the excellent debut album from Los Angeles R&B singer Tinashe, came out way back in 2014, and she still hasn’t gotten a follow-up single to stick. (Her last attempt was “Light The Night Up,” from September.) Today, she’s got a new track out, and it’s a step in … More »
German production duo ChampionsLeak hit us with their debut single “FuckThePainAway,” featuring vocals from Radiiio. ChampionsLeak is the brain child behind top 40 platinum selling producer Lulou, and German hip hop producer Choukri, who each have worked with the likes of French Montana,Tinashe, Chris Brown, Tove Lo, Fifth Harmony, Era Istrefi, and more. “FuckThePainAway” is a dark RnB tune,
Congratulations to Little Mix! A combination of ‘Touch’, sixty judges and a large amount of booze means that the band’s prize of twenty quid (cash) will be on its way to Kensington High Street later today.
How did it all happen?
WELL. Last night in a London pub this year’s twelve shortlisted songs…
…went head to head. In most rounds two songs were picked at random, their relative merits were ‘debated’, it then went to a vote and, finally, the losing song went out. We do this at every year’s Twenty Quid judging — it’s unfair, unpredictable and basically very funny.
— Laura Snapes (@laurasnapes) September 14, 2017
Judges had each received a special (not very special) judging pack.
Each table of judges was also named after a former Twenty Quid winner, which was supposed to be a significant element in terms of how one of the rounds would work, but we forgot to do that in the end.
Also, for the first time, each shortlisted song was represented in real life by a t-shirt-wearing judge whose job it was to speak up when needed.
— kay (@espace_femme) September 14, 2017
— Kyra Söze (@bossmew) September 14, 2017
The first step was for the judges to vote for the last year’s worst British pop single (a good way to provide context for the rest of the night) and, as is traditional at the Twenty Quid prize night, to boot off one shortlisted song without any debate or discussion.
Let’s just say it wasn’t a great start for Ed Sheeran.
The #TwentyQuid judges have just named Galway Girl worst British single and kicked Shape Of You off the shortlist
— Peter Robinson (@Popjustice) September 14, 2017
Moving on, in last night’s second round the randomly selected pair of songs presented a very early upset.
Touch versus Rockabye. This is going to get heated #twentyquid
— Charlie Hoole (@charliehoole) September 14, 2017
(Earlier this week, each of the judges submitted their favourite song in a secret email poll — in that poll both ‘Touch’ and ‘Rockabye’ were really popular choices, so there was a lot of shouting when it turned out one of them would go out early.)
As the evening continued we discussed pop from almost every angle…
…although some criteria seemed more valid than others.
Someone said they look for “fistability” in a pop song. Same #TwentyQuid
— wann™ (@neversquare) September 14, 2017
To organise our thoughts, pros and cons were listed on massive sheets of high quality foam board.
During the course of the evening, judges also found a winner for the inaugural Carly Rae Jepsen International Pop Single Of The Year award, the year’s best non-British pop single. Judges were asked to choose one of the three most popular songs from an earlier open poll.
— Rory Horne (@rorhor) September 14, 2017
The Carly Rae Jepsen International Pop Single Of The Year award went to Lorde’s ‘Green Light’.
Carly Rae Jepsen not winning a prize named after her is the most Carly Rae Jepsen thing to ever happen #TwentyQuid ❤️
— Alice BevertonPalmer (@alice) September 14, 2017
At one point, the room was split into three sections using hazard tape due to a poorly-thought-through ‘mechanic’.
— Nick Walker (@nickw84) September 14, 2017
There was also a moment when one portion of the room decided to stage a coup and campaign for the last-minute inclusion of Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’, which let’s face it should have been on the shortlist but there we go.
— Matt Deegan (@matt) September 14, 2017
This whole debacle was overruled because the Twenty Quid Music Prize is no place for anarchy. The good news is that Dua Lipa is a talented artist with a long career, and plenty of future Twenty Quid nominations, ahead of her.
One by one songs fell away from the shortlist, leading to an extremely lively three chair challenge segment best described, in the cold light of day, as total carnage. But it brought us to the final vote.
— Neil Claxton (@MintRoyale) September 14, 2017
— Rory Horne (@rorhor) September 14, 2017
Little Mix won by a significant margin, loads of confetti cannons went off, some people cheered, and the evening came to an end. It was a good result for Little Mix, of course, but most people seemed to agree that second place for Steps was, in 2017, something of a victory in itself.
— Steps (@OfficialSteps) September 15, 2017
THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH to all the judges who came along last night and made the event such a brilliant shambles, and well done to Little Mix. But also well done to everyone who was on the shortlist — even Ed Sheeran — because they all made great singles. And great singles is what pop’s all about, really, isn’t it?
— abigail (@abigailffirth) September 14, 2017
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Following their hit, “Phone Down,” Los Angeles producers Lost Kings have enlisted R&B queen Tinashe for their latest release, “Quit You,” in which Tinashe’s vocal expertise is backed by an upbeat rhythm. Many artists, including Party Pupils, Wuki, and ToWonder, have already remixed the anthem – each one imbuing different creative styles into the original.
Midnight Kids have taken the latest stab at remixing “Quit You,” showcasing their signature wildly addictive indie progressive house sound. Although they are currently an underground act, Midnight Kids are gaining momentum from previous remixes such as their take on Matthew Koma‘s “Hard To Love” as well as Zedd and Alessia Cara‘s “Stay.”
India’s hottest electronic artist, Shaan, continues his western takeover by firing off a blazing hot remix of Lost Kings “Quit You” featuring Tinashe. This remix comes just after his previous release which was a remix of Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson’s Billboard-topping single “Just Hold On“, a tune that was premiered by both BBC Asia Radio
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