New Music: Tove Lo – “Habits”

 

Stop what you’re doing and listen to this.

The song.  The video.

THIS is what American pop is missing!  The quirk!  Tovey brings the HOOKS but she’s not about drinking and partying, she’s about “sex clubs” and barfing up Twinkies!  The U.S. pop scene is pretty dead right now with so many of the girls taking their sweet time to drop new music (Katy, Gaga, Beyosaurus, Miley, Demi……….Avril?), so I am getting my LIFE from these catchy Swedish bops.

I’m not sure if Tove is working on an album or what, but she’s got an official Soundcloud where you can stream a couple of songs.  They’re not as good as “Habits,” but they’re definitely worth a listen.

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Music News: Katy Perry to feature on Icona Pop’s new single?

Music News: Katy Perry to feature on Icona Pop's new single?

There’s a rumor going around that Katy Perry will be featured on Icona Pop’s new single.  Icona Pop’s “I Love It” is just now starting to take off in the U.S., so it would be a strange move to confuse radio with a new single so soon, especially one with Katy’s name attached to it.  Does “new single” just mean a remix of “I Love It”?  Or is it truly a new song?  So many questions and no answers at this point, but obviously I’ll be following this rumor closely!

Katy Perry at the Premiere of the movie Part of Me in Sydney 2012” © 2012 Liam Mendes, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License

New Music: Ariana Grande feat. Mac Miller – “The Way”

Ariana Grande's "The Way" streaming free

I was little surprised this evening to see Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande’s latest single “The Way” sitting in the number two spot on iTunes.  The feel-good 90’s influenced track is a smooth listen despite a sleepy guest feature from rapper Mac Miller.  It’s a lot of fun to hear Ariana do her best early Mariah impression, but honestly, it’s the nostalgia-inducing Big Pun sample that steals the show.  It’s nice to see a mid-tempo R&B track near the top of the iTunes charts.  It’ll be interesting to see how long Ariana can maintain her position.  Check out the song below!

Download “The Way” on iTunes

Music News: Selena’s new single produced by Stargate

Music News: Selena's new music produced by Stargate

If this random Twitter user is to be believed, Selena Gomez’s new single “Come & Get It” is produced by Norwegian duo Stargate and written by Ester Dean.  Stargate and Ester have been making hits together for a minute (Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name?,” “S&M,” “Where Have You Been,” and Katy’s “Firework”), so if this is true…

New Music: Linda Pritchard – “Be Like You”

Linda Pritchard's "Be Like You" streaming free

“Be Like You” embodies everything I love about Swedish pop: it’s big, it’s loud, it’s emotional – it holds nothing back.  It’s actually very reminiscent of Laura Fabian’s legendary power ballad, “I Will Love Again.”  I love a good chorus I can shout along to.

Linda Pritchard is a Swedish Idol and Melodifestivalen alum (the music competition that determines Sweden’s annual Eurovision entry).  “Be Like You” is her first release in two years.  It’s unknown whether “Be Like You” is from an upcoming studio album or if it’s just a one-off single release, but she’s definitely piqued my interest!

Stream new song “Be Like You” here

Gaygalan 2011 Linda Pritchard,” © 2011 Janwikifoto, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

New Music: Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”

Carrie Underwood's "See You Again" streaming free

If “See You Again” doesn’t make you want to drive 80 miles per hour down an open country road with the wind blowing through your hair, quietly sobbing…I will eat my hat.  “See You Again” is the fourth single to be lifted from Carrie’s 2012 album “Blown Away,” and it’s a sentimental country-pop record with a stadium-sized chorus and the most crossover appeal since “Before He Cheats.” Continue reading

Review: Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”

Justin Timberlake - "The 20/20 Experience"

Even at only 11 tracks, “The 20/20 Experience” is still too long.  Admittedly, the album just isn’t designed for the way I consume music (I have a short attention span and I firmly believe that the perfect pop song is around three minutes and thirty seconds), but some of these tracks are just ridiculous. Continue reading

Video: Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo perform “Tonight” live on American Idol

 

Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo stopped by American Idol this week to perform their new single, “Tonight.”  You may remember that I reviewed an underwater recording of “Tonight” a couple of weeks ago, but now we finally have the song in high quality.  And it’s a total smash. Continue reading