New Music: Tove Lo – ‘Truth Serum’ EP

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If 2010’s “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn is still your go-to tears-on-the-dance-floor anthem, you’ll definitely want to give newcomer Tove Lo a try.  Lo, a pop singer from Stockholm, Sweden, made a big splash online last year with her quirky break-up song, “Habits.”  Since then, she’s gone on to pen tracks for Swedish dance-pop duo Icona Pop (of “I Love It” fame) and even Glee’s Lea Michele.  Signed to Universal Music AB, Lo released her first EP titled Truth Serum on March 3 — an impressive collection of explosive, emotional pop songs that prove she’s one to watch out for.  If Robyn’s absence from the music scene has left a big Swedish-pop shaped hole in your heart (I swear, she better be coming back with new music soon), give Truth Serum a listen!  You won’t be disappointed.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Lo’s music ends up on a show like HBO’s Girls in the near future!

The Truth Serum EP is all about emotional extremes — the super highs and the super lows.  On the EP’s opening track, “Not On Drugs,” Lo swears up and down that her euphoric state is not due to drug use, no, she’s “just in love.”  Um, where can I get some of that?  The drug metaphor is echoed on the aforementioned “Habits,” only this time, Lo is struggling to find ways to “stay high” in order to forget about a former lover.  On “Paradise,” Lo sings about a relationship so perfect that it can only be described as, well, “paradise.”  But on the EP’s second-to-last song, “Out of Mind,” Lo’s down and out again, lamenting, “You’re out of your mind to think that I can keep you out of mine.”  Wow.  It’s a serious emotional roller coaster!  Lo’s unique vocal tone and her talent for writing catchy hooks and shocking lines that pack a surprisingly hefty emotional punch make Truth Serum a truly thrilling listening experience.

Get a taste of Tove Lo’s sound on her official SoundcloudTruth Serum is available on iTunes now!  The EP is also streaming on Spotify.

New Music: Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)”

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Mariah Carey is back again, this time with the third (fourth if you count “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)”) single from her 14th studio album, The Art of Letting Go, “You’re Mine (Eternal).”  The Darkchild-produced slow jam is equal parts HIT and MISS.  HIT: The song is classic Mariah with a couple modern twists (a hard-hitting beat, vocoder effects on the background vocals, etc.).  It’s also really catchy.  MISS: It kind of feels like Mariah’s trying to recreate “We Belong Together,” and honestly, “You’re Mine (Eternal)” doesn’t hold a candle to the heart-wrenching emotion and altogether hypnotizing nature of the aforementioned Billboard Song of the Decade for the 2000s.  When it’s all said and done, I think I prefer “#Beautiful.” Continue reading

Music News: Shakira & Rihanna team up on “Can’t Remember to Forget You”: Listen to a snippet

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Shakira has been been keeping a pretty low profile since about 2011, but she’s about to make a big splash with the release of “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” a duet with Roc Nation’s golden girl, Rihanna!  “Can’t Remember to Forget You” is produced by frequent Shakira collaborator John Hill (“She Wolf,” “Men In This Town”) and will serve as the lead single from her upcoming tenth studio album.  A Joseph Kahn-directed music video has already been shot and the song is due for release on Monday, February 13th.  Check out a supposed snippet of the song after the jump! Continue reading

New Music: Brit Smith – “Provocative (hiDhi) (feat. will.i.am)”

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Do you love Beyonce’s new album but find yourself wondering, “Hey, where are all the fun, uptempo dance tracks?”  Do you pine for Nelly Furtado circa 2006?  Are you ready to watch a music video featuring Betty White and an obscene amount of product placement for Miracle Whip?  Look no further — Timbaland’s new protege Brit Smith is here with her (sort of) debut single, “Provocative (hiDhi).” Continue reading

New Music: Foxes – “Holding Onto Heaven”

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This is one of those moments where you just need to stop what you’re doing and PRESS PLAY.  English singer-songwriter Foxes scored a massive hit earlier this year as the featured vocalist on Zedd’s “Clarity,” and she’s set to release her debut LP “Glorious” on March 3rd.  Today she dropped promo single “Holding Onto Heaven,” and it is, quite appropriately, glorious. Continue reading

New Music: Lea Michele – “Cannonball”

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Lea Michele’s debut single, “Cannonball,” is here!  And it’s pretty good!  Written by Sia Furler and produced by Stargate & Benny Blanco, “Cannonball” is an infectious little ditty with a driving beat, bright piano line, and simple melody that will have you humming along in no time!  Name recognition and the waning power of Glee have managed to launch the song into the U.S. iTunes top 10 – will pop radio embrace Lea Michele’s new venture?

Check out “Cannonball” below!

Music News: Preview Lea Michele’s new single “Cannonball”

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Lea Michele released a preview of her debut single, “Cannonball,” today, and all I gotta say is – don’t these pop girls know they can record a Sia song without trying to emulate her trademark marbles-in-mouth delivery and phrasing to a T?  It’s an epidemic!  See: Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Celine Dion’s “Loved Me Back to Life,” Katy Perry’s “Double Rainbow,” Rita Ora’s “Radioactive,” etc.  But I digress.

Otherwise, “Cannonball” sounds promising!  It doesn’t scream “hit” to me and I probably would’ve preferred something uptempo, but Lea’s vocals are great and the hook seems sufficiently catchy/empowering.  Lea also unveiled the artwork for her new album (seen above) – it’s called, “LOUDER.”  She looks a bit damp, but I’m still looking forward to it!  Caps lock title and all!

“Cannonball” will be available on iTunes tomorrow, December 10th, the same day “LOUDER” goes up for pre-order.  Check out a preview of the song via Soundcloud below!

New Music: DJ Cassidy – “Calling All Hearts (feat. Jessie J & Robin Thicke)”

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Here’s a little pick-me-up for your sleepy Sunday afternoon – a brand new smooth disco jam from producer DJ Cassidy featuring Jessie J and Robin Thicke!  With funky guitars, sprightly strings, and plenty of spirited wailing from both Jessie and Robin, “Calling All Hearts” is an absolute retro delight!  Both Jessie J and DJ Cassidy will be joining Robin Thicke on his 15-city North American tour starting in February.

Back in September, Jessie J confirmed that she was recording new material for the American version of her latest album, “Alive,” hopefully to be released sometime in 2014.  “Calling All Hearts” is rumored to be included on “Alive’s” re-worked track listing, although there’s no official confirmation yet.

Check out “Calling All Hearts” via Soundcloud below!

New Music: Peter Thomas – “All of You (feat. Betty Who)”

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It’s been a big year for Australian pop singer Betty Who (real name: Jessica Anne Newham).  In April, Betty released her fantastic debut EP, “The Movement,” which caused quite a stir in the music blogosphere.  In September, the EP’s lead single, “Somebody Loves You,” went viral thanks to this adorable flash mob proposal video, and just a few days later, Betty signed a recording contract with RCA Records!  Whew.  So while Betty’s hard at work on her major label debut (due out sometime next year), this afternoon, her partner-in-crime Peter Thomas (who produced the entire “The Movement” EP), released, “All of You,” another one of the pair’s trademark feel-good dance pop collaborations.  And it’s an absolute must-listen. Continue reading

Music News: “Britney Jean” is now streaming on iTunes

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Rejoice, Britney fans!  Britney Spears’s new album, “Britney Jean” is now streaming for free on iTunes!  It’s a Thanksgiving miracle.  My full review will be out soon – all I’ll say is that will.i.am lied about “just guiding” the album, as his electro STINK is all over it (he has production credit on 7 of the 10 songs on the standard edition).  I long for Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

Stream “Britney Jean” on iTunes now!  The album will be officially released in the U.S. on Tuesday, December 3rd.  Check out full writing and production credits here.