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!

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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!

2014 Grammy Predictions: LL Cool J for every category!

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Get excited – nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards are announced tomorrow night on “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!” on CBS!  It’s so exciting, there are two exclamation points!!  And you know LL Cool J is hosting again!  There will be performances from Lorde, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke, and more, but since the hour long show will almost certainly be comprised of 45 minutes worth of commercials, you’re probably better off just skipping it altogether and checking out the nomination list on the Grammy website after it airs!

Full disclosure: I am not good at predicting the Grammys.  And I’m not just saying that so that I’m less embarrassed when most of my predictions end up being wrong – I literally have no idea what’s going on.  But IF by some miracle I end up being mostly right, or like, I totally end up calling some SURPRISE nomination or something, my triumphant victory roar will be heard ’round the world!  Here we go – my nomination predictions for “the big 4” categories are after the jump! Continue reading

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: Glee’s Lea Michele announces lead single “Cannonball”

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I’ll waste no time – here’s what you need to know:

  1. Lea Michele’s debut studio album is called, “Louder.”
  2. “Cannonball,” the lead single from “Louder,” is out on iTunes on December 10th, the same day the album goes up for pre-order.
  3. “Cannonball” was written by Sia Furler.  This is big stuff.
  4. The album will include a tribute song to late boyfriend Corey Monteith and maybe some collaborations with Bonnie McKee.
  5. “I came in like a caaaaaaaaannonballllllllllll…”

I lost track of Glee during season 3, but Lea has some killer pipes, so I’m anxious to hear what she’s come up with in the studio!

Music News: New Taylor Swift album coming sooner than we think?

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Just after winning four American Music Awards on Sunday night (an impressive tally, even though they’re fan voted), America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift sat down backstage with Billboard’s Keith Caulfield to chat a little bit about her new album.  And surprise!  Things are running “ahead of schedule.” 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.

New Music: Colbie Caillat – “Hold On”

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Colbie Caillat is famous for a slew of pleasant adult contemporary hits that you find yourself humming along to while waiting in line at Target (“Bubbly,” “I Do,” “Lucky,” etc.), but her brand new single, “Hold On,” finds the beach pop songstress trying her hand at something quite different – and it pays off big time. Continue reading

New Music: Britney Spears – “Alien”: Listen to the new William Orbit-produced leak

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Another day, another new Britney Spears leak.  Early this morning, Britney’s William Orbit collaboration, “Alien” made its way online, and it’s…fine.  William Orbit is perhaps best known for his work on Madonna’s critically-acclaimed album, “Ray of Light.”  Fans have been clamoring for Britney to work with Orbit for years now, but I’m not so sure this is the song they were waiting for.  It’s just kind of…there. Continue reading

Music News: Ryan Tedder says new Beyonce song is “better” than “Halo”

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The Beyonce rumor mill is in full swing again after OneRepublic front-man Ryan Tedder recently spilled during an Australian radio interview that he’s done a song with The-Dream (“Single Ladies”) for Bey’s new album that is both “bigger” and “better” than his Grammy Award winning track, “Halo.”  That’s a pretty bold claim, but I guess we’ll have to take his word for it, as he also stated that he has no idea what’s going on with the album or when we might finally get to hear new music.

It’s hard to get excited about this news.  For all we know, Ryan and The-Dream merely pitched this song to Bey’s people, we have no idea if she’s actually recorded it.  Something tells me that a decade from now, when Beyonce’s album is finally released, the demo for this supposedly “bigger” and “better” track will be collecting dust in a studio waste bin somewhere.  That is, until Leona Lewis gallops along and scoops it up.

No word yet on new music from Beyonce, but she’s been very busy lately, what with her ongoing The Mrs. Carter Show world tour and countless video shoots for music we’ll probably never get to hear.  It must be tough being the world’s biggest, mostly silent pop star.

Check out Ryan Tedder’s interview via Idolator.