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!

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New Music: Icona Pop – “All Night”

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I get the feeling that Icona Pop’s label wasn’t exactly sure how to follow-up the duo’s surprise hit, “I Love It.”  At the beginning of June, the pair quietly released the Stargate produced “Girlfriend” as the lead single from their forthcoming official debut album, “This Is…Icona Pop,” which was a cute but lackluster effort at best.  Then, last week, they were scheduled to release a song called “Just Another Night,” but at the last minute the release was pushed back and the song was changed to “All Night.”  The pre-order for “This Is…Icona Pop,” which is scheduled to be released on September 24th, has mysteriously been pushed back as well. Continue reading

New Music: Icona Pop – “Girlfriend”

 

Okay, so there’s a new Icona Pop song out, and it’s kinda cute and it’s kinda fun, but it’s also kinda boring.  But don’t fret!  It’s not their new U.S. single.  According to Billboard, “Girlfriend,” which randomly bites its chorus from Tupac’s 1996 song “Me and My Girlfriend,” is “just a single for Europe and other international areas.”  You see, “I Love It,” which is currently smashing in the U.S., was released in Europe last summer, so it’s rather old hat now and Europeans needed something new.

This is good for two reasons: firstly, “Girlfriend” is repetitive and not nearly as charming as “I Love It” or many of the other songs from Icona Pop’s “Iconic” EP.  Secondly, the girls spilled at the Billboard Music Awards this month that they’ll have a new album out “before the end of the summer” which features production by Shellback, Stargate, and Benny Blanco (only further fueling those Katy Perry collaboration rumors).  We don’t want “Girlfriend,” we want the new stuff they were talking about!  And if they’re going to have a new album out before the end of the summer, we should be getting a new single any day now.  They’ve just got to wait for “I Love It” to slow down a little bit…

What do you think – is “Girlfriend” a good follow-up to “I Love It”?