Demos That Did It Better

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Thanks to hackers and YouTube, pop fans are now able to listen to a slew of unfinished demo material that was probably never meant for public consumption.  It’s great (for us…not the artists).  Sometimes, a demo ends up being way more awesome than the finished product.  Sometimes, a demo never sees the light of day and it’s a massive injustice!  Check out a list of some of my favorite demos and unreleased jams after the jump. Continue reading

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Music News: G.R.L. in the studio with Dr. Luke & Ester Dean!

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Nobody loves to hype artists on Twitter more than Dr. Luke, and it’s a good thing, too!  I love finding out about who the good Doctor is working with!  Who could forget the day when Luke so legendarily tweeted Rihanna, “damn… you sound so good!!!!,” before anybody had any idea they were working together, setting the Internet ablaze with speculation and wonder all with a mere 29 characters??

Luke’s latest tweets about Robin Antin’s girl group G.R.L. aren’t quite as life-changing, but they’re certainly informative!  Apparently, Luke’s been recording with G.R.L. since yesterday, and today, they finished up a track written by none other than Ester Dean!  You may know Ester Dean from the movie, “Pitch Perfect” (she was the butt of all those tasteless lesbian jokes), but you PROBABLY know Ester Dean from her impressive list of pop super hits, like: Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It.”

Ester’s worked with Robin Antin’s groups in the past, so her involvement with this project isn’t exactly unexpected, but it certainly is exciting!  As I previously reported, G.R.L. has also spent time in the studio with Max Martin and Cirkut, so this is shaping up to be quite a debut!  Now if only they’d release some music…

Review: Jessica Sanchez – “Me, You & the Music”

Review: Jessica Sanchez - "Me, You & the Music"

Cheesy lyrics and cluttered production plague about half of the 11 tracks on Jessica Sanchez’s debut album, “Me, You & The Music,” but her rich, powerful vocals still make it worth a listen.  Aside from lead single, “Tonight” (which I’ve raved about a couple times already), the standout song on the album is easily the Sia Furler and Toby Gad penned, “Gentleman,” which finds Jessica singing about needing a chivalrous man to come along and sweep her off her feet (err, “put it on” her).  Other favorites include the Ester Dean collaboration, “Plastic Roses,” the Benny Benassi produced, “No One Compares,” and the sickly-sweet ballad, “Crazy Glue” (which, in spite of its childish lyrics, is actually a really a fine showcase of Jessica’s incredible vocal talent).  The rest of the songs on the album range from fun mid-tempo pop (“Don’t Come Around”) to frantic, cluttered dance (“You’ve Got The Love,” which sounds like 10 different songs being played all at once).  All in all, the album’s a quick, breezy listen.  You won’t find anything groundbreaking, but Jessica always sounds fantastic.  It’s clear that with label support, she has the potential to grow into a successful pop artist in the coming years.

Unfortunately, Jessica doesn’t seem to be getting a whole lot of label support at the moment.  Interscope took a while to give “Tonight” an official radio adds date, and it’s only had one measly promotional performance so far.  No wonder the song is under-performing!  It’s not uncommon for former American Idol contestants to quickly put out a lightweight first album in order to capitalize on their fame, but if the label doesn’t have their back, they may never have the chance to show what they’re really made of on album number two.  Just ask Haley Reinhart, the American Idol alum who Interscope dropped at the end of last year just months after the release of her debut album, “Listen Up!”.  I hope Jessica doesn’t share the same fate.

“Me, You & the Music” is available for download on iTunes now,  It’s also streaming for free on Spotify.  If you’re thirsty for some new pop, it might be just the thing to tide you over until some of the bigger spring releases arrive!

New Music: Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”

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People are going to start to think this is a Selena Gomez fan blog.

The lead single from the Disney princess’s new album leaked yesterday afternoon, just a couple days shy of its scheduled On Air with Ryan Seacrest premiere.  Luckily, Hollywood Records moved quickly and put the song up for purchase on iTunes almost immediately.  It was good damage control, but NOTHING could stop the 11-year old Justin Bieber stans of the world from spreading download links on Twitter like it was their JOB.  Illegal downloads: the SWEETEST revenge! Continue reading

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…

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