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…

Music News: Dr. Luke producing for Britney Spears once again

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Dr. Luke stans, rejoice!  The pop super producer confirmed via Twitter today that he has done one song for Britney Spears’s upcoming 8th studio album, “Britney Jean.”  The good doctor was short on details, only revealing that it’s a “personal” song co-written with the highly in-demand Sia Furler, but that’s certainly enough to pique my interest!  Britney recently dubbed “Britney Jean” her “most personal record yet,” though you certainly wouldn’t know it by looking at floundering lead single, “Work Bitch.”

I’m glad that Dr. Luke was able to sneak at least one song onto “Britney Jean.”  2011’s “Femme Fatale,” co-executive produced by Luke & Max Martin, was a surprisingly cohesive, thoroughly enjoyable pop album – one of Britney’s best, if you ask me.  It’s actually Britney’s first and only album to notch 3 consecutive top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It’s unclear what exactly has gone on between Luke and Britney’s management team since then (he was not asked back – will.i.am is handling executive producer duties this go around), but I’m excited to hear what he’s come up with!

“Britney Jean” is due out in the U.S. on December 3rd.  Second single “Perfume” (also co-written with Sia) is scheduled to hit iTunes on November 5th.

New Music: Katy Perry – “Birthday”

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Okay, so I promise that I’m not going to post EVERY song from Katy Perry’s new “PRISM” album (my full album review is coming soon), but this one’s just too good to pass up.  In an album made up of predominately thoughtful and reflective mid-tempo pop songs, “Birthday” stands out like…well, like Katy Perry in her birthday suit! Continue reading

New Music: Becky G – “Play It Again”

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Let me fill you in on Becky G: she’s Dr. Luke’s new protege.  When Luke should have been focusing on Ke$ha’s “Warrior,” he was spending a lot of time in the studio with this little munchkin.  She raps, with varying degrees of success in my opinion, but not in Kanye West’s!  After Becky covered his song “Otis,” Kanye took to Twitter to proclaim, “THIS GIRL IS DOPE.”  She’s worked with the likes of Cody Simpson and Cher Lloyd, and she recently released a cover version of Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block” called “Becky From the Block.”  It’s…fine.  I think that’s about it.

So Becky just came out with a new original song called, “Play It Again.”  Produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Max Martin (this girl is so lucky), “Play It Again” is all about suffering through the verses to get to the sweet, sweet pop chorus.  And the bridge, ahh, the bridge!  Pure pop perfection.  Seriously, this song would be total ear candy if it weren’t for Becky’s rapping.  She’s like what people find annoying about Ke$ha, only magnified 100 times.  I’m not exactly sure what Luke sees in her.  Sure, she’s cute, but that voice!  I just can’t get into her yet – which is really hard for me because I love Luke and obviously he thinks there’s some real potential here!

Becky’s been working on her debut album for what seems like a long time now, but there’s still no sign of a lead single.  I think “Play It Again,” like “Becky From the Block,” was just released to create buzz.  Is it working?  I don’t think so.  But with people like Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Max Martin behind her, this girl could definitely have a breakthrough hit – they’ve just got to find a way to tone down her annoying factor and give her an insanely catchy hook.  I’m not writing Becky G off yet.  She’s only 16, so she’s got plenty of time to figure things out.  I’m keeping an open mind.

Check out the video for “Play It Again” via YouTube below.  When the chorus inevitably gets stuck in your head, consider downloading it on iTunes.

Music News: Katy Perry writes new song “Double Rainbow”

Music News: Katy Perry writes new song "Double Rainbow"

According to Billboard, Katy Perry told an audience at ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo yesterday that she has written a new song called “Double Rainbow” for her upcoming third studio album.  Apparently, Bonnie McKee came straight to the studio after a yoga session and told Katy that she felt like writing a song called “Double Rainbow.”  And so they did.  Amazing.

Katy also confirmed that she’s working closely with Max Martin and Dr. Luke on the album, as well as with Bonnie McKee, Greg Kurstin, Greg Wells, and, of course, Sia.  Unfortunately, she’s only “halfway” through the recording process and doesn’t really feel pressure to finish anytime soon.  Bummer, I was hoping for a summer single!  Looks like a 4th quarter release is much more likely at this point.  Let’s hope that the Icona Pop collaboration rumor turns out to be true!  And of course, there’s always the possibility that Katy will be featured on Bonnie McKee’s new album…

I need new Katy and I don’t care who knows it!

 

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