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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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!

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!

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

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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!

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