21 year old DJ Martin Garrix who broke out onto the scene with instrunmental dance hit “Animals” has been having a string of success lately with collaborations with Bebe Rexha (“In The Name of Love”) and emerging pop star Dua Lipa (“Scared To Be Lonely”) and he's hoping to bring that same kinetic star power to Troye Sivan. The Australian singer who made marginal impact with “Youth” back in 2015.
Martin has described Troye as a “brother” and the two pair together effortlessly on this new track of sentimental love. The song retains what the two do the best. Troye's wide eyed long sick lust for love and Martin's ear for honed mainstream EDM.
There For You
Key Lyric: Last Year Took A Toll On Me / But I Made It With You Next To Me
The music video has already dropped and it has it all. The quintessential San Francisco skyline, black nail polish, flowers, and a hoard of rave ready fans waiting for the drop. Troye Sivan may be about to have his biggest hit stateside yet.
Buy "There For You"
It starts with a roll of thunder. A very original approach for a song titled “Like Lightening”, but it perfectly sets the tone for the kind of frothy dance explosion that DJ Havana Brown has delivered since her breakout “We Run The Night”.
“Like Lightening” is a successful launch. It features a rap from an unknown Dawin and song writing credits from beleaguered pop star Kesha. The song is instantly familiar like all good pop music, but twisty enough to hopefully make a lasting impression. We shall see how well it serves her.
There is no release date or title for Havana's new upcoming project. Although, she has discussed just releasing music “as it's finished” like Calvin Harris has been doing without a studio album in mind. We shall see what she decides to do and what kind of chart placement “Like Lightening” finds itself with the help of Kesha behind the propulsive track.
The Paris Hilton Update
“Good Time” is a rave by the numbers pop jewel with Paris cooing over a seductive electronic beat. Paris is clearly hoping to recreate the success of “Stars Are Blind”. Sometimes she forgets how polarizing she is.
Buy "Good Time"
She followed it up with the breathy “Come Alive”, a beautiful, if not hit worthy song that she released in 2014. This song was the subject of the first post on this blog. You can read about it here.
Buy "Come Alive"
This is what she needs to do. Run a print campaign, go on TV. Be a tabloid star again. Get people talking about her and all the while be dragging her new music out along with it. Paris has matured though and I don't think that appeals to her.
The Havana Brown Update
He wasn't wrong, but he was stanning hard. Who are universally famous Australian recording artists? Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, and ACDC. Sia if you want to go current. Their platinum certification is 70,000 copies compared to the United States a million copies. The thresholds are wildly different. Havana Brown's “We Run The Night” sold over a million copies in this country. She might be one of the highest selling Australian recording artists, but that doesn't mean well renowned.
This was the song I stood for. “Bullet Blowz” was good. It was a club banger. Too much of a club banger for radio. That's a damn shame, because that song is amazing. Havana slayed it. Our bald headed boy DJ Kronic served up some sick beats. You couldn't figure out the name of the song to save your life. It was tragically not destined for success.
Buy "Bullet Blowz"
The music video? To die for. Literally. There are sexy shirtless men surrounded in a stilted western themed extravaganza where Havana Brown gets her revenge. The concept is already more original then the shoot she and Pitbull did for “We Run The Night”.
Buy "Battle Cry"
She croons. She slays. Havana Brown's “Battle Cry” deserves to top your end of summer playlist.
With any luck we should have a second studio album release by the end of this year. I will keep you updated. With even more luck it might even be released in the United States. Wouldn't that be nice. Shipping from Australia takes too much time.
The Music of June
Granted I didn't buy any of those albums. I am working on it. I was trying to save money by not buying music. And, then I bought 20 albums this month, so I think it worked out really well for me.
Florence + The Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
This is going to be my first Florence + The Machine album. I've decided this is going to be my first experience. I've always liked them, but I am obsessed with their song “What Kind of Man”. The music video is great. Florence Welch has very nice breasts by the way. And, if it is representative of the album at all. This is a stellar release.
Breathe In. Breathe Out.
Britney Spears is covering “Tom's Diner” and that song has already been released. It's an invigorated cover and it's Britney. It's a necessary addition to any album collection. Kylie Minogue was on the lead single “Right Here, Right Now” that although catchy, failed epically. Mikky Ekko is also on the album if you have any interest in him after his duet with Rihanna on “Stay”. This might not be an album for you to buy blind, but definitely look into. Giorgio Moroder has been in the industry for a long time and it's sure to be memorable whether or not it's something you want to turn up to at the gym.
Buy "Tom's Diner"
This album should be interesting. This is the only one I'm a little hesitant on buying, but I hope it will be good. I have my fingers crossed. I most certainly will be tweeting and tumblring about if it does not live up to expectations.
Buy "Nobody Love"
Carly Rae Jepsen
Bitch, She's Madonna
For people not invested in the process of Madonna's new studio album. It is a lot of information to keep up with. Collaborators, tracklists, instagram pictures. That is why I will try to summarize the event that is sure to hit us in year 2015.
For over a year now Madonna has been teasing us with the release of her 13th studio album. It's been a cruel process to the fans. At the start of this year, I thought there was a strong possibility that we could have a new album that summer, maybe later that year. Well, it is no longer later this year. It will be 2015. No release date within 2015, but I think the album is close to done.
From the collaborators swirling around in the studio, this album should be EDM inspired. We have Avicii, Diplo, Disclosure, Natalia Kills, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys all as possibilities.
Avicii is for all intensive purposes confirmed as a collaborator. I do not approve. Although, it doesn't surprise me that Madonna likes him. His music is derivative of her American Life album. His lack of originality and his critical acclaim bother me as Madonna's similar work was derided by the critics. However. I have chosen to accept him as the Queen has graced him with her presence.
Diplo is confirmed. Diplo is just a producer. You probably know some of his work. He's the man behind “Paper Planes”, “Look At Me Now” and “Too Close”. He has guaranteed us that there are three certified smashes from the album with his name attached to it. Now when I listed those three songs earlier and said this is what you should know him for. That is literally all you will know him for. He's worked with other big names, but those are the hits he's attached to. Three.
Now Disclosure is interesting. They're a relatively new production team. I don't particularly care for the Sam Smith fronted “Latch”, still with the right backing vocals (*cough* *cough* Madonna) I'm interested. They said recently to Billboard that they are not working with Madonna, but they would “consider it”. Everyone would consider it. Are you being shady, Disclosure. Are there plans to work with Madonna that you are respectfully choosing not to inform us of. That is my question. I think they are definitely possibilities. I expect to see collaborations from them on her new album.
This brings us to a very interesting point. Natalia Kills, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Alicia Keys have been linked to this album. The question is are they appearing on the album as songwriters or featured artists?
Natalia Kills I am very up in the air about. She is a wise move for Madonna to team up with. Natalia has that underground pop vibe that could lure the hipsters into looking into a Madonna record. I think a duet or just some backing vocals from Natalia Kills would be great for the album.
The same goes for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Alicia Keys. I like what they bring to the table. Katy Perry has been rumored to have been collaborating with her since their S&M themed V cover shoot last Labor Day. Miley Cyrus's twerking “We Can't Stop/Don't Tell Me” mash up with Madonna this year shows it as a possibility. And, I think it would be a great move. Both Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus draw from different sectors of the pop market. It is too bad that the Queen couldn't have gotten Katy during her Teenage Dream phase. Everything Katy was touching turned multi-platinum, but she will still be useful to her.
Nicki and Alicia are collaborators. No question. Who knows what song Alicia Keys will be featured on. This is a rather new announcement made through Madonna. Personally. I'm shocked Nicki is back in the studio with Madonna. I love it. It will be great. Madonna almost never collaborates twice with someone. William Orbit and the producers of her earlier records being the major exceptions.
What's great about all these women is that they all draw from different sectors of the pop market. This new album will be big. It will catapult Madonna to the upper echelons.
Word has it that Nicki Minaj is doing a rap verse for a song, tentatively titled “Bitch, I'm Madonna”. I hope this song exists. However, in the way of star power. A “Bang, Bang” style trio would be fantastic. Imagine.
Titled, either “Messiah”, “Living For Love”, “Rebel Heart”, “Sorry Not Sorry” or “Unapologetic Bitch”. I repeat. “Unapologetic Bitch”
Featuring: Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus.
Yes. Do you feel it. Can you imagine. Shaking at the thought of it. Also in case you weren't aware all of those song titles I threw out there are popular tags Madonna has been adding to her twitter and instagram. Conversely all of those tags could be the title for her new album.
It saddens me that the album won't be out this year, but I think it's a good thing for its sales. Madonna is a legend. Legend status doesn't get you on the radio. If anything it's a barrier to get on the radio. Madonna does not need to be fighting the Rihanna's for radio play this holiday season. When the music industry has slowed back down, she should strike. For all intensive purposes, though I think the album is done.
A “source” stated that if the album was done there would be sales sheets and other proof it was coming out this year. They said she would have a cohesive plans for music videos and the “look”. Now if anyone does follow her on instagram. Madonna has the look down. She's settled on what this album is. It's just not going to drop. Anyone who suggests that Madonna will drop an album like Beyonce did last year is blindly mistaken. This is Madonna bitch. She is not going to copy someone that shamelessly.
The earliest I feel we can hope for any music from this new untitled set is December. An album release in February at the earliest. The first public performance of a lead single at Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve. I would push that forward to the Grammy's in February. Leaving the album to a release date in March or April of 2015.
Once, she has a large public performance of her single she can drop the album and go on tour. Drop it like MDNA and link ticket sales to the album. She doesn't need to prove herself anymore and she certainly doesn't need a song on the radio.
At this point it's more a point of pride. If however she's going to get on the radio. We need better promotion then what we got for MDNA. And, a better lead single. I love “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, but “Girl Gone Wild” was a better choice. Especially if all America was going to hear of the new album at the Superbowl was that song.
In the following months, new music is going to be coming down from the god's above. Taylor Swift's 1989 will be a sure fire hit as will Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint whenever she gets around to releasing it. Madonna is certainly going to shake ground if she ever does release any music from her as of yet, untitled, thirteenth studio set. Scottish DJ Calvin Harris should not fail to impress. T.I.'s Paperwork: The Motion Picture may be his most inspired set, yet. And, Rihanna has yet to claim ground in this years market, it's unlikely she's going to ignore a release. Rihanna has never gone two years before without a new album. Ke$ha is also a contender. Since, she got out of rehab, she's also been working on a comeback.
There's going to be a lot of music for fans of any kind. September is the drum roll up to the frenzy that's going to be the music market this year. We're kicking it off with Lady Gaga's and Tony Bennett's collaboration Cheek to Cheek.
But, in October what should you be looking for?
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October 7th, R&B ingenue Tinashe is releasing her debut set Aquarius featuring the popular “2On” and the follow up single “Pretend”. After the release of three mixtapes Aquarius is sure to combine elements of all three critically acclaimed releases. Helmed by Mike-Will-Made-It (Producer of Miley Cyrus's Bangerz and “23”) and DJ Mustard who you should be aware of from my previous article “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”.
Will, I be buying Aquarius. Yes. I finally decided its what I wanted in my life. I do have some qualms, but I will let you know October 7th, how I feel about it, throughtwitter, maybe tumblr. I don't know. The thing that's definitely making me kind of pumped for Aquarius is that it shares the title of an Aqua album. The hit makers behind “Barbie Girl”. With quality association like that, Aquarius is sure to be fantastic.
Buy "Barbie Girl"
The Tuesday after that comes the as of yet, untitled, fourth studio album by Hilary Duff. Ed Sheeran has been linked in writing for the album. As have Colbie Caillat and Toby Gad. This is exciting news. Now October 14th is definitely a tentative release date, I feel. As, Hilary has yet to have a radio hit. Lead single “Chasing The Sun” was not sent to radio, however second follow up single “All About You” started impacting the radio near the end of August.
I think her record label made the right decision. "Chasing The Sun" is not how people need to hear the new Hilary. I think Hilary desire to change the orientation of her album from a dance to folk is a strong game plan. She understands the pop accessibility that came with her younger years, but is fusing that into a mature sound. Something she's been working on over the years since leaving Hollywood Records. This album will be everything.
The very first album I ever owned was Dignity. I still get chills to “Gypsy Woman” and every other pop gold on that album. Hilary Duff is queen. I love her so much and I am so ready to see one of the few strong Disney role models take back the albums charts. Because if we're being honest. She never had any real hit songs. Us late 90's babies know every word to “Come Clean”, “So Yesterday”, “Why Not”. But, literally no one else does. It's only because we are addicted to the Disney Channel.
Buy "All About You"
For an article completely dedicated to "Chasing The Sun" see the Friday Favorites article "Chasing The Sun"
Buy "Gypsy Woman"
I am also freaking out over The Tings Tings third studio set Supercritical due out October 20th (more then likely the 21st in the United States). I had been so pysched about when I heard they were working on their new album in the DJ scene of Ibiza, because when they released Sounds From Nowheresville they lived in Germany and we got some good punk rock from them.
Hearing lead single “Wrong Club” I'm underwhelmed. They have been dropped from their major record label Columbia after the phenomenal commercial and critical disaster that was Sounds From Nowheresville. It isn't club music like their previous song “Hands”. As I'm saying this you don't know who they are. The Tings Tings are the band that created the ever god awful “That's Not My Name” and “Shut Up And Let Me Go”. Both of which are anthems.
I will buy it. I will let you now how I feel about it. I just know they can deliver the goods. And this faux Daft Punk bullshit is not everything. I expect great things from this album, because if I had bought Sounds of Nowheresville based off of lead single "Hang It Up" I would have run for the hills. You have to take time to invest in The Tings Tings, but they're worth it.
The worst thing that ever happened in my life was when my father refused to allow me to miss a day of school, so I could go see them in concert. It was my sixteenth birthday. It was all I wanted. It broke my heart. I love this band so much. I know Supercritcal can impress me.
Buy "Wrong Club"
Other Major Albums Out in October:
Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line, October 14th
Sucker Charli XCX, October 21st
Paperwork: The Motion Picture T.I. October 21st
1989 Taylor Swift, October 27th
Tha Carter V Lil Wayne, October 28th
In the words of Madonna, "Music makes the people come together."