“Diamond Hard” is the third single released from Estonian singer Kerli's upcoming second studio album. Her first since 2008's Love Is Dead. The eight year drought was punctuated by appearances on the Almost Alice soundtrack and a euphoric EP Utopia that was meant to be her second studio album.
Kerli returns to the music world after discovering herself in the isolation of the woods in Estonian. Her first single releases from her upcoming album were measured ballads. Breathtaking and beautiful. Both “Feral Hearts” and “Blossom” displayed the sensitivity she can deliver.
It's with “Diamond Hard” that we find her at her most visceral. It's the most other worldly of the tracks she's displayed so far. The song's is meant to be an uplifting piece of pop and lyrically it delivers. The music video finds her reveling in pagan themes. We have spikes on her back, a diamond encrusted Kerli, and a woman in red placed on a pedestal as mysterious black figures hound her.
Buy "Diamond Hard"
Lead single “Used To Love You” is a bombastic return to the form and the fluttery second single “Make Me Like You” assures us that the album isn't entirely built on tears. Gwen is also be touching on her budding romance with country superstar Blake Shelton, who according to Gwen is only her second boyfriend. “Make Me Like You” also marked the first live music video to ever be aired on the Grammy's with all it's colors and car crashes.
Your favorite blogger will not be buying this album, but I will certainly be listening. “Pillowtalk” is sexy and slinky, but this faux R&B pop star hasn't released an inescapable banger yet. I also sincerely hope that this music video he released was his idea of “artistic vision”. He looked much like a lost boy amongst the naked embrace of his female costars.
“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.
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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.
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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.
Last year I spent Christmas day at the movies. It was a joyous moment to spend time with my family without spending time with them. On the first day of the 12 Days of Bubbles I reveal the three movies you should aspire to see. And, no I'm not catholic enough to suggest going to see The Letters or in touch enough with my inner child to subject you to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
The general plot revolves around two sisters who return to find that their parents have sold their childhood home. They resolve to host one final blowout party. If your already poking holes in the plot hole, this is not the movie for you. I will be seeing this movie. How quickly, I will be seeing it is a whole other story.
This is the seventh installment in the franchise. Features most of the returning cast. Although, neither Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher have held up that well since the eighties and we're not even going to discuss Mark Hammill. The film also has Billie Lourd in her first major screen debut. She's the daughter of Carrie Fisher and portrays Chanel #3 on the Fox horror show Scream Queens.
This is going to be the cultural event of December. Pop culture will explode. The plot of this movie is hardly as important as the special effects. With a $200 million dollar budget, it's sure not to disappoint.
My suggestion to Kesha was to release a greatest hits. Tack on one new song. Drop that greatest hits and get out of that contract. Jennifer Lopez satisfied her recording contract with Island by doing that. Madonna did the same with Warner Bros.
I didn't realize she had three more albums to record with Dr. Luke. If you don't know who he is. He's the force behind some of the biggest hits in pop music. He's worked with Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj. All the greats. He's part of the reason for Kesha's mainstream success. As of right now Kesha has never had a single miss the top 40. That's amazing.
This case should have been solved a long time ago. Her testimony is graphic and even if it wasn't it seems unlikely that Kesha would lie about this. For what gain? Dr. Luke made her a superstar. She isn't trying to get away from someone who's unable to produce her hits. She's getting away from her abuser.
It's absolutely disgusting that Sony is siding with a rapist who took advantage of one of their artists instead of choosing to support her, they have set the precedence that rape and molestation is acceptable as long as you produce hits.
Now Gwen has said of her new single that she's “not making music to make hits”. Bullshit. We all know that is not the truth. If she was making music to just release it we would already have the album. Just like she said we would back in December 2014.
Their divorce is messy. It's not messy yet, but it could be. It has the potential. The reason for the split hasn't been revealed. Yet. Which, is why this song is such an interesting piece of art for us to look at. We know it's about Gavin. Now we just got to put it together between the music notes.
Interesting enough it's been thrown around that her and fellow Voice host Blake Shelton have been very close lately. He is also going through a divorce to Miranda Lambert. I don't think this is the best decision on Gwen's part. They should both be grieving over their marriages. Not having hot middle aged sex. In my humble homosexual opinion.
Her new album has not been given a name yet, but I will keep you updated. From what Gwen's saying we're going to be getting it sooner rather then later.
The fall is usually the month of stellar or at the very least high profile music releases. This year October has chosen not to pull it's weight. As your favorite blogger, I feel like it's my duty to keep you updated on the music scene. Unless, Rih Rih or Kanye decided to drop their albums this month there's not much to talk about. Who knows, maybe Shania Twain will finally released her long awaited fifth studio album.
The only other R&B album of note worth mentioning in October is Tamar Braxton's Calling All Lovers that's bound to be more of a commercial disaster then her three other albums.
It was with the released of “Cool For The Summer” that I decided to reevaluate her career. I still don't like Demi, but I'm giving her a second chance. Including Iggy Azalea on the track list is not helping matters. Second single “Confident” hasn't completely thrown me off, but still here we are. This would be the first Demi album I've purchased.
OMI is heralding in this concept of “reggae fusion” into the music market. His follow up single “Hula Hoop” does little to differentiate itself from it's predecessor. It works. It's perfectly catchy, but it makes me reticent to purchase this album. I don't need a full length of “Cheerleader” rearrangements.
I'm hoping that OMI will surprise me. I might get the album if I find it in a CD bin for five dollars. Other notable albums out this month include acapella group Pentatonix's first full length of original material. Lead single “Can't Sleep Love” did little to impress. Boy band 5 Seconds of Summer is also charting new material. It's bound to be one of the big sellers and lead single “She's Kinda Hot” bears more then one repeat.
Let's also not forget Carrie Underwood's new Storyteller due out October 23rd that started with disappointing lead single “Smoke Break” will herald the peak moment in Country music.
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.
This album is bound to only expand on Lana Del Rey's sound and cement her growing fanbase. The first teasings of the album we have was when Lana released the audio to the titular track “Honeymoon”. It was moody and seductive. Her voice being the centerfold to it's lush surroundings and stylistically leaned closer to Ultraviolence then Born to Die.
Honeymoon should have a similar promotional campaign to that of Ultraviolence. That means more songs (!!!) will be released. One or two more music videos will be produced. The album will sell a few hundred thousand copies worldwide in it's first week on sale, then maintain a steady stay on the chart until the next follow up.
The track list for the album has been unlocked. It features fourteen songs of love and heartbreak. Or something like that.
Some notes on the tracklist. Song number two was originally thrown around as the concept for the album. How about that for a fun fact. Track 9 has it correct. Lana is our religion. And, in true form of predecessors Paradise and Ultraviolence there is a cover song. “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” is an old jazz standard. Hopefully it will stand up just as well as “Blue Velvet” and “The Other Woman” did.
I won't be. But, if this Lana Del Rey collaboration pans out, I will be tempted. I'm a slut for Lana. This Friday Halsey also releases her debut album Badlands. That's certainly something to check out. The new Lana Del Rey album is set for release on Friday September 18th. And, in case anyone is counting that's 25 days away.
Ivy Levan continues a trend that is bound to pick up support this coming year. Her debut album is being released on a Friday instead of the now traditional Tuesday. I have spoken of Ivy Levan on two occasions on this blog. I have to say that I'm obsessed with her and eagerly anticipating this new release.
Some of the production has been handled by Diplo, the man who is half the team behind “Where Are You Now?”, the frenetic “Bitch I'm Madonna”, and two of M.I.A.'s studio releases. He is also featured on No Good on the track “27 Club”. Sting also makes a guest appearance on the highly infectious second single “Killing You”. No Good has the potential to be the anti-pop album of 2015.
Her music is looming and atmospheric. It has a radio friendliness that Lana Del Rey lacks. Melanie Martinez is the pop Lana (who's album Honeymoon is set for a September release). She plays with all the tropes of a troubled childhood. These themes have become common in the pop landscape with Natalia Kills and Lana Del Rey treading similar territory. However, Melanie plays it with her own vivacity and voice. The character she is portraying is a “cry baby”
The tracklist has yet to be confirmed. However, it is expected that the five preceding singles “Dollhouse” (my personal favorite), “Carousel”, “Soap”, “Sippy Cup” and “Pity Party” are to be included. “Pity Party” also samples the Leslie Gore hit “It's My Party (I Can Cry If I Want To)”. It's going to be a fascinating release.
I can't imagine her becoming a major pop star. At least not at this point in her career, but I certainly do enjoy her music. Two singles have been released from this album so far. “Hurricane” and “Ghost”. My personal favorite is “Ghost”. I think it's the most accessible pop tune here. However, with Ella Henderson's similarly titled hit earlier this year it's hard to imagine it grabbing a foothold.
In the words of Madonna, "Music makes the people come together."