“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"
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.
There are some exciting things happening. Hilary Duff. The true queen of Disney Channel is in the recording studio. For Younger. All we can assume is she's vamping up the show's nonexistent theme song. As of now all we have is this dub step preview of a vamped up cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies", which is not nearly as bad as it sounds.
The truth is no one actually caress whats happening to Liza. Sure, she's the center of the plot line and the lead, but she's dull. She is the forty year old suburban mom just trying to make her way in New York City.
Kelsey is a wonderful girl. It hurts my soul how confined she is in this relationship, but that is why we have mama Liza to coach her on her wrong ways. In the mean time. Thad. Kelsey's boyfriend is kind of hot.
And, if Trout ever finds out about Liza's real age. It will be over. Her career in publishing will be done. Trout has occasionally shown her kind heart, but it doesn't stretch to this kind of estrogen takeover and deception.
The two episode premiere is sure to be the highlight of January. If you missed season one be sure to check out the first Media Monday done on Younger titled Young Enough (read here) and the Snapshot Saturday dedicated to the always fashionable actor and model, Nico Tortorella (read here).
I Still Love You
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.
This marks the longest time between studio albums for Rihanna. For the better part of her career she's dropped a new album every year and on occasion taken a two year break. We've been in a Rihanna drought.
She remained a presence on the radio featuring on the Wale track “Bad” and the force behind the Eminem collaboration “Monster” as well as giving necessary star power to Shakira's “Can't Remember To Forget You”. She's hardly been an absent presence, we just haven't had solo Rihanna.
The follow up song “American Oxygen” failed to light up radio the way it should have. I personally love this song. It had a social message. Rihanna was trying to say something. This song deserved to conquer, but it fell surprisingly limp. Since, then we haven't heard any new music from Rihanna.
Disappointment In October
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.
My Rebel Heart
My Rebel Heart is about to explode on March 10th. Mark your calendars. Write it down. If you don't like Madonna. You should probably stop reading this blog. You need to reevaluate your life and you need to buy Rebel Heart.
This is going to be Queen M's 13th studio album. The world is ready. We now have the all the information we will ever have before it comes out. We have the tracklist, the album covers, the lead single, and the songs.
If you really want to you can hear every single one of the 25 new Madonna songs. They've all been leaked in their unmastered form. I don't know what that means. I haven't listened to them. I have been a diligent fan and my knowledge of the new Madonna album consists of the six songs she released with the pre-order in December, and the three songs she released the day after the Grammy's in February.
I love it. I love it all. This album is going to be revolutionary and hopefully it will sell like Confessions on a Dancefloor did all those years ago. We could hope for Like a Virgin sales, but no one sells like that anymore. Unless, you happen to be a sexy British soulstress named Adele
It's positively satanic. Mama Madonna is slaying the game. Of course all of it can be explained away with the imagery skills we threw away after high school. The demons literally represent all the struggles one goes through after a break up and how she fights them off and it makes her stronger. It also ends with a very nice Nietzche quote.
"A man is the cruelest animal, at tragedies, bullfights, crucifixions, he has felt the best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself that was his very heaven."
That Grammy performance. Hopefully you watched. I finagled my way out of work early to catch it. If you were on twitter at all you know I was live tweeting the whole thing. Letting you know exactly what I thought during the Grammy's.
Honestly, beside the Madonna performance (where she literally recreated the “Living For Love” video) all you needed to know is that Beyonce was robbed and no one knows who the fuck Beck is. Madonna was vaulted into the air to close out her performance. The only thing more killer that night was Beyonce and her raw vocals.
1.Living for Love
6.Bitch I'm Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj
8.Joan of Arc
9.Iconic featuring Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson
14.Wash All Over Me
16.Veni Vidi Vici featuring Nas
24.Living for Love (Remix)*
25.Living for Love (Remix)**
*In the UK this is Autotune Baby
**In the UK this is Addicted
Animals And Monsters United
Two queens of the gays are about to make a big comeback in 2015. And, I don't mean Madonna (Of course she is going to slay us with Rebel Heart this March). Not even RuPaul. I swear he tweeted something about the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race being a Beyonce.
Does that mean that bitch Shangela is coming back for yet another season of Drag Race or that Ru plans on dropping new music for the hunties. That being said I tried to find the tweet and I didn't see it. Now that could mean it was deleted or I made it up. But, I like the idea of Ru pulling a Beyonce on us. More Ru music the better.
The two fan groups who should be gagging are the Animals and the Little Monsters. Both Lady Gaga and Kesha were on a list of singers who might surprise drop a new album. This was last year in 2014 where there were always rumors of surprise albums.
2014 saw Gaga promote her jazz record with legend Tony Bennett and Kesha began her court battle with record producer Dr. Luke. It was an uneventful moment for both them in terms of popular music output.
The release was canceled. Some of the songs recorded included “You're The Reason Our Children Are Ugly”, “You Must Be Upgraded”, and “Futuristic Sex Toys”. I want to hear this release. This rock direction might surprise people who didn't buy her last album Warrior, but I think it's a perfectly natural direction. I don't know if it could be commercially successful, but it is interesting never the less.
With Gaga we should have a straight forward release. That in of itself is questionable. Now hopefully she's on better standing with her record label (which oddly enough also has Madonna on it's roster) and they will promote this new album the way they should have promoted ARTPOP.
The album is being recorded on the road. A new song entitled “Til It Happens To You” that is a duet with Diane Warren is part of the soundtrack for a documentary entitled The Hunting Ground. The film deals with rape and as you know Gaga was raped by a record producer early in her career.
This should be a good start for her new record. He only had one song on her last album and “Gypsy” is a fan favorite (Not my favorite). I don't know if I like her being in a rut. Using the same jumping off point that she's used before. However, she needs to regain the throne.
Going back to a hitmaker is not a bad move. I honestly don't know who I would rather have her work with. Maybe she shouldn't create a dance record. An album of mature pop might not be a bad way to go. This will be her fourth (fifth if you include Cheek to Cheek) album. She so far has not made a huge stylistic change from The Fame to ARTPOP.
Yes. They've all been very different albums. However, at this point her longevity is in question and it might be time to tackle a new field. I think we need a Gaga ballad. Lord knows if Rihanna can have them, Gaga can. An album of slower material (with a few bangers of course) might be a good direction for her. Especially if “Til It Happens To You” is as raw as I think it is.
Speaking of Rihanna. We should have her eighth studio album this year sometime in October or November. And, we'll have her voice for the soundtrack of Home. So, if that doesn't make you excited about 2015, I don't know what will.
Disco Is A Zombie
Disco is back from the dead. After three dormant decades, it is back with Giorgio Moroder leading the way. You could make the argument that disco never died and that it simply evolved. In Europe this was very true. Disco didn't fade, dance music changed. The United States, however really did have a come to terms with bringing disco down, and it wasn't until Madonna that dance music really came back in vogue.
Giorgio Moroder is probably not a household name to most people. Not even those who lived through the highlights of disco. I know who he is, because of his work with Donna Summer. I don't think I've really talked about her on the blog, but I love Donna Summer. Needless to say you will see Giorgio Moroder's name stamped across a lot of Donna Summer hits “Love to Love You Baby”, “Hot Stuff”, “I Feel Love” to name a few.
He's an iconic record producer. Quite recently his sound had a surge of popularity when Daft Punk enlisted him for their album, Random Access Memories. It won a Grammy for album of the year, spawned the massive hit that was “Get Lucky”. I was never interested enough to really look into it, but it received phenomenal reviews.
Fun fact that he also did the Scarface soundtrack. Jenny knew this for some odd reason. I don't know why, she is surprisingly skilled in knowledge in film scores and soundtracks. Something, I am not.
The moral of the story. The reason he is the subject of conversation is that Mr. Moroder is releasing a new album at the age of 74. There will be a slew of guest hit makers, much the way David Guetta and Calvin Harris tailor their albums.
At the moment there is no release date, but I will keep you updated. I'm definitely curious about this project. What does this 74 year old man think he can contribute to pop music? I have no idea and that's what is so intriguing, as his last studio album came out over 30 years ago. The same time disco died. He is now back, and about to let us have it?
Collaborators include: Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Sia, Mikky Ekko, and Foxes.
Obviously, I am excited for new Britney music as the rest of the world is. I'm kind of bored with Charli to be honest. I am considering buying Sucker next week, though. I still haven't decided. Kylie Minogue is irrelvant to Americans.
There's no reason Giorgio shouldn't enlist hit maker Sia, especially with her recent chart successes. As far as Mikky Ekko and Foxes go. I don't really have anything against it. I thought Mikky Ekko's career had flat lined after his duet with Rihanna, so if he can get his name back out there he might finally drop that solo album.
Who even knows what's happening with Foxes. She sang “Clarity” for Zedd and now she's on a veteran producers album. I suppose that's exciting for her. I have no interest in her career. If it blows up, I will take note, until then. I have better things to do.
One song has been released from the album so far. It is mainly instrumental, but it has me interested in this new project. It's called “74 is the New 24”.
I don't know if I would go that far.
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 words of Madonna, "Music makes the people come together."