It has taken a few years, but it’s finally safe to say that Iggy Azalea has indeed made it in the US.
The Australian rapper’s debut album, The New Classic, was released on Tuesday and shot to the top of the US iTunes chart. For a rapper that’s just getting some real shine here in the states, this is a huge accomplishment, especially after a rocky 2013.
Last year brought a series of highs and lows for Iggy, but none bigger than the push back of her major label debut. A pushback is never a good sign, especially when it’s for a debut. The chances that a label will continue to pump resources into an artist that is not sticking with the public is slim.
After the criminally underrated ‘Work’ failed to impact the US things looked grim. I assumed that Iggy would float around the internet sensation zone and never graduate to full blown star.
But thanks to ‘Fancy’ I was completely wrong.
Let’s be honest, the biggest mystery of Beyonce’s new album was its unknown producer Boots. (This is excluding the fact that the whole album was a mystery to us all – LOL REMEMBER WHEN THAT HAPPENED??)
Since he blessed us with ‘Haunted’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Jealous’, etc, etc, Boots has been dropping tracks over the last few months leading up to the release of his planned mixtape, WinterSpringSummerFall. He’s slowly began to build his brand, upping the hype for the mixtape with each release.
The fact that he had received so much notoriety from Beyonce is already giving him some major home field advantage with his most recent release ‘Dreams’. A Beyonce fan will love anything that she is on, so he’s winning there, but the song is just another example of his song writing skills.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’ dropped yesterday and spoiler alert, it’s perfect.
After the masses traveled to Brooklyn to catch a glimpse of THE billboard, Lana decided not to keep us waiting too long and drop the track on the UK’s Radio 1.
‘West Coast’ is everything you wanted and nothing that you expected all at the same time. The hip-hop based sound of Born To Die has been traded with some 70’s realness that would make your hippy Uncle and Aunt proud.
Bring us to Woodstock Lana.
Ultraviolence is about to commence.
If you guys aren’t ready for the Lana Del Rey return than you better brace yourself, because it’s-about-to-go-down.
The first signs of promo appeared this week when a billboard for Lana’s third album mysteriously appear in the
pretentious hipster capital of the world, Brooklyn.
This is just one of the few pieces of the puzzle that we’ve been given the last few weeks. So naturally I’ll help you piece them together so we can figure out exactly what’s going down (and probably be wrong about most of it).
*born 2 die*
If you were reading my coverage of the Grammy’s back in February than you know that I’m not really an Ed Sheeran fan. His music didn’t do anything for me, and it didn’t help that he was riding off of his Taylor Swift friendship to get more fans.
Even though I wasn’t a fan I never denied his talent or his “sound.” To put it simply, it wasn’t for me but I understood why people liked him. He wrote all of his music, and when he came on the radio you knew that it was him.
With his popularity on the rise he decided to let go of the ‘Lego House’ sound and dive right into the mainstream before the release of this sophomore album.
Maybe I’m becoming a bitter blogger, but this is getting me more angry than I was before.
There’s so much money on your mind that you may have not even noticed the slayage that’s occurring on iTunes.
This past weekend Sam Smith has “his” moment when he performed on SNL.
If you look back through the years countless artists got their big break once they performed on the SNL stage. So being the male answer to Adele like I said back in February, naturally Smith would follow in her footsteps and blow up after his debut appearance.
I don’t know if the release of ‘Stay With Me’ was done because of the appearance, but I’m glad it happened.
‘Stay With Me’ gives us everything we need. I’m talking about some Fighting Temptations realness. Some truth that’s signed sealed and delivered.
Calvin Harris has been a major force in pop music these last few years. He’s always been a king in the dance world, but he has successfully translated that into producing some major pop jams.
Since the worldwide success of ‘We Found Love’, Calvin’s producing and song writing skills have been heavily sought after. It doesn’t hurt that he has a near perfect record of producing/writing hit songs for other artists.
So it doesn’t surprise me that his girlfriend, Rita Ora, decided to launch her second album with one of his songs.
‘I Will Never Let You Down’ has the most bubblegum pop sound that we’ve ever heard Calvin sound. The feel-good love songs strays away from the EDM breakdowns, and treads towards 80’s pop anthems.
Not an April Fools joke.
I repeat, not an April Fools joke.
This morning Kanye West made the announcement that Australian leg of his tour was going to be postponed. Originally slated for May, the dates are now taking place in September. You’re probably thinking that unless you live down undah (classless joke) this news doesn’t really affect you.
WELL THINK AGAIN
Kanye’s using the time to make/finish his new album. So there’s that.
Here’s a few of the things you’re probably thinking right now, assuming that he is actually going to use the time to finish his album and not marry Kim like everyone is saying.