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.
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.
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.
Isn’t it about time for Sia to have another smash of her own?
For the past 3 years or so Sia has been writing for all your favs and slaying the pop game while doing so. Anyone ever heard of ‘Let Me Love You’? How about ‘Pretty Hurts’? Oh, so your telling me that you’ve never heard of ‘Diamonds’??
She has been the pen behind the worlds biggest pop stars, and most people don’t know it. Sia had a brief moment in the spotlight with ‘Titanium’ in 2011. Even though she sang and co-wrote the song it was officially billed as a David Guetta song….yeah about that…..
She’s finally stepping back to the mic to bring us her 6th album this year, which is her first since 2010’s We Are Born. With all of her new founded success there is no better time for the album to drop and for you to recognize pop greatness.
Cher Lloyd decided to serve us a bonafide smash.
After barely scrapping the itunes top 100 last year with the T.I. collaboration ‘I Wish’, Cher Lloyd fell into a little bit of a sophomore slump. The song never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, leaving Cher with a certified dud to her name.
Up until this point Cher has only seen a major hit with her debut single ‘Want U Back’. The song peaked at number 12 on the Hot 100 in 2012. If you’re a fan of the UK version of the X Factor than you know the kind of talent and appeal Cher has. She’s a pint-sized firecracker with the confidence and voice to match.
Until now the material she’s recorded has all been a little basic – catchy, but no substance. It looks like ‘Sirens’ could change all that.
American Idol has done an ok job with finding new artists throughout years.
An artist isn’t just somebody who can sing, but someone who has vision, goals, and charisma. This is why a good half of its winners are great artists and the other half are flops.
Fantasia is not in the flop category. How dare you.
Phillip Phillips is one of the only good winners recently. He has a unmistakable voice and he’s working the folky-pop category with ease. His win on Idol was the most obvious since Carrie Underwood destroyed everyone in 2005.
Phillips winning song, ‘Home’, catapulted him away from the competition. He wasn’t just know for winning, but for an actual song now. This is the biggest obstacle for each winner.
This brings us to his new single, ‘Raging Fire’, the first release of his upcoming sophomore album.
Remember Jenny from the Block? Because JLo wants you too.
A lot has happened in the world of Jennifer Lopez over the past few years. She stole America’s heart when she joined American Idol. Came back in a majah way with ‘On The Floor’. Had a few dud singles. Slayed a Celia Cruz tribute. Got divorced, and still managed to stay on everyone’s good side.
None of that erases the fact that her last album flopped harder than the new Mariah single.
*ignites old feud*
Love? was a filler album and nothing more. There were 3 decent songs on it and the rest sounded like music you’d hear at a bowling alley on a Tuesday night in 2009. This is one of the reasons she’s heading back to the block for her new album; Gonna serve us some urban jams , ya dig?
If ‘On The Floor’ proved anything it’s that JLo’s still got it. When she’s got the right material there’s nothing stopping her. The question now is whether or not new single ‘I Luh Ya Papi’ is the right material?
Remember when Jimmy Fallon declared Justin Timberlake the President of Pop during the 2013 Video Music Awards?
Well, he was right. Justin Timberlake is the best.
But his new single, ‘Not A Bad Thing’, isn’t exactly proving that. It’s the kind of song Jesse McCartney should be recording.
The 20/20 Experience era has been a real hot mess. The album has not had the impact we expected from him, especially with it being released in two parts; the idea was better than the final product. I’m a huge Justin Timberlake
stan fan, but to say that this last album was a let down is an understatement.
Was it a bad album? Not exactly.
Did it flop? No – 3.2 million sold in the US
Am I being a little harsh? Probably, but this is the guy who gave us the game changing Future Sex/Love Sounds, so how could I not expect more than what was given to us?
Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott has not released an album in nearly 9 years.
There have been random singles sprinkled through out that time, but nothing has stuck. Let’s be honest, 2008’s ‘Ching-A-Ling’ was a certified smash, and we can’t forget her appearance and production on Keyshia Cole’s ‘Let It Go’. But none of this has filled the musical void she left.
As far as album announcements, things have been quiet on the Missy front. Since her last album, Nicki Minaj has dominated the female rap arena, and Lil Kim has fallen so far from the charts you can barely see her.
But Missy has finally broke her silence about the album. What words of wisdom has she given us?
Let us process the full quote below:
The hat continues to show favor on us.
After months of teasing and hinting, Pharrell finally announced the release date of his new album, March 3rd.
President Obama has also announced plans for a national day of observance for the albums release. “We all have a right to be Happy” he said in today’s address to the nation.
Pharrell also announced the title of the album, G I R L.
Following the announcement all legal documents are now required to be written in T H I S F O R M A T.
People on the New York subway system have been heard screaming GIRL since the early afternoon. Doctors are worried about the condition spreading as cases in LA and Chicago have appeared throughout the day.
With less than two weeks separating us from the album, we better hustle(*r*) and break this down.