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[VIDEO] Bright Light Bright Light "Disco Moment"

British pop singer Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) has been keeping fans in suspense for months about his new music. But the long wait is over. Today, the singer finally premiered the video for his new single "Disco Moment." It is a powerful tune that highlights the singer's knack for combining '90s inspired club beats with crisp melodies and heartfelt songwriting that is always flavored with a heavy dose of hope.

Set to a throbbing disco groove, "Disco Moment" packs heaps of dancefloor drama that is vividly put into words by the pop crooner. "You make it so hard to be around, it is no surprise that the light is breaking up (. . .) You have your disco moment alone. I stand at the side of the room, I'm just a shadow that is flickering. I'm open, but I may just close it," Thomas sings, while the song crescendoes into more uplifting and hopeful territory.

The video for "Disco Moment" is a stylish affair that shows Thomas surrounded by colorful extras and dancers wearing TV screens on their hands. The singer writes me that the idea for the video was to showcase human connections. "The song (and album) are about connections," the singer explains. "What symbolises connections? TV!"

He adds, "It's something people use to connect with the world, and it's something very close, but very distant, like, you connect with it by watching it, but there's no real relationship, which is kind of what the song is about - being close to someone who doesn't let you in." 

"Disco Moment" will be released on August 7 in both Europe and North America.

June 30, 2011 in Bright Light Bright Light | Permalink

[REVIEW] Wynter Gordon "With The Music I Die" EP

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Wynter Gordon sure knows how to write a hit song. The 25 year-old New York City native turned heads when she first broke through in 2005 after penning the title track for Mary J Blige's smash hit "The Breakthrough." More songwriting success followed. Gordon wrote hits for artists like Danity Kane and Jennifer Lopez, plus she co-wrote and was featured on Flo Rida's platinum-selling "Sugar."

The singer fully stepped out in the spotlight as a vocalist and performer in 2010 when she released "Dity Talk," a full-throttle dance pop track that put Gordon in pole position for continued success.

In anticipation of a full-length album release later this year, Gordon unleashed a brand-new EP "With The Music I Die" this week to satisfy fans and further build out her evolving brand of pop. The release includes 4 brand-new tracks, plus two extended remixes of "Till Death" and "Buy My Love." 

"With The Music I Die" serves up a potent collection of hook-laden, electro-edged and dancefloor-ready pop songs that deliver both sass and swagger. A good of example of that sound is her new single "Till Death" that is driven by a kinetic, throbbing beat that fuels Gordon's raving lyrics. She proclaims, "Till death do we party, with the music I die."

The song is followed by the playful pop jive "Buy My Love" that is anchored by a pop perfect chorus that lays down some new rules. "There's a million ways to show your devotion, so many ways to sway my emotion. Don't hesistate to buy my love," Gordon suggests to her lover.

The EP comes to its soaring sweetspot with the buzzing "Don't Stop Me" that Wynter co-wrote with Atlanta-based writer and producer Warren Felder who previously has written tracks for Jessie J, Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj. The track innovatively combines filter disco with big room synth chords that will give remixers and DJs plenty of material to toy with for a long time to come. 

Gordon teamed up with Empire Of The Sun's Nick Littlemore to write and produce the artistically adventurous "Still Getting Younger." Combining a bright melody with sweet synth flourishes, the song packs an inescapable melancholia that is gripping and neatly amplifies her powerful, emotive pop vocals. It's one of best pop songs I've heard this season - a true gem.

Wynter Gordon's "With The Music I Die" is a stand out effort this summer that firmly belongs in every pop lover's collection. Preview the entire EP after the break or download it on iTunes now.

(Music player currently only available in North America.)

June 30, 2011 in Wynter Gordon | Permalink

[VIDEO] Tinie Tempah "Till I'm Gone" feat. Wiz Khalifa

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British superstar rapper Tinie Tempah takes us on a trip around the world in the video for his new single "Till I'm Gone" that features Wiz Khalifa. Filmed in sunny Los Angeles, the video transposes images from cities like Amsterdam, Sydney, New York and London to add a visual punchy lyrics about his jet-setting life.

Tinie explains in a video blog that "Till I'm Gone" is a "very personal" track that "relates to his life at this moment in time." The lyrics of the song chronicle his zig-zagging around the world like "Popeye on some spinach." "I basically wrote about the places I've been and some of the experiences I've had. (. . .) I'm coming out in America being the best I can be. I'm going to try to make something big happen here, and hopefully I won't too long before I bring it back home."

Also, note Good Charlotte's Madden brothers who make a cameo in the video at the 2:43 minute mark.

Produced by seasoned hitmakers Stargate (Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Beyonce), "Till I'm Gone" is an accomplished crossover tune that perfectly blends dance, hip hop and pop into one potent package. The track further explores Tempah's inventive and genre-forward sound that is flavored with his distinctly British delivery that is both frank and fun. "Till I'M Gone is taken from the U.S. version of Tempah's debut album "Disc-overy" that is available now. Watch the video after the break.

 

June 30, 2011 in Tinie Tempah | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Bjork, Beyonce, Prince, Adam Levine, Madonna, Ke$ha, Joe Jonas, Celebrity Planking

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June 30, 2011 | Permalink

[VIDEO] Stevie Nicks & Javier Colon Duet on NBC The Voice

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Freshly-crowned NBC The Voice winner Javier Colon didn't have his strongest showing during the final performance of his original song last night, but tonight the singer redeemed himself when he dueted together with none other than Stevie Nicks. Together they performed her classic "Landslide" that was turned into a beautiful new rendition that showcased Colon's soulful vocals and Nick's timeless, one of a kind delivery. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine was visibly moved by the duet that had him fighting tears.

Based on the strength of her original song, my money was on contestant Dia Frampton to take the top prize while my hope was that Beverly "real dog" McClellan would be the show's first winner. But America voted for Colon in favor of Frampton even though the final two had almost an equal amount of votes according to show host Carson Daily.

For the past couple of days, I have been discussing NBC The Voice on national Dutch radio 3FM. The Voice is a Dutch concept that first premiered in The Netherlands last summer. The Dutch are mighty proud that the program is now having international success. If for whatever reason Javier Colon does not resonate in a big way in The States, I'm sure the Dutch are glad to have him and sing his praises all the way to the top of the charts. Watch Javier Colon's performance with Stevie Nicks after the break

June 29, 2011 | Permalink