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Hotly-Tipped Ella Eyre Spreads Her Wings on With Debut Single 'Deeper"

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Ella Eyre brings out the wows with the freshly-unveiled "Deeper" that is the title track from her forthcoming EP. It's an imaginative slice of soul pop that is ruled by Eyre's beautifully raspy and arresting vocals that are the perfect fit for the song's downtempo groove.

"Deeper" follows a string of high-profile collaborations and features that have garnered her many new fans. She was featured on tracks by Rudimental ("Waiting All Night"), Cash Cash ("Hideaway) and Naughty Boy's "Think About It" alongside Wiz Khalifa. Also look for an appearance by the singer on Tinie Tempah's forthcoming new album Demonstration.

The hotly-tipped singer brings a unique point of view to her music. "I want my music to be ballsy," she explains in a press release. "I can't think of anything worse than being wishy-washy, insipid. I want everything I do to be powerful and full of energy."

After attending the Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology, Eyre started working with a group of unknown writers and producer to tune her songwriting skills. One song lead to another and the young singer found herself in Copenhagen with Cutfather (Kylie, Brandy) and Sweden with Ishi and Eric Turner (Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Cheryl Cole).

She now counts Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Taio Cruz), Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Jessie J), Raphael Saadiq (Joss Stone, John Legend) and Chris Loco (Rita Ora, Emeli Sandé) among her producers and co-writers. Look for more new music from Ella Eyre soon.

October 31, 2013 | Permalink

Bonnie McKee Celebrates Halloween with New Track 'Sleepwalker' [First Listen]

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While we're eagerly awaiting the release of Bonnie McKee's next big single, the award-winning pop singer/songwriter released an (aptly-titled) "inbetwingle" today that gives us plenty to be excited about until an official single is released. This mighty brew of hot new pop is titled "Sleepwalker" and comes just in time for Halloween. "Sleepwalker" was produced by Alexander Ridha and M Friedrich along with Cory Enemy and Oliver, which fully explains the funked up disco-pop stylings that dominate the track and give McKee a fresh new edge. In related Bonnie McKee news, the hit writer is celebrating her ninth Billboard number one hit with Katy Perry's "Roar" that she co-wrote. Stay tuned for more Bonnie McKee news soon.

October 31, 2013 | Permalink

Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Luminites 'Do Something' (TC4 Remix)

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Frequent readers of this blog may remember that I alerted you about emerging UK pop quartet Luminites back in September when I posted a snippet of their new single "Do Something." To celebrate the release of that single on November 18 (in the UK only for now), I'm exclusively premiering a kicky remix of the track that was produced by upcoming production duo TC4 aka Tom Calder and Kate Turley.

The feel-good, genre-mashing "Do Something" is described in a press release as a song that is "about grabbing the bull by the horns and jumping at the opportunities life throws your way."

That sentiment speaks directly to the band's recent experiences following their stint on Britain's Got Talent. "Everything we’ve done and all the success we’ve achieved so far has been down to us putting ourselves out there and making the most of everything that’s come our way and that’s why this song means so much to us," they explain. "We are so excited to be releasing our first ever single and hope people enjoy it."    

The success of the band has been long in the making and started much earlier than their run on Britain's Got Talent. Luminites got their start when their manager saw Ben beatboxing in the streets of London and decided to pair him up with three other young up and comers. The four instantly bonded and continued their street performances.

"There was no gelling process, the group explains. "The second that we met each other we all had something in common, and the conversation got rolling straight away. It was really nice." (Luminites "Do Something" will be released on November 18 via Syco/Sony Music.)

October 30, 2013 | Permalink

Pop Crooner Jon Bellion Premieres New Single 'New York Soul' [Review]

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Something big is brewing for emerging pop crooner Jon Bellion who we first alerted you about in 2012 when we reviewed his sublime cover of M.I.A's "Paper Planes." Since then, the Long Island native has continued to write and record new music. Earlier this year, he unveiled new songs "Ungrateful Eyes" and "One More Time" plus the independently released LP Translantions Through Speaker that caused a stir of interest online, and garnered him lots of new fans. 

One of his compositions was shared with none other than rap legend Eminem who decided to record it together with pop superstar Rihanna. The track is called "The Monster" and was delivered to digital stores today in anticipation of the release of Eminem's new album next week. Bellion is formally credited as a co-writer and producer of the song that is a massive boost forward for the mightily talented writer, producer and singer, and sets the stage for even bigger things to come.

Alongside the release of "The Monster," Bellion also premiered his own new track "New York Soul." It's a touching piano ballad that is a meaningful ode to family, friends and New York City. Bellion is a family man and now that his success is keeping him on the road a lot he decided to let the folks at home know how much they mean to him. "I see my mother on Skype/I Hear my sisters through postcards they write/Watch my niece grow through Instagram/Around the world my body will roam/But my soul's in New York," he sings poignantly. Powerful stuff. Watch this space for much more from Jon Bellion soon.

October 29, 2013 | Permalink

A Few Words about Natalia Kills' 'Trouble' & Why It's One of 2013's Best Pop Albums

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"I'm over the limit. What is the limit, really?" (Natalia Kills, "Boy's Don't Cry")

If the recent onslaught of new pop has left you with a taste for wanting more, make sure to check out a few other pop records that were released in recent months and easily rank among the year's best. Most notably, Natalia Kills' new album Trouble is an accomplished new effort that will surprise you in all the right ways.

Instead of opting to go safe and pound out a club-ready record full of dance-pop bangers, Kills went against the grain and decided to record an album that's lyrically compelling and sonically fresh. Trouble is a forward-thinking pop album that features the singer's unique point of view and an innovative pop sound that is distinctly different than much of what's out in the pop charts today.

Trouble follows Kills' 2011 pop opus Perfectionist that first introduced us to the singer's edgy brand of pop with its razor-sharp lyricism and provocative visual aesthetic that at times pushes the envelop yet is consistently tasteful.

Songs like "Mirrors," "Kill My Boyfriend" and especially "Wonderland" laid the foundation for the singer's overall lyrical theme about the quest for perfection. It's a journey that comes with struggle and frustration yet is totally worth pursuing. Some have labeled Kills' stark realism as dark pop, but I believe that the singer is ultimately an optimist who does not give up on the things she believes in.

On Trouble, Kills is an open book and explains in full detail what's at the root of her artistry by taking us though the life experiences that defined her. Written and recorded in collaboration with renowned producers Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun.) and Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, Eminem), Trouble reads like a page from a young girl's diary set to a gritty soundtrack of stomping percussion and hooky melodies with early 1980s new wave pop leanings.

Much of Kills' transparently raw storytelling on the album deals with her tumultuous upbringing. Raised by a Jamaican father and Uruguayan mother, Kills and her family were constantly moving from city to city, often shifting enigmatically between their luxury homes in the UK, Jamaica and Spain. Though her childhood seemed like a dream, it was warped by danger and luxury. Her father was a criminal who ended up in jail that left the rest of the family without any resources. 

The album gets straight to the core of things on the opening track "Television" that is a song that takes listeners to the chaos of Natalia's childhood. Young Natalia tried to make sense of her bad situation by comparing her surroundings to scenes on television that served both as an escape and justification. "When your father's on the bottle/And your mother's on the floor/Got the whole town looking through our window," she sings. "Cause men will fight/And girls will lie/Just like on the television."

Kills gets into more detail on "Saturday Night." It's one of the album's most pivotal songs that tells the story of Kills growing up with her abusive father and tearful mother who tried to do anything she could to keep the family together. "We lose ourselves, we lose it all," she poignantly sings. It's a very powerful story that explains the self-made qualities that drive Kills. 

But despite the hardship her father caused, Kills doesn't turn away from him. "You messed up/You messed up bad/Rolled the dice on the life we had," she sings on the catchy "Daddy's Girl." I'll keep your secrets/I'll never tell/You know I'll ride with you right through the fire of hell."

Following a tale of teenage angst on the mid-tempo "Devils Don't Fly," Kills peppers Trouble with some proper fun as well - particularly on songs like the Gwen Stefani-esque "Rabbit Hole" and "Outta Time." The latter is a 1950's styled doo-wop tune that adds a light touch to the overall record. The album's title track closes out the set of 13 songs and is a bonafide radio hit to be.

In a pop world dominated by overprocessed beats and trivial storytelling, Natalia Kills bravely charts her own course. She is an original who delivers a cohesive collection of songs that is sonically compelling, intensely personal and is solid proof of the fact that pop music can be raw, rowdy and real. (Listen to Natalia Kills Trouble here or the download the entire album here.)

October 28, 2013 | Permalink