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Hot New Pop Alert: Listen to Join The Riot 'Queen Marmalade' [Free Download]

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Swedish newcomers Join The Riot simply introduce themselves on their social media channels as "four Stockholmian boys with a passion for pop." That sums up the group's synth-happy brew of indie pop perfectly that stays true to Sweden's undisputed reputation as one of the world's most fertile breeding grounds for exciting new pop music.

Not much is known about the group of Henrik,Jonas, André and Simon, which gives their music the opportunity to do all of the talking (and that's perfectly fine). The group released their debut single "Ménage à Trois" early this year in Sweden that was followed by "Queen Marmalade" and "Karotte" right before the start of summer.

While a full album is (hopefully) in the works, these three tracks give listeners a pretty good understanding of Join The Riot's beautifully crafted brand of pop that is dominated by feel-good, synth-driven arrangements that pack a timeless melancholia. It's the type of bittersweet pop that Swedes know how to produce like no other. Join The Riot is a very exciting new act that you should keep your eye on ear on. Highly recommended.

 Download Join The Riot "Queen Marmalade" [WAV]

October 27, 2013 | Permalink

Krewella and Nicky Romero Team Up to Raise Awareness for Cancer Patients with New 'Legacy' Video [Review]

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Krewella and my fellow Hollander Ricky Romero raise awareness for cancer patients in the freshly-unveiled music video for their new single, "Legacy." Set to Romero's stirring house-pop beat, the video tells the love story between a cancer-diagnosed mother and her son who becomes an empathetic vigilante in the dark of night. 

The video was directed by Kyle Padilla who previously also oversaw the production of videos for Nicky Romero & Nervo ("Like Home"), Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso ("Calling") and Charmin Liars ("New Disorder"). The Los Angeles-based Padilla explains in an interview that he was inspired to come up with the concept for the video a couple of years ago. "A relative of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer," Padilla tells MTV Buzzworthy. "It was on my mind a lot, and I had been waiting for the right track to pitch it to."

Padilla adds, "My goal is for this video to raise awareness for breast cancer in an honest and respectful manner."  In fact, three of the actors who shaved their heads in the video donated the hair to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.

Padilla goes into more detail about the story of the video (that comes with a surprise ending). "While the mother struggles with her chemo treatment and its effects, her son is determined to do whatever he can to help her feel better - even if that means bashing in her co-workers car. Although his actions are misdirected, his genuine concern and determination give her strength to continue on her fight against cancer."

This captivating and important story is interspersed with scenes of Nicky Romero and Krewella performing the song. Jahan and Yasmine add a dose of grit and vocal power to Romero's soaring production to bring the story of the video to life. "When the world's around me/We're caving in/You save my life tonight/When there's nothing left but pouring rain/You save my life tonight," the two sisters harmonize beautifully.

The video is a fitting complement to the song that first appeared this summer in Romero's sets. "You know, they are very nice people," the Dutch DJ says in an interview about Krewella. "They're super talented. So, I think they're one of the biggest rising stars. And they're also super-humble, and I'm really happy that I could do a song with them."

Nicky Romero & Krewella  "Legacy"
Label: Ultra Music
Directed & Edited by Kyle Padilla

October 27, 2013 | Permalink

Flo Rida Unveils New Single 'How I Feel' featuring Etta James [First Listen]

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Leave it up to Flo Rida to crank out another radio-ready smash that will likely impact an FM/AM frequency near you shortly. Following "Tell Me When You're Ready" (featuring Future) and "Can't Believe It" (featuring Pitbull), the Miami rapper now returns with the brand-new "How I Feel" that samples Nina Simone's classic tune "Feeling Good." It's a clever move by Flo Rida who earlier had a massive hit with "Good Feeling" that sampled from Etta James' 1962 single "Something's Got A Hold On Me." 

Produced by Sermstyle, "How I Feel" is an instantly catchy pop tune that will have you tapping and humming along the moment it hits. Guaranteed. Flo Rida stays true to his brand of hip hop inspired sunshine pop that brings out the good feelings and happy vibes even during the darker days of Fall.

Also featured on this track is newcomer Audra Mae who adds a contemporary twist to Etta James' iconic vocal track. Mae (who is the great-great niece of none other than Judy Garland) previously collaborated with Flo Rida on "Run" that was featured on Wild Ones. Flo Rida is not scheduled to release his new album until mid-2014 or so but this new "How I Feel" will give fans something to enjoy until then.

October 25, 2013 | Permalink

Katy Perry & Friends Perform at Historic Hollywood Bowl in Support of Charity

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Last night's Katy Perry show at the Hollywood Bowl was one to remember. The day after the release of her much anticipated new album Prism, Katy Perry played at the historic Hollywood venue together with pals Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Sara Bareilles, Kacey Musgraves and Bonnie McKee in support of the Young Survival Coalition. Amidst fireworks, confetti and fanfare. all the ladies closed out the show by performing Katy Perry's "Roar" together which was the icing on the cake of a fantastic night of pop.

Katy Perry impressed with a solid set list of fan faves and new tracks that gave concertgoers a glimpse of what may happen at her upcoming tour. She kicked off her set with "I Kissed A Girl" that was followed by hits like "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream" and "Part Of Me." The pop superstar also performed new tracks "Dark Horse" (with guest Juicy J), "Unconditionally" and "Walking On Air" that featured the same clever staging with wind machine, dancers and see-through sheets that she used during the SNL performance of that track.

Perry was accompanied by producer/composer Greg Wells on piano for "By The Grace Of God," one of the most personal tracks she has ever recorded that deals with her loss of hope after her divorce from Russell Brand. I did not expect Perry to perform that track but I'm glad she did as it's pivotal to the story and inspiration behind Prism.

Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Kacey Musgraves, Sara Bareilles and Bonnie McKee each performed brief, 30 minute sets prior to Perry taking the stage. Ellie Goulding stirred the crowd with a rocking set that included "I Need Your Love," "Burn," "Anything Could Happen" and "Lights."

October 24, 2013 | Permalink

Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Cash Cash 'Hideaway' [Review]

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Following the unveiling of lusciously luxe "Satellites" earlier this week, Cash Cash exclusively premieres their brand-new tune "Hideaway" on ArjanWrites.com today. The track is taken from their new EP, entitled Overtime, that will be released on Big Beat next week Tuesday.

Kicking off with a proper bang, "Hideaway" is another high-energy Cash Cash stomper that features the larger than life vocals of Ella Eyre who injects the tune with a massive dose of soul that is sure to fire up the dancefloor. It's an accomplished tune by Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Samuel Frisch that not only demonstrates their soundboard savvy but also their finely-tuned knack for melody.

"Hideway" is also a big look for Ella Eyre who slowly but surely is bubbling on both sides of Atlantic with some impressive features. She also contributed vocals to Rudimental's "Waiting All Night" that they performed at last week's MOBO Awards in London. Cash Cash's Overtime EP also features the trio's dance-pop breakout hit "Take Me Home" that features rapidly-rising pop newcomer Bebe Rexha that is currently impacting the charts internationally.

The group's recent single releases is solid proof the the trio's steady musical evolution from being a guitar-driven band to an EDM production outfit with a fascination for pounding electro beats to a pop-savvy group who don't shy away from proudly cranking out a top 40 hit. "Hideaway" is a perfect example of that. It's an adventurous dance pop track with a proper EDM crunch that feels very now but also indicates of where dance pop is heading next. The future is wide open for Cash Cash.

"Hideaway" by Cash Cash
Written by: Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf, Samuel Frisch and Ella Eyre
Produced by: Cash Cash 
Released via: Big Beat

October 24, 2013 | Permalink