[EXCLUSIVE] Dev "In The Dark" Behind-The-Scenes Video

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Dev's forthcoming video for her new single "In The Dark" is one of the singer's most ambitious projects to date that will firmly position her as a powerful new force in pop to reckon with. After the success of "Like A G6" and "Bass Down Low," Dev is slowly but surely coming into her own and the alluring video for "In The Dark" turns things up a few notches. It further details her stylish and seducing brand of pop that has a universal appeal. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of "In The Dark" plus previews of the final video. (Download Dev "In The Dark" on iTunes|Rdio)

June 24, 2011 in Dev, Exclusive | Permalink

Exclusive Video: Major Lazer in Jamaica New Album Preview

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Producers Diplo and Switch are without a doubt some of the most progressive and wildly unique beatmakers on the scene today who continue to push the envelope by liberally mashing forward new sounds and introducing people to a whole new world of music. The two struck an immediate creative chemistry when they first worked together with M.I.A. that led to many experimentations, mixtapes remixes and their debut Major Lazer LP "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" in 2009.

Since then, they have continued to work together on remixes and other special projects (including that banging "Lazerproof" mixtape with La Roux), while also independently producing and writing for many other artists. Diplo has whipped up massive new tracks for artists like Chris Brown and Nicola Roberts, and Beyonce sampled the duo's "Pon De Floor" on her new single "Run The World (Girls)."

For the past few months, the duo has been working on their much-anticipated new album, most of which was recorded at Gee Jam Studios in Port Antonio in Jamaica. It seems that the Major Lazer project is an ideal sonic playground for the two friends that allows them to experiment a little more, which helps them to recharge their creative mojo once in a while and continue to be unorthodox in their approach.

The guys share a brief video of their Jamaica experience that features snippets of three new Major Lazer songs -- the first is a collaboration with Jah Dan, the second is the teaming Vybz Kartel (with an incredible guest on the hook) and the third includes Amber & Dave from Dirty Projectors.

Judging from the sites and sounds of this video, Major Lazer has crafted some hella new tunes that we all should look forward to hearing more of. Look out for a preview of Major Lazer's chunky new single "Orginal Don" (ft The Partysquad) on YouTube next week. Ferry Gouw (who is the Creative Director & Illustrator of Major Lazer) has finished the animation for a cartoon pilot with Adult Swim and has begun working on the video for "Original Don."

Watch the video after the break.

June 10, 2011 in Exclusive, Major Lazer | Permalink

Ready to Pop: Anjulie "Brand New B*tch" (Exclusive)

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You may remember that I blogged about Anjulie back in 2008 when she released her debut single "Boom." Born and raised in Toronto, Anjulie brings a unique perspective to the crowded pop scene. She was raised by immigrant parents from Guyana who fed her a diet of vibrant musical genres, from Afro-Caribbean calypso to reggae, and from Latin rock to straight up pop.

Those inspirations taught Anjulie that great pop music doesn't have to come in one, single cookie cutter package. Pop music can be many different things and on her debut album she experimented with lots of different rhythms that echoed memories of fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado.

Over the past few years, Anjulie has traveled back and forth from Toronto to Los Angeles to record tracks for her new album. Music insiders know that recording a sophomore album can be a painstaking process with lots of turns and twists. Anjulie worked patiently and diligently with different producers to spark an exciting new sound that would still be decidedly hers.

One of the people she has been working with is ArjanWrites.com pal Dr Rosen Rosen who has produced some excellent pop-forward tracks for the singer.

Anjulie gives us a taste of her music with today's release of "Brand New B*tch," which is not only an instantly catchy pop gem but also makes a strong statement in not-so subtle terms. Over the last few years, Anjulie has gone thought many personal and professional changes, and this new tune is a reflection of her emotional journey.

Produced by John O'Brien together with Anjulie, "Brand-New B*tch" is a buzzing, club-sized dance-pop track squeezed into one tight, potent production that underlines once again that Anjulie is a pop chameleon who is not afraid to try and tell it like it is. She's an exciting talent to keep your eye on. (Download)

May 23, 2011 in Anjulie, Exclusive, Ready to Pop | Permalink

Exclusive Video: Frankmusik Talks About New "The Fear Inside" Video

Finally! Bang! Let the siren ring!

Frankmusik"s music video for "The Fear Inside" has exploded onto the scene after it premiered on Frankmusik.com and CherrytreeRecords.com late last night. In many ways, this new video sums up Frank's creative journey of the last year.

After moving to Los Angeles almost twelve month ago, the singer has tapped into his refreshed musical mojo and juiced up his mighty pop sound.The video also shows him in a new light, solidly positioning him as the next big male pop thing to look out for (and you all know we desperately need one!)

Frank has been performing with Far East Movement all over Southern California this weekend and last night night he joined his Cherrytree label mates at KIIS FM's annual Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. He took a moment backstage to record some exclusive commentary about "The Fear Inside" for all you handsome readers of ArjanWrites.com. Thanks, Vince!

Watch it right here, right now and then immediately jump to Cherrytree.com's web site to watch the entire new video for "The Fear Inside" in all of its pop splendor. Make sure to grab the single on iTunes next week on December 14.

December 6, 2010 in Cherrytree Records, Exclusive, Frankmusik | Permalink

Exclusive: Frankmusik "The Fear Inside" Video Stills

Steamy! There's a whole new Frankmusik in town and the sizzling video for "The Fear Inside" is proof of that. No more quirky and cute videos. The video for "The Fear Inside" is a grown up affair that perfectly fits the massive global pop sound of the song.

A trailer for the video will premier tonight at midnight PST on the Cherrytree Records web site, but scroll through a few stills from the video now to get a taste of what's about to come. It features Frankmusik and actress Natalie Loren. 

The first thing Frankmusik showed me before he let me listen to any of his new music back in October was the video for "The Fear Inside" to properly introduce his new direction.

In many ways, the big production of the video and its overall aesthetic are a big statement that mark an exciting new phase in his career. "The Fear Inside" video shows Frankmusik as the bonafide pop star he is. This video is the perfect kick off to what he is about to deliver. (Photos by Photo by Cassandra Gracey)

November 28, 2010 in Cherrytree Records, Exclusive, Frankmusik | Permalink