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The Daily Crunch: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake, Florence and The Machine, Rihanna, Taylor Swift


 Taylor Swift Brings Shawn Colvin To The Stage In Austin
 Photos: Halloween’s 13 Celebrity Couple Costumes
 Adam Lambert Tweets His Halloween Custome
 Justin Timberlake Gives Another Hip-Hop History Lesson 
 Listen to Kelly Clarkson "Mr. Know It All" (DJ Kue Remix) 
 Style: Incase Teams With Beams For New Pack 
 YouTube Cover Song Face-Off: Rihanna's "We Found Love" 
 Warriors by Richard Phibbs for Client 
 Sugarland Plays Indiana Benefit Concert After Tragedy 
 Florence Welch Talks about 'Breaking Down' 
 Cher Lloyd Rocks UK X Factor With "With Ur Love" 
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October 31, 2011 | Permalink

[VIDEO] Arjan Talks With V V Brown at This Month's ARTIST #TALK with HP

Last week, I hosted the second installment of my ARTIST #TALK series together with this month's special guest British singer/songwriter V V Brown. Produced in very close partnership with HP, we brought together a select group of bloggers, reporters and superfans at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York to listen to V V talk about her music, inspirations and career.

V V also premiered some brand-new songs that are taken from her forthcoming new album "Lollipops & Politics" including the incredible "Famous," "Tough Like Glue" and the very sexy "Like Fire." We also played her excellent new single "Children" that led to a very meaningful discussion about the state of the world and using music as a call to action to accomplish change. Powerful stuff. 

It was a fantastic ARTIST #TALK event that featured great new music and some very candid commentary from V V Brown. A big thank you to V V Brown for making time in her promo schedule to fly up to New York City to guest at the event, Capitol/EMI for their assistance and the fine folks at HP for helping me to produce ARTIST #TALK and their ongoing, steadfast support of great ideas.

Last but not least, a very big thank you to all the people that came out to the event and all of my followers on Twitter and Facebook who submitted questions using hashtag "ARTIST #TALK." Thank you! Stay tuned for more details about the next ARTIST #TALK soon.

(For more about my ARTIST #TALK series with HP, make sure to read recent features about the series on Mashable and Billboard.com.)

October 30, 2011 | Permalink

Listen To The Feeling "Rosé" (Unplugged at Abbey Road)


You may remember that I first alerted you about British outfit The Feeling exactly five years ago this week. The group blasted onto the scene with their incredibly impressive "Twelve Stops And Home," a finely-tuned collection of '70s inspired pop rock filled with heartfelt melodies and bittersweet lyrics that was marked by its high-grade, crisp production stylings.

The group's lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells explains in an interview back in 2006, "We like great big choruses with great big hooks." The truth of the matter is that The Feeling knows how to make those hooks memorable. No wonder they name Queen, Karen Carpenter and Mick Fleetwood as people that have influenced them.

When I saw the group perform a few months later at Coachella (together with Mika), I was mightily impressed and eager to see the group break in the U.S. Unfortunately, even after touring with The Fray stateside, "Twelve Stops And Home" didn't stick to American audiences in a big way and the group decided to keep their focus on the U.K.

The BRIT Award nominated group (signed to Cherrytree Records here in America) has continued to write, produce and perform wonderfully charming tunes, staying true to their roots and inspirations. In 2008, The Feeling released "Join With Us" and earlier this year they put out their third studio record, "Together We Were Made." 

Being stylish and quintessential British, it should come as no surprise that British fashion brand invited The Feeling recently to take part in an advertising campaign for their Burberry Body perfume. The group performed an acoustic version of their tune "Rosé" at the legendary Abbey Road Studios that is used in the ad campaign.

Lucky for us, the recording of that performance was released on both sides of the Atlantic this week to stream, download and cherish. It is a beautifully-performed, pitch-perfect rendition that will remind you instantly of The Feeling's greatness. The addition of a delicate string section to this 2011 version is nothing less than exquisite. Highly recommended.

October 30, 2011 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Coldplay, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Jill Scott, Yoko Ono


 Has Rihanna Tapped Dr. Luke For 'Talk That Talk'?
 Photos: Halloween’s Worst Celebrity Costumes 
 Ricky Martin Shoots Evita Promo 
 Adele Reaches A 'Titanic' Record With '21' 
 Study Proves That Top 10 Hits Contain Synth and Sexual Lyrics 
 Video: Jill Scott f/ Paul Wall "So Gone (What My Mind Says)"
 J Lo Taps will.i.am For New Video 
 Channels and Celebrities: Meet The New YouTube 
 Hooking Up Composers Wih Gigs In The Digital Era 
 OhLaLa Presents Justin By Dylan Rosser
 Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" Expected To Sell Big 
 Yoko Ono to Introduce Steve Jobs Tribute at MTV's O Music Awards 
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October 30, 2011 | Permalink

[FIRST LOOK] Watch Steve Aoki Feat. Rivers Cuomo "Earthquakey People"

When I met Steve Aoki a few weeks ago, he spoke in depth about his new artist album "Wonderland" and particularly about the variety of people he worked with to create a pop-alternative dance record. 

The DJ, producer and founder of the Dim Mak lifestyle business collaborated with people like Wynter Gordon, LMFAO, Rivers Cuomo, Travis Barker and Dutch turntable meister Afrojack to record the LP that he will release in partnership with Ultra Records this winter.

His collaboration with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo hit the web last week and gives us a good taste about what's to come. It is a totally fun and riffy dance pop joint that shows fans a whole new side of post-grunge hero Rivers Cuomo who molds perfectly to Aoki's high-enery beats while delivering party-starting lyrics like, "Earthquakey people, jump around. Nothing they can do or say to bring us down. Get ready to shake with the power of sound."

A portion of the proceeds from "Earthquakey People" will be donated to Music For Relief. Look out for remixes of the song by Dillon Francis and Andrew W.K. Meanwhile, Aoki's own big room house remix of the track, entitled "Earthquakey People (The Sequel)," is already out now. Head to Rdio.com to stream and download the song and Aoki's own remix. Watch the video for "Earthquakey People" after the break.

October 29, 2011 | Permalink