Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Pop / rock darling Becca is gearing up for the release of her debut album Alive!! by jumping online to chat with her fans about the release, upcoming tour dates, and more! Tune in tomorrow night at 10PM EST/7PM PST to get the full scoop. Also, make sure to check out the new single "Kickin' And Screamin'"!
Listen: Becca - Kickin' And Screamin'
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
More than anything, Nikki Yanofsky is just excited to finally be able to talk about her performance of the Canadian national anthem at the Olympic opening ceremonies. "All week we had rehearsals, and I couldn't say what I was doing," the 16-year-old said of her powerful rendition of "O Canada," kept a secret until the big day. Nikki shared this with anchor David Muir in a recent segment from ABC World News, which also includes a brief look back at the young singer's impressive career and recent success with "I Believe," CTV's Official Song for Vancouver 2010.
In addition to her 16th birthday, Nikki also recently celebrated her first #1 hit single as her version of "I Believe" topped the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and iTunes Canada Top Songs chart. "I Believe" reached #1 within two weeks of release and is currently out-selling top artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas and Ke$ha. Fans can download the track here.
Nikki's U.S. album debut will be out in late Spring (Decca). Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone and Jesse Harris (Grammy-winner for his work with Norah Jones), the album will showcase Yanofsky's "purity across her multi-octave range" (NY Post) with music that includes standards by the Gershwins and Ellington, an original song by Feist, and Nikki's writing collaborations with Harris, Ron Sexsmith and others. Visit NikkiYanofsky.com for more information.
Club 8 returns with a new track influenced by Afrofunk, krautrock and high-life! "Western Hospitality" is the first taste of Club 8's upcoming album "The People's Record" due to be released on May 18 in the US.
The band has travelled to Brazil for inspiration, bought records made in the 70’s in Western Africa, used a percussion player from Cuba and hooked up with producer Jari Haapalainen (The Concretes, Camera Obscura, Ed Harcourt). The result is unique mix of Swedish pop melodies and African rhythms - undoubtedly one of the most unique, captivating and catchiest pop records of the year!
The singles if officially released on April 7.
Listen: Club 8 - Western Hospitality
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Minneapolis indie-electro outfit Solid Gold today unveil their new music video for their spacey synth-laden single "Matter of Time." Available now as a free download, "Matter of Time" was written, recorded and produced by Solid Gold exclusively for Green Label Sound and is available now at http://www.greenlabelsound.com.
"The video has no direct link to the songs lyrics," says Solid Gold front man, Zachary Coulter. "Instead, we created a visual mood or feeling that marries that of the audio. This asks more of the viewer's imagination."
"Matter of Time" was shot in an historic 1930's art deco apartment in downtown Madison, WI. We follow Solid Gold as they mingle with party-goers at a strange, somewhat surreal gathering in the middle of the night. White walls lit with vibrantly colored lights, rich costumes and silhouettes of fellow revelers create an overall dreamy and mystical feel to the video.
"It was shot like vignette-style set ups, in kind of a moving photograph style," says director John Carlucci. "The band and characters move through these shots with subtle but cryptic interaction to create a sense of impersonal relationship and an air of tension. The footage is beautiful, the band gave me great performances and everyone involved really gave a great effort and did a great job."
Green Label Sound, Mtn Dew's exclusive singles label, is a record label designed to elevate and empower independent artists. To date, Green Label Sound has released singles by Matt and Kim, Holy Ghost!, The Cool Kids, Solid Gold, U-N-I, Flosstradamus and Caroline Polacheck, Solid Gold, Theophilus London and Kuroma. Stay tuned for information about Green Label Sound's official SXSW showcase; Solid Gold are just one of the confirmed performers for the night.
Green River Ordinance will be joining VH1's Best Cruise Ever to bring you the ultimate music lover’s getaway. To prepare for the event, the quintet have created a short video in search of a Yetti. Check out the video here and pick up the band's new album, Out of My Hands, in-stores and on-line now!
The event is set to take off on April 15-19, 2010, from Tampa to Grand Cayman onboard the Carnival Inspiration. The boat will be filled with some of the most popular bands in music including Three Doors Down, Lifehouse, Shinedown and more than a dozen other artists that will provide the perfect soundtrack for this getaway.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Jessica Simpson is featured on Allure Magazine plus pictures and interview. Check out some her pictures.
Contemporary pop is crowded with wannabes, young hopefuls of varying ability who will stop at nothing to achieve the alleged dream-state of fame. In that climate, we should cherish any artist who breaks through, while having higher, purely creative goals in mind.
At 24 years of age, Alan Pownall has the world at his feet, and yet he has reached this favourable position almost in spite of himself. He is not one of those singer-songwriters who regales you with stories of first picking up an acoustic guitar, aged 3, writing his first song in half an hour, and playing at 500 open-mic folk nights before anyone had even heard of him.
Alan makes no bones about the fact that he first tackled the instrument in 2004, and that his path has subsequently been somewhat charmed: after playing only three or four gigs, he toured as a support act for Adele, and now is about to release an album on one of the world’s biggest record labels.
Pownall, though, is sure to be one of 2010s brightest new stars. His song-craft feels so effortless – tracks like ‘Clara,' a Kinksy, easy-strumming message to a tantalizing would-be girlfriend ("you build me up to just let me fall") breeze past so sublimely tunefully — that one might almost imagine its creator never breaks sweat.
That impression, however, is deceptive: these past five years, Alan has taken musicianship and songwriting to the point of obsession, trying on styles for size, changing direction, re-writing lyrics, tweaking melodies, adding and subtracting various instruments from his arrangements, reaching for perfection.
The young South West Londoner was at art school in Milan, when music-making first became a possibility for him. "I lived quite a reclusive existence there", he says, chuckling as he remembers how inadvertently he discovered his own talent.
"My father came over to visit and brought me a guitar. For about six months, I never even picked it up, it just sat there as a perfect accessory to an art student’s flat. It was only when a friend of mine came over and started playing around with it that I thought i'd give it a try. It was just one of those things: the more I did it, the more I liked it".
Circa 2006, Alan quit his course and came home to pursue music. He'd written a handful of songs in a folky idiom, but was vaguely looking to get a band together to perform them with, when he was offered a gig at Nambucca on Holloway Road. The only condition was that he had to play solo, on acoustic guitar. In the intervening three months, he brushed up his mini-repertoire, but his debut was a disaster. "At one point, I stopped to apologise for my guitar-playing – that’s how bad it was".
Alan had only made a couple more live outings, when he met Adele at the Troubadour. "I sheepishly said to her, you can check out a couple of my songs on MySpace. Within a couple of weeks, I was in her Top Friends. Two weeks after that, I was on holiday, and I got a message from her saying, Do you want to support me on my first UK tour?"
"I was excited at the prospect – and I had to do it, I wasn’t going to get the opportunity again – but at the back of my mind, I knew I wasn't ready. I only really had four songs to my name, which included ‘Colourful Day,' and three others which I don’t really do anymore. I was writing songs on the road. There were some gigs, where I was reading the lyrics off a piece of paper. It was so unprofessional". He shudders. "I definitely remember coming off that tour feeling a little bit broken, but it was all part of getting there".
Undaunted, Alan used his trial-by-fire as a motivation to reappraise what he was doing with his music. In the meantime, he landed a publishing deal, and moved out of his family home to share a flat with Jay Jay Pistolet, and Mumford & Sons. He played gigs with numerous rising young acts, including Florence & The Machine, Jack Penate, Noah & The Whale, Laura Marling and Kid Harpoon. After signing up with Mercury Records, he went out on his second tour, supporting Mr. Hudson, and was soon ready to start work on his album.
Alan had been feeling increasingly limited by the acoustic format, and his latest batch of songs were crying out for further arrangements, with a full band. "I'd been living in a very folky environment, and I wanted to do something else. I didn't want to be another ‘one man and his guitar’: I found it uninspiring. The same chords, the same formula, and the pursuit is really just the lyrics. I like folk music, I just don't feel there's much more to offer it".
Alan’s voice, indeed, dominates the record, at once antique, ageless and immediate, as he croons about the romantic entanglements in his lyrics. He says that, with his later batch of songs, he sought to write more openly, amalgamating experiences in the service of a compelling song. "I’ve never met a girl called Clara", he says, "she’s made up of a number of people I’ve met".
On top of Alan's easy-rolling guitar style, his songs are fleshed out by a small, unfussy rhythm combo, plus occasional embellishments, such as violin (from Noah & The Whale’s Tom Hobden), brass or twinkly percussive instruments. "I wanted the album to be like a jazz festival in the 1940s in the south of France, but set in some dingy bar on a rainy day – like, it would have all those picturesque elements, but slightly twisted as well".
There isn't a single track aboard, which isn't 100% irresistible, touched by magic. The whole thing tells the story of a quick-flowering natural talent, from the mournful folky beginnings of ‘Colourful Day’, right up to the fully orchestrated present. Mr Pownall himself is still busy, meanwhile, writing a song per day, hoping to squeeze a couple more brand new tunes on there, and setting his sights on Album No. 2.
More imminently, he's to top the bill at Music Week’s Unearthed concert in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, and continues a residency at Puregroove Record Shop in Spitalfields. Puregroove's in-house label.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
American Idol's Kara DioGuardi shows her hot bikini body for Maxim mag. American Idol judge and singer / songwriter, Kara DioGuardi recently revealed her very hot and smokin bikini body in a Maxim photo shoot. According to Zap2it, she gave an interview to Maxim magazine and posed for a sexy pictorial to go along with it. In the interview, she talked mostly about judging "American Idol", and what type of artists she looks for. When asked if she would miss Simon when he leaves, she said, "I have no idea. All I can say is the guy can do things not many folks can get away with, and people like when someone is true to himself".
She also said she missed Paula Abdul during the auditions. She stated, "During the auditions, yeah, I missed her. She was so nurturing, and I try to have some of that in my critiques. I wouldn’t say I have the maternal instinct that she had, though. I'm a little bit more New York, a little more hard-edge". She also really likes that Ellen Degeneres has joined the show. She said, "I was like, "Rock on!" Are you kidding? The thing with Ellen I don’t think everybody understands is that she's a huge music lover. That's what you need to be on Idol". You can checkout her interview and more photos at Maxim by clicking here.
Erik Grönwall is the debut self-titled album of Erik Grönwall, winner of the Swedish singing television competition Idol 2009. It entered the Swedish Albums Chart straight #1 staying there for 4 weeks.
02. Over You03. Run To The Hills
04. The Show Must Go On05. Hey Jude
06. Heaven07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Leave A Light On For Me09. My Life Would Suck Without You
10. Bodies11. Is It True
12. 18 And Life
Here are some of my reviews track by track.
“Higher” is a pop song, the tune is slow and very poppish. This is also Erik’s winner song and released as his first debut single on 11 December 2009 and reached #1 on Swedish Singles Chart. The song is written by Pär Westerlund and Joakim Olovsson. (8/10)02. Over You
“Over You” is a cover song from Daughtry of American Idol alumn. Erik bring this song with pop rock tunes. He bring great emotion on this song but too bad, I still can feel Daughtry influence is very strong, maybe because of this song is Daughtry trademark. This song is written by Daughtry and Howes. (8/10)03. Run To The Hills
“Run To The Hills” is a song with pop power genre. Yes this is one of the best Erik’s song. I can feel the hard rock influence from this song. I know this song is covered from Iron Maiden, that’s why I can feel heavy metal and hard rock genres, even though this song feels like power pop for me. This song is written by Steve Harris. Anyway, Erik’s voice sounds like Adam Lamber the runner-up of American Idol 2009 on this song. (9/10)04. The Show Must Go On
“The Show Must Go On”, Pop influence is so strong on this song. Yup yup yop another cover from biggest band, Queen. Queen and David Richards wrote this US #2 on US Singles Chart. Many cover from many artists and Erik doing great with this song. (8/10)05. Hey Jude
“Hey Jude”, Paul McCartney and John Lennon must be honour since they wrote this song for their The Beatles, and Erik did it fabolous job to cover this song for his debut album. Erik’s version is more poppish but not bad. After hear 5 tracks from this album I noticed that he is multitalented and can sing many genres of song, wow. (8/10)06. Heaven
Another phenomenal covered song. Track 6 is covered from power ballad of Bryan Adams’ Heaven. Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance wrote this song and Erik covered with nice. You can hear Erik’s voice brought this song to be a live, of course with his own style. (8/10)
07. Shout It Loud
What can I say about this song, originally hard rock genre from smashing band, Kiss. Erik covered their “Shout It Loud” and sounds so pop with happy tune. I like it even tho this is not his best track, but it is a fun song. Shout It Loud… This song is written by Bob Ezrin, Paul Stanley and Genne Simmons. (7/10)
08. Leave A Light On For Me
Wow… Erik covered from pop singer too, this time he tried with Belinda Carlisle famous single “Leave A Light On”. I can say many comments, just love song with happy beat and very poppish with Erik amazing voice. Darling… leave a light on for me… Thanks to Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley to wrote this song. (7/10)09. My Life Would Suck Without You
Even tho Kelly Clarkson with this song “My Life Would Suck Without You” can reaching #1 on almost every countries such as US her own country on US Billboard Hot 100, but Erik’s version is awesome too. I can say Erik is male version of Kelly Clarkson. Poppish but rock. Doesn’t it sounds sexy? Actually this is my favorite song on this album. This song is made by famous Max Martin along with Dr. Luke and Calude Kelly. Gosh… I repeated this song over and over on my stereo car. Rock on!!! (10/10)
“Bodies” yes it is Robbie Williams’ #1 Swedish Singles Chart. Pop rock and synth pop can heared very clear on this song. This song is still new and hot and released as single on 2009 by Robbie. It is so hard to make famous song to be different but still awesome to be singing. Erik did awesome job on this song. Robbie Williams, Brandon Christy and Craig Russon could be proud coz Erik’s voice fits this song. (7/10)
11. Is It True
Another famous hot single from Icelandic singer, Yohanna. Erik did cover her #2 singles on Swedish Singles Chart. Just like he did on Kelly Clarkson song, Erik made fabolous work to this soft rock song. We can hear Yohanna song but this is male version and this is Erik Grönwall version. Very alternative pop song. (8/10)
12. 18 And Life
The last song from this album is taken from Skid Row #4 US Billboard Hot 100 “18 And Life”. This heavy metal song is written by Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo. Erik Grönwall can sing this song with his own attitude, you can hear his voice with high pitch but sounds good not annoying. (7/10)
After hear full one album from Erik Grönwall, I can say he is so multitalented singer, because he can sing many genres with nice. Alright, some songs reminds me with Adam Lambert from American Idol. They should do collaboration. I wonder what it would be. This album is released by Columbia / Sony Music on December 2009 and mostly of the genres of the songs are pop, so we can say this is pop albums.
Sources: The Rest Is Still Unwritten...
Sources: The Rest Is Still Unwritten...
Monday, February 15, 2010
"Swear It Again" was hit at U.K. Singles Chart, Irish Singles Chart and many countries on Asia. They tried to break U.S. Singles Chart but they were failed. Steve Mac and Wayne Hector are the writers for this song and this song was released as single by Sony BMG / RCA on 10 April 1999. This pop song had 2 videos. The Original version and for U.S. version.
Check out "Swear It Again" on the U.S. version of video from Westlife, this edition of blast single from the past. Enjoy.
Whitlock: a cross between Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift – with a touch of New Kids on the Block.
Whitlock is Callie, age 16, Eddie, age 15, and Ellie, age 13. The siblings have been performing together for six years. Their performances feature tight 3-part harmony arrangements of original teen pop music combined with contemporary choreography. Their performances appeal to their peers as well as to other age groups and contain a positive message about life.
Whitlock performs regularly at special events, parties, sports events, corporate and charitable events, and churches. In the past few years, they opened for national recording artists Everlife of Radio Disney’s Red White and Blue Magic. They were featured artists at the Virginia State Fair and the Chesterfield County Fair and were the headlining act for Radio Disney at Nascar Racefest, and have performed at Richmond’s Grand Illumination.
Take a look at their performance of "Without You". Enjoy!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Watch the world premiere video for Semi Precious Weapons' single "Semi Precious Weapons" off their Geffen debut You Love You out this spring. Shot at NYC's Webster Hall last month, the video is a glimpse into the filthy and glamorous world of a band set to distort everything you think you know about rock 'n roll. Ditch the dustpan and save the bleach for your hair, because you can't fight the dirt at this party!
Frontman Justin Tranter says of the video:
“We really really fucking really wanted to make a REAL NYC party video. Every band, pop star, guitar player, and girl group has made a quote unquote Party Video. But we wanted ours to be real. So we asked DJ Jess if we could take over his "Trash" party downstairs at Webster Hall since we had played that party so many times before. And then we had our actual bff's and true fans fill the place. Lady Starlight, Darian Darling, Breedlove, Knehans, The Jocelyn, Mz Eddy, Stormy Leather and obviously us, Semi Precious Weapons all hung out, changed outfits, and lived life to create the best party video of all time. Champagne was spit, sex was had, filthy glaMOUR was created and The Precious Empire reigned supreme to create our dream rockNRoll party video.”
The single is available on iTunes now as part of a 3 song EP preview of You Love You, along with "Magnetic Baby" and "Put a Diamond in It." SPW heads overseas this month to continue greasing up crowds worldwide as the opening act on Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour, a slot that earned SPW critical acclaim for their outrageous and energetic performances throughout its US leg.
Semi Precious Weapons is Justin Tranter (vocals), Dan Crean (drums), Cole Whittle (bass), and Stevy Pyne (guitar).
Ozone Magazine taps Inglewood, California's own Shawn Chrystopher for the Patiently Waiting section in their upcoming issue. In the article, Shawn speaks on enrolling in college at 16 years old, studying rap culture, inking LRG endorsement deal, and his plans for 2010.
For more on this article, visit Ozone Mag.
For more on this article, visit Ozone Mag.
Usher, whose private life has been shaken by his filing of divorce from Tameka Foster, told People Magazine that the album will be, "racy, risky and edgy, and sometimes about personal experiences". Indications are pointing to the album being a self-confessional, much in the way his 2004 blockbuster album dealt with his high-profile break-up with Chilli of TLC.
The album scheduled release on 29 March 2010 through LaFace Records.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Green River Ordinance have recorded a brand new song for the 2010 Olympic's titled "Rise Up." The band is joining world-renowned recording artists — 3 Doors Down, Mariah Carey, Gloriana, Hoobastank, Puddle Of Mudd, Sugarland and many more— to create the exclusive AT&T Team USA Soundtrack for athletes as they pursue their dream of competing in the Olympic Games. All proceeds from the purchase of "Rise Up" will benefit Team USA on their quest to win gold in Vancouver this month.
Stop by GreenRiverOrdinance.com for more information and to find out where you can catch the band on the road!