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Bebe Rexha in "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" music video

Bebe Rexha in “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” music video

Bebe Rexha‘s “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” has one of my favorite messages from the pop songs that have been released this year.

The song finds Rexha battling with mental illness and reeling against traditional methods of treatment. The newly released music video doesn’t stray too much from this, although it isn’t specifically about mental illness.

In the visuals, Rexha is sent to reform school after failing to get along with her prim and proper family members. Once there, she refuses to conform and ends up taking over the school, of course. This is a pop video, remember?

It’s worth noting Bebe Rexha does look absolutely stunning in this video. It’s great to see her coming into her own as an artists. She’s been writing hits for major pop stars and now it looks like it may finally be her time to shine.

(It’s also worth noting the acoustic version of this song is still amazing and way better than the single version.) Continue reading

Travis Garland covers The Weeknd's "Earned It"

Travis Garland covers The Weeknd’s “Earned It”

What is air?

After hearing Travis Garland‘s cover of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” I’m not entirely sure.

Travis Garland has always been able to make me swoon with his light falsetto, soulful vocal runs and sensual lyrics, but this cover takes all of that to new heights.

I like The Weeknd’s version, which was created for the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, but it doesn’t have anything on this version.

According to Garland’s YouTube channel, the cover was recorded live at The Green Room in L.A.

I just want a new album. Is that too much to ask? Continue reading

Atlantic

Atlantic

“If no one knows it, it ain’t really cheating.”

No, Charlie, that’s not really how this works, sir.

Singer Charlie Puth (you may know him from collaborating with Wiz Khalifa on the recent Furious 7 hit “See You Again”) has released a new single (“I Won’t Tell A Soul”) ahead of his debut album and it and it’s message is ridiculous, but the song itself is pretty darn catchy.

The doo-wop inspired ballad really highlights Puth’s vocals and, to be fair, the lyrics lay out his argument in a way that could be convincing (and, almost romantic?) if you’re not careful.

This song will likely be the future anthem for side baes everywhere, but it can also be enjoyed by the people who don’t agree with that arrangement.

Listen to the new release below. It’s okay if you like it. We won’t tell a soul. Continue reading

Deco Recording Group/Primary Wave BMG

Deco Recording Group/Primary Wave BMG

I’ve been waiting for Deborah Cox to make an album announcement since she recreated some of Whitney Houston’s songs for the Lifetime biopic I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story.

For a quick minute I’d forgotten just how amazing her voice is.

Releasing the first single from her forthcoming six studio album, Cox revisits an old relationship on “More Than I Knew” with those powerhouse vocals that she’s known for. “I miss you so much more than I ever loved you,” she sings. Her raspy vocals really shine on this ballad and the lyrics are something I’m sure many people can relate to.

Cox is scheduled to release Work of Art on Aug. 15. Continue reading

Jessie Ware performs "Say You Love Me"

Jessie Ware performs “Say You Love Me”

Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me” was one of my favorite love songs from 2014, which isn’t surprising since Ed Sheeran co-wrote it.

The UK star appeared on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden recently to perform the emotional track and she definitely did not disappoint.

Ware kept the performance simple, focusing on emoting and singing, but that’s all that was needed for this type of song.

“Say You Love Me” is a single from Ware’s 2014 sophomore album Tough Love

Watch the performance and share your thoughts below. Continue reading

RCA

RCA

Hilary Duff attempted a comeback last year, but it didn’t go far. Songs like “Chasing the Sun” and “All About You” just weren’t the monumental hits the singer needed to get fans excited for a comeback album. Duff wasn’t alone in this, however. Gwen Stefani and Fergie’s comeback efforts both had similar fates.

Duff isn’t done trying, though. With the help of pop songwriter Tove Lo, the singer has made a solid attempt at radio gold. Her latest release, “Sparks,” features a whistle refrain similar to Flo Rida’s “Whistle” and a melody that would’ve fit right in on Lo’s Queen of the Clouds debut album. It has all of the markings for a pop hit, but that may be the problem. It feels a little too manufactured at times.

That won’t stop it from getting stuck in your head, though.

Give it a listen and share your thoughts below. Continue reading

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I only had one request for Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” video: I just wanted dancing. Tons of dancing.

And that’s exactly what the singer delivered, along with a some killer outfits.

Tinashe and her dancers take over an abandoned shipyard in the video for her latest single from her 2014 debut album Aquarius.

If you’ve seen a live performance of this single, you’ll likely recognize the choreography, but that doesn’t make the new release any less entertaining.

Watch the video and share your thoughts below! Continue reading

Kat Dahlia in "I Think I'm In Love" music video

Kat Dahlia in “I Think I’m In Love” music video

“I say f**k you while I’m thinking of you as my husband” may be one of my favorite lines from one of my current musical obsessions at the moment.

Kat Dahlia’s “I Think I’m In Love” perfectly captures the emotional highs and lows that come with the frightening realization that you have fallen in love with someone.

In the video for the catchy single, Dahlia cooks, smokes and stares up at the night sky with her special someone in between takes of her absolutely freaking out.

The video should do a good job of promoting the single from Dahlia’s recently released album My Garden.

Watch the visuals for “I Think I’m In Love” below and share your thoughts. Continue reading

Dumblonde

Dumblonde

Remember when Danity Kane reunited? And then there were four…then threethen none

Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex aren’t going to let a little drama get in the way of their creativity.

Less than a year after Danity Kane’s second breakup, the ladies will henceforth be known as Dumblonde, an “independent alternative Dance/Pop duo,” according to their website.

The announcement continues, “Their indie pop debut has strong dance and alternative influences reminiscent of acts like The Ting Tings, and La Roux. The combination of their iconic blonde appeal, transcendent harmonies and powerful stage presence is a style unique only to Dumblonde.”

Oh, boy.

I’m all for this if they can actually deliver on this sound AND stay together. So far there is no official release date for any new music.

Still, I really feel like Aubrey O’Day should be going on Marriage Bootcamp with Dawn Richard instead of her boyfriend Travis Garland. Since you obviously don’t have to be married to be on the show, I’ve decided I’m much more invested in getting Danity Kane back together than I am about Aubrey and Travis as a couple.

Fifth Harmony in "Worth It" video

Fifth Harmony in “Worth It” video

Fifth Harmony took home the Favorite New Artist award last night at the Kid’s Choice Awards and debuted the video for their latest single “Worth It.”

The song finds the ladies listing out their demands to their men over a twerk-ready production. Kid Ink also contributes to the Reflection single.

The video features short clips of the girls dancing (likely because they’re not that good at dancing), along with them being stock market Bo$$es (sorry).

The feminist theme of the video is sure to spark a few debates, but Lauren is wearing a 90s choker, so the good news is that trend is officially making a comeback. Continue reading

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