Archive for September, 2011


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

New Found Glory is back with a new single entitled Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing. One thing I can praise this band for, is consistently pumping out upbeat, pop punk tracks without trying to be something they are not. It’s what they are good at and what they know. Oh btw, it’s free on i-Tunes this week. Um yeah, you heard that right…

Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing is very title considered, with not wanting to be the victim of a short, bittersweet summer love that won’t last much longer than an ice cube on a stovetop. Life changing? No. Catchy while throwing a house party? Yes.

Along with a few bands like Blink 182, New Found Glory, in my eyes, is one of the key founders of this genre, continuing to hold onto that title belt. This song really did its job by leaving me wanting more. Looking forward to their new album.



By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ira Perez is one heck of a one woman show. Her voice is jazz, candlelight dinners, quiet secrets, smoky nightclubs. Another element of YouTube that makes me stop scorning the internet for a millisecond. She’s real talent, and I bless cyberspace for making her known to me.

Glad to say her talent has not gone unnoticed. She’s been picked up by a legit indie label and won the Houston Press award for Best Female Vocals in 2010. Her album is on the way, and for now she’s honouring our ears with original pieces and sundering covers.

One such cover is her rendition of Bruno Mars’ Grenade. Her low-key crooning makes the concoction all the more pensive, sensitive.

She’d catch a grenade for ya. Would you do the same?


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


50 Cent has officially launched his new energy shot, Street King. Fiddy’s goal is to provide 1 billion meals over the course of the next five years to children in need. With every Street King shot purchased, a meal is provided.

Unfortunately for me, caffeine turns me into a crazier tweaked out version of Patti Stanger from Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker. So for the good of mankind, I abstain from ALL energy drinks! Well, 90% of the time. But I plan on buying a few and tossing them over to the homeless. Win/win!

Watch + sign up at to support this wonderful cause.

Oh! And since I mentioned Patti Stanger, please watch the second clip! The dildo part had me on the floor! Hilarious NSFW awesomeness.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Smashing the repeat button with a bottle of lube!

Swedish pop tart Agnes Carlsson is out with the music video to her new single Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, the first release from her upcoming fourth studio album. Co-written by Agnes, the sound of the track follows the electronic dancefloor heels of her smash single Release Me.

Says Agnes: “I write a lot about love and relationships. For better or worse. I love powerful music, as the music approaches the great feelings, and nothing is bigger than love. It’s the greatest thing in the end.”

If the vibrant lube-y description above didn’t make it apparent, I LOVE this song. Bittersweet Europop goodness!

Watch the kaleidoscopic video (directed by Mikeadelica) below.

[Related Post: Agnes Breaks Up On The Dancefloor]


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

In my opinion, Bruno Mars is in a category of his own — pop soul with a twang that gets me buzzed every time. He recently recorded a new track for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I soundtrack called It Will Rain. Beautifully belting out earnest lyrics about the girl he falls hard for, he describes the pain he will have to endure if he loses the love of his life. The angst! That voice! That range!

Ah Bruno, you’ve done it again. Ladies, prepare to swoon.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Wuvs her!

As a follow-up to THIS POST, Kelly has dropped the official vid to new single Mr. Know It All and she looks uhhmazing!

Pay close attention to Kelly’s thighs. Who doesn’t love a little hip action? Toothpicks are boring in the hip department. Sorry, toothpicks of the world! Don’t act like y’all don’t know it’s true.

On first listen, I felt this track seemed anti-climatic, but over time it’s completely rubbed off on me.

Clarkson will release her fifth studio album, Stronger, on October 24th.

Watch the new video + a recent performance of the track following.

As always, her live vocals are on fire.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Oreo cookies and cream!

Patrick Stump has released the music video for new single This City, featuring Lupe Fiasco. The track is taken from the former Fall Out Boy frontman’s debut solo album Soul Punk, which is set to drop on October 18th.

Says Patrick on the track/working with Fiasco: “Before ‘Food & Liquor’ came out he and I were talking about working on something together. I ended up producing the song ‘Little Weapon’ for his ‘The Cool’ record. I actually wrote the hook for ‘This City’ with him in mind before I decided to use it for ‘Soul Punk’, so when the label asked me if I’d be interested in doing a remix with an MC he was the only real way I’d say yes.”

Cool chic video, for sure. Even after several listens though, I still find an uneven balance with this pairing. Maybe it’s just this specific track but something seems off. Not off in a terrible way because I do enjoy this song, but anywhoosie…

Press play!

[Related Post: Patrick Stump Flys Solo, Releases ‘Truant Wave’ EP]


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This just in!

Hide yo kids! Hide yo wife! Cuz they suffocatin’ errbody out here!

I’m just kidding (obvi). I think she’s cute!

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ok, so I know I just discovered his music but I’m totally head over heels in love with what I’ve heard so far. Totally hooked on this bearded man!

Sorry, y’all. Just buggin’ out over this mad talented whitey tightey!

Headnodic’s the name — a producer from Oakland who just released his Red Line Radio LP, marking his full length debut as a headlining artist.

And since I posted a few more heavy-hitting ballads yesterday, I thought this track was a perfect gem to toss into the mix, to switch up moods.

Listen/download the Dirty Diamonds remix featuring Moe Pope, Bru Lei, Very, Jern Eye, Nightclubber Lang & One.Be.Lo below.

He’s pretty cute, no? Google him!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Demi Lovato has dropped her much anticipated Unbroken release, and after getting my hands on a copy and giving it a whirl, I have a few things to say. First, it’s obvious (like duh!) that her label had a big influence on the commercial appeal factor with this record. The first few tracks are collaborations that quite frankly are forgettable and lack the true grit possessed in Skyscraper. Yeah yeah, I know Demi Lovato isn’t Adele and an entire album of heavy hitting ballads might be a bit of a buzzkill. But to me, the emotionally charged pop numbers is where she truly effing shines. From listening to my favorite track on the record For The Love Of A Daughter (below) + lead single Skyscraper, I think it’s apparent that Demi’s heart lies in the cracks of the broken-hearted tracks. (Hey! That rhymed.)

Overall, it’s a great commercial release. I just wish there was a bit more brokenness and less ordinary radio friendly production.

When you watch/listen to the clips below you may think this post seems a bit hypocritical (as the songs I’ve posted are very broken and heartfelt), but I assure you that the majority of the album is not as intense as I had daydreamed. I am posting these clips because this is the Demi I cling to, the Demi I love. I understand completely as to why the album is the way it is — Demi is a very mainstream artist after all — it’s just an opinion of the elements I would’ve liked to have seen more of splashed around on the project.

I would also like to point out that I love this girl for her bravery and the truth she has shared with the world with regards to her past + her traumatic issues. I just wanted to give an honest opinion on the album from someone who is a proud supporter and fan of Demi’s music.

Recent performance + interview + my favorite track from Unbroken below.

(She sounds so damn amazing live.)

[Related: Lovato’s ‘Skyscraper’ Proves There’s Beauty In The Breakdown]



By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

As a follow-up to my Darren Hayes Pours Gorgeous Over New ‘Bloodstained Heart’ Single post, Darren has officially released the music video to the stunning ballad. Shot in the UK and directed by Chris Cottam, the video remains true to the simplicity of the song. Less is more and Darren proves this in the clip.

Says Darren:
“The song means so much to me because I wrote it about a time in my life when someone close to me was going through a horrible time and I wished more than anything that I could step in and take the bullet for them. We’ve all experienced that helpless feeling of standing by idly while someone you love is suffering – and wished that you could absorb the impact for them. It’s about those situations in life where, maybe you feel you are losing the battle, but you’ll never lose your dignity.”

Freakin’ love!

Darren’s new album Secret Codes and Battleships is due out next month.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

To celebrate the death of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I thought I would post one of the songs that became a backdrop to my life when I was struggling with the idea of stepping out of the closet. It’s a beautiful song by Kendall Payne entitled Closer To Myself.

Surprisingly enuff (or not if you follow this blog on the regular), Kendall Payne is a Contemporary Christian artist. My jagged faith is important to me and this song not only represents a freedom but also a cage; I felt completely caged with everyone else’s idea of who I should be at the time (including the conservative church’s idea).

The line that particularly pierced was — “I’ve been everybody else, now I want to be something closer to myself.”

I’ve never been in military uniform (well, not my own at least — oh snap!) but I can only imagine that this is how each LGBT soldier feels when they serve our country with their lips sealed.

This is getting preachy McPreacherson so I’m gonna shove a cork in it before I go all Southern Baptist psychopath, so that’s pretty much it, kids. Be yourself. Love yourself. And do NOT, for any reason whatsoever, buy a pink Hummer.

And if this is too serious for ya, you can A. suck it and B. go watch hot soldiers dancing to Britney Spears by following the link below.


[Related Post: US Soldiers Grab Crotchsicles While Dancing To Britney]

[Vid Above]: A brave soldier coming out to his father, the day DADT died.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Getting to know a fresh, ferocious artist; Alessi’s Ark.

MARIA CIEZAK: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me! You have been singing for quite some time. How has life changed for you since the release of ‘Time Travel’?

ALESSI’S ARK: It has been really nice to play a mixture of these newer songs from the album at the shows and to share the music in new areas. I was on tour with John Grant in Europe when the album was released over here in the UK and it was my very first time visiting a lot of the cities we travelled through. It was a double treat, being able to visit at all and to be able to share the new songs. I also really, really recommend having a listen to John Grant if you haven’t already.

MC: Do you write your music yourself? And where do you get your song inspiration from?

AA: Yes, I do write my own music. Sometimes I go through spells of not feeling very inspired when the feeling is there, inspiration can flow and be found just about anywhere; in overheard conversations, through the movements of leaves, conversations and stories shared with family and friends, dreams, past experiences and the imagination itself.

MC: What do you enjoy more, recording in the studio or taking your music live on the road?

AA: Both are special experiences in their own way. While recording you can be more in control of the environment and can really make a studio feel like a handmade den, which makes playing very comfortable. It is equally lovely to see other places and be able to meet others through playing the songs in their neck of the woods.

MC: ‘Kind of Man’ and ‘The Fever’ are two of my favorite tracks. Are there any songs you enjoy performing the most?

AA: On this upcoming tour I’ll be playing solo but when playing with the Ark we have fun playing ‘Must have grown’ as it has bloomed a new ending that ebbs and flows nightly.

MC: We are so excited to see you tour here in America. A high profile support slot with Laura Marling. What kind of trouble do two talented young ladies get up to out on the road?

AA: Nothing too disgraceful!

MC: Who would you perform your dream duet with?

AA: I think Jim James’ voice is beautiful.

MC: For those people just getting to know you, what are some words of inspiration you can leave behind?

AA: Trust your stomach and follow your heart.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The only thing with Gaga is, she doesn’t move me. I see a lot of commerce in people’s lives; a lot of drive and ambition, but what I often feel is lacking is emotion. That’s what I love about Adele. It’s so refreshing. People are reminded what it’s about. We want to be touched. We don’t need all the fripperies and excesses. We just want her voice. The problem with Gaga is, the burnout possibilities are very high. It’s like how hard do you have to work to flog that? How hard is it to be different every single day? I wouldn’t want that kind of burden.

–Annie Lennox via Stylist

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

There’s something very old skool pop about the production of this song that I dig + the stylizing of the music video is solid and the concept is strong/commercially appealing. Overall, I’m really feeling it. But who knows, seeing Joe get his romantic schmooze on might have skewed my perspective.

Welcome to manhood, Joe.

Bon appétit!

[Related Post: ‘Love Slayer’ By Joe Jonas, Slays?]

[Check out my interview with Glozell (above) HERE.]