Archive for August, 2013

PUSHA T DROPS CHRIS BROWN-ASSISTED ‘SWEET SERENADE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Clipse rapper Pusha T recently tweeted a link to his new song, the Chris Brown-assisted Sweet Serenade. Produced by Swizz Beatz, the intelligently orchestrated track is a collaboration worth noticing.

The song will appear on Pusha T’s upcoming debut album, which will also include features from Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Rick Ross, Ab-Liva, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, The-Dream, Kanye West and Young Jeezy, with production by Kanye, Pharrell, The-Dream, Nottz and Don Cannon.

Cool fact: During a Twitter Q&A, Pusha T confirmed the album art will be handled by Kanye West’s creative collective and design group, DONDA.

Listen to Sweet Serenade featuring Chris Brown below.

Pusha T’s forthcoming solo debut, My Name Is My Name, is due out October 8th.

KAT GRAHAM SHIMMERS ON ‘POWER’ TRACK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I used to be a flower on the wall in the back row/Never was a homecoming queen just a shadow/Now I got a crown ’cause you gave it to me/Cleopatra strong, yeah you found it in me,” sings Kat Graham on her new single Power.

Co-written by Graham, Power is a radio-ready track that shimmers.

Power was produced by Grammy-nomiated production duo The Suspex, who recently wrote + produced Demi Lovato’s smash Heart Attack.

In addition to new music, Graham will also appear on the 5th season of CW’s Vampire Diaries.

Listen to the new track below.

MILEY REGAINS RESPECT ON NEW SINGLE ‘WRECKING BALL’ [AUDIO]

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Saturday night, a day before #Mileygate, Miley Cyrus dropped her new single Wrecking Ball + the cover art for her forthcoming album, Bangerz. Of course, all of this was quickly overshadowed by her now infamous whack-a-doodle performance with creepy Beetlejuice perv, Robin Thicke.

Today, all that changes, as we place the spotlight on the new track.

After the hedonistic and controversial lead single, We Can’t Stop, one might expect a follow-up just as twerky, but what Wrecking Ball delivers is everything Miley’s newfound image is not: It’s vulnerable, understated, and beautiful. It’s a heartbroken ballad with striking force. It’s grown-up Miley without the awkward tongue flashing and creepy teddy bears.

Wrecking Ball is currently available for purchase on iTunes.

Bangerz is set to drop on October 8th.

Audio below.

***UPDATE: Official music video after the jump!***

DOUBLE DOSAGE: KID FELIX DELIVERS X 2

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

After the success of their first two EPs, South Jersey-based Kid Felix are back with two new singles, I Am The River and Jericho, both tracks emotionally charged, potent and primed for alternative rock radio.

With a solid lineup of summer performances and heavy studio sessions, Kid Felix are well on their way to rock and roll glory. In the past two years, the band’s six members have left no stone unturned, playing The Bamboozle Festival, The Vans Warped Tour, and recently opening up the WMMRBQ at The Susquehanna Bank Center with Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, just to name a few.

Their two EPs, Head Above Water and Young Luck, are available now.

Kid Felix will be joining Three Days Grace and Otherwise at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Thursday, September 26th for a show presented by WRAT-95.9FM and WDHA 105.5FM. Tickets are available now.

For more on Kid Felix, click here.

Double dosage below!

[Related Post: Exclusive Interview with Kid Felix]

OBSESSED WITH JETTA’S ‘START A RIOT’!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I cannot stop playing this song!

Fact: Indie pop songstress Jetta is f*cking awesome. Especially if we’re basing this opinion solely on her trailblazing track Start A Riot, which has finally been released in the U.S. as part of the long-awaited The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones original soundtrack.

Written by Jetta + James Eliot (Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon), Start A Riot is an obvious gem, a diamond that surfaces through the coals of Jetta’s powerful and soulful vocals, vocals that soar: “My heart aches when I think of you. Let’s run away, let’s start a riot,” she sings.

The UK native initially got her start performing on tour as a backing vocalist for Paloma Faith and Cee Lo Green, and was most recently signed to Lava/Republic Records by Harinder Rana (the man responsible for signing BTB fave, Jessie J).

Listen to the uh-mazing Start A Riot below!

#ARTISTTOWATCH

TOMÁS DONCKER BAND

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This isn’t my usual jam. Still, my interest has been piqued like a mountaintop. (Forgive me for that one!) The Tomas Doncker Band is a fertile ground for funk, soul, jazz, and blues, fusing it all together with healthy spoonfuls of wicked guitar. Tomas got started playing with more groups than I could bother to mention. It wasn’t until 2008 that he got his own band together to release the Howlin Wolf EP.

Now they’re back and keen to collaborate! And collaborate they did: every song on Power of Trinity… A Slight Return features a new artist. Tomas describes the music he plays as global soul, which he considers “the sound of our collective conscience”.

Their 2013 EP is being released in support of a charity that supports young women in Ethiopia. Sound!

As for the sound itself, I’m not sure what to say. Do I like it? Definitely. Beyond that I find it difficult to describe. There’s a rhythm here I’m not accustomed to, one that breaks barriers rather than putting them up. It’s pure fluid, and it’s rushing fast.
 

EPIC COMBO: IGGY AZALEA FEAT. T.I. – ‘CHANGE YOUR LIFE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Some duos are made for each other: Ketchup/Mustard, Sonny/Cher/, Britney/Uggs. In today’s news of epic combos, comes Iggy Azalea’s new song, Change Your Life featuring T.I.

On the Messengers-produced track, the fresh-faced rapper’s got major hustle and flow. Simply put, this is a spitfire collaboration that works. It’s full of spark and has an addictive beat that sticks.

Listen to Iggy Azalea’s Change Your Life featuring T.I. below.

Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!

LIZ

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Pop/R&B newcomer Liz is creating ripples and buzz with her new track Day N’ Nite, a collaboration between the Los Angeles-based artist and producer Ryan Hemsworth (Frank Ocean). Together, the pair have created a soulful pop song that’s worth noticing. Day N’ Nite is slick and effective, a soft-shelled single that makes a dent upon first listen.

Her tone and understated swagger on this track reminds me of Stacie Orrico.

Listen to Day N’ Nite below!

MUST-SEE: ASHTON KUTCHER’S UNEXPECTED TEEN CHOICE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH! #TRUTH

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it! Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.”

-Chris Kutcher

Thank you, Christopher Ashton Kutcher, for making my day!

NEON JUNGLE TAKES ON MILEY! #TWERK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Sick cover alert!

Up-and-coming London-based girl group Neon Trees have taken on Miley’s skankfest of a single, We Can’t Stop, and totally rocked it.

It’s smooth, less bitter, and more sweet.

Check out the rendition below + the infamous original clip following.

Twerk! Twerk! Twerk!

NEW VIDEO: LUKE JAMES FEAT. HIT-BOY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


A few months back, I wrote about R&B newcomer Luke James and his rise to stardom as an opening act on Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Show tour. At the time, his single/video combo for I.O.U. was creating waves and noteworthy in its own right.

Today, James has premiered a new music video for his single Oh God (featuring Hit-Boy), and it’s pretty cool. Directed by Sarah McColgan, the clip is cinematic, classy and oh-so-chic. Three labels that also seem to fit James as an artist.

Luke’s debut album, Made To Love, is set to drop later this year.

Watch the just-released video for Oh God below.

[Related Post: Luke James Comes #Beyoncé-Approved]

YOU MUST KNOW: EDDIE GOMEZ & HIS SERIOUSLY KICK-ASS SINGLE ‘SOMEDAY’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Fresh meat alert!

Portland-based Eddie Gomez is creating buzz with his new single Someday – an angsty pop-coated track about a relationship gone sour. His voice is sexy and his vocals are rough and raw in all the right places.

Someday + his entire upcoming EP was produced by Captaincuts.

A little background on Gomez: As a child, he suffered from a serious speech impediment. His parents, struggling folk dancers, raised their children submerged in music. Gomez quickly realized that singing helped with his stutter and served as an escape from the difficulties in his life (he was often picked on by other kids for wearing his siblings hand-me-downs). Through the financial difficulties his family faced and the condition of his speech, Gomez has adopted the phrase “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Audio for Someday below!

Gomez’s EP, No, is set to drop August 27th.

Really liking this guy!

KATY PERRY RETURNS W/ #ROAR SINGLE!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

OMG, I’m crying. I love it!

Just like her previous smash records, Roar is effortlessly delivered by pop professors Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

Perry’s fourth album, Prism (her first since 2010’s Teenage Dream), is set to drop Oct. 22nd.

Roar lyric video below!

(You can’t discard Katy, especially when she creates music with an uplifting message that purrs.)

#ILOVEKATYPERRY #NOSHAMEWHATSOEVER

***UPDATE*** Official Roar music video below!

ON REPEAT: FEFE DOBSON – ‘LEGACY’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Fefe Dobson is one bad ass, underrated chick! Simply put, this is one songstress who knows how to craft a perfectly polished pop track.

The Canadian singer/songwriter has just released Legacy — her first single since 2011’s epically anthemic Can’t Breathe — and I love it! Written by herself, in collaboration of Hasham Hussain, Denarius Motes and Edwin Serrano, Legacy is vibrant, fresh and cool.

It’s summery. It’s feel good. It’s Fefe.

The track is taken from her upcoming fourth studio album, still untitled, that’s scheduled for release later this year.

Listen to Legacy below!

THE REBEL LIGHT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Every now and then, I find a hidden gem in my inbox — that fresh indie talent that really strikes a chord and gets underneath the skin. Today, that little gem is Los Angeles-based The Rebel Light and their new track Jukebox Dream.

This is the type of indie band that I love. One that isn’t careless and clueless to the current climate of music. One that knows exactly how to craft a sound that sticks. And this track really does have that tight, feel-good grip – it’s nostalgic, retro and gnarly. It tastes like an ice cream float and feels like sunny California. It’s a sound of innocent days gone by while cruising with the top down.

Simply put, it’s a fresh breath of air.

According to lead singer, Will, this track was created in-house – literally! – with instruments in the living room and vocals recorded in the kitchen, further proving the point that creative minds can make something memorable without ridiculous studio tricks.

I’m not fully versed in the rest of their material, but I’m diggin’ this track, and I think it’s safe to say that this is a band worth watching.

Listen to The Rebel Light’s Jukebox Dream below.

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