Posts Tagged ‘Blonde Ambition’

JEWEL REALNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Throwback Thursday!

This is one of my favorite songs. And here’s why: Jewel wrote this song when she was 18 and homeless. She was in dire need of medical treatment (due to a kidney condition) and was turned down by the hospital because she had no money or health insurance. A doctor overheard her plea at reception and saw her waiting in the parking lot of the hospital crying. He treated her for free. She wrote this song shortly after in part to thank the doctor for his kindness.

I find so much beauty and hope in that story. Especially when I’m going through something dark in my own life.

“We are God’s eyes. God’s hands. God’s heart.”

NEW HANSON!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This is such a fun video!

No one does pop quite like blonde brothers Taylor, Zac, and Isaac. Which is why I’m stoked about their just-released Get The Girl Back video, which serves as the first single off their forthcoming ninth studio album.

Starring friends Kat Dennings + Nikki Reed + Drake Bell + Drew Seeley, the video features Hanson at their finest- fusing blues/pop with an undeniable feel-good hook.

Welcome back, fellas!

ASHLEE SIMPSON TAKES ON BALLET, DROPS F BOMB IN NEW VIDEO CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Lez be honest, Ashlee Simpson is no Courtney Love. However, the pop tart does know how to pack a suckerpunch. In the just-released black and white clip for new single, Bat For A Heart, Simpson declares that she’s here to f*ck you up! The you in this case being her ex-hubby (Pete Wentz) perhaps?

The video comes backed with a voyeuristic vibe, with scenes of Ashlee showcasing her flexibility and pretty impressive ballet skills. Well, impressive for a pop star, that is.

I personally find joy in the sass that she brings to the pop punk arena, even when countless others find her stuff questionable.

The most memorable line comes in the breakdown of the song when she pouts:

My hands are stained from your dirty black hair
My heart is cursed ’cause you were never there
Am I the crime that you left behind?
Or just a name that fit at the time?

Watch the clip in full below.

LEANN RIMES RELEASES STUNNING, APOLOGETIC BALLAD TO EX-HUSBAND

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Love and heartache is the peanut butter and jelly to any good breakup anthem, but when you take those two elements and throw them into a media scandal, the ingredients get amplified and the taste can often be more bitter than sweet, more brutal than comforting.

That’s certainly been true for LeAnn Rimes, whose personal life revolving around her now ex-husband hit every gossip rag over an affair with a married man, actor Eddie Cibrian.

However, when fuel turns to fire, what do you do with it? If you’re a talented artist, you turn it into something mesmerizing and real, and that’s exactly what LeAnn has done. On her new stunning track What Have I Done, LeAnn is as vulnerable and broken open as a thousand tiny shards of glass.

This song is truly the apologetic post-breakup letter to an ex we’ve never heard before. It’s exquisite, beautiful, haunting. And so damn real…

This is one of the best country records I have heard in years.

I love it so much!

Thank you, LeAnn… For such an incredible, HONEST song. I knew upon first listen, that this song was truly from the gut.

Listen to an intimate, acoustic performance of the track below.

ON HEAVY ROTATION: ‘BEST OF ME’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Think I’m steel
Tough as nails
Never feel
Never fail
But you’re wrong
So damn wrong
Feel the weight
Of your hate
I still bleed
My heart aches
As you take
And You take

Words cut through my skin
Tears roll down my chin
My walls crumble within
But I’ll take it all on
And get up when I fall
Till the last curtain call

But you’ll never get the best of me
No more
Said you’ll never get the best of me
No more
Aren’t you tired of throwing stones
Trying to kick me when I’m down
But you’ll never get the best of me
No more

So you’re cold
Made of ice
Heart of stone
Born to fight
But I cry
I still cry
Are you happy
To know
I’m unhappy alone
Take your shot
I’m wide open

Words cut through my skin
Tears roll down my chin
My walls crumble within
But I’ll take it all on
And get up when I fall
Till the last curtain call
But you’ll never get the best of me
No more
Said you’ll never get the best of me
No more
Aren’t you tired of throwing stones
Trying to kick me when I’m down
But you’ll never get the best of me
No more

Heartbroken and beaten
Knocked down and mistreated
I will rise undefeated
I will not let you bring me down
Now the pain is deleted
And I will never repeat it
I will rise and defeat it
I will not let you bring me down
No I won’t let you bring me down

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FIRST LISTEN: CHRISTINA AGUILERA – ‘BLANK PAGE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

^BiggerThanBeyonce.Com sticker graffiti! Love it!

“Sia and I have done amazing collaborations together. She worked with me on the movie soundtrack ‘Burlesque’, which we got a Golden Globe nomination for. We also did a lot of work on my ‘Bionic’ record that was very sentimental and very intimate and vulnerable feeling, and that’s what I love about working with her. It’s a very natural process and we wrote a beautiful song together called ‘Blank Page’. A lot of people that hear the record say ‘That’s my favorite song on the whole record’. It’s one of those songs that I think everyone can connect to on a certain level.”

-CA

Experience the epicsauce below.

Cannot wait for Lotus!

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THE LOWDOWN: TAYLOR SWIFT’S ‘RED’

By: Natalie Yarden
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


A mixture of catchy-pop tunes and songs that are meant for listening post-heartbreak, Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album, Red, starts off with the song State of Grace, which some say is heavily influenced by U2. The song does have a Brit-rock vibe to it. The lyrics are emotional and mature, yet still relatable to her younger audience. It’s definitely not the sweet country-pop Taylor we are used to, but nevertheless this song is absolutely winning.

The two great happy/jumpy songs on the record? The international smash We Are Never Getting Back Together and 22. 22 is my personal favorite on the album. It falls in the same party vein as The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling and Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. It’s not as serious as some of the other songs on the album, which makes it stand out.

Of course, you can’t have a Taylor record without a few infamous songs about the fellas, considering that’s what she’s become known for. You know, the ones where she takes all of her emotions after a tumultuous relationship and transfers them into words. My two favorite songs like this are I Almost Do and All Too Well. In I Almost Do, she describes how she wants the guy to know that he’s still on her mind, yet she can’t bring herself to let it be known, even when it’s right on the tip of her tongue. All Too Well is another classic breakup song that anyone can relate to. It’s a true tragic love story.

Another cute song from this album is Stay Stay Stay. It’s a feel good song that’s good for lazy afternoons. At first, I thought it sounded like the beginning of a credit card commercial, but the more I listened to it, the more I loved it!

Red is an all-around great album. You can tell that Taylor is trying something new, which is working for her, yet she still stays true to her usual country-pop roots.

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KELLY CLARKSON – ‘CATCH MY BREATH’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Kelly Clarkson is back with a brand new single entitled Catch My Breath, and as usual, homegirl is werkin’ it. Co-written with Jason Halbert and Eric Olson for her upcoming album, Greatest Hits – Chapter 1, the track showcases a more lyrically mature Clarkson pressed against the backdrop of her pop-rooted comfort zone. AKA this is the Kelly we all know and love!

Clarkson explained the inspiration behind the single via her website: “To own a company, lead an organization as a business woman, and be able to create music I’m proud of has been tough, but inspiring, for me,” she writes. “To celebrate the strength and longevity that my fans, friends, and family have supported me with I wrote this song ‘Catch my Breath’ with one of my best friends that has seen me through everything. This song represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that it’s time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today.”

Love it!

Brand new track + the first-ever live performance of the song following.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TAKES ON COLDPLAY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


To state the obvious: I’ve been on a pop kick lately. I know, I know, when am I not on a pop kick? As much as I love fresh talent + indie rock (hello, it’s what we do!), pop is always present in my daily musical diet. And today’s intake is no different.

Carrie Underwood delivered chills last night when she covered Coldplay’s Fix You for VH1’s Unplugged. The slice-of-heaven performance is exactly what you might expect: tearworthy, splendid, and pitch perfect (aca-awesome, anyone?).

Underwood may not be the most interesting or intriguing amongst radio’s blonde bombshells, but if one thing’s for certain, it’s that the woman knows how to deliver an emotionally-driven tune unlike any of her peroxide peers.

Sidenote: I am so jealous of her legs! Carrie, you suck.

Carrie’s version of Fix You below.

DIRRTY AGUILERA RE-EMERGES IN NEW ‘YOUR BODY’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Bathroom stalls, pink pickup trucks, weaves and confetti… In the new music video for Your Body, Christina is one stop from Trannytown, and I love it! I also happen to love the fact that she’s embracing her curves and giving everyone a big FU! Good for her!

Watch the brand spankin’ new clip (directed by Melina Matsoukas) below + for shits & giggles, a blooper reel of Xtina from The Voice following.

NEW P!NK CUTS LIKE A RAZORBLADE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Words cannot describe the way this song makes me feel. Broken open and elegantly vulnerable, this may be the most beautiful dosage of Pink yet.

PERSONAL MOMENT: I realize this may sound dramatic, but it’s true… The first time I heard this song, I was walking through Grand Central. Although surrounded by people, I felt completely alone at the time. Then this song started and it somehow changed all that. It hit me so hard, tears streamed down my face.

Listen to the masterpiece that is Pink’s The Great Escape below.

Pink’s just-released album, The Truth About Love, is out now.

HANSON TACKLES TAYLOR SWIFT IN AUS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ok, you guys. Confession time. I’ve been on the Hanson bandwagon since their MMMBop days and I’ve never quite fallen off. If that somehow makes me not as cool now, I really don’t give a rat’s ass. These guys are incredibly talented, writing and constructing pitch perfect pop songs with more hooks than a Bass Pro store. (See what I did there?)

And personally, I can’t get enough!

The boys recently paid a visit to Australian drive radio show Fifi and Jules, where they tackled Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, reminding the world of their awesomeness.

Check out the acoustic makeover of the song below.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: THE ROCKET SUMMER 200,000

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


The Rocket Summer has just released the music video for new single 200,000 and it’s pretty rad. The clip, directed by Marshall Burnette, features Bryce Avary trekking through some sticky situations: smoking cars, desolate woods, and gangsta kiddies! All for the sake of delivering a song to his soulmate (played by his real-life wife, Tara Avary). Too sweet!

[Sidenote: Loving the subtle explosion at the end of the vid. Nice touch!]

The song is taken from TRS’ latest effort, Life Will Write The Words, which dropped earlier this year via Bryce’s label, Aviate Records.

This album, like all of Bryce’s previous work, is heartfelt and piercing.

The new clip + watch former So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer move to one of my favorite tracks from the album, the goosebump-worthy Scrapbook below.

MOMSEN

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


I will always have a soft spot for front-women, but there is something about Taylor Momsen in The Pretty Reckless that stands out from the rest. If only the media would focus more on her pipes rather than her outfits, there would be less denying of this girl’s ‘it’ factor.

I am so thrilled she has successfully made the transition from actress to singer, because the stage is where she belongs, with microphone in hand.

Their new track Hit Me Like A Man has powerhouse potential. Although it has been out for a few months, lately I have seen more and more radio stations add it to their rotation. In this live performance, her raspy, dominating vocals and stage presence will suck you in like a vacuum.

Check it out.

THE VACCINES TAKE ON TAYLOR SWIFT

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It blows my mind when covers can sometimes own originals. I must admit, the new Taylor Swift single is insanely catchy. She owns her genre, no matter what you think of her taste in lyrics and music.

The Vaccines recently covered the song at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and it’s amazing. This song can definitely be used as an anthem for so many people in their relationships, and it’s nice to hear a different spin on it.

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