Posts Tagged ‘Booty Shaking’


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[photo by: jeff moore]

Yes, childrenz.

Jessie J recently helped launch Music is GREAT Week at HMV, Oxford Circus. The kick-ass campaign has created a DVD and download of iconic live moments featuring top British acts including The Who, Spice Girls and Adele — with all proceeds going directly to benefit Save The Children.

Jude Bridge, Director of Marketing and Comms at Save the Children spoke on the event: “We are very proud to be partnering with Music is GREAT. For each copy sold, Save the Children will receive all net profits. That money will go towards funding our vital work both in the UK and internationally. I would encourage all music fans to buy this fantastic album which will help save children’s lives and give them a chance to fulfill their potential.”

The Music is GREAT DVD is out now via iTunes and Amazon.

I f*cking love Jessie J!

Big heart/Big vocals. Dare I say, the best vocals in the biz?

Check out an adorable promo for the cause + a recent electrifying performance of Laserlight following.

PS: ^I kinda want those shoes. Not gonna lie! FEATURING OUR GIRL EVA

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com is out with the music video for his new single This Is Love, marking his solo debut as a director. The club-ready track, co-produced by, Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, features BTB favorite Eva Simons in all her punky pop-hop (I think I just created a genre here) glory.

Said “I’m so proud of my journey and the experiences made possible by you guys. I don’t like to use the word fans. I like to use the word fams, short for family. This is love. Thank you.”

Winner of 7 freakin’ Grammy Awards, is known not only for his work with the very popular slash overplayed The Black Eyed Peas, but also for his work with several industry heavyweights, including Michael, Britney, and Rihanna (just to name a few). Hello.

But yup, the dude obviously has a formula that sticks.

Watch the just-released video for This Is Love below.

[Related Post: Loving Eva Simons]


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Can’t say I disagree, I love a big hoop!

Nelly Furtado has dropped the music video to her new summer banger Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better), taken off her fifth studio album The Spirit Indestructible, set to drop on June 19th. Directed by X, the video was shot in downtown LA and features Nelly on giant ass stilts with a performance from World Champion Native American hoop dancers.

Basically, it’s a pretty cool vid.

Check it!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Way before Nelly Furtado took her swerve into the mainstream urban arena, I was a big fan. Truth be told, I think her vocals work extremely well in the folksy pop vein of her freshman release. However, she’s proven herself as a contemporary artist, fitting comfortably into the mix on Top 40 radio. Which is right where her new single Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) falls.

Produced by the legendary Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Britney Spears, hello), the sizzling new track is set to be Furtado’s first single off her forthcoming album, The Spirit Indestructible, due out June 19th.

It takes a minute to rub off on ya, but once it pierces the skin, you can’t help but to bounce.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You must know Eva Simons — a Dutch stick of dynamite who creates dance floor-ready tracks as catchy as a viral video. You may not recognize the name, but I’m certain you’ve heard her voice, from singles like 2009’s Silly Boy (which Kanye West gave props to on his bloggy), and of course, Take Over Control (the smash club banger by Afrojack).

Now, the Dutch pop singer is ready to light a fire underneath a solo career, with the release of her new single I Don’t Like You, produced by Zedd. The song was just released digitally on Interscope Records and I freakin’ love it!

Go support this chick!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I have a feeling Madonna is gonna be 90 and still making me wet my pants in excitement over a freaking music video. This is her latest…

Eat your heart out, Gaga. No one will ever be as stylish as this bitch.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This post is coming at cha in real time, thanks to a feature I like to call “Copy and paste from my Facebook.” It’s a really neat tool, you guys. This is a FB status I posted yesterday:

“I just made direct eye contact w/ Maggie Gyllenhaal. If Jake walks in (I’m at lunch), I might “die”. I’m just saying. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, what what! (He used to be a lifeguard, so he knows his first-aid procedures. Don’t ask me how I know this stuff.)”

Yeah, so that happened. Fun times.

Speaking of Jakey Snugglebutt…

I only watched this new music video because of Jake. But then it creeped me out. I don’t like hipster killer Jake. I like cute, puppy dog Jake.

Still, this is a piece of art backed by a pretty killer groove. Get it, killer! Gosh, I crack myself up.

Creepy Jake (boo!) + puppy dog Jake (yay!) following.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Talk about an electrifying way to enter the scene…

Neon Hitch, known to many from her feature on Gym Class Heroes’ Ass Back Home, has unleashed a rather titillating video for Love U Betta (also known as F*ck U Betta), the first single from her upcoming album Beg, Borrow, and Steal. In the Chris Applebaum-directed clip, the volcano-haired artist writhes on the floor nearly naked, rolling around in black paint.

I seriously cannot stop playing this damn song.

Straight guys, prepare to be bonerfied!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

If elephants can paint, why can’t dogs shoot music videos?!

South African synth-pop artist, Johnny Neon, has released a super cool video for the song Hearts, with the help of a rescue dog named Lemon, who spent some time with a GoPro camera on her back. The footage captured by the lovable animal (who was found on the side of the road and nursed back to health, sad face) makes up the entire clip.

Director/filmmaker Dave Meinert directed the video, while he was dogsitting the pooch for a friend.


And such a fun track…

Win/Win, people!

Johnny Neon ‘Hearts’ from Dave Meinert on Vimeo.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“My goal is to always come from a place of love, but sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherf*cker.”



By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

JoJo has just dropped a brand spankin’ new remix of her hit single Disaster, accompanied by a new video — a fragmented, extended version of the original video for the track. Remixed by DJ Klue (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna), the song is now full of bass and dancefloor ready.

Says JoJo: “I’m excited to present to you the DJ Kue version of my ‘Disaster’ video. I love this remix and hope you will enjoy it, too.”

This remix is one of five that will be featured on a new EP set to drop on March 6th.

JoJo’s new album, Jumping Trains, will be released this Spring.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Back in 2005, I listened to an undeveloped, extensive band on my headphones during Intro to Literature freshman year of college. A few years later, in July of 2010, I reviewed this same little band called Foxy Shazam, begging people to give them a listen and referring to them as the “Evil Knievel Of Rock And Roll.” I still fully stand by that proclamation. If two years have gone by and you are just now finding out about this band, shame on you. But no judging here; simply do yourself a favor and watch their live set (whether in person, online, or on stage), for it will ultimately change you.

From sound, location, style, and content, this band has grown with every release. Please allow me to explain. Their second release back in 2009, Introducing (contrary to the title, this wasn’t their debut, for their first release hadn’t “introduced” them as they had hoped), had that Southern feel, getting them on the map. You could almost feel the Cincinnati roots on this album. Then on their third release, the self-titled Foxy Shazam, they traveled across the country musically, providing that L.A. glam-rock feel, which Foxy fans have grown to expect. The album was compressed with anthems, catchy hooks, and blissfully overblown music that scaled the heights of pomp-rock excess that has seldom soared since the heyday of Queen (I’ve dropped the Freddy Mercury comparison in a prior review, for I find him to be lead singer Eric Nally’s avatar).

Now in 2012, Foxy Shazam is back with a new release, The Church of Rock and Roll, and it’s everything that I could have expected, and more. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of delirious surpluses on this record, but in there you can also find new depth along with maturity; and if we want to travel again, more of an “England Rock” feel. Okay, the lead single I Like It, is certainly fun, and sure as hell foxy, but there is so much more behind this record. Here, Foxy Shazam has shaped music that sounds better being boomed from an old Cadillac, rather than out of your headphones on your iPad. With the haughty goal of altering the very explanation of music itself, Foxy Shazam brings the description back to what it once was: Classic Rock; serving as a standard, musical, model guide.

I saw them perform most of their new songs back in November before the album was released, and you can tell this is a touring record, one that needs to be taken on the road, and acted out in story, song by song. The band is defined by Eric’s high-flying theatrical vocals, and air of debauched recklessness. This quintet almost seems like something produced from a talent agency, or a casting call if you will. Their live performance is just that; a performance compressed with a story, and somewhat of a script. There are theatrics, and each member of the band is not only a rock star but a character, cast perfectly, playing their part to the fullest. If you get a chance to catch them live, watch the reactions of the faces of the people in the crowd. It may temporarily make you feel uncomfortable, but you’ll love every minute of it. It must be thrilling for them as musicians, because you can almost see people being converted. Whether going into their show with an open mind, or seeing them for the first time, it will change you. And at the end of the day, I can only imagine how rewarding that must be.

Listen, I could go on for hours, and I am not going to tell you this album is the most amazing thing you will ever hear; but it’s edgy as hell. If you are tired of music all sounding the same, this band is for you. Oh, and by the way, they just posted a boatload of spring tour dates, and you’re invited to experience physical and mental stimulation.



By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

ROB BRAYL: Lock and Load! Obviously taken from your song ‘Getaway’ (which I love BTW) — Was it an intention from the start to make such fun infectious pop music?

XOE: Yes! I have always been a huge fan of straight up pop music that gets stuck in my head all day. I wanted to make music that was fun, upbeat, and catchy. That’s the kind of music that puts me in a good mood, so I wanted to create something that would make people happy.

RB: Let’s backup. How would you describe yourself + your sound. I’m getting a Ke$ha vibe! But not trashy. So maybe a Taylor Swift/Ke$ha hybrid, perhaps? [Laughs]

X: [Laughs] I would agree that I am very influenced by Ke$ha’s style of music, with my own flair! I wanted to combine classic pop with a dance edge, and a bit of humor. I also took inspiration from Britney Spears, especially on my song ‘Getaway’ and ‘Stuck On Repeat’. So, yes, a sweeter version of Ke$ha!

RB: You moved to LA two years ago to work on music. Most of us creative folk tend to target NYC or LA. Why LA?

X: I am originally from San Diego, so growing up, my mom and I visited LA all the time. I was able to get a glimpse of the culture and vibe of the city, so when I graduated high school I instantly knew I wanted to be in LA. But I would love to explore New York in the future!

RB: What has been the driving force that has pushed you into creating music?

X: I grew up doing tons of musical theater, and I was always obsessed with Broadway musicals. As a kid, I attempted to write my own mini-musicals just so I could perform them for whoever would listen. I knew that entertaining was my passion, and I transitioned my passion from show tunes into pop music. I also come from a very creative family; my mother is a photographer/painter and my father welds sculptures out of old car parts. Based on my upbringing, I had no choice but to choose a career in music.

RB: Just curious… What was the last song you listened to on your iPod?

X: The last song I listened to was Cinema by Benny Benassi Featuring Gary Go. It is such a genius pop song!

RB: BTB is all about spotlighting independent artists. Do you feel technology has made it somewhat easier for unsigned artists to be heard or do you feel the industry as a whole is still frustrating?

X: I think the internet has given unsigned and independent artists a bigger platform to get their music heard- which is a wonderful thing. Technology has created new outlets to share music, but only for the artists who are really thinking outside of the box. There is so much new music online, that in order to be heard, you have to stand out now more than ever. The industry is frustrating, but if the music is good, people will listen. That part of the industry will never change.

RB: And finally, give us something entertaining to end this interview on.

X: I am obsessed with cats! I also collect salt and pepper shakers.

LISTEN: Getaway by Xoe (Audio)

[Xoe Music Online]


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Madonna owned that stage like a motherf*ckin’ boss!

Honestly, this was the best halftime show in…I dunno, ever?!

Besides the sweet notion of dedicating her performance to her father, a man of Midwestern values who she says is the reason behind her work ethic, my favorite quote from Madonna’s Super Bowl Press Conference was when a young man asked M if she had any advice for artists young in their career.

This was her response:

“If you don’t believe in what you’re doing and you don’t have passion for what you’re doing, quit right now — because anything worth having and accomplishing is gonna be hard. And there’s gonna be a lot of people trying to bring you down or tell you that you can’t, so have faith in yourself — that’s number one — and number two: Don’t take anything personally.”


Press conference + halftime extravaganza below!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Stripper Poll: Who else is ONLY watching the Super Bowl for Madonna?!

Madonna has unveiled the titles to the 15 songs to be included on the Deluxe Edition of her much anticipated new album, MDNA.

– Girls Gone Wild
– Gang Bang
– I’m Addicted
… – Some Girls
– I Don’t Give A
– Turn Up the Radio
– Give Me All Your Luvin’
– B-day Song
– Superstar
– I’m a Sinner
– Masterpiece
– Falling Free
– Love Spent
– I Fucked Up
– Beautiful Killer

Deluxe edition of the album is currently available for pre-order from iTunes as of 6am PST / 9am EST TODAY!

Teaser + the just-released music video for Give Me All Your Luvin’ below.