Posts Tagged ‘Breakup’


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo is a grenade waiting to explode.

Nearly a year after dropping the addictive Habits, Tove Lo is poised for a U.S. breakthrough following the recent release of her debut EP Truth Serum. The title couldn’t be more fitting as the EP explores the explicit aftermath of a breakup. What’s great about Tove Lo, besides her obvious taste in creating stellar pop music, is her ability to be completely raw and honest with lyrics that sting.

Truth Serum is straight-up pop gold.

Tove Lo is set to take the EP center stage, making her New York concert debut on April 24th at Neon Gold’s Popshop showcase, held at The Westway, a former strip club.

Be on the lookout for more Tove Lo later this year as she preps the release of her full-length debut for Island Def Jam.

Tove Lo overload below!


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The best beauty is wrenching. It falls so far beneath the skin, into the crevasses and gaping scars of the soul.

Lakefield is one big gorgeous vibration. It was conceived by five friends from Vancouver: Kate on keys and belting the stunning songs, Steven on guitar while backing up Kate’s vocals, Kyle holding steady on bass, Bryan adding another rich layer of guitar, and Paul beating the heart of the drums.

The result? Sonic poetry.

They sound like Death Cab For Cutie, but deeper, and far more eloquent. Whether they drag you through a psychological storm or allow you to splash in puddles the following morn, you’re going to leave with wet eyes.

They ached and bled against their instruments for five years and one full-length album before impaling themselves on six final sonnets.

I’m sad the title of their 2014 EP, Swan Songs, is literal (for the band’s lifeline). I’m sad true talent fails to promise a paycheque, and creative industries choose Chart-Busters over real art. Even if your act whispers of commercial appeal, there’s no guarantee you’ll find yourself on top. It’s a gamble, and as a result, too many amazing bands leave the casino with empty pockets.

I hope they know people appreciate all that they’re leaving behind.

It’s sad, but beautiful.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: For those unfamiliar, can you give us a brief background? How did you meet the band?

ARIANA AND THE ROSE: Sure. I actually started as an actress, doing musical theater, commercials and film from the time I was a kid all the way through college. I wrote and played music on the side as a release. Throughout high school and the beginning of college, I wrote with people in New York, LA and Nashville, but it wasn’t until a year before I graduated from NYU that I decided I wanted to pursue music full-time. I put a band together as soon as I graduated, meeting guys through my managers and friends’ suggestions. I decided to call the band Ariana & the Rose since we perform all the music with live instruments and we’ve been together ever since.

MC: I love the new acoustic video for Heartbeat — the song is beautiful. The video is very raw and personal. What made you choose the dark color theme?

A: Thank you! Well, the song has this theme of a beautiful thing falling apart. I created that video with my friend and fashion designer, Daniel Silverstein. We wanted to make something that spoke to both of our styles. (I’m wearing a dress from his Fall 2013 collection in the video.) There’s something so classic about black and white and we felt that having the color of the video to be completely de-saturated would be a modern way of capturing that classic feel.

MC: What would you say you enjoy more: Recording? Writing? Or performing?

A: I really go back and forth with this. I always say that I enjoy whatever I happen to be doing at the moment the most. I’m currently in the studio writing, so right now I enjoy that more. But I’ll be on tour in a couple weeks and that will be my favorite part. I look at it as a good thing to be indecisive about.

MC: Do you write all of your own material?

A: Yep. I play piano and usually start most of my songs on an acoustic instrument. I do a lot of co-writing, typically me and another writer/producer. I find that writing alone can get a bit lonely sometimes. I’m a really social person and I like having another person to bounce ideas off of.

MC: If you had to place your music into a certain style or genre, could you?

A: I would choose synth pop, as a broad genre. More specifically: singer-songwriter with heavy electro and synth influences.

MC: I see you have been compared to many artists but I think your sound is very original. Do you find it flattering when placed with artists?

A: Thank you. I really try to create music I feel sounds just like me. Of course, it’s always flattering to be compared to other artists, especially ones that have been so successful. I’d like to think that when people compare you to other artists they love it’s because they love you too.

MC: What’s next for Ariana & The Rose?

A: My single Heartbeat came out on Nov 19th and my EP Head vs Heart will be released in early 2014. I’m also headed on a US tour with Heffron Drove (Nov 23-Dec 22). So lots of new material and live shows. It’s the perfect way to end the year.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Major props to The Walking Dead for playing this killer track (#YayPuns) from Ben Howard — a UK-based artist that we promoted earlier this year. (See related link below.)

This song is flawless + Ben’s melancholy delivery certainly brings the post-apocalyptic chills.

Listen to the haunting Oats In The Water below.


[Related Post: Ben Howard]


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’m speechless. When I first started BiggerThanBeyonce in 2009, my personal life was sh*t. (Pardon my French.) The plus side was that I had just moved to New York and had the chance to see and meet amazing underground artists.

Ian Axel was the first artist I ever interviewed for this little independent blog. At the time, no one knew who he was, but his music changed my life and I just knew he would go on to become a star.

That’s him on stage last week Christina Aguilera, performing a song that I’ve been listening to since I first discovered him five years ago.

It’s now in the Top 5 on Billboard.

To say that I’m blown away would be an understatement.

Axel recently spoke to Billboard on the collaboration: “‘Say Something’ was danced to on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ almost two months ago, and so many people responded to it. In that whole process, someone on our team played it for someone on Christina’s team, and we got a call that Christina wanted to record it, and then, literally a week later, we were in L.A. recording it with her.”

So happy to see powerful, genuine music getting the attention it deserves!

A Great Big World’s debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, is set to drop on January 14th, 2014.

Watch the incredible live performance of Say Something below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

JT gets the rough treatment in new TKO clip.

Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, who has previously shot for Wild Nothing and Pusha T, the seven-minute clip depicts Timberlake in a scary sitch — tied to the back of Riley Keough’s pickup while she goes for a late night spin down a dirt road.

And although it may look like Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike) and Timberlake make up during a steamy + seductive straddling sesh, the moment doesn’t quite last.

The song comes from Timberlake’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, and was co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and J-Roc.

Watch the sleek video treatment for TKO below.

#RandomFact: Riley Keough is Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Katy Perry recently premiered a track from her highly-anticipated Prism release, via live performance at the iTunes Festival in London, the incredibly beautiful By The Grace of God. Written about Perry’s suicidal lows after her split with Russell Brand, Perry clearly understands the landscape of heartbreak.

This is quite possibly the most honest song of her career.

Opening up to Billboard about the track, Perry stated: “That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, ‘Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'”

Perry’s new album, Prism, drops on October 22nd.

Listen to the stunning track below.

[Related Post: Katy Perry Returns w/ #ROAR Single]


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

CVRCHES: worth a listen, on and off the stage.

Formed in Glasgow, this stunning synthpop isn’t the sound you’d expect to find in my speakers. I’ve had such a love-hate relationship with “newer” forms of music, particularly when they’re enhanced or even defined by computerized samples and digital instruments. Yet I’m finding SO MANY acts within those realms who are intelligent, socially-conscious, and truly talented. All the more reason to press play before you judge!

CVRCHES have a lush trance not to be messed with. Lauren, Iain and Martin have teamed up to create three EPs and one full-length album (The Bones of What You Believe, 2013). It’s always so exciting to see new bands at the start. You wonder where their music is going to take them.

Most recently CVRCHES came into the cyber-spotlight when Lauren spoke out against online misogyny in a blog post. A treat for the temporal AND frontal lobes? Yes please!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

John Newman is f**kin’ rad. Period. Point blank. The soulful newcomer is quite possibly the next big thing to come from the UK, and we couldn’t be more stoked. His fantastically crafted mixture of pop and soul with an indie rock edge is fresh and instantly addictive. Love Me Again is pure gold, and one can only imagine what the rest of his debut will deliver – will the States be lucky enough to have this talent crossover permanently? Only time will tell!

Newman is set to release his debut album, Tribute, on October 14th in the UK, and a day later, he’ll make his US debut via Republic Records with his four-track Love Me Again EP.

Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!

Watch the official Love Me Again clip + his album sampler following.


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!***


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]


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!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Certain artists can create mood pieces and tap into feelings that others can’t seem to access. Skylar Grey (Holly Brook) is one of those artists. The music video to her new single White Suburban is proof. It’s hypnotic and heavy, carrying a nostalgia all its own. The piano naturally induces a state of heartbreak, but Skylar’s unique blend of alternative pop with bittersweet lyrics gives each track she touches a little something extra.

Speaking on the track, Grey stated: “My best friend’s family had a really old white suburban and a lot of memories were made in that thing. The song symbolizes that feeling of never being able to fully let go of your first love.”

White Suburban is taken from Grey’s new album Don’t Look Down, out now.

Watch the video for the track below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

After rising to fame in 2003 with her massively successful + multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, Joss Stone is back and better than ever. With the release of The Soul Sessions, Volume 2, Stone has just released the worldwide premiere of new single The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind), a piercing and powerful cover of The Dells’ hit from 1971.

All that really needs to be said is that her voice is crystal clear and potent. She owns this song completely and reclaims her throne as the heroine of soul pop.

Video below.

Welcome back, Miss Stone!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Electra Heart by Marina & The Diamonds is an incredible gift-giving machine of an album. So far, sleek visuals have been delivered for tracks Radioactive, How To Be A Heartbreaker, Primadonna, and The State Of Dreaming. And now, the Welsch singer/songwriter is back with the bittersweet video for new single Lies.

Produced by Dr. Luke + Diplo, Lies is repetitive truth that Marina & The Diamonds never disappoints. In the stripped black-and-white clip, Marina oozes realness. Her vocals are lush and her honesty is raw. It doesn’t get more emotionally crystal clear, kids.

Press play and fall in love.

[Related Post: Obsessed W/ Marina & The Diamonds]