Posts Tagged ‘Breakup’


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’ve been to quite a few shows so far in my twenty some years of living. A ton of pop (naturally), indie rock, hip hop, electronic and all that falls in between the cracks of those labels. Yet, the fact remains that of all these genres, of all these incredibly talented artists, the best vocalist I have seen live is one submerged in country roots.

Growing up in the South, I was raised on the bittersweet twang of country music. One of my pet peeves is country hateration (ya know, those who hate on country music), because at the end of the day, the genre paved the way for other genres to come to fusion. Country music, at its gritty core, has bled and poured its way into rock n’ roll and really is one of the only genres in which storytelling exists in a way that feels organic. For this reason alone, I am proud to support the genre. Now back to the point…

Without a doubt, the best vocalist that I have seen live is LeAnn Rimes.

I’ve been a huge fan of Rimes since she first burst onto the scene with the Patsy Cline-esque ‘Blue’, and have yet to jump ship. Lately however, it’s as if you cannot pick up a magazine or browse the internet without hearing some sort of California gossip (something we proudly do not take part of here on BTB) towards the girl that pushes her talent to the back of the bus. Frankly, you can push all you want but unless you cut the microphone chord, there is no stopping the carnage that Rimes unleashes when she belts.

Lyrics to Rimes’ latest single, Crazy Women + the track (in full) below.

Who’d-a guessed that Aquanette could start a fire with a single cigarette
No she wasn’t drunk, she wasn’t stoned
Just sick and tired of wonderin’ when he was coming home
So she drove around
She found his car
They heard a boom from in the bar
He called the cops
She called his bluff
They hauled her off in high heels and handcuffs

Crazy women, ex-wives and old girlfriends
Keep their crazy hidden till they’re pushed off the deep end
Oh no, God forgive them, they weren’t born like this
Oh no, crazy women are made by crazy men

He told his friends she was depressed
Borderline bi-polar, bitch with PMS
Well he cheats and lies and then plays the victim
He don’t know why they always seem to pick him

Some take a pistol, some take an axe
Boy if you feel the fire, you damn well bet she’s got a match
Might be the teacher just down the street
The hairdresser or the housewife or the waitress that’s so sweet
No you won’t see it when you meet ’em
So be careful how you treat ’em
She might look just like me

LeAnn Rimes – Crazy Women (Audio)


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“Want to break my heart? Step on a kitten? I will f**k you up in a song.”

-Katy Perry, last night in concert at the Windows Phone Launch
Roseland Ballroom, NYC

More pics to follow!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Go, Taylor, go!

She lives her life like it’s a party and she’s on the list
She looks at me like I’m a trend and she’s so over it
I think her ever present frown is a little troubling
And, she thinks I’m psycho
Cause I like to rhyme her name with things, but
Sophistication isn’t what you wear, or who you know
Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go
Oh they didn’t teach you that in prep school
So it’s up to me
But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity

She’s not a saint and she’s not what you think
She’s an actress, Whoa
She’s better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, Whoa
Soon she’s gonna find
Stealing other people’s toys on the playground
Won’t make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Earlier this week, I had the chance to check out Hot Chelle Rae live in concert. The newly crowned favorite band of mine tore up The Bowery Ballroom with Parachute and Joe Brooks. The music metaphorically fit their appearance: bedhead, tattoos, & skintight jeans. The energy was radical and the focus was apparent as the boys stroked their guitars and flirted with the microphone. At one point, Ryan Keith Follese (lead singer) hopped into the crowd and began to strut about, sharing the intimacy of the song through close body contact and heavy eye-to-eye bonding.

On a more simplified note, I felt the vocals were clean and crisp, really creating the bones of the songs. Often, bands rely on production cues and musical photoshop to create a sound as honest as Hot Chelle Rae’s — but until you witness it in person (especially on tracks such as the heartfelt single Bleed), you won’t understand how good the band sounds in an unaltered state, which is why I suggest you check out a show if you get the chance.

Mint green guitars and cute boys to boot, Hot Chelle Rae’s talent goes beyond the surface to a place that permanently sticks like needle ink.

If you haven’t already, get acquainted with the boys of HCR below!

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This is beautiful…

Katharine McPhee has released the music video for new single Say Goodbye, and the outcome is a tearworthy shot-through-the-heart break of running emotions. The Idol alum’s smooth vocal chords pour over the track in an open target vulnerability kind of way.

The song is taken from Mcphee’s Unbroken disc, which is available now.

Did you ever love me? Does it even matter?
Did you even notice, the whole word shatter?
I just want to hold you, and tell you that I’m sorry
But I just keep it all inside
That way it won’t hurt so much, when we say goodbye

My heart feels like a circus
It’s too much to take in
It’s hard to lose a love
But you were my best friend

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Love this kid!

Recent Duke grad and newly crowned pop sensation, Mike Posner, has dropped the video for his single, Please Don’t Go. Posner gets nostalgic in the vid as he’s seen roaming through the streets of Los Angeles, re-visiting places he and his ex-girlfriend used to visit as a pair, trying desperately to hold onto memories from a broken relationship.

Produced by Posner and Benny Blanco (most known for his work with Katy Perry and 3OH!3), Please Don’t Go is the follow-up to his smash debut single, Cooler Than Me. The track is taken off Posner’s first studio album, the infectious 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

Watch the premiere of Posner’s Please Don’t Go, below.

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Photography by Gray Hamner]

Speaking exclusively to BiggerThanBeyonce.Com, 2AM Club, who’s currently on tour with Mike Posner, took some time away from the wild stage to dish on everything from sex references to Taylor Swift, and the buzz behind their fresh debut.

ROB BRAYL: I know the name [2AM Club] was taken from the popular bar in Mill Valley. What’s the story there?

MARC GRIFFIN of 2AM CLUB: Matt and I both grew up in Mill Valley. While we were recording with Jerry Harrison in Sausalito, the 2AM CLUB became our watering hole. My girlfriend at the time thought it was an appropriate name given all the time we spent there.

RB: I must say that your debut album might be the most infectious record of the year. Seriously! Was that a part of the intent? To make a catchy record?

MG: We always want our records to be memorable. It’s not being catchy for the sake of being catchy, it’s just writing and singing things that stick with you. Most of my melodies were just little lines that wouldn’t get out of my head, I just hear things and then try to implement them into the music the guys make.

RB: How has touring with Mike Posner been? I imagine it has been a wild ride?

MG: It is wild, there are few breaks and amazing crowds. I think Mike is so awesome because the way he reciprocates the love his fans have for him. I’ve never been around an artist who appreciates his fans more then he does. It makes you want to work harder and go that extra mile for the crowd. This is not the arms folded attentive foot tapping show, this is the scream at the top of your lungs and start making out with the person standing next to you one. I dig it.

RB: Sex references can be found in your music but overall, the urge for real connection and love seems to linger beneath the surface. There’s poetry everywhere. The track ‘Flashing Room’ (my favorite track on the record) comes to mind. Care to elaborate?

MG: That’s exactly what it is. It’s being young, the lines between sex and love still blurry. The fact that we want to experience life freely and run around this country without limitations, but that at the end of the day we need something solid and real. I think our entire album deals with this issue, the more lucky you are in this music game the more you have to sacrifice. We’ve left behind our loved ones for a life of touring. I think it’s that sacrifice that gives the music the nostalgia, the love beneath the surface.

RB: Who in current music do you look up to?

MG: I like Alicia Keys, Drake, Kanye, Tyler, Robyn, Temper Trap, Mike Posner. New school artists that write songs you can listen to in the club, car, or headphones.

RB: I ask this question often just for shits and giggles. List a few of your current guilty pleasures (musical or non).

TYLER CORDY of 2AM CLUB: [Laughs] Guilty pleasures are probably my favorite type of pleasures. I like the Twix Java candy bars and the new Taylor Swift single. The line about turning her into a rebel is fantastic. We spend so much time on the road at gas stations and convenience stores, everything in there is pretty guilty. Ian our drummers guilty pleasure is stealing pillows from hotels. Shhh.

RB: So the album cover is cool. Is there intentional meaning behind the artwork?

TC: You gotta figure that out on your own. But between the blindfold and our album title, you can get the general idea. Put the record on and see what develops…[Smiles]

RB: Are there any charities that you support/feel connected to as a group?

TC: is a cool company that takes our used guitar strings and makes bracelets out of them, then sells and the profits go to Reverb, an organization that makes the touring industry better on the earth. Pretty much anything that helps out reversing humankind’s negative imprint on the globe is something we’re in support of. I’ve also been down with giving cool gifts for the holidays, instead of getting things people are just going to throw away, use the money for a charity that can actually help the world around us. Google for 10 seconds and you can find something you feel good about supporting.

RB: Not to stroke your ego(s) but every track in my opinion could be released as a single. Was agreeing on the first single a tough choice?

TC: Thank you. That means a lot because we really care about this album front to back. We weren’t a band that started on one song or one idea. It was of course difficult figuring out what we wanted to put out first, second, etc. But really we’re so proud of these records we would’ve been comfortable putting out a number of the songs first. On the first date you want to impress but not over do it, hopefully that’s what we’re doing.

RB: To help paint a picture for those who may not be on the 2AM Club radar just yet…If your music could only be described by a single photograph. What would we see in that photograph and why?

TC: It would probably be a little bit like the Beatles’ Sgt Peppers album cover, a little bit of everything and a little bit of crazy. There’s men and women kissing crying loving and fighting, and trying to be happy at the end of the night. There’s also wood floors, high ceilings and dancing, Animal House meets Eyes Wide Shut.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The return of the boog!

If you follow BTB, you should know that I’ve referred to Archie in the past as a cute lil’ booger. Because, well, it’s pretty self explanatory. Basically, I support Archie’s music and I’m damn proud of it!

Archuleta’s sophomore disc, The Other Side Of Down, was released yesterday and all I have to say is if you’re a fan of his previous tuneage you won’t be disappointed on this effort. The album is heavy with heartsugar (yep, I just made that up, trademarkin’ it now), bound to touch one way or the other.

Besides his new record, Archie has announced an exciting new contest via Myspace, where the singer is requesting fans to record his songs and upload the videos to the contest page. All those who do will be entered for a chance to win a pair of concert tickets, travel and accommodations for two, and a backstage pass to his rehearsal session. The winner will be chosen by David Archuleta himself and announced at the end of the promotion.

You can find a link to the contest here.

Check out David announcing the contest + my favorite track, the vulnerable heartbreak ballad, from the new album following


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Well duh! Who wants an ex to go off and sing about their pill problem?

If you’ve listened to Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album, you would be familiar with a little Alanis Morissette-like breakup tune by the name of Circle the Drain. It’s raw honesty and dive into a relationship ruined by drugs and alcohol made the song shocking to most. Many were left wondering how the bubbly California Gurl could sing about something so dark and twisted. But it was Perry’s fans and the ears of the media that instantly knew of whom Perry was speaking: Travie McCoy.

The Billionaire dude who once held Perry’s heart entered rehab in 2008 for an addiction to pills. The two were in a relationship at the time of McCoy’s entrance.

With angst filled lyrics — “You fall asleep during foreplay/ ‘Cause the pills you take are more your forte,” & “You think you’re so rock and roll, but you’re really just a joke/ Had the world in the palm of your hands/ But you f—ing choked” — many found the song to be rude spirited but I personally felt the opposite. Music without honesty is pointless. This record is the truth and out of all the tracks on Perry’s album, it’s apparent that pop’s most playful girl lived through this serious playground of painful circumstance. To me, it my’s favorite on the album and I truly hope she releases it as a single. And as far as McCoy is concerned, I am proud that he has found sobriety. Good for him!

McCoy remained silent on addressing the theme behind Perry’s Drain until recently when MTV News caught up with the Gym Class Heroes frontman at a Hennessy Artistry event in New York, where he had some choice words for the track and for Perry herself.

“I heard she put out a song that’s about me, or about some old habits or whatever,” McCoy said. “[And] I look at it like this: I’m just stoked that she finally has a song with some substance on her record. Good job.”

Ouch! That stings.

Check out the MTV News clip + Perry’s Circle the Drain (NSFW) below.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Automatic Loveletter may look like an emo-dance shopping spree, an alt. punk power fest, but what comes out of this Florida based band is totally unexpected. Their melodies tend to be defined by a rapt hostility, and the sensitivity that often lies behind such emotional violence. Yet their more gentle influences are what sketch their paradise. The acoustic incidents become inflamed with bleakness, teaching you what pain tastes like.

Like the emotions they envelope, they don’t try to be something they’re not. Instead, they allow themselves to be tugged and pulled by the weight of the music.

I’m not overly infatuated with Juliet Simms as the cursory poster girl for the band, and prefer the general shape their music takes. Her voice, though often having the right aim, doesn’t always hit the bullseye. But with her brother Tommy on lead guitar, and everyone else putting in their two cents, they get away with a brew I can agree with.

Yes, the tunes they offer are definitely brain-stickable. I’ll admit, sometimes it’s hard to listen to them without feeling tears creep in, but if a cleansing ritual is what you’re due for, they’ll be good for you. They are unpolished, and that makes them honest, and that makes them worth the time.

Crisp, finely chiselled descent from glitter to grit and grime. Punk edge wrapped up in acoustic. That’s the taste they’re baking up. Their push to new frontiers has been in stores for a while now, and I’m sure they’ve already snapped the heartstrings of many a fan.

Prepare to be broken.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Get your 3D glasses out, kids.

I placed a spotlight on Kelly Rowland’s Rose Colored Glasses months ago, and continued to play the track on a loop weeks after I placed the song here on BTB. So naturally, the song feels old to me, even though the video was just released and Rowland’s upcoming album hasn’t even hit shelves. Admittedly, I wore the song out because I genuinely love/relate to the message, not to mention the beat easily slides underneath the skin.

The treatment to the video is delivered wonderfully, captured in 3D. The video shoot was conducted in late July with British fashion photographer John “Rankin” Wadell as director. In a statement regarding the process behind the shot, Wadell said: “The concept for the video is 3D, we’ve used turntables and circular trap so we can go around her and see from all angles.”

The video centers around a crumbling relationship.

Check out Rose Colored Glasses below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Obligatory shirtless rapper pic?

I must say, I’m pretty damn obsessed with Nelly’s new single Just A Dream. And I ain’t the only whitey tighty in love with the Jim Jonsin/Rico Love penned track. Taylor Swift recently proclaimed her love for the song via Twitter, in which she wrote: “I’m so in love with that new Nelly song.”

The comeback smash single is taken from his upcoming album, Nelly 5.0, which is set to be released November 16th. The album will feature guest spots from T.I., Diddy, Kelly Rowland, and Akon.

In the video you’re about to see, Nelly gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his upcoming ‘Just A Dream’ music video (via The music video was shot on the beach in Playa del Rey, California and shows the rapper suspended in air by a crane while seated in a pretty sweet ride (the Mustang 5.0).

Nelly stated: “It’s just about loving, losing, and wanting to love again.”

The St. Lunatic rapper also goes on to discuss the ever-changing music industry, a Dr. Luke-produced track on his upcoming album that he’s proud of, and donating his radio hosting salary to charity.

Welcome back, Nelly!

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at Nelly’s upcoming video for Just A Dream + listen to the track in full, below.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

So, I wholly dig Cee-Lo, I’m a Gnarls Barkley groupie, and completely adore the Goodie Mob. Needless to say, I am excited to write about Cee-Lo’s latest and greatest. Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more in love, I was hit with an amazing two words: Fuck You. (Mom, if you’re reading, I’m sorry). Yes, that’s right. The provoking title is clearly at odds with the song, which carries a gusty old school R&B flavor. A song that is written about that infamous phrase that we all yearn to say to SO many people, yet we can’t always do so (well now it’s a song up for discussion, so you can just send those particular people the message via this BTB link ;)).

First and foremost the video is smashing. It’s like a mixture of Dream Girls and Happy Days with an injection of Pleasantville, yet the message is nothing like the “oh so ideal” image. Irony in visual perfection. Cee-Lo is presently prepping a new solo album, The Lady Killer, due for discharge in October, and we can’t wait.

“I see you drivin’ around town, with the girl I love, and I’m like fuck you,” — come on, this is splendid. Combining soul with rap-scale crudity and profanity at its finest, Cee-Lo dominates with force, sugar, and significance. If the rest of The Lady Killer sounds like this, Cee-Lo might be able to send a few haters this message as well.

I can’t help but think about the individuals at Cee-Lo’s label yanking their hair out as they comprehend that this probable hit will punch some stumbling blocks when people are snubbed by the title. Although, if you ask me, it will be pretty damn appealing to see how far-off they can take a crusade with a song named Fuck You.

I smell an anthem! Take a listen and throw your fingers up.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


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Country music legend and Backwoods Barbie, Dolly Parton, is set to appear on the big screen next to whom, you might ask? Queen Latifah, that’s who! Parton and Queen L on the same screen? You know what that means? This film has feel good written all over it!

Parton, 64, will appear in the upcoming Warner Bros. feature Joyful Noise — a film that centers around a small-town woman (Parton) who’s widowed by a church choir director and a mother (Latifah) who’s is placed in charge of the group. Directed by Todd Graff (2003’s indie Camp feature about misfits at a musical summer camp for teens), the script for Joyful Noise follows the two leading women in an effort to overcome their opinions of each other and save the choir (which might be going down to tubes due to budget cuts).

Parton and Latifah have both left their marks on the acting realm with their previous movie roles. Latifah is an Oscar nominee (for her acclaimed role in 2002’s Chicago), and Parton has certainly captured audiences and critics alike with her memorable roles in films like Nine to Five and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The last time Parton graced the movie screen was in 1992’s Straight Talk.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin in January.

Besides being a personal hero of mine, Dolly makes the current musical landscape seem immensely shallow, when placed next to her own material, music that is deep fried and full of heart. Check out the incredibly vulnerable music video for Dagger Through The Heart, below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Y’all have dirty minds!

Kris Allen is out with the just-released video to his hit single The Truth, featuring Train’s frontman Pat Monahan. The video has a more artistic edge, one that takes Allen and places his bubbly boy-next-door face in a different light. And that light has proven to be very flattering.

The opening shot is wonderful, set against the backdrop of the burnt desert skyline.

Directed by Aaron Platt, the video also features Pat Monahan and a brief appearance from female model Cindy Vela. Although shot in the desert, the production of the shoot was met with a heavy rainstorm, one that apparently left Allen’s piano wet (again, dirty).

Allen told MTV: “It started to monsoon, man! It was crazy. It was one of the biggest storms I’ve ever been in but it was almost kind of fun in a way. We were just standing outside, [but] I felt like we had just jumped in the pool,” he continued. “Some of [the film trailers] got stuck. We had to leave a piano out here because they couldn’t get it in time. I’m sure it’s ruined. We’ll probably still use it though. Maybe it’ll look cooler.”

The Truth was written by Pat Monahan and producer Toby Gad.

Watch the heartfelt video in full, below.

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