Posts Tagged ‘Breakup’

FIFTH HARMONY GETS INTO THE GROOVE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Fifth Harmony catapulted to fame after competing in the second season of The X Factor (US version), placing 3rd. Post competition, the girls signed a record deal with Simon Cowell (via Syco Music) and recently premiered the music video for lead single Miss Movin’ On.

Video highlights include: amusement park awesomeness, sassy text messages, oversized teddy bears, and the ripping of ex-boyfriend photos. Ya know, the typical girl-getting-over-boy routine.

Miss Movin’ On is available on iTunes now.

Cute!

JAY-Z’S UNEXPECTED SUBWAY FRIEND REVIEWS ‘MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Last year, Jay-Z rode the New York subway and bumped into 67-year-old Ellen Grossman, who charmingly had no idea who he was.

After the clip of the encounter went viral, it’s safe to say that she’s now become a new-found fan of the iconic Brooklyn rapper. In fact, she’s digging the rapper’s latest LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, and offered her opinion on his latest body of work.

Grossman told MTV News: “It sounds like he’s really going deep into his heart and into fatherhood and even the meaning of fame. He’s saying that the money’s nice, but there’s life beyond that, that he’s exploring. I picked that up from the papers but I felt it in the man too, when I met him. That he had a depth to him.”

With regards to the track Holy Grail (featuring Justin Timberlake), she said: “It started out as a complaint about lovers and relationships. It was pretty mellow and you could go with it… but when Jay-Z came in and he was talking about Kurt Cobain, [he was saying] ‘OK, fame has its price.’ And even someone very famous and rich is capable of suicide. It really hit you hard and the soundscape was just exquisite, so it was pretty amazing.”

Grossman also offered two thumbs up when dishing on the track Part II (On the Run), featuring Queen Beyonce.

“It was very sexy. I heard Jay-Z refer to himself as an outlaw and I think [Bey’s] response seemed to be that she would embrace it all. There’s a real connection and real willingness to show their vulnerability… It was pretty awesome.”

Grossman, a visual artist (visit her website HERE), even shared her thoughts on Jay-Z’s aesthetic choices for the new album: “He does a lot of the glamour stuff — the lights and the good clothing, or even the casual clothing, but incredible lighting, strobing and audience reaction but I wonder, since his album seems something of a shift, if he’ll go somewhere else with it.”

Magna Carta Holy Grail is out now.

Footage of the subway encounter/interview below + new Jay track following.

I love this woman! So cute!

THE MAINE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The Maine have released their brand new music video for These Four Words on VEVO. The track, taken from the Arizona pop/rocker’s long-awaited new album Forever Halloween, is nakedly heartfelt.

The bare-bones/black and white clip features Margeaux Brooke from The Face. On her personal blog, Margeaux wrote of the experience: “This beautifully done, single-shot video was directed by my good friend Daniel James Gomes. I just want to thank him for giving me the opportunity to push myself and my acting ability for this very sad, raw and relatable scene.”

Forever Halloween is available on iTunes now.

The Maine is currently headlining the “8123” Tour along with A Rocket To The Moon, This Century and Brighten.

Watch the emotional These Four Words clip below.

LEANN RIMES BECOMES HUMAN ON NEW ‘SPITFIRE’ RELEASE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“Someone said to me yesterday that this album is like taking a knife and stabbing myself in public. And it’s true — I’m letting everyone watch while I rip my guts out. There was not an ounce of me left to put on this record. It was the most fearless I’ve ever been, in anything that I’ve ever done.

“After people have written my life for me for the last four and a half years — and it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not, it’s what sells the most magazines that week — this was the first time I could dig into my emotions and write from this perspective, and not have to apologize for being human. A lot of people don’t see me as that, and haven’t for a long time.”

-LeAnn Rimes
On new album Spitfire

This is the most honest record I’ve heard in years. LeAnn Rimes has taken the pain of tabloid fodder and created an album that solidifies her place as one of the greatest female performers in country music. Her voice is crystal clear and her nails are sharp. Not many women could have handled the sexist double standard in this situation the way that she has. She is no longer a child prodigy but a female pioneer, tearing down the celebrity walls and revealing a vulnerable human being underneath.

Two of my favorite tracks from Spitfire below: Who We Are (tear-felt live performance) + the incredible Where I Stood following.

Painfully gorgeous!

[Related Post: Rimes Releases Stunning Ballad To Ex-Husband]

ON HEAVY ROTATION: NIKKI FLORES – ‘PRETTY TRAGEDY’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Nikki Flores is a pop bombshell. She possesses all the elements of her radio-slut counterparts: addictive hooks, pretty-girl looks, and the vibe of a star. Yet unlike the overexposed pop stars of the world, she still somehow remains under the radar. Perhaps this is why I like her even more… The fact that she’s a hidden gem. Because something about not being force-fed makes her music feel more personal, more special — as if stumbling upon her new track Pretty Tragedy was meant to be.

With one spin, it’s undeniable that Flores knows how to craft the perfect pop song.

This is my jam!

Listen to the pretty Pretty Tragedy below.

CURRENTLY PLAYING BRANDY ON A LOOP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


This track is perfection!

[Intro:]
Hardly breathing, hardly breathing

[Verse 1:]
I really wanna take you back
It’s killing me watching you walk away, yeah
But my head ain’t okay with that
And lord knows how much I want you babe
It hurts me but you can’t stay

[Chorus:]
This old heart of mine won’t let you break it
Not again, not again
Been hurt too many times and I can’t take it, not again
Cause I’m hardly breathing
One more teary eye or sleepless night
Just might kill this heart of mine
Hardly breathing, hardly breathing

[Verse 1:]
Begging won’t do nothing
Forgave you many times along the way
Yeah, yeah, ah,
My mama said don’t trust him
But deep inside my soul I found a place
And now I want you out baby

[Chorus:]
This old heart of mine won’t let you break it
Not again, not again
Been hurt too many times and I can’t take it, not again
Cause I’m hardly breathing
One more teary eye or sleepless night
Just might kill this heart of mine
Hardly breathing, hardly breathing

[Bridge:]
Feels like I’m on my last life line,
And I can’t take a chance,
Of not being able to breathe again
Another heartbreak and I might die inside
So I learned from the last time,
That loving you ain’t worth losing my life

[Chorus:]
This old heart of mine won’t let you break it
Not again, not again
Been hurt too many times and I can’t take it, not again
Cause I’m hardly breathing
One more teary eye or sleepless night
Just might kill this heart of mine
Hardly breathing,
Hardly breathing

[Outro:]
Just might kill this heart of mine

FRANK TURNER’S EPIC BREAKUP RECORD

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Haven’t heard of Frank Turner? You need to. The English singer/songwriter has been melting hearts in the industry for a few years now, while making the deep conversion from punk rocker to acoustic solo-throb. His new single, Recovery, can be found on his latest record, and fifth solo release, Tape Deck Heart. He spoke of this release in recent interviews saying that (without going into lengthy details) it instantly became a “breakup” record.

This single is the perfect opener, with a radio-friendly sound and a lustrous production that has certainly evolved from his past releases. It’s backed by a triumphant piano, almost throwing a bright coat of paint on a fresh breakup. Meaning it’s unexpectedly uplifting despite its gut-wrenching topic. If you’re hesitant about indulging head-first into the whole record, this track will guide you on the right path.

Having only listened to a few tracks, I can tell this is an insanely personal record, almost opening the lock to his diary (if diaries still exist nowadays) and giving fans a taste of what really happens in the mind of Frank Turner.

Check out Recovery and then move on to the rest of Tape Deck Heart.

Whether you are going through a time of sorrow or not, this record will move you, in one way or another.

EMELI SANDE GORGEOUSNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It’s not a coincidence when a song finds you at the exact moment it’s needed. That’s precisely what happened to me with this stunning gem. Emeli Sande’s stripped-down/piano-drenched Read All About It Pt. III.

This track is gorgeous and its words bleed a vulnerability that’s nothing short of naked. Painfully honest. Sincere.

Watch + listen to a live version of the track below.

ON HEAVY ROTATION: KELLY CLARKSON – ‘HONESTLY’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Her best work is the darker stuff that never gets attention.

This song is everything.

Truth be told, it should’ve been placed at the center of the promotional efforts for her album. But of course, it’s too “edgy” for mainstream listeners and was never released as a single or given the proper credit it deserves. Which is not surprising, since corporate record labels are stupid and are only driven by the concept of making money.

Regardless, this track is undeniable, and puts every Kelly song you’ve ever heard on the radio to shame.

Bask in the glory of Honestly below.

Gorgeous!

LOUISE AUBRIE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Louise Aubrie is the perfect blend for BTB! She has pop, indie and post-punk influence under her soft rock belt, culminating in a soulful, symphonic splash. Her look channels a vintage vibe, but I assure you her music is nothing but timely. It’s raw without being too rough, a true inspiration for anyone going through a hard time.

It’s the lyrics that hit me. Time Honoured Alibi (her 2013 album) is especially rife with poetic pains. Anyone could relate to the heartache of In Honour or the relational struggle in Keep It Coming. Her words are so fluid, anyone’s head could burn in commissary.

This isn’t just another chick with a guitar. Louise is a serious musician with the heart of a punk and soul of a poet, cut between tenacity and sensitivity. And her music has taken her across continents. She first began recording music in London only to relocate to New York where she soaked up the creative influence of the city, surrounding herself with other musicians.

Though she rocks the speakers by her lonesome, she’s been lucky to garner support from some mad powerhouses. Boz Boorer (long time musical director and co-writer for Morrissey) has brought Louise’s gleam to a shine, producing both of her albums and co-writing Where Are You.

And that’s the song I leave you with. Not because it was my favourite, but simply because the romantic angst therein is about as honest as an artist can get.

THE STORY SO FAR DROPS FLAWLESS LP

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

California’s own, The Story So Far, have released a new album entitled What You Don’t See, available for purchase now. The record was produced by Steven Klein, who you may know from a little band called New Found Glory. I must admit, I was a little nervous when I first heard Klein was going to be working on this record, for some of his previous work is compiled with bass, bass, and more bass. However, the album isn’t too mixed down, it’s somewhat perfection actually.

Two years ago, this band came crawling out from under a rock, with a debut album (Under Soil & Dirt) that made me an insta-fan. This record also gave them major success, touring with many known names, and giving punk rock fans that fix they had been yearning for over the years. It was actually one of the best freshmen albums I had ever heard. Currently, The Story So Far completely negates that age-old theory that once a sophomore record comes along that bands tend to demise. This album in fact solidifies all of the fame they have acquired.

To be blunt, I truly cannot find a single flaw in this album.

One thing about The Story So Far that always grabs my attention are the lead vocals, for they are undeniably blessed in that area. Parker Cannon is a diamond in the rough; no whining, no screeching, just pure talent. He is so relentlessly talented on recordings and so full of energy, that you will be sucked in immediately. Long story short, this record doesn’t have a single filler track on it. Standout tracks include: Things I Can’t Change, Right Here, and The Glass.

If you are a fan of bands such as The Wonder Years, Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, or any pop punk band, you will dig this new product.

Check out the official video for Empty Space below, and get a tease of what you are in store for on this new record. Their music has continued to shatter anyone who doubts their staying power. They now own the world.

Job well done.

P!NK WOWS ON TRUTH ABOUT LOVE TOUR

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I’m hoarse tonight, so I’m gonna need a lot of love to get through, but I don’t cancel shows and I don’t lip-sync because that’s bullshit.”

-Pink, Live from the Izod Center
#TruthAboutLoveTour

Seeing Pink over the weekend changed my life. While her acrobatic skills were out of this world, and yes, it was mind-blowing to see her fly around a stadium packed with 20,000 people, it was her vulnerably naked songs that sent me over the edge. Songs like Who Knew and Perfect, emotionally belted through a microphone, wearing a simple white gown while sitting next to an acoustic guitar. Because the truth is, Pink doesn’t need the sing upside down to prove that she has talent. That’s just the icing on the cake.

[Related Post: P!nk Creates Flawless Piece Of Art]

SATURDAY, MONDAY CREATES VISUAL MASTERPIECE WITH ‘THE OCEAN’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Obsessed! Obsessed! Obsessed!

Saturday, Monday’s video for The Ocean (featuring Julia Spada) is absolutely amazing. It’s a hidden gem that defies gravity, space and time. Its beauty is electric and cool. Undoubtedly, it won’t be long until this Swedish band is on everyone’s radar.

Directed by Maceo Frost and Robin Günther, the video was shot at -10C by the shore of the island Öland in the middle of the Baltic Sea. If that’s not gorgeous enough, the video captures Saturday, Monday’s dramatic strings over minimal techno, paired with Spada’s poetry and haunting vocals, spinning a dark, sublime tale of lost love.

The Ocean is the title track of Saturday, Monday’s new four track EP that was released worldwide on February 27.

Stunning!

KATY TIZ: CHICK POP AT ITS FINEST

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

With one spin of the infectiously sugarcoated Heart, it’s apparent that Katy Tiz is a pop star that’s bound to bust through. Weaving together pop, hip hop and reggae elements, her forthcoming debut album is full of witty lyrics and punchy hooks.

It’s chick pop at its finest!

She’s also labelmates with longtime BTB favorite, Jessie J.

Hello! What’s not to love?

ATLAS GENIUS DEBUTS FULL-LENGTH LP

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


One of my most recent favorite indie finds, Atlas Genius, have finally released their full-length debut record, When It Was Now. The band wrote, recorded and produced the album independently at a studio they built in their hometown of Adelaide, Australia. It’s mixed by Michael Brauer of Electric Lady Studios in New York City. These guys are incredible. You may recognize them from their popular radio smash, Trojans, which picked up national attention last year.

Currently, the band’s on the road with another indie rock gem, Imagine Dragons, and will also be playing South By Southwest in March.

Their latest single, Symptoms, was released on iTunes for free this week. I personally downloaded the whole album, and love every last second of it.