Posts Tagged ‘Collaboration’

POP TITILLATION: ROBYN + RÖYKSOPP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ring the alarm! On May 26th, Scandinavian pop heavyweights Robyn + Röyksopp will release a collaborative mini-album entitled Do It Again. And if the lead single (of the same name) is any indication of what to expect, we’re in for something spectacular. But again, not that surprising considering the fact that Robyn is known for crafting some of the most intelligent, infectious, thought-provoking pop of our time.

Robyn and the Norwegian pair will also titillate audiences this summer on the Do It Again tour. Yes, titillate.

Can’t wait!

Listen to the first release below. Hashtag I freakin’ love Robyn!

CLINTON SPARKS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Burgeoning newcomer Clinton Sparks has just released a brand new track and music video for Stay With You Tonight featuring Riff Raff. The music video for the track also features rapper Lil Debbie and actor Jay Giannone from the highly anticipated film, American Hustle. The video, which is shot in a more serious/short film vein, recently premiered on Billboard Magazine.

Sparks, who is a Grammy-nominated producer & songwriter (Lady Gaga, Rick Ross), is known mostly for his work behind the scenes, but is now prepping the release of his solo album.

Stay With You Tonight is available now on iTunes via Photo Finish Records.

Check out the video treatment below.

KEYSHIA COLE LETS LOOSE ON NEW FREESTYLE REMIX ‘LOYAL’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Keyshia Cole has unleashed a new track, a comeback single/freestyle remix to Chris Brown’s Loyal, and the R&B singer isn’t holding back on getting personal. On the Lil Wayne + Sean Kingston-assisted record, Cole lets loose, venting frustrations amid divorce rumors.

After sitting it out through 2013, Cole delivers a quality freebie for fans, the latest track to hit since 2012’s Woman To Woman LP.

Listen to the spitfire release below.

Love it!

ON HEAVY ROTATION: EMINEM FEAT. SIA – ‘BEAUTIFUL PAIN’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This song is f**king perfect! And before anyone asks why I support Eminem when he uses anti-gay slurs, please read THE FAGGOTRY OF HIP HOP piece I wrote HERE.

FYI: Sia (who is gay) has decided to donate all sales from this track to LGBT homeless youth in Los Angeles. Yay!

Also, I’m not sure why this is a bonus track and not a proper single since it’s the best song on the album. We’ll see if the record label realizes this in the future.

Listen to the incredible Beautiful Pain (featuring Sia) below.

#FINDTHELIGHT

CHER LLOYD FEAT. T.I. #CHERS100WISHES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Cher Lloyd is about to make a few wishes come true.

The multi-platinum British songstress returns with her brand new single I Wish featuring hip-hop icon T.I. This past weekend, the song made its worldwide radio debut on Saturday Night Online – Live With Romeo, and the rising star just premiered a lyric video for the track.

I Wish delivers more than Lloyd’s infectious swagger; it also comes threaded with a thoughtful message.

Says Lloyd: “I think a lot of girls struggle with body image or get pissed off because the prettier girl with everything gets the guy. You want all of the things you think that other girl has. That’s not fair, and I think I should challenge that with the song. My favorite line of the song is, ‘I wish I woke up with a butt and a rack’. That’s exactly how I feel, and I think a lot of girls feel like that. That’s what I really want my fans to connect with. I’ve always said, ‘If you can’t take me as I am, don’t take me at all, because I will not change for anyone’.”

With that audience in mind, Lloyd has launched the “Cher Grants 100 Wishes to Her Fans” campaign in tandem with the song release. Listeners can enter to win prizes through a genie-style app culled from the single art. Just visit her official Facebook page to make a wish! Five prizes will be granted each day over the course of 20 days. Each prize will be a surprise though, and winners won’t find out what they’ve won until they’re contacted. Potential prizes include a voicemail from the singer, autographed poster, $50 Top Shop gift card, a pair of concert tickets, a pair of Nikes, and #CHERS100Wishes iPhone Cases.

I Wish is available on iTunes now!

Check out the official lyric video below.

[Related Post: Cher Lloyd Beautifully Covers Robyn]

***Update: Official music video below!***

PUSHA T DROPS CHRIS BROWN-ASSISTED ‘SWEET SERENADE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Clipse rapper Pusha T recently tweeted a link to his new song, the Chris Brown-assisted Sweet Serenade. Produced by Swizz Beatz, the intelligently orchestrated track is a collaboration worth noticing.

The song will appear on Pusha T’s upcoming debut album, which will also include features from Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Rick Ross, Ab-Liva, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, The-Dream, Kanye West and Young Jeezy, with production by Kanye, Pharrell, The-Dream, Nottz and Don Cannon.

Cool fact: During a Twitter Q&A, Pusha T confirmed the album art will be handled by Kanye West’s creative collective and design group, DONDA.

Listen to Sweet Serenade featuring Chris Brown below.

Pusha T’s forthcoming solo debut, My Name Is My Name, is due out October 8th.

EPIC COMBO: IGGY AZALEA FEAT. T.I. – ‘CHANGE YOUR LIFE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Some duos are made for each other: Ketchup/Mustard, Sonny/Cher/, Britney/Uggs. In today’s news of epic combos, comes Iggy Azalea’s new song, Change Your Life featuring T.I.

On the Messengers-produced track, the fresh-faced rapper’s got major hustle and flow. Simply put, this is a spitfire collaboration that works. It’s full of spark and has an addictive beat that sticks.

Listen to Iggy Azalea’s Change Your Life featuring T.I. below.

Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!

LIZ

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Pop/R&B newcomer Liz is creating ripples and buzz with her new track Day N’ Nite, a collaboration between the Los Angeles-based artist and producer Ryan Hemsworth (Frank Ocean). Together, the pair have created a soulful pop song that’s worth noticing. Day N’ Nite is slick and effective, a soft-shelled single that makes a dent upon first listen.

Her tone and understated swagger on this track reminds me of Stacie Orrico.

Listen to Day N’ Nite below!

NEW VIDEO: LUKE JAMES FEAT. HIT-BOY

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]

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!

ROBYN DROPS GENDER-REVERSING VIDEO FOR ‘U SHOULD KNOW BETTER’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The random return of Robyn!

Although it’s been three years since the release of her kick ass Body Talk, Robyn has decided to release a conceptual video for U Should Know Better, her collaboration on the album with the one and only Snoop Dogg.
Not only is the video cool and original (something Robyn’s become a poster child for), the video breaks into the topic of gender, as Robyn and Snoop are replaced in the clip by youthful, cross-gender versions of themselves. Robyn is played by a young platinum blonde boy, while Snoop appears as a lanky teen girl with braids.

The video was conceptualized by Robyn and Decida, her longtime stylist and choreographer (who was also responsible for the moves seen in Dancing On My Own).

Decida wrote a press release to accompany the release, saying:

Hopefully the U Should Know Better video sparks some laughs, but also thoughts on what identity really is. Would you be the same person in another context? Does society have certain expectations of a person based on class, gender, colour, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and cultural background? How much do these expectations then affect your so-called self? I kind of like the idea that we grow up in a transnational pop cultural mosh pit were you can choose who you want to be instead. All of this is what our 2FACED1 project is about, to know identity is dependent on context and therefore is something fluid.

Robyn never disappoints! Love it!

Video + behind-the-scenes clip following.

EVE REMAINS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION – ‘NEVER GONE’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’ve always thought the best artists are the most hurt. And if that’s the case, Eve remains Queen. Eve bares her battle scars like a heavyweight champion. The new album isn’t about taking back any title, because she’s never truly been dethroned. Her lyrics are undeniable, high class, honest, raw, potent, deep. There’s not a single female rapper in the game that keeps it as genuine and piercing as E.V.E.

This track is an instant classic.

Listen to the incredible Never Gone (feat. Chrisette Michele) below.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Complete and total inspiration!

JESSIE J GOES BALD FOR ‘WILD’ CLIP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

BTB favorite, Jessie J, has re-entered the ring. In the Emil Nava-directed clip for new single Wild, the powerhouse takes over a modern white set, belting the track in nothing but heels and underwear. Adorning a shaved skull, Jessie J is later joined by Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal who push the track over the edge.

Big Sean certainly brings the drama in a plush fur coat.

J recently spoke with U.K. radio station Capital FM and mentioned that she’s been working with Calvin Harris and Dr. Luke on the new album. She penned every song with producer Claude Kelly with the exception of the track with Harris, which was written by Ester Dean.

A release date and title is still TBD.

The album’s first single, Wild, is currently available on iTunes.

Wild video below!

EVE! #LIPLOCK ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Myself w/ the one and only EVE, last night at her album release party!

Hosted by Simyone Lounge

[Related Post: Autographed Eve/Lip Lock Giveaway!]

#EVE + #BIGGERTHANBEYONCE.COM AUTOGRAPHED ‘LIP LOCK’ GIVEAWAY!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“… a hellacious new song … finds Eve hungrier than ever, unleashing a torrent of lyrical destruction over beat of guttural bass grooves and a twisted, eerie vocal sample.”
ROLLING STONE

“… hypnotizing … a completely different sound.”
COMPLEX

“ … no matter the vibe or subject matter, Eve doesn’t seem to let up on her flow … Lip Lock may shape up to be a smart, modern update to her already confident songs.”
IDOLATOR

“…fierce bars from Ruff Ryder’s former First Lady … Eve keeps the momentum strong leading into the release of her comeback album, Lip Lock.”

MISS INFO

“… bossy rhymes over a bouncy anthem … haunting hook … dancehall flavor.”
RAP-UP

Contest alert!

Today, all eyes are on EVE. The multi-platinum selling artist and iconic hip-hop pioneer has unleashed the fierce video for her latest single, the self-titled EVE, TODAY via VEVO! “EVE is one of my fave songs on the album,” the rapper recently told Rolling Stone, who premiered an exclusive stream of the track online last week. “It’s in ya face, it’s all me.”

In celebration of the upcoming release of her long-awaited album, Lip Lock, out May 14, BiggerThanBeyonce.Com is doing an official giveaway!

For your chance to win a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW ALBUM + LITHOGRAPH, please follow us on Twitter (@biggrthnbeyonce) and give us a shout-out with hashtag #EVE. Be creative and have fun with it!

The winner will be announced day of release!

Good luck!

Upcoming appearances:

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (May 3rd)
Good Morning America (May 14th)
106 & Park (May 15) &
The Wendy Williams Show (May 16)

[Related Post: Eve Feat. Gabe Saporta – ‘Make It Out This Town’]