Alex Newell just might be on his way to becoming the biggest recording artist among the Glee cast. Sorry Lea Michele ;) The 22-year-old actor, who played Wade “Unique” Adams on the FOX musical show, is racking up infectious dance anthem after another.
Newell can currently be heard on Clean Bandit’s latest “Stronger” and on Blonde’s killer anthem “All Cried Out.” Now comes another hot collaboration. This time, he heats up the dance floor with Russian producer Matvey Emerson.
The rising dance diva takes on Robin S’s classic “Show Me Love” and gives it a disco-house makeover. The result is one sick slinky creation. Give it a listen below.
Tinashe caught my attention last year with the one-two punch of “2 On” and “Pretend” off her debut album, Aquarius. Others in the industry also took notice. The 22-year-old recording artist racked up collaborations with Nick Jonas and Calvin Harris on “Jealous (Remix)” and “Dollar Signs” respectively and impressed Lorde enough for the Kiwi singer to add her to the Mockingjay soundtrack.
Imagine my delight this week, when I found out the rising R&B singer dropped a brand new mixtape, Amethyst, and for free at that. Reportedly, she recorded the entire thing during the Christmas holidays in her bedroom.
Truthfully, I’m a little surprised she released this considering she has a single, “All Hands On Deck” featuring Iggy Azalea currently out right now. You’d think the record label wouldn’t be on board with this. I have a sneaky feeling Tinashe isn’t pleased with RCA as of late with the lack of promotion and financial backup. She’s filmed her past couple music video herself and on her own dime.
Check out her 7-track mixtape below which features productions from Legacy, DJ Dahl, Ryan Hemsworth, Iamsu to name a few.
Meghan Trainor certainly has the cute market cornered doesn’t she? The 21-year-old sticks to a similar formula used for her “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin” videos. Colorful sets with Trainor rocking a retro-tinged wardrobe while executing simple cute choreography. Her fans, the #Meghatrons should be pleased.
“Dear Future Husband” is the third single off her debut album Title. I have to say, that I half-expected Meghan to be a one-hit wonder after her smash “All About The Bass.” The chart performance of “Lips Are Movin,” cracking into the the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, surprised me. Her latest, a catchy doo-wop pop track, should follow suit and become another hit. Check out the video below.
Everyone has a favorite musical number. Josh Groban apparently has several. The 34-year-old singer decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way for his upcoming album titled Stages which hits the streets on April 28.
“Nothing has inspired me more in my life than the energy that is shared in a theater when great songs and great art are on the stage,” Groban said in a press release for Stages. “I wanted this album to pay tribute to those inspirations and memories.”
A few of the productions that Groban picked songs from include Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few. “What I Did For Love” from the latter is the lead single off his new album. The accompanying music video features Josh simply playing the piano and lets his fantastic voice take the stage front and center.
“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”
Stages features a couple notable duets. Kelly Clarkson and Audra McDonald sing on “All I Ask of You” (Phantom of the Opera) and “If I Loved You” (Carousel) respectively. Give Josh’s new video a watch below.
Who had a feeling this was coming???
Earlier this week, Marvin Gaye’s family won an unprecedented settlement in their copyright infringement lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. It appears “Blurred Lines” isn’t the only hit Pharrell penned that ‘borrowed’ from Gaye’s catalog.
Nona believes “Happy” borrows from her late father’s 1967 hit, “Ain’t That Peculiar.” She chatted with Entertainment Tonight about it. Read her quote below and check out both tracks afterward to see if her new claim has merit. Be sure to sound off afterwards.
“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” Nona Gaye told ET. However, she says they’re not going to be taking Pharrell to court for it since they’re “not in that space” right now. It was a sentiment backed up by Nona’s mother, Janis Gaye, who added, “We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied.”
“What About Your Friends” off their debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, is one of TLC’s most underrated singles. Sure, it cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 but most fans of the girl group probably wouldn’t put it in their Top 5. Not this fan and it would appear, neither would Kat Graham.
The Vampire Diaries actress samples the TLC track for her latest single, “1991.” It’s a bit odd she chose that year given that the album dropped in 1992, but oh well. Tomayto, Tomahto. Regardless, Graham’s new song is hot and I’m obsessed. No doubt in part to its throwback content.
“I spent most of my time in music– at least for the songs that garnered attention– singing other people’s work,” the 25-year-old singer shared to Billboard. “I want to be honest about that because I am finally doing what I’ve always wanted to do and making music that I’ve always wanted to make.”
Gotta give Kat credit for keeping on and doing her thing with the music. Girl won’t stop hustin‘ until she becomes a bonafide recording success. Give her latest a spin below.
In case you didn’t already know, White Party 2015 is just around the corner, taking place April 24-27 in Palm Springs, California. I have personally been to this event a few times now and have always had such a blast! Perfect weather, amazing music and performances, and sexy men everywhere you look. There’s certainly something for everyone.
White Party Palm Springs Producer Jeffrey Sanker has also the addition of WET ‘n’ WILD Palm Springs water park to his White Party weekend line-up. This massive outdoor event, happening all day Saturday, features 20 water rides and attractions as well as live DJs. Water parks are one of my favorite things and I think this is an excellent addition to an already “wet & wild” weekend.
As they do every year, the performers and celebrities involved are announced bit by bit (keeping us on the edge of our seats)and so far so good! In addition to plethora of great DJs, WPPS has announced that Leann Rimes, Kelly Osbourne, and Frankie Grande will all be there this year. Find out what they’ll be doing below.
Remember Natalie Imbruglia? The stunning Australian singer is best known for her 1997 global smash, “Torn.” Well, the 40-year-old is back with a brand new album featuring a compilation of covers songs.
Male is her fifth studio album and will hit the streets in July. The songs she chose to cover were all originally written and performed by male artists. Hence the title. The lead cut is a rendition of Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush” off their Grammy-winning album Random Access Memories.
Other artists receiving the Imbruglia treatment are Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Damian Rice, Zac Brown Band and Tom Petty to name a few. Check out the track list below, along with her rendition of “Instant Crush.”