When I first heard “Instant Crush,” I was just ho-hum about it. After watching the newly-released music video, I’m feeling the Daft Punk cover a bit more. Natalie Imbruglia puts her acting chops on display to play a Stepford-ish wife who’s a little bonkers. I love a crazy woman. Ergo my Real Housewives fascination ;)
“Instant Crush” is the lead cut off the 40-year-old Aussie’s forthcoming album titled Male. Imbruglia cover songs originally written and performed by male artists including Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Damian Rice, Zac Brown Band and Tom Petty to name a few. It’ll be released on July 28.
Check out the Joe Stephenson-directed visual below. The concept is relatively simple, but it’s an entertaining watch.
Now this is more like it!!! When Christina Aguilera signed on for a guest arc on the ABC drama Nashville, many expected X-Tina to dabble in country. The first track she recorded, “The Real Thing,” harkened more to her Back to Basics era and sounded more pop cabaret than anything you’d hear on country radio. With her latest, the 34-year-old singer finally channels her inner country gal.
“Shotgun” is an emotional moving ballad. X-tina exhibits restrained vocals much like she did on her “Say Something” collaboration with A Great Big World. Even without her signature growling, Christina’s voice is bombastic. Elegant, but still powerful.
She performed “Shotgun” earlier this week at the ACM Awards with Rascal Flatts. The studio version also features male vocals but I’m not entirely convinced it’s Rascal Flatts. I’m leaning towards an actor who appears on Nashville. Give it a listen below.
“I really love the song. It speaks to long-lasting love, the roads it takes, the turns it makes and how it lasts forever,” Christina told PEOPLE. “When I perform it, I really think of that older couple who have been through it all and who have stood the test of time with the changes that their relationship goes through.”
After hearing the short snippet Adam Lambert shared last week, I fully expected “Ghost Town” to be one full out EDM concoction. While there are certainly some killer beats, the track surprisingly features moody acoustic verses before kicking things into high gear during the chorus. Like Hilary Duff’s “Sparks,” the Max Martin and Shellback-produced single includes some hypnotic whistles.
“It was executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback and they helped me keep a very cohesive sound and mood throughout. Sonically it feels more contemporary than my previous material. It’s definitely pop but not bubblegum. We have avoided camp and theatrics and have favoured a darker, more grounded vibe, and at the same time, it will make you dance” – Adam Lambert via Hunger magazine
In addition to debuting the lyric video for the lead cut off his third studio album, the 33-year-old entertainer revealed the official tracklist for The Original High. The most notable detail that pops up is a track titled “Rumors” which features Tove Lo. I can’t wait to hear this collaboration.
Check out the “Ghost Town” lyric clip below along with the tracklist. I’m already obsessed with the cut. It’s a haunting pop dance masterpiece.
Much like its predecessor, the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack will include plenty of covers on the album. There will be, however, some original music among the bunch. One such spanking new offering comes from Miss Bang Bang herself, Jessie J.
The 27-year-old British songbird unleashes her big powerful voice on a soaring ballad titled “Flashlight.” She sings about a supportive person in her life who’s always there to shine a spotlight on her when she’s in the dark.
While she sounds great, it’s a bit unmemorable and doesn’t really stand out. Don’t take my word for it. Give it a listen below and weigh in afterward.
After hearing the minute-long teaser the other day, I had a feeling “Deja Vu” was going to be a winner. Giorgio Moroder unleashed his Sia collaboration today and it’s a disco delight. Guaranteed, this will be a huge hit in the clubs. At least the gay ones :)
At first listen, I still prefer “Right Here, Right Now” featuring Kylie Minogue. With that being said, I might feel differently after I listen to “Deja Vu” a million times like I have the former. Check out the killer dance anthem below.
DJ Earworm is best known for his wicked year-end mashups featuring the biggest songs of the past year. Who knew he was such a Carrie Underwood fan? Given his love for everything electro-pop and dance, I would’ve never guessed. But apparently he just adores the American Idol Season 4 winner so much, he created a four-minute homage to her.
He crafted a video mashup highlighting the 32-year-old country sensation’s biggest hits including “Something in the Water,” “Little Toy Guns,” “Blown Away,” “Before He Cheats,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Good Girl,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “See You Again,” “Wasted,” “So Small,” “All-American Girl,” “Last Name,” “Undo It” and more. Check it out below.
Not to be confused with “Ghosttown” by Madonna, “Ghost Town” is the much-heralded comeback single for Adam Lambert. Side note: How random is it that two similarly-titled songs are released roughly at the same time? While I like Madge’s latest, I predict Lambert’s offering will become my new go-to jam at the gym.
“Ghost Town” doesn’t officially drop until April 21, but the 33-year-old singer shared a short teaser via Instagram. The preview features a solid bumpin’ beat with Lambert’s signature powerhouse vocals belting out the title. Check out the audio below. And PS, how fierce does he look on the official cover art? Fantastic!!!
Love and Mercy first premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It takes an unconventional approach in storytelling than your typical bio flick. It’s set to hit theaters on June 5.
Paul Dano and John Cusack portray the leader of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, during two specific time periods of his life. In the 1960s, Wilson showed early signs of mental illness while recording the band’s seminal album, Pet Sounds. A couple of decades later, Wilson was reclusive due to his disorder and being exploited by psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy played by Paul Giamatti. Elizabeth Banks takes on the role of Wilson’s second wife.
Few musical acts are as widely beloved as the Beach Boys. Under the visionary leadership of singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, the California surf combo redefined the sound of American popular music in the 1960s. But their joyful harmonies and ingenious arrangements concealed Wilson’s private struggle with addiction and mental illness, and by the early seventies he had descended into drug-fuelled isolation. Love & Mercy is an intimate rendering of Wilson’s mercurial genius, illustrating both his musical mastery and the psychological pain it disguised.
Bill Pohlad who’s produced 12 Years A Slave and The Tree Of Life directs the film. Check out the new trailer below. It looks like one heartwrenching film.