It’s a Florence vs. Florence battle royale. My money is on Florence ;)
Florence + The Machine unveiled their new clip just before taking the stage for their Coachella set. “Ship To Wreck” is the latest taste off their forthcoming studio album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. The powerful upbeat track is my favorite so far from this era of theirs. It’s everything I love about the English band.
I’m excited that Welch and company are taking a Beyonce-like approach to promote the LP. They plan on releasing a clip for every track. I wish every musical act did this. Sometimes a strong video can do wonders for a song’s appeal. Watch their latest visual below.
The Killers frontman’s second stab at a solo album is shaping up quite nicely. On the heels of the surprisingly catchy, “Can’t Deny My Love,” Brandon Flowers releases another solid track off his forthcoming sophomore studio album titled The Desired Effect.
Visually speaking, “Still Want You” pales in comparison to the stunning clip for its predecessor starring Evan Rachel Wood, but it’s nice effort. When not serving laid-back cool hanging out at some warehouse, the 33-year-old singer navigates through a woman’s hands while singing the song’s lyrics. Warren Fu directed the slick black-and-white clip. Check it out below.
Hilary Duff’s shiny new track “Sparks” is awesome on its own accord. With a dance overhaul, it’s a whole different ballgame. The synth-pop song transforms to a club bangin’ anthem. If you thought the whistles were fantastic before, they’re now even more epic with the harder beat.
German rising DJ JØRG adds major house beats to “Sparks.” I’m not sure if this is an authorized remix but it should be. I’m even more obsessed with the infectious song than before. Give it a listen below.
With roles on Smash and CBS’ Scorpion, I assumed (wrongfully) that Katharine McPhee had given up on her recording career. Thankfully, I was wrong. The 31-year-old entertainer’s “Over It” is one of the most underrated singles from an American Idol alum. Maybe I’m biased since I loved how The Hills used it for an episode. Remember when Lauren Conrad was over it with one of her sucky friends?
McPhee took to Instagram to preview her new single “Lick My Lips.” Love the title. You can hear the track in the background while she’s getting glammed up to film the music video. Based on the grainy quality, I think it has potential. Can’t wait to hear the high quality full version. Give it a listen below.
Nothing will probably ever top her viral “Hideaway” music video but her latest is a valiant effort. Kiesza just dropped an artsy visual for “Sound of A Woman,” the title track off her major label debut. It’s simple, yet powerful. A fitting clip for the equally powerful track.
The trio of Blayre Ellestad, Jesse Hill and Ljuba Castot directed the mostly black and white clip. The Canadian songstress executes dramatic poses while visual effects are shown on her silhouette. In other scenes, she’s shown running or serving major face. Check out the eye-catching video below.
Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour hits my neck of the woods next week and I can’t wait. The thousands of teen girls surrounding us will undoubtedly be annoying but I’ll be armed with six of my friends and a bit of alcohol in my system ;)
During her Inglewood, California spot, the 21-year-old singer covered the Whitney Houston classic, “I Have Nothing.” She absolutely slays it. David Foster who produced the track accompanied her by playing the piano alongside here. Hopefully, Ariana performs this or an equally impressive song cover when she hits Vancouver.
Justin Bieber who previously joined Grande on stage in Miami, once again made a surprise appearance. This time though, he remembered the lyrics to “Love Me Harder” when he duetted with Ariana. The Canadian singer also sang “As Long As You Love Me” and his new Jack U collaboration “Where Are U Now.” Check out all the performances below.
The staying power of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ collaboration is surprising to say the least. “Uptown Funk” notches its fourteenth week in pole position of the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, it’s in a seven-way tie with the likes of Black Eyed Peas and Whitney Houston.
If it can keep its grip for another week, it’ll be the second-longest running hit of all-time. Should it score two more weeks, it would tie the record of 16 weeks which Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men have held with “One Sweet Day” since 1996. How insane is that?
Never did I think “Uptown Funk” would have this sort of longevity. Truthfully, it’s not my favorite Mars hit and in fact, I kinda find it annoying.
Check out all the hits below that have scored 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Do you think “Uptown Funk” can score two more weeks at No. 1? Which long-running No. 1 is your favorite? Weigh in below.
Florence + The Machine shares the fourth taste off their forthcoming album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful in stores June 2. “Ship To Wreck” features a guitar beat and Welch’s signature powerhouse vocals which tells a tale about inner turmoil and personal hardship.
“I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you’re in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most.” – Florence Welch
In my opinion, it’s the best one yet and has the most potential to become a hit among the four shared tracks. Give it a listen below. You’ll be thankful you did. I’m already obsessed.