Next to “Sweet Nothing” featuring Florence Welch, Calvin Harris’ collaboration with Ellie Goulding is my favorite from his third studio album, 18 Months. I just adore the “Anything Could Happen” singer. Clearly, I’m not alone in thinking this. The Scottish producer does as well.
Calvin certainly doesn’t look like he hates pretending to be Ellie’s boyfriend in the clip. These have some serious chemistry. I wonder if their respective significant others sensed it too. Harris is dating Adam Levine’s ex, Victoria’s Secret Model Anne Vyalitsyna and Goulding is with actor Jeremy Irvine (War Horse).
In the newly-released music video, Ellie and Calvin hang out in Miami. They head to the beach, check out the city’s amazing nightlife and kiss a lot during it. Whether hanging out in bed or driving around in a convertible, these two just can’t keep their hands and lips off each other. Normally, this much PDA would be vomit-inducing, but they’re just so darn adorable. Check out their Miami adventures below.
It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?
Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!
Nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards are just around the corner. In fact, they’ll be revealed during CBS’ telecast, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, airing on December 5, 2012. Hosting the event again is LL Cool J with Taylor Swift co-hosting alongside him. Three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 are on deck performing, plus Fun., Ne-Yo, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and The Who.
One of the biggest awards handed out on Grammy night is hands down Best New Artist. For every Adele, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5 or Alicia Keys, there are a few missteps like Milli Vanilli and Hootie & the Blowfish. I still can’t believe Hootie beat out Brandy, Alanis Morisette or Shania Twain that year. Hell, I would’ve even taken Joan Osborne over them. Okay, maybe I took it too far with that one. LOL.
Unlike last year where Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, Skrillex, J. Cole were nominated with Bon Iver winning, this year boasts a solid crop of potential nominees. Even with such a strong field, the Academy has to be careful who to acknowledge. I’ve picked a few acts from this year I have a feeling are being considered for a Best New Artist Grammy. Check them out below and see if you agree with their chances. I’ve split them into two categories- “Strong Contenders” and “Longshots“. Be sure to leave your comments at the end.
Earlier this week, Ellie Goulding debuted the music video for “Figure 8“. Much like “Anything Could Happen“, the clip is another beautifully-shot abstract visual. It begins with Goulding laying in bed alone caressing a red piece of cloth. We soon realize the cloth belongs to her deceased boyfriend. In between a series of flashbacks with her lost love, we see Ellie singing through said red cloth. The video ends with the Brit dropping, fittingly enough, the red cloth and her levitating off the bed.
“Figure 8” is the second single off her Halcyon album which was released in October. I wonder if the music video’s theme of death is in any way supposed to represent her recent breakup with ex-boyfriend, dubstep king Skrillex. The two dated for roughly a year. They say art imitates life, right? If you’re worried Ellie will be alone during the holidays, fear not. Rumors have it she’s now dating Brit actor Jeremy Irvine. That was fast ;) Looks like the 25-year-old singer took as along as the length of the music video to get over Skrillex ;) Check out the “Figure 8” music video below.
I can’t stop listening to will.i.am & Britney Spears‘ new “Scream & Shout” song (the official cover art shown below) and am excited to share some of the details on the release of the upcoming music video. The video will be released on Wednesday, November 28, first premiering on The X Factor (which airs on FOX 8:00-10:00 pm ET live/PT tape-delayed). The video, directed by Ben Mor, will be available for viewing on VEVO immediately following the west coast broadcast.
The track was produced by Lazy Jay was released to radio this past Monday. Today, a new star-studded commercial for Beats By Dre was released which features the “Scream & Shout” song as well. In the ad, will.i.am mouths the lyrics to his verses in the song in between clips of people dancing to the song while Beats By Dre cover their ears.
Some of the celebrities that are dancing in the video include Ellie Goulding, Lil’ Wayne, Azealia Banks, Lebron James, MGK, Nyjah Huston, Zendaya and more. Watch the video below!
Calvin Harris is about to drop his newest album 18 Months in two weeks and I am super excited for what’s in store. The album features a ton of collaborations we’ve already with Florence and the Machine but for his latest peek, we get a taste of his collaboration with one of my favorite UK songbirds, Ellie Goulding.
Titled I Need Your Love, Ellie’s unique vocal tone plays well over Harris’ snazzy production which features a lot of piano, electric guitar riffs and some bouncy synths. The track will also be featured on Ellie’s upcoming release Halcyon which hits stores this coming Tuesday. Ellie will be hitting three cities in North America to promote the album including Toronto, New York and Los Angeles before she heads back to Europe for nine dates in December. Grab a listen of the duo’s collaboration below.
I’m sure Ellie Goulding is hoping that “Anything Could Happen” doesn’t take two long years to hit Billboard Hot 100′s Top 10 like “Lights” did. Based, on critical and fan response, I don’t think she has anything to worry about. The single is being very well-received and I’m sure the newly-released music video will help it’s chart ascent.
Floria Sigismondi directed Goulding’s latest visual. The Italian-born director previously worked on videos for Katy Perry (“The One That Got Away”), Christina Aguilera (“Fighter”) and Marilyn Manson (“The Beautiful People”), and directed The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Once again, she’s captured beautifully shot vignettes which could easily pass for a fragrance commercial, especially during the first half.
“I wanted to do a video that people really think,” says Ellie. “I wanted there to be a surreal aspect but also something very emotional and touching. The idea that so much can change in a single instant scares me and I like confronting my fears.”
In the clip, Ellie and her love interest get into a car accident. Even though the plot is heavy, the 25-year-old singer looks stunning with her pale pink hair. She could pass for a beautiful nymph goddess, nose bleed and all ;) Be sure to Shazam the track for your chance to win tickets to see her concert and opportunity to meet her. Check out the music video for “Anything Could Happen” below.
I had heard Ellie Goulding’s name lots in my circle of friends, obsessing over her song “Lights.” However, I always seemed to forget to look her up or check out her music. Finally, I remembered one day to check her out after watching her music video for “Hanging On.” Boy was I kicking myself for not doing that sooner.
Her sophomore album, “Halcyon” is due out on October 9 and this brand spankin’ new single produced by Jim Elliot is hitting shelves on September 30. For the accompanying lyric video, it feels like Ellie has collected some of her favorite Instagram photos and threw them together in a little personal slideshow for our viewing, soundtracked by the single. Give a listen to the track below.