While signed with Epic Records, Karmin released an EP and studio album. They even scored a Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit with “Brokenhearted.” Though their experience was positive with Epic, the duo asked out of their contract to return to their indie roots for their sophomore effort, Leo Rising.
Nick Noonan explains to Billboard, “We developed amazing relationships that we would not have today without them, they gave us the radio start. But we just felt it was a different thing [musically] from what they thought it was.” Amy Heidemann added, “We were hungry to try a more musically honest approach. We wanted to be a little bit nerdier than we think they had hoped.”
Writing and producing their owns songs isn’t all they’re tackling these days. The real life couple went all DIY while filming their music video for “Along The Road.” With some supplies purchased at Home Depot and thousands of sample shoes from Creative Rec, they created the eye-catching backdrop in the visual. Check out their video below.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear it was the 90s all over again. Watching Karmin’s latest clip reminds me of all those Hype Williams-directed R&B clips so popular during that decade. If you were alive kicking it then, you know it was all about those colorful vignettes and fish eye perspectives. The real-life couple even busts out some choreography– a first for them.
“We had people around us at the time who tried to steer the Karmin ship a certain way, so it feels good to create something like this where we are at the helm and can really be proud of. The video definitely plays homage to the 90s videos we grew up with and are still inspired by today,” – Amy Heidemann
Karmin definitely hit the nail on the head. This clip is so on point, it could easily blend with any of Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliott or R. Kelly videos from that era. Hopefully the throwback video will help “Acapella” on the charts. So far it’s only peaked at No. 38 on the pop one but hasn’t made a dent on the Billboard Hot 100. Check out the fun visual below. As always, Nick Noonan is as handsome as ever. Dude needs to go shirtless in an upcoming vid. Sex sells honey. Sex sells.
She’s been behind some of the biggest hits in recent memory. In only makes sense that Bonnie McKee forge a recording career of her own. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter debuted the music video for “American Girl” and enlisted a few of her famous friends to lip sync for their lives.
Naturally, Katy Perry appears in the clip prominently considering McKee co-penned four of her No. 1 hits- “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “California Gurls,” and “Part of Me.” Also making a cameo are other artists she’s written for including Adam Lambert (“Chokehold”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Ke$ha (“C’Mon”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Turn Me Up”).
Too bad Britney Spears (“Hold It Against Me”), Kelly Clarkson (“Hello”), Christina Aguilera (“Let There Be Love”) and Rita Ora (“How We Do (Party)” didn’t show up in the video. Oh well, there isn’t a shortage of familiar names “singing” her lyrics. Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police crew, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, George Takei, Nicole Scherzinger, Jewel and her hubby Ty Murray, Macklemore and plenty other randoms make an appearance. Check out the clip below.
Before we get to the new track, can we briefly talk about how insanely cute Nick Noonan looks on the cover art? WOOF. That Amy Heidemann sure is one lucky chick.
Karmin just unveiled “Acapella,” the lead cut from their upcoming debut album. After the success of last year’s “Brokenhearted” the real-life couple have graduated from EPs to a full-length offering. I can’t wait. For this brand new era, the pop duo is channeling their earlier work before they were signed, just more aggressively and with a harder beat. Amy recently revealed to Rolling Stone, the stripped down track was “created almost exclusively with human voices.”
“We flipped the original meaning of Acapella to mean ‘D.I.Y.’ or should we say ‘D.I.A. – Do It Acapella!” – Amy Heidemann
I have to say, at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. After a couple of spins though, I found the hook irresistibly catchy and couldn’t get it out of my head. Give it a listen below and see if you find yourself in the same predicament afterward.
What do you get when you mix pop duo Karmin with clothing from Coach and stylist Rachel Zoe? You get a music video for the classic Christmas song, “Sleigh Ride“. The “Brokenhearted” hitmakers are all dressed up for winter in fashionable threads from Coach’s 2012 winter collection.
The plaid fringe cape worn by Amy Heidemann in the clip is absolutely gorgeous. Don’t even get me started on Nick Noonan’s wardrobe. I want that tote, the duffel, the cardigan… I want it all. Mind you, anything looks good on that sexy Nick. Too bad he’s engaged (and straight) *wink* All the outfits were put together and accessorized by celebrity stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe.
Pure commercialism pimping aside (which I love) I actually like their rendition of the classic holiday tune, especially the rap interlude. It’s also nice to her Nick sing on a track besides being relegated to keyboard guy. They should really duet more often for future releases. As stylish as Karmin are, the video looks like a Target commercial. Probably not the vibe Coach was looking for. Watch it below and you’ll see what I mean.
Back in 1924, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was initially called Macy’s Christmas Parade and featured animals from New York’s Central Park Zoo. Now, over-sized helium balloons navigate through the streets of the Big Apple for television viewers to see. The tradition is as American as apple pie. What better way to celebrate it than have a foreigner headline the televised event.
One Direction maybe the biggest boy band in the world right now, but it’s another UK quintet that’s going to serenade New York crowds. The Wanted will bundle up in their stylish coats and scarves to perform SLASH lip sync on November 22. To be fair, do any of the acts actually sing during the parade? Must be a technical thing that organizers don’t want to chance. Find out who else will be joining the “Glad You Came” group on Thanksgiving day.
Okay ladies and gentleman, it’s time for the All Star season’s first painful and shocking double elimination. Last night was probably the best dancing that I have ever seen on the show in all the fifteen seasons I have been watching and the judges agreed. Because of this, its going to be hard to predict which couple is going home. After Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough re-perform their epic routine from last night, we get to our first results of the night. Tonight is going to be a doozy.
Melissa & Tony: SAFE
Gilles & Peta: SAFE
Kirstie & Maks: IN JEOPARDY
Emmitt & Cheryl: SAFE
Karmin’s “Brokenhearted” has truly become one of my favorite guilty-pleasure tracks this summer. You can’t even imagine how many times my friends and I have uttered “cheerio“. Coming off their first Top 20 hit, the duo just released their music video for “Hello“, the third single and title track from their debut album. Just like them, it’s a cute and colorful affair. It’s the perfect visual for the Stargate-produced track.
Amy Heidermann is seen biking around Chinatown on her Beach Cruiser by day and struttin’ it out in sexy attire at the same location by night. Meanwhile, Nick Noonan, her real life boyfriend, is at home contemplating a new look. The cutie takes a pair of scissors and clippers and cuts off his adorable curly locks. Eventually the couple reunite when Noonan picks up Heidermann in his vintage ride. So does she approve of his new look? Watch the music video and find out.