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Upon first glance at the title of Demi Lovato's latest single, you'd expect a slinking, sultry R&B jam, perhaps a track following the footsteps of Selena Gomez's later releases. 

But Sexy Dirty Love has turned out to be a fresh dose of synthpop goodness, pulsating with funky basslines and throwback disco touches. While the lyrics are adult-themed, the song's brand of 'sexy' opts for an euphoric rush over a sensual flavor, as evident in both the punchy production and vocal delivery where Demi belts the lyrics with power and zeal. 

As the 3rd single off her upcoming album Tell Me That You Love Me, Sexy Dirty Love has a markedly different style from the R&B trap song Sorry Not Sorry and the gospel-influenced Tell Me That You Love Me. It helps to further showcase her range and we're definitely looking forward to hear what else her album has to offer when it comes out on 29 September!

Listen to Sexy Dirty Love on Spotify below:

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Or rather Ally did.

Fifth Harmony recently visited the Billboard headquarters to promote their self-titled studio album and to play a friendly game of good old Pictionary.

The drawing game consisted of song titles from their latest album as well as their previous ones. Songs like Bridges and Angel were easily guessed by the girls but when it was Ally Brooke's turn to guess what Normani Kordei was drawing, she just couldn't get it.

Anticipating a song from their new album, Ally thought that the doodle illustrated songs Don't Say You Love Me or He Like That which were all incorrect.

Even after Normani wrote 7/27 beside her doodle of scribbles on a human figure indicating that the song was from their previous album, Ally was completely clueless. In frustration, Ally blurted out "write you a cheque" to which the other girls started to burst out in uncontrollable laughter.

Would anyone buy Write You A Cheque on iTunes? Cos' we know we would ;)

 

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Liam Payne of One Direction and Zedd hit the hottest spots in London for an impromptu live performance of their collaborative single Get Low, in a video released on 19th September.

The music producer commented in the description: “Liam and I decided to go to London and surprise fans with a street performance of Get Low. We both wore backpacks with speakers. Liam had a mic and I had a little keyboard. We went to the most public places we could imagine to perform this with cameras following us.” The duo managed to steal the eyes (and hearts) of the passersby indeed, as the video features visibly starstruck spectators dancing and singing along- some lucky fans even managed to snag a selfie with the pair!

To be perfectly honest, the song itself is serviceable at most, it does little to differentiate itself from the run-of-the-mill tropical house track. However, after watching the dance number dial up the energy levels of the crowd this effortlessly, it's hard to deny one thing: Get Low does what it wants to do very well.

Watch Liam Payne and Zedd deliver a blast of a performance below:

 

 

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If you're in the mood to walk down memory lane and into the streets of nostalgia, then this post is definitely for you.

In the month of October, these five albums will be turning 10 years old. Yes, that's the typical age of a Primary 4 kid.

These five albums are made up of some of the biggest hits of 2007 too. Let's see if you still remember the lyrics to the songs:

 

1. We The Kings - We The Kings

Other than the classic Mr Brightside by The Killers, We The Kings' Check Yes Juliet is one of the other few songs that would never fail to bring major #throwback feels. We The Kings' self-titled debut album was released on 2 October 2007. Feel old yet?

 

2. Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream

After coming out of a 4-year hiatus in 2007, pop-rock band Matchbox Twenty reunited and released Exile on Mainstream on 2 October 2007, the same day We The Kings debuted their first album. Shortly after the band finished touring in 2008, they went into yet another hiatus.

 

3. Cobra Starship - ¡Viva la Cobra!

Before the iconic purple hoodie was associated to Justin Bieber, it was Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta's thing. ¡Viva la Cobra! is Cobra Starship's second studio album and was produced by Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.

 

4. Britney Spears - Blackout

Released on 25 October 2007, Blackout is Britney Spear's fifth studio album. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and consists of some of Britney's most memorable singles, such as Gimme More, Break The Ice and Piece Of Me, all of which she performed during her concert in Singapore back in June.

 

5. Soulja Boy Tell'em - Souljaboytellem.com

Before there was the Whip/Nae Nae, there was the Soulja Boy. Only a true 90's kid would remember the dance.

BTS Enters A New Era with 'DNA'

By Linda Sep 19, 2017

Reigning K-pop boy group BTS have dropped their highly anticipated single DNA, fresh off their latest mini-album Love Yourself: Her. Having described their new album as a ‘turning point’ and gluing their sights onto the Billboard Hot 100, it is clear that the group holds high ambitions for this comeback. But does their new single live up to the fanfare?

Despite being a ‘K-pop song’, DNA’s composition echoes the trends that have been dominating the Top 40 in the States. Starting off with a syncopated beat comprising of whistles and acoustic guitar strums, the EDM-inspired track gradually gets layered with more elements- such as those subtle countermelody flourishes- before it launches into a ‘chorus’. Or rather, a pseudo-chorus, for the song continues to build up before it explodes with a flurry of electro synths and distorted vocals. 

The use of the "pop-drop", which has been popularized by artists like Diplo and The Chainsmokers, makes DNA a natural hit with the current Western palate even if it is sung in Korean (the song has already reached Top 5 on US iTunes within a day of its release). BTS elevate the track above generic territory by injecting their unique colors, with personality-filled moments such as the back and forth raps between members Jungkook and Suga. Lyrically, the love song carries fatalistic overtones (All of this is not a coincidence/ Cuz we’re the two who found the destiny) that are further evoked through the trippy cosmic imagery in the must-watch music video.

DNA is the start of an exciting new era for BTS: it is the announcement of their mission to stake their claim onto international charts, to cement their presence in the global spotlight. Check out their music video (which features super sick choreography) below. 

 

P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming review of their album Love Yourself: Her!

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