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Album Review: Rahul Advani - Night Stories
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Album Review: Gerard Way - Hesitant Alien
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Album Review: Lights - Little Machines
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Setting the crowd to over drive, pop diva Jessie J showed us what she is really made of on The Ellen Show! She was on flame, often sashaying away in her exquisite metallic blue outfit which revealed her midriff and whetted the audience with smashing hits Bang Bang and Burnin Up.

Finally there was no form of Booty Shaking and pure music was what we all needed from her! Burnin Up has this hypnotic groove that beckons listeners to get off their feet and to boogie with her. She owned the stage and she felt at ease as she powered her vocals along with thumping beats backed by the drum.

No one would have expected Jessie to be down with a sore throat from that standing ovation performance. She mentioned on Twitter: “Ellen yesterday so much fun. My voice was rusty but I gave it my all."

The British singer’s new album Sweet Talker will certainly be flying off the hook at record shops.

 

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Our favourite country pop princess has just unveiled a snippet of her highly anticipated follow-up single to Shake It Off.

Written by Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder (One Republic) and produced by Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella and Taylor Swift. Welcome To New York is the third song revealed from 1989, Taylor's forthcoming fifth studio album!

Our verdict?

We can totally visualize the fashion montage of Anne Hathaway walking the streets of New York in The Devil Wears Prada. Considering that is one of our favourite movies, not a bad visual. ;)

Listen here and share it with fellow Swifties!

Photo credit: Taylor Swift

Gwen Stefani has been teasing the release of the follow up to 2006’s hit album The Sweet Escape for a really long time now, and it seems like the lead single is set to be released on radio next week!

Sadly, Baby Don’t Lie has been leaked on the interwebs earlier today, before it’s been officially released by her label! Co-produced by famed producer Benny Blanco (of Rihanna’s Diamonds & Iggy Azalea’s Black Widow fame) & co-written by Ryan Tedder, the track has hit single written all over it.

The track has small hints of reggae, which Gwen is known for with her band, No Doubt, and an irresistibly catchy chorus. I’m already hooked to the track after 2.5 plays! Most definitely a classic Gwen song!

It seems like 2006/7 all over again, when both Fergie & Gwen were all over the radio with their solo singles.

Gwen Stefani has been working with fellow judge Pharrell Williams as well as producer Diplo for her new studio album which would be released sometime early 2015, or even late 2014. Either way, I’m very excited for new material as it’s been way too long since we’ve gotten a solo song from her.

Listen to Baby Don’t Lie below (before it’s even released to radio or iTunes) and tell us what you think!

 

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“I think Metalcore goes Pop would be ten times more appropriate,” a member of Sunrise Skater Kids from Baltimore dryly comments as head honcho Jarrod Alonge casually unveils the super-secret list of bands featured on Punk Goes Pop 6. Who knew covering mainstream songs would be key to “Getting paid and getting laid?”

Say what you want about metalcore and its meandering breakdowns, but Top 40 songs sure as hell never sounded as if they might erupt into mosh pits and where’s the fun in that? With Fearless Records’ latest instalment, the cover compilation album series will feature some of the alternative scene’s most promising acts re-inventing anthems by their better-known counterparts. Knuckle Puck versus The 1975? Issues’ Tyler Carter and Luke Holland from The Word Alive taking on Paramore’s Ain’t It Fun?! Sooo sold.

Track listing:

1. Tyler Carter / Luke Holland - Ain’t It Fun
2. August Burns Red - Wrecking Ball
3. We Came As Romans - I Knew You Were Trouble
4. Upon A Burning Body & Ice T - Turn Down For What
5. Set It Off - Problem
6. Crown The Empire - Burn
7. Oceans Ate Alaska - Drunk In Love
8. Youth In Revolt - Royals
9. Volumes - Hold On, We’re Going Home
10. Knuckle Puck - Chocolate
11. Slaves - Sweater Weather
12. State Champs - Stay The Night
13. Palisades – Happy

Can’t wait for November 17? Never fear for We Came As Romans is here. Transforming Taylor Swift’s acoustic-dubsteb hit, I Knew You Were Trouble into a chord chugging, easycore guilty pleasure, this particular rendition surpasses even 2012’s Glad You Came.

Kyle Pavone’s silky clean vocals seem Taylor-made for higher, more gymnastic pitches while Dave Stephens buffs the track up with his much-needed raspy yowls. Spoofing the original’s dramatic music video, WCAR’s wit comes across as equally entertaining – with a special guest animal and a myriad of dramatic moments. Check out their cover below!

 

Photo credit: Alternative Press

Can’t get enough of Pink? Here’s something to look at and listen to!

Shedding her hard-edged veneer and stage moniker temporarily, the spunky songstress goes back to her birth name, Alecia Moore, for her latest musical venture, You + Me.

Formed not too long ago in September, You + Me is a folk duo of friends consisting of indie folk musician Dallas Green (AKA City and Colour) and Alecia. Their drawn-out mutual desires of collaborating with each other were finally fulfilled in the creation of a single song. But just one song is never enough and inevitably, a whole album materialised. Titled Rose Ave, it was released on Oct 14.

Witness the pure ear and eye candy from their performance of their self-titled lead single, You and Me on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While relishing in the soulful harmonies of the ballad, feast your eyes on Pink’s angelic, floral getup.

 

Photo credit: YouTube/TheEllenShow