Tegan & Sara aren’t exactly strangers to the dance-y side of the music scene.
Despite their indie-folk-alt-rock-y roots, the girls been featured on killer cuts with some of EDM’s most beloved names over the past few years, including the off-the-charts brilliant “Feel It In My Bones” with Tiesto, “Body Work” with Morgan Page, and most recently, “Every Chance We Get We Run” with David Guetta.
This time around however, the Canadian indie-pop duo are bringing the beats to their own work, beginning with “Closer,” the lead single from their forthcoming 7th studio album.
“‘Oh my God, you look just like Shakira! No, no–you’re Catherine Zeta!’ ‘Actually, my name’s Marina,’” she sang on “Hollywood,” the second single off of 2010′s The Family Jewels.
It’s been over two years since her debut, and Marina + The Diamonds is back with yet another identity crisis for her second go-around in the studio–and this time, she’s evoking a cold, cruel bitch named Electra Heart.
After a knockout Aphrodite-inspired appearance at the 2012 Brits earlier this week, Queen Kylie Minogue spoke to Metro about her plans for the upcoming “K25″ celebration in 2012–as well as a new album in 2013.
‘I have started on new music already. It should be ready for 2013,’ the pop princess said, who has been celebrating her K25 milestone in the musical mecca of Abbey Road Studios.
The 43-year-old is arming herself with a few geniuses for the follow-up to her 2010 No.1 album Aphrodite.
‘It’s a few different people,’ she said, refusing to name names but promising fans her new offering is ‘really exciting and different’.
Thanks to a few not-so-subtle hints on Twitter, we already know that Kylie’s been hitting the studio with Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), Greg Kurstin and Karen Poole–a SMASH HIT team of superb pop scribes.
(Kurstin and Poole previously worked together with Kylie to craft “Wow,” “No More Rain” and “Magnetic Electric” off of X.)
With a performance coming up in Sydney for the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party on March 3 (her grand return after 14 years!) and plenty of surprises coming up for K25, it looks like we’re in store for much, much more Minogue.
What doesn’t kill you makes you…WIN!
Kelegendary Clarkson just hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” the second single (and title track) from her fifth studio album, Stronger.
In what an RCA Records representative terms a “perfect storm” of radio airplay, digital sales and pop culture prominence, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” rises from No. 2 to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The uptempo pop anthem becomes the original “American Idol” champion’s third leader on the list.
Not only is this Clarkson’s first #1 since 2009′s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” but it’s also producer Greg Kurstin‘s first #1 single ever–a long overdue achievement. In other words? A whole lot of celebrating is in order!
Congratulations, Ms. Slay It All! You did it!
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – The Remixes was released on February 3. (iTunes)
Santigold first burst into the scene with her brilliant 2008 genre-bending debut Santogold (pre-name change, of course), featuring killer cuts like “L.E.S. Artistes” and “Lights Out” that quickly won her comparisons to acts ranging from M.I.A. to The Gossip.
While she’s busied herself in between 2008 and now–including collaborating with N.A.S.A. and Basement Jaxx and penning “Monday Morning” and “Bobblehead” for Queen Legendtina‘s Bionic–fans have remained hungry for her long delayed, highly anticipated follow-up.
In a new interview this month with V Magazine, the Philly-bred musician revealed new details about her upcoming sophomore attempt now due out in 2012, called Master of My Make-Believe, which was been recorded with Greg Kurstin, Switch, TV On The Radio‘s Dive Sitek and Nick Zanner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Two choice quotes from the article:
How do you go about songwriting?
I write to the music. The lyrics came slowly on this record.
Why do you think that was?
It was about learning to trust myself. I also had expectations. Never have those! Everyone I worked with before was in a different headspace. I had to get past that. That’s why I started writing with Nick, and it started being cool and fun.
So was that the turning point?
That was when it was like, I just want to work with who I want. We recorded in Jamaica for a little while and finally some lyrics started to come to me. I think that time really colored the record.
No one wants to be real anymore. Wikipedia is always wrong. No one fact checks and it’s not even a priority. Reality TV is more popular than ever, and it’s the fakest thing ever. Where is there place for truth in all of that? My record is called Master of My Make-Believe because I want it to be about creating your own reality. I have a song called “The Keepers”: “we’re the keepers, while we sleep in America our house is burning down.” It’s about how if we accept this then that’s what it is. We’ve got to fix it.
Is that, in your opinion, the overall feeling of the record?
I connect with music that makes me feel alive, or a sense of possibility. Music is powerful. If I go out and I’m watching a show and it’s really good, all I want to do is go home and work on music. It’s a backhanded motivation when something is really good. I want my music to be that for people. I want it to be an initiator of something compelling, to set something in motion.
Make sure to check out the full article at V.
Kurstin, Switch and some Yeah Yeah Yeahs flavor to boot? Yes, yes and yes, PLEASE!
Frankly, it’s about time. While Santogold still sounds more fresh and innovative than most of the albums released in 2011, we’re in desperate need for Santi to switch up the game once again. For now, let’s go out with one of my favorite cuts off of her debut: “Shove It.”
We think you’re a joke, shove your hope where it don’t shine! (Not you, Santi!)
Master of My Make-Believe will be released in 2012. (iTunes)