Jennifer Paige, singer of the ubiquitous (and, over a decade later, still highly listenable) “Crush,” has returned.
Not that she’s gone anywhere, really: The Atlanta-bred singer-songstress has been churning out singles and studio albums (including a Christmas album!) ever since her 1998 self-titled debut. But nothing’s stuck quite as strongly on the charts as her debut single.
Perhaps, however, all that’s about to change.
Kelly Rowland‘s churned out so many sensual slow burns (“Kisses Down Low”), naughty come-ons (“Lay It On Me”) and joyous dance floor fillers (“When Love Takes Over”) over the past five years, it’s jarring to discover that “Dirty Laundry,” Rowland’s latest single off of her upcoming record Talk A Good Game, comes from a place of enormous pain.
She’s vaguely touched upon struggle in the past (“They never seen our scars before, they think our love is beautiful” she sang on 2010′s “Rose Colored Glasses”), but never before has the hurt been so openly exposed.
“Dirty Laundry” is easily one of Rowland’s most emotional, soul-baring records to date (if not the most) that sees the songstress spilling out private confessions—not only about her relationship with her Destiny’s Child sister Beyoncé, but an emotionally and physically abusive relationship that nearly cost her…everything.
Songwriters, producers and artists were honored for their contributions to music over the past year at the SESAC Pop Awards ceremony at the New York Public Library tonight, including Miguel, Melanie Fiona…and Danja.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the event, and so, attend I did.
Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby opens everywhere on Friday, May 10.
And, as you might have already noticed, the upcoming film’s got one hell of an accompanying soundtrack, including contributions from Lana Del Rey (“Young and Beautiful”), Sia (“Kill and Run”), Coco O. of Quadron, Jay-Z, Florence + The Machine, Fergie, Nero, Emeli Sandé and Beyoncé.
So, to celebrate the release…
Mariah Carey is taking her sweet, sweet time with this comeback.
As promised in her tousled hair teaser last month, the iconic chanteuse premiered her duet with Miguel “#Beautiful” today (the hashtag in the title is real, very real), the lead single from her follow-up to 2009′s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.
Like last summer’s mostly terrible “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” with Meek Mill and Rick Ross, the vocal powerhouse arrives late to her own party, casually strolling into the production around the 1:30 mark.
Unlike her rapper-heavy, whisper-filled 2012 disaster, Mariah’s actually singing on this one—and there’s a solid melody the whole way through. Glory be, Lambily!