There are myriad pop stars who have floated along the blogosphere in the past five years, inciting a brief panic of overexcitement and hyperbolic praise (I’ve certainly been a culprit once or twice), only to spiral downward—a result of unmet expectations and subpar follow-ups—and eventually fade into obscurity.
Betty Who, however, is the real deal.
“Who?” you’ll ask, thinking you’re quite funny.
Take the emotional dance floor wallop of Robyn at her finest, the massive, yelping hooks and underlying nostalgia of Katy Perry at her teenage dreamiest, the ’80′s synth-pop sheen of Empire Of The Sun at their New Wave-iest, a bit of the euphoria of Madonna at her earliest, and stick that all in an industrial-sized blender: You’ve got one hell of a pop star concoction, right?
That’s Betty Who.
Earlier this month, the Sydney-raised, Boston-schooled indie-pop songstress released her debut (free!) EP The Movement, an unbelievably rock solid slice of ’80′s electro-encrusted pop perfection spread across 4 tracks, which PopJustice declared to be “2013′s the best proper EP so far.” It’s true. Let’s dig in, yes?
Remember Orion? He’s the Swedish producer responsible for crafting last summer’s stunning “In The End,” which left us all crying at the discotheque.
Over the past year, he’s been steadily prepping his full-length debut. But in between crafting new cuts, he’s been putting his signature emotional spin on some of the finer Swede-pop songs of the past decade, including Faye‘s “Water Against The Rocks” and Agnes’ “One Last Time.”
He’s got a new mix to add to his dreamy collection this week, this time putting a spin on Christian Falk‘s 2006 single “Dream On,” featuring Robyn and The Ark‘s Ola Salo.
Orion’s take on the track adds some celestial stringwork and intergalactic polish to the production, allowing Robyn to sound right at home dancing on her own up in space. Dream on, indeed. (Speaking of, can she come down to Earth to unleash some more Swede-pop perfection this year, please?)
Check out the MuuMuse premiere of Orion’s glittering remix below.
Earlier today, I got on the hotline and spoke with the Thrower of Body Parties, Giver of Fantasy Rides and all-around Crunk-R&B Queen herself, Ciara. You know, as one does.
Why? Well, I wanted to talk about her upcoming record Ciara, obviously—but mostly because I had to get to the bottom of this whole “He Reads” business from the “Body Party” video. I also wanted to know why she’s apparently featured on her own song (“Super Turnt Up”). Oh, and to demand that “Overdose” be released as a single.
I managed to accomplish all three. Let’s get it started.
The Presets and Dragonette are packing up their synthesizers, strapping on their dancing shoes and heading out on tour together next month. And on May 8, they’re making a stop at Terminal 5 in New York City.
In the span of approximately six months in 2009, Kristinia DeBarge bubbled up, exploded and fizzled out.
She didn’t burst out of thin air, though: Kristinia initially made her debut over a decade ago on FOX’s iconic 2003 experimentation in Idol for tweens, American Juniors (which also spawned Pretty Little Liars starlet and future country-pop Hollywood Records superstar, Lucy Hale). Plus, her dad’s James DeBarge…you know, of DeBarge.
Several years after her brief Juniors stint, Kristinia inked a deal with Island Def Jam, releasing her first (and, as of now, only) Top 20 hit, “Goodbye,” in April of 2009. The stomping pop kiss-off anthem, which borrows from Steam‘s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (otherwise known as that obnoxious chant at every sport ever), managed to climb to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, blasting the singer to teenybopper stardom instantly—even earning her a slot as the opening act on Britney‘s Circus Tour.
And then, just as quickly as “Goodbye” charted, nothing happened: Her second single “Sabotage” went completely MIA on the charts, her debut LP—the all-too-ironically titled Exposed—flopped at #23, and her third single “Future Love,” even with a Pitbull verse, tapped out at #125. She was done.
Four years have now passed, and Kristinia’s not ready to call it quits: After recording for over two years, a departure from Island Def Jam and a distribution deal with Manhattan Records, she’s finally releasing a follow-up to her 2009 debut—exclusively to Japan—called Young & Restless.