With all the powerhouse pop production that’s been pulsating through the airwaves lately, sometimes it’s nice to take a tune and strip it down to its purest melody–and that’s exactly what MuuMuse fave Neon Hitch just did with her latest single.
To promote “Gold,” which was co-crafted by Neon, Bruno Mars, Claude Kelly, Benny Blanco, The Smeezingtons, the gypsy-pop princess headed down to Central Park to perform a completely acoustic rendition, along with a few musically-inclined friends.
Gypsy pop princess, silly girl and longtime MuuMuse favorite Neon Hitch has been chewing ‘em up and spitting ‘em out on killer cuts like “Bad Dog” and “Fuck U Betta” for months, but now, she’s about to show off her sweet side.
It’s all very black and white, you see: Neon Hitch can simply fuck you betta, bay-bee!
Just minutes ago, MTV premiered the Chris Appelbaum-directed video for “Love U Betta,” the latest single from Neon Hitch’s forthcoming 2012 debut LP, Beg, Borrow and Steal (and still one of my favorite pop singles of the year thus far!)
MuuMuse’s favorite fiery-headed gypsy-pop princess is serving body, body, body for days in her latest clip, delivering a fierce routine around a silver chair a la Brit Brit‘s “Stronger”, poppin’ her poo-say in a rill scurry cemetery, and rolling in the deep, black tar style. (Where’s a girl’s feather headdress when you need one?)
You’re filthy, Neon! And I love absolutely every second of it. Now just who would ever dare to give that up?
“Love U Betta” was released on February 3. (iTunes)
YASSSS! At long last, the studio version of Neon Hitch‘s “Fuck U Betta,” her latest Benny Blanco-produced single off of her upcoming debut album Beg, Borrow & Steal, has been unleashed onto the Interwebz.
Though Hitch has been performing this one live for months while out on tour, “Fuck U Betta” is finally making its formal appearance in 2012. Now, I’ve already been booty dropping to this one for a while now, and I must say: It’s still a staple in my nightly underwear-dancing-in-my-room sessions. Why? Several reasons:
For one thing (or really, for everything), the hook: “She can fuck you good, but I can fuck you betta!” I mean…DAMN! It packs such a punch! So you went ahead and found yourself a sexy piece? That’s nice, bet she can’t do it like Neon does! Personal anthem much?
Then, there’s that surging beat. It’s a little bit “Hold It Against Me”-lite until the chorus, which is actually a little “I Wanna Go,” right back to the dub-pop inspired skittering breakdown, which is a little bit “Hold It Against Me” again–making this one an easy win for fans of Brit Brit‘s Femme Fatale offerings. Plus, all the warped “Betta, betta, betta, betta, betta, betta, ay!” bits peppered throughout the chorus? So fun! So flail-worthy!
“Bad Dog” was a reg’lar pop stormer, but this? This one’s a no-brainer that’ll keep banging your brains out. Now get this track on the radio STAT!
I CAN FUCK YOU BETTUH, BAYBEE!
“Fuck U Betta” will be released this month to radio. (iTunes)
Oh, you want MOAH? Well, I’ll give you more!
On Friday, I posted the first batch of MuuMuse’s Most Anticipated releases of 2012–round-up of what we already know, what we’ve already heard, what we want to hear in the next year. Naturally, one post just isn’t enough–so here’s round two!
Girls Aloud, TBA (Sixth Studio Album)
What it is: The epic return of the Almighty Aloud.
Expected shelf date: Late 2012.
Confirmed tracks: TBA
Production by: Xenomania (?)
What we know: It’s been two painful years since Girls Aloud announced their temporary hiatus in 2009. (Don’t remind me!) Earlier this year however, manager Hilary Shaw confirmed to MTV UK that the girls would return in 2012 to perform a few live shows. Now, there’s whispers of new music altogether: Nadine Coyle told me personally that she assumes new music’s in the works. Kimberley Walsh said “we’re doing something next year – we never intended to stop for good.” Queen Nicola vaguely told RWD Magazine that she would “hope there was something from us.” And, if you trust him, Perez Hilton says an album’s coming in December 2012.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: Anything. We are not worthy.
Christina Aguilera, TBA (Seventh Studio Album)
What it is: Floptina’s chance to rise from the ashes.
Expected shelf date: Spring/Summer 2012.
Confirmed tracks: TBA
Production by: Dr. Luke (?)
What we know: Aguilera’s last album–2010′s severely misguided Bionic–redefined the concept of commercial failure. The album performed poorly on the charts, worse in the press, and earned the notoriously egotistical diva a new moniker: Floptina. Now, a diva needs her comeback. Christina herself told Croatia’s RTL earlier in 2011 that the upcoming record would be “very heartfelt, deep-rooted and introspective.” According to Hot 99.5, RCA’s Joe Riccitelli says she’s been recording everything from “uptempo dance” to ballads, and Dr. Luke may be working with the fallen-from-grace princess. Recent rumors suggest the first single may come as soon as January.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: Stripped part deux, and the triumphant return to form of Legendtina.
The Veronicas, TBA (Third Studio Album)
What it is: A power-pop Aussie sister act’s long-awaited third act.
Expected shelf date: TBA
Confirmed tracks: “Cold,” “Let Me Out,” “Dead Cool”
Production by: Nellee Hooper
What we know: After almost five years since their 2007 studio album Hook Me Up, the Aussie electro-pop/rock sister duo are finally returning to the scene with a studio album in 2012. The girls recently confirmed working with Nellee Hooper, describing their new music as “a really new sound” that includes some rock influences, as well as “trip-hop and drum and bass.” In August, the duo previewed several promising new tracks during a showcase at L.A.’s Viper Room, including “Cold” and “Let Me Out.”
MuuMuse hopes to hear: Even more infectious hooks, jagged electro-pop/rock and darker, angst-ridden lyricism.
No Doubt, TBA (Sixth Studio Album)
What it is: The ten year reunion of a legendary pop-rock outfit.
Expected shelf date: TBA
Confirmed tracks: “Push and Shove,” “One More Summer,” “Settle Down,” “Undercover”
Production by: Spike Stent, Diplo, Anthony Gorry
What we know: The band’s been writing and recording this upcoming LP since 2008 (their first in over a decade since 2001′s Rock Steady). In June, Rolling Stone described some of the tracks off the upcoming record during a preview at producer Spike Stent‘s studio, including the “party-ready reggae” of “Settle Down” and the “pounding dance beats” of “One More Summer.” More spoilers have come by the way of Twitter, including a Major Lazer (Diplo) collaboration back in July, as well as a tweet from Brixton Angels‘ Anthony Gorry from inside the studio.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: Ska-pop for the 22nd century and beyond.
JoJo, Jumping Trains (Third Studio Album)
What it is: One of pop’s most talented vocalists finally breaking free.
Expected shelf date: Early 2012
Confirmed tracks: “Disaster,” “Jumping Trains,” “Lie To Me”
Production by: Mario Marchetti, Darkchild, Danja, The Interns, The Messengers
What we know: Shady dealings at her former label kept JoJo’s third record under lock and key for over four years. Now that she’s signed to Interscope Records, the talented chanteuse is finally ready to go. Earlier this year, JoJo told MuuMuse that the upcoming album would feature production by Darkchild, Danja and The Messengers and that the music will sound more aggressive–or as she described it, “pop with an anger management problem.” Apart from her current lead single “Disaster,” JoJo’s been performing new tracks from the record, including “Jumping Trains” at Girls Who Rock 2011 and the punchy “Lie To Me” while on tour with Joe Jonas and Jay Sean.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: The pop equivalent of a T.K.O.
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Second Studio Album)
What it is: The pink-haired princess of rap-pop returns–as a boy.
Expected shelf date: February 14, 2012
Confirmed tracks: “Roman in Moscow”
Production by: StreetRunner, Sarom
What we know: To record the follow-up to her 2010 debut Pink Friday, the Young Money rapstress has enlisted one of her alter-egos: Roman Zolanski, a mischievous gay boy. Weeks ago, the singer unleashed the first taste of the upcoming record called “Roman in Moscow,” a rapid-fire attack of ferocious lyricism and hilarious accents on top of a hectic beat, suggesting a return to the spitfire Minaj of her early mixtapes. Recent rumors suggest the first single will be called “Va Va Voom.”
MuuMuse hopes to hear: Pre-fame Nicki: All fire-hot hooks, no singing please.
Adam Lambert, Trespassing (Second Studio Album)
What it is: Pop’s reigning bad boy coming back stronger than ever.
Expected shelf date: March 20, 2012
Confirmed tracks: “Outlaws of Love,” “Trespassing,” “Better Than I Know Myself”
Production by: Dr. Luke, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Benny Blanco, Nile Rodgers, Claude Kelly
What we know: It’s a big one: MTV confirms that the singer worked with an staggering array of top pop producers, including Dr. Luke, Bruno Mars and Pharrell (who co-wrote the title track). Earlier in November, Lambert told The Advocate that he was crafting his “dream album,” promising a “more personal” record mixed with “singer-songwriter tracks, electrofunk” and “Nine Inch Nails meets George Michael” synth-pop. The album’s lead single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” just dropped this week–which we quite like.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: An unexpected pop masterpiece that propels Lambert from pop star to music royalty.
Neon Hitch, Beg, Borrow & Steal (Debut Album)
What it is: The UK gypsy-pop princess’ grand entrance to the music scene.
Expected shelf date: TBA
Confirmed tracks: “Get Over U,” “Silly Girl,” Bad Dog,” “Fuck U Betta”
Production by: Benny Blanco
What we know: Hitch has been banging out smash Benny Blanco-produced hits from her debut record for well over the year now–from “Get Over U” to “Silly Girl” to “Bad Dog”–as well as performing new songs live, including “Fuck U Betta.” As soon as the singer comes off of her high as a feature on Gym Class Heroes‘ new single “Ass Back Home” which is currently building at radio, the new album should be ready to go.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: More kick-ass power pop that’ll give Neon the credit she so dearly deserves.
Nelly Furtado, TBA (Fifth Studio Album)
What it is: Furtado’s first English record in over five years.
Expected shelf date: TBA
Confirmed tracks: “The Edge,” “Mystery”
Production by: Timbaland, Salaam Remi, Ryan Tedder, Mike Angelakos
What we know: After Furtado’s stellar collaboration with Timbaland on Loose in 2006, the multilingual singer-songwriter returned to the studio with the acclaimed producer for another go. But that’s not all–since then, she’s been working with Salaam Remi, Ryan Tedder and Passion Pit‘s Mike Angelakos. Last year, she told the New York Post that the new record shares the “organic and raw feel” of her debut Whoa, Nelly! and described it as a “refreshing, clean pop sound.” In February, Furtado tweeted about an upcoming song feauring rapper Nas, which has yet to be released.
MuuMuse hopes to hear: An updated Loose, with folk and dance elements.