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.
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!
After a year without rain, the drought has finally ended—thanks to an unexpected early leak from the heavens.
That’s right: Selengenda Gomezmerizing‘s “Come & Get It” has arrived. (It’s still not a Dannii Minogue cover, but it’s fine.)
While listening to the song for the first time, you might find yourself pondering aloud: “Hey, this sounds a lot like a Rihanna banga that I’d find somewhere on Talk That Talk! Also, why am I talking to myself?” Well, there’s a good reason for that.
The track was penned by Ester Dean and produced by Stargate, the same winning team behind “S&M,” “What’s My Name?” “Only Girl (In The World)” and “Rude Boy” among others. It’s very, very obviously a Rihanna reject that didn’t make the cut for her moodier, less accessible Unapologetic—even down to the actual lyrics: “Hate the way I love you”? REFERENCE.
Nonetheless, the Latina Goddess of Rain and Love Songs tackles the track with ease, moaning and groaning her way through every “na, na, na” and “ay, ay, ay.” She’s no stranger to songs that get stuck on re-pe-pe-pe-peat, after all!
If the whole pop princess thing doesn’t pan out, at least Demi Lovato‘s got all the makings of a fine cardiologist.
“Heart Attack” is Miss Lovato’s follow-up to her massive 2012 smash “Give Your Heart A Break” (Get it now? She’s all about them hearts lately!), and the lead single from her first album since 2011′s Unbroken. It’s major.
And now that she’s got you right where she wants you…she’s kind of freaking the fuck out about it.
It’s fall, which means two things in accordance with the laws of nature: The air’s getting cooler, and a new Rihanna era is beginning.
And just has she’s done for years now–with 2009′s “Russian Roulette,” with 2010′s “Only Girl (In The World),” and with 2011′s “We Found Love,” the Bajan beauty’s come guns blazing with a brand new beat for her Navy: “Diamonds,” penned by Sia and produced by Benny Blanco & Stargate.
From the very first moment, “Diamonds” presents itself as something entirely different from anything on the radio: It’s not the killer club cut many might have been expecting from the “We Found Love” songstress–instead, it’s a gorgeously soulful, triumphantly striding midtempo.