Y’all must be wondering what have I been doing with myself in the last week, only managing to turn out one post. Short answer to a superfluously long-winded response: I was avoiding spending even more time in front of the computer.
September is setting on an incredible month for new albums, as testified in our Monday Chart Feeds. But as you can imagine, it’s all about to hit you in the worst way in the coming months.
Rihanna cuts another new album with ‘Diamonds’.
Pop vixen Rihanna remains unstoppable as she readies a new single from a new album for the fourth consecutive year.
‘Diamonds’ – the lead single from her forthcoming seventh studio album – will make its radio premiere world wide at 10pm tonight AEST, and hit iTunes stores across the planet at 11pm.
The undoubtedly epic song is written by Aussie indie songbird Sia – who is probably better known for breaking the bank these days with her lucrative pop music ventures – and produced by Benny Blanco, who has hemmed hits for Ke$ha and Maroon 5, and Stargate, the production duo behind RiRi‘s own gems ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, ‘S&M’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Music’.
Rihanna‘s yet-untitled new album is expected to drop in November – which is kinda tradition now given that her last three albums have all arrived in that month since 2009.
Update – here it is:
What do y’all think?
Have The Wanted found another hit?
If The Wanted is desperately seeking a second colossal hit, they might just find it in this Xerox copy of ‘Glad You Came’.
The British lads premiered their new single ‘I Found You’, which is produced by Steve Mac – the man behind virtually all their singles, on BBC radios yesterday.
Take a listen to it here:
Look, I wasn’t immediately impressed by ‘Glad You Came’ when I first heard it because I found it to be painfully repetitive. However, with ‘I Found You’, I think The Wanted have definitely made more of an effort to deliver moments.
The inferno of a falsetto they rocked in the chorus rekindles all kinds of warmth in my loins usually reserved for a Scissor Sisters party record. Then there’s the soulful belting at the 2:16 mark, which totally takes you to dance floor church.
‘I Found You’ drops on 4 November and the boys will release their third studio album next year.
Meanwhile, here in Australia, The Wanted‘s 10-track EP of singles and notable album tracks to date have yet to make an impact on our ARIA Top 100.
I’mma Guetta pop crossover.
Alcopop guzzling lesbians across the globe are probably spazzing out at the thought of Tegan and Sara appearing on David Guetta‘s album.
Needless to say, ever since ‘Titanium’ (with Sia) became a global smash, Guetta’s now fond to experiment more with indie artists and only time will tell whether the Canadian rockers’ track will become a single of similar magnitude.
The twins feature on ‘Every Chance We Get We Run’, which is one of eight new tracks included on the beefed up re-release of Guetta‘s hit album Nothing But The Beat.
Nothing But The Beat 2.0 – set to drop in Australia on 7 September – will also feature fresh collabos with Akon, Ne-Yo, Aussie twins NERVO, Taped Rai and a new take on Flo Rida and Sia‘s smash ‘Wild One’.
Check out the tracklisting for Nothing But The Beat 2.0:
1. Titanium (feat. Sia)
2. Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj)
3. She Wolf (Falling to Pieces) [feat. Sia]
4. Without You (feat. Usher)
5. I Can Only Imagine (feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne)
6. Play Hard (feat. Ne-Yo & Akon)
7. Wild One 2 (feat. David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Sia) (Edit)
8. Just One Last Time (feat. Taped Rai)
9. In My Head (feat. NERVO)
10. Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida)
11. Little Bad Girl (feat. Taio Cruz & Ludacris)
12. Sweat (David Guetta Remix)
13. Crank It Up (feat. Akon)
14. I Just Wanna F (feat. Timbaland & Dev)
15. Nothing Really Matters (feat. will.i.am)
16. Repeat (feat. Jessie J)
17. Night Of Your Life (feat. Jennifer Hudson)
18. Every Chance We Get We Run (feat. Tegan & Sara)
19. Sunshine (Edit)
20. Lunar (Edit)
21. What The Fuck
22. Metropolis (Edit)
23. The Alphabeat (Edit)
Who isn’t on the new Calvin Harris album?
After four consecutive UK #2 hits in the last 14 months and a string of smash productions for other artists, it dance/pop producer Calvin Harris is finally ready to unveil his third studio album.
The Scottish DJ announced over Twitter that the new album titled 18 Months will arrive on 29 October, which would be preceded closely by the project’s fifth single ‘Sweet Nothing’ (featuring Florence + The Machine).
Harris also confirmed that the album will feature collaborations with Kelis, Rihanna, Example, Nicky Romero, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal, Ne-Yo, Ayah and Dillon Francis.
Make no mistake about it – 2012 and 2013 is definitely the era of Calvin Harris. This rising super producer is totally gonna be the authority on dance/pop sounds in the same influential manner as past hitmakers David Guetta and RedOne.
Here comes ‘Trouble’.
The wait is almost over,
everybody. Well, the two other people I know who are actually excited to hear from Leona Lewis.
The British pop warbler extraordinaire will premiere her new single ‘Trouble’ on UK radios this coming Tuesday, signaling the first proper step forward since her album Glassheart got pulled from the release schedule last year.
The single will drop on 7 October in the UK, a week before Glassheart finally comes out.
‘Trouble’ – written by Emeli Sandé - will feature American rapper Childish Gambino. According to early reports, the track sounds like some collision of Sandé’s music with a bit of Massive Attack, if you can imagine it.
Leona’s Glassheart is actually one of the new releases I’ve been gagging for all year because, by the sounds of things, the traditionally beige balladeer is actually taking risks and going a bit experimental for the first time.
She’s mixing genres and influences, working with some proper A-lists, and – fucking clutch your pearls – she is even trying out a bit of rapping (“London-style MC-ing” she calls it).
The refined Glassheart album will feature a new version of Leona’s last summer hit, ‘Collide’. Stay tuned for an Australian drop date.
TayTay is coming for Gaga’s digital sales record.
Taylor Swift‘s somewhat alright new single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ pretty much ripped the internet a new one yesterday, and now Billboard is predicting that it’ll set a new record for biggest sales debut for a digital track by a female artist.
‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ – written by Swift and One Direction hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback - is the lead single from the country pop superstar’s fourth album Red, which is set for a global release on 22 October.
The flash uptake across multiple US radio formats meant that ‘Never’ has already reached an audience of 30 million in less than 24 hours. The song was swiftly – fuck yeah, puns – released digitally and has since gone #1 on the US and Canada iTunes stores.
Current sales projections are pitching ‘Never’ to sell somewhere between 450,000 to 500,000 downloads in the States by Sunday 19 August.
If ‘Never’ can get them download sales past 448,000 copies by the end of the week, then she would have trumped Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ record of biggest debut sales for a digital track by a female artist. But hold on a minute, ’Born This Way’ racked up 448,000 copies in just three days - Taylor has a whole week and immediate radio backing. You do the math.
Listen to Taylor Swift‘s new single ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’:
So what did I do with the rest of my day after I found out that J.Lo was touring Australia? Honestly, does it even matter. I mean, really. The immensity of Jenny finally coming to my block was too much for my basic being to handle.
Fire up the smoke machine and throw on your Louboutins.
News broke this morning while I was on air that Jennifer Lopez is bringing her Dance Again greatest hits tour to Australian shores this December. The announcement was echoed with much rejoicing in caps locked tweets from my fellow Australian Love?rs.
Seven studio albums deep in a discography glittering with hits, and the 43-year old has never done a world tour before.
Here Down Under, J.Lo has secured two #1 singles with ‘If You Had My Love’ and more recently ‘On The Floor’ (featuring Pitbull) – however, all up she has had 17 Top 30 hits in this country. Needless to say, a few of us would know the words to at least a dozen of her songs.
Australian tour dates announced so far:
Perth Arena, Perth – 6 December
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide – 9 December
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 11 December
Allphones Arena, Sydney – 14 December
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – 18 December
Tickets go on sale on 21 August, so start gathering up your coins.