As reported in NME ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ is an impressive collection of pithy country pop songs – but, of course, we already knew that. Initially released in 2008, Taylor Swift’s breakout second record ‘Fearless’ was the one that catapulted her to the stratospheric levels of success she retains today.
Receiving largely positive reviews and massive commercial acclaim, it has sold over 12 million copies internationally and it won a 20-year-old Swift her first Grammy for Album of the Year in 2010.
Now, though, Swift has done something totally unprecedented: she’s re-recorded the entire thing.
It’s the first release in Swift’s ongoing battle to regain control of her master recordings that will eventually see her re-record each of her first six albums (that’s everything from her 2006 self-titled debut up to 2017’s ‘Reputation’). This bold step is a first for the music industry and comes following several sales of Swift’s back catalogue.
Taylor’s version of her beloved album ‘Fearless’ is proving to be a huge hit with fans across the globe. Nostalgic in nature, the re-recorded singles are taking us back to our teenage years of angst and heartbreak.
We’re back once again to bring you a striking line-up of new Music with our Fresh Hit Radar.
Today we’ve got some power-packed tracks to help you get in to the feel-good Friday spirit.
First up it’s Mildflower with gorgeous Synth-Pop track ‘Just a Boy’. This single is bedroom Pop at its very best, subtly groovy and electro infused ‘Just a Boy’ is a total ear worm of a track. Packed full with innovative instrumental elements Mildflower creates a truly curious and other-worldly soundscape. Listen below-
Next up is a power packed single from Motion Sickness‘Ether’. Ethereal vocals sit over punchy pianos chords and a steady beat. ‘Ether’ feels full of mystery and just a hint of darkness, softly sweet vocals are contrasted by the track’s lurking and leering synths to create a threatening yet freeing soundscape. ‘Ether’ wouldn’t be misplaced in a James Bond film, intense and anthemic Motion Sickness establishes himself as a producer powerhouse.
If you’re feeling a little more angsty we’ve got a track for you. ‘Better off Meditating’ is a grungy single from Tamar Berk. Full of attitude and resentment ‘Better off Meditating’ has us feeling like we could take on the world and everyone in it. If you reminisce over the golden days of Pop-Punk you’ll love this one!
Ending on a sultry and soulful note we have Pavit Sanghera’s R&B single ‘Fake Love’.Pavit’s pure toned vocals will have you well and truly in your feels, not to mention those gorgeous runs! ‘Fake Love’ is just great R&B, reminding us of the soulful divas from the 90s, Pavit Sanghera has that nostalgic R&B style.
As reported by Music News Olly Alexander has announced his first solo Years & Years song, ‘Starstruck’.
The pop trio – which originally formed as a five-piece in 2010 – revealed last week that the 30-year-old singer will continue to front Years & Years, but as a solo project, without Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen.
And now the ‘Desire’ hitmaker has confirmed his first solo Years & Years single will be released on April 8.
Olly captioned the artwork for the song on Twitter: “S T A R S T R U C K april 8th i’m really really excited. (sic)”
The group – whose debut album ‘Communion’ was released in 2015 – said of their future in their statement last week: “Dear Y&Y fans… There’s been some changes that we want to fill you in on.
“This upcoming new album has been an Olly endeavour and we’ve decided that Years & Years will continue as an Olly solo project.
“The three of us are still good friends. Mikey will be part of the Y&Y family and play with us live and Emre will focus on being a writer/producer.
“These past 12 months have been crazy for us all and we want to thank you for the love and support you’ve given us over the years (& years).
“New Y&Y music will be coming this spring.”
Best of luck to Olly as he turns Years & Years into a solo project!
As reported in NME Demi Lovato has revealed that artists like Ariana Grande, Saweetie and more will appear on her forthcoming album ‘Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over’.
Over the weekend, Lovato revealed a string of featured artist on Twitter by posting snippets of various pieces of music. In addition to Grande and Saweetie, the album will also feature appearances from Noah Cyrus and Sam Fischer.
In an interview with PAPER, Lovato also revealed the title of a few of these collaborations. Her song with Grande is titled ‘Met Him Last Night’ and her song with Saweetie is titled ‘My GFs are My BFs’.
The collab with Sam Fischer is one fans have already heard, ‘What Other People Say’. The track, penned by Fischer, was released early last month.
It’s the best part of the week and time to share with the world our Fresh Hit Radar line-up!
The Fresh Hit Radar is that end of the week pick me up we all need, a collection of striking singles to get you into the weekend spirit.
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Let’s start with a dose of fearless feminine flair with track ‘Move Me’ from EMME & Rabbi Recc.‘Move Me’ is a rhythmic Alt-R&B track from Memphis born EMME ,whose sound is infused by that warming Southern style and a generous mix of genres. The track comes packed full of mesmerising beats, softly grooving melodies and EMME’s sugary sweet vocal runs. ‘Move Me’ has an infectious groove, full of vibrancy and warmth EMME‘s style is pure good vibes.
Following up with a generous taste of Indie-Pop perfection courtesy of Tom Shawcroft. ‘I Don’t Care, Never Mind’ is a glossy yet gloomy single from Shawcroft. Glittering guitars are contrasted perfectly by Tom’s beautifully sad lyricism and a punching beat. Softly gritty vocals and some gorgeous falsetto make this single a lullaby worthy number. A total earworm of a track ‘I Don’t Care, Never Mind’ is a soothing soundscape of subtle sadness. Don’t blame us when your eyes start leaking…
Slowing it down just a tad we bring you Harriet Rose’s acoustic single ‘Love Me Like That’. Finding a perfect blend of Country and Folk ‘Love Me Like That’ is a catchy track full of melodic hooks, lusciously layered guitars and wonderfully emotive word-smithery. Multi-instrumentalist Harriet may be UK born and raised but the young talent oozes that enviable Nashville-style. Pouring true passion into her singles ‘Love Me Like That‘ is full of feeling. We’re strangely drawn to Harriet Rose, her warm energy and bright toned vocals have an addictive nature that leaves us wanting more. We’ll be keeping a firm eye on this one.
Rounding up our list with some raw Pop goodness from Cassandra. ‘Like You’ is an energetic single from Pop Princess Cassandra, infused with feminine flair and power-packed lyricism. ‘Like You’ is the definition of feel-good, a gloriously catchy chorus and some grooving melodies make this a striking Pop single. Cassandra’s vibrant personality is truly enchanting, an infectious cheer that pours from her sound in abundance. We can’t get enough!
Happy Friday Pop Playlister people! We hope it’s been a great week, trust us it’s about to get even better, as our Fresh Hit Radar feature is here!
Today’s feature is a mood booster, a select line-up of free flowing and grooving singles to brighten your day.
Kicking off our list is Samuel Slater with track ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. A follow up to his successful and summery single ‘So Far,Gone’Slater is back with another Funky tune. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is a striking Indie-Pop tune full of relentlessly rolling drums and beachy guitar riffs. Samuel’s sound has all the warmth and cheer of a sunny afternoon, bright and breezy the soft sense of groove in his sound is unapologetically addictive. We can’t fault this one, honestly. Take a listen below.
Next up it’s BrunchBox (what a name!) with track ‘Palace.’ Vibrant and energetic, ‘Palace’ is a hyper Indie-Pop track full of catchy hooks, bright vocals and glowing guitars. The striking single brings with it a wave of happiness, a carefree energy that sweeps over you in the form of groovy riffs and and light lyricism. This three piece are guaranteed to put a smile on your face, full of cheek and charm, BrunchBox are the mood booster we all need right now.
There was ‘No Question’ about adding Jessica Jolia’s latest release to the lineup. This Electro-Pop track is the definition of glossy, Jessica’s ethereal vocals, heavenly harmonies and easy sitting beat create a lullaby-like soundscape. Produced to perfection ‘No Question’ is a heavily textured and melodically layered track from the talented Jessica Jolia. Electro infused without losing the soothing nature of Jessica’s vocal tone, ‘No Question’ is true easy listening. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Rounding up the list it’s alternative powerhouses Cherry Fuzz Club with gritty single ‘Hot Bath’. Cherry Fuzz Club have all the guts and gore of a traditional Rock and Roll band, distorted and driving their hefty guitars are enough to wake you up from the deepest slumber. This group have a deliciously DIY feel, raw and authentic their sound has a relentless energy. Cherry Fuzz Club remind me of a once well known fact, Brit bands know how to Rock harder than any other.
As reported in NME on his 27th birthday, Justin Bieber has announced plans to release a new single, ‘Hold On’.
The singer-songwriter revealed on March 1 that he will drop the track this Friday (March 5).
In his social media post announcing ‘Hold On’, Bieber uploaded the single’s artwork, which depicts him on a motorbike. Alongside the caption “Hold On. Friday”, Bieber shared a pre-save link to his forthcoming album, implying that the single will feature on the record. See the post below.
Last month, Justin Bieber announced details relating to his sixth studio album, ‘Justice’, which drops on March 19. The record is set to feature the previously released singles ‘Holy (ft. Chance The Rapper)’, ‘Lonely (ft. Benny Blanco)’ and ‘Anyone’.
On announcing ‘Justice’, Bieber said that he hopes the album will “provide comfort” to his listeners.
Exciting times ahead for Bieber fans, with a HUGE catalogue to live up to, will Justin’s sixth album meet the standard?
The end of yet another week means it’s once again time to bring you some great new music.
A highlight in our diaries, there’s nothing we love more than bringing you some of the very best new sounds we’ve stumbled on this week.
Today we’re feeling the funk, and pulling together a line-up of energetic and grooving tracks to give you that Friday feeling.
Kicking off the list it’s familiar faces and talented sister group, Trio Minutes. This power-packed group of sisters have been on our radar for some time, carving out a name for themselves in the Electro-Pop scene. Combining a sound both modern and nostalgic the trio make a sound that’s truly innovative, intriguing and catchy. Latest release from Trio Minutes ‘Vampire Boy’ is another effortlessly grooving, ear-worm of a track. A punchy beat, bright harmonies and innovative electronic elements make for another stunning single. Trio Minutes continue to impress.
Summer may feel very far away right now, but Motion Sickness’ track Proselyte has us feeling the warmth of sunny days may not be so far away. Driving and atmospheric, this track is full of punchy hits, rising synths and bright as the sun vocals. Proselyte is a striking release that reminds us of huge names and summer anthem makers The Chainsmokers. Creating an Electro sound that’s heavy yet freeing, Motion Sickness is a truly talented producer. We can’t wait to see what he brings us next.
Next on our lineup is Synth-Pop mavericks Screams From The Sun with track Keep on Running. 80s inspired with a modern pop-punk twist, this London based duo are true masters of synths. Combining hefty drums with a softly gritty vocal style and nostalgia-inducing synth elements. Screams From The Sun truly bring something new to the table, emo meets 80s, pop-punk meets synth-pop, and we are HERE for it!
We’re rounding up our list with something a little smoother, Redwood’s Honey Sauce. Don’t be fooled, this Singer-songwriter still packs an absolute punch. Combining elements of Rock, Indie and Acoustic-Pop Redwood creates an eclectic soundscape of acoustic guitars and rolling drums. Redwood’s sultry and deep vocals are a true stand out in the world of singer-songwriters, an intense sense of power and drive oozes from track ‘Honey Sauce’. Motivating and moving, this track is a true stand-out number from Redwood.
We’re back to showcase some of the very best new music released this week.
This week’s edit is full of grooving tracks to get you and moving and motivated ahead of another lockdown weekend.
Let’s kick off with Friends From Enemies from Arcade Skies. This utterly funky track has an old-school feel, electro infused and full of movement Friends From Enemies has an 80s Electro-Pop style to it. Punchy percussion, rhythmic synths and some innovative vocal samples make for a truly atmospheric track from Arcade Skies. This one is guaranteed to give you that weekend feel, energetic and bouncy Friends From Enemies has us feeling like we could conquer the world.
Next up it’s Time Machine from Riley Whittaker. At just 16 years old Riley might just be the youngest artist EVER to make it on to our Fresh Hit Radar list. Time Machine is a grooving Alt-Pop track, heavenly vocals complimented perfectly by sharp guitars and rising synths make for a hell of a track. Riley Whittaker is a singer-songwriter bursting with talent, her smooth vocal delivery of emotive lyricism making for power packed singles. The talent of Riley Whittaker is comparable to a huge name in music, Taylor Swift. Keep your eye on the rising star that is Riley Whittaker.
Third on the line-up is guitar driven track ‘Monsters’ from Andrew Bradley. This track has a truly feel-good vibe, bright guitars, gentle percussion and some effortlessly smooth vocals from talented Andrew. ‘Monsters‘ has a soothing and soft sense of groove, moving fluidly like a lullaby to the listener. With heartwarming word-smithery ‘Monsters’ is a truly perfect and subtly beautiful Acoustic-Pop single.
Rounding up the list it’s Annie Elise with single Open Eyes. Ambient and charming, Open Eyes is a truly anthemic Electro-Pop single. Something about Annie Elise is intriguing, her deeply texture and layered instrumentality is contrasted perfectly by her stripped back yet stunning vocals. Open Eyes is a genre-bending track combining elements of Pop, Electro and even a hint of R&B. The single draws us into the curious musical world of Anna Elise, and we never want to leave.
Mahalia and Rico Nasty have announced the forthcoming release of their collaborative single, ‘Jealous’, out later this week.
Announced on both artists’ social media overnight, the single will be released this Wednesday (February 17). It will mark the first release this year from Mahalia and the second from Rico, following ‘Lil Bitch’ with Chillpill and Soleima.
Both artists released records in 2020, Mahalia with her three-track EP ‘Isolation Tapes’ and Rico with her debut album, ‘Nightmare Vacation’. ‘Isolation Tapes’ won Mahalia the Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act categories at the 2020 MOBO Awards.
We can’t wait for this one! The track is due to drop this Wednesday, keep your eyes and ears peeled.