dispatches from the pop scene...minus the corn syrup.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lady Gaga's "G.U.Y." Was Remixed By Kiesza's Producer And It Sounds Totally '90s

Kiesza's current UK chart-topping single "Hideaway" was produced by Rami Samir Afuni, a guy who's now given Lady Gaga's "G.U.Y." the full-on '90s treatment via a housey remix. Fun stuff for the springtime.

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Katy Perry's "Birthday" Video: Here's a Preview Of What This Broad Has In Store

Looks like we're at the "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" point in the latest Katy Perry album, wherein she's gotta go completely over the top and pull out all the shameless stops for the video to keep people interested in buying singles off this whole shebang.

"Birthday" is the fourth single overall from the lackluster Prism (and "Walking On Air" had better be the fifth), and Katy's motto seems to be "if the song isn't quite up to scratch, at least we can fool people into downloading it by serving up a fun music video."

At least that's what it seems like, given the below preview of the clip. Who really knows. I'm hungry and going to eat breakfast, so fuck this.


Giorgio Moroder Remixed Coldplay's "Midnight"

I'd been wondering if Giorgio Moroder would make much of a musical comeback outside of his feature on the Daft Punk album last year, because, quite frankly, the odd remix he'd done here and there wasn't really catching my ear. Then he went and whipped Coldplay's "Midnight" into a near-nine-minute masterpiece, with swelling synths, majestic piano chords and a classic, sneaky disco beat.

It's pretty perfect.

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It's Sky Ferreira's "I Blame Myself" Video

Some days you just wonder how Sky Ferreira's Night Time, My Time album is overlooked while the Frozen soundtrack is somehow #1 for 10 weeks — and how none of her singles have caught radio's attention, while "Turn Down For What" and "Talk Dirty" are happening.

Then you realize, oh, right — a lot of people are really stupid.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

UK Chart Post: Kiesza's "Hideaway" Rides The '90s House Comeback Wave To #1

It's always a personally satisfying when a thrilling pop song you champion claws its way to success, and this time around it's happened with Kiesza's indie deep house jam "Hideaway." The video premiered earlier this year, and seemed to be the least likely track to climb to the top of any country's chart. But here we are now deep into the spring, with "Hideaway" sitting at #1 in the UK.

The day I saw the "Hideaway" video in February, I reached out and requested that she come into the Idolator studio for a chat, which she did two weeks later. Turns out it was her first ever on-camera interview. (Watch it here.)

Anyway, none of this is about me. "Hideaway" is a fantastic track that typifies the comeback of '90s house in 2014's pop landscape, and is truly deserving of its placement at the top of the UK singles chart. Next stop: America. The song is available now on US iTunes. Get to buying that shit, Chyldryn!

Elsewhere, it's nice to see Swedish doll Tove Lo jumping up to #6 with the Hippie Sabotage remix of "Habits" (re-titled "Stay High"). With the big pop stars of yore floundering, the new crop of up-and-coming divas are flourishing quite nicely.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Hideaway" - Kiesza *new* *1 week*
2. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma
3. "Touch" - Shift K3Y *new*
4. "All Of Me" - John Legend
5. "The Man" - Aloe Blacc
6. "Stay High (Hippie Sabotage Remix)" - Tove Lo
7. "Happy" - Pharrell
8. "I Got U" - Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
9. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
10. "My Love" - Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Record Store Day!

My Kiesza Interview

I had been meaning to post this here for awhile now, but what better time than when Kiesza is set to debut at #1 on the UK chart tomorrow with her debut single, the '90s house throwback (and one of my hands-down faves of 2014 so far) "Hideaway."

I invited the Canadian singer to come in to the Idolator studio back in March, and lo and behold, it turned out to be the very first on-camera interview she'd done.

We talked about what got her to this point in her life and, of course, '90s dance jams. You can watch the interview below, and read the full piece here.

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My Sky Ferreira Interview

About a week and a half ago I interviewed Sky Ferreira for Idolator. I've been obsessed with her debut LP Night Time, My Time since it was released in October... but Sky has got a reputation for being a bit of a difficult one to pull out of her shell during interviews. That said, we had a pretty nice time talking about no less than the following: Nirvana, Kate Bush, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, bunny rabbits, American Apparel and, of course, her fantastic album.

The two video clips we did at Idolator for the interview are below. You can read the full writeup I did here.

Sky on Stevie Nicks, Instagram, Madonna & Nirvana:

Sky on her album, Miley Cyrus and Kate Bush:

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

US Chart Roundup: You All Need To Listen To (And Buy) Betty Who's 'Slow Dancing' EP

So the first seven positions in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart have remained the exact same for three weeks — a record in the chart's history. And that, chyldryn, is because not much new and noteworthy has come along in 2014. Hence the Frozen soundtrack topping the album chart for 10 weeks and counting. At this point, I'd like to shove an icicle up my icebox.

One new release you should all be checking out, however, is Betty Who's Slow Dancing EP. It debuted at #57 on the Billboard 200, and judging by the quality of the five songs contained here, it should be so much higher. It's the type of pop they just don't make anymore...and yet, here's Betty Who, doing it for the kids.

Let's hope she doesn't stop, and that this EP climbs higher as 2014 trudges on.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams *8 weeks*
2. "All Of Me" - John Legend
3. "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
4. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
5. "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel
6. "Pompeii" - Bastille
7. "Team" - Lorde
8. "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
9. "The Man" - Aloe Blacc
10. "Counting Stars" - OneRepublic

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Sigma's "Nobody To Love" Is My New Jam, Despite The Kanye West Sample

British boy band The Vamps edge closer to having their first #1 hit on the UK chart with third single "Last Night," which goes in at #2. So far, all of the quartet's singles have charted at either #2 or #3, but alas, they were held off this particular week by dance outfit Sigma and their fantastic jam "Nobody To Love."

Of course, "Nobody To Love" is basically built around Charlie Wilson's vocal from Kanye West's "Bound 2"... and that song BLOWS. But with that soulful vocal bit slapped on top of a drum and bass beat, Sigma's re-working of the tune makes for a nice one-hit moment at the top of the chart as springtime sets in.

Enjoy your time in the sun, Sigma!

The UK Top 10:

1. "Nobody To Love" - Sigma *new* *1 week*
2. "Last Night" - The Vamps *new*
3. "The Man" - Aloe Blacc
4. "All Of Me" - John Legend
5. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX *new*
6. "I Got U" - Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones
7. "Happy" - Pharrell
8. "My Love" - Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne
9. "Rather Be" - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
10. "Dark Horse" -Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

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