- Category: New Music
- Published on Tuesday, 22 December 2015 06:00
Lukas Graham - 7 years
After experiencing unparalleled success overseas, Denmark's Lukas Graham will now be releasing his first two tracks in the U.S. - "Mama Said" and "7 Years."
Hailing from Christiania, an autonomous, artistic community in the center of Copenhagen, Graham's honest soul and gritty songwriting immediately captured Europe's attention, earning him multiplatinum albums, top 10 singles, as well as countless sold out shows and festival main stage spots across the continent. Classically trained with the Copenhagen Boys' Choir, with a musical scope widened by his Irish folk roots and passion for hip-hop, Graham possesses a distinct, poetic ability to capture the full range of emotions in his music. His raw blend of soulful vocals with personal songwriting, building to infectious hooks, is showcased on the lead, semi-autobiographical tracks "Mama Said" and "7 Years."
Already, he's making history with "7 Years." Until now, it was only available in Nordic territories, yet still managed to break into the Top 40 of Spotify's coveted Global Viral Chart, went #1 in Sweden, #2 in Norway
Mika - Starring at the sun
Infused with the kind of vibrancy and color more often reserved for a LSD-fueled dream sequence, Mika first spilled into the mainstream pop scene back in 2007 with his first hit, “Grace Kelly.” Comparisons to Freddie Mercury notwithstanding, the general public (at least here in the U.S.) wasn’t quite sure what to make of him, oddball pop star sensibilities and all. He arrived with a propensity for the flamboyant, the over-the-top, the theatrical — and he did it all without a modicum of irony or self-parody.
The sincerity in Mika’s exaggeration was refreshing because it was new. And even with the release of his fourth studio album, No Place In Heaven, he remains as eccentric as ever.