- Category: New Music
- Published on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 06:00
Kings Of Leon - Waste A Moment
Last month, Kings Of Leon announced their new album, , and last week they unveiled lead single “,” which now has a new video to go along with it. It features some surreal imagery involving blindfolds, cheerleaders, and a stray eyeball, all of which stems from a duel between an intimidating-looking man and lead singer Caleb Followill
Fans can likely read into a deeper meaning, but it seems as though the band might be messing with viewers by having them “waste a moment” watching this strange amalgamation of a video.
Idina Menzel - Queen Of Swords
Idina Menzel has long been a force to be reckoned with on the Broadway stage, but only recently caught the attention of those outside the world of musical theatre when she lent her voice to the now iconic role of Queen Elsa in Disney's smash hit Frozen.
Her voice became a prominent fixture on Top 40 radio with the Oscar-winning and hugely popular song "Let it Go" off the movie's soundtrack basically becoming the soundtrack to everyone's lives. The movie and the song catapulted Idina into the spotlight and lead to a much-talked about performance at the Oscars. (Adele Dazeem anyone?)
Idina is now ramping up for the release of her brand new album simply titled "idina.", due in stores September 23rd. She dropped a track, along with its accompanying visual, from the new album today entitled "Queen of Swords". The song is an empowering pop tune that inspires you to, you guessed it, be a QUEEN.
Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft Zedd - Starving
Academy Award-nominated actress turned rising pop starlet Hailee Steinfeld surprised everyone with the release of better-than-expected debut pop single "Love Myself" in 2015, alongside a solid supporting extended play. Signed to Republic Records, the 19-year-old returns to the music scene with the first taste of her upcoming official debut album. Teaming up with producer Zedd and Los Angeles-based duo Grey, the artist shares "Starving", an intriguing, laid-back ode to the complex lovesick feeling.
"Starving" immediately sets itself apart from Steinfeld's previous uptempo releases, with a guitar-driven intro and soft, vulnerable vocals. The folk inspirations aren't alone for too long, the pace quickly picks up, leading to a radio-ready, electro-tinged chorus as the artist finally comes to terms with the unpredictable, nerve-wracking emotions. Steinfeld's controlled performance pairs well with the supporting background beats from Zedd and Grey. Who contributed what sound is difficult to determined, but it all blends effortlessly.
Emeli Sande - Hurts
Scottish soul-pop singer Emeli Sandé detailed her sophomore LP on Friday, revealing that Long Live the Angels will arrive November 11th. "This entire album is about me not holding back and not censoring myself," the singer said in a statement.
Sandé accompanied news of the album with the storming new song "Hurts," pairing relentless handclaps with pained, imperious vocals. The singer wrote and produced the track with Mac & Phil. "Hurts" takes an everything-but-the-kitchen sink, James Bond theme song approach to eliciting emotion, utilizing sweeping strings, a towering brass section and a choir. "'Hurts' is an explosion," the singer noted. "It's just … real talk."
The Chainsmokers ft Halsey - Closer
"Closer" is a song by American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, featuring American singer Halsey. Andrew Taggart (one half of The Chainsmokers) also provides his vocals in the song. It was released on July 29, 2016 by Disruptor and Columbia Records. The song was written by Taggart, Ashley Frangipane, Shaun Frank, Fredic Kennett, Isaac Slade and Joe King, while the production was handled by The Chainsmokers. The single is an electronic dance music song with a "retro" style synthesizer in the chorus.
"Closer" attained international commercial success. In the United States, it peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming both The Chainsmokers and Halsey's first number one on the chart. The Chainsmokers also made history by having four songs that top the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, passing Calvin Harris who held the previous record, with three. Outside of the United States, "Closer" topped the charts in more than ten countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, making it both The Chainsmokers' and Halsey's first number-one single in all six countries. The song also reached the top 10 in 25 countries.