Listen to Trisha Yearwood’s new country anthem ‘Prizefighter’ featuring Kelly Clarkson:


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Country veteran Trisha Yearwood has teamed up with Kelly Clarkson for the lead single from her upcoming album.

Prizefighter was written by Jessi Alexander, Sarah Buxton and Ross Copperman and serves as the lead cut from Yearwood’s upcoming twelfth studio set which will be released later this year. The single, which features Clarkson on backing vocals, is scheduled to impact US radio on 15 September.

Turn the sound of defeat in to your battle cry” Yearwood belts out on the track which she described at a press conference as “a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what.” She added, “I love how PrizeFighter makes me feel…like even when the odds are against me, I can do anything. It’s a message we all need to hear, and the track just plain rocks! I can’t wait for folks to hear it.

Prizefighter will be Yearwood’s first studio album in seven years, and her first since signing a new record deal with RCA Nashville. Her last collection, 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, reached #30 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on the US Country album chart. She’ll also be taking to the road next month for the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood which kicks off in Chicago, Illanois on 4 September.

Listen to an unofficial stream of the Grammy Award winning songstress’ latest single below.

Watch the music video for Mayer Hawthorne’s ‘Robot Love':


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Mayer Hawthorne has premiered the music video for the latest cut to be lifted from his 2013 studio album Where Does This Door Go.

The animated clip for Robot Love sees the Grammy Award-nominated singer being pursued by an amorous android across a landscape of advertising campaigns, and was posted on his VEVO account earlier today.

The funk-swathed R&B track was produced by Hawthorne with Kid Harpoon (Foxes, Lily Allen), Bill Curtis (Monica) and John Hill (Santigold, Christina Aguilera, Pink), and it follows the release of last year’s lead cut from the album, Her Favorite Song, which featured an uncredited guest appearance from British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware.

Where Does This Door Go reached #30 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, becoming the Michigan native’s highest charting album of his career so far. Earlier this year, Hawthorne joined Kendal Tucker (AKA 14KT) to form the synthpop group Jaded Incorporated and they released their debut album The Big Knock to iTunes in June.

The Chainsmokers debut music video for new single ‘Kanye':


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New York electronic dance outfit The Chainsmokers, AKA Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, have premiered the official music video for their new single online.

Kanye follows the success of the duo’s sleeper smash #SELFIE which became an inescapable international chart success earlier this year, charting in Australia, Canada, NZ, America, UK and across the rest of Europe.

For their follow up, The Chainsmokers have enlisted the services of an LA duo called Sirens, who we first wrote about back in April after hearing their first single I Think I Like You. Completing the line up is Mike Del Rio who co-wrote and co-produced the track, having previously worked with Siren (AKA Kat Ostenberg and Skyler Stonestreet) on their aforementioned debut single. He is also one half of Powers, the duo who feature on The Knocks’ latest single Classic which came out this month, and co-wrote Kylie’s Kiss Me Once lead cut Into The Blue.

So there you have the rather impressive roster of talent involved in the duo’s latest piano-driven, EDM floor filler which, likes its predecessor, plays with narcissism – this time by taking poster boy Kanye West and referencing him in the chorus as a tongue-in-cheek pin up for those who strive for the ultimate success eg; “One day I’ll stand with a crown on my head like a God yeah. Like a God” and “I want to be Kanye, I’ll be the king of me always“.

Despite the tongue in cheek references to the US rapper, it’s not all played for laughs and critics who labelled the divisive #SELFIE a novelty record may well have to reconsider their early judgements. For one, there’s a much worthier message that underlies Kanye about never giving up and self-motivation, and, with the lyrics being sweetly sung by the sighing Siren and production that gradually transcends the track into a bonafide dancefloor belter, The Chainsmokers have served up a rather substantial club-ready pop number that defies any talk of them settling for ‘one hit wonder’ status.

Kanye hits UK iTunes on 12 October. Watch the video below.

Gorgon City premiere the music video for their next single ‘Unmissable':


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Gorgon City have premiered the music video for the latest single to be lifted from their upcoming debut LP Sirens.

Unmissable will be sent to iTunes on 28 September and it’s another winning, sun-soaked club cut from the UK electronic duo that features guest vocals from British singer Zak Abel. The track was written by Gorgon City – AKA Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott – with Jimmy Napes who is also credited for working on Clean Bandit’s Rather Be, Sam Smith’s Stay With Me and Disclosure’s Latch.

Scheduled for release on 6 October, Sirens will feature the duo’s MNEK and Laura Welsh-assisted Top 10 hits Ready For Your Love and Here For You, and host guest appearances from Jennifer Hudson, Katy B, Erik Hassle and Maverick Sabre. Preorder the album now and you’ll receive Real Love, their collaboration with Yasmin of Finish Line fame, as an instant grat track.

1-555-CONFIDE: Kylie Minogue’s ‘Confide In Me’ Turns Twenty:


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To say that Kylie Minogue’s sweeping opus Confide In Me has stood the test of time is something of an understatement. Released twenty years ago today on 29 August 1994, the lead cut from the perennial pop princess’ self-titled fifth studio album – her first with BMG offshoot Deconstruction Records – is an exquisitely-executed example of the enduring quality of her earlier work.

A glorious symphony of slinky, trip-hop beats, striking strings and sultry vocals, Confide In Me opened the doors to a new and exciting phase in Kylie’s career; one that saw her shedding the girl-next-door-turned-sex-kitten-down-the-road persona from her Stock Aitken & Waterman and PWL years, in favour of cultivating a more outwardly mature and sophisticated musical style and image by surrounding herself with a team of the UK dance scene’s hottest producers, songwriters and musicians, and popping some glasses and a suit on for the Kylie Minogue album artwork.

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A music video that featured Kylie starring as a coquettish secret-storing siren of sorts (1-555-CONFIDE) cemented her visual reinvention. She was no longer the girl simply questioning those Finer Feelings, she was a woman owning them and the accompanying clip relayed that newly-found confidence with Kylie controlling a game of cat and mouse, as she provocatively purred her way through lyrical power play singing “Stick or twist, the choice is yours / Hit or miss, what’s mine is yours“.

Deconstruction founder Pete Hadfield is quoted on the 2003 re-mastered edition of Kylie Minogue as having once said in 1994, “Kylie is regarded as a trashy disco singer. We regard her as a potential radical dance diva. Any radical dance diva has a home at Deconstruction.” It’s a questionable statement, but one that was perhaps intended yet never fully realised, with the influences of UK dance and house music more evident either elsewhere on the album’s finely fleshed tracklisting (notably on Time Will Pass You By, Surrender and Automatic Love) or tucked away as B-sides which only Kylie’s most loyal fans would spend time familiarising themselves with.

CD1 of Confide In Me arrived first at the tail end of a roasting hot Summer, boasting two bonus club remixes. The track shot up the singles chart, and reached #2 on the UK Top 40 in its first week of release, sadly losing out on the top spot to Wet Wet Wet’s cover of The Troggs’ Love Is All Around. A week later, CD2 was released featuring two previously unheard B-sides. The Saint Etienne-produced Nothing Can Stop Us was originally earmarked as an alternative first single option from Kylie Minogue before being ‘relegated’ to its B-side status, whilst an intimate cover of Prefab Sprout’s If You Don’t Love Me saw Kylie at her most exposed and vulnerable and was later included on both Kylie’s 2000 Hits+ compilation and the setlist for her Aphrodite – Les Folies world tour. Oh, and then there was also the version of Confide In Me especially recorded for the French market, called Confié-toi à Moi.

In the UK, Confide In Me outsold all of the singles lifted from the pop star’s 1991 studio LP Let’s Get To It and her 1992 Greatest Hits collection, whilst in Australia it became her first number one single since Got To Be Certain had claimed the top spot in 1988. It can also be benchmarked as providing Kylie’s last UK Top 10 hit of the 90s. A crushing blow for the pop chameleon who, during the six years prior, had racked up sixteen Top 10 singles but for the following six would struggle to make any lasting dent on the chart at all.

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Subsequent singles Put Yourself In My Place, Where Is The Feeling and Where The Wild Roses Grow may not have fared so well commercially, reaching #11, #16 and #11 in the UK respectively, but they too remain key placeholders in Kylie’s musical awakening. The former arrived with one of Kylie’s greatest videos inspired by the 1968 Jane Fonda-starring movie Barbarella, whilst Where Is The Feeling saw her dabbling with the UK dance scene, by taking on a little known cover of Within A World’s 1993 cult club hit. Both songs were accompanied by a raft of some of Kylie’s strongest dancefloor-ready remixes for their single releases.

Then of course arrived the famous duet with Nick Cave which replaced the M People-produced, feel-good LP closer Time Will Pass You By as the LP’s planned fourth single .The collaboration was lifted from The King of Darkness’ Murder Ballads LP and saw Kylie playing a doomed lover who would end up floating motionless in a river bed, in scenes inspired by Millais’ portrait of a lifeless Ophelia. Cave played a big part in unleashing Kylie’s creativity. On Kylie Minogue, she was only credited for co-writing just one song. For her follow up and final Deconstruction studio set, 1997’s Impossible Princess, Kylie had a hand in writing every single song on the record.

Twenty years on and Kylie has now released over sixty singles (if you also factor in her featured appearances) but Confide In Me stands the tests of time and its legacy is still very much present in the here and now. Steve Anderson, the man who with his Brothers In Rhythm partner Dave Seaman produced and wrote the track and several others on the album, remains a central figure in Team Kylie serving as the musical director for each of the performer’s dazzling live shows that have followed since. Confide In Me remains a setlist staple, only absent from the X2008 tour and her 2012 rarities showcase The Anti-Tour. Example sampled it on No Sleep For The Wicked from his 2007 debut studio album What We Made, and Nerina Pallot and Hurts have also recorded their own cover versions.

Confide In Me remains a key milestone of Kylie’s mid-90s creative impasse and one that paved the way for her exploration in to expressing her identity via different styles and genres. But, most importantly, it’s a ruddy good pop song that sounds as good now as it did twenty years ago. And it’s the first single I ever bought.

So are we ready to watch that video again? I thought so. Twist.

La Roux to release ‘Sexotheque’ as next single from ‘Trouble In Paradise’?


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Despite the underwhelming chart reception to the record’s first official single Uptight Downtown and disappointing record sales, British singer La Roux continues to forge ahead with promotion for her second studio album Trouble In Paradise with Sexotheque looking like the prime contender to be served up as the LP’s next single.

Produced by singer Elly Jackson and Ian Sherwin, the track was posted on the official Soundcloud page for Interscope’s promotional division which often gives an early indicator as to which songs will be selected as the next US releases from their artists.

Taking its title from the name of a Montreal sex club, Sexotheque is one of the album’s stand out tracks and a fine single choice, with its peppy, groove-inducing beats effectively masking the sad tale of a woman who stays at home whilst her man finds solace in the company of other women.

Trouble In Paradise peaked at #6 on the UK album chart in June, selling just under 8,500 copies in its first week. In the States, it reached #20 on the Billboard 200. Jackson will hit the road in November for an eight date tour of the UK, the full details for which are listed at the foot of this post. Buy Trouble In Paradise on iTunes now and stream Sexotheque below.

La Roux UK Tour Dates:

5 Nov: Glasgow O2 ABC
7 Nov: Leeds Metropolitan University
8 Nov: Birmingham Institute
10 Nov: Bristol Academy
12 Nov: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
14 Nov: Norwich UEA
15 Nov:Oxford Academy
16 Nov: Manchester Ritz

Listen to Nicole Scherzinger’s new single ‘On The Rocks':


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Nicole Scherzinger has premiered her new single online.

Produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, On The Rocks serves as the second single to be lifted from the former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman’s upcoming sophomore album, after its lead cut Your Love reached #6 on the UK chart earlier this year.

This is one that some people will really be able to relate to, to really feel,” said Scherzinger about her upcoming album – the follow up to her 2011 solo debut Killer Love. “I’ve always spoken about my life in music but I’m at an age where I can be even more open. You can peel back the layers on this album.”

On The Rocks will be released in the UK on 12 October via RCA, with the album following a fortnight later. Preorder the single here.

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