Katy Perry dresses up as the world’s worst party entertainers in her ‘Birthday’ music video:

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Not a stranger to transforming herself for her art (see The One That Got Away, Last Friday Night (TGIF)), Katy Perry takes it to the next level in the latest music video from her PRISM album campaign.

Premiering earlier this evening, the eight minute long visual for the Max Martin/Dr. Luke/Cirkut-produced Birthday sees the American pop star donning a range of superb facial prosthetics and costumes to appear as five of the world’s worst party entertainers, including a clown on parole, an ageing stripper and Princess Mandee.

Perry then, unbeknownst to the unsuspecting guests of honour, wreaks havoc as the chaos is captured by hidden cameras and all to the soundtrack of her latest single.

The track serves as the follow up to Perry’s international pop smash Roar, and subsequent PRISM releases Unconditionally</
and Dark Horse which reached #25 and #4 on the UK singles chart respectively.

Watch the Birthday video below:

Listen to US band Cheerleader’s hazy electropop anthem ‘Perfect Vision’, plus UK tour dates:

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American five piece Cheerleader have premiered their debut single online.

Perfect Vision is a hazy slice of anthemic, synth-drenched electropop that is set for release to iTunes on 28 April via Young & Lost, with a limited edition 7″ vinyl following on 10 June.

The Philadelphian quintet will arrive in the UK early next month for a string of gigs. They’ll be kicking things off at Bush Hall in London on 5 May performing alongside The Hold Steady (who are responsible for the brilliant Stay Positive), as well as taking in the atmosphere on the NME stage at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival on 10 May.

Full UK tour dates below:

May 5 – London – Bush Hall
May 6 – London – Rock Feedback @ The Ace Hotel
May 7 – Manchester – Academy 3
May 8 – London – Rising @ The Black Heart
May 10 – Brighton – The Great Escape, NME Stage
May 12 – London – Paint It Black @ The Sebright Arms

Swedish sisters Say Lou Lou premiere music video for their intoxicating new single ‘Everything We Touch’:

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Say Lou Lou have premiered the official music video for their latest single on VEVO.

Everything We Touch is another intoxicating cocktail of clear cut vocals and dreamy synthpop from Swedish-Australian sisters Miranda and Elektra Kilbey, whose 2013 EPs Julian and Better In The Dark earned them a nod on the long list for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 at the start of the year.

The track will be sent to UK iTunes on 1 June as a digital bundle also featuring new song Peppermint, whilst the twins also recently posted the 80s-tinged Yannis remix on Soundcloud.

Listen below:

Erik Hassle premieres the official music video for his EP cut ‘Ready For You’:

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Stockholm singer-songwriter Erik Hassle unleashes that perfect falsetto and basks in the setting sun in the newly debuted music video for his EP cut Ready For You.

The clip for the sophisticated R&B slow burner, lifted from the 25 year old Swede’s latest collection Somebody’s Party, received its premiere on his YouTube page this evening.

It serves as the third visual taster from the EP following the arrival of videos for Innocence Lost and Talk About It earlier this year.

Download Somebody’s Party on iTunes now and watch the music video for Ready For You below.

Pharrell Williams premieres music video for new single ‘Marilyn Monroe’:

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Pharrell Williams has unveiled the official music video for the second single to be lifted from his number one album G I R L.

Marilyn Monroe serves as the follow up to the producer’s international smash hit Happy which originally featured on the soundtrack to the animated movie Despicable Me 2 before going on to top the charts across the world. Happy is currently the biggest selling UK single of 2014 to date having shifted over a million downloads, and sales show no sign of slowing down. At the time of writing this post, it is still holding on at #7 in the singles chart, 22 weeks after it was first released.

So Pharrell will be hoping that his latest release will fare just as well. Marilyn Monroe was penned and produced by the singer, although American violinist Ann Marie Calhoun also takes co-writing credits, having orchestrated the string intro.

And backing vocals come c/o One Word songstress Kelly Osborne no less and Ozzy and Sharon’s famous daughter even cameos in the track’s official music video which received its official premiere earlier today.

In honour of the groove and to all who surrender to it, we say thank you and we take it back.

Catch the clip below.

Watch the music video for Danish band Scarlet Pleasure’s brilliant new track ‘Windy’:

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If you like your pop music to come straight out of Scandinavia and you’re also partial to a heady dose of shimmering electronica and soulful vocals, then up-and-coming Danish band Scarlet Pleasure should be right up your street.

The (very attractive) trio are signed to Copenhagen Records – the same label as pop outfit Alphabeat – and they have already picked up support from legendary Grammy Award-winning US recording engineer Brian Gardner who has previously worked on albums from Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dr. Dre and Gwen Stefani during his prolific career.

Gardner here lends his mastering skills to Scarlet Pleasure’s debut single Windy, a slick, funky, R&B tinged electropop number, which now has its own official music video that you can watch below.

Enjoy.

Gent Mason shares new song ‘Better’:

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It’s Gent Mason’s birthday today and, to celebrate the occasion, the Aesop label signee has put another stonking new song on Soundcloud.

Better adds further fuel to the argument that the London-based musician is an artist growing in stature with each release. Like the brilliant Touch The Rock which he premiered last month, Better is a beautifully textured slice of atmospheric, downtempo electronica, backed up with another assured and silky smooth R&B vocal.

Gent Mason comes endorsed by US producer Jimmy Douglass, who has previously worked with Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott and Rolling Stones so it’s also worth investigating his back catalogue and discovering his 2013 Eden EP which was released to iTunes last October.

Lily Allen premieres music video for title track from upcoming album ‘Sheezus’:

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Lily Allen has debuted the latest promotional single from her upcoming third studio album Sheezus.

The record’s title track is available to download on iTunes now ahead of the album’s arrival on 5 May, and it has been accompanied by an official music video which was was premiered on the London-born pop star’s VEVO page earlier today.

Sheezus was produced by Californian producer DJ Dahi who has previously worked with US hip hop artists Drake and Kendrick Lamar. It follows the release of the album’s earlier singles Hard Out Here and Air Balloon which respectively reached #9 and #7 on the UK Top 40, and the Greg Kurstin-produced buzz track Our Time.

The record also features Allen’s contribution to the latest soundtrack of the HBO TV series Girls, L8 CMMR, whilst the deluxe edition will include her chart-topping cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know.

Watch the official music video for Ella Henderson’s new Ryan Tedder-penned single ‘Ghost’:

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Having presented us with a video for the excellent Switch remix of her new single Ghost last week, Ella Henderson has now unveiled the track’s official visual on her VEVO page.

Co-written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, Ghost is a compelling pop debut from the one time X Factor contestant. It’s incredibly radio-friendly, and showcases the rich, bluesy vocals which gained the Grimsby-born singer a legion of fans during her time on the UK talent show in 2012.

The track serves as the lead cut from the 18 year old’s upcoming debut album Chapter One, and is scheduled to be released to digital retailers on 8 June. Preorder the track on iTunes here and watch the New Orleans-shot video below.

Listen to two excellent tracks from the upcoming Röyskopp / Robyn mini-album ‘Do It Again’:

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Let’s not act overly-surprised here but the two newly leaked tracks from the upcoming collaborative Royksopp and Robyn project that I’ve added right at the bottom of this sprawling, overlong post are pretty damned amazing, aren’t they?

I say, “let’s not act overly-surprised” because surely we’ve all been astounded by the brilliance of Sweden’s Robyn Carlsson before? Whether it be for her impressive quota of heartbreak music to dance and weep to – see Call Your Girlfriend, Show Me Love, With Every Heartbeat, Dancing On My Own, Be Mine) – or those incredible body movements that she puts about out when she finds herself on a stage, we all love Robyn, right?

Similarly, haven’t we all, to a lesser commercial extent perhaps, admired the electronic ambience of Röyksopp’s back catalogue? This may be a tougher one to call as they tend to stay behind the machines, but if you’ve not heard their relatively recent Susanne Sundfør collab Running To The Sea, you’re neglecting something that is sheer audio magic. Their 2001 debut full length set Melody A.M also requires immediate attention.

And together? What happens when they unite to create heartbreaking, ambient, electropop? Well, this happened, didn’t it? Have you ever cared more for a girl and her robot?

So, as you can imagine, the news of their forthcoming full length ‘mini album’ Do It Again and its accompanying tour was quite rightly greeted with unmuted euphoria from pop fans across the globe, and last Monday a surprise 90 second teaser of the collection’s opening track Monument (out 28 April) added a further layer of rapture to the growing levels of anticipation.

Robyn said: “I’ve been going back and forth to Bergen to record and write with the Röyksopp boys up until recently. It started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album so we´re releasing this music together as a band you could say”.

Röyksopp said: “This doesn’t sound like Röyksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Röyksopp, it’s just something else entirely, the word ‘collaboration’ has never before been more justified in the world of music!

So back to the leaks. We have two here; the EP’s title track which is just INCREDIBLE (not a lie) and another called Every Little Thing which is more understated but still beautiful. Incredible and beautiful, and written in order of my own personal preference but when pop music arrives of the back of high expectations and is this perfect, you can’t really give an unbiased opinion, can you?

So just listen. Sadly, after a strict email did the rounds also ending up in my inbox, both tracks have now been removed from streaming sites, which hardly seems fair, does it? However you can listen to another new track called Sayit below and catch Do It Again and Every Little Thing over here.

Or indeed there will be plenty of time once the full collection receives its official unveiling on 26 May (preorder here).