Will Young has premiered the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album 85% Proof.
The singer-songwriter and actor released Love Revolution to iTunes yesterday ahead of the preorder launch of the long awaited follow up to his 2011 set Echoes. The soulful offering interpolates lyrics from Andrea Martin’s Share The Love, which was later sampled by Tomcraft on their UK #1 hit Loneliness which was first released in 2002 – the same year that Young rose to success as the winner of UK talent show Pop Idol.
85% Proof will be released on 25 May and is Young’s first collection of new material since he signed to Island Records in 2012. Download Love Revolution from iTunes here.
This week sees Steve Grand unleashing his debut studio album All American Boy – a stellar collection of crossover country, rock and pop if you’re interested – and so it also presents an ideal opportunity for the Chicago-born singer to premiere the official music video for the record’s fourth single Time.
Released last November alongside a cover of Elton John’s Bennie and the Jets, the 25 year old’s most recent offering is an unravelling, piano-driven country ballad that wears its heartfelt lyrics upon its sleeve and showcases Grand’s undisputed knack for coming up with emotionally-resonating musical snapshots.
The song’s accompanying video tracks Grand’s relationship with a boyfriend, from the moment they meet to moving in with one another, and through to parting ways. This open and honest approach to reflecting his own sexuality in either his songwriting or his videos has made him a revelatory role model for the gay community and a hugely refreshing figure in popular music.
His songs haven’t specifically been written for a gay audience. Time for example is purely and simply a song about a relationship between two people, no matter their sexual orientation. It can be interpreted by anyone, for anyone. But equally there is no pretence or attempt to thinly veil his own preference, should the lyrics or visuals need him to offer a relationship perspective.
For me, that’s the mark of not only a true artist, but someone who deserves a ton of admiration and respect. Catch the video for Time up top, watch the beautiful video for All-American Boy below, and download that album now.
With the release of their third studio album Kindred now just a matter of weeks away, Massachusetts trio Passion Pit have premiered the official music video for the record’s first promotional single Lifted Up (1985).
The airy blast of uplifting, synth-soaked pop was sent to iTunes last month to coincide with album preorders ahead of its 12 April release.
Shayne Ward has shared the music video for his Mike Stock-produced single My Heart Would Take You Back.
The black and white visual for the Motown-inspired heartbreak ballad cuts between clips of the former X Factor UK champ with his ex, and shots of him being stood up, waking up alone and walking along a deserted beach. And, of course, paramount when it comes to any Shayne Ward music video, is the importance of bare flesh – of which there is plenty.
The track is taken from 30 year old singer’s upcoming fourth studio album Closer which will be released to iTunes on 12 April, as the follow up to his 2010 set Obsession .
Alexandra Burke has premiered the title track from her upcoming second EP Renegade.
The six song set will be released as a free download on 27 April, and a press release promises “an amalgamation of unapologetic lyrics on topics Alexandra has never spoken about before” and “unexpected hip-hop flows and a fearless approach to her latest project.
There’s a lot more detail about the EP here but you can listen to and download Renegade via the handy Soundcloud widget below.
Max Schneider has released his first single since signing up to Pete Wentz’ record label DCD2.
Performing as MAX, the 22 year old singer and former Nickelodeon star has teamed up with US rapper Hoodie Allen on Gibberish which blasts in to a relentless onslaught of catchy pop hooks, drums, horns and electronics from the offset.
The track’s Greg Jardin-helmed video was one of a number of videos receiving its official premiere earlier this week to promote YouTube’s upcoming music awards. Watch the clip below and download Gibberish from iTunes here.
Reprising her role of Nina Tucker on Neighbours this month to mark the Australian soap’s 30th anniversary celebrations gave Delta Goodrem the perfect opportunity to showcase her brand new single Only Human, and earlier today the track’s official music video was posted online.
The black and white clip sees the Sitting on Top of the World singer gazing out of windows, walking down a lonely road and, of course, playing the piano in a room lit by candles, next to an open fire. In other words, it’s a perfect fit for the piano-driven torch song which is refreshingly understated, yet still packs an emotional punch.
Download Only Human from iTunes here and watch the video below.