Friday, August 1, 2014

SAM SMITH : I'm Not The Only One

You loved British singer Sam Smith's latest single 'Stay With Me', right? You enjoyed watching him perform it on the 'Today' show during the week. Well there's plenty more where that came from on his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour', which has benefited from his Aussie promotional visit over the past seven days.
'Today Show' viewers will know that he also took the opportunity to introduce the albeit limited breakfast TV audience to his new single 'I'm Not The Only One'.
And as of an hour ago, it now has an official video to complement it.
It's a pretty moving piece, too, as we see the effect a cheating husband has on his (altogether gorgeous) wife, who is rendered broken each time he leaves the house to rendezvous with his 'other special lady'.
Happily, there is some strength in there, however, as she sets about having a bonfire; his wardrobe as the fuel.
More spectacular stuff from Mister Smith. Relent. Get the album now.

KATY PERRY : This Is How We Do

We're up to single No.5 from the 'Prism' album project with the release of 'This Is How We Do'. But if Katy Perry's previous album 'Teenage Dream' is anything to go by, there are a few more up her sleeve before 'Prism' is put to bed.
The 'This Is How De Do' video clip premiered overnight and it's a bright and colourful affair.
There are so many different outfits, so many different hair styles, so much colour, so much movement, dancing iced snacks and the best use of love heart sunglasses since Kylie's 'What Kind Of Fool'. Everything you need in a video clip, really.


The ladies' debut EP is released both digital and physical formats today, so what better time for Sony to reveal further details about G.R.L.'s forthcoming Australian promotional tour.
Sony tells us that the group - whose single 'Ugly Heart' has bulleted to No.4 on the ARIA singles chart - will arrive in Australia on Sunday week and will spend time in both Sydney and Melbourne.
TV performances are locked in for both 'The X Factor' and 'Sunrise' on Channel 7, while the five piece will also perform an exclusive showcase at Marquee Nightclub in Sydney on Tuesday August 12.

01. Ugly Heart
02. Show Me What You Got
03. Rewind
04. Don't Talk About Love
05. Girls Are Always Right


It's been a big week for the 5SOS lads thus far, what with their No.1 debut on the Billboard album chart over in the States.
So they're capping the week off by revealing the video for their latest single 'Amnesia'.
The track itself is a little more stripped down than what we're used to from the gents - more guitar-based ballad than pop/rock track - but it's been a fan favourite since the release of the album. It's also the band's third biggest hit thus far in Australia.
Clip-wise, there's a car trek, girls, a home studio in which the boys perform the track for us and some shenanigans around the pool.


Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
The Beatles – The Japan Box
Beck – Song Reader
Anthony Callea – Ladies & Gentlemen : The Songs Of George Michael (CD/DVD)
Anthony Callea – Ladies & Gentlemen : The Songs Of George Michael (DVD)
Eric Clapton – The Breeze
Diana Damrau – Forever
Deep Purple – Hard Road : The Mark One Years 1968-1969
The Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts
Buddy Goode – The #1s And #2s
G.R.L. – G.R.L. EP
The Interrupters – The Interrupters
Low Fly Incline – Other Desert City
Anja Nissen – Anja Nissen
One Day – Mainline
OST – Guardians Of The Galaxy
OST – Hercules
OST – Think Like A Man Too
George Perris – Picture This
Pretty Lights – A Color Map Of The Sun
James Reyne – The Anthology
Satellites – 02
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone
Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone (Deluxe Edition)
Twenty One Pliots – Quiet Is Viølent EP
Various – Best Of 2 Tone
Yujen – No Aware

Mary J Blige – A Night To Remember
Chardy ftg. Fuzzy Hair – Swang
Keyshia Cole – Believer
The Easybeats – She’s So Fine
Tyler Farr – A Guy Walks Into A Bar
Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
Christina Grimmie – Must Be Love
Karine Hannah – Burning Up
Hot Mouth – Flicker
Humans As Animals – Eukaria EP
Nick Jonas – Chains
Kasabian – Bumblebee
Paul Kelly – The Merri Soul Singles Vol.1
John Legend – You And I
Jessica Mauboy – I Believe (Anything Is Possible)
Nick Monaco – 5 Feet
The Presets – No Fun (remixes)
R5 – Heart Made Up On You
Owen Rabbit – Police Car
Redcoats – Trouble In You
Sigma – Nobody To Love (remixes)
Melissa Steel ftg. Popcaan – Kisses For Breakfast
Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
Megan Washington – My Heart Is A Wheel
Wild Beasts – Mecca (remixes)
Your Friend – Jekyll/Hyde

ALBUM REVIEW : La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

WARNING : If you were hoping for another ‘Bulletproof’, this is not the album for you.
‘Trouble In Paradise’ is, in some ways, both a perfect and misleading title for La Roux’s second album. It reflects founding member/producer Ben Langmaid departing the band, as well as the five-year wait between albums. It also reflects the juxtaposition between the music’s sunny European sound and darker lyrics.
It’s a complete musical departure for the former duo turned solo act.
First single ‘Uptight Downtown’ sounds like a Scissor Sisters single from the early 1980s and the other eight tracks follow a similar template.
‘Kiss And Not Tell’ is a cheeky synth-pop stormer perfect for summer. Elsewhere, the seven minute-long ‘Silent Partner’ sounds like the soundtrack to a 1980s video arcade game whereas ‘Let Me Down Gently’ is a dreamy synth ballad.
We particularly like ‘Sexotheque’ which explores infidelity over a funky disco beat.
At only nine tracks, ‘Trouble in Paradise’ is a short affair, but each track makes sense in its own way. The only real issue we have is that we’re not sure all nine tracks could stand up by themselves but as a package, they balance each other out.
For instance, the Grace Jones sample in ‘Tropical Chancer’ is a bit too camp but it is balanced out by the somber ballad ‘Paradise is You’.
All in all, it’s a brave second outing for Ms. Elly Jackson. Don’t get us wrong, we probably would have loved another ‘Bulletproof’ on here but you have got to give her credit for taking her time and playing around with her sound.
The results are refreshing and consistent, though perhaps just a bit too kitsch for their own good.

Download : Uptight Downtown, Sexotheque.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TOURING : Sara Bareilles

She recently scored her biggest hit to date down under with her sensational single 'Brave' and now US singer songwriter Sara Bareilles will head down under for a quartet of live shows in September to show us how big her brave is.
Last in Australia supporting Maroon 5 on their 2011 tour, Sara will bust out 'Brave', 'Love Song' and a series of other crowd favourites and surprises (she's been covering Sia's 'Chandelier' as part of her show - HERE) to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, before hopping over the ditch for a one-off performance in Auckland.
Frontier pre-sale kicks off on Tuesday at midday, with general public tickets live from 9am on Thursday August 07.

September 19 : Adelaide (Her Majesty's Theatre)
September 20 : Melbourne (Athenaeum Theatre)
September 21 : Sydney (City Recital Hall)
September 24 : Brisbane (The Tivoli)


Champagne corks will be popping throughout EMI's Sydney headquarters today, with news that their home-town band 5 Seconds Of Summer has premiered in the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the United States.
According to the label, the boys sold more than a quarter of a million copies of their self-titled debut in the first week to not only gift them the top spot on the US charts, but also the record for the biggest ever first week sales by an Australian band.
The album has also landed at No.1 in Canada and Mexico, following on from its No.1 showing here at home and No.2 in the UK. So far, '5 Seconds Of Summer' has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies globally.
Back home, the gents are gearing up for the release of their 'Amnesia' EP. The official video is due to drop tomorrow, with the EP due on Friday September 05.