‘Tis the season for holiday classics! You’ve noticed it while pushing through the crowds on Black Friday or strolling through the supermarket to pick up pies, and now we’re bringing the holidays to you via Hopeless Records’ new compilation, Hopeless For The Holidays. Featuring newcomers and long time favorites such as For The Foxes, Divided By Friday, Driver Friendly, and Anarbor, the album will contain Christmas covers and originals. Dive into the spirit by listening to For The Foxes’ contribution, “All That Glistens” after the jump, along with the track listing.
1. For The Foxes – The Only Thing That Glistens
2. Divided By Friday – All I Want For Christmas Is You
3. Anarbor – West Coast Christmas
4. Driver Friendly – X-Mas In Texas
Taylor Gang mastermind Wiz Khalifa is less than a week from releasing his sophomore label effort, O.N.I.F.C. The album has been teased for months, with multiple singles already surfacing, but repeated delays have driven us into the dead of winter with little more than a new mixtape and slew of videos to keep us warm.
Anyways, Wiz is grinding hard to make sure fans know his delays were not meant to hurt the fans with a recent run of promotional efforts. His latest is the release of his official video for “The Bluff,” which features Cam’ron and Khalifa going on about the life of excess they both live over a beat that is soft to say the least. The visuals are pretty par for the course in terms of performance sequences from hip-hop artists go, but it’s a must-watch for fans of either artist. Click here to view the video.
All you City And Colour fans out there, get ready for Dallas Green’s next installment of folksy sorrow through soulful singing. According to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Instagram, recording for the new album is finally done “right before the final #alexisonfire tour!” For those of you who don’t know, Green’s former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who broke up last year, are about to embark on a long overdue farewell tour starting on December 2nd in London, UK. While it is sad to see them go, the world has a lot to look forward to with City And Colour’s newest release.
If you like City And Colour, then you might also like OurStage’s own Justin Branam.
When sitting down to review Ke$ha’s latest album, Warrior, I found it impossible to resist digging into her catalog for research. Only three years have past since “Tik Tok” impacted radio waves around the world, but one look at the sales and popularity of this still young pop starlet and one might believe she’s at least hit the half decade point. The truth is, Kesha has only just begun to make her mark in pop music, and her latest effort proves there is much (MUCH) more glitter and innuendo awaiting us in years to come.
If you have never experienced Kesha outside of the radio singles, you need to be prepared for a slightly different experience when reaching for one of her albums. While the glitter-loving songstress is known for packing many potential singles on her releases, usually including some of her awkward attempts at rapping, each album is also stuffed with progressive material that makes it clear Kesha could do so much more with her career if desired. Warrior makes this more evident than ever, with only a handful of cuts coming across like disposable radio tracks, and I don’t want to get hopes too high here, but there is a cohesion to the glam pop queen’s efforts this time around that leads one to believe there is a much grander vision at play than we’ve been told.
Kicking things off by blending her newer sound with songwriting elements fans will find familiar, “Warrior,” kicks off Kesha’s new album with all the glory and pizazz a pop record deserves. The hook is huge, the rhymes about club life are intact, and the attitude is second-to-none. This is what I like to call “typical Kesha,” and it’s never executed more slickly than on Warrior. As you dig through the hit “Die Young,” as well as the early leak “C’Mon,” it becomes clearer and clearer that there is an evolution taking place within Kesha’s sound. She’s still very rooted in dance floor singles, and that will likely never change, but the focus on well-written lyrics and wordplay has never been stronger. Tracks like “Dirty Love,” “All That Matters,” and “Love Into The Light” offer more substance than Kesha’s entire debut album, and that’s on the extreme end of the spectrum. There is actual replay value to the whole, and I don’t just mean on the radio.
Warrior is real pop music, albeit complimented with a disposable facade, and it will sell to a ridiculous amount of music listeners with little effort. Some longtime fans will hate her new sound, and others will continue to not “get it,” but anyone listening to this album with an open mind is destined to discover a pop record that could go on to rival Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream in terms of lasting ability and pop cultural impact. 2013 will be the year of Ke$ha, and with a record like this there is no reason she shouldn’t find herself atop the Billboard charts for weeks, if not months to come.
If you enjoy Ke$ha, be sure to check out OS artist Casey Desmond!
French Montana has become somewhat of a permanent fixture in our magazine. Every week the still-young emcee seems to have something newsworthy to offer, and this week’s headline is likely his best yet.
After weeks of teasing, French Montana has officially released a stream of his new single, “Marble Floors.” Featuring verses from Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne, as well as production from Mike Will, the latest single from French serves as the third to surface off his forthcoming 2013 effort, Excuse My French. You can stream the single below:
Chris Brown has deleted his Twitter account following a foul-mouthed exchange with a female comedian that produced some golden tweets for the ages. Jenny Johnson, a comedian who has previously ridiculed Brown online, provoked the singer into a verbal assault by tweeting “Being a worthless piece of s— can really age a person” in response to a photo that he posted of himself. What ensued was a back and forth tirade of mudslinging, farts, and yo momma jokes. Very adult. Though Brown’s Twitter is currently offline, it’s still possible to read the exchange on Johnson’s Twitter account. “Mom says hello…” Brown tweeted at one point. “She told me not to shart in ur mouth, wanted me to shit right on your retina.” We really can’t make this stuff up.
Fans of Chris Brown should check out OurStage artist Ivan Thompson.
While it’s nothing new for bands and various members to take on new projects and explore various avenues, that doesn’t mean it was any less exciting when we heard that Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus had begun to launch new material for his clothing line, Hi My Name Is Mark.
Hoppus will be releasing one shirt a week for four weeks, with the first shirt available from now until Dec. 3, or until it sells out. All of this will lead up to the store’s official launch in the New Year.
Green Day are no strangers to documentaries, and after the tremendous success of Bullet In A Bible back in 2005, we can’t wait to see what they produce with their latest, ¡Quatro!.
Capturing the band behind the scenes, in the studio, and in rare form enjoying a little time off, ¡Quatro! aims to give fans an inside look into not only the band’s personal battles in the balance of life and music, but their time in the studio.
“That summer, we took about a month off,” Billie Joe Armstrong says of the 2009′s 21st Century Breakdown. I set up a small studio and I started making demos, doing it for myself… I think sometimes taking time off feels dangerous to me. Bands that ‘take time off’ — they’re not as good when they come back.”
Through images of mass crowds, and screaming fans, we hear Armstrong continue, “Let your audience grow with you and grow up with you, and at some point grow old with you.”
You can check out a clip from the documentary right here, and catch its airdate on VH1, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at midnight ET and again on Palladia Friday, Nov. 30 at 9pm ET.
If you like Green Day, check out OurStage artist Wolf Rage.
The time has come for every top 40 artist to begin releasing, or at least performing holiday songs. A few albums have already made their way onto shelves, but today’s stream is one you will only find online.
Following a year on top of the pop charts after nearly a decade of cutting their teeth in various alternative bands, fun. are riding high this holiday season with a new cover of the classic, “Sleigh Ride.” The song is taken from an upcoming holiday covers compilation, and the New York trio shines with their usual indie flare throughout the tune. Those interested in streaming the cover can do so, here.
This cover is not the only reason fun. fans have to celebrate as the band also recently released a new video for their Some Nights cut, “Carry On.” You can view the video below:
The rumors that K-pop was coming to takeover American pop charts has been swirling for years, but no one ever gave the notion more than a few thoughts until Psy broke into the mainstream with his “Gangnam Style” music video release in July of this year. Though we’re still unsure how it all began, Psy’s hysterical music video began to go viral shortly after posting, and has yet to stop gaining traction on a worldwide scale. This past weekend it was announced the video had finally surpassed 815 million views, which officially makes it the most viewed (And “Liked”) clip of all time. Those needing a refresher on the clip can view the video at the end of this article.
While Psy’s success cannot be denied, his actually staying power remains to be seen. Will “Gangnam Style” be a one hit wonder along the lines of the “Macarena,” or perhaps Psy will keep chugging along with singles garnering less and less success like The Baha Men. Either way, he’s etched his place in music history, and that’s more than dozens of today’s actual stars can say for their careers.
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