It’s been two years since we’ve heard a new album from our favorite pop/alt band, OneRepublic. Lead singer, Ryan Tedder recently told Zane Lowe at Beats 1 it was definitely time for them to release some new music. “If we had to compile an album this week we could do it, but I’m kind of insatiable, so I’ll be writing up until probably September” he says.
The first single, “Connection” is another pop-infused alt anthem focusing on how hard it is to find genuine people in a world filled with false hope. Featuring a chanty chorus (“can I get a connection?”) and Tedder’s evergreen voice. Once again, he can do no wrong and I’m convinced this band will last forever.
As for more details on the album, the Oklahoma native says he’s trying to grab Mark Foster, Paul McCartney (yes, you read that right), THEY., and many others for possible collaborations and hoping we’ll see the album by the fall.
The pop singer is back after a much-needed break from social media and the public eye following the tragic Manchester concert bombing last May. Grande has reportedly finished her fourth studio album which has been described as a “personal masterpiece”… of course.
Today is finally the day. We get a taste of what she’s been hanging onto for quite some time now. Grande’s new single “No Tears Left to Cry” is an obvious reference to what happened last year. Fans at a listening party in London said the song brought them to tears. A source told The Blast that people “openly wept at how she alludes to the bombing and how incredible the song is.”
At first listen, Grande’s echoing vocals immediately steal the show, singing, “right now I’m in a state of mind, I wanna be in like all the time, ain’t got no tears left to cry.” A runway-esque beat leads the song to easily mimic tracks off the singers debut album, Yours Truly. Despite popular belief, “Tears” isn’t sad at all. It’s a beautiful medley showing resilience and happiness.
A half naked woman appears on the single artwork, a tiny dazzling thong covers the front of her. “You” follows suit with the sweet sounds of Claudio’s recent album About Time.
The R&B songstress makes songs sound easy; almost like her mouth doesn’t even need to open for the words to spring out. She exudes sex appeal and confidence in such subtle ways. “All to You” is just that. It’s about pure love and desire through human touch; “desires burning, your hands are sweating, when did this room catch fire.”
The 21-year-old airily breathes out every word in the lyric video accompanying her new poetic slab of lust.
Tove Lo’s latest album Blue Lips (Lady Wood Pt. 2) is her best collection yet. Keeping her refined edgy style with pixie pop vocals, the “Stay High” singer has finally found a sound that’s distinctly her own. A little more band-based at times, while still upbeat, pop, with a modern mix of alt/electro. She wraps up all of these sounds together, dumps glitter on it, and launches it into your eardrums for consumption.But, we hear more emotion on this album than we’ve heard in the past from Tove. “Bad Days” is about nostalgia and self worth. “you used to love me on my bad days, when the sun wouldn’t come out” she sings right at the top of the gorgeous track. “Days” is the most beautiful I’ve ever heard Tove Lo. “Cycles” follows suit with a slightly more upbeat feel reminiscing about life and the cyclical ways we become stuck; “I’m in a cycle, yeah I admit it, how can I change it when I don’t know that I’m in it.” A song so relatable, it hurts.
This Sweden native worked with pop mastermind Max Martin to achieve a curated sound she knew fans would drool over. Tove talks her emotional and sexual rawness on the album with TIME magazine saying, “It’s just being a woman, you end up having to defend yourself if you choose to sing about things that aren’t seen as a good example. But it doesn’t really matter to me if people don’t agree with it.”
But Tove has proved time and time again that she is more than her sex. Always standing up for women’s issues to fight for equality amongst the sexes. And she does it all with her boobs out (hence disco tits) which was a nickname her boyfriend gave her once at Coachella.
Blue Lips’ sound is modern yet distinctly vintage. Hit single “Disco Tits” triggered a discussion around the comeback of 70’s sounds into modern pop. A pulsing sex-fueled track you can’t help but swing your hips to, the beat is almost too good to be true. “I’m sweat from head to toe, I’m wet through all my clothes.” You either love it or hate it – there’s no inbetween. “Bitches” follows suit; another ballsy track with explicit sexualized lyrics. Each song packs a different type of punch.
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of pop, but every now and then there’s an album that you can always go back to and sing every word; that’s Blue Lips.
Earlier this year, Kehlani dropped one of the best R&B/pop albums to see the light of day. Unapologetically titled Sweet Sexy Savage, this songstress held NOTHING back, and that’s what made the album so beautiful.
She’s back again, sprinkling a little more honesty in a stripped down acoustic track, titled “Honey.” Kehlani worships women openly and sings, “I like my girls just like I like my honey, sweet, a little selfish.” Her voice stays pretty and honest – as usual. “Honey” is simple, yet says so much. A modern day love song all about women loving women.
The California native said on her Instagram, “A huge thx to everyone listening to Honey, 7-8 months since I dropped anything and I’m happy ya’ll still here ready to jam at any moment. More comin where date came frommmmm.”
A horn line blasts through “I Am Not A Trend” as Blume declares his independence with a no f***s given attitude. Something he’s been able to master since the very start. “I dance how I dance, I pray how I pray, I sing what I sing, I say what I say.” The lyrics are simple; be yourself, and do YOU. A happy-go-lucky chorus ties the song together making it an empowering pop/jazz tune.
Blume told me his inspiration behind “Trend” saying, “It’s about living your grandest self, realizing your fantasy is unique to you, and submitting yourself fully to your own truth.” Honesty has been a common theme in this New Jersey natives music as fans heard on his 2016 EP titled, When I Get It Right. He dealt with relationships, love, his career, and did it all in a brash yet meaningful way.
“Trend” is apart of Blume’s new EP to be released this year.Listen here: