Rita Ora returns with her new single “Radioactive.” Great, song for the winter months and perfect for getting the home-base, European audience. Has that Top 40 appeal in the US and can see it having success. Not sure if it can compete with some of the 4th Quarter records out there at the minute, but represents Rita and her outgoing nature well. Spin it in the clubs DJs!!
Quality video that showcases Star’s lyrics, vocals and performance abilities.Getting plenty of love in the South-East and looking like it will be picked up across the board as plenty of blogs are jumping on the bandwagon.
Yung Nation are a duo that we have been tracking for a long time. Repping Dallas, the talent two have been laying down amazing freestyles and working in and around the talented Trai’D and Beauty On Da Beat and DJ Mr Rodgers. Here they partner with Dorrough to get that increased exposure. Great track for Dallas to lead them into the new year.
Shouts out to @YadiEnterprises for the tip!!
Jacob Latimore, the teen sensation signed to RCA Records, drops his first mixtape titled “This Is Me.”
This is a great, pop/R&B mixtape that has a great combination of records for the teen girls and also will satisfy the more traditional R&B fans. The tracks with Diggy and OMG Girlz show the potential in Jacob to be a major, mainstream POP superstar and the similarities with a young Chris Brown are impossible to ignore. Hoping that the label really gets behind “Blast Off” featuring Diggy Simmons and tries to take it to radio – it has that sort of sound and feel.
British music is having massive success in the US right now and many artists are trying their hand at breaking over here. Not many however are willing to spend the time studying and understanding the US market before releasing their music. Even less are prepared to make the move to the US to embed themselves within the culture and the scene to help understand the machine and to create the necessary relationships to win in this system.
One artist who has spent the time, effort and resources to make his assault on the US market is Master Shortie. Born, Theo Kerlin, in London, England – Master Shortie has put in work both sides of the Atlantic and with the launch of his latest offering looks likely to crack both markets wide open. Having previously been signed to Sony Music US – the first British rapper with a US based deal – he has learned how to navigate the industry for success and has spent 2 years working on this masterful effort. With features from The Cataracs, Leaf, Rizzle Kicks, Ed Sheeran, Eliza Doolittle and Sway – he has composed a sonically rich collection of work that showcases both his abilities and an insight into his psyche.
To summarize – its the best mixtape offering I have heard from a British artist this year and it is a stronger effort than these Q4 albums we are being force feed from artists with massive budgets and minuscule creative intellects.
Let’s go back to 2007 and IMHO the most slept on album of the year was released on September 25. “Songs About Girls” – the third solo album from Will.I.Am. Hit after hit, in the musical sense – hitless in terms of the major labels narrow minded opinions on what constitutes success. Only Poland certified it – Gold. Only peaked at 38 on the Billboard charts. This will change an artists direction…..
This leads us today and this over-sampled, under produced record that requires a half-assed Britney Spears feature to try and “guarantee” success. No substance, little style – who cares?
Will please make music for you. I love the music you make for you. But I can’t stand when you make music for the suits.
Absolutely love the visuals for this. Myra Sky, a very talented vocalist from Tennessee, has come up with a great concept video to promote her new record “House of Cards.” I’m a little late to the party as the video already has almost 200K views but credit were credit is due. Great visuals + Great record = WIN.