Lea Michele‘s debut solo album is dubbed ‘Louder.’ The single is ‘Cannonball,’ and it has a lot of expectations on its head.
There’s no questioning that the ‘Glee‘ star has a powerhouse voice. We hear it every week on the show, singing songs that are already popular and familiar. How does she sound singing one we don’t already know? Well, you can find out with this preview!
From this 90-second sample, we get to hear Michele’s larger-than-life vocals. It’s an uplifting song about lighting the fuse with a backbeat situated behind Michele’s layered vocals. It has a bit of an anthemic texture in the chorus, too. She does have a diva-sized voice. Think Celine Dion-style, grown up, power vocal pop.
In most relationships, it’s usually the man who shops for engagement rings, sometimes with input from his beloved. Unless, of course, he is planning to pop the question and have it be a total surprise. However, former actress and fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen, 27, was seen shopping for engagement rings while in L.A. Is she planning to wed her boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy, 44?
Olsen was reportedly spotted at the Neil Lane boutique last month, and she has returned multiple times to look at bling. She was not accompanied by her much older boyfriend, the brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, during these ring viewing excursions.
An insider told Page Six that the Olsen twin “really likes cushion-cut diamonds, and all of the rings she has looked at are over 5 carats. She has narrowed it down, but still hasn’t made a final decision.”
Last year Los Angeles based trio Haim were the first American artists to emerge victorious in the BBC’s prestigious Sound Of poll since rapper 50 Cent won the first poll in 2003. The BBC has announced the 15 artists on the long list of finalists for the Sound Of 2014 and three promising American artists are included. 20 year old Chicago hip hop artist Chance the Rapper (at right) says he is on a, “mission to disrupt the hierarchy of hip hop.” He served as an intern for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign before turning to music full time. This year’s Mercury Prize winner James Blake included Chance the Rapper on a remix of the song “Life Round Here.” 25 year old BANKS is a Los Angeles based R&B singer. She first began experimenting with music at age 15 to combat depression. She lists Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill as major influences on her work. Finally, 30 year old Los Angeles based Kelela is the daughter of Ehiopian immigrants. She is known for performing smooth R&B vocals on recordings with unconventional production.
These three have plenty of stiff competition. Two performers, Sam Smith and Ella Eyre, have already been featured on #1 hit singles in the UK. The winner will join elite company. Among past winners of the poll are Adele, Ellie Goulding, and Jessie J. Check out the work of the American nominees below.
Kudos to Justin Bieber for closing his Music Mondays series of 10 songs on a high note. The final installment released today is “Confident.” In terms of subject matter there is nothing particularly new as he sings the praises of a woman, but the production here is just quirky enough to make the song more interesting. It also features a rap from critically acclaimed 20 year old hip hop artist Chance the Rapper. “Confident” could stand up well as a radio single. As many other tracks in the series have done, the song instantly topped the iTunes digital sales chart.
Justin Bieber has announced that all of the Music Mondays singles will be available in a temporary album collection titled Journals that will include five additional songs. This album will only be available on iTunes and only from December 16, 2013 through January 2, 2014 as a collection. Individual songs will remain available for purchase after January 2. Justin Bieber’s concert film Believe is set to open on Christmas Day.
Large swaths of the country are as cold as ice right now, so what better time to release a club track called “Zamboni”? That’s exactly what all-star DJ/producers A-Trak and Oliver have done. It’s appropriately frigid house music that will nonetheless fire you up. Listen below.
“Zamboni” is out tomorrow via Fool’s Gold; order it on iTunes. And if you happen to be in Los Angeles, one of those locales that doesn’t happen to be frosted over right now, you might be interested in A-Trak’s House Party Tour, which hits actual houses in various L.A. neighborhoods this week.
Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman stopped by Andy Beckerman’s Beginnings podcast to talk about “moving to LA, NYC post offices, early relationships, rebellious phases, dating older creeps, parenting yourself, juvenile hall, fighting at high school hardcore shows, the difficulty of articulating how you want to articulate, and race and co-opting other cultures.” She also discusses her current work on a solo album. You can stream the entire conversation below.
Keep listening for the second half, which features Stereogum/Videogum friend Andrew Ti of Yo, Is This Racist?.