Julia Holter has shared the new video for “Les Jeux to You”. The back and white visual – directed by Geneva Jacuzzi – is inspired by Jodorowsky’s “Fando Y Lis” and finds Julia eating roses, getting wheeled around in a wooden cart, holding old dolls, and exploring the psychology of self-destructive relationships.
St. Vincent – Masseduction
St. Vincent’s new video for Masseduction features al the shades of Living Coral Pantone and shows Annie Clark quietly singing while nuclear bombs are exploding on the background.
Weyes Blood – Everyday
Natalie Mering aka Weyes Blood has announced her forthcoming album “Titanic Rising” with a release date of April 5 via Sub Pop. In this 70’s-inspired horror clip for single “Everyday” she looks like Romina Power (but when seen through Dario Argento’s eyes).
SASAMI – Free (feat. Devendra Banhart)
Even if we haven’t found Devendra Banhart (sigh!), this video for SASAMI’s new single “Free” is really cute (especially in the final scene).
Mahalia – Do Not Disturb
I’m putting myself on Do Not Disturb.
Fur – Him and Her
If you like The Strokes and Twister game, you’re in the right place.
Nathy Peluso – Natikillah
The Spanish pop diva Nathy Peluso has shared the video for Natikillah in which she sings around a table full of “frijolito, hueva y mayonesa”, or riding on jet-ski, or walking on a red carpet.
Julia Jacklin – Comfort
“You’ll be okay, You’ll be alright” in this pastel-pink comfort zone.
Weezer – Take On Me
OMG! OMG! Finn Wolfhard stars as Rivers Cuomo in the new video for Weezer’s version Of “Take on Me”. Finn plays with his band (Calpurnia) and shows some cute sketches from his work book.
Normani – Waves (feat. 6LACK)
Drop what you’re doing and take a trip to space with Normani and 6LACK.
Hi guys, do you remember about Pereira? We’ve already talked about his music when we’ve scoured the Italian musical landscape to bring you 16 fresh artists to watch in 2019. Pereira was on the list so we watched him, as promised. Meanwhile, he released his first album “Mascotte” via A Modest Proposal Records which sounds like “an immersion in tropical indie water“. Through nine dreamy tracks, Pereira leads us in a tropical world surrounded by palm trees and toucans: he sings warm love ballads filled with vibrant synths and smooth guitar tone.
We’re actually obsessed with his chill and slightly goofy sound and there’s no inflatable flamingo that can save us from shipwrecking in his sweet sea. If you’re ready to feel some summer vibes (even if it’s still winter), enter the world of “Mascotte” and then listen to the top 5 tropical tracks as chosen by Pereira.
Clear – Hush Moss
I will never get tired of saying that Hush Moss are one of the coolest bands around. They’re from Berlin and you’ll love them if you’re a Bee Gees fan.
You make me feel like
dancing – Leo Sayer
A blast from the past. This monster hit was written in 1976 but it still makes you want to dance today (even if you’re a block of wood like me).
Un’estate al mare – Giuni
Drink your citron juice and listen to this tropical fresh track.
So Tired – Crumb
Crumb, a Brooklyn psych-pop band, makes trippy music that mixes lazy melodies with a strong psych rock. “So Tired” sounds like something truly new and constantly changing.
Birds don’t sing – TV
One of the most tropical tracks ever. One day I listened to it for a couple minutes and I’ve got it stuck in my head for days and nights.
(P.s. Sore point: the live version is not so good).
The British rapper slowthai has announced his debut album Nothing Great About Britain and shared the trippy visual for Peace Of Mind in which he teaches us that falling into bed is so bad.
Helado Negro – Running
We’re gearing up for the release of Helado Negro’s new album This Is How You Smile, due in March 8. Meanwhile we can listen to the new single Running and watch the visual directed by David W Merten that makes us want to running up and down the hills and then take a breath at sundown.
Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall
Vampire Weekend have posted a video for their recent single Harmony Hall. Please, give your support to the brave Ezra making breakfast while a snake crawls on the table.
Snoh Aalegra – I Want You Around
I fall for you every time I try to resist you.
Cleo Sol – One
Try not to sway on your chair while watching
Doja Cat – Tia Tamera (feat. Rico Nasty)
Maybe I’ve never seen so many colors and patterns together in the same video.
Sunni Colón – Mornin Dew
This song has the power to make you feel the summer vibes even if it’s still winter outside. It’s by Sunni Colón, a nigerian songwriter who loves the tie dye and Anderson .Paak.
Kehlani – Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy)
The new Kehlani’s mixtape While We Wait is out now and you need to listen to it.
Chromatics – Time Rider
Chromatics have announced their first public performances in over five years and shared a new song called Time Rider. It arrives with a colorful visual features the vocalist Ruth Radelet singing in a psychedelic scenario.
Dillon Francis & Cuco – Fix Me
Cuco and Dillon Francis share a new video for Fix Me that pieces together internet footage of crashes and falls to tell us how Cuco’s love life goes.
After an incredibly successful year and on the heels of her fourth album Sweetener, Ariana Grande has been named Billboard’s 2018 Woman of The Year, joining a history of icons like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez. Billboard’s vp of content Ross Scarano said: “Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry. Certain in her convictions, she consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women. She’s got guts, she’s making some of the best music of her career, and she’s absolutely deserving of Woman of the Year.”
Of course her 2018 was amazing: the pop superstar not only scored the No.1 album in the country with Sweetener but landed 10 songs on Billboard Hot 100 chart being one of four women to place at least 10 songs on the Hot 100 simultaneously (the only other women to accomplish this feat are Cardi B, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé).
And now that we are only at the beginning of 2019, she beats another record. After the release of her latest album Thank U, Next three of her songs – 7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Boredand Thank U, Next – respectively occupy the top slots in the Billboard Hot 100.
I don’t know if you got it: The Beatles were the last artists to do that. In 1964 they reigned the chart with Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist And Shout and Do You Want To Know A Secret?. But we have to say that they were a band, so Ariana Grande is the first solo artist to achieve the feat. We know that comparing a millennial artist to the Fab Four is blasphemy but Ariana Grande would be the exception, the only case where it is possible to do it.
7 Rings rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week and Thank U, Next tops the Top 200 for a second week.
Well. How does she do that? I’ll try to analyze the reasons for this success below.
Sweetener and Thank U, Next‘s achievements show that Ariana Grande is no longer the teen idol with the bunny mask we met in My Everything: she is now a truly pop star who beats The Beatles record after 60 years.
Thank U, Next came out after a series of unfortunate events: the terrorist attack at her show at Manchester Arena, Mac Miller’s death and the break-up of her relationship with Pete Davidson. On those 12 tracks she seems like a survivor, finding a better way to channel her pain. This album is inspired by authentic feelings so it is true and emotional. Despite she took the risk releasing Thank U, Next six months after Sweetener, despite the criticism about breakup with Mac Miller and his passing, despite Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy have accused her of copying their music on 7 Rings, Ariana Grande is now untouchable.
Like a phoenix, she has now risen from the ashes, becoming the complete artist who won the first Grammy Awards of her life, deciding not to perform at the event.
As she sings on 7 Rings “Being through some bad shit / I should be a sad bitch / Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage“: we could say that her world is still all pink but now she is like a pink panther.
Pitchfork said it better on Thank U, Next review: “With Rihanna focused on makeup and lingerie, Beyoncé preoccupied as the better half of the Carters, and Taylor unwilling to share anything beyond an entry-level grasp of politics, Grande ascended“.
The Boca Raton singer is becoming the queen of charts, the queen of millennials and the queen of pop music mixed with rap and R&B. By the way, it’s not all her. This success should be seen in a wider context.
In particular, her achievements are indicative of the ways in which chart success is measured in recent years.
In 1964, when The Beatles achieved their high-water mark of Hot 100 dominance with Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist And Shout and Do You Want To Know a Secret?, the Billboard metrics weren’t the same as now: 55 years ago, in order to make the Hot 100, a song has to be released as a physical single. Instead, in the post-physical era, the music consumption has changed, so myriad changes were introduced into the chart’s calculus (from digital download to the streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud). The result is that everyone can dream of reaching the top of the charts.
If we analyze the Billboard’s charts from 1958 to today, we can see how the last few years have been characterized by a smaller number of tracks in the first position where they remain for a lot of weeks. 70% of the slots, therefore, is currently occupied by artists with multiple songs on the list (Ariana Grande, but also Halsey and Cardi B). Another trend is to release a lot of singles before the album release date or in a music and video promotional blitz: Ariana Grande released her latest single Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored the same day of Thank U, Next official release. It’s a strategy that makes it easier for entire albums to flood the Billboard Hot 100.
However, let us be clear: we’re not trying to take the credit from Ariana, actually. She is one of the artists most capable at keeping up with the music marketplace and its evolution. This is just an opportunity for a reflection on how the streaming, the social networks, and the chart’s changes have affected the music industry.
Anyway, her winning formula that combines millennial-pop with such a strong fan base (she has officially dethroned Selena Gomez as the most followed woman on Instagram) leads us to feel that Ariana Grande is already the Woman of the Year 2019.
Things we like about her: – how she looks in red coral – the way she moves – the pose at 4:06 – everything
Kevin Morby – No Halo
Kevin Morby has announced the new album Oh My God, out April 26, which is focused on the rhetoric of religion: “It’s not about an actual god but a perceived one, and it’s an outsider’s view of the human experience in terms of religion“. No Halo, the record’s first single, is accompanied by a Chris Good-directed video finding Morby in a surrealist setting.
Lion Babe – Get Into The Party Life
The perfect video to enter the weekend mood is from Lion Babe. Thank you, babe.
GEMITAIZ – Senza di me (feat. Venerus e Franco126)
I wonder what it’s like to throw his clothes off the balcony while he sings “babe, don’t cry, I’m kissing you“.
I wonder how Venerus could go around with that hair.
Giorgio Poi – Stella
Smog, Giorgio Poi’s new record, is out on March 8 and we’re so excited.
J. Cole – Middle Child
The music video for J. Cole’s latest single Middle Child is directed by King Mez who explained in a recent interview with Complex the concept behind the visual: “It’s a flip on Middle America and Middle America’s perspective on blackness, and then a black perspective of blackness“.
Omar Apollo – Ashamed
He is Omar Apollo and now that you know him, you’re fucked.
Don Said – Non midisturbare
Don Said is an underrated rapper from Sicily but he is ready to take drill mainstream. Here is the music video for his single “Non mi disturbare” (our slogan for the weekend). And, look who wrote and produced the short film ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Foxwarren – Sunset Canyon
Foxwarren comprises Andy Shauf along with Dallas Bryson and the brothers Kissick. Their new video for the dreamy Sunset Canyon is directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick and shot along the winding californian hills: such a perfect set. The video features Dawson’s Creek actress Busy Phillipps.