#Two4Tunesday: Troye Sivan – ‘Bloom’ & Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There’


   

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Troye Sivan – ‘Bloom’

Troye Sivan is South African-born, Australian singer, songwriter, actor and YouTuber who has been gathering a huge online following over the past few years.

Openly gay, Sivan describes ‘Bloom’ as a, ‘subversively queer song,’ that sees him take on the role of a passive guy losing his virginity. Although it’s full of innuendo, it is a really fun, subtle track that has an incredibly catchy chorus (but not in an obvious sense). It’s summery and deserves to be played loud…I expect his pride appearances this year will be huge!

No music video (as such) has been released, however a 3D animated lyric video, created by Jason Ebeyer, was released, featuring an animated version of Sivan floating through a fantasy land.


‘Bloom’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bloom-single/1375827482



Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There’

Jess Glynne is finally back with the first single since her 2015 debut, I Cry When I Laugh, indicating that her second album is on its way!

‘I’ll Be There’ is an uplifting track with very soulful and gospel-like qualities to it whilst maintaining a contemporary pop sound. It is a track that transcends as it progresses; this song makes it easy to see why she’s won a Grammy! I hope this is another Number 1 hit for her, like 2015’s debut, ‘Hold My Hand’.

The video itself doesn’t appear to have much of a narrative however the locations she performs in are pretty interesting and vibrant colours certainly play an important part throughout. Well worth a watch.


‘I’ll Be There’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ill-be-there/1376766204?i=1376767301


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#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Avril Lavigne – ‘Complicated’, ‘Sk8er Boi’ & ‘I’m With You’


   

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Avril Lavigne – ‘Complicated’

Avril Lavigne first burst onto the scene with her infectious, mellow pop rock single, ‘Complicated’ back in May 2002 (15 years ago!!!) and it skyrocketed to the Top 3 spots all around the globe!

The music video was fun and saw Lavigne crashing a mall and getting up to mischief but also performing scenes in a skate park – such an iconic look for the singer.

The song was also nominated for two Grammy Awards and featured on her debut album, Let Go.


Avril Lavigne – ‘Sk8er Boi’

Then, later in 2002, Avril Lavigne released her follow-up single, and one of my favourite songs of hers, ‘Sk8er Boi’. This song was also a huge commercial success for her around the globe and also scored her a Grammy nomination in 2003.

A much more upbeat track to her debut, and far more punky, the video is equally as mischievous, if not more so; the singer sets up a guerilla performance which people flock to, causing chaos and anarchy in the streets. The police try to track her down as she smashes her guitar through a windscreen, before a police copter hovers over her. It’s such an epic video for an awesome, catchy yet punchy song. That green t-shirt and red tie combo had fan girls emulating her across the globe.


Avril Lavigne – ‘I’m With You’

Lastly, ‘I’m With You’ was the third single from her debut album and another favourite of mine. It was the first ballad Avril Lavigne released as a single and scored her yet another Grammy nomination in 2004. It’s a song that’s brimming with passion and even has hints of country to it; an epic song.

The music video sees Lavigne spend a lot of time alone, wandering the streets in search of someone. It is interspersed with party footage but all shot in slow-motion, making it look all the more spectacular.

This song just went on to cement the diversity Avril Lavigne has in her songwriting – she is just awesome. End of.


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#FeelGoodFriday: Marianas Trench – ‘Who Do You Love’


   

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Canadian pop-rock band, Marianas Trench are beginning to make big waves over here, in the UK.

With a massive fanbase in their home-country (Canada), frontman Josh Ramsay having received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ and following a small sold out tour last summer, the band have announced a full UK tour (starting in May 2017) and new UK single, ‘Who Do You Love’. The song is impeccably produced and the vocal harmonies at the beginning of the track are just immense. It’s a truly transcendent track that was just beginning to be a #FeelGoodFriday song, the moment I heard it.

I’m hoping to try and catch the band at the Brighton date of their upcoming tour – hopefully see some of you guys there 🙂

For the new UK single ‘Who Do You Love’, the band decided against making a traditional music video, instead choosing to use the funds to make a difference and inspire others to go out and do some good. Some of the situations included sharing funds with individuals to more elaborate, pay-it-forward-style scenarios that benefit groups of people. The scenarios themselves were pre-arranged but the reactions weren’t, leading to honest, authentic and heart-warming reactions from everyone involved. Make sure you watch the video below.

What are your thoughts of this superb track? Have you already heard of the band? Would you like to hear more from them? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or hit us up via our social media accounts.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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‘Who Do You Love’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/who-do-you-love/id1040618675?i=1040618686


#ThrowbackThursday: Hanson – ‘MMMBop’


   

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20 years ago this year, Hanson burst onto the pop scene with this incredibly infectious hit, ‘MMMBop’, which hit the Number 1 spot in 27 countries around the world!

Interestingly, the song was originally recorded as a ballad, but was reworked by producers The Dust Brothers, making it into the monster success we know today.

Taken from their first commercially successful album, Middle Of Nowhere, the single launched the bands career, thrusting them into the limelight, seemingly from nowhere. 20 years on, the band are still going strong; sadly, no single has quite reached this level of success, but their followers remain dedicated and this song still remains a massive success and guilty pleasure the world over.

The music video is fun and showcases the brothers’ special bond and puts across the kind of fun-filled antics brothers of their age should get up to.

Remember this song the first time round? Still a fan? Is this a guilty pleasure of yours? Please share  your thoughts or your own #ThrowbackThursday suggestion in a comment or via our social media accounts.

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‘MMMBop’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mmmbop/id91888154?i=91888157


#ThrowbackThursday: Michael Jackson – ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’


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This #ThrowbackThursday is a rather special one; Michael Jackson was, in my opinion, the most incredibly talented singer and performer and I think his work should be admired for how fantastic it was and still is.

Not only that, but his first, adult, solo album, ‘Off The Wall, is due for re-release on 26/02/16, accompanied with the brand new Spike Lee documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall – which I am very lucky to be going to see the premier of, today, at the BAFTA headquarters in London! The film is said to chronicle Michael Jackson‘s rise through the creation of the ‘Off The Wall’ album, and is the second Jackson-orientated documentary that Lee has made.

‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ was released back in 1979 and was written solely by Jackson himself. It was co-produced by Jackson, alongside producer-extraordinaire, Quincy Jones, who went on to collaborate with Jackson, many more times throughout his career.

This song gained Michael Jackson his first solo Grammy Award and American Music Award – both massive achievements! It’s just a down-right, awesome, funk-filled, disco-dancing anthem; I love it!

Are you an MJ fan? What song of his would you pick for a #ThrowbackThursday? Share you thoughts in a comment below or on social media, along with this link.

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‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ can, of course, be downloaded off iTunes right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-stop-til-you-get-enough/id159292399?i=159293312


#WildCardWednesday: Rams – ‘Take It Back’


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RAMS are a pop-rock trio who began in Denver, back in 2004, not long before Ben Wysocki and David Welsh joined the Grammy-nominated band, The Fray. Singer Aaron Espe went on to have his own solo career, whilst the other two enjoyed their success as a part of The Fray.

The three would get together and write music and even when The Fray were taking breaks from touring, they would get together to write and record.

It’s only now, after more than 10 years in the making, that RAMS has come into fruition with their debut EP. Their music is unique as the hooks sit beautifully atop dreamy melodies created by a culmination of electric guitars and synths. I want big things for these guys!

No music video has arisen yet, but we’ll keep you posted on this.

What do you think of this trio’s sound? Are you intrigued for me, like we are? Please share the love for RAMS on your social media accounts!

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‘Take It Back’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/take-it-back/id1078083840?i=1078083843


#FeelGoodFriday: Foxes – ‘Amazing’


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Foxes is a London-based singer who shot to fame when her vocals were featured on Zedd‘s 2013 song, ‘Clarity’, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

Since then, Foxes has released her debut album and is now immanently about to drop her second album, All I Need.

‘Amazing’ is one of the songs taken from her follow-up album and it’s a real belter! It’s a great combination of pop and electronic music and it may not be your obvious pop, chart-topper but it’s definitely making my Friday much better!

I’m also looking forward to meeting her at the album launch in HMV in Brighton on 7th February 2016 – anyone else going?! Please share this on your social medias!

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‘Amazing’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/amazing-single/id1057165812