New Music Friday – 28/4

Published April 28th 2017
Filed under New Music Friday

Katy Perry has released her second single Bon Appétit from her upcoming KP4. Bon Appétit is produced by Max Martin and features Migos. It’s probably the most urban track Katy has ever done but at the same time the production style is consistent with Chained To The Rhythm. It doesn’t sound like a Katy Perry song and doesn’t sound like a massive hit but it’s a good album track. Luckily a no-rap version is coming because the Migos feature is unnecessary.
Listen: (YouTube link)

Kygo has released First Time featuring Ellie Goulding. It’s a basic EDM track but so catchy you can’t help but like it. It’s no It Ain’t Me but could end up being a minor hit.
Listen: (YouTube link)

The Vamps have released the second single from their upcoming third album called Middle Of The Night. The Ed Drewett track is produced by Martin Jensen and continues on from the EDM/dubstep sound of their last single All Night. It seems The Vamps (or their label) are going the Maroon 5/OneRepublic route of releasing EDM tracks to score hits but forgetting that they’re supposed to be a band. As long as the music is as good as this though…
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OneRepublic have released a new single called No Vacancy. Ryan Tedder explained the release on OneRepublic’s Facebook. The band plan to release new music at it’s made every few weeks instead of releasing music in the format of an album. No Vacancy is an EDM track originally intended for Selena Gomez but Ryan loved the track so much he kept it for OneRepublic. It’s produced by Stargate and it’s a lot better than most of Oh My My. It could potentially be huge.
Listen: (YouTube link)

Hailee Steinfeld has release Most Girls – another EDM Ryan Tedder track. Its lyrics let it down but it’s still a catchy song. It’s no Starving though.
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Little Mix have released an acoustic version of No More Sad Songs – the third single to be taken from Glory Days. The girls sound incredible on it and Jesy’s middle 8 is back.
Listen: (Spotify link)

Maroon 5 – “Love Somebody” Video Premiere

Published May 21st 2013
Filed under Videos

lovesomebodyMaroon 5’s video for Love Somebody, the fourth single from Overexposed, premiered on The Voice last night. The video is basically just a performance video with some paint effects to show the members of Maroon 5 appear in front of the white background.

As one of the best songs on Overexposed, like Daylight, Love Somebody didn’t get a great video treatment. At least the band feature in the Love Somebody video, but it’s not the great video it should be.

However, I still think Love Somebody will be a huge hit. It’s one of the most radio friendly songs on Overexposed and it’s co-written with Ryan Tedder.

You can check out the video below:

All That Junk – 20/5

Published May 20th 2013
Filed under News

Maroon 5 have postponed their European Overexposed tour in June to January 2014 due to “scheduling conflicts”. (

Miley Cyrus has announced that her new single We Can’t Stop will premiere on June 3rd on Ryan Seacrest’s show. (

Rochelle Humes has given birth to her baby girl Alaia-Mai. (Twitter)

Diana Vickers has recorded another acoustic version. This time it’s a cover of Naughty Boy’s La La La. (YouTube)

Maroon 5 & Avril Lavigne – “Smilephone”

Published September 03rd 2012
Filed under Videos

Plenty of songs are recycled over and over by producers and given to different artists with new lyrics. Examples of this are Dr. Luke with About You Now by Sugababes and My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson, Ryan Tedder with Kelly Clarkson’s Already Gone and Beyconcé’s Halo, Dr. Luke with P!nk’s U + Ur Hand and The Veronicas’ 4ever.

The latest of the bunch is Shellback recycling his track Smile by Avril Lavigne and turning it into Payphone by Maroon 5.

I’ve created a mashup of the two. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on the official vocal track for Smile but it still shows how easily Smile and Payphone fit together. You can listen to it below:

You can listen to my mashup of Kelly Clarkson’s Already Gone and Beyoncé’s Halo below:

Maroon 5 – “Payphone”

Published April 16th 2012
Filed under Reviews

Maroon 5’s new single Payphone, from their upcoming studio album Overexposed, premiered today. The track features Wiz Khalifa and it’s produced by Shellback and Benny Blanco.

Payphone is definitely one of the poppiest Maroon 5 singles to date. The strong melody sung by Adam Levine and aided by the melancholic piano, makes the song ridiculously catchy on first listen. This is backed by a marching band style of drums. It’s so simple but so effective.

As a long time Maroon 5 fan, I’m very happy with the results of the band working with bigger producers. Even the rap by Wiz Khalifa fits the song and adds to it. This is going to be a huge hit.

You can listen to Payphone below:

Overexposed is out June 26th.