Y’all must be wondering what have I been doing with myself in the last week, only managing to turn out one post. Short answer to a superfluously long-winded response: I was avoiding spending even more time in front of the computer.
September is setting on an incredible month for new albums, as testified in our Monday Chart Feeds. But as you can imagine, it’s all about to hit you in the worst way in the coming months.
Rihanna cuts another new album with ‘Diamonds’.
Pop vixen Rihanna remains unstoppable as she readies a new single from a new album for the fourth consecutive year.
‘Diamonds’ – the lead single from her forthcoming seventh studio album – will make its radio premiere world wide at 10pm tonight AEST, and hit iTunes stores across the planet at 11pm.
The undoubtedly epic song is written by Aussie indie songbird Sia – who is probably better known for breaking the bank these days with her lucrative pop music ventures – and produced by Benny Blanco, who has hemmed hits for Ke$ha and Maroon 5, and Stargate, the production duo behind RiRi‘s own gems ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, ‘S&M’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Music’.
Rihanna‘s yet-untitled new album is expected to drop in November – which is kinda tradition now given that her last three albums have all arrived in that month since 2009.
Update – here it is:
What do y’all think?
Kylie’s gift of ‘Flower’ for fans.
I am so pleased with how fan-centric Kylie Minogue‘s #K25 movement has been. In case you’ve been living under a huge boulder the size of Mariah’s ass, our Aussie pop music legend is celebrating 25 years in the music industry this year.
‘Flower’ – a fan favourite demo recorded during Kylie‘s 2007 X sessions – has now been reimagined as a lush orchestral single, complete with a timeless black-and-white music video that could easily double as a fragrance commercial.
The single is now out on iTunes but die hard collectors can also pre-order a limited edition CD single/picture disc.
There are only gonna be 5,000 copies of these bad bitches printed in the world, so think of it as an investment for your children’s children who I pray will all grow up to be astute followers of The Minogues.
We’re gonna die young, y’all.
Everyone’s favourite tore-up glitterpop purveyor Ke$ha is back with a joyous new single: ‘Die Young’.
It’s actually super organic and stripped back for a Ke$ha single. It’s like a musical detox or something – better yet, this is the musical equivalent of Ke$ha busking.
This bitch is barely recognisable without the intensely auto-tuned vocals, throbbing club beats, and signature crass lyrics.
This new single is the first drunken lick of Ke$ha‘s sophomore album Warrior – which drops locally on 30 November – featuring collaborations with Max Martin, will.i.am, Benny Blanco, Greg Kurstin and a duet with Iggy Pop.
Throw down in the ‘Parking Lot’.
I hate to admit it but I might have been wrong about Nelly Furtado‘s ‘Parking Lot’ at first listen. It’s actually incredible.
The MIA-style track is one of my favourites from the flawless The Spirit Indestructible album and I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I want to own these official remixes.
The album’s first single ‘Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)’ managed to sashay as far at #6 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Play charts – can this do better?
Check out these six club-ready ‘Parking Lot’ cuts:
Lana Del Rey takes you to paradise.
What a fucking insane year it has been for the sultry Coney Island queen.
Since ‘Video Games’ went viral 14 months ago and launched Lana Del Rey from obscurity to object of bedazzlement, the American singer/songwriter has been lauded for her style and musical sensibility – and, dare I remind you, heavily panned over that dead beat Saturday Night Live performance.
Her debut album Born to Die has proven to be one of 2012’s most enduring sellers, and now with a series of successful shows around the world tucked under her garters, old Lizzie Grant is ready to serve some new material to a captive audience.
Born to Die (Paradise Edition) will be a re-release of the original album with eight additional tracks, including the moody new single ‘Ride’ – which Del Rey co-wrote with Justin Parker, the same man who collaborated with her on ‘Video Games’.
‘Ride’ is produced by Rick Rubin, the legendary producer who has worked with the likes of Run DMC, Neil Diamond and Jay-Z.
The Paradise edition – which drops in Australia on 9 November – will also feature Lana’s cover of ‘Blue Velvet’, which was featured in her H&M commercials.
Free Dragonette remix.
I don’t know if you’re aware but Dragonette‘s new album Bodyparts is actually one of the better new albums to show up this month?
The Canadian electropop band garnered significant love and attention for their appearance on Martin Solveig‘s global smash ‘Hello’ two years ago and a subsequent single ‘Big in Japan’.
New fans who aren’t schooled on their fantastic discography would be pleased to know that Bodyparts and the current single ‘Live in This City’ doesn’t actually stray far from the infectious stylings of those Solveig collabos.
Grab your free download of ‘Live in The City (Database Remix)’: