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4th of July (Fireworks), the new digital single from GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Kelis’ upcoming album, Flesh Tone, is out today. Produced by DJ Ammo, the pulsating club banger mixes R&B soulfulness and techno-dappled electro breaks with a rip-roaring wobbly bass riff.

The track is the follow-up to Kelis’ international No. 1 hit Acapella, which topped both the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart and Music Week’s Pop Club Chart in the U.K. earlier this year. Kelis recently co-directed the video for 4th of July (Fireworks) with Rankin and Nicole Ehrlich in the desert outside of Los Angeles.

The single is available in digital retailers and the links are included below for your convenience:

iTunes
Amazon

Kelis’ album Flesh Tone will be out on July 6 under the Will.I.Am Music Group/Interscope Records

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Finally, the moment we have been waiting for has arrived! Lady GaGa’s newest single, Alejandro, now has its video released! My comments can be found below the video.

1. It all looks like I was watching some horror film at first.

2. However, GaGa turns it up and it all becomes like a soft-core porn film.

3. GaGa seems to be paying homage to the one and only Madonna with the video.

4. Again, this might spark some controversy but come on, this is GaGa. She pushes the boundaries of everyone’s senses every time she releases a video.

5. Is it good though? It was okay for me. The dance routine was good to see though.

The video is not for those who are immature, to be honest. Hopefully, no overreactions are done regarding this new video by GaGa. And to end this post, here is a picture of GaGa herself:

Manchester rock outfit Delphic has absolutely been on my radar since the release of their single entitled Doubt (Click to read my Doubt review). Their debut LP Acolyte (Click to read my Acolyte review) is one of the most splendid records I have heard all year long. Anyway, the band has been gracious enough in offering music lovers all over the world a free EP consisting of four tracks which are as follows:

1. Counterpoint (Tim Goldsworthy Edit)
2. Wake
3. Doubt (Acoustic)
4. This Momentary (Extended Remix)

All tracks are a treat to the senses especially the new remix of This Momentary. This EP is available for FREE. Yes, your eyes are not being fooled. The EP is absolutely free and if you want to get it, click the link:

Free Delphic EP

A week ago, I reviewed LIGHTS’ debut album entitled The Listening. As I have said before, her songs are filled with simple yet remarkable structures. One of the tracks in her album, Ice, has this Kylie Minogue-esque feeling in it which made love the track so much. Anyway, to know more about Lights and the story behind her name, the inspiration for The Listening and more, read her answers in the questions that I made up for this interview:

1. How did you come up with the name ‘LIGHTS?’

It’s derived from my last name, Poxleitner (pronounced pox-light-ner). When I created my myspace page back in ’06 I chose to put Lights there. After a while I wanted to make it my first name, so legally changed it.

2. What was your inspiration for your album The Listening?

Most of the songs came from moments of feeling down or lonely, almost all of it was written since I had moved out on my own at age 18, and coming to terms with facing the world like that. It was a lot of stuff I wanted someone to say to me to make me feel better.

3. What made you like using the synths over any instrument out there?

I like the fact that you can invent sounds, or manipulate classic sounds to sound very different–you have those options and it expands your scope of creativity.

4. How would you describe your music to people who have not heard it yet?

Pop Electro.

5. Lastly, please share a random fact about yourself.

I have seven Wonder Woman action figures, all standing at the back of my stove.

Anyway, this is the video for Ice to let you hear more of LIGHTS’ stunning musicality:


Robyn and Kelis will kick off a North American co-headlining tour on July 23rd at The Music Box in Los Angeles. The two recently exchanged tweets about the outing, deciding to name it the “All Hearts” tour. Robyn and Kelis have selected UK sensation Dan Black and Far East Movement, Robyn’s Cherrytree Records label mates, to kick off the festivities. Black was named as one of the Top 15 rising music stars on the BBC’s “Sound of 2009” list and heralded in the States for his recent solo debut, UN, and its smash single/video, “Symphonies.” Far East Movement, who were recently handpicked by Lady Gaga as support, will open with their kinetic brand of hiptronica music and preside over the breaks between performers with a live version of their FM Cherrybomb DJ Spin-off, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. PDT at www.CherrytreeRadio.com <http://www.CherrytreeRadio.com>. The tour will conclude at New York City’s Webster Hall on August 5th. 
Follow Robyn (http://twitter.com/robynkonichiwa), Kelis (http://twitter.com/iamkelis) and Cherrytree Records(http://twitter.com/CHERRYTREEREC) or visit www.cherrytreerecords.com to learn more about the “All Hearts” tour.




ROBYN & KELIS – “ALL HEARTS” TOUR
featuring special guests Dan Black and Far East Movement 

7/23     Los Angeles, CA      The Music Box
7/24     San Francisco, CA   Mezzanine
7/27     Boston, MA                House of Blues
8/2       Washington, DC        9:30 Club
8/3       Philadelphia, PA       Trocadero
8/5       New York, NY             Webster Hall

ROBYN SOLO TOUR DATES
6/17    London, England        Heaven 
6/19    London, England        G.A.Y
6/25    Cologne, Germany     Spex Live event
7/1      Borlange, Sweden      Peace & Love Festival
7/3      Roskilde, Denmark     Roskilde Festival
7/4      North Wales, U.K.       Wakestock Festival
7/15    Arvika, Sweden          Arvika Festival
7/16    Chicago, IL                  Pitchfork Music Festival    
7/17    Detroit, MI                    Crofoot Ballroom
7/22    Solana Beach             Belly Up Tavern
7/30    Toronto, ON                 Molson Amphitheatre 
                                                  Disco Lemonade: Summer Mashup Festival
7/31    Montreal, QC               Parc Jean Drapeau – Osheaga Festival
8/13    Oslo, Norway               Oya Festival
8/20    Trondheim, Norway    Pstereo Festival
8/21    U.K.                              V Festival
8//22   U.K.                              V Festival 
8/27    Stockholm, Sweden   Popaganda Festival

A band comprising of three members in their teenage years may remind some of that other band that came from Disney but such comparisons should stop right away. Teen band Burnham is composed of three members namely guitar man Alex, 18, bassist Andre, 16, and lead vocalist Forrest, 14.
Recently, the band has released their debut single entitled Catch Me If You Can, a track co-written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. As for the other tracks in their debut album, renowned producers such as Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund of Espionage (Hey Soul Sister and Irreplaceable), Brian Kennedy (Chris Brown, Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney), and James Bourne of Busted (Year 3000) lend a hand in writing some songs together with the band. Anyway, to see the single Catch Me If You Can in its vidular glory, the video is embedded in this post for your viewing convenience.


Sibling rivalries will be normal for ‘sibling bands’ but such instances actually help the band big time for these rivalries are good in nature. Every band member has their own specialty that helps in their musical journey. Alex does well in creating lovely guitar riffs and Forrest’s specialty is finding that proper melody, while Andre organizes band rehearsals and spearheads the songwriting process.


With a record deal under Island Def Jam signed, sealed, and delivered, the band is set to prove that age is only a number and that talent, ultimately, decides a musician’s fate. They have already taken their first step in their musical journey with the release of their debut album and they’ll make sure it is not their last one.

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Lady GaGa’s music video for her next single Alejandro is not yet out but after a long wait, a glimpse of the upcoming video has finally surfaced.

The clip is obviously short but man, the artistry is there yet again. The creativity seems to be flowing continuously yet again. Typical GaGa, what’s not to love?

Magical. Divine. Amazing. Spectacular. Insert other superlatives and they all fit Kylie Minogue’s music video for All The Lovers. To see Kylie’s awesome (okay, that is another superlative) music video, here it is in all its shining glory:

I have to ask, what the eff is a horse doing there? Still, this is a music video that screams ‘eye candy’ right from the start. Still not satisfied? Read my review of All The Lovers as well!
Lola Dutronic are an electronic pop duo who divide their time between Berlin and Toronto. Vocalist Lola Dee, who has performing on stage in Germany since the age of 5, sings in both English and French for their latest release, the Musique EP. Her partner, producer/composer Toronto-based Richard Citroen was a former member of the Canadian band The Diodes. Richard Citroen also does the mixing for their latest release.
ALBUM REVIEW: Musique by Lola Dutronic

The seven-track-long EP boasts of having great musical arrangements in every track. The overall vibe of the EP may be said as modern filled with electronic leanings. Lola Dee’s vocals do seem to act like they are not the main attraction in the record though. However, the album closer Best Years of our Lives allows Lola Dee’s vocals to get the spotlight while accompanied by a very polished arrangement. The aforementioned track actually is the best track in my book because the track utilized to full extent the capabilities of the duo.

The best arrangement in the EP goes to Chanson D’ete (Summer of Love Mix) for possessing new wave qualities. The production work done overall is good. Every arrangement in the record is well-polished and very pleasant to the senses. However, more attention could have been given to the vocals. Lola Dee does have some good vocals to boot. This is why I am wondering why at times, I felt like I was basically listening to an instrumental effort. Still, it must be said that Musique is a great effort though not everyone will appreciate material such as this.

Genre: Pop
Label: Red Star Digital Music
Date Released: May 18, 2010

Semi Precious Weapons’ debut album for Interscope Records named You Love You is all set for a June 22 release. The album is produced by Jack Joseph Puig (Beck, Green Day) and has nine tracks that intend to showcase the band’s versatility and creativity. The track listing for the said album is now released and without further adieu, I am sharing it below alongside the album artwork:

1. Semi Precious Weapons
2. Put A Diamond In It
3. Magnetic Baby
4. Statues Of Ourselves
5. Sticky With Champagne
6. I Could Die
7. Leave Your Pretty To Me
8. Rock N Roll Never Looked So Beautiful
9. Look At Me

Again, here are the key details for the album:
Release Date: June 22, 2010
Label: Interscope Records
Producer: Jack Joseph Puig

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