Following the release of his critically-acclaimed fourth studio album Assume Form via Republic Records, GRAMMY Award winner James Blake premieres the video for “Barefoot in the Park, ” featuring the beautiful and talented Latina crossover star Rosalía.
Directed by Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó (Rosalía, A$AP Rocky, FKA twigs), the video features Blake and Rosalía as characters whose fates are intertwined.
The Barcelona-born singer Rosalia is known for weaving flamenco, hip-hop, and pop sounds into compelling cuts, with her sexy, smooth voice and exotic accent; singing on both English and Spanish. Having had millions of streams, and praised by all from NPR, The New York Times, Hollywood Sentinel, and Vogue, she also received a 2017 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Watch “Barefoot in the Park (featuring Rosalía)” here:
Image and video, used with kind courtesy of the office of publicity of James Blake. 2019, all rights reserved.
A double Grammy nominee and four-time 2019 BRIT award nominee; Dua Lipa is not merely another beautiful pop star. With infectious songs blending all from pop, dance, electronic, and more, and a dynamic, searing voice and technique quite unlike any other, Dua Lipa is a phenomenal talent, and one of the greatest new artists of our time.
October 19th 2018 marked the release of Dua Lipa – Complete Edition– a new extended version of her debut album that includes her collaboration with Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo) “Electricity”, the global hit “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris, her previous collaborations with Martin Garrix and Sean Paul, fan favorites from her live show “Want To” and “Running”, and the brand new song “Kiss and Make Up” with K-pop stars BLACKPINK.
After a year of #1 hit singles, sold out shows and record-breaking streaming figures, Dua Lipa has become the biggest breakout artist in the world. Dua is the #1 most streamed female artist on Spotify, and is the first and only female artist in history to have 4 lead songs with over 500 Million Spotify streams. This summer she spent 8 weeks at #1 in the UK with her million plus selling hit “One Kiss” – the most weeks at number one for a female artist this century. Dua is also the youngest solo female artist to ever reach 1 billion views on YouTube for her smash hit single “New Rules”, which spent a record breaking 45 weeks on the U.S. pop songs chart.
Already collecting major accolades last year at the top of 2018, Dua scooped up two BRIT Awards after being nominated in five categories, the most nominations for a female performer in the history of the BRITS, performed to 85 million people at the UEFA ChampionsLeague final and has sold over 3 million albums (with more than 1 million albums sold in the U.S.) and 32 million singles worldwide.
Late last month the world saw the release of “Swan Song,” the latest track from in 2019 from Dua. The track and accompanying video precede the Twentieth Century Fox February 14th theatrical film release of ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, the epic action-adventure from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (AVATAR) and director Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY).
The video, directed by Floria Sigismondi, places Lipa on the treacherous streets of Iron City in the middle of Alita’s world. Floria said of the video “While in the film Alita is quite literally on a journey to discover who she is, her story serves as a really powerful allegory for any girl who doesn’t yet know her own power. I wanted to play with that same profound notion by dropping Dua into a facet of Alita’s world and allowing Alita to serve as a surrogate that leads her on a journey to discover she’s stronger than she ever could have imagined.”
The song, co-written by Dua Lipa along with Justin Tranter, Kennedi Lykken, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, and Tom Holkenborg, follows a whirlwind year of breaking records for Lipa. For the majority of 2018 Dua was the most streamed female in the world on Spotify. Her power anthem and worldwide hit “New Rules” broke the long-standing record for consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop Songs chart. The Track “One Kiss,” her collaboration with Calvin Harris, became the biggest selling UK single of 2018. She made BRIT Award history by becoming the first woman artist to pick up five nominations last year, taking home the awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist. Dua has sold over 40 million singles and over 3.4 million albums worldwide.
Alita was always about recombining contrasts—the battle and the angel, the real and the digital, and also the styles of Rodriguez and Cameron. For one of the stars of the film; Jennifer Connelly, the final film is a union of both filmmakers’ sensibilities. “You have the epic scale of fantasy that we all associate with Jim but also the playfulness, sense of fun and a little bit of the subversiveness and dark humor of Robert,” she says.
Upon viewing the finished print of Alita: Battle Angel, its originator, Yukito Kushiro, could not have been more effusive. “I wanted to become a movie director and make fantastic films when I was a child. Though I was not able to realize that dream, I was able to pursue a career as a manga artist. So now seeing my manga series turning into this brilliant film, Alita: Battle Angel, is a dream-come-true for me. The visuals, the characters, the storytelling – all the factors that make this film are fantastic! I can see the passion, love and respect for my work in the film. It makes me feel that I would actually want to live in the Iron City! And I would very much love to see more Motorball scenes!”
Comments About Dua Lipa
“From the moment we saw her video for ‘New Rules,’ we knew that Dua Lipa would be the perfect artist to do a song for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL,” commented Producer Jon Landau. “She has the (…) strength, power and attitude in her performances that Alita embodies in the movie. Jim, Robert and I are thrilled to have her onboard and are confident she will make ‘Swan Song’ the perfect inspiring and empowering anthem for our film.”
Dua Lipa On Alita: Battle Angel
One of the last layers of creation added was the music, including the brand new single “Swan Song,” co-written and performed by double Grammy® nominee Dua Lipa.
Regarding how Alita inspired her, Dua Lipa states; “I am intrigued at both Alita herself, and the amazing team of creators that came together to make this movie possible. I see a little of myself in her, in both her (tough) spirit and our shared haircut. Alita is all about empowerment and standing up for who you are, which are two things that resonate with me.”
This content is copyright 2019, with kind courtesy of the office of publicity for Dua Lipa and Warner Bros., all rights reserved.
The Goddess Aurora has a beautiful new song out, “Animal.” Her tour kicks off soon and she will be in Los Angeles next month at The Fonda! Old school fans of Kate Bush and The Cranberries will love this brilliant, amazing, phenomenal artist who channels the spirit with her elegant and hauntingly beautiful voice, dance, and essence.
Broods’ third studio album, “Don’t Feed The Pop Monster,” is available now courtesy Neon Gold / Atlantic Records. The 12-track album includes previously released tracks “Falling Apart,” “Hospitalized,” “Everything Goes (Wow),” and lead single “Peach.”
“Everything Goes,” below is a nice, catchy pop song blending modern retro trip hop trances, and light crunchy guitar smashed into some nice tight distortion that flows with a seamless vibe. Assisting in the expert and unique sound; Broods’ Caleb & Georgia Nott reunited with longtime collaborator Joel Little (Lorde, Khalid), along with Swedish production duo Jack & Coke (Charli XCX, Tove Lo), Big Taste (Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber), Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves) and others to create a unique and compelling album. ’
“Our goal was to make songs that are true to us, without hiding behind any kind of façade. We worked really hard and went through a thousand different emotions in the process,” states Broods’ Georgia Nott, “The fact that we can feel so many different emotions and still make something that’s so true to us—to me that’s the most important part of this whole experience and we’re so excited to finally share this album with the world.”
Next month, the band will embark on their North American headlining tour. Kicking off on March 26 in Santa Ana, CA, the tour will bring the band through Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York City and more.
Wallows are a very solid band, well worth hearing. The release of their debut album “Nothing Happens” hits March 22nd on Atlantic Records. Recorded at Los Angeles’ Sargent Studios, the album sees Wallows reunited with Grammy award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Alvvays, Future Islands).
Wallows first video and single from “Nothing Happens” titled “Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo) is an amusing video, and outstanding song, that will be sure to find it’s way onto our very discriminatory playlist.
The video, directed by Drew Kirsch (Louis The Child, John Legend, Quinn XCII), features Wallows in a retro karaoke bar surrounded by friends and familiar faces including special appearances by Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser), Brian Jones (Vampire Weekend, Human Natural), and Nina Ljeti (1980s Horror Film II music video director), among others.
The band will be kicking of a North American tour this month before heading over to Europe.
The beautiful and talented Kimbra is back with a cool new single. The song certainly deserves a great music video, and Kimbra herself deserves much more attention.
Kacey Musgraves is yet another beautiful singer with a lovely voice, perfectly on key and a sweet tone and pitch. “Love is a Wild Thing” here is an outstanding song, reminding of the country-rock crossover appeal of early Jewel.
Due to overwhelming demand, the multiple GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter has added 17 new North American shows to her sold-out Oh, What a World: Tour. Following her previously announced tour dates, Kacey will hit the summer festival circuit, becoming the first-ever female country artist to play Coachella, and will then launch the second North American leg of her tour on August 24th.
On February 10th, Kacey will perform at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards in celebration of her four nominations for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies,” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy.”
The Love You Down III fest featuring Swimm and Warpaint kicks of this Thursday and Friday at Echoplex in Hollywood. The advertising for the show was somewhat confusing, initially not totally clear if Warpaint were playing or not. It appears they are. We last saw Warpaint (with a huge thanks to Columbia) opening for Depeche Mode, were amazing.
Listening to Warpaint is kind of like stepping into a magnificent church or temple. You need to stop everything else you are doing, be present, and prepare for your spirit to be lifted.
Also Thursday night, MØ returns for an LA gig. We first saw her at Glass House, then the El Rey, which were amazing. This week, she plays The Wiltern. Her new single “Blur” below with Foster the People, as well as the rest of her new album Forever Neverland, is truly brilliant.
The brilliant and beautiful Grimes dropped a new single late last year, and it brilliantly shows her industrial rock roots. Having noted Skinny Puppy as an influence before, “We Appreciate Power” shows industrial fans what we already knew; Grimes rocks.
Another great new artist we love–Poppy, is getting more and more trippy with each release. In the brilliant “Play Destroy,” she joined Grimes for this searing masterpiece.
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