Last year turned out to be a breakout year for You Oughta Know artist Lorde, who took over the charts with “Royals.” However, she may have to make room for her 15-year-old sister in 2014. Over the weekend, India “Indy” Yelich-O’Connor tweeted a link to her cover of fellow YOK artist, A Great Big World. Indy took on the band’s “Say Something,” a duet with Christina Aguilera, proving she has vocal talents of her own. Maybe a duet with her big sister is in order?
Hit-making is a collaborative process, with many hands and minds going into the mix to create a finish product. Don’t believe us? Check the credits for your favorite song in the charts today! In among the seemingly dozens of names you’ll find the one tunesmith who had the original germ of the melodic hook…and sometimes even the whole song! Most of these songwriters are unsung heroes (see what we did there?), names and faces unfamiliar to the masses despite the hours of pure pop pleasure they’ve given us over the years. Today we’ve decided to honor them by sharing their original demo versions of some of their greatest hits. Read on and enjoy the original voices behind the songs!
Whether or not you think that ARTPOP was one of the highlights of 2013 or one of its disappointments, everyone has to agree that something very strange is going on with Lady Gaga‘s second single off the album, “Do What U Want.” Not only has the Terry Richardson-directed music video been delayed, but Gaga released a new version of the single featuring that replaced R. Kelly’s vocals with Christina Aguilera‘s. Is it all because of behind-the-scenes creative concerns or is Gaga distancing herself from R. Kelly? What’s true? What’s false? What is happening in the land of Gaga?!?!?
Say what u want about ARTPOP, people, Lady Gaga has been reminding us that she is still the queen of live spectacle — and that’s no small thing these days. Last night, she brought the house down on The Voice, singing for the first time with sometime rumored rival Christina Aguilera. Though we knew in advance that it would happen, and though we’ve watched it a number of times since, we still think it was one of those moments that made people happy they were watching live TV. Lame, groping, girl power … here’s our own countdown of everything that was amazing about it: Read more…
It’s Christina Aguilera‘s birthday today! And while we’ve all been caught up the December Beylizzard that accompanied the drop of Beyoncé‘s new visual album, it’s time to poke our heads outside to pay that other pop diva with pipes her due (we’ll let you finish your birthday later, Taylor Swift). Now, I’m sure you’re content to spend now through the spring thaw rhapsodizing about Iliad-like qualities of King Bey’s epic audio-video release, analyzing its staunch feminist undertones. But let’s not forget that, at 33, X-Tina has been a strong feminist force in pop music for most of her career. Read more…
Move over, “Someone Like You” because there’s a new heart-wrenchingly gorgeous breakup song to make us sob into our morning Cinnamon Toast Crunch (don’t judge). The delicate beauty of indie duo A Great Big World‘s “Say Something” is enough to make us cry, but the incredible success story behind this little-song-that-could is enough to cheer us right back up again.
Ahhh, the double album. It wasn’t always just for greatest hits packages and live releases. Yes, there was a time when these twin-plates were the format of choice for musicians with a lot of material and a lot to say. The results were usually sprawling opuses, packed to the brim with epic tracks. Sure we record buyers had to shell out a little extra cash, but we didn’t care. In fact, we felt spoiled: We were being treated to TWO new records by our favorite artist instead of just one!