Is Britney Spears 9th studio album a return to Glory?

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The Legendary Miss Spears is back with her 9th studio album. Is it as Glorious as the title suggest?

When Britney’s Gimme More leaked on August 30th, 2007 co-writer & Producer Danja’s spoken end verse The legendary Ms. Britney Spears would become one of the most recognisable verse lyrics in pop history.

At the time, the verse couldn’t come at a more turbulent time in the singer’s life. Legendary Britney was indeed, but more for the turbulences in her private life, than her music. Since, Britney’s proven to be a survivor.  No one could possibly predict the singer was set to make a spectacular return with a highly successful Las Vegas residency, and more recently guest appearances, which she’s throughly enjoying this time around, all in aid to promote her brand new album, Glory, the ninth in her career.

To be honest, Britney had a lot to make up for. In November 2013, her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, was met to lukewarm response. Initially claimed as her most personal to date, Britney’s own words, the album was slaughtered, for just that; The lack of a personality. It’s a mistake Britney wasn’t prepared to make again. For Glory, she took her time and got involved with the project more as well. With result.

Hauling in a range of new names of producers and writers for the project, Britney’s 9th studio album feels warmer and more personal than ever before.

She wasn’t wrong when she announced it would be more urban. The sultriness of  album opener, Invitation and current lead single Make Me (ooh), marks the start of a new Britney era; An era of thinking out of the pop box, exploring new music genres, and therefore also adapting her voice. But there’s also a nudge back to the early Britney work. Her most recent buzz track Do You Wanna Come Over catapults you right back to 2004, when Spears’ career gave us, one of her biggest hits to date, Toxic. It’s a brushed up nostalgic throwback.  You better work, bitch? She sure did.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As Britney Jean proved, there are times, the lyrics to some of new Britney era, proves to be hit and miss, leaving a bit of a clumsy impression, due to the repetition of either the same word or a same sentence. At least when you hear it first time around. (Yes we look at you, Clumsy and Private Show). Especially beat drenched Clumsy could have done with better lyrics, I found personally. Production wise it’s spot on, though.

But we’ll let Britney off the hook. She has been working very hard on bringing us a collection of fun Britney tracks. It’s not as cohesive as Blackout but if you compare Britney’s music legacy since 2009, Glory is ultimately the best she’s done since.

Glory is out now. Buy the album here or stream on Spotify.

If you can’t find enough of Britney, check out her appearance on James Corden’s Karaoke Pool below:

Britney’s returning for a live performance to the Video Music Awards, tonight.



Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah) (new Single)

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Fresh from her US debut, Dua Lipa unveils upcoming album artwork ahead of new single Friday.

Dua Lipa has released a brand new single; ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’ succeeds ‘Hotter than Hell’ as fourth single from the singer’s upcoming debut , set for release early 2017.

The drum packed new single, is the singer’s latest effort to catch our attention away with her clever, catchy indie pop. Considering her short presence in the industry, a month of 12, Dua’s done a very good job of showing what she’s capable of.

As current single, Hotter Than Hell reached #5 on the UK iTunes charts and previous single ‘Be The One’ reached #1 in 12 countries, we have a feeling there’s a lot more to come from her. Needless to say, we’re stupidly excited for the full album, which follows February 10, 2017 through Warner Records.

Ahead of the album, fans will be able to see the pop star headline her own European tour, which halts in London at KOKO on October 10th. Full details on the tour, which includes shows in Paris, Berlin, Dublin, can be found below:

05.10.16 Academy 2, Dublin, Ireland
07.10.16 Gorilla, Manchester, UK
09.10.16 Institute 2, Birmingham, UK
10.10.16 KOKO, London, UK
12.10.16 Café De La Danse, Paris, France
14.10.16 AB Main Hall, Brussels, Belgium
15.10.16 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands [SOLD OUT]
17.10.16 Vega Small Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
19.10.16 Heimathafen, Berlin, Germany
20.10.16 Mojo, Hamburg, Germany

22.10.16 Kantine, Cologne, Germany
24.10.16 Gibson, Frankfurt, Germany
25.10.16 Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
27.10.16 Tunnel, Milan, Italy

Tickets are now on sale HERE

Pre-Order Dua Lipa here.

Check out the new single below:



Dua Lipa debut artwork unveiled

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Fresh from her US debut, Dua Lipa unveils upcoming album artwork ahead of new single Friday.

Dua Lipa fans, mark coming Friday in your diaries. Not only does Dua’s new single, Blow Your Mind (Mwah) drop that day, but so does the pre-order for the upcoming album.

Like many we’re eagerly awaiting the Albanian/British singer songwriter’s debut. A bit of an understatement, to be honest. Even though it’s not out until February 10, the PR for Dua’s team is rolling fast. Fresh from performing Hotter Than Hell on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, her US debut by the way, Dua’s unveiled the very slick and stylish artwork.

The self-titled Dua Lipa, will be released February 10 via Warner Bros Records. The album is expected to feature all of the singles so far; Be The One, Last Dance, Hotter Than Hell and the brand new pop stomper Blow Your Mind (Mwah).

A quick close up of the track, follows this Friday. In the mean time enjoy Dua’s US live performance of Hotter Than Hell below.

A game easily won, Oscar & The Wolf!

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Max Colombie (pictured) is Oscar & The Wolf, Neon Gold Records’ latest world class act.

If you haven’t heard of Oscar & The Wolf up to this point, we urge you not to waste anymore time and get acquainted with the Belgian indie project of Max Colombie.

Two years ago, the band rose to fame in Belgium, clean sweeping every possible award ceremony with their debut album ‘Entity‘. Europe would soon follow suit, seeing the band outselling gigs and summer festivals across the continent. Now a mere two years later, a brand new global single, The Game, interludes a new era with a huge array of global prospects, including a record deal with label Neon Gold.

Neon Gold have definitely hit the jackpot by adding Oscar & the Wolf to their line up. Housing French pop act Christine and the Queens, and the UK’s Marina and the Diamonds already, the record label has a very strong field of upcoming and established, alternative pop acts to score big. Max’s blend of melancholic R&B leaves plenty of room for mystery, but also offers a familiar urban sound, which should very easily appeal to the big masses. For those who are not familiar with his previous work yet, his brand new single, The Game will come as fresh breath of air in the music scene.

The track, written in LA, earlier this year, has circulated online for a while, as it’s part of the tour track list but wasn’t released or acknowledged as a future single, until last Friday, when it was officially released.  Check it out below.

Bring on the Game. Buy the single here.