Rihanna – “Te Amo” Video Premiere

Published May 30th 2010
Filed under Videos

Rihanna’s video for Te Amo, the third international single from Rated R, premiered this week. Some scenes are quite similar to her video for Disturbia while others are very different for Rihanna, as she’s seen with a girl love interest which adheres to the lyrics of the song.

Te Amo will be released on June 11th internationally through Def Jam.

Robyn – “Dancing On My Own” Video Premiere

Published May 22nd 2010
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The video for Robyn’s Dancing On My Own, the lead single taken from her first of three albums to be released this year, premiered yesterday via Robyn’s official site.

Dancing On My Own’s video is quite different to Robyn’s most recent videos since establishing her own record label, because it looks like it had a much bigger budget and it’s a lot more glossy. The stage set for the performance scenes, similar to those seen in Kelly Clarkson’s video for Walk Away, looks very detailed and the lighting changes add a nice effect. The performance scenes are also very fitting for the video unlike some videos which feature a performance for the sake of it.

The club scenes are shot very well and stick closely to the lyrics of the song. They show Robyn dancing on her own in a club while the people around her are dancing together and kissing before she leaves the club at the end of the video.

While the video doesn’t have many different scenes, it’s nicely edited and really enhances the melancholic atmosphere created by the song itself. It’s also not very eventful but it fits the song perfectly and could help the song become a deserved hit for Robyn.

Dancing On My Own will be released on June 7th followed by the first album of three, Body Talk Pt. 1, on June 14th.

OneRepublic – “Secrets” Worldwide Music Video

Published May 20th 2010
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OneRepublic are finally releasing second single, Secrets, from their sophomore album, Waking Up, worldwide. Secrets was originally released last year as the lead single from the album in Germany, to coincide with the release of Zweiohrküken, a German movie which features Secrets on its original sound track. The worldwide release of the single has since been delayed a number of times.

The original music video, showed clips from the movie in between scenes of OneRepublic performing the song. The 2010 worldwide treatment of the video, keeps the original performance scenes but adds scenes of lead vocalist Ryan Tedder at a restaurant, sitting behind a girl who was seemingly stood-up. Other new scenes show Ryan encounter the girl in the street without any recognition of her. When the girl revisits the restaurant, she sees the person who stood her up while Ryan sings the lyrics of Secrets in her ear.

Secrets has no tentative release date worldwide but will be added to US radio on June 1st.

Natasha Bedingfield – “Touch”

Published May 19th 2010
Filed under Reviews


Natasha Bedingfield’s new single Touch was thrown onto the US iTunes Store yesterday with no announcement of a new album campaign starting so soon. Touch, written by Natasha herself, Steve Kipner and Julian Bunetta, sees Natasha trying out a new sound unlike anything she has done before. It also doesn’t sound like it’s ripping off anything around at the moment. It’s very fresh, uptempo, feel-good, dance-pop.

As a lead single, Touch could be a slight risk. While it shows a clear progression in Natasha’s sound and builds on previous songs such as The One That Got Away and Not Givin’ Up, Touch isn’t a sure-fire hit. A guaranteed hit is something Natasha probably needs, especially in the UK since her previous effort, N.B., flopped but regardless she returned with something surprisingly original, interesting and a bit daring.

Touch opens with a hypnotic, synth-building verse featuring some of Natasha’s best signature storytelling lyrics which made songs such as These Words, Unwritten, We’re All Mad and Backyard so interesting and unique. The story in Touch is told quite cleverly, with the second verse explaining what led to the coffee-spilling incident which happens in the first verse. A lyric in the second verse which demonstrates Natasha’s clever storytelling is:

It seems that spilling coffee was no accident at all

After each verse, the song erupts into a melodic, dance-driven, feel-good chorus which instantly creates the atmosphere of a summer night’s party. If handled correctly, Touch could be a huge summer hit with such a chorus.

Overall, Touch is quite an impressive lead single for Natasha and hopefully it will aid her return to success in the UK after a disappointing sophomore stint.

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Touch, taken from the Natasha’s third studio album (second in the UK) and follow-up to 2008’s Pocketful of Sunshine (2007’s N.B. in the UK), has yet to be added to radio or scheduled for release internationally. The upcoming, yet to be titled album also has no tentative released date.

Maroon 5 – New Single & Album News

Published May 17th 2010
Filed under News


Maroon 5 are set to release their third studio album, Hands All Over, as announced via their Twitter last week. The album, which is rumoured to be their last, is produced solely by Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange. The band also shot the music video for the lead single Misery over the weekend.

Lead vocalist Adam Levine wrote about shooting the video on his Twitter account:

Lots of stunts…I die like ten times In this video! It’s by far the most ambitious and action packed one yet!

Adam also descibed Misery as:

…the most Maroon 5-sounding song on the album.

It was announced that the new album, Hands All Over, will include the following eleven tracks as well as four others:

Misery
How
Never Gonna Leave
Wasted Years
Last Chance
Don’t Know Much About That
Out of Goodbyes
I Can’t Lie
Give a Little More
Stutter
Hands All Over

The release of Misery on June 28th will be followed by the new album, Hands All Over, on September 20th.