Billie Eilish Flips The Script On Herself With Somber Ballad, ‘idontwannabeyouanymore’

Rising 15-year-old pop sensation Billie Eilish has been steadily revealing cuts from her freshly announced debut EP, dont smile at me, single by single. So far, we’ve heard the lush break-up lullaby “watch” and last week’s tripping wannabes anthem “COPYCAT.”

This week, Billie is at it again with yet another taste off of  dont smile at me: “idontwannabeyouanymore,” a deeper, more emotional and personal cut which sees her typically high-octane atmospherics taking the backseat to a bluesy-tinged, piano-driven production as she lets her vocals truly shine. “If teardrops could be bottled/ There’d be swimming pools filled by models/ Told “that tight dress is what makes you a whore”/ If “I love you” was a promise/ Would you break it, if you’re honest/ Tell the mirror what you know she’s heard before/ I don’t wanna be you anymore…,” Billie declares.

idontwannabeyouanymore” abounds in soft melodies and organic soundscapes, showcasing a more versatile side of Billie. “This song is from the perspective of me towards me,” Billie explains of the new track, which is now available on all digital platforms and as part of the EP pre-order. Get into it!

“idontwannabeyouanymore” by Billie Eilish is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

from Jon ALi’s Blog

‘Mattress’: Leland, Pop Song Master Crafter, Begins Anew With Killer Unrequited Love Gem!

If you don’t already love Brett McLaughlin aka Leland, you certainly already love his work: The Mississippi-bred, LA-based singer-songwriter has spent the last few years penning a bunch of tracks for our favorite pop stars, including a majority of the standouts on Daya‘s debut Sit Still, Look Pretty and Allie X‘s latest CollXtion II, as well as Jaira Burns‘ stellar debut “Ugly,” Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan‘s “There For You,” Sabrina Carpenter‘s “Why” and Selena Gomez‘s Gucci Mane-assisted soon-to-be-smash, “Fetish“! He is KING in the art form that is Stellar Pop Gems.

And judging by Leland‘s brand new single “Mattress,” co-written alongside his bestie Allie X, he’s about to have quite the pop career of his very own, on his own terms of course.

The aching electro-pop production sees Leland coping with some unrequited love (a universal relatable subject) above chilly atmospherics and a gentle electronic pulse — at first: “You’re the first place my mind goes/ And the last place I wanna go tonight/ But not just for a drive by/ See the sun with my eyes closed/ And the moon out the window/ I might, but that’s only in my mind…,” he contemplates.

As the track builds, Leland starts to loudly lose control: “Why do I always do this to myself/ I let you go with someone else/ When all I want’s my body on your mattress,” he cries out, showcasing his soaring chops across a cluster of infectious synth progressions. (Not the annoyingly cliché EDM kind — it’s more of a forward-thinking, finger-snapping kind of strut, I’d say.) It’s beyond solid, that’s for sure.

So what why does Leland keep doing this to himself? If it’s what’s helping him write these killer tunes, then let’s keep these bodies off the damn “Mattress.” I kid, I kid. Get familiar now folks, Leland is IT!

“Mattress” by Leland is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

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Louis Tomlinson Gets Helping Hand From Bebe Rexha On Hate/Love Anthem, ‘Back To You’!

Louis Tomlinson is back in the solo ring…

Following the release of his Steve Aoki collaboration “Just Hold On” at the tail end of last year, the former One Direction-er has announced that he’s signed a solo recording deal with Epic Records – and “Back To You” is our first taste of what’s to come from his forthcoming full-length debut LP, due out later this year.

Unlike the dance-driven “Just Hold On,” “Back To You” featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals finds Louis laces his sweet vocals up against some infectious finger snaps, lingering piano melodies, and hi-octane bright pop beats on the instantly catchy, jam all about being in a hate/love relationship.

Whoah, you stress me out, you kill me/ You drag me down, you fuck me up/ We’re on the ground, we’re screaming/ I don’t know how to make it stop/ I love it, I hate it, and I can’t take it/ But I keep on coming back to you…,” Bebe sings on the first chorus round. Yupp, Louis arrives late to his own party, casually strolling into the production around the 0:58 mark.

The actual pop song structure (verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bride) and Bebe and Louis‘ sweet croonage actually makes this one a total winner – a total breath of fresh that is perfectly suited for the radio. My one issue? “Back To You” is truly solid, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that it plays a little like a Bebe song featuring Louis Tomlinson. Could you allow yourself to be the only act on your next single, Louis? Don’t get me wrong, ya’ll know I love me some Bebe, but I’d really love to hear what an actual Louis Tomlinson single sounds like. Ya dig?

Louis opened up to BBC about why the song starts with Bebe singing: “We recorded a version where I sang first – but you’ve got to do what’s best by the song,” he said. “With the emotion she gives it, and the way she opens up the song, it always had to be her, really.”

“Back To You” (feat. Bebe Rexha) by Louis Tomlinson is also available on Apple Music!

from Jon ALi’s Blog

‘Something To Hold On To’: Emily Warren Lays Her Emotions Bare With A Powerful Ballad!

Emily Warren, Pro Writer of Pop Gems, has really gone and done it now…

For her second solo musical serving, following “Hurt By You” back in May, the talented singer-songstress is stripping it down even more with an incredibly powerful ballad called: “Something To Hold On To“!

You put your lips to nicotine and say it’s just the one/ But nicotine don’t care about your lungs/ Your squeeze my hand/ You say it’s fine/ It’s only when you’re drunk/ I wish I’d just let you do what you want,” she begins.

In contrast to the bluesy production of “Hurt By You” or even the EDM-drenched pulsations of her Chainsmokers‘ cuts, “Something To Hold On To” sees Emily laying her emotions bare above the simplest, sweetest of piano melodies. As it goes on, the song fills out with some more gorgeous production, including chill-inducing strings and a hard-hitting, marching drum beat. But the focus remains entirely on Emily‘s haunting voice: “But I’m gonna need something to hold on to/ Something to hold on to/ Yeah, I’m gonna need something to hold on to/ Something to hold on to.” CHRIST!

It’s a deeply emotional, organic and personal moment (you know, like a true singer-songwriter’s song should sound), and an honest reflection of being in a relationship with someone who’s choosing to put their life at risk. After hearing this, you’re gonna need something to hold on to – Consider yourselves warned!

“Something To Hold On To” by Emily Warren is also available on Apple Music now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog

Shania Twain Ditches Her Country Roots On The Devastatingly Heartbreaking, ‘Poor Me’!

When you think of your favorite Shania Twain song, what do you think of? Something confident and sassy, like “Man! I Feel Like A Woman“? Maybe a little sway with your babe for the dance floor, like “You’re Still The One” and “From This Moment On“? Or how about something twangy and uplifting, like her latest output “Life’s About To Get Good“?

Or, do you think of the legendary country-pop superstar angrily whimpering and breaking down about being unable to let go of the heartbreak of her husband leaving her for her best friend?

Welcome to “Poor Me,” a completely unexpected, very personal and sort of emotionally devastating (yet impressive) shift in sound for the Country diva. Apart from The ChainsmokersDon’t Let Me Down“-like production stylings in the intro, the song itself is really excellent, and sort of humanizes (and reinvents) Shania more than ever before: Ditching the giddy country-pop pulsations for crashing atmospherics, distant moody sighs and a chilly tripping beat, Shaina details the agony and suffering she went through during her unfortunate divorce with longtime hubby Robert John “Mutt” Lange in 2008.

Poor me this/ Poor me that/ Why do I keep/ Looking back?/ Poor me this/ Poor me that/ It’s not white/ It’s not black/ Grey’s the colour/ That I see/ Still can’t believe/ He’d leave me/ To love her,” she defeatedly declares on hook. Then comes in the bridge: “I know it should get better/ Oh, but it never does/ I wish he’d never met her/ Then everything would be the way it was…” Shook! Shania really goes there. It’s so good, yet so drenched in anguish. I honestly didn’t see this coming…

Just when you thought “Life’s About To Get Good,” Shania‘s gone and dropped a true heartbreaker instead. Listen below…

“Poor Me” by Shania Twain is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

from Jon ALi’s Blog

Opposites Attract In Sabrina Carpenter’s Cinematic ‘Why’ Music Video!

As declared earlier this month, I am now fully ready to stan for Sabrina Carpenter so get used to seeing her around these parts.

Today (July 20), the Disney singer-songwriter-actress has debuted the accompanying music video to her brand new single “Why,” and it stars Casey Cott, the hunk who plays Kevin Keller on The CW’s Riverdale, as her boyfriend.

“This is you and this is me,” Cott‘s character says at the beginning of the clip, holding up salt and pepper shakers at a diner. “At first glance it might not look like we go together, but everybody knows that we belong together.” It’s a cute introduction that basically sets up the overall concept for “Why,” which if you haven’t guessed by now, is all about being attracted to someone completely opposite of you.

It’s trendy teen drama, it’s simple yet effective, it’s easy on the eyes, it’s a winner. Get into it!

Sabrina Carpenter’s new single “Why” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

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Julia Michaels Announces Debut Mini-Album, ‘Nervous System’!

Uh Huh” is right y’all: Julia Michaels is a pop star to believe in.

Following the success of her breakout debut single “Issues” – the best-selling song by a new artist released in 2017, Julia has announced plans to release her debut mini-album, called Nervous System, everywhere next Friday (July 28). In an Instagram post to fans, Julia wrote: “Time for new music guys! On July 28th, I’m releasing what I call a ‘mini-album’ called Nervous System. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it.”

The 7-track collection will come packed with “Issues,” follow-up single “Uh Huh,” as well as five new tracks called “Worst In Me,” “Make It Up To You,” “Just Do It,” “Pink” and “Don’t Wanna Think.” To just say I’m quite excited about this would be an understatement – I can’t fucking wait!

1. Issues
2. Uh Huh
3. Worst In Me
4. Make It Up To You
5. Just Do It
6. Pink
7. Don’t Wanna Think

“Uh Huh” by Julia Michaels is also available on Spotify and Apple Music now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog