‘Dancing’: The Euphoric, Country-Esque ‘Golden’ Return Of Kylie Minogue!

It’s a good week to be a Kylie Minogue fan!

Within the last few days, the Australian pop icon has revealed the cover art and tracklist for her upcoming album titled Golden – her first non-Christmas studio album in four years – and today, she’s just announced the official release date… April 6th!

The Golden era kicks off with the much-teased lead single “Dancing,” crafted by Kylie alongside producer Sky Adams and songwriter Amy Wadge, whose penned many songs with Ed Sheeran, including his hit song “Thinking Out Loud” for which she won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

And like the pair of cowboy boots she’s fiercely rocking in the cover art suggests, she’s indeed gone a little bit country. Blame Lady Gaga’s Joanne and everyone who followed: Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and Justin Timberlake.

Dancing” might be a little more country and little less electro-pop with its guitar-laced, folky-esque fusion — but it really doesn’t differ too far from signature Kylie either: It’s a super cute, euphoric little taste of joy; sparkly and sweet like the bulk of her discography. “Can’t stand still/ I won’t slow down/ When I go out, I wanna go out dancing/ Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah-ah/ When I go out, I wanna go out dancing.”

So yeah, “Dancing” does sound a little AviciiWake Me Up“-like, but its foundation is truly classic Kylie almost immediately upon first listen – especially in that chorus! Kylie Minogue has always known how to rule the dance floor, she’s just ruling the square “Dancing” floor this time around – and it’s certainly no exception.

“I promised my fans that I would be putting my heart and soul into this record. And I stayed true to my word. I was able to do that, which was challenging and fun and rewarding. And it’s ended up with a…different direction, for sure. But, essentially, I’d still say it’s very much a Kylie record,” Kylie said in a statement. “Lyrically, ‘Dancing‘ is really interesting. It’s, I guess on the surface, about dancing and going out and having a good time, and then it’s also about going out at the end and having had a good time. Living life to the fullest, trying to shine whenever you can; I know life’s difficult, life presents all sorts of hurdles for us but we try to dance through that when we can.”

1. Dancing
2. Stop Me From Falling
3. Golden
4. A Lifetime To Repair
5. Sincerely Yours
6. One Last Kiss
7. Live A Little
8. Shelby ’68
9. Radio On
10. Love
11. Raining Glitter
12. Music’s Too Sad Without You

Deluxe Edition:
13. Lost Without You
14. Every Little Part of Me
15. Rollin’
16. Low Blow

Kylie Minogue’s new single “Dancing” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/18/dancing-the-euphoric-country-esque-golden-return-of-kylie-minogue/


Tinashe Indeed Brings The Drama On New Single ‘No Drama’ With Offset

AKA a popstar AKA a problem,” Tinashe declares in the opening lines of her new single “No Drama” featuring Migos rapper Offset – and the statement couldn’t be more on point.

After sitting out for much of 2017 due to endless setbacks, delays and failed singles, Tinashe is finally ready to hit the road again with “No Drama,” the first of a three new songs set to be released as a ‘tringle’ (trio of singles) of sorts: “Me So Bad,” “Faded Love,” and “No Drama.” All reportedly set to be included her long-awaited sophomore album, Joyride.

After trying to find footing on Pop radio with songs like “Superlove” and “Flame,” I’ll admit it’s quite nice to hear Tinashe return to the more hip-hop/R&B-based sound that brought her notoriety circa summer 2014 with “2 On” – her only real hit to date – on “No Drama.”

Don’t want no drama-ma/ We pulled up in that ooh la la (Sk-skrr)/ And backed out in that oh my god (Woo, woo, woo)/ Don’t want no drama-ma,” she declares over the chilled-out, Stargate production. The song comes accompanied with the release of choreography-heavy music video, which easily elevates an otherwise laid back throb and showcases Tinashe at her very best.

The real issue here isn’t so much the sound of the song or the video, but the fact that it once again sees Tinashe joining forces with a problematic male artist (the first being Chris Brown on “Player”). So yes, there is in fact DRAMA. Offset has been making headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. His latest collab with YFN Lucci (“Boss Life“) has a lyric that hears him saying: “I cannot vibe with queers.” Offset has already released a statement clarifying he didn’t mean “gay” when he said “queers,” but the actual literal meaning of the word… and well, it’s just not a good look when your fanbase happens to be a mostly “queer” audience. I AM CONFLICTED. Fix it, Tinashe.

Tinashe’s new single “No Drama” is also available on Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/18/tinashe-indeed-brings-the-drama-on-new-single-no-drama-with-offset/

Troye Sivan Delivers Devastatingly Beautiful Balladry With ‘The Good Side’!

Troye Sivan has done it again. After making his grand return with his liberating anthem “My My My!” last week, the 22-year-old is already back at it with “The Good Side,” the second and much gentler taste off of his upcoming sophomore album.

Warning: You might need a Kleenex after this one.

Gone are the joyous dance-pop pulsations, the Ariel Rechtshaid-produced track – which includes writing credits from longtime collaborator’s Leland and Allie X – sees Troye ditching the euphoric beats in favor of lonesome guitar melodies and earnest, lullaby-tinged crooning. The result is easily one of his most personal and intimate offerings yet, as Troye bares his soul and apologizes to an ex lover atop of a much more raw, organic production.

That I sympathize, and I recognize/ And baby, I apologize/ That I got the good side/ The good side of things,” he sings on the chorus, channeling a bit of Sufjan Stevens‘ sorrowful balladry. Sure, the subject matter indeed suggests that Troye‘s headed to a very dark place – but he’s not! The bridge: “I’m sure we’ll meet in the spring/ And catch up on everything/ I’ll say I’m proud of all that you’ve done/ You taught me the ropes, and you taught me to love.”

That’s closure, my friends. Closure! It’s a beautifully sad thing, but undeniably good. You can catch Troye as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 20th, where he’s set to perform “The Good Side” and “My My My!” live for the first time.

Troye Sivan’s latest “The Good Side” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/18/troye-sivan-delivers-devastatingly-beautiful-balladry-with-the-good-side/

Justin Timberlake Declares Himself As A Savior On Second ‘Man of the Woods’ Single, ‘Supplies’!

Justin Timberlake has gone ahead and released yet another brand new song from his upcoming fourth studio album Man of the Woods, called “Supplies“!

The track is produced by The Neptunes (aka Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), marking their first collaboration on a Timberlake solo song since Justified in 2002, and is quite different from the funky, futuristic sound of “Filthy.”

“‘Cause I’ll be the light when you can’t see/ I’ll be the wood when you need heat/ I’ll be the generator, turn me on when you need electricity/ Some shit’s ’bout to go down, I’ll be the one with the level head/ The world could end now/ Baby, we’ll be living in The Walking Dead,” Justin declares over the hard-hitting trap production, which infuses some folk-style musical elements. “‘Cause I got supplie-ie-ies/ Supplie-ie-ies/ I got you, I got/ supplie-ie-ies.”

While the song is the first we’ve heard that marries a bit of that “traditional American rock with modern influences” that he promised, I’m not quite sure it lives up to all the hype. It’s a bit of a doozer – and once you see the video, things don’t get any better.

Directed by Dave Meyers and co-starring Baby Driver star Eiza González, the socially-conscious and politically-charged visual opens with JT sitting in an empty penthouse staring at a wall of television screens. Flashing before him are images of police brutality, Black Lives Matter, Harvey Weinstein, the Time’s Up movement, President Trump, and more. In short: It’s a lame attempt at being political.

Sorry JT, not feeling this one. ONTO THE NEXT!

Justin Timberlake’s latest single “Supplies” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/18/justin-timberlake-declares-himself-as-a-savior-on-second-man-of-the-woods-single-supplies/

The Chainsmokers Make Surprise Return With The Unexpectedly Dark, ‘Sick Boy’!

How many likes is my life worth?

The Chainsmokers are at it again, but probably not in the way you were expecting with the surprise video for their brand new song “Sick Boy.”

I’m from the East side of America/ Where we choose pride over character/ And we can pick sides but this is us, this is us, this is,” The ChainsmokersDrew Taggart sings over a simple, lonesome piano melody in the first few seconds of the song. “I live on the West side of America/ Where they spin lies into fairy dust/ And we can pick sides, but this is us, this is us, this is.”

It only gets darker from there as haunting atmospheric sounds and hard-hitting beats kick in, enforcing a big departure from the EDM duo’s usual romantic electro-pop flair. “Feed yourself on my life’s work/ How many likes is my life worth?,” Drew adds on the bridge.

While the track is sure to entice some new fans, it’s a notably a turn toward a more meaningful direction – one that I’m not quite sure they’re capable of pulling off seriously.

The Chainsmokers’ new single “Sick Boy” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/17/the-chainsmokers-make-surprise-return-with-the-unexpectedly-dark-sick-boy/

Song of the Week: Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer & Tory Lanez ‘Miss You’!

This week’s Song of the Week comes from one of my favorite producers: Cashmere Cat!

It’s barely been a year since the release of his debut album 9 – which featured The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, and Ty Dolla $ign, among others – but the Norwegian talent is already back at it with another brand new, star-studded collaboration titled “Miss You“!

The track features additional production form Major Lazer, a topline from rapper Tory Lanez, writing credits from both Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, and was debuted as Zane Lowe‘s World Record on Beats 1.

Can I hit it like that?/ Like this, like that?/ Uh-huh, you know/ Can I kiss it like that?/ Like this, like that?/ Remember that/ Heaven, it feels like that/ I won’t lie to you, no, no…,” Tory seductively croons across the warm melodies and breezy drum patterns that are designed perfectly for air wave domination.

It’s signature Cashmere Cat with slightly more radio-appeal and I’m totally here for it – Listen below!

Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer and Tory Lanez’s “Miss You” is available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/17/song-of-the-week-cashmere-cat-major-lazer-tory-lanez-miss-you/

Camila Cabello’s Solid Solo Debut ‘Camila’: 5 Must-Listens!

In case you’ve somehow not yet heard (how’s that cave you’re living in?), Camila Cabello has at long last unleashed her long-awaited and much-hyped debut album, Camila, this week.

There’s been a ton of mixed chatter and hype surrounding the current #1 iTunes selling record, but with smash single “Havana (feat. Young Thung)” and songs like the recently released “Real Friends” and current single “Never Be The Same,” it’s surely a solid and cohesive listen from start to finish – I’ll give her that! The former Fifth Harmony pop princess peels back her layers and dives deep into her psyche and triumphs through her pain and vulnerability on her polished and revealing first go-around as a solo artist – and yet, there’s an underlying sense that this is only a small and safe sampling of what Camila has to offer.

The 10-track collection deserves a proper listen or two to fully appreciate, but for those in search of some instant tracks to indulge, look no further than these five instant faves from Camila the album. And then listen to all of it and be your own judge, ahhhkay. These are my personal picks.

She Loves Control“: As the first real pop smasher on the album, “She Loves Control” is a triumphant display of Camila‘s undeniably infectious pop sensibilities with a killer Skrillex-assisted production that thoroughly sets the tone for what’s to follow. “She loves control, she wants it her way/ And there’s no way she’ll ever stay unless you give it up (give it up)/ She loves control, she wants it her way/ And all it takes is just one taste, you wanna give it up (give it up),” Camila declares. It’s a summer bop come early!

Inside Out“: This T-Minus & Frank Dukes-crafted gem isn’t just one of the album’s most immediate offerings, but also one of the most obvious contenders for single #3. Like “Havana” before it, “Inside Out” sees Camila embracing her Latin roots across a sunny island-lite production equipped with a bouncy and danceable melody and suitably playful lyrics to boot.

Real Friends“: This one first appeared at the end of last year and I’ve been truly hooked ever since. Thankfully, it holds up in context to the rest of the album. It’s a slightly more raw affair as far as production is concerned. “I’m just lookin’ for some real friends/ All they ever do is let me down/ Every time I let somebody in/ Then I find out what they’re all about/ I’m just lookin’ for some real friends,” she croons across a minimalist guitar-driven production. It’s honestly sublime. Camila has already established herself as a true pop princess contender, so it’s quite nice to hear what she can do when the production is toned down, letting her voice do all the talking.

Something’s Gotta Give“: My one critique of the album is that it’s a bit too ballad heavy, but I will give her credit where credit is due: “Something’s Gotta Give” is truly a heartfelt and haunting, piano-driven number that perfectly showcases Camila‘s genuinely impressive vocal control. “Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta break/ But all I do is give, and all you do is take/ Something’s gotta change, but I know that it won’t/ No reason to stay is a good reason to go..” Wanna get with Camila? You better know her worth!

Into It“: Camila comes to a very satisfying conclusion in the form of “Into It,” produced once again by Frank Dukes. It’s here in the album’s final moments that she truly displays her pop diva potential, lacing her helium-like vocals across winsome, electro-pop beats. It’s a fun ride the moment you press play and I’m very “Into It.” An insatiable kiss-on from the depths of gay heaven!

Okay, now go listen to the whole thing. Or don’t… your body, your choice. Time’s Up!


Camila Cabello’s debut album Camila is also available on Apple Music now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2018/01/12/camila-cabellos-solid-solo-debut-camila-5-must-listens/