Taylor Swift Wants What She Can’t Have On New ‘Reputation’ Single, ‘Gorgeous’!

You’re so gorgeous. Honey, it hurts…

With about a month still left to go until she drops Reputation in full on November 10, Taylor Swift is ready to give us another glimpse into her upcoming LP. The 1989 songstress took to her Instagram on Thursday to announce that her next promo single “Gorgeous” would be released as the clock turns to Friday (October 20) at midnight.

Gorgeous,” the third taste following lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready For It?,” is an incredibly infectious electro-pop ditty – produced by Shellback and Max Martin – all about Taylor falling head over heels over some new boy toy, who happens to be oh-so-gorgeous and unavailable.

You’re so gorgeous/ I can’t say anything to your face/ ‘Cause look at your face/ And I’m so furious/ At you for making me feel this way/ But what can I say?/ You’re gorgeous…,” Taylor preaches on the immediate hook. With its twinkling synth-pop, hard-hitting bass production and Taylor‘s pop friendly vocals, “Gorgeous” serves as another solid offering from Reputation.

If 1989 was Taylor‘s way of transiting fully into pop diva, then Reputation must be her way of committing fully to the title. Everything we’ve heard thus far has been unapologetic, impeccably crafted, and undeniable enjoyable pop. I’m looking forward to hearing more…

Taylor Swift’s latest “Gorgeous” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2017/10/20/taylor-swift-wants-what-she-cant-have-on-new-reputation-single-gorgeous/


Charlie Puth Shows Off His Awkward Footwork In ‘How Long’ Music Video!

Following its release at the top of the month, Charlie Puth debuts the official music video for “How Long,” the second single off his upcoming sophomore album VoiceNotes – which is set to be released on January 19th.

In the clip, Charlie suits up and croons his remorseful tune while defying gravity with some pretty hilarious yet adorable, awkward dance moves. At one point, we see Charlie standing in front of a painting of a girl with long, dark hair holding a rose with spray-painted over her eyes. That’s basically the only time we get a possible reference to the story behind the song, but mostly, it’s Charlie‘s show.

I’m hardly the one to run to watch a Charlie Puth music video, but I’ll give it to him for letting loose without any cares. Watch the visual below…

Charlie Puth’s new single “How Long” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2017/10/19/charlie-puth-shows-off-his-awkward-footwork-in-how-long-music-video/

Majid Jordan Pick It Up The Pace On ‘Space Between’s Sensual Banger, ‘Body Talk’

Majid Jordan are proficient in The Art Of Future Alt-R&B, we know: From everything on their 2014 A Place Like This EP to their eponymous full-length debut last year, they’ve more than proven themselves capable of supplying unapologetically moody, undeniably sexy earworms time and time again.

But what happens when the talented Toronto-based duo – Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman (the group’s singer and producer, respectively) – decide to team up with hit-making production team Stargate, creators of some of the best pop songs of the last decade: “Issues” (Julia Michaels), “Only Girl (In the World)” (Rihanna), “Firework” (Katy Perry), “Radioactive” (Marina and the Diamonds), among dozens of others of masterpieces?

Warm, sensual greatness with subtle winsome danceability… that’s what. “I just wanna lay you down/ I wanna let you know, baby, we don’t/ We don’t need words, let your body talk/ Baby, don’t speak, let your body talk,” Majid croons across the infectious, dancehall beats. “So much to say
This is the only way to say it/ We don’t need words, let your body talk/ Baby, don’t speak, let your body talk.”

Body Talk” isn’t like anything we’ve heard from Majid Jordan, and yet, this is undeniably the stuff of Majid Jordan. If nothing else, it’s certainly indicative of their willingness to grow and play with different sounds. I AM READY FOR MORE!

1. Intro
2. Gave Your Love Away
3. OG Heartthrob
4. Body Talk
5. Not Ashamed
6. One I Want (Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
7. You
8. Phases
9. Asleep
10. What You Do to Me
11. My Imagination (Feat. dvsn)
12. The Space Between
13. Outro

Majid Jordan’s “Body Talk” is also available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2017/10/19/majid-jordan-pick-it-up-the-pace-on-space-betweens-sensual-banger-body-talk/

Maroon 5 & A$AP Rocky Offer Up A Tender Ballad With ‘Red Pill Blues’ Cut, ‘Whiskey’!

Despite how it may seem, Maroon 5‘s Red Pill Blues isn’t actually one of those collaboration albums — which is shocking really, given the fact that everything we’ve heard thus far has in fact been a collaboration. So far we’ve heard the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Don’t Wanna Know,” “Cold” with Future, the actually very enjoyable “What Lovers Do” featuring SZA, and most recently, “Help Me Out” with Julia Michaels.

On their latest promo single off Red Pill Blues, Maroon 5 enlisted rapper A$AP Rocky for their tender love ballad called “Whiskey” – And it’s easily the most emotional offering we’ve heard from the forthcoming LP, due out on November 3.

Leaves are fallin’, it’s September/ The night came in and made her shiver/ I told her she could have my jacket/ Wrapped it tight around her shoulders/ And I was so young ’til she kissed me/ Like a whiskey, like a whiskey,” frontman Adam croons across the chilly atmospherics and soft piano melodies. A$AP comes through with a liquor-themed verse about his own romantic recollections: “All of that tequila’s a killa,” he raps. “A little vodka break her off something proper / Pop a cork and play spin the bottle every time you kiss me.”

It’s not anything to necessarily rave endlessly about, but it’s without a doubt a solid change of pace from their more upbeat pop-leaning offerings. Give it a spin below…

Maroon 5’s “Whiskey” featuring A$AP Rocky will be available on all digital platforms tomorrow (October 20)!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2017/10/19/maroon-5-asap-rocky-offer-up-a-tender-ballad-with-whiskey/

Kelly Clarkson Takes Us Higher & Higher With ‘Meaning Of Life’ Title Track!

Kelly Clarkson has found her own meaning of life, life, life, life…

Following the double release of lead single “Love So Soft” and “Move You,” the My December goddess has revealed “Meaning of Life,” the title track of her forthcoming album, called Meaning of Life, which is finally set to arrive next week on October 27.

Kelly’s no stranger to supplying us uplifting lovey-dovey anthem — see also “Heartbeat Song” — and she continues to do so in “Meaning of Life,” produced by Jesse Shatkin. There are plenty of earworm melodies and a soaring chorus (“You show me the meaning of life/ Meaning of life, life, life, life”), but the best part, obviously, is the way Kelly is just letting loosing throughout and just providing the kind of pipes we’ve come to expect from the beloved American Idol Queen.

I mean, just that bridge alone is a showstopper: “You lift me up/ You take me higher and higher/ The truth is I’m in love/ Can you feel us, we’re flying higher…” She’s quite literally belting her face off all the way up to pop-heaven. Are you feeling lifted like Kelly?

“‘Meaning of Life’ is the song that started this entire project,” Kelly explained in a statement. “The vibe, soul, and message of this song was very critical to show other writers and producers of the new direction we were taking.”

Kelly Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life” is also available on Spotify and Apple Music now!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2017/10/19/kelly-clarkson-takes-us-higher-higher-with-meaning-of-life-title-track/

Song of the Week: Lost Kings ‘First Love’ featuring Sabrina Carpenter!

This week’s Song of the Week comes from Lost Kings!

In the last year, the dynamic DJ duo – Robert Gainley and Dr. No – have done a good job of providing us irresistible EDM jams with the likes of many of my favorites here at JonALi’sBlog, form Emily Warren (“Phone Down“) to Tinashe (“Quit You“) to Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke (“Look At Us“).

Lost Kings have now linked up with singer-songwriter-actress Sabrina Carpenter on their latest single, “First Love”! The track is another firey dance-pop number packed with a immediate hook, a killer drop build-up, and a stellar topline from Miss Carpenter, who’s proving herself to be quite the “One To Watch” in the pop scene thanks to her rising hit “Why.”

“Just like first love/ You give everything/ And you give too much/ Just like first love,” Sabrina croons ahead of the drop. “You don’t really care if it hurts a lot/ When it’s all done/ You look back and know it was worth it all/ Worth it all/ We’ll never forget how it feels now…”

It’s another winning collaboration from the boys and might very well be my favorite one yet – Listen below!

Lost Kings’ latest single “First Love” with Sabrina Carpenter is also available on Apple Music and Spotify!

from Jon ALi’s Blog http://jonalisblog.com/2017/10/18/song-of-the-week-lost-kings-first-love-featuring-sabrina-carpenter/

10 Movies That Should Be Stage Musicals

We are still in the midst of an incredibly fertile time for our art form, a period that started in the mid-1990s and is still going strong. I call it the New Golden Age.

Part of what’s wonderful about our art form right now is the tons of new work being created all the time, both by established writers and teams, and by newcomers, both in New York and out across our country in regional theatres and small alternative companies.

New Line has produced several world premieres during our history, and we’d always love to find some more. And though entirely original musicals are awesome, many of our favorites are based on other sources – Heathers, Rent, The Wild Party, American Idiot, Hands on a Hardbody, Night of the Living Dead, etc.

So here’s a list of ten movies that I wish some really great writers would adapt for the musical stage. Most of these would make pretty fucked-up musicals, but there’s nothing wrong with that

And we’d produce all of them!

First on my list, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is one of my favorite movies of all time, a quirky, wild, bizarre, but totally straight-faced sci-fi-rock-comedy, centered on the rock singer / brain surgeon / crime fighter Buckaroo Banzai and his band the Hong Kong Cavaliers, with John Lithgow in an amazingly over-the-top performance as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, who’s actually an alien. The awesome backstory here is that Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast wasn’t actually fiction; it really happened. But in order to keep the alien invasion secret, they covered it up by pretending it was just a radio play. And now aliens from the Eighth Dimension are living among us! The guys who wrote Bat Boy really need to work on this…!

There are quite a few more on my list, but rather than try to explain why each of these quirky, wonderfully unique movies are cool and why they would make good musicals, I’m going to let them speak for themselves, through their trailers. Just imagine the possibilities…

And remember, the thing that makes a story ripe for musicalization is its emotional content. The more a story is centered on emotion, the better musical it will make, because music is the most powerful emotional language. But also remember, love isn’t the only emotion

Buckaroo Banzai

Phantom of the Paradise

Myra Breckinridge


Hamlet II

Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

The Night That Panicked America

Wonder Boys

Cold Turkey

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

A Guide for the Married Man

Whaddya think? I would love to see the writing teams behind Bat Boy, Urinetown, Bukowsical, Atomic, Night of the Living Dead, Cry-Baby, and Lizzie tackle some of these. Wouldn’t you?

Long Live the Musical!
from The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre http://newlinetheatre.blogspot.com/2017/10/10-movies-that-should-be-stage-musicals.html