Wednesday April 23, 2014
Despite a lack of radio airplay, Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" is set to debut at #17 when the Billboard Hot 100 chart is officially released tomorrow morning. She has the wind of her top 10 hit "Summertime Sadness" at her back as well as two well received Coachella Music Festival performances. "West Coast" sold 118,000 digital copies last week and it leapt on to the Streaming Songs chart at #16. It instantly becomes Lana Del Rey's second highest Hot 100 charting single and her third top 40 hit. Nearly a year ago Grammy Award nominated "Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby became her first top 40 hit peaking at #22. "West Coast" is the first single from the upcoming album Ultraviolence which is expected later this year. Lana Del Rey's previous studio album Born To Die has been certified platinum and sold over five million copies worldwide.
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Tuesday April 22, 2014
Daft Punk brought legendary disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, age 73, back to the spotlight last year with his contributions to the Grammy Award winning Album Of the Year Random Access Memories. Now Coldplay are introducing the dance music master to their fans through an epic eight minute reworking of their chilly sounding song "Midnight" which was revealed back in February. The new track helps publicize Coldplay's upcoming sixth studio album Ghost Stories which is due for release May 16, 2014.
Giorgio Moroder is given credit for helping create disco in the mid 1970s with his groundbreaking work with Donna Summer. The pair's single "I Feel Love" is still considered to be one of the most influential electronic dance songs of all time. In addition to producing multiple hits by Donna Summer, Blondie's #1 smash "Call Me," and Berlin's #1 ballad hit "You Take My Breath Away," Giorgio Moroder also won a Best Original Score Academy Award for his work on the soundtrack to the film Midnight Express. Giorgio Moroder is reportedly at work on a new album of his own. Check out the Coldplay remix below.
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Thursday April 17, 2014
For a record setting third straight week, the top 7 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 are exactly the same and in the same positions. That has never happened in the more than fifty year history of the chart. One song that may soon break up the log jam is Ed Sheeran's new song "Sing" which debuts at #15 this week. Read more details in this week's coverage of the US pop music charts.
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Wednesday April 16, 2014
25 year old Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza is a trained ballerina and also a former reservist with the Royal Canadian Navy. Now it is looking like Kiesza is one of the world's newest pop stars. Her debut single "Hideaway" with the independent label Lokal Legend looks set to hit #1 on this week's UK pop singles chart.
Kiesza is part of an increasingly long line of pop stars that have attended Boston's prestigious Berklee College Of Music. One of her professors at the school put her in touch with another graduate Rami Samir Afuni, owner of Lokal Legend, in New York City. He helped Kiesza evolve from folkish songs to her current dance pop style. Her music is strongly influenced by such 90s dance divas as Martha Wash, CeCe Peniston, and Robin S.
Since the initial North American release of "Hideway" in January of this year, Kiesza has relocated to London. The accompanying music video was filmed on the streets of Brooklyn before Kiesza's move across the Atlantic. Check out the star in the making below in the music video for "Hideaway."
Photo courtesy Lokal Legend