23rd February 2018 | Music
The past couple of years have been a period of growth for Bea Miller.
The pop star, who first found fame as a finalist on The X Factor (US) and shortly after signed to Hollywood Records, had to work out who she wanted to be after releasing her Top 10, Gold certified debut album ‘Not An Apology’ and touring with Selena Gomez.
What she found – and what fans are now enjoying – is a confident pop star who’s not afraid… in fact, who makes it her duty to just be herself.
Almost three years after the release of ‘Not An Apology’, in February 2017 Bea Miller began releasing a trilogy of EPS – ‘Chapter One: Blue’ featured hit ‘Song Like You’ and other songs about darker times; ‘Chapter Two: Red’ was about her anger at allowing herself to get down, and by ‘Chapter Three: Yellow’ (released in October 2017), she was a self-aware pop star with hits ‘repurcussions’ and ‘S.L.U.T’.
In between, she also released one of our favourite songs of 2017, ‘Brand New Eyes’ for the film Wonder starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts.
Now, the three EP’s come together to form an album (alongside other new tracks): Aurora - an album which tracks the rise of a pop star who deserves to reach arena status, and is sure to do so on her own terms.
James Gilmore interviewed Bea Miller about releasing sophomore album Aurora, writing S.L.U.T after being shamed and what else is coming up in 2018.
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23rd February 2018 | Music
This week’s New Music Friday marks the long-awaited return of 5 Seconds of Summer, who have taken more than five seconds off from touring and recording music to bring us a new song which, in itself, is the musical representation of the word: bop.
Featured Song: 5 Seconds of Summer – Want You Back
Anticipating 5SOS’s return wasn’t so much a case of “oooh when is this coming out?” but more a case of, “If they don’t release new music in the next 5 days they’ll become irrelevant and lose all their fans”. However, in their comeback single ‘Want You Back’ the band take enough risks to stay interesting whilst not doing a Katy Perry and spoiling it all to be ‘woke’.
The new single wins on every level – you can still feel the pop-punk roots from their older music, but the band has grown (in all ways) and the music is relevant to current pop sounds... they've come a long way from singing about American Apparel underwear. To summarise this in the most simple way possible: WE HAVE IT ON REPEAT.
Other Good Ones
Post Malone – Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign): Posty has only been knocked off of the #1 spot on the Global Top 40 for three weeks and he’s already back with a new song to dominate the charts once again! ‘Psycho’ is more chill than the likes of ‘Rockstar’ and isn’t the typical “radio friendly” song we’d expect – which means that everyone is going to have to change to keep up.
RAYE – Cigarette (with Mabel & Stefflon Don): Teaming up with two BRIT Critics Choice nominees was a good idea, but either way (even on her own), RAYE once again proves that she’s worth…
21st February 2018 | Music
Okay, I may have previous form for totally fabricating facts about well known artists and passing them off as true, but I pinky promise that everything that follows will actually be real.
So DJ Khaled. Or as you may be more familiar with him, “DEEEE-JAAAAY KHAAALED”. He’s up for Best International Male Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards. Which sounds like a contradiction really – international solo artist at the BRITs – but there you go. But it may be one of the last times this award is given out - after Brexit in 2019 the BRIT Awards will be operating a policy of “British Awards for British Artists”.
Okay, okay, I made that bit up. Back to DJ Khaled.
DJ Khaled takes his name from the fact that he’s a DJ, and his first name is Khaled. And his last name is Khaled. So his name is Khaled Khaled. I know that sounds made up but it isn’t. Khaled Khaled.
He’s been making music since 2006, although things really took off for him after he got Snapchat in 2015 and started sharing his day-to-day life, words of wisdom and catchphrases. He built up a cult following and became a living meme – even sharing the birth of his own son. Yeah. He also provided a running commentary of the time he got lost on a jet ski at night. #relateable.
2017 was Khaled Khaled’s biggest year yet. The album ‘Greatful’ was released, with single ‘I’m The One’, featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne (which incidentally, is my ideal dinner party line-up) getting to Number 1 in four countries. That was quickly followed up by ‘Wild Thoughts’ featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which made it to the top of…