Nelly Furtado – “Parking Lot” Lyric Video

Published August 22nd 2012
Filed under Videos

Nelly Furtado’s lyric video for Parking Lot has been released, strangely before Spirit Indestructible has even been released. This album campaign really is turning into a mess. You can read my thoughts on Parking Lot here.

The lyric video is for the album version of Parking Lot and you can watch it below:

Leona Lewis feat. Childish Gambino – “Trouble”

Published August 21st 2012
Filed under Reviews

20120821-100714.jpgLeona Lewis’ Trouble, featuring Childish Gambino, premiered today on UK radio. So far, I don’t know what to make of it. It sounds like a Leona track without sounding what you’d expect a Leona track to sound like. By that I mean, it doesn’t sound like anything she’s done before but at the same time it suits her perfectly.

Trouble isn’t very instant. On first listen, it’s not the most memorable track. It doesn’t have a catchy melody but it has “something”. So while it’s not the kind of track that gets stuck in your head for hours, it’s interesting. And for that reason, it makes you want to listen to it again. It’s also nothing like Collide. It’s not a dance-pop song. It’s a ballad, but more interesting than a typical Leona ballad.

Childish Gambino’s verse on Trouble is actually surprisingly fitting and sounds good. I was expecting it to sound like “oh, we’ll put a rapper on this track for the sake of making it more credible”. But it doesn’t sound like that at all.

Overall, while I don’t love the track yet, it’s definitely a song that will grow on me after a few more listens. It’s hard to know what to expect from Leona’s upcoming album since both singles have been completely different to each other. I don’t know how this will fair in the charts but with the right video to accompany it, the song might make more of an impact.

You can listen to Trouble below:

Trouble is out on October 7th following an X Factor performance.

Tulisa feat. Tyga – “Live It Up” Music Video

Published August 20th 2012
Filed under Videos

Tulisa’s video for her second single, Live It Up, premiered today on her official VEVO.

You can watch the video for Live It Up below:

All That Junk 20/8

Published August 20th 2012
Filed under News

Cher Lloyd had a bottle of piss thrown at her yesterday at V Festival. She ran off stage when it happened but returned shortly to finish her set. (Daily Mail link)

Avril Lavigne has put the finishing touches to her album for a second time. (Twitter link)

Rita Ora has achieved her third number one on the UK Singles Chart with How We Do (Party). (BBC link)

McFly are at the American Embassy trying to get US Visas to allow them to perform in the States. (Twitter link)

Mutya Buena bumped into Heidi Range at V Festival and claimed on Twitter that it was lovely to see her… before deleting said tweet. (No link)

Nelly Furtado – “Parking Lot”

Published August 19th 2012
Filed under Reviews

Nelly Furtado’s upcoming third single from The Spirit Indestructible is Parking Lot. Nelly performed the track a few weeks ago during her AOL Sessions. I’ve had that version on repeat ever since. Each song that is premiered from this album is better than the last and it’s shaping up to be an extremely good collection of songs, all of which, aren’t trying to sound like anything else out there at the moment.

Parking Lot in studio form is a lot different to the live version. It’s a slower tempo for one. But the huge difference is the vocals. Nelly actually sounds like she was drunk when she recorded them, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Her vocals sound a bit out of tune even though it was intentionally meant to sound that way.

Like Big Hoops, lyrically the song is a throwback to Nelly’s teenage years. It’s simply about being carefree, driving around with friends and blasting music with nothing to do. In the live version, some of the lyrics are delivered with more emphasis which is really lacking in the studio version.

Production wise, Parking Lot sounds a bit unfinished. Big Hoops and Spirit Indestructible gave me this impression as well. But at times, the rawness of the tracks is what makes them refreshing compared to all the polished, over-produced dance music controlling the charts at the moment. This is also the reason Nelly’s singles so far from this campaign have flopped badly.

You can listen to Parking Lot’s radio edit below:

The live version is below to compare it to:

Overall, Parking Lot is a great song and I’m excited that it’s being released as the third single. It may not save the album campaign from commercially failing, but it’ll be another great song to add to Nelly’s impressive back catalogue. After hearing these three singles, I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

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