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After just a season in The Voice, Shakira is reportedly leaving the show.
The popular Latina pop singer started her stint on its fourth season, replacing Christina Aguilera but according to sources, she will not return when the fourth season of the program starts airing.
Shakira gave birth to her first child last January and was recording her eighth album at the height of the show’s competition. With her tight and busy schedule, it may be hard to handle all these things.
The finale of this season’s The Voice will close on June 18 in the U.S.
So who will replace Shakira? Rumor has it that former judge Christina Aguilera will be coming back to the show. Aguilera, who coached for three seasons in the singing contest, left the show to promote her album Lotus which was released last November 2012. She is said to receive a seven-figure salary.
Good news for Daft Punk fans all over the globe, your wait is finally over. The Parisian robo disco duo has just made their long-awaited album Random Access Memories available to the public and is now streaming for free on iTunes! After weeks of leaks (and pseudo-leaks) of the LP’s lead single, fans can now listen to the band’s entire album without having to settle for the 15-second samples. If you’re looking for visuals, the band also put out a short video teaser early Monday morning.
The excitement over the album isn’t just limited to the fans of course as singer-songwriter/rapper Pharrell Williams himself performed the album’s lead single Get Lucky during HTC One’s launch event last April 19.
What’s different about this new album compared to their previous is that it features collaborations with real musicians instead of the usual computer-generated sounds. The collaborators include Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams and of course the aforementioned Pharrell Williams.
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But before you jump to conclusions, Punk member Thomas Bangalter said, “It’s not a statement against music made with computers today, but there are wonderful things you can do in a recording studio you can’t do at home on a laptop. That’s what we wanted to try to express.” He then added, “Is it still a show when a magician makes a trick in front of an audience, if everyone is a magician and everyone knows the trick?”
You can check out the album in full and start listening to the tracks on iTunes here. Enjoy!
Today we here at Online Radio Station thought each of us ought to share with you our five favorite songs for the first quarter of 2013. Here’s mine in no particular order:
Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ryan Dalton
Had to admit that at first I was thinking of putting Thrift Shop on this list instead of this one because although the latter has more of a catchy chorus, I found it to be a bit self-righteous and occasionally grating. And besides, other than the smooth soul hook on the chorus courtesy of former gospel and R&B singer Ray Dalton, the music video for this one is just epic.
When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars
Again, just like with Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us above, this particular single from Bruno Mars wasn’t the first thing that popped in my head (it was actually Locked Out of Heaven). The reason why this found its way on my list is because of its timeless, relatable, and immaculate sound… and simply because it’s not that often that Bruno makes ballads.
Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake
In spite of the fact that I’m really not that crazy about the track’s intro it still was not enough reason for me to not like it. The song is just so catchy that it really does kind of make a guy want to wear a tux for no reason at all, just as how Jay-Z puts it in the lyrics. Anyway, it may not have carried the same shock of the new as JT’s first two lead singles did, but it does enough to make you want to get on the dance floor.
Just Give Me A Reason by Pink ft. Nate Ruess
Now I don’t know about you but I could hardly recall the last time I saw a nice ballad duet that managed to land in Billboard’s Top 10, which probably makes it Pink’s best single from her album The Truth About Love to date. The chemistry between Pink and Nate is just superb! What we have here is truly a classy-sounding duet that marks a worthy addition to both artists’ repertoire.
Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
You know, one good sign that’ll tell you that a song is very good is that when other singers start making their own cover versions of it, especially if they’re well-known artists as yourself. Such is the case for Rihanna’s second single Stay, which is from her seventh album Unapologetic. Stay has been covered by artists such as Adam Lambert and The Jonas Brothers and has made it up to the number 3 spot in Billboard’s Top 100.
We are on the first quarter of 2013 and we already heard great tunes and remarkable albums from different artists of different genres. So I made a list of 5 tunes in their respective genres that I think are the hottest and would make waves. Here they are in no chronological order.
Feel This Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
This collaboration of Pitbull and Christina Aguilera has that catchy melody which was taken from A-Ha’s 80′s classic Take on Me. It’s a song that’s perfect for clubbing, with the beats making you dance all the way and get your arse moving. Pitbull definitely scored another anthem for party animals out there.
Falling – Haim
Aside from the looks, what got me drawn to this group’s song was the guitar in the middle part. That riff was a simple one, but it has a great hook that stuck in my head until now. The tune has this dreamy-pop feel similar to pop songs from the 80′s. If you’ll just hear it and have not seen the music video, you may even think that it’s one of those 80′s songs.
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
One of the most popular names today in the music biz, Bruno Mars has made another hit, this time on piano. After hearing his previous single that sounds like The Police, here he is once more showing more of his talent. The video has this cinematography of late 70’s-early 80s King of Pop era.
Entertainment – Phoenix
On the alternative rock side, one of the bands I listen to lately is French alternative group Phoenix and they’ve released a new tune titled Entertainment. The song has this cool Eastern-influenced synth effects on the riff that will make you jive. It’s got a very catchy tune that reminds me of David Bowie’s China Girl, and according to reports, it was mixed on the same console used for Michael Jackson’s album Thriller.
Two Weeks Late – Ashley Monroe
Taylor Swift has set the cliche (pretty blonde girl playing acoustic while singing) in country music that many upcoming artists in that niche try to copy her style. Another blonde is on the rise and her name is Ashley Monroe. Although her sound is more traditional country and not as poppish as Swift, she definitely has a place on this genre. Her song Two Weeks Late is an excellent ballad about being the other woman. Watch her live performance on this vid.
Ever since I’ve heard her trembly yet soothing rendition of David Guetta and Sia’s Titanium on Youtube (and unsuccessfully attempting to sing along with it), I’ve been hooked on Madilyn Bailey’s Youtube covers.
You see, one of the things I look for in a good cover is the artist’s ability to own a song, meaning, to be able to perform a song in a way that it sounds like it was their own. Madilyn has that gift. She manages to recreate an existing song and transform it into a performance that suits her perfectly.
One of her more recent covers that I’ve enjoyed is Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack. While the very talented Ms. Lovato’s powerful vocals capture the teenage love-driven angst in this mid-tempo dance tune, Madilyn Bailey’s version is more low-key yet equally anguished, and still manages to retain that vibrant youthfulness from the original track.
I’ve kept this track on loop in my player for over a week now. And just for fun, I like juxtaposing the chorus with the chorus of Rachel Lampa’s cover of Far East Movement’s Rocketeer. Try it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!