In case you missed it, Cardi B has emerged as an established New York MC. We all know “Bodak Yellow” was monster hit; but any expectation of one hit wonder status were scuppered when her first five charting singles became five of the top 10 Hip-Hop/R&B on the American charts.
Cardi B has become the first woman to have 5 simultaneous singles on the Billboard R&B and hip-hop top 10 pic.twitter.com/ejUqpYvjh4
Eminem’s ninth studio album, Revival to complete a lukewarm trilogy with Relapse  and Recovery . Revival, along with much of Eminem’s recent output, has received a mixed reception. We must ask: do people still care about the Shady Records founder?
The 5 song EP is an emotive experience, featuring haunting vocals and stories about heartbreak. From the mournful “You Don’t” to the hopeless “Timing” this is a dark tale of missed opportunities and unfinished business. In these misadventures of the heart you can’t help but connect with Chad’s emotional state in his vocals.
We are lucky to have secured a semi-serious interview with Chadley, I admit I was fairly drunk when I sent some of these over. Kudos to Chad for putting up with my drunken ramblings: Continue reading →
Taylor Swift is back with a mediocre lead single from her forthcoming album, Reputation. “Look What You Made Me Do” has taken the internet by storm as fans rush to count the number of scores settled by the singer’s latest video. The song is a phenomenon, breaking streaming records and receiving eight million Spotify plays on its first day.
Produced by Jack Antonoff, formerly of Fun., “Look What You Made Me Do” is more contemporary and minimalistic than Swift’s previous album, 1989. Instead of ripping off the sounds of the 1980s, Swift instead copies Lorde’s half-sung delivery. Antonoff was executive producer for Lorde’s Melodrama and shows his hand with Swift’s latest single.
Amusingly, Melodrama displays far less melodrama than “Look What You Made Me Do”. Continue reading →
From the archives a circa 2015 review of Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Sings the Blues album
This is Rebecca Ferguson; you may remember her from such songs as “Nothing’s Real But Love” and finishing second during X Factor 2010. Previously, we wrote a gushing review of her debut album, Heaven, where I described her as the only credible musician to get their break from the series.
As a result of watching the majority of X Factor 2010, I developed an affection towards her and have followed her career with declining interest as she struggled to follow up her impressive start. Heaven was released in 2011 on Simon Cowell’s Syco Music, with the support of several heavyweight producers and co-writers which created memorable singles like “Glitter and Gold” and “Backtrack”. With the backing of Syco, there was a six month period during 2011 when Rebecca Ferguson became a borderline-household name and her album sold enough to go 2x Platinum in Britain. Then came the dreaded sophomore slump.