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Blended Family (What You Do For Love) is the latest single from Alicia Keys’ forthcoming sixth studio album, Here. It features A$AP Rocky rapping in the break. Keys sings from the heart about a relationship that doesn’t feature very often in popular music, the relationship between a step-child and step-parent. Taking from her own deeply...

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Single Review: Train – ‘Play that Song’

October 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

At this point, most people have made up their mind about Train. They are one of the most divisive bands around, adored by their loving fans, and despised in critical and alternative circles. Play that Song is unlikely to change either of these group’s minds, and as such, there’s something quite respectable about Train continuing...

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Single Review: John Legend – ‘Love Me Now’

October 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Amongst all the magnificent future-R&B stars that exist today, John Legend has always seemed a bit conservative. His vocal chords are incredible, and his production has always been smooth (albeit sometimes too much so), but he has never had that special “something” that allows an artist to break into the mainstream. However, mainstream success is...

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Single Review: Olly Murs – ‘Grow Up’

October 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Essex-born burgeoning singer Oliver Stanley, perhaps better known to his fans as Olly Murs or as that X-Factor runner-up who has been tossed into the centre of the stage, makes a return in 2016 by releasing another distressing pop music letdown. Grow Up is the name of the single taken from upcoming album 24...

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Single Review: Bruno Mars – ’24K Magic’

October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bruno Mars has dropped a new single, 24K Magic, from his forthcoming album also called 24K Magic. The retro funk hip hop hit is a surefire party starter that will get the house bouncing. 24K Magic was written by Mars, himself, along with Christopher Brown, a member of the music production troupe 1500 0r Nothin’,...

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As if there is any need to justify new material from Metallica. The band have solidified themselves as metal icons for the better part of 30 years, with their tracks planting among the most anthemic music contributions of all time. Their newest single off their upcoming album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct is no different, going back to...

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If there’s one thing that has defined the 7/27 era’s singles, it’s their variety. The mid-tempo electro-R&B of Work From Home and reggae vibe of All In My Head (Flex) were decidedly different from each other, despite a similar beat underneath them, and this doesn’t seem to be a trend that’s stopping with the latest...

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Single Review: Niall Horan – ‘This Town’

October 5, 2016 | 2 Comments

With One Direction officially on hiatus and the members all pursuing their own paths, it was only a matter of time before Niall Horan began his own solo career. Fellow ex-band member Zayn Malik came out of the gates at full speed, redefining his image and tackling a variety of different genres, but Niall took...

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Single Review: Emeli Sandé – ‘Hurts’

October 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s been a few years since Emeli Sandé first appeared on the scene with Our Version of Events. The past four years have been relatively quiet, with the most we’ve heard being a few features on singles for the likes of David Guetta and Rudimental. With her new album Long Live the Angels coming this year,...

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Following on from the release of his swing music album Swings Both Ways in 2013 and signing a new deal with Sony Music earlier this year, Robbie Williams is set to return with his eleventh album Heavy Entertainment Show very soon. The latest single, Party Like a Russian, showcases his return to pop music, though...

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Single Review: Beyonce – ‘Freedom’

September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you have not yet heard of the album Lemonade, I kindly ask that you emerge from the rock under which you have been living for the past number of months and familiarise yourself with this collection of songs by Beyonce. It is a conceptual album that pushes the boundaries of music, blurring the lines...

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Single Review: The Fray – ‘Singing Low’

September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Singing Low is the lead single from The Fray’s upcoming singles compilation. Is it supposed to be a culmination of everything that’s come before it? Is it supposed to show the new horizons the band will explore? Is it supposed to be a smash hit like so many of their singles before it? It’s seemingly...

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In the early to mid-2000s the world experienced peak Usher, with the singer selling records by the truckload and performing concerts to mammoth crowds full of gushing and swooning fans.  It wasn’t overnight success, but it was a near meteoric rise and, as is always the case, what goes up must come down. It has...

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