The Music Mix Music news, reviews, albums, concerts, and downloads

Tag: An EW Exclusive! (51-60 of 524)

Sara Bareilles on her supposed rivalry with Katy Perry: 'People really felt like Katy was ripping me off, and I disagree'

One of the more intriguing pop controversies of 2013 was the friendly fire exchanged over the perceived similarities between Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”

This Sunday’s Grammy Awards just might bring some resolution to that argument — or at least declare a “winner”: Both tracks are nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, alongside Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” and Lorde’s “Royals.”

If Sunday represents an end to the controversy, that will suit Bareilles just fine. “I was surprised and to be honest disappointed at how vicious people were,” Bareilles tells EW. “It’s not my nature, and it’s not reflective of what I feel I hope to incite in people. People really felt like Katy was ripping me off, and I disagree.”

Bareilles was most frustrated by the fact that she was apparently supposed to be rivals with Perry. “Katy and I have known each other a really long time, she’s a friend of mine, and it seemed like there was this infusion of people wanting to create conflict and drama. I find that to be really fatiguing,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Sara Bareilles on her Grammy nominations: 'I've always had the imposter syndrome'

When asked about winning awards, many artists spout clichés about it being an honor to just be nominated. Sara Bareilles, though — who is up for two major categories at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards — really sounds like she means it.

“It just felt like validation, like acceptance,” Bareilles told EW of her nomination for Album of the Year for her 2013 collection The Blessed Unrest. “To put me among the other nominees… My peers in that category are—I mean, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut.”

“I’ve always had the imposter syndrome, like I don’t really belong here,” she continued. “I keep waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and be like, ‘Uh, you have to go.’ I think I’m finally relaxing a little bit about that. Love me or hate me, I’ve earned my place here. That’s how it feels. I think I’d be doing this whether I was able to be a Grammy nominee or not. This is the reason I think I got a turn on the Earth.”

She has been nominated a few times before, though these nominations felt different because Bareilles thought she was done with The Blessed Unrest. READ FULL STORY

Hear Mikky Ekko's original version of Rihanna's 'Stay' -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s no denying that “Stay” is a powerful song. The Grammys agree, Patti Smith agrees, and when Rihanna heard songwriter Mikky Ekko’s original, she did too — and now you can hear the version that first caught RiRi’s attention exclusively here.

Ekko, who provides guest vocals on the final cut that we’ve all come to know, wrote the ballad with Justin Parker back in 2012, though it wasn’t easy, initially; “I struggled so much with that song,” he has said. “It came from a really vulnerable place for me and I don’t like writing that kind of stuff.”

That struggle, of course, led to the song that became one of the biggest hits from Rihanna’s Unapologetic, and earned the singer some of the biggest accolades of her career, including a spot in EW’s own year-end 10 best singles list.

Take a listen to the original Ekko version below:

READ FULL STORY

Watch The Belle Brigade's new video for 'Ashes' -- EXCLUSIVE

Leave it to L.A.’s quirky indie-pop act The Belle Brigade to give you the artiest, most collage-y music video you’ll see all day.

“Ashes” is the first single from the brother-sister duo’s (Ethan and Barbara Gruska) next album Just Because, due out March 25, and the corresponding clip comes courtesy of directors the Kolton brothers. So, in other words, you and your sibling need to wake up already.

READ FULL STORY

Barcelona's 'Diamond and Silver' hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE

Even if you don’t know Barcelona by name (or the fact that they’re from Seattle not Espagne), if you have basic cable you’ve almost definitely heard them.

The short list of TV shows the band’s breezy, Phoenix-y songs have soundtracked include Sons of Anarchy, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and (Northwest appropos!) Grey’s Anatomy.

Now the trio’s next EP, Love Me, is due Jan 21; get a preview here with an exclusive stream of the airy electro jam “Diamond and Silver”: READ FULL STORY

Watch Domino Kirke's new video for 'The Guard' -- EXCLUSIVE

Domino-Kirke.jpg

Sometimes that creative streak just runs in the family. Such is the case with Brooklyn musician Domino Kirke (daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and sister of Girls star Jemima), whose new video “The Guard” you can watch exclusively here.

The song is from her EP, also titled The Guard. The Catherine Orchard- and Anton Esteban-directed video features Domino and also her younger sister Lola, who also happens to be an actress in her own right. So, basically, the family Kirke is everywhere.

Check out the video below (spoiler alert, Brooklyn-set scenes abound!):

READ FULL STORY

Hear the shimmering new Sleepy Sun song 'Outside' -- EXCLUSIVE

When your band is called Sleepy Sun, you better be from from Northern California and make hooky, fuzz-filled, gently trippy psych-rock. Fortunately, they are and they do, and you can hear their new song “Outside” exclusively here.

The San Francisco band is set to release their fourth album, Maui Tears, on Jan 28, and they’ve been busy giving fans a taste of what’s to come. They’ve already premiered  “Galaxy Punk” last month, which leans on their melodic side –”Outside” is definitely more of a space jam.

Give it a listen below:

READ FULL STORY

Hear Tim McGraw's new single 'Lookin' for That Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE

Tim-McGraw-That-Girl-Cover.jpg

Thanks to the successful back-to-back runs of “Highway Don’t Care” and “Southern Girl,” Tim McGraw’s comeback is in full swing. And today, the (seriously) chiseled country staple is debuting his latest single, “Lookin’ for That Girl,” here on EW.

The midtempo pop-country track, which goes on sale on iTunes on January 21, is the first from his upcoming album, a follow-up to last year’s Two Lanes of Freedom. “Lookin’ for That Girl” was penned by Jimmy Slater, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Irwin, and it finds McGraw experimenting with some Autotune flourishes as he croons about his quest to find Ms. Right.

Give the song a listen below: READ FULL STORY

'Girls Vol. 2' soundtrack: Hear the new Jenny Lewis song, see the tracklist for the third-season album here -EXCLUSIVE

GIRLS-Volume-2-Soundtrack.jpg

Last night, you might’ve watched the new season of Girls kick off — and now you can hear it, too.

Formally titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, the HBO show/cultural lightning rod’s second soundtrack collection will be available February 11. It’s slated to feature new songs from artists including Miguel, Beck, and Lily Allen — not to mention Rilo Kiley/Postal Service siren–turned–solo singer Jenny Lewis, whose track “Completely Not Me” you can hear exclusively here.

The song, as you might recall, was featured on last night’s premiere; it will also be given as a free download to those who preorder the new soundtrack, which you can do here.

Give the new Jenny Lewis song (produced by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij) a listen below, and scroll to the bottom for the album’s full tracklist:

READ FULL STORY

Hear the new Speedy Ortiz single 'American Horror' -- EXCLUSIVE

For my money, Speedy Ortiz‘s full-length debut, Major Arcana, was one of the best records of 2013, and their EP Sports was one of 2012′s highlights. So can the Northampton, Mass., indie-rock revivalists continue their streak into 2014? Their new song “American Horror” says yes — and you can hear it here first.

Not to be confused with Ryan Murphy’s debauched cable series, “American Horror” is the first single off of their upcoming four-song EP Real Hair, due out Feb. 11. It’s got all the catchy melodies and scruffy guitars you’d expect from a band hailing from the same Western Mass. stomping grounds as the Pixies, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr.

Check it out below:

READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos in Music

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP