The Script return with music video ‘For The First Time’

After premiering their new single For The First Time a few weeks ago, Irish band The Script have just this evening released the accompanying promo clip for said single.

Taken from their second album Science & Faith (out 10th September), the video depicts a young Irish couple living over in New York, trying to make their way in the tough economy with black and white performance scenes intercut. It’s an alright video – very typical of radio friendly rockers. At least it sticks to the lyrical themes of the song. But the acting scenes are rather cringeworthy. They could have cut them out because I don’t need to see schmaltziness and Oirishness over-emphasised in music videos, thanks. I like how it was set in New York though. Considering Ireland’s economic climate at the minute, it seems like all your problems will be wiped away if you move to the US or Australia but the video shows that this economic crisis is a Worldwide theme and things don’t magically fix themselves just because you move to the Land Of Opportunity.

I’ve also grown to like the song – it has a decent Snow Patrolesque hook that should at least keep European and Oceanic audiences happy and see a decent enough chart placing. They need to release a better second single though. What do you think?

Linkin Park reveal ‘A Thousand Suns’ album artwork and tracklisting

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Nu-metal band Linkin Park have revealed the cover art for their fourth studio album A Thousand Suns, which is set for a release date of 13th September. They’ve also released the tracklisting which will be produced by Minutes To Midnight producer Rick Rubin and band MC and guitarist Mike Shinoda. All songs and music will be written by the band. Check it out below.

  1. The Requiem
  2. The Radiance
  3. Burning In The Skies
  4. Empty Spaces
  5. When They Come To Me
  6. Robot Boy
  7. Jornada Del Muerto
  8. Waiting For The End
  9. Blackout
  10. Wretches And Kings
  11. Wisdom, Justice And Love
  12. Iridescent
  13. Fallout
  14. The Catalyst
  15. The Messenger

The Catalyst will be the first single from the album and will be released on 2nd August. I really like the blurry album cover which is noticeably missing any front cover text, much like Katy Perry’s upcoming Teenage Dream. Well, not really because Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream will be packaged like this –

for its digital release and in some countries. The text doesn’t really bode well with the album art if you ask me but I digress.

What do you think Linkin Park’s new album will sound like?

Leona Lewis to re-release ‘Echo’. Talk about flogging a dead horse!

News has emerged that former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis is planning to re-release her sophomore album Echo before Christmas. According to The Mirror, the singer is working with producer Dallas Austin (Gwen StefaniCool, SugababesUgly) on tracks for a deluxe edition album of the album which will be packaged with her UK and Ireland Labyrinth Tour DVD.

The singer has had a bit of a tough time of late. Not only has Echo been met with the dreaded sophomore slump but Lewis was also recently punched in the face by a psychopath at a book signing and has just split with her childhood sweetheart of 10 years, Lou Al-Chaama. To add to all this grief, Leona had bagged herself a support slot on Christina Aguilera’s tour to promote Bionic but Christina postponed the tour indefinitely, which could either be due to having to promote for her upcoming musical movie Burlesque or poor ticket sales. Leona now no longer plans on taking her Labyrinth Tour outside the UK and Ireland as she wants to be close to family and friends at this lonely time.

I think re-releasing Echo is a baaad idea. First of all, she doesn’t want to become the Queen Of Re-Releases, having already re-released her debut album Spirit. Second of all, unlike Spirit, which spawned the mega hits Bleeding Love, Better In Time and Run, Lewis has failed to make much of an impact this time around. Okay, so she earned herself a #2 with Happy but that slid down the charts, quicker than you can say Eoghan Quigg and only reached that height because of her performance on The X-Factor. The second single from the project I Got You made the Top 20 but had also flopped by the next week. I’m not even sure if most people realised she released another single after Happy. What Leona should do is release the generic crowd friendly dance of Outta My Head and fully concentrate on her third album, which she is also working on.

Apparently, Simon Cowell has set a deadline that the album be released by next Summer so that she can take hold of some much needed promotion in the US when Simon invites her onto the US version of The X-Factor, which should be up and running by next year. If Le ditches the re-release, her and her team will have much more time to figure out a better way to market her sound and get those creative juices flowing.

What do you think?

Usher reveals cheap ‘Versus’ artwork and tracklisting

Usher has premiered the artwork and tracklisting for his new album Versus. The album will act as a standalone EP of sorts while it will also be available, packaged as a Deluxe Edition with his recent album, Raymond V. Raymond. So pretty much like Lady GaGa’s The Fame Monster.

I think the artwork looks cheap as Hell! Considering the success of singles OMG and There Goes My Baby as well as Raymond V. Raymond itself, you’d expect a little more effort to go into the album artwork rather than Versus written seven times vertically against a pink cover with a vague shot of Usher in the background. Usher better put the money into making some decent music videos this era.

Anyways, check out the tracklisting for Raymond V. Raymond. The album will be preceded by two singles. For pop audiences, we have the Pitbull assisted DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love which has already made significant chart impact Worldwide. For urban audiences, Hot Toddy will be sent to US radio on 9th August and will feature Jay-Z and Ciara. That sounds exciting at least.

Versus tracklisting:

  1. Love ‘Em All
  2. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (featuring Pitbull)
  3. Hot Toddy (featuring Ciara and Jay-Z)
  4. Lay You Down
  5. Lingerie
  6. There Goes My Baby
  7. Get In My Car (featuring Bun B)
  8. Somebody To Love (Remix) (with Justin Bieber)
  9. Stranger

Raymond V. Raymond: Deluxe Edition tracklisting:

  1. Monstar
  2. Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)
  3. There Goes My Baby
  4. Lil’ Freak (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  5. She Don’t Know (featuring Ludacris)
  6. OMG (featuring will.i.am.)
  7. Mars Vs. Venus
  8. Pro Lover
  9. Foolin’ Around
  10. Papers
  11. So Many Girls (featuring Diddy)
  12. Guilty (featuring T.I)
  13. Okay
  14. Making Love (Into The Night)
  15. Love ‘Em All
  16. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (featuring Pitbull)
  17. Hot Toddy (featuring Ciara and Jay-Z)
  18. Lay You Down
  19. Lingerie
  20. Get In My Car (featuring Bun B)
  21. Somebody To Love (Remix) (with Justin Bieber)
  22. Stranger
  23. More (iTunes and Japanese bonus track)
  24. Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home) (Remix) (featuring Plies) (Target, Best Buy, UK and Ireland bonus track)

Robyn premieres Body Talk Pt.2 artwork and reveals tracklisting

Swedish pop singer Robyn has released the cover art for Body Talk Pt. 2, the second in her three part Body Talk series obviously (duh)! The cover art is fantastic and a real step up from the ugly ass cover art of Body Talk Pt. 1. (Warning: This troll is not safe for work).

Robyn was also kind enough to release the eight song tracklist. It features a collaboration with Snoop Dogg! YASSSS!!!!

  1. In My Eyes
  2. Include Me Out
  3. Hang With Me
  4. Love Kills
  5. We Dance To The Beat
  6. Criminal Intent
  7. U Should Know Better (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  8. Indestructible (Acoustic)

Body Talk Pt. 2 is out in September alongside single Hang With Me.

P.S. Anyone else think that Indestructible will be given a dancey makeover and released as the lead single of Body Talk Pt. 3.

Katy Perry reveals new album and single artwork as well as tracklisting, premieres ‘Teenage Dream’

The gorgeous Katy Perry has revealed the artwork for her new album and single, both by the name of Teenage Dream. The album cover, as seen above, is reminiscent of a scene from her California Gurls music video – albeit less cartoony and more artistic. The cover has a slight Renaissance feel to it with Katy looking like a sexy angel, sans lilac wig, lying on a cloud made of cotton candy. According to Ms. Perry, via UStream, the album cover was painted by Will Cotton (cotton candy, geddit?) and will have absolutely no text. When you buy the album, the above painting will simply act as the cover art with no further description given and the booklet will smell like the clouds she’s lying on. I guess Katy has fully reached superstardom being allowed to do that – much like Prince made himself into a symbol.

While the album cover is easy on the eye, I much prefer the single cover for the title track Teenage Dream, as seen below, which will act as the second single from the album and follow up to the smash California Gurls. The colourful cover far better sums up the sunny nature of the album and has a real B-movies influence to it. The bubbly text has a real 1990s look to it too. At least KP has some cool artwork for this era of her career.

And finally the tracklisting for the album. This was posted a while back my many websites but I wasn’t sure if it was actually genuine. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt though because many of the songs on the album were mentioned from the lucky people who got to go to the album listening party about a month ago. Check out the tracklisting below. Fans will be delighted to find that the sublime leaked track E.T. will be included.

  1. Teenage Dream
  2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  3. California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  4. Firework
  5. Peacock
  6. Who Am I Living For?
  7. The One That Got Away
  8. E.T.
  9. Circle The Drain
  10. Pearl
  11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
  12. Not Like The Movies

I’m unnaturally excited for this album, it’s embarrassing.

EDIT: The Teenage Dream single has just premiered in full HQ. Two words. SUMMER SMASH! And a return to her pop rock roots.

Robbie Williams rejoins Take That! New album out in November!

I was supposed to post this yesterday because its OBVIOUSLY big news but Robbie Williams has rejoined the band that made him famous, Take That. The man band are set to release a new album in November too, a month after Rob releases his Greatest Hits collaboration which features a duet with Gary Barlow.

So the end of 2010 should prove to be a pretty heavy number of Take That months.

For any international readers who might not be familiar with Take That, they were a British boyband consisting of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. Formed in 1990, the band found fame in 1991 onwards, dominating the walls of teenage girls everywhere and putting JLS to shame with their metrosexual fashion choices. Take That had absolutely phenomenal success in the UK.

They started off with some moderate success. Pray was their first #1 hit in 1992 and was followed by three consecutive #1s. That was briefly broken in 1994 with Love Ain’t Here Anymore only placing at #3. This was followed on by six consecutive #1 hits in the UK alone. Pretty impressive.

However, like many boy and girl bands, things quickly turned sour. In 1995, Robbie fell out with Gary and their manager over creative differences and he left the band, announcing plans to become a solo singer. Take That then disbanded in 1996, breaking the hearts of teenage girls everywhere.

As the remaining boys from Take That became washed up or embarked on failed solo careers, Robbie quickly established himself as one of the biggest international stars of the late 1990s and early 2000s with hits like Let Me Entertain You, Millennium and Angels. Williams was pretty cocky about his success and it looked liked Rob would go down as a legend of pop while his former band members would continue to wallow in obscurity.

However, karma is a bitch and 2006 was a significant year for Take That and Robbie. Robbie released his experimental seventh studio album Rudebox which was critically panned and didn’t reach the sales expected. Take That reformed as a mature new four piece and had a massive comeback with the single Patience, a sprawling epic pop ballad. The track reached #1 and cemented Take That as national treasures once again, 10 years after their initial disbandment.

The tables were truly turned as Take That scored another #1 with Shine and had one of the biggest 2007 tracks with Rule The World, which was used in the soundtrack for fantasy film Stardust. The boys enjoyed further success with their 2008 album The Circus. Meanwhile Robbie got fat, grew a beard and hid out in his LA home.

Cleaning himself up, Robbie returned in 2009 with his eighth album Reality Killed The Video Star. It was successful but nowhere near as phenomenal as his early days in music. So now he’s returned to the band in which he became famous with the reformed five piece  announcing the new album in four months and will be produced by Stuart Price. They are also set to tour in 2011. The band have not been a five piece in fifteen years.

Are you excited about the original Take That reforming? I’m indifferent. The band sounded just fine without Robbie but I’m sure his re-initiation won’t upset the whole dynamic too much either. The one thing that could happen though is that Rob may get itchy feet again. Take That have used the successful formula of adult contemporary pop on their return and Robbie may feel the need to experiment with a more obscure sound again.

I’ve included the videos of Take That’s first trashy #1 Pray for a laugh as well as their ultimate comeback tune Patience to show how far they’ve come and how they’ve cemented their credibility. One can only hope JLS will do the same in a few years time.