Tomorrow marks 20 years since the release of The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, but the song feels just as relevant today.
Included in the band’s Urban Hymns album, the track samples the main theme of The Rolling Stones’ The Last Time. Following a legal controversy between the two bands upon its release, Verve eventually lost all composing credits to the song. Ironically, it is their biggest hit to date.
Bitter Sweet Symphony is also included in the soundtrack of one of my favourite ‘90s films, Cruel Intentions, adding an extra dose of drama and relief in that last defining scene.
“No change, I can’t change, I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold, I am here in my mold”
This week marked 17 years since the release of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (yes, 17 whole years have passed!) so there’s nothing else to do but remember one of the album’s classics.
Even though Stan would be the obvious hit of the record with The Real Slim Shady following suit, I’ve always found The Way I Am to be more special. Touching on the drawbacks of fame in the ever-witty yet angry ‘Eminem way’, the track sets the tone for the album’s overall angst and darkness.
“‘Cause I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?”
Lana Del Rey has promised to spread positivity and hope through her new album, and that’s exactly what we’re getting. Following the release of the record’s debut single, Love, Del Rey released Lust For Life about a month ago; now, the song has a brand new clip!
I love how happy and optimistic about life in general this track makes me feel, even though Lana’s characteristic melancholy is still present in the music and the lyrics… Of course, The Weeknd’s amazing vocals next to Lana’s mesmerising voice make Lust For Life even more appealing.
Set on top of the Hollywood sign again, the clip feels oddly real, yet dreamy and ethereal, just like Lana herself. Overall, I think we’ve all missed this happier version of her, the one that was nowhere to be found in her Ultraviolence and Honeymoon records. Besides, this sweet glimmer of hope is all we need in chaotic times like these.
The last time Harry Styles was found singing in James Corden’s car was about a year and a half ago, when he was still one fourth of One Direction. Now, Styles has returned as a solo artist and, somehow, this feels right!
I can’t say this is the most entertaining Carpool Karaoke episode ever – after all, Corden has offered us some amazing ones ever since the segment started – but I can definitely say it’s one of the most interesting ones music-wise.
Styles recently released his debut solo album and this fun car ride is also an excellent way for him to promote his new songs; and he does so successfully. But if you thought he’d be one more Zayn-like r’n’b/ electro artist wanting to blend in, then guess again!
Styles is actually going for soulful – hell, I might even dare to say indie! – with his music. And it seems to be suiting him very well. Who knew he’d be the one from the 1D gang to show his emotional side?
So even though this Carpool Karaoke wasn’t as funny as some of the previous ones, it introduced us to Styles’ bold solo venture, and for that, it was more than worth it. Plus, it’s safe to say he can pull off any outfit!
So what if Muse are still promoting their Drones album? That doesn’t mean that the band could possibly stay quiet at a time like this.
Muse are kicking off a new tour with 30 Seconds to Mars tomorrow, but they still found the time to record a new song and film an inspiring video for it, to respond to the political, economic and social chaos that’s been taking over the world.
Dig Down is the band’s reaction to it all, and this time, it’s not as pessimistic as their previous work. Sure, it may seem as if the world is crashing down right now, but Muse urge us to stand our ground and fight, in order to make a change. Continue reading “Muse release surprise song to address current political turmoil”
We’re only a few days away from the release of All Time Low’s new album, Last Young Renegade, and the band keeps on dropping new singles, unfolding its story one song at a time.
Nice2KnoU is the latest one to be released, its pop-punk vibe and catchy lyrics echoing All Time Low’s early days. The band is clearly going back to its roots for that one, with the boys literally revisiting their past, dropping by music venues where they’ve performed over the years.
The nostalgic clip serves as a ‘thank you’ to all of those who helped ATL get where they are now. As they mention on their Facebook page, “This song’s a dedication to the people and places that made us who we are today; The ones we owe these stories to. Nice to know you!!”
* All Time Low’s Last Young Renegade is due for release on June 2nd.
Twenty-five years have passed since Hanson began making music but the brothers are still going strong today! To celebrate their 25th anniversary as a band, the trio from Oklahoma sat down for an interview with ABC News’ Nightline and performed their brand new single, I Was Born.
You would expect a band that’s been around for so long to be losing its touch, but not Hanson. Even though they haven’t really been in the spotlight over the last decade the way they had been during their golden ‘90s and early ‘00s era, the brothers have been far from silent.
In fact, they’ve been releasing one album after the other under their own record label, growing their fan base with every single. With lots of records, their own beer brand and infinite devoted fans, if you haven’t heard a thing about Hanson’s success, it’s only because they are keeping it ‘in the family’, the way their music deserves to be celebrated. Continue reading “Hanson perform new single in view of 25th anniversary”