Only a good week ago we wrote about the BBC Critics Choice 2013 Laura Mvula, and look now. Her latest single, released early December is now available to download for free. All in time to promote the debut album ‘Sing To the Moon’ which is set to be released March 4.
The singer, who’s described as a cross between Nina Simone and Bjork is a a classically trained singer songwriter who started writing songs on her laptop while working as a supply teacher in a Birmingham secondary school.
her most recent single ‘Like The Morning Dew’ is wonderfully soulful with a hint of jazz. Perfect for some chilling out. Though she was beaten to it by Tom Odell as winner of the BBC Critics Choice 2013, the expectations are high for Mvula. We’re pretty confident she’ll be one to watch this year.
Listen to ‘Like the Morning Dew’ below and grab it for free on Itunes.
Now we do like to introduce you to the alternative soul singer songwriter here on GloPop so we were absolutely delighted to find out more about this 24 year old supertalent from Sweden to all our readers:
Antonia Vai is a 24-year old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Sweden who’s according to her biography is dynamically explosive one second, and the other emotionally stripped down thus excelling in combining metaphores and contradictions. Intrigued? Well you should be.
As a well-established artist on the music scene of Stockhom she’s also carrying the title of “bohemian soul diva”,though Antonia mentions herself she’s actually more influenced by folk music. Her latest uploaded track on Youtube,’ You Know What I’m Like’ pretty much sums her up like that. You Know What I’m Like is the stripped back side of Vai and we got incredibly excited about her.
2012 ‘s been a pretty busy year for her, as September marked the release of her debut album “Lovers and Prophets“, a tribute to forbidden love and sanctifications. Apart from the debut album, another record called “Dirt From When The Earth Was Flat’ was released which is an album consisting of gathered homemade productions.
Both albums are out on Itunes, so go and check them out if you can. Listen to ‘You Know What I’m Like’ below.
The ever so sweet looking Rebecca Ferguson turned our heads around for the very first time in 2010 when she took on that X Factor stage and went on to becoming the runner up of the 2010 series. One year later in 2011, she released her debut album ‘Heaven’ making it one of the biggest commercial and critically acclaimed albums of the year. Now in 2012, Ferguson is touring Europe, Asia and has her eyes set on 2013 which meant a repackaged version of her debut album with a few brand new tracks would be perfect for the upcoming festive season.
There all there, all of Ferguson’s hit singles so far. From the midtempo debut ‘Nothings Real But Love’ to the more dancey ‘Too Good To Loose’. The original ten tracks already proved what a star class lady from Liverpool Rebecca truly is. So is it really worth buying the repackaged version when there’s no more than five new tracks featured?
In fact it is, Ferguson has such a unique voice timbre, that it allows her to create a unique atmosphere with every single song she’s been given. Take her latest single, ‘Backtrack’ which has such an uplifting uptempo feel to it despite the track actually dealing with a lover who can’t stop but telling lies. In essence that’s what the five brand new tracks do they are all there to continue to create a magnificent atmosphere. The live version of Drake’s hit ‘I’ll Take Care You’ in her hometown is impressive from the first to the end note, and captivates that idea beautifully. No wonder Rebecca was chosen to sing the new theme song of the immensely popular series ‘Downton Abbey’ on ‘I’ll Count The Days”. ‘Good Days and Bad Days’ sees the Liverpudian flirt with the more alternative dream lounge music. It’s difficult to pick one particular highlight as they are all, incredible but a special note has to go to the new track ‘Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You’) which is simply in a league of its own. So is it worth it? Absolutely! And this is only the beginning.
Heaven (Deluxe Edition) by Rebecca Ferguson is out now. Buy it through our GloPop Store.
Watch Rebecca Ferguson’ ‘Teach Me How To Be Loved’ below:
Yes a few weeks ago we were twittering away and not sure whether UK girl trio Stooshe had gone for the TLC classic ‘Waterfalls’ as their new single or not. Some said they had, other said it would be a B-side on their new single but after a good week of speculations, we can definitely confirm that ‘Waterfalls’ is to be released as the third single of November 4.
So how do we feel about the track? It’s a tough one, covering a classic from one of the biggest R&B girl groups ever, but Courtney, Karis and Alex should be proud of themselves. Their version of ‘Waterfalls’ is actually very sincere and a nice tribute to the TLC girls. Many might agree that you should stay clear off those evergreens, but really Stooshe have done ‘Waterfalls’ proud. Don’t expect major changes, as ‘Waterfalls’ sounds just as fresh as when it was released 17 years ago. If the likes of Girls Aloud (‘Jump’) and Atomic Kitten (‘Eternal Flame/The Tide Is High) managed in the past to achieve a great chart result with a cover, than the three magnificent singers of Stooshe, have absolutely nothing to worry about.
The video, which premiered this afternoon on youth channel T4, includes of course waterfalls, even though they are a bit more colourful and there’s a surprise for the TLC fans as well towards the end of the video. I bet you know what we’re talking about.
‘Waterfalls’ will be released on November 4. Stooshe’s debut album is expected to hit stores towards the end of the year as well.
We’re grateful to receive a huge response from upcoming new artists who love to be featured on GloPop with their music. This week we were blown away by two incredibly talented soulful ladies, one from the US and the other from the UK, hence why we had to feature them in our ‘One To Watch’ Double Bill
Kay Tunes – Love Don’t Live Here (Out Now)
With idols like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, D’Angelo mentioned in her biography US singer songwriter Kay Tunes hints towards the type of music she enjoys the most; heart felt soul. Not only is she refreshing and vibrant but with a last name like that, this girl is just destined to sing. Want the proof? Here it is… The charming soul ballad ‘Love Don’t Live Here’ is the second release for the singer and taken from her debut album which is due for a future release. Beautiful!
Josephine – What A Day (Out: August 20)
Manchester born Josephine Oniyama, is without a doubt the most exciting new fresh face in the British music industry. Mixing her West-African heritage (she was born to a Liberian mother and Jamaican father) with her Manchester background, Josephine hits the limelight with a confident debut; the charming and witty ‘What A Day’. The single, which will be available on August 20, through Ark Recordings, will also function as the lead single for her debut album ‘Portraits’ on October 8. We are very excited about this lady!!
Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
The Risk - Missiles
Sinead O'Connor - 4th And Vine
Destiny's Child - Nuclear
Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move
Lawson - Learn To Love Again
Little Mix - Change Your Life
Tyler James feat Kano - Worry About You
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Tegan & Sara - Closer
Rita Ora - Radioactive
Wretch 32 - Pop
Angel - The World
Bastille - Pompeii
Laura Mvula - Green Garden
Ke$ha - C'mon
Ms MR - Fantasy
Nicole Scherzinger - Boomerang
Ed Drewett - Drunk Dial
Robbie Williams - Be A Boy (11/03)
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
Album Review: ‘Heaven (Deluxe Edition)’ by Rebecca Ferguson