Bebe Rexha is the new featured artist in Beats Music’s #CoSigned Series that spotlights up and coming new talent. 

Bebe Rexha's doesn't shy away from explaining what inspires much of her songwriting. “I was bullied a lot as a kid,” she told me in a video interview. “Music was my escape. It was like a safety blanket for me. I connect with people in that dark place and I want to bring them to the light with my music.”

Her play on light and darkness has struck a chord with fans and peers alike. Her biggest claim to fame is writing “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna that went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide. “It’s a very personal song to me,” she explains. “It’s okay when you’re not perfect and I’m gonna love myself regardless.”

Following her success with “The Monster,” Bebe is an in-demand songwriter who has written tracks with Max MartinZedd, Stargate, Usher, Tinashe, Quintino and Fraser T. Smith. She also cut a track with EDM maestro David Guetta that will appear on his forthcoming new album. You may also recognize Bebe’s distinct vocals from Cash Cash hit “Take Me Home” that she wrote in her childhood bedroom in Staten Island.

Amidst all of her songwriting success, Bebe released her debut solo single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.” It’s an instantly hooky and EDM-infused track that perfectly showcases Bebe’s knack for writing infectious melodies with a message that is relatable to millions.

Check out the “I can Stop Drinking About You” remix EP exclusively on Beats that includes revamps by The Chainsmokers, Quintino, Dawin and Felix Snow.

Kiesza made the crowd go “oooh” and “aaah” tonight at The Roxy. I was mightily impressed when I saw her at Perez Hilton’s pre-VMA bash on Saturday, but she brought it to a whole new level tonight when she did a cover of Jeff Buckley’s evergreen “Hallelujah” that she took from a heartfelt ballad to a ’90s flavored dance-pop track. Blown away. She has A VOICE. We’ve only just seen the early beginnings of where she can take it.
Spotted in the crowd: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Foster, Scooter Braun, Stargate, Capital Cities, Perez Hilton.

Kiesza made the crowd go “oooh” and “aaah” tonight at The Roxy. I was mightily impressed when I saw her at Perez Hilton’s pre-VMA bash on Saturday, but she brought it to a whole new level tonight when she did a cover of Jeff Buckley’s evergreen “Hallelujah” that she took from a heartfelt ballad to a ’90s flavored dance-pop track. Blown away. She has A VOICE. We’ve only just seen the early beginnings of where she can take it.

Spotted in the crowd: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Foster, Scooter Braun, Stargate, Capital Cities, Perez Hilton.

CHERRY CHERRY BOOM BOOM UNVEILS DEBUT EP — WATCH VIDEO FOR “A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE (CAN LAST FOR LIFE)”

Following the release of original tracks like “One & Only” and covers like “Come Back From San Francisco,” Cherry Cherry Boom Boom now unveils a fully-loaded EP —  aptly titled Cherry Cherry Boom Boom EP. The release includes “A Little Bit of Love (Can Last for Life),” “One and Only,” “Answering Machine” and “Come Back From San Francisco.”

The EP is available now for streaming on Beats Music and for download on iTunes via Royal Pop Records.

To the uninitiated, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom is the artist moniker of label executive and pop impresario Martin Kierszenbaum who is the founder and president of Cherrytree Records. Yes, that’s right. That’s the fine pop imprint that is the home of Sting, Feist, Robyn, Ellie Goulding, La RouxDisclosure, RAC and many other hot and emerging pop acts. 

A press release sums Kierszenbaum’s career:

Working his way from the mailroom at PolyGram Records to signing the Russian group t.A.T.u. (and co-writing the majority of their album), to founding Cherrytree Records in 2005 with the help of Jimmy Iovine and turning it into the powerhouse it is today, Martin has proven again and again that his ear and sensibilities are one-of-a-kind in more ways than one.  Cherrytree Record’s first release was Feist’s Let It Die, which was followed by releases from the likes of Robyn, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, LMFAO, Far East Movement, La Roux and of course, Lady Gaga for her debut album The Fame (Martin co-wrote and produced 4 songs including the title track). 

What initially started as an effort to fuel his own creative mojo has turned into something a little more serious, yet is still casual and fun. Kierszenbaum writes me:

Writing and recording music is something I’ve done since I was a kid. It makes me happy and it keeps me in close contact and around fellow musicians and music lovers. This music-is-first attitude also informs and sets the tone for our approach on behalf of our artists at Cherrytree. That may sound like something that’s rare today but it was really prevalent in the 60’s and 70’s when labels were run by musicians and that’s an inspiration for us.

In fact, it was Lady Gaga who coined the name Cherry Cherry Boom Boom when she was working with Kierszenbaum in the studio to record  tracks for The Fame. Pop aficionados among you may have heard the pop star calls out “cherry cherry boom boom” on the opening of “Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say).”

The Cherry Cherry Boom Boom EP demonstrates Kierszenbaum knack for great pop melodies. Whether it’s covering other people’s songs like “Answering Machine” (The Replacements) or ‘Come Back From San Francisco” (The Magnetic Fields), or writing his own original compositions, he knows exactly how to give the music a powerfully melodic twist that defines his signature sound.

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RYAN TEDDER, ELLEN DEGENERES, DEMI LOVATO, CEE LO, HUNTER HAYES TALK ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE COLDPLAY SONGS
Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories is streaming exclusively on Beats music today.
Ghost Stories is the group’s sixth studio album that was first released via iTunes in May. The group of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion worked with GRAMMY-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence Welch) along with long-time collaborators Daniel Green and Rik Simpson on the production of the album. None other than Avicii, Timbaland and French soundboard prodigy Madeon pop up on the record too as guests.
Following the grand and vibrant soundscapes of Viva La Vida (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011), Coldplay explores a new sonic direction on Ghost Stories. The group delivers a sound that is more introspective and melancholic with lyrics that are intensely personal. 
Ghost Stories tells a story of a man who is going through a dramatic break up and is coming to terms with living a life without the one he loves. The album chronicles the pain and confusion of a break up on songs like “Magic” on which Martin laments, “Cut me into two/I disappear from view/And I can’t get over you.” 
But even though Ghost Stories tells a story of heartbreak, its message is never bleak. In the world of Coldplay there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the pain and disappointment, Martin often acknowledges that the future is bright and hopeful. ”Cause you’re a sky/you’re a sky full of stars/You’re such a heavenly view,” he sings on “A Sky Full of Stars,” a vibrant and uplifting anthem that captures a bittersweet sentiment and reaches far beyond Martin’s own experiences.
And herein lies the album’s greatest achievement. It poignantly captures a universal truth and sense of redemption that people everywhere can relate to. Throughout their career, Coldplay has served up a rich canon of songs that touches a nerve with people. We asked a few artists about their favorite Coldplay songs and why it is special to them.
Ryan Tedder Favorite Coldplay song: “In My Place” [link]

I was 22 and had just decided to start a band when that song came out and I thought ‘SHIT, I gotta up my game if these guys are doing stuff like this.’ The beat is sick and that guitar line is so simple yet sounds like a stadium.

Hunter HayesFavorite Coldplay song: “Magic” [link]

The first time I heard ‘Magic; it was instantly my favorite Coldplay track. I’ve normally loved the ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ and the ‘Viva La Vida’ energetic vibe of the catalogue but Magic reshaped all the pieces of the band’s sound into something excitingly unexplored. And as someone who is inspired by their never ending search for something new to hear such a shift is yet another breath of fresh air and a brilliant way of saying that there is, in fact, so much more to say and hear from this incredible group. I also must say, the live show these guys put on is at the top of the list of best and most exciting, fun, and incredibly sincere shows I’ve ever seen. Such a big fan. 

Cee Lo Favorite Coldplay song: “Trouble” [link]

Some of the best music has a redemption quality. The words of ‘Trouble’ articulate a complicated issue, but by putting it into lyrics, the intentions become more clear, more acceptable, more genuine. The honesty is redeeming.

Ellen DeGeneresFavorite Coldplay song: “Yellow” [link]

Because it is just so beautiful.

Demi LovatoFavorite Coldplay song:  ”Yellow” [link]

Coldplay has the ability to make songs instant classics and the perfect example of this is with my most favorite song of theirs to date.

Listen to Coldplay Ghost Stories on Beats.

RYAN TEDDER, ELLEN DEGENERES, DEMI LOVATO, CEE LO, HUNTER HAYES TALK ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE COLDPLAY SONGS

Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories is streaming exclusively on Beats music today.

Ghost Stories is the group’s sixth studio album that was first released via iTunes in May. The group of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion worked with GRAMMY-winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence Welch) along with long-time collaborators Daniel Green and Rik Simpson on the production of the album. None other than Avicii, Timbaland and French soundboard prodigy Madeon pop up on the record too as guests.

Following the grand and vibrant soundscapes of Viva La Vida (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011), Coldplay explores a new sonic direction on Ghost Stories. The group delivers a sound that is more introspective and melancholic with lyrics that are intensely personal. 

Ghost Stories tells a story of a man who is going through a dramatic break up and is coming to terms with living a life without the one he loves. The album chronicles the pain and confusion of a break up on songs like “Magic” on which Martin laments, “Cut me into two/I disappear from view/And I can’t get over you.” 

But even though Ghost Stories tells a story of heartbreak, its message is never bleak. In the world of Coldplay there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the pain and disappointment, Martin often acknowledges that the future is bright and hopeful. ”Cause you’re a sky/you’re a sky full of stars/You’re such a heavenly view,” he sings on “A Sky Full of Stars,” a vibrant and uplifting anthem that captures a bittersweet sentiment and reaches far beyond Martin’s own experiences.

And herein lies the album’s greatest achievement. It poignantly captures a universal truth and sense of redemption that people everywhere can relate to. Throughout their career, Coldplay has served up a rich canon of songs that touches a nerve with people. We asked a few artists about their favorite Coldplay songs and why it is special to them.

Ryan Tedder 
Favorite Coldplay song: “In My Place” [link]

I was 22 and had just decided to start a band when that song came out and I thought ‘SHIT, I gotta up my game if these guys are doing stuff like this.’ The beat is sick and that guitar line is so simple yet sounds like a stadium.

Hunter Hayes
Favorite Coldplay song: “Magic” [link]

The first time I heard ‘Magic; it was instantly my favorite Coldplay track. I’ve normally loved the ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ and the ‘Viva La Vida’ energetic vibe of the catalogue but Magic reshaped all the pieces of the band’s sound into something excitingly unexplored. And as someone who is inspired by their never ending search for something new to hear such a shift is yet another breath of fresh air and a brilliant way of saying that there is, in fact, so much more to say and hear from this incredible group. I also must say, the live show these guys put on is at the top of the list of best and most exciting, fun, and incredibly sincere shows I’ve ever seen. Such a big fan. 

Cee Lo 
Favorite Coldplay song: “Trouble” [link]

Some of the best music has a redemption quality. The words of ‘Trouble’ articulate a complicated issue, but by putting it into lyrics, the intentions become more clear, more acceptable, more genuine. The honesty is redeeming.

Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Coldplay song: “Yellow” [link]

Because it is just so beautiful.

Demi Lovato
Favorite Coldplay song:  ”Yellow” [link]

Coldplay has the ability to make songs instant classics and the perfect example of this is with my most favorite song of theirs to date.

Listen to Coldplay Ghost Stories on Beats.

I always say that the best pop is the kind that balances light with darkness — songs that mask sadness with a catchy melody. That’s the type of long-lasting pop that people will be able to relate to. Bebe Rexha’s debut single “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” perfect encompasses those qualities and introduces Bebe’s inspired brand of songwriting to the masses. She’s not entirely new though. She co-wrote “The Monster’ for Rihanna and Eminem and she was featured on Cash Cash’s dance-pop stomper “Take Me Home” (a song she wrote in her childhood bedroom).

I wanted [“I Can’t Stop Drinking About You”] to be a snapshot of how someone feels at that exact moment. The video is modest and raw, and I tried to capture that feeling of heart break and the whirlwind of the emotions that come with it: a little bit of anger, frustration, sadness, the craziness, and the fear of the unknown. It’s the aftermath of love gone wrong.

Directed by Michael Mihail of Guerilla Hollywood (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz), the ode to a scorned love was shot in Los Angeles’ Echo Park at the former home of the #2 suspect of the Black Dahlia murder and the creator/sculptor of the Maltese Falcon statue, Fred Sexton. 

Follow Bebe Rexha on Beats.

It was a big night for Dirty South in Los Angeles last evening. The Grammy-nominated DJ/producer hosted the very first public screening of his new short film With You at CAA’s swanky offices. The film is scheduled for wide release later this fall following the release of Dirty South’s much-anticipated new album that will be released via Astralwerks. The film and album is an impressive effort that showcases Dirty South’s fine knack for big cinematic moments in both music and sound.

What began as the writings of a new album resulted in more than just a series of compositions; a hidden narrative lived between the lines of each individual song, and Dirty South was set to tell the story with more than just music. The album began as a soundtrack, even before the film was written. It maps out a hopeful love story of a boy and girl that come from different worlds. The narrative of the songs takes us through this incredible love story, through countless musical genres and countless emotions at the same time.

Potentially the first ever soundtrack written before the movie was made, and the video to the first single, ‘Unbreakable’, creates a short prequel to the whole story. This is a first in every way and a huge step for the world of dance music and for Dirty South as an artist himself.

The album’s first single, titled “Unbreakable,” will premiere on Beats next week Tuesday.