I’m dedicating today’s Superhero Theme Music playlist on Beats to the studly and very spiffy Chris Pratt who is starring in Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster flick. It’s a playlist of songs by artists like Kanye West (“Power”), Swizz Beats (“Top Down”) and Missy Elliott (“Sick It 2 Me”) that is the perfect soundtrack to all your superhero moves any time of the day. 
Listen to Superhero Theme Music on Beats.
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I’m dedicating today’s Superhero Theme Music playlist on Beats to the studly and very spiffy Chris Pratt who is starring in Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster flick. It’s a playlist of songs by artists like Kanye West (“Power”), Swizz Beats (“Top Down”) and Missy Elliott (“Sick It 2 Me”) that is the perfect soundtrack to all your superhero moves any time of the day. 

Listen to Superhero Theme Music on Beats.

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I like the ambition of making pop. Underground music gets all the respect and critical acclaim, yet the stuff which sells shitloads of records doesn’t. It’s the challenge of writing music that’s quality, but is also pop, that I want to take on ( … ) There are too many underground records! I’m sick of people saying: ‘That record was so great’ and yet it only sells 4,000 copies. I don’t see what’s cool about not writing hooks: if you’re really fucking clever, where’s the fucking melody that I can remember? I woke up today and I forgot your whole album – genius! I don’t get it.
La Roux’s Elly Jackson tells Time Out Magazine. Hail to the pop!
HOT NEW TUNESDAY 7.22.2014
A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.
"Wasted Love" by Steve Angello ft. Dougie of Temper Track [link]Steve Angello teams up with Dougie of The Temper Trap for his much-anticipated new single that is a mightily anthemic and arena-sized stomper. It rings like a follow-up to “Don’t You Worry Child” that he released together with his Swedish House Mafia compadres two years ago
"Heart Made Up On You" by R5 [link]Pop is what you make of it and R5 make their pop fun with their feel-good new single “Heart Made Up On You” that is the title track from their new EP. Don’t call them a boyband boy though because this band of brothers also includes a sister.
"How You Love Me" by 3Lau ft. Bright Lights [link]3Lau (pronounced: Blau) has been a stirring up a storm on the festival circuit over the past couple of years. Now signed to Casablanca Records, the Las Vegas DJ/producer unveils an acoustic version of his most recent single, “How You Love Me,” that neatly amplifies the emotional intensity of the original. So, so pretty. 
Tom Staar & Ansolo ”Totem” [link]House maestro Tom Staar teams with soundboard newcomer Ansolo on the prog-house stomper “Totem.” It’s a big release for Ansolo who is also known as Ansel Elgort. Yes, he’s that Ansel. The heartthrob lead actor from Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars.Erasure “Elevation” [link]There’s something about Erasure’s brand of dance-pop that is inherently timeless. That may simply be because they have been around for as long as I can remember. After making music for over 3 decades, the pioneering British synth-pop duo is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re only getting better. “Elevation” is a sparkly dance-pop romp perfect for almost any occasion.
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HOT NEW TUNESDAY 7.22.2014

A quick run-down of some of the hottest new pop and dance tracks on Beats Music this week.

"Wasted Love" by Steve Angello ft. Dougie of Temper Track [link]
Steve Angello teams up with Dougie of The Temper Trap for his much-anticipated new single that is a mightily anthemic and arena-sized stomper. It rings like a follow-up to “Don’t You Worry Child” that he released together with his Swedish House Mafia compadres two years ago

"Heart Made Up On You" by R5 [link]
Pop is what you make of it and R5 make their pop fun with their feel-good new single “Heart Made Up On You” that is the title track from their new EP. Don’t call them a boyband boy though because this band of brothers also includes a sister.

"How You Love Me" by 3Lau ft. Bright Lights [link]
3Lau (pronounced: Blau) has been a stirring up a storm on the festival circuit over the past couple of years. Now signed to Casablanca Records, the Las Vegas DJ/producer unveils an acoustic version of his most recent single, “How You Love Me,” that neatly amplifies the emotional intensity of the original. So, so pretty. 

Tom Staar & Ansolo ”Totem” [link]
House maestro Tom Staar teams with soundboard newcomer Ansolo on the prog-house stomper “Totem.” It’s a big release for Ansolo who is also known as Ansel Elgort. Yes, he’s that Ansel. The heartthrob lead actor from Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars.

Erasure “Elevation” [link]
There’s something about Erasure’s brand of dance-pop that is inherently timeless. That may simply be because they have been around for as long as I can remember. After making music for over 3 decades, the pioneering British synth-pop duo is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they’re only getting better. “Elevation” is a sparkly dance-pop romp perfect for almost any occasion.

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STEVE ANGELLO FT DOUGIE FROM TEMPER TRAP “WASTED LOVE”
Steve Angello keeps raising the bar with every project he brings to life. The Swedish dance music producer released his much-anticipated new single today, titled “Wasted Love,” that features the vocals of Dougie from The Temper Trap. It’s an anthemic, stadium-sized dance track that is dominated by Dougie’s rock-edged vocals and Angello’s signature soundboard savvy.
The unveiling of the single kicks off an unprecedented global rollout for Angello’s new album Wild Youth that is expected this fall via Columbia Records. Wild Youth is a very personal effort that tells Angello’s story of his less than fortunate upbringing in Sweden. He “tried his luck on a little flame” and escaped his reality by focusing on music that ultimately led to a road that made him one of the biggest DJs in the world.

With the release of “Wasted Love,” Angello also unveils the striking single artwork that pictures a porcelain Shuriken (commonly referred to as ninja star). A billboard to promote Wild Youth that was seen in Miami during the annual Winter Music Conference earlier this year showed a photo of brass knuckles in porcelain using that same concept. Showcasing porcelain weaponry is a fitting way to demonstrate strength and beauty through vulnerability. 
Listen to Steve Angello ft. Dougie of The Temper Trap “Wasted Love” on Beats.

STEVE ANGELLO FT DOUGIE FROM TEMPER TRAP “WASTED LOVE”

Steve Angello keeps raising the bar with every project he brings to life. The Swedish dance music producer released his much-anticipated new single today, titled “Wasted Love,” that features the vocals of Dougie from The Temper Trap. It’s an anthemic, stadium-sized dance track that is dominated by Dougie’s rock-edged vocals and Angello’s signature soundboard savvy.

The unveiling of the single kicks off an unprecedented global rollout for Angello’s new album Wild Youth that is expected this fall via Columbia Records. Wild Youth is a very personal effort that tells Angello’s story of his less than fortunate upbringing in Sweden. He “tried his luck on a little flame” and escaped his reality by focusing on music that ultimately led to a road that made him one of the biggest DJs in the world.

With the release of “Wasted Love,” Angello also unveils the striking single artwork that pictures a porcelain Shuriken (commonly referred to as ninja star). A billboard to promote Wild Youth that was seen in Miami during the annual Winter Music Conference earlier this year showed a photo of brass knuckles in porcelain using that same concept. Showcasing porcelain weaponry is a fitting way to demonstrate strength and beauty through vulnerability. 

Listen to Steve Angello ft. Dougie of The Temper Trap “Wasted Love” on Beats.

MIKE MAGO & DRAGONETTE “OUTLINES” | REVIEW

It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Dragonette. The Toronto trio of Martina, Dan and Joel return gloriously together with Dutch producer/label owner Mike Mago on “Outlines” that will be released via Spinnin’ Records on August 15. “Outlines” is a punchy deep house number with strong pop leanings that continues Dragonette’s fruitful exploration of dance music following the mega success of “Hello” with Martin Solveig. Martina’s candy-coated pop vocals are a perfect compliment to the track’s hard-hitting production stylings. (cc spinninrecords )

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ROYKSOPP + ROBYN “DO IT AGAIN” | VIDEO PREMIERE

The video for Röyksopp + Robyn’s “Do It Again’ was shot in Mexico by award-winning Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah. The short film is called ‘Our Hearts’ Desires’ and is set in an unspecified era where a revolution is in the making. It tells the story of desire, ecstasy and forbidden love.  

Says de Thurah, “‘Do It Again’ feels like it’s an unstoppable pop mantra of something out of hand. A spiralling hypnotic maelstrom. The video touches our hearts’ desires:  deep passions; revolutions full of hope and excitement; a dream of freedom; obsession; the ecstasy and escapism; the darkness. And it ends in a mix of violence and laughter, freedom and the loss of free will. All of this somehow ends on a note of hope through struggle. Something worth fighting for. Do it again.”  

Svein Berge from Röyksopp adds “I feel that the video in a clever way manages to emphasize one of the main themes of the song - doing something that might be considered morally wrong, and yet going through with it, fully aware of the consequences and potential repercussions. Some of these actions are driven by choice - others by necessity.” 

Robyn adds, ”I’m pleased that, for me, the video stirs up a feeling of chaos which is what we talked about quite a bit when we wrote ‘Do It Again.’ Life takes you to a critical point and even though it might not make you happy, when it´s over, you want to go back.” Adds Röyksopp’s Torbjørn Brundtland, “Being there on these locations, the crew, the actors and the locals made it an unforgettable experience. Oh, and yes, in a good way, I might add.” [Source: official press release]

Röyksopp and Robyn are currently playing their sold-out ‘Do It Again’tour with dates throughout Europe, Scandinavia, America and Canada. Listen to the 4-track Do It Again EP on Beats

ALESSO “TEAR THE ROOF UP”
Def Jam sure has a penchant for signing “A” class DJs. First Avicii and Afrojack, and now Alesso. The Swedish DJ/producer unveiled his new single “Tear The Roof Up" last week. It’s an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out 4-to-the-floor rave smash, the track is a joyous ode to living life to the full. (Listen to an Intro to Alesso on Beats.)
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ALESSO “TEAR THE ROOF UP”

Def Jam sure has a penchant for signing “A” class DJs. First Avicii and Afrojack, and now Alesso. The Swedish DJ/producer unveiled his new single “Tear The Roof Up" last week. It’s an unadulterated slice of sonic euphoria. Brilliantly building from a tautly wound intro of anarchic beats into an all-out 4-to-the-floor rave smash, the track is a joyous ode to living life to the full. (Listen to an Intro to Alesso on Beats.)

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ROYKSOPP & ROBYN “DO IT AGAIN” | VIDEO PREVIEW

I’m soooo ready for this. Royksopp and Robyn do it again and up the anticipation for the video for their new single “Do It Again” with this little preview. The video was directed by Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah who previously directed music videos for Kanye West (“Flashing Lights”) and James Blake (“Retrograde”). He also directed Royksopp’s classic “What Else Is There” in 2005. The video for “Do It Again” will premiere this upcoming Monday. Listen to the 4-track Do It Again EP on Beats via cherrytreerecords.

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PLAYLIST: ‘COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF’ INSPIRED BY MICHAEL SAM

Thank you Michael Sam for being you and for speaking the truth. You’re fearless, strong and a role model for people everywhere. 

Sam received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs tonight. The St. Louis Rams defensive lineman made history earlier in 2014 when he became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.

In his emotional acceptance speech at tonight’s ESPYs, Sam spoke about Ashe’s mantra of Start Where You Are, Use What You Have and Do What You Can. He concluded his speech by encouraging young people to have the strength and confidence to be themselves:

To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like you don’t fit in, or are not accepted, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself.

I was so moved and inspired by his words tonight that I put together a playlist that echoes that sentiment of his speech with songs about believing in yourself no matter who you love, what you look like or where you live.

I understand what it’s like to grow up feeling different, to be ridiculed and misunderstood. I understand the pain and the confusion it causes. But I also cosign Sam’s words of wisdom. Life’s what you make of it and if you keep a positive attitude and chart your own course you will eventually find your way. Music has always been there for me to provide hope and comfort. Sharing this playlist with you is my way of amplifying that and saying thank you to Michael Sam.

Listen to “Courage to be Yourself on Beats.

PLAYLISTING: NEW GIRLS OF POP
Beats Music’s New Girls of Pop playlist is one of my favorite playlists I’ve curated so far this year. It was so fun to dig in and sequence my favorite new pop ladies. Important to note is that I only selected female pop singers who have not released a debut album in the U.S. yet. 
Some pop aficionados have been complaining that pop music has been a bit stale in 2014, but this playlist proves that there’s plenty of new pop to get very excited about. There’s a new generation of pop stars emerging who will be ruling the charts in the not so distant future. (I think at least 4 singers on this list will have a top ten hit in the next 6 months.)
The list kicks off with Kiesza who has a gigantic global hit on her hits with “Hideaway.” I was one of the first bloggers to alert you about the Canadian singer who puts out a 1990s-edged dance pop sound that is mightily infectious. Her performance on David Letterman’s late night show was particularly impressive.
Bebe Rexha is another massive talent to keep your eye on. Following her writing stints for others (including Eminem ft. Rihanna “The Monster) and her feature on Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” the American-Albanian singer is about to spread her wings with music that neatly combines her distinct vocals and powerful lyricism with radio-ready hooks. 
Young Madison Beer serves up an empowering anthem for her generation that sets the stage for a lot more great music to come. Bea Miller (who I like to refer to as pop’s new old-soul) captures the same sentiment with her signature grit on “Young Blood.” Tori Kelly also tells a tale about trusting your instincts and finding your own path on “Daydream.”
Miriam Bryant is a powerhouse vocalist who is working with Zedd on her debut LP but gave us a taste of where she’s musically heading with “Push Play.” Also featured is Becky G who will be heading into the top ten shortly with “Shower” that is oh so darn catchy. 
Listen to the entire New Girls of Pop playlist on Beats.

PLAYLISTING: NEW GIRLS OF POP

Beats Music’s New Girls of Pop playlist is one of my favorite playlists I’ve curated so far this year. It was so fun to dig in and sequence my favorite new pop ladies. Important to note is that I only selected female pop singers who have not released a debut album in the U.S. yet. 

Some pop aficionados have been complaining that pop music has been a bit stale in 2014, but this playlist proves that there’s plenty of new pop to get very excited about. There’s a new generation of pop stars emerging who will be ruling the charts in the not so distant future. (I think at least 4 singers on this list will have a top ten hit in the next 6 months.)

The list kicks off with Kiesza who has a gigantic global hit on her hits with “Hideaway.” I was one of the first bloggers to alert you about the Canadian singer who puts out a 1990s-edged dance pop sound that is mightily infectious. Her performance on David Letterman’s late night show was particularly impressive.

Bebe Rexha is another massive talent to keep your eye on. Following her writing stints for others (including Eminem ft. Rihanna “The Monster) and her feature on Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” the American-Albanian singer is about to spread her wings with music that neatly combines her distinct vocals and powerful lyricism with radio-ready hooks. 

Young Madison Beer serves up an empowering anthem for her generation that sets the stage for a lot more great music to come. Bea Miller (who I like to refer to as pop’s new old-soul) captures the same sentiment with her signature grit on “Young Blood.” Tori Kelly also tells a tale about trusting your instincts and finding your own path on “Daydream.”

Miriam Bryant is a powerhouse vocalist who is working with Zedd on her debut LP but gave us a taste of where she’s musically heading with “Push Play.” Also featured is Becky G who will be heading into the top ten shortly with “Shower” that is oh so darn catchy. 

Listen to the entire New Girls of Pop playlist on Beats.

THE HEYDAZE “SHOWER” | BECKY G COVER

One of my favorite new pop acts is on a roll. Following the release of “Young Blood" and their cover of Tove Lo’s "Habits," the New York trio now serves up a fun remake of Becky G’s "Shower" that perfectly captures their happy go lucky attitude. "La da dee la da da la da da," all day long.

Listen to The Heydaze “Young Blood” and “City Girl” on Beats.