17 year old British artist, Jasmine van den Bogaerde, also known by her stage name, Birdy, has just released her second album Fire Within, this week. She released her self-entitled debut album of covers in 2011. It featured records like Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and The xx’s “Shelter”, and broke her out as an artist to watch.
After gaining momentum from her debut album, she was approached to write original music for some of the biggest movies of the past few years. She penned a song called “Just A Game” for The Hunger Games soundtrack and also wrote “Learn Me Right” featuring Mumford and Sons for the Brave soundtrack.
Earlier this year, she announced the release of her long-awaited full length album of original material titled Fire Within. The firt two singles off the album were “Wings” and “All You Never Say”, which dealt with issues of freedom and unrequited love.
From listening to the material off this new album we can tell that Birdy has really begun to come into her own as an artist and carve her own lane in the music industry.
Listen to “Wings” and “All You Never Say” and watch her live performances of “Light” below.
‘Light Me Up’ Live
‘No Angel’ Live
Kelly Rowland recently landed the cover of the October issue of Shape Magazine. She shows off her toned and shapely body in a camouflage print bikini top and black bottoms. She is already capitalising off her position as a judge on the new season of X Factor USA and of course it helps that she’s a fitness freak.
Watch the behind-the-scenes footage of the Shape cover shoot where she talks about her eating habits and the importance of looking good.
Star of hit reality TV shows Braxton Family Values and Tamar and Vince, Tamar Braxton, released her long-awaited second album Love and War this month, over 13 years after her debut record was released. Love and War debuted at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart and #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Album chart.
From hearing her story one can tell that all this success did not come easily. She was dropped from four record deals before she signed with EPIC last year, yet she never counted herself out.
She recently met up with The GRAMMYs to talk about the new album, her upcoming tour with John Legend, the traditional R&B sound on the album and more. Download the album here and get into Tamar a.k.a. SheMeHer below.
The Difficulty Of Releasing New Music
Touring With John Legend
Hitting Number 1 on iTunes With ‘Love and War’
The Presence of Traditional R&B On The Album
How It Would Feel To Be Nominated For A Grammy
VanJess just premiered their new video on Russell Simmons new YouTube channel ‘AllDefDigital’ and now it’s here on your favourite music blog! We did a new artist post of this girl duo a couple of weeks ago and now we’re back with fresh news on these Nigerian-American sisters.
In this simple black and white visual, VanJess bring out their guns, chains and drum machines to introduce us to their first official video in support of their new single ‘Killer Lover’. It’s the second promo single from their new EP 00 Till Escape.
We can’t wait to see and hear more from this promising group.
Get into the video below and a look at what happened behind the scenes.
When I think of female rock artists who ruled the charts and changed the scope of music in the nineties one name comes to mind: Alanis Morissette. Canadian-American, Alternative Rock musician, Alanis Morissette, released her critically acclaimed third studio album titled Jagged Little Pill in 1995. It was her first international release after releasing two albums in her native country of Canada.
The success of the album catapulted her into the record books and into the hearts of music lovers all over the world and her distinctive voice and talent for story-telling through music turned her into an iconic figure. Six singles were released from the album including hit records, ‘Ironic’ and ‘You Oughta Know’, the latter earning her Grammy awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.
In 1996 the album won a Grammy award for Album of the Year and made Alanis the youngest winner of the award in history until her record was broken by Taylor Swift in 2010. It also won the Grammy for Best Rock Album.
Jagged Little Pill went on to become the best-selling album of the nineties in the USA and sold 33 million units worldwide. It solidified her as an iconic figure in the music industry and will continue to inspire generations of musicians long after she stops making music.
Watch the videos for ‘Ironic’ and ‘You Oughta Know’ below and a live performance of ‘Ironic’ filmed in 2012.