It seems impossible but here it is. December 1, which of course means we open the first door of the season on the Essentially Pop Advent Calendar. Number one is ‘A Very Cherry Christmas Volume 14’, from Cherryade Records. With 26 tracks on the compilation album we could pretty much get away with just featuring a track per day from this, but we won’t be lazy and we’ll give everyone a chance.
US band PRETTYMUCH, comprising Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Austin Porter, Nick Mara, and Zion Kuwonu, have announced that they are releasing an international EP, featuring collaborations with artists from all over the world, including CNCO, Luisa Sonzo, Inigo Pascual and NCT Dream. Very conveniently this is also the name of their new release, ‘INTL:EP’.
Breakout singer-songwriter and musician Summer Walker has teamed up with London On Da Track and Grammy-Award winner Chris Brown for a brand-new song, ‘Something Real’. Produced by London On Da Track, who executive produced Walker’s chart-topping debut, ‘Over It’, the outstanding collaboration features the two musical dynamos trading vocal barbs over a buoyant, radio-ready beat.
‘Voice Of A Rebel’, the fourth album from Jedward, and the first to be completely written and produced by the Dublin duo, was released digitally through Universal Music Singapore on June 27. Now, just in time for Christmas, the album has been given a CD release, with pre-orders scheduled for delivery from 16 December.
Today, Kesha has dropped both the song and video for ‘My Own Dance’, the latest release from her upcoming album ‘High Road’ (out January 10 on Kemosabe/RCA Records), and it continues the wave of addictively fun and perfectly crafted pop started by the album’s first single, ‘Raising Hell’ (feat. Big Freedia).
Tonight Shakespears Sister wind up their ‘Ride Again’ UK tour with a concert at the Brighton Dome, in the grounds of the world famous Royal Pavilion. To get into the mood, we’re listening to their album, released in June this year, ‘Singles Party (1988-2019)’. To say this has everything is really putting it mildly.
2019 has been quite a year for Dido. The release of her acclaimed album ‘Still On My Mind’ in March quickly led to her becoming the best selling UK solo female artist of the year and she also embarked on her first tour for 15 years in May. Now she is releasing a stunning brand new single, ‘Just Because’, taken from the special deluxe edition of ‘Still On My Mind’ out November 15th on BMG. The album also features haunting acoustic versions of mega hits ‘Thank You’ and ‘White Flag’ as well as brand new track ‘This Is Love’.