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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Swedish Pop Star Sabrina KingQueen Leaves Label, Remains Optimistic About the Future

Back in February I named Swedish pop star Sabrina KingQueen (AKA Sabrina Petrini) one of my "Ones To Watch in 2011," and reporting that her debut album would be out in March. Well, clearly March has come and gone with virtually no word. Turns out there was a reason, and it's one that we hear about all too often in the music biz. On April 25th Sabrina KingQueen formerly announced that she has parted ways with Swedish label B.A.M. (Brash Accord Music). In the press release she states that the album (La La Land) has been recorded but that she was waiting on her label.  Clearly nothing came of that waiting and Petrini decided to do what was best for her and her career.

This is definitely SAD NEWS but it sounds like it was the right decision.  If the label isn't doing it's job, what more can you do? Severing ties was the only option.  She has the passion and clearly wants to get music out there to the people, but not in a way that compromises who she is as an artist. Good for her for standing up for herself and her body of work. I'm confident that we will hear more from Sabrina KingQueen in the near future - and so is she.
"I want to say thank you to all my fans! Without you, I wouldn't have the need to fight so hard for all of this. Thank you to friends and family that have been there as well. I am strong but with you I am so much stronger. I won't let myself or anybody else down if I stand up and stand proud because I am not a quitter.  This will take time but I know with you by my side it will all fly by fast and before you know it; I will have a new album, new singles, new videos and a new show for you all."
Check out Sabrina KingQueen's full statement below the cut. Wishing you the best Sabrina! Come back to us soon!

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Robyn to Release 'Call Your Girlfriend' as Next UK Single

Per the majority of my most recent posts, I'm late "breaking" this story as well, but Robyn makes me happy so I'm going forward regardless. Robyn's second official single off of Body Talk (the collective 'Body Talk') has been announced as the Klas Åhlund-produced "Call Your Girlfriend." The single has already been released in Finland and Norway but is due for UK release on May 16th, backed by a set of hot remixes from Kaskade, Sultan & Ned Sheperd and Feed Me. Um...AMAZING!

Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix) by MusicUniversal

While not (by far) my favorite song on Body Talk, it's not my least favorite either. Truth be told, I don't HAVE a least favorite. That being said, I'll take all the Robyn I can possibly get my hands on so bring on "Call Your Girlfriend." Scope out my favorite Swedish electro-pop pixie singing the track live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! a couple of weeks ago. AMAZING.  Check out the Feed Me remix above while you're at it.
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Hot Remix Alert: Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi - Beautiful People (Suneil S Remix)

I have a special treat for all you dance remix lovers out there. After putting his spin on Katy Perry's "E.T." and Chipmunk's "Champion" Suneil S is back with another hot remix. Chris Brown's latest single, "Beautiful People," in it's original form, had a great electro house/europ pop feel so you can imagine how hot it's going to be remixed by Suneil S. You can listen to the remix below and if you like what you hear, download it for free.

Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi - Beautiful People (Suneil S Remix) by Suneil S

"Beautiful People" was co-written by Brown and Jean Baptiste and co-written and produced by Benny Benassi and Alle Benassi. The song currently sits at #4 on this weeks Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, rising up 5 spots from last week. Elsewhere the song has been doing well on the regular charts, peaking at #8 on the UK Singles Chart and at #4 on the UK Dance Chart. It's also peaked in the top ten in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. "Beautiful People" is the latest single to be lifted off of Brown's fourth studio album, F.A.M.E. You can also get the "Beautiful People" remix EP on iTunes by clicking HERE. The EP features official remixes from Felix Cartal, The Knocks, Ultimate High, Lenny B, Cosmic Dawn and Tonal.  Watch the music video below and spot cameos from Diddy, Bow Wow, T-Pain, Nelly, Brandy, Estelle, Tinie Tempah and more. 
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Hot Video Alert: Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise

OK, so I normally don't post too much in the way of hip-hop but I couldn't resist. This Beastie Boys video is just TOO cool not to post. "Make Some Noise" is the third official single from the boys' eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, due out May 3rd on Capitol Records. The single reached #12 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and #22 on the Rock Songs chart. The video features an astoundingly large cast of actors, some of whom you may recognize.

We have: Johnny Knoxville, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Chloe Sevigny, Will Ferrell, David Cross, Ted Danson, Jack Black, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Neil Patrick Harris, Meat Loaf, Orlando Bloom, Rainn Wilson, and John C. Reilly.  This is bloody brilliant.  Watch it and love it.  While you're at it, download "Make Some Noise" on iTunes HERE and Pre-Order Hot Sauce Committee Part Two HERE.

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Hot Interview Alert: Jessie and The Toy Boys

P-P-P-PUSH IT! I can't stop listening to debut single from Jessie and the Toy Boys, "Push It" featuring American rapper Yelawolf. The song is quickly rising on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, jumping up two spots this week to #12. Make sure you download the hot remix EP on iTunes (HERE), featuring remixes by Junior Sanchez, Richard Vission, Ron Reeser & Dan Saenz, Skeet Skeet and Dirty Freqs. Why don't you also pick up "We Own The Night" HERE on iTunes while you're at it.  The fabulous and beautiful frontwoman,  22-year old Jessie Malakouti took some time to answer a few of my pressing questions - talking about her time working in the UK, collaborating with Yelawolf, touring with Britney Spears and more! Ch-ch-check it out and comment away!

MIMKSB: Hi Jessie, thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions today. Now, the first time I heard you was on a remix for the song “Standing Up For the Lonely,” back when you were performing as Jessie Malakouti.  Now you’re Jessie and the Toy Boys. What would you say is the biggest difference between your music back then and your music today?

Jessie Malakouti: When I wrote "Standing Up For The Lonely" I had just moved to the UK and very much into the British pop scene. SUFTL was a straight up dance record, but my roots are more punky. I've always loved being in bands, so I started Jessie and The Toy Boys. Towards the end of my time in London I got really into the dubstep scene, which to me was perfect for my style because it is kind of that marriage between dance and punk rock. Jessie and The Toy Boys has a lot of dubstep influence on the album that I'm excited for everyone to hear.
MIMKSB: I LOVE that you just packed up and went to the UK to help find yourself as an artist. There’s just something so fresh and energetic about the UK music scene. I try and showcase a variety of musical styles on my blog, but a lot of it comes from the UK. Are there any fresh UK artists that you discovered while you were over there?

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Ones to Watch in 2011: Colette Carr

BUZZ can be annoying. Too much BUZZ generally means that a label is overcompensating for a lack of talent. No BUZZ typically means that the artist doesn't have a good A&R. Yes, BUZZ is certainly something that can go either way for an artist, but in rare instances, an artist lives up to all of the BUZZ. Case in point 20 year old - Interscope/Cherrytree Records recording artist Colette Carr. I think it's safe to say that BUZZ, backed by AMPLE TALENT is going to carry her far.

This morning Carr unveiled her hot new single, the Frankmusik-produced "(We Do It) Primo" and the interweb has yet to stop...BUZZING about it, and for good reason. It's AMAZING! Have a listen for yourself below.

Colette Carr - (We Do It) Primo by CherrytreeRecords

There are several reasons to love this song.  Firstly, the song is produced by the MAGICAL Vincent Frank (AKA Frankmusik). Secondly, the song features an ample sample of one of my favorite songs of the past 10 years, Keane's 2004 hit single "Somewhere Only We Know." While the song doesn't feature Carr singing - DAMN the girl does her thing. What is her thing?  Speak-singing...spittin' rhymes and she does it well. While some might say that Ke$ha has cornered the market on this genre of music, I respectfully disagree.  Isn't there room for both?  Going a little bit deeper, if you break it down musically, they really aren't that similar. Ke$ha's sound is more straight up POP, while Colette Carr blends pop, hip-hop and electro into her sound, in turn creating quite the enjoyable audible experience.

Carr, who only recently delved into music, found her true calling at a Game concert at UCLA. According to Carr in an interview with MTV last year, "I started by breaking into a UCLA concert with my sister and jumping onstage. It was a Game concert, and the Game was late." The show's MC asked if anyone in the audience knew how to freestyle and Colette popped right on stage and BAM. New passion. What a spontaneous way to start a music career. While I can see haters coming after about success coming so easily, but A.) who says it was easy for her? and B.) if you got it, flaunt it! Colette Carr's got IT and then some.{SOURCE}

Colette Carr's "(We Do It) Primo" is a fresh, finely produced and hyper infectious slice of pop that highlights her care-free attitude, and has her sunny Malibu personality splashed all over it. - Arjan Writes
"...the result of all this is a kind of Natalia Kills/Ke$ha hybrid, boasting a lot of each artist's good bits and a handfull of each artist's bad bits. Overall she is a good thing, we think." - Popjustice

While this may be the first a lot of you are hearing of Carr, "(We Do It) Primo" isn't actually her first single.  Back in 2009 Carr released "Back It Up," which became an online hit with over 465K views on MTV Music and a spot in the mtvU top 10 videos, followed by a second single called "Bitch Like Me," released in 2010.  Initially signing with Nick Cannon to his labvel N'Credible Records, Carr eventually made her way over to Interscope/Cherrytree where she worked with Cannon and producer Richie Mac to produce her first mixtape, Sex Sells Stay Tooned.  Now we're in 2011 and Colette Carr is ready to burst into the mainstream, working with Frankmusik, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom, Space Cowboy and Pharrell Williams on her debut album, Skitszo, due out later this year.  "(We Do It) Primo" is due out on May 10th so for now, I'll be listening to SoundCloud on repeat.

While we can't get any of her tunes on iTunes just yet, you CAN download the videos for both "Back It Up" and "Bitch Like Me," so check those out HERE.  I'm also posting  the former down below for your viewing pleasure.  Now...please join me in welcoming Colette Carr to the stage.

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