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Saturday, May 21, 2011

In Case You Missed It...Ellie Goulding on Saturday Night Live

As I mentioned at the end of April, UK folktronica darling Ellie Goulding made her Saturday Night Live debut, appearing on the show's 700th episode, hosted by Tina Fey on Saturday May 7th. Goulding looked AND sounded stunning, singing two songs - "Lights" and "Your Song." The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at #129 but re-entered the chart after her Saturday Night Live performance, peaking at #72. Over on the Billboard Digital Albums chart, Lights peaked at an impressive #15.  It just goes to show what some good promotion can do for a talented artist.  Thank God for Cherrytree Records. Ellie's definitely in good hands over here.

Goulding, who recently finished a string of sold out U.S. performances, will be back in the States this summer, performing at the 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza festival in Chicago as well as some as yet un-announced additional dates. According to Ellie via Twitter, we might be hearing about the new tour as early as this next week.  If you still haven't gotten your Ellie fill after watching the below SNL performances, check out Ellie on Live! With Regis and Kelly, where she sang "Lights" on May 17th. Speaking of "Lights," it appears that she's releasing a remix EP for the song next week.  Check out iTunes on May 23rd and download the remixes!  And speaking of iTunes, the Ellie Goulding-assisted Tinie Tempah track "Wonderman" is currently this week's iTunes single of the week so download that HERE.

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Hot Video Alert: Eva feat. Gucci Mane - Not My Daddy

I like a good SLEAZY pop song as much as the next gay, so when I heard "Not My Daddy" by new pop up & comer Eva, I knew it was going to be good. The twenty year old Eva was born in Lincoln, Nebraska but grew up in the Bay Area of California. Her genre is a nice blend of pop, hip-hop, R&B and electronica. Sounds right up my alley.
"I'm all about having fun, I love dancing, I love performing. I'm all about feel good music. A good song that makes you want to have fun, want to dance!"
First single, "Not My Daddy" was written by pop star Ke$ha (OF COURSE IT WAS) and features Atlanta-based rapper Gucci Mane. A remix with Baby Bash is also available to download HERE AS WELL as a full dance remix EP featuring mixes by Laze & Royal, DJ Skeet, Pagano and Static Revenger (available HERE). Check out Eva's EP, available on iTunes HERE and download the Scott Storch (Justin Timberlake, P!nk) produced "Fashion Show," and the Pooh Bear-produced "Slow Down," featuring rapper Lupe Fiasco. We can also look forward to Eva's upcoming club-friendly banger, the Snoop Dogg collaboration "Popular," produced by Poli Paul.
"Snoop is a really nice guy; he's passionate and loves what he does. To say I have a song with him is always cool."
Eva has opened for talented hip-hop and R&B artists including Nas and Alicia Keys and performed at festivals featuring Robyn and Kylie Minogue.  There are big things coming up from Eva so stay tuned. "Not My Daddy" is the perfect introduction.
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Hot Video Alert: Owl City - Alligator Sky

Some things never change. I still have an emo crush on Owl City (AKA Adam Young). In the recently released video for new single, "Alligator Sky," Young and guest rapper Shawn Chrystopher, are walking around a post apocalyptic earth, saying goodbye to the planet they once called home. Both are wearing retro-space suits and rockets are taking off all around them, supposedly carrying away the population to some distant galaxy. Just as with other videos, the latest Owl City (dir. Steve Hoover) video has such a sense of whimsy. You'd think leaving earth would be a sad occasion, but no. They're celebrating earth. it's not a dark and morose video, it's bright and cheerful, much like the synthpop style that we have come to expect from Owl City.

"Alligator Sky" is the first single lifted off of Owl City's sophomore album, All Things Bright and Beautiful. The single is available with or without Shawn Chrystopher's rap. In addition there are two other versions, one with with B.o.B. and one with OutKast's Big Boi. There's also a remix floating around out there by UK electro act Long Lost Sun (who also remixed "Umbrella Beach"), which I can't wait to get my hands on.

While the single has yet to chart here in America, it did chart on the Danish chart, Tracklisten, peaking so far at #11.  All Things Bright And Beautiful is due out June 14th via Universal Republic.  Download first single, "Alligator Sky" on iTunes HERE and pick up second single "Galaxies" on iTunes HERE.  Rumored third single, "The Yacht Club" features Canadian new wave singer Lights.  Here's hoping that Owl City has another hit with this album.  I'd hate to see him become a flash-in-the-pan one hit wonder because of "Fireflies." Time will tell, I suppose.

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