When I first heard that Colbie Caillat
was pairing up with rapper/actor Common
for her new single, "Favorite Song
," I was a little skeptical. Sure, rappers have paired up with singer/songwriters in the past (Common paired up
with Lily Allen
on what would become one of my favorite songs!) but something in me just couldn't see Colbie's light & fluffy pop/rock style meshing with Common
's hard-hitting hip-hop, and unfortunately a live performance
on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
didn't make me a believer.
"Favorite Song" is scheduled for release on May 8th and serves as Caillat's official third single off her third album, All Of You, released last summer. The song was co-written by Caillat and Ryan Tedder with Tedder performing double duties as producer on the track. This guitar-driven pop/rock has a seasonal summery island vibe that Caillat very well could have nailed as a solo song, however Common's addition just seems like an after thought. I think this song could have worked as a duet, had Caillat joined forces with a fellow singer/songwriter, for example, upcoming tour mate Gavin DeGraw or perhaps Jason Mraz? While I appreciate Caillat's attempt at expanding her crossover appeal, I honestly feel this song would have served her better presented in a different way.
Caillat's third album, All For You was released July 12th on Universal Republic Records, debuting at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album's second single, "Brighter Than The Sun," became a big hit in Hollywood and was featured in more than 21 films, TV shows and commercials, making it the most licensed new song this decade. Pretty impressive!
The talented 26 year old California-native first burst onto the scene with her infectious debut single, "Bubbly," which has gone on to become one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time. Billboard Magazine named Caillat the 'Breakthrough Artist of the Year' following the release of her debut album, COCO, which spawned two top 20 hits including "Bubbly" (#5) and "Realize" which peaked at #20. Her 2009 follow up album, Breakthrough, debuted at #1 on the chart, and featured the top 20 hit "Fallin' For You." Caillat's sophomore album earned her four Grammy nominations, of which she won two for her collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift.
Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw are set to embark on a co-headlining tour, which kicks off May 25th in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Check out a list of tour dates and download Colbie's third album, All For You (iTunes US/iTunes UK)! The colorful Jay Martin-directed video made it's VEVO debut yesterday, so make sure you watch that BELOW.
Tour Dates w/ Gavin DeGraw
5/25/12 - Simpsonville, SC - Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
5/26/12 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel
5/27/12 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/29/12 - Pittsburgh, PA - State AE – Outdoors
6/1/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Penns' Landing – River Stage
6/2/12 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield
6/5/2 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
6/7/12 Pomona, NY Provident Bank Park
6/8/12 Norfolk, VA Town Point Park
6/9/12 Vienna, VA The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
6/10/12 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
6/12/12 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Amphitheatre
6/13/12 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
6/14/12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater
6/17/12 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/19/12 Bee Cave, TX The Backyard
6/21/12 Lake Charles, LA L'Auberge Du Lac Casino Resort – Pool Stage
6/22/12 Thackerville, OK WinStar Casino
6/24/12 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
6/26/12 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
6/27/12 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater
6/29/12 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
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