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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Philpop Launches The First Leg Of Their Songwriting Bootcamp

Posted By: ZYNC - 9:35 PM

10 Hottest Summer Songs of the Decade

Posted By: ZYNC - 3:38 PM

By Abby Hassler

Every summer needs a song of the summer.

Related: 10 Finalists for Song of the Summer 2017

This year, there are already some strong contenders, from Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” to Haim’s “Want You Back” to Future’s “Mask Off.”

In honor of the season’s approach, we look back at the iconic songs that have defined the summers of the past decade.

2007: “Umbrella” by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
This song recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, as it was first released on Rihanna’s 2007 third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. This incredibly catchy tune earned her and Jay Z a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, along with being nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It’s also listed in Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All time at number 412.

2008: “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry
Whether or not this song is actually about Miley Cyrus and her cherry chapstick, this is the song that propelled Perry’s career to instant stardom. Off her second studio album, One of the Boys, this single has sold over 4 millions of copies in the U.S. alone. The edgy lyrics and infectious beat made it an instant summer classic.

2009: “Use Somebody” by Kings Of Leon
While it came out at the very end of ’08, this is the song fans couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing this powerful tune at least once or twice throughout the next year. It won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song. You just can’t beat Caleb Followill’s wailing voice in that song.

2010: “Airplanes” by B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
Who doesn’t love combining rapper B.o.B with Paramore’s Williams? The song hit number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and the collaboration led the two to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

2011: “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
You know a song is a hit if it’s still being played years later at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards during Minaj’s 9-minute performance this past Sunday (May 21). As a track from the deluxe version of her debut studio album, Pink Friday, this song made a name for Minaj in the rap and summer hits world.

2012: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Still can’t get it out of your head? With nearly a billion listens on YouTube, no one can deny this song was an instant hit. The summer of ’12 was full of millions of fan driving around with their windows rolled down, blasting this single. It sold over 12 million copies in 2012, making it the best-selling single worldwide that year. It is still the fourth best-selling song of all time.

2013: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Who could ask for a more iconic collaboration than between the French robot duo and Williams? The song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best pop Duo/Group Performance. As an ultimate summer dance anthem, this is one older tune you need to add to your summer playlist.

2014: “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
It’s hard not to feel “fancy” when listen to Azalea’s biggest hit. The summer of 2014 was full of girl power hits, from Rihanna to Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga’s duet. This atmosphere lead to MTV praising the song, writing “Not since Fergie’s ‘Glamorous’ has there been such a spectacularly sass-filled ode to the glam life.”

2015: “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
The queen of pop and king of rap joined forces for this iconic 2015 remix anthem. Whether or not it’s about Swift’s ongoing Katy Perry feud, this song and its futuristic video took 2015 by storm. It won Best Music Video at the Grammy Awards.

2016: “Closer” by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey “
With well over a billion views on YouTube, this fantastic summer anthem propelled the iconic duo and Halsey to international fame. It remained as a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks, and on the chart for 26 weeks overall. You would probably be lying to yourself if didn’t admit you didn’t listen to this single on repeat for weeks after it came out last summer.


Anthony Daniels Almost Turned Down the Roll of C-3PO

Posted By: ZYNC - 2:23 PM

The original Star Wars film turns 40 today (May 25). But one of its iconic characters could have been very different.

Related: Musicians Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ on May the Fourth

English actor Anthony Daniels spoke with KNX News Radio and revealed he initially wasn’t excited about the role of everyone’s favorite neurotic protocol droid.

“It is true that I wasn’t particularly keen, in fact, I wasn’t keen at all to be in a low-budget sci-fi movie in the part of a robot,” he said. “But it was a concept painted by Ralph McQuarrie that changed my mind completely, that and George Lucas’ script.”

“Fate took a strange hand there, fate or the force,” he continued. “Against my will, I kinda got sucked into it, and then became a part of it that I can’t leave, I’m actually very fond of my character C-3PO.”

Fun fact: Daniels is the only actor to appear in all nine Star Wars films, including the forthcoming The Last Jedi.

Check out the full interview below.



10 Finalists for Song of the Summer 2017

Posted By: ZYNC - 2:23 PM

By Hayden Wright

Summer has finally arrived—if you don’t believe us, just turn on the radio and you’ll hear a raft of contenders for this year’s Song of the Summer.

Related: 79 Songs of the Summer Ranked from Worst to Best

There’s no technical definition for “Song of the Summer” in units of sales, chart rankings or streaming performance. They are the tracks for long, hot days and late, disorderly nights. Sometimes they’re instant classics that hold up forever (BeyoncĂ©’s “Crazy in Love”) and other times they’re a fleeting phenomenon that comes out of nowhere (Omi’s “Cheerleader”).

This year, artists from across the genre spectrum will make their case for 2017’s Song of the Summer. Here are some of our favorite entries:

“Slide” Calvin Harris and Migos
Never count Calvin Harris out of the “Song of the Summer” sweepstakes. Last year, “This Is What You Came For” (featuring Rihanna) was the hit no one saw coming. This year, he’s teamed with Frank Ocean and Migos on “Slide,” a laidback dance groove with a rich keyboard line. Ocean imbues everything he touches with class and Migos are the suddenly-everywhere rap team to watch. They make beautiful music together against Harris’ soundscape.

“The Cure” Lady Gaga
Gaga ditched her more experimental inclinations on the sturdy R&B-tinged pop track she debuted at Coachella—and it might be her sultriest song to date. This is a track any singer could have sung but few could lend Gaga’s vocal power and provocative subtext. Lines about healing a man with her love cast Gaga as a nymphomaniac witch doctor with more love to give than her boyfriend can handle. She wails “I will be right by your side” as a promise and a threat.

“Want You Back” Haim
Haim’s three-year hiatus spawned Something to Tell You, the three-piece sister act’s return. “Want You Back” is deceptively simple in melody and composition…it could become inescapable counterprogramming amid the rap anthems and EDM confections of 2017.

“I’m The One” DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
DJ Khaled assembled the blockbuster lineup of the year on “I’m The One” and has an opulent, star-studded music video to prove it. This song simply has something for everyone, from Chance the Rapper’s progressive hip-hop fans to legions of Beliebers. Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on…Khaled makes the people come together.

“Green Light” Lorde
Lorde’s album Melodrama drops June 16 but we’ve had months to live with its lead single “Green Light.” Don’t let the early March release date (and #20 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) get you down: “Green Light”  is a triumphant earworm tailor-made for summer. The song’s video doubles as a listening suggestion—enjoy this song wandering aimlessly on a warm night.

“Hard Times” Paramore
“Hard Times,” is a deceptively downcast title for an upbeat, New Wave-tinged single. Hayley Williams anchors the carefree vibe with her anxious, emotive vocals and the melody earns points for dance-ability. Summer calls for late-night club bangers, but “Hard Times” will play great at your afternoon barbecue.

“Swish Swish” Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj
Katy’s Taylor Swift diss track is darn catchy. Once the infectious Fatboy Slim sample (“Star 69”) gets under your skin, you’ll wish-wish you had Nicki Minaj’s verse committed to memory. And soon you will.

“Mask Off” Future
Future’s record-smashing 2017 already speaks for itself but “Mask Off” is the chart hit carrying two number-one albums’ worth of momentum. On the track, Future raps about Percocets and “old Chanel” with superstar swagger.

“Despacito” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
Listening to Justin Bieber sing in Spanish is sort of like watching a dog walk on his hind legs—it’s an amusing feat of dexterity and guaranteed to be retweeted. Kidding aside, Bieber’s foray into Latin music has been a boon for his range and “Despacito” is the right song at the right moment. Its tropical flair is perfect for pregame cocktails after a long day at the beach. Salud!

“J-Boy” by Phoenix
Phoenix are the dark horse in the running to take home the title of Song of the Summer. The French rockers haven’t changed their synthpop recipe and “J-Boy” contains the same New Wave levity of hits like “1901.” Throw in a retro, tongue-in-cheek video and they transport listeners to a simpler, brighter time and place.



Niall Horan Calls Eagles’ Don Henley ‘Dad’

Posted By: ZYNC - 9:18 AM

By Annie Reuter

Niall Horan is hard at work on his first solo release since One Direction, in a cover story interview with Billboard the former boy band member reveals that he remains in constant contact with 1D as well as Don Henley.

Related: Niall Horan Preps Solo Debut for Late Fall/Early Winter

“Nothing I do will be as big as One Direction, but I have to try at least to get somewhere near it,” he says, adding that he talks frequently with his 1D bandmates. “We haven’t even had a ­conversation about how long we think the break will be.”

Until the forthcoming 1D reunion, Horan is trying his hand at a solo career and hopes to emulate the music of his heroes — the Eagles. While Henley’s “Boys of Summer” and “Dirty Laundry” inspired his current single “Slow Hands,” he says guitarist Joe Walsh gave him some helpful advice as did Henley.

“You better enjoy the ride, because one day you’re going to be sitting on your own balls,” he recalls the guitarist’s advice. “Don Henley and I talk every couple weeks or so. It’s mad. I call him ‘Dad.’ He calls me ‘Son.'”

“Niall is a solid guy whose focus is right where it ought to be: on songwriting,” Henley tells Billboard. “He’s got the Irish charm and a healthy, self-effacing sense of humor, which is an essential ­survival tool in this business. I think that Niall will evolve into a resonant, thoughtful voice for his generation.”




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