A few weeks ago Belgium born and Australian based singer-songwriter Gotye unveiled his latest single, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, and it has become a huge smash in Australia. For over a decade the musician, also a member of indie band The Basics, enjoyed a successful solo career that has just peaked thanks to this collaboration with New Zealand singer Kimbra in a duet that goes through some soul baring lyrics, telling the aftermath of a broken relationship and packing an instant emotional punch with the listener.
The track got luckily endorsed by celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen, both using their twitter accounts to recommend it to their millions of followers. The video became a word of mouth sensation hitting two million YouTube views in record time. Unsurprisingly, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ has ended Adele’s seven week residency on top of the Aussie charts, hitting platinum status. It doesn’t stop there, after recently reaching the top spot on Hype’s Machine global chart, it now looks like a strong candidate for an international crossover.
‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is the second single from Gotye’s third studio album ‘Making Mirrors’, which was released this week.
The eighth season of Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t get underway till September 22, but we’re giving fans an early treat. Promos start airing tonight, and you can Shazam them to get an exclusive sneek peak into your favorite drama!
As well as the exclusive preview, more content is being added over the next few weeks including a music video by Scars on 45 and more scenes from the hit show – so keep tagging the promo whenever you see it to unlock new content.
Season eight picks up only 5 days after the season seven cliffhanger finale - so DerMer are far from resolving their marital crisis and Cristina has yet to act on her decision to terminate her pregnancy — cold feet, perhaps? Plus there’s the small matter of Mer tampering with the Alzheimer’s treatment trial… so tune in tonight and see if the promo reveals her fate!
Any band that’s named after a Japanese Manga series about an alien race who arrive on Earth to invade the planet have got to be worth listening to. Right? Especially if the band is Scottish, and play lo-fi indie rock.
In 1995, the wonderfully named Urusei Yatsura released a neon pink seven inch single of their track ‘Plastic Ashtray’ on Che Recordings, It’s thrashy indie brilliance from start to finish. The single was taken from arguably the band’s best album, ‘We Are Urusei Yatsura’ (released on Che in 1996) – which also featured cute and kitsch songs like ‘Kewpies Like Watermelon’ and ‘Hello Tiger’. Though the band released another album after that called ‘Everybody Loves Urusei Yatsura’, in fact, the reverse was true. The album received mixed reviews, and the band disappeared quietly, without trace, leaving a legacy of fantastic 7″ plastic in the record collections of Britpop nerds across the UK.
Forget that its 16 years later – watch the video below and relive the glory of the mid 90s!
Harry Potter star Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the movie series, has well and truly graduated from Hogwarts. The British actor, who starred in all eightof the Harry Potter movies, is trying his hand at music after signing a deal with independent label Six Strings Production last year. Tom Felton has spoken of his desire to enter the UK grime scene, but debut single Hawaii is a world away from the gritty world of London rap.
Hawaii features Tom singing in an undeniably British accent in a way that sounds unnatural and forced. The song’s main focus is Felton’s distinct vocal, which is supported by an acoustic guitar and piano. The lyrics speak of the dismal weather outside and how Tom wishes he could be relaxing in sunnier climes – namely Hawaii. The simple verse and easy melody suggest that Felton’s first foray into music was probably a result of the jamming sessions that he is said to enjoy with his band and not the result of a burning desire to channel his creative juices.
If Hawaii is an indicator of what is to come musically from Tom Felton than I think it’s safe to say his fans will prefer him on the big screen. Tom Felton is next up in movie blockbuster Rise of the Planet Of The Apes alongside James Franco and Frieda Pinto, and hopefully the movie theatre is where he will remain.
What do AC/DC, KISS, The Rolling Stones and Iron Maiden all have in common? Not just millions in record and ticket sales, but also their very own wine range.
AC/DC are joining a surprisingly substantial list of rock royalty and have teamed up with Australian winemaker Warburn Estate to create a selection of wines. Any discerning AC/DC fan will be grappling to get their hands on the range of four wines, which share their name with some of the band’s biggest hits. There is Back in Black Shiraz, Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Muscat. The range will be stocked in Woolworths stores across Australia. The store said, “We wanted to make sure AC/DC’s home fan base could have easy access to their rock icons’ wines. It was a no-brainer to make it available nationally, no one misses out.”
AC/DC are credited with pioneering heavy metal and despite suffering numerous line-up changes, 2013 will see the band celebrate their 40th year in business. Fronted by Australian brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, they have remained lynch pins of the rock scene ever since. However, the move into the alcohol market may well be seen as a controversial one considering the group’s original singer, Bon Scott, died in 1980 following a night of heavy drinking.
This Monday brought the sad news that Nick Ashford, of Ashford & Simpson, fame passed away in a New York hospital. Alongside his wife, Valerie Simpson, Nick penned some of the most successful soul songs ever put to paper. Motown classics such as ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’ put the duo on the map early on in their careers, making them among the most sought after song writers of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Later Ashford & Simpson developed their own solo careers where the interplay between the pair’s vocals gave their music an instantly recognisable calling card. A solid run of gospel tinged disco albums kept Ashford & Simpson in the charts until they delivered their mega hit ’Solid’ in 1984, a track which perhaps dwarfed some of their excellent early work.
All throughout the 70’s Nick Ashford continued to write superlative singles for the likes of Collins & Collins, Chaka Khan, Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye: his emotionally drenched songs and energetic harmonies defining early disco and ‘70’s R&B.
Nick Ashford’s music was highly influential throughout the 90’s and beyond. Frankie Knuckles, the DJ credited as the godfather of house music, has often referenced Ashford & Simpson as his most important influence. Added to this Ashford & Simpson’s music has constantly been used as a source of inspiration for modern soul singers such as Amy Winehouse who borrowed a section of ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ on her song ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’.
Lil Wayne shouldn’t need much of an intro – with platinum selling albums, all-star collaborations, a hugely successful record label and a clutch of Grammys under his belt.
Check out his new music video, ‘How to Love’ on VEVO – as well as being one of the most shocking, heartbreaking, thought-provoking videos of the year, it’s a chance for all you Weezy fans to win a VIP trip for two to see the self-claimed ‘Best Rapper Alive’, live!
Shazamers in the US and Canada with an iPhone, iPod touch or Android device can enter the contest any time between today and October 15, simply:
Remember to Shazam daily! You can enter to win once a day, every day during the promo period from now until midnight October15.
This video is a huge deal. Not just for us (we’re beyond excited as it’s the first ever music video to include our ‘Shazam for TV’ technology), but in the words of Lil Wayne himself – the video “gave him goose bumps” and he’s “never had a single like it”. Have to say, the hard hitting message brought a lump to our throat here at Shazam, what about you?
Following on from the multi-million selling, multi-award winning, critically acclaimed success of debut album ‘Lungs’, Florence + The Machine has returned with new track ‘What The Water Gave Me’.
The track references 2 prolific female figures, the title coming from a painting by artist Frida Kahlo and the lyrics referencing the suicide of writer Virigina Woolf. ‘What The Water Gave Me’ is a captivating pop track drenched in Florence’s rich, beautifully distinct vocals and enriched with the backing of a choir and the signature sounds of the harp.
Not a stray from previous works but a development and play on the sounds she began experimenting with on ‘Lungs’, the track is destined to feed the growing appetite of Florence fans globally.
‘What The Water Gave Me’ is the first taste from the yet to be titled new album. Recorded over 5 weeks at the famous 3 studio in Abbey Road Road (where the Beatles recorded ‘Revolver’ and Pink Floyd ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’) and produced entirely by Paul Epworth (Adele, Cee-Lo Green & Bloc Party), Florence + The Machine’s new album is due out November 7.