Since she was announced as Glastonbury’s main stage headliner it’s been assumed Beyoncé will need a few tricks up her sleeve to pull off a successful show – after all, the crowd of Glasto’s main stage are stereotypically more used to the grunt of beardy guitar bands than wailing divas. With this in mind, ‘Run The World (Girls)’ could well have been made with the specific aim of getting a huge festival crowd on their feet.
Stealing the backing from Major Lazer’s ‘Pon De Floor’ – a dance track that’s enjoyed huge crossover success with both urban and electro crowds – ‘Run The World (Girls)’ is a whirring ball of wonky energy guaranteed to stand out in amongst Beyoncé’s usually smooth R&B stylings. The producer behind the track is in fact Afrojack: a hugely popular dance DJ who has already worked his magic with Black Eyed Peas and knows a thing or two about banging out festival tents. Strikingly, ‘Run The World (Girls)’ seems to be quite a departure for the former Destiny’s Child singer and could signal a move into more OTT club based sounds. A cameo performance from her husband, Jay-Z, will likely get the crowds going more – but this single is also likely to be one of the highlights from B’s Pyramid stage performance.
Beyoncé’s fourth studio album is due for release in June.
Major Lazer, the Caribbean project of über producers Diplo and Switch, has teamed up with last year’s British synth pop revelation La Roux to create ‘Lazerproof’, a free mixtape available through Mad Decent website.
Celebrating the young Brit stars’ break into the US market with their UK Number 1 hit ‘Bulletproof’ – which is on its way to become one of the biggest hits of the summer season stateside – Major Lazer has reworked some of the tracks on La Roux’s debut album and thrown in some high profile collaborations from the likes of Gucci Mane, Gyptian and Drake, shaping up an interesting clash of two very different musical worlds.
To get us in the mood for their forthcoming debut album ‘Tons Of Friends’, Italian duo Crookers are giving away a download of the album’s opening track. ‘We Love Animals’ sees the pair collaborate with Brazilian producer Mixhell and the kings of ear bleeding electro, Soulwax. As to be expected, the track is an absolute stormer and one that’s sure to set the tone for the rest of ‘Tons Of Friends’. The album’s title is no exaggeration as it boasts a stellar list of collaborators including Róisín Murphy, Kelis and Major Lazer to name just a few.
To download the track and enjoy a taste of what is sure to be one of the rowdiest dance albums of 2010 simply head to the Crookers website.
Summer’s already here. Millions are packing their stuff in order to get a well deserved rest in sunny latitudes around the world, the perfect targets of the many contenders for the title of Summer Song 2009. Dozens of dance crazes, Uber cheesy Europop or pseudo reggae numbers will compete against each other to become part of the holiday experience of many. The lucky ones will be inescapable and may turn into global smashes after the season finishes and holidaymakers recall their pleasant memories. Shazam wants to give a glimpse at this year’s candidates, currently breaking the airwaves and clubs in all the usual places. Beginning with the perfect novelty record, Mexican film star Gael Garcia Bernal’s tongue-in-cheek Spanish cover of Cheap Trick’s rock classic “I want you to want me”, as included in the soundtrack of his latest film “Rudo & Cursi”. The film tells the story of two brothers who become big football stars, although Cursi’s real dream is to be a singer. Showcasing his enthusiasm, yet lack of artistic talent through this fake promo for “Quiero Que Me Quieras”, Originally it was just one of the jokes in the screenplay, but thanks to Garcia Bernal’s star power is already hitting radio stations across the Latin World. Read more…