new music to know
The English singer, who is already a household name overseas, is gearing up to have a Sam Smith-like year of his own.
“Some artists love that power of swooping in and watching the crowd eat out of their hand,” Niia says. “But for me, it’s a little scary and I think I realized we both can play the vulnerability card. Me as the artist, them as the audience.”
For the emerging teen pop star, music stardom is coming six seconds at a time.
The Brit got her start back in 2012 when she appeared on UK’s The X Factor. She was an early favorite to win with famous backers like Cher, Adele and Leona Lewis tweeting her praises, but she would only end up coming in sixth. But don’t feel sorry for her, she’s got her sights on a much bigger prize: America.
At this point, everyone knows who’s headlining Coachella, but what about those acts playing the early hours of the festival?
This dichotomy of pouring her heart out, while you bust a move on the dance floor was a conscious decision early on. “I didn’t want to write songs that would always make you want to slit your wrists in the bathtub,” Who said.
Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.
“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”
Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”
All the best soul songs are about love: from falling into it to losing it and everything in between. And it’s that Motown sound in particular that John Newman takes inspiration from on his debut album, ‘Tribute.’