If you need an emotional release from the current state of the world, look no further than R3HAB‘s new collaboration “Good Example” with singer/songwriter Andy Grammer. The song takes the format of a parent speaking to their child, and Grammer’s voice on the tender lyrics is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings. “Good Example” opens with Grammer’s soulful performance over delicate acoustic guitar melodies, which break down into a groovy and melodic drop courtesy of R3HAB’s expert touch. It follows R3HAB’s recent release “Creep” with GATTÜSO and is his first collaboration with Andy Grammer, whose hits like “Don’t Give Up On Me” and “Honey, I’m Good” have made him a favorite artist of millions of listeners in the pop-rock/country-pop circuit.
“Andy Grammer’s voice has always been one of my favorites. With this track it’s no different – good example is exactly that – a good example of a great song. Andy’s message fits the track perfectly, and I can’t wait to share it with the world.” – R3HAB
“‘Good Example’ is a song about the conflict of being with your kid or chasing your calling. This is an impossible decision, and sometimes showing them how to passionately go after your dream means spending time away.” – Andy Grammer
Over the last eight years, the Dutch/Moroccan artist Fadil El Ghoul – better known as R3HAB – has established himself as a leader at the forefront of modern electronic music. His talent has been called the “future of the craft” by the likes of Forbes and Billboard, and he’s circuited the globe’s best clubs and festivals, all without the backing of a formal record label. In 2017, R3HAB independently released his debut album “Trouble” through his imprint CYB3RPVNK, which amassed over a half-billion streams globally and officially placed R3HAB among electronic music’s heavy hitters. He made number 14 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list in 2019, topping the charts with tracks like “Lullaby” and “Hold On Tight,” while his sophomore album “The Wave,” revealing more complex, emotional and experimental layers of himself, has amassed over 250 million streams on Spotify alone. In 2019 R3HAB’s “All Around The World” with A Touch of Class quickly became his biggest ever record already topping 200M streams across platforms and achieving gold & platinum status in 8 countries. It was followed by “Flames,” R3HAB’s collaboration with ZAYN.
Andy Grammer’s relatable and emotive music has made him a household name since 2011 when throughout his debut album Andy released to the world his first hits, such as “Fine by Me” and “Keep Your Head Up.” His second album “Magazines or Novels” was released in 2014, and featured “Honey, I’m Good” which is his most successful song to date, peaking at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. This single has been certified triple-platinum RIAA and was ranked one of the ten best-selling songs of 2015 by Nielsen SoundScan. Andy Grammer’s music can range from upbeat to heartbroken, and the honesty of his songwriting is part of his appeal. He also hosts his “The Good Parts” podcast, where he and guests, which have included Mike Posner and Sam Harris, which is available on his Youtube channel.
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20 Years Of The Blond Ambition Tour
On April 13th, 1990 Madonna was about to start her third concert tour in support of her fourth studio album “Like a Prayer” and her second soundtrack album, “I’m Breathless”. Who could have guessed this would become one of the most influential tours of all times, one after which any other tour of a pop star would be measured against?
Where was Madonna’s career in 1990?
Madonna’s entire career is one huge anomaly. Close to 40 years in her career debut we are still talking about her, she still makes headlines and even more importantly, she still makes great music with “Madame X” (2019) ending up on many “best of” lists for 2019 even if she was snubbed for a Grammy.
This is why trying to choose a peak for Madonna’s career is close to impossible but there is one era we can surely say is close to the top: the Blond Ambition Tour era. During this time, Madonna has shown that she isn’t just a very smart businesswoman, but also one of the top artists of her day – in retrospect, we can even say of all times.
While she started as a teen idol in the mid-1980s, by the early 1990s she transformed herself into a woman that adults could look up to, could talk about without sounding like they’re trying to keep up with the kids of the day, but also without alienating her teen fanbase. So when she went on tour in 1990, it was bound to be a success.
Why is this tour so iconic?
If you had to sketch Madonna so another person could guess who you’re drawing, it’s very likely that you’d use a cone bra, a blonde ponytail, and a hands-free microphone that thanks to this tour, it has become known as a “Madonna mike”. There was no use of the cvn300 model yet, but she made it work!
The tour had five segments: “Metropolis” (which was inspired by the German film of the same name), “Religious” (inspired by her Catholic upbringing), “Dick Tracy” (after the movie she starred in 1990), “Art Deco” (her tribute to the early years of Hollywood fashion), and an encore.
Looking at these segments, it’s not hard to see why the tour was such a critical success. Artists thrive when they present work inspired by their real-life emotions and experiences, by their interests, etc. We all know Madonna has a thing for questioning religious dogmas and she loves old Hollywood glamour so the tour imagery fit her like a glove.
By using elaborate sets and costume changes that told a story, Madonna basically combined the worlds of opera and rock’n’roll and created a spectacle that is still entertaining 30 years after its debut. Her progressive views on feminism, racism or queer rights were tabu back then and they’re still controversial today, which makes the tour age like fine wine.
This was a show that was accessible to many and it would make you leave the stadium not only entertained but also asking yourself questions: why is female sexuality such a tabu when Michael Jackson and Prince aren’t doing anything that different and they don’t get the same criticism?
The setlist also reads as a sort-of greatest hits for the Queen of Pop as she performed “Holiday”, “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” among other classics. And we must give a shout out to the costumes of Jean-Paul Gaultier as they changed how a pop star could look like!
Fortunately, her artistry remains as seen by her next tours such as “The Girlie Show”, “Confessions Tour” and her most recent one, “Madame X Tour”. We just can’t wait to see what she has prepared for us next!
Amira’s ‘Broken Angel’ EP Can Make You Feel Many Emotions
The first listen to this EP is indicative that Amira pours her heart out over all the 5 tracks. It really doesn’t matter if you can relate or not to the lyrics of ‘Broken Angel’. Just the way she conveys her emotions with powerful vocals is what shines the most. Besides the good interaction of guitar, drums, and keyboards, Amira’s Pop-Rock ballads tell different stories. Certainly, she has the ability to sustain long high notes while her deep feelings denote a reflection of different subjects. From love issues to past experiences, she takes you to a journey where hope or inspiration serves as a purpose.
Currently residing in Richmond, VA, she got involved in the music realm as an autodidact. From an early age, she fell in love with the guitar like most musicians. After her stint in a duo with Austin Riley and in the Rock/Blues cover band IMT, Amira has gained a lot of confidence in herself. So far, the most memorable career moment of this talented singer was her performance of the national anthem at The Diamond baseball stadium. As one can imagine, due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, she has to reschedule her tour. Get more announcements below.
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LISTEN NOW: Alvin Brings An Incredibly Eclectic Sound In His EP, ‘Seven Oaks’
Manchester-based talent, Alvin, recently released his 5-track EP, ‘Seven Oaks’. Besides its incredibly eclectic sound, this fresh material is full of feelings and emotions. You can even soothe your ears with his delicate touch and beautiful melodies. What’s more, such soulful vocals are indicative of the great passion he puts on everything he creates.
It is worth mentioning ‘Seven Oaks’ is a continuation from a similar styled EP, entitled, ‘Many Happy Returns’. Surprisingly, Alvin elaborates a fantasy world through his confessional/intimate lyrics, which are poured over hypnotic beats. Therefore, the whole EP may spark your imagination in mere seconds.
‘Seven Oaks’ also has a variety of songs about different subjects like love, dreams, adventures, melancholy, crucial decisions, and changes. Overall, it’s so chill and relaxing no one can complain. If you enjoy this kind of vibe as much as I do, then stay alert on his socials. There will be a new tape coming this summer, please stay tuned for more news!
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Heidi Anne Reveals New Collaboration With Carlprit, “Shadow Crimes”
Get to know Heidi Anne at her best! There’s nothing like lyrics inspired by a good dose of mystery. In fact, the music video for “Shadow Crimes” immerses you into the suspenseful world of thrillers.
Get to know Heidi Anne at her best! There’s nothing like lyrics inspired by a good dose of mystery. In fact, the music video for “Shadow Crimes” immerses you into the suspenseful world of thrillers. Undoubtedly, this sounds as brilliant as the intriguing full moon that makes its presence in her verses. Best of all, this track moves naturally from Soul-ish Pop/RnB to Hip-Hop thanks to the clever wordplay and rapid-fire flow from Carlprit, who is best known for his hits with Cascada and Alexandra Stan.
On a side note, this is not the first time the YouTube sensation works with prestigious urban artists. As a matter of fact, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross have also collaborated with the emerging artist. Not to mention, she’s currently working on an album that will feature exciting alliances. Get more updates on her future releases via her socials below.
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Searching For 420-Friendly Songs? La Sinclair’s Music Is For You!
There’s no doubt, 420-friendly songs create a laidback atmosphere suitable for smoking weed. “Acapulco Gold” by La Sinclair is one of those songs that revolve around medical marijuana. The Los Angeles-based artist drops an original song whose lyrics extol the plant’s relaxing benefits. Definitely, her storytelling connects you to her childhood memories in Mexico’s largest beach resort city. Inspired by the proliferation of cannabis use during the 60s, this vintage-esque tune encompasses a blend of RnB and tropical Pop beats. If you’re a regular smoker, don’t make your quarantine days boring, check this out and transport yourself to another realm immediately.
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