Category: Pop

Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert releases her stunning debut album Heart On My Sleeve on November 14 featuring her single “Secrets”.

The Australian version of the album will exclusively feature the BOB version of “Secrets”, as well as “She Keeps Me Warm”; Mary’s extended solo version of the global smash hit so co-wrote with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Same Love”

Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes now will receive “Secrets” instantly, also receiving a version featuring BOB when they pre-order the deluxe album.

Written within the past year with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter MoZella (Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball’),  Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now.

“This year has been the best of my entire life, which is not to say it hasn’t come with its fair share of hurdles, heartbreak, and harsh lessons,” she says. “I can only write about the experiences I’ve had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there.”

The official video for “Secrets” is now streaming here on VEVO. Directed by Declan Whitebloom (Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, One Direction), the jubilant, performance-based video perfectly captures the positive nature of the song, which is about loving yourself unabashedly.

To compliment “Secrets,” Mary launched a #MarySecrets Postcard micro-site (http://secrets.marylambertsings.com) where fans can submit theirs anonymously. In return, fans who participate will receive a secret from a stranger in the mail.

“I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards, and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice,” Lambert explains. “It’s easy to paint a pretty picture and tell everyone to love themselves, but it’s way more complicated than that. There is so much shame and guilt in our society, and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We’re all facing battles. So let’s talk about it. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.”

For more on Mary Lambert, visit:

http://marylambertsings.com

Rainy Day Women
There seems to be something in the water on the West Coast of Australia that breeds a plethora of bands who relentlessly produce great pop tunes. Fresh from their performances at Rottofest and at the Amplifier in Perth on the weekend, Rainy Day Women are no exception to this rule. With the release of their debut album Ain’t It Time on the horizon, the four piece have already treated us to some gems in singles ‘Mars’ and most recently ‘Mrs Jones’. Now, they’re transporting us to Fremantle  and allowing us to walk the streets with them in their video for ‘Mrs Jones’.
The band have been busy hitting the road with Meg Mac on her sold out debut EP tour, giving audiences the chance to see not one, but two of the country’s most promising acts live.

A favourite in last year’s WAM awards having won Pop Act Of The Year, Rainy Day Women’s debut album Ain’t It Time  is set for release on October 3, and boasts something brand new yet pleasantly familiar. A body of work fit for a band who are more than one release deep in their career, Ain’t It Time will be one of those ageless debut albums that won’t need a track skipped.

Missy Higgins

On the eve of her one-off Australian OZ tour that begins tomorrow in Cairns, Missy Higgins OZ album and book are released today.  This follows outstanding album reviews for her eclectic collection of Australian cover versions.

Missy’s collection of Aussie cover songs can be enjoyed on the OZ album, read about in the quirky book of related essays, or experienced together as a deluxe cloth-bound CD/Book edition.

Missy said, “It’s bloody exciting to finally have this album and book out there. It’s a totally new venture for me creatively which always makes it pretty nerve wracking waiting to see if people like it, but so far the response has been amazing. We’ve just put together a really exciting new live show too so I can’t wait to get that out on the road.”

From tomorrow, Missy’s national OZ tour will begin as she performs her only shows for at least the next year. The tour will see Missy perform across Australia until October 30 when the tour wraps in Melbourne.

Tickets remain for some shows but are expected to sell out once the tour begins, and are available from all usual outlets.

MISSY HIGGINS – OZ TOUR
Presented by Max, The Music and Spotify
Tickets on sale now

Sat 20 Sept - Cairns, Civic Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sat 21 Sept - Cairns, Civic Theatre - Tickets - 2ND & FINAL SHOW
Tue 23 Sept - Townsville, Entertainment Centre (Auditorium) - Tickets
Wed 24 Sept - Mackay, Entertainment Centre (Plenary Halls A&B) - Tickets
Fri 26 Sept - Caloundra, The Events Centre Theatre - Tickets
Sat 27 Sept - Brisbane, Entertainment Centre (Great Hall) - Tickets
Sun 28 Sept - Toowoomba, Empire Theatre - Tickets
Tue 30 Sept - Gold Coast, The Arts Centre (Arts Theatre) - Tickets
Wed 1 Oct - Lismore, City Hall (Churchill Auditorium) - Tickets
Fri 3 Oct - Newcastle, Civic Theatre - Tickets
Sat 4 Oct - Sydney, Enmore Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sun 5 Oct - Sydney, Enmore Theatre - Tickets - 2ND & FINAL
Mon 6 Oct - Chatswood, The Concourse - Tickets
Tue 7 Oct - Penrith, Joan Sutherland PAC - SOLD OUT
Thu 9 Oct - Wollongong, Anita’s Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sat 11 Oct - Canberra Theatre - Tickets - LAST SEATS
Sun 12 Oct - Wodonga, The Cube - Tickets
Tue 14 Oct - Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Wed 15 Oct - Geraldton, Queens Park Theatre * - SOLD OUT
Thu 16 Oct - Perth, Crown Theatre * - Tickets
Sat 18 Oct - Bunbury, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre * - Tickets
Sun 19 Oct – Mandurah, Performing Arts Centre * - Tickets
Wed 22 Oct – Darwin, Convention Centre * - Tickets
Sat 25 Oct – Adelaide, Entertainment Centre (Theatre) - Tickets
Wed 29 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre - SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Oct – Melbourne, Regent Theatre - Tickets

Ricki Lee DancinAustralian pop songstress Ricki-Lee today announces the release of her fourth studio album “Dance In The Rain” – out October 17 and available for pre-order now.  The album will include the singles: “All We Need Is Love” & “Happy Ever After” and official next single “Giddyup” which is out on October 3. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive a brand new album track “In The Mood” instantly.

With Stuart Crichton co-producing the bulk of the album alongside Executive Producer Ricki-Lee, “Dance In The Rain” is brimming with pop, dance, R&B and even reggae styles. Ricki-Lee has been locked away in studios around the world paying close attention to the intricacies of the music she wants to define herself with via her latest album. From the dramatic and self-affirming title track, through to the feel-good pop of “All We Need Is Love” and the bangin’ club-ready “Until We Drop” and “Diva”. From the painful and emotive ballad “Mirage”, and the pretty but haunting lullaby “You”, Ricki-Lee’s range and diversity is striking. The next single “GiddyUp” serves up some assertive and intoxicating sass throughout which Ricki-Lee declares – tongue-in-cheek – “Gimme my crown I’m Queen of the night”.

“Life throws so much at you and I write about it all. Through the 18-months of writing and producing the album I figured I had a lot to say and there were so many things I wanted to express – and I managed to pull it all together for this one album” explains Ricki.

Alongside the release of Ricki-Lee’s new album, fans will also be able to see the performer on this year’s season of Seven Networks’ “Dancing With The Stars”, where Ricki will get to incorporate her love of performing with some show-stopping glamour.  Fans will also get to see Ricki perform her hit single “Happy Ever After” on X-Factor on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Ricki-Lee is a household name, a platinum selling singer, writer and producer of her own material, with consistent airplay and chart success spanning across a ten-year career boasting an impressive nine Top 20 singles. After performing on Australian Idol, Ricki-Lee released her self-titled gold debut album in 2005, featuring a trio of hit singles ‘Hell No’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Breathe’. After the success of Young Divas, Ricki-Lee focused on her solo work releasing ‘Brand New Day’ in 2007, housing Top 10 hits ‘Can’t Touch It’, ‘Love Is All Around’ and ‘Can’t Sing A Different Song’. Ricki-Lee’s third solo album, ‘Fear and Freedom’, hit gold and went Top 10, featuring smash singles ‘Burn It Down’, ‘Crazy’, platinum ‘Raining Diamonds’ and double platinum ‘Do It Like That’.

Mariah Carey

On the heels of the most critically acclaimed album of her career, ‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,’ the best-selling female artist of all time, MARIAH CAREY, has confirmed Australian dates, extending her previously announced “The Elusive Chanteuse Show” world tour.

Mariah will play six exclusive dates in Australia, commencing November 2, 2014 at Perth’s Sandalford Estate, and then followed by indoor arena shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Mariah will also perform two A Day On The Green dates, playing Rochford Wines in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and Sirromet Wines located in Mt. Cotton outside of Brisbane.

This will be Mariah’s first national Australian tour since her “Butterfly” world tour visited here in 1998, with the exception of 3 East Coast shows presented in January 2013.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday, September 26. Visit www.mariahcarey.com/tour for up-to-date information.

My Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday September 24. For complete details, visit: www.livenation.com.au

Carey’s set list will be an exciting mix of her biggest hits, fan-favourite album cuts, never-before-performed selections from her #1 R&B Album “Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” and many more surprises!

“I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage with my fans,” says Carey. “I can’t stop writing songs so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!”

Mariah Carey is a true music icon and the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles (17 self-penned), including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Hero’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘One Sweet Day’, and ‘We Belong Together’ – more than any solo artist in history.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has redefined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognised with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.

Mariah Carey’s ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009) and also in Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.

 

PERTH                           SANDALFORD ESTATE             SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2 **^

ADELAIDE                     ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE                   WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5*

MELBOURNE                 ROD LAVER ARENA                              FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7*

SYDNEY                        QANTAS CREDIT UNION ARENA           MONDAY NOVEMBER 10*

 

** Presented by Live Nation and Zaccaria Events

 

Also performing at A Day On The Green:

YARRA VALLEY, VIC                  ROCHFORD WINES                  SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8**

MT COTTON, QLD                       SIRROMET WINES                   SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16**

 

TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS GO ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26

 

**A Day on the Green pre-sale: 2pm Tuesday September 23 until 2pm Wednesday September 24

**My Ticketmaster pre-sale: 10am Wednesday September 24 until 5pm Thursday September 25

*My Live Nation pre-sale: Wednesday September 24, 10am until 10pm

^Zaccaria pre-sale: 10am Wednesday September 24 until 10pm Wednesday September 24

*My Ticketek pre-sale: Thursday September 25, 9am until 9pm

 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

www.livenation.com.au          www.livenation.co.nz

www.adayonthegreen.com.au            www.zaccariagroup.com

 

Stay up to date with tour announcements at:

 http://www.mariahcarey.com/tour

http://www.facebook.com/mariahcarey 

and on Twitter: @MariahCarey

The Living Eyes

Year: 2013

Label: Z-Man

Track Listing:

  1. Sittin’ Sick
  2. Wrong Doings
  3. Down And Out
  4. Heard It All Before
  5. Up And At Them
  6. Economy First
  7. Outta Doubt
  8. Slave Labour
  9. Ways To Make A Living
  10. Stuck In My Own World
  11. Cry In Shame

Subculture Media ‘The Living Eyes’ – The Living Eyes Review:

For the younger generation of music fans there is a familiar daydream – a dream where they once found themselves packed into a beer-soaked, smoke-filled concert hall in the 1960s as they watched a young band made up of musos with the names of George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon plying their trade. This of course would have been before The Beatles were international stars, the daydream doesn’t work if you can’t say you were one of the first people to discover The Beatles. Well now you can do that with another band.

The comparison between Geelong band The Living Eyes and of course The Beatles isn’t exactly such a far-fetched one to make. Certainly The Living Eyes have learnt a thing or two listening to The Beatles over the years, not only are their music styling very similar but Billy Gardener, Mitch Campleman, Dayle Herbert and Nicholas Hill know how to create a special brand of pop rock, a brand that to be honest it has felt that The Beatles have a hold on for all of these years.

The band’s self-titled new release is an absolute gem of an album, one that you know you are going to listen to over and over for years to come. Opening track ‘Sittin’ Sick’ reels you in with its garage rock fused with 1960s pop sound and the album has you from there.

Short and sweet tracks like ‘Wrong Doings’ and ‘Slave Labour’ leave the listener wanting more while you just know if a track like ‘Down And Out’ had been released back in the 1960s it would have graced itself on the soundtrack for the television series of ‘Heartbeat’, as it certainly would have been a track that would been remembered for a long to come.

‘Heard It All Before’ sees Billy Gardener bring an almost punk vibe to his vocals while it’s the brilliant guitar chords he pulls together with Mitch Campleman that makes you want to give ‘Up And At Them’ another listen.

Again it’s the guitar work on the opening of ‘Economy First’ which reveals The Living Eyes as a band with pure skill while it also shows that as a band these guys know how to write music so catchy that any audience will fall in love with it straight away… a really handy skill for a band to have if they want people coming to their shows and buying their CDs.

Even an average track like ‘Outta Doubt’ is worth another listen while ‘Ways To Make A Living’ again brings some raw emotion to the album… it’s track like the latter that makes seeing The Living Eyes live something to put on your bucket list.

‘Stuck In My Own World’ consists of some melodies that most bands would kill for while it is once again Gardner’s vocals that brings back that raw emotion with ‘Cry In Shame’.

This self-titled album really proves The Living Eyes to be one of the finds of 2013. If you are serious music lover then buying this album is a must while seeing them live should be a dream you fulfill really soon.

Rating (out of 5): Stars(5)

Amali Ward - Back In Time

Year: 2013

Label: Precious Records

Track Listing:
1. Leave Me Alone

2. Knock You Out

3. Upside Down

4. Victim Of Love

5. Prettier Than Me

6. Come Inside

7. Back In Time

8. Handbag

9. Break The Mirror

10. Black Dog

Subculture Media ‘Amali Ward – Back In Time’ Review:

Most people would remember Amali Ward as the young singer that many of the judges on Australian Idol thought was too young to be there. She proved them wrong and excelled and since her time on the show has gone away finished school and worked extremely hard at becoming one of Australia’s top singers… and she has the song-writing awards to back it up.

Now it’s time for Ward to show Australia (and the world) just what a fine artist she has become, with the release of her debut album ‘Back In Time’, and if you’re expecting just another stock standard pop album then you are in for a rude surprise. This actually will be one of the finest pop albums you hear this year.

‘Back In Time’ kicks into a gear with the smooth ‘Leave Me Alone’, a track that gives an early warning that this is going to be a special kind of album. Those thoughts are then justified with the brilliant ‘Knock You Out’, the new single off the album that is made up of what most pop tracks these days lack… real attitude. It’s easy to tell that Amali Ward has written this track from a really deep voice and the results are sensational.

‘Upside Down’ really puts the magnificent song-writing skills of Amali Ward on show, who else could turn a song about a bad night out into something so poetic. With these kinds of skills it’s not surprising that Ward has the ability to produce an album so good, even average tracks such as the sweet and catchy ‘Victim Of Love’ are well worth a second glance (or should that be listen).

There is a little bit of Alanis Morissette about ‘Prettier Than Me’ which sees Ward take a swipe at sooky guys, but instead of delivering a straight does of venom like Morissette would have Ward disguises it under a layer of sweetness that is very deceiving.

The one thing that Amali Ward isn’t afraid to do on Back In Time’ is genre-switch, she eases between various musical sounds with ease that that is nowhere more evident than on ‘Come Inside’ which wouldn’t have sounded out of place on ‘The Sapphires Soundtrack’.  The title track of the album, ‘Back In Time’ sees Ward once again return to the pop genre and along with ‘Handbag’ really does show that pop music doesn’t need to be generic and boring… these are stunning tracks.

‘Break The Mirror’ is catchier enough to suggest that it one day may find itself on radio station playlists, it’ll certainly have you singing along to it as you listen, while the jazzy swing sounding ‘Black Dog’ is made of some more deeply personal lyrics for Ward. It shows that songs clearly sound better when they are written from the heart.

‘Back In Time’ proves that ‘pop’ doesn’t have to be a bad word, this album alone should re-introduce a faith in this genre to music lovers that have thought that pop music has needed a good kicking for a long time. Imagine the thought provoking lyrics of somebody like Tori Amos mixed in with the sweet pop/R&B sounds of Rihanna and you’re some of the way to understanding what Amali Ward sounds like. ‘Back In Time’ is a brilliant album that really showcases the talents of one of Australia’s most promising up-and-coming stars.

Rating: 5/5

 

PanamaYear: 2013

Label: Independent

Track Listing:
1. Heartbeat
2. It’s Not Over
3. Magic
4. One Piece
5. Stop The Fire
6. We Have Love

Subculture Media Review:

For a long time Australian pop music has been something that the locals have been a little embarrassed about. Sure we have winners of shows like ‘X Factor’ and ‘Australian Idol’ but normally their first album does well and then they simply disappear into obscurity… well come in who knows what branch of McDonalds Casey Donovan and Kate DeAraugo are working the Drive Thru at now?

But if you are an Aussie pop lover then it is really time to rejoice, because along comes a group called Panama. These guys released the sensational ‘Magic’ last year and now they are back with an EP titled ‘It’s Not Over’ which is a great little release.

The opening track, ‘Heartbeat’ reveals a really different sound to what you would normally expect from an Aussie pop outfit… there is no hint of cheese (that’s saved for Casey’s cheeseburger) to be heard and instead it is obvious that Panama brilliantly fuse a the sound of pop, electronic and house music together extremely well.

Fans of Underworld and Joy Division (if you want to feel a little older) will lap up title track, ‘It’s Not Over’ with its great vocals care of Jarrah McCleary and a catchiness that makes very infectious. The groovy sounds continue with the track we all heard last year, ‘Magic’, which of course if you haven’t heard is very disco sounding.

‘One Piece’ delivers a very smooth electronic sound with some high notes that the Bee Gees would have proud to have called their own while the catchiness returns with ‘Stop The Fire’. The EP then closes out with ‘We Have Love’, another piece of pop magic.

‘It’s Not Over’ reveals that Panama are elite amongst pop groups just in Australia but around the world. Make sure you grab a copy of ‘It’s Not Over’ because it’s a must have at any party this summer.
Rating: 3/5