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NEW MUSIC: Cappa and Cruel Youth Debut EPs

New music you’ve gotta hear!

Cruel Youth and Cappa debut solid EPs this week!

 

First up: Cappa

A relative newcomer, Cappa has a sound that places her alongside the likes of Halsey, Lorde and even Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Queen of Hearts will be your anthem for late night makeout sessions in the backseat of your boyfriend’s car. Its latest single “Next Ex” is an amazing track that perfectly introduces Cappa and the EP. Throw on some headphones and frolic around to six sing-along-ready tracks over an ice cream sundae that’s as sweet as Cappa’s music.

Cappa is currently on tour with Matt Wertz! Make sure to grab some tickets in a city near you to catch her live set this Fall! Buy tickets and see the dates: HERE

Listen to Cappa‘s Queen of Hearts via Spotify below:

 

Next: Cruel Youth

If you’re a fan of Natalia Kills, you’ll recognize the lead singer of Cruel Youth. Natalia Kills, who now goes by the new name Teddy Sinclair, founded Cruel Youth with her husband Willy Moon this year.

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+30mg begs its listeners to drown out their problems and surroundings with the hypothetical self-prescription from a handful of oxies. Cruel Youth takes aim at the masochism and vanity of youth and relationships throughout this project. The EP flirts between the lo-fi doo wop of the fifties and current urban beats with songs like “Alexis Texas“. +30mg is a musical experience of escapism and a satisfying piece of work from the band.

Cruel Youth is also touring this Fall in the U.S. and Canada. Get tickets and check out all their dates: HERE

Listen to Cruel Youth‘s +30mg via Spotify below:

 

What do you think of these new EPs?! Let me know what you think on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

 

 

 

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Fifth Harmony Song Premiere: “The Life”

The girls are living “The Life” and proclaim that they are “the best in the biz!” The new song furthers confidence that Fifth Harmony‘s upcoming album “7/27” is going to be a heavy trunk of hit songs!

The song is available now along with “Work From Home” when you pre-order their album on iTunes. Check out their new song “The Life” at the link below:

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#QuickListenReview + Song and Video Premiere: Fifth Harmony – “Work From Home”

Fifth Harmony’s new song “Work From Home” is the ONLY “work” needed to be done so far this year.

 The Song:

Our little girls from X-Factor are grown-up working women now! The song  “Work From Home,” (from their upcoming sophomore album ‘7/27’) solidifies a place for Fifth Harmony in the current pop landscape as its favorite dessert dish. Just like “Worth it” being the group’s answer to Top 40’s previous infatuation with jazzy horns, much like  Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty,” this song will sound (and taste) like a delicious dessert played after any of the many main-course hits Justin Bieber currently has in constant rotation on pop radio. They all sound great on the song, although it’s not really a vocal-driven song. The only criticism I’d have for it is that for the final chorus Lauren would have sounded a lot stronger and interesting on the adlibs for the finale (especially since she didn’t have a solo in the song) than the ever-present Camilla.

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Single Cover for Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home”

The Music Video:

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Dinah Jane demands 16″

The girls’ music video sees the girls in their most sexually implicit roles ever. Filled with phallic symbols and imagery (pictured above: Dinah Jane holding out 16″ on a ruler to her male counterpart), this video takes place at a construction site for a home that Fifth Harmony is hard at work on. I’ve got to say, although I’ve always been apprehensive that they can sell this kind of image or a dance video, they really worked it out! They really shocked me with how sexy this video was. It is a great curve ball pitched though.

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My reaction throughout Fifth Harmony’s new video

I guess performing their sassy dance song for a majority of last year has really paid off. They all look amazing and seem a little too comfortable in their new roles as suggestive women in pop. Watch their video below:

Overall, this song is my favorite single released this year. Fifth Harmony easily snatched the “work” crown swiftly from Rihanna‘s head and placed it upon theirs. Good job, girls.

 

Pre-Order Fifth Harmony‘s highly anticipated sophomore album “7/27” here. What are your opinions on this new release? Let me know here and on Facebook! Follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dr. Luke’s Lawyers Just Released a Statement Regarding #FreeKesha

In a detailed response against the “popular hashtag,” Dr. Luke’s legal team released this statement to the press today (Feb. 22):

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The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already “free” to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t “free” is a myth. The sound decision Friday by the Court in denying Kesha’s motion for an injunction made it clear Kesha’s allegations of purported abuse were unconvincing and that she had no basis to void record contracts and copyrights. Dr. Luke and his companies invested in Kesha’s success through their contributions, Sony Music has already spent over $11 million promoting Kesha, and Sony Music and its label Kemosabe Records are committed to continuing to promote her work.

More significantly, the Court also noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them.

Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha’s counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.

As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims. Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case -even when given the opportunity in her affidavit. Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened. 

This statement gives a firmer understanding of the judge’s decision to deny her sanctity from her recording contract with Dr. Luke this past Friday (Feb. 19).

The narrative of Kesha‘s label and legal problems continue with no end in sight. What are your thoughts on this statement from Dr. Luke’s legal team? Let me know here in the comments and follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Selena Gomez Is Already Working On New Album

Selena Gomez is hard at work on her new WORLD tour and a new album!

 

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Selena Gomez revealed during a Grammy interview with Zach Sang & The Gang (Watch: here) that she is already preparing for her next album! She divulged, “I’m already getting back in the studio with everybody that I love and I’ve been more inspired than ever.”

Throughout the interview she briefly speaks about the creative process of her current album ‘Revival’, admiring Jennifer Lawrence‘s career and working with Charlie Puth.

If you have tickets for her upcoming world tour, prepare for an intimate experience with Selena. Speaking of the tour, she admits, “It’s very, very genuine. The whole tour you’re going to feel so connected and I love that and I can’t wait for people to be a part of it.” — Sounds like an appropriate setting for her most personal album yet.

What style and sound would you love to hear Selena Gomez tackle in her follow-up to ‘Revival’? Let me know here or at any other social media platforms.

Follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check tour dates and purchase tickets to Selena’s “Revival Tour” here.