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Gwen Stefani’s on the Maroon 5 ‘LP’

Posted on Jul 23 2014 at about 09:30. comments

Invader Girl’s ‘Starting Fires’ video represents majesty, fantasy and complete ridiculousness

Posted by Popjustice on Jul 22 2014 at about 16:12


We’ve had high hopes for Camilla Roholm for some time now. When we first wrote about her back in 2012, she was unsigned and calling herself Cinnamon Girl. She was also unmistakably amazing.

During the intervening years we heard that she’d signed to Sony and at the end of last month, now calling herself Invader Girl, she whacked online a MSMR remix of her first proper single ‘Starting Fires’. She was still unmistakably amazing.

That remix now has a sort of video, which we’re premiering today right below this paragraph.

To accompany this video of a trotting unicorn we decided to email Invader Girl a few questions about what’s going on, and here’s what she sent back.

There is a strong unicorn element to this video, in that it’s basically just a unicorn. What do you like about unicorns?
“Aside from the majesty and fantasy element, I love that they are completely ridiculous. Nothing quite says cloud cuckoo land like a unicorn.”

There’s a unicorn in the video for the shit new Paris Hilton song. If any Popjustice readers are going on holiday soon and need a popstar to look after their unicorn, who should they choose out of you and Paris?
“Me of course! Paris might stick it in her handbag and forget to feed it.”

Can you explain how you feel the proper version of this song compares to the remix, and are you worried that the remix will overshadow the proper version in a Tove Lo style, or is that actually the plan?
“Not remotely worried. The remix is good but the real version is better. It’s the only track on my album that has big guitars on it too, which feels exciting.”

What are you doing next Thursday?
“I’m travelling Back to the Future! Going to Secret Cinema. I’m so excited I could hurl. I wanna dress up like Marty McFly’s 80s girlfriend.”

When this single comes out is it supposed to be a hit? Or is it supposed to set up a different hit? And if it’s not supposed to be a hit and all gets a bit out of hand and becomes a hit, what will happen to the song that was originally supposed to be the hit?
“Ha ha ha ha! Best question ever! It’s definitely the set up track. I of course still hope that people will like it though. Once it’s out there it’s out of my hands.”

This could, indeed, all get a bit out of hand very quickly. The proper actual non-remixed version of ‘Starting Fires’ is 100% brilliant and the other new material we’ve heard leaves us in no doubt that fans of Marina & The Diamonds, Charli XCX and Tove Lo will soon have a new name to add to their favourite popstars spreadsheet.

For the time being, you can keep up with Invader Girl on Facebook and Twitter.

Because we all deserve more than one Solange in our lives

Posted by Popjustice on Jul 22 2014 at about 15:36


20-year-old singer of song Solange Hilario is almost certainly one of the current pop landscape’s Top 2 Solanges.

Her debut single, ‘Tick Tock’, is out on July 27 [iTunes pre-order] and we should have posted it on Popjustice ages ago because it’s really rather splendid, but we didn’t so apols for that.

Here’s the video.

It’s good isn’t it? It doesn’t really sound like much to start with, then by about a minute and a half in you realise it’s actually pretty special.

The basic story with Solange is that she once came fourth on Portugese Idol (didn’t we all) but more recently she’s been working with All About She, Red Triangle and Cutfather.

Here’s another picture of Solange, proving once and for all that you can’t go wrong with a good hairflip photo.


There’s even – brace yourselves – a photograph of Solange IN COLOUR.


Naturally ‘Tick Tock’ comes with a variety of remixes.

This Wideboys one is pretty good.

The Wickaman mix, meanwhile, is quite enjoyable if you like the boinky drum ‘n’ bass sound that’s taken over half the Radio 1 playlist.

Not feeling that? How about the Electronic Youth remix, sure to be quite enjoyable if you like the wobbly deep house sound that’s taken over the other half of the Radio 1 playlist.

Here, finally, is an acoustic version which may well appeal if you are a fan of brilliant, smartly-executed electronic pop music with all the smartly-executed electronic bits taken out.

We’ve asked Solange’s people if we can hear some more music because it feels like Solange might be onto something rather good here, and they’ve send us this – another song called ‘Time’.

And as we prepare to finish writing this post our thoughts now turn to how we might promote it across social media and, with heavy heart, we conclude that it will probably involve shamelessly using the word ‘SOLANGE’ without the word ‘HILARIO’. If you have indeed arrived here today expecting some Knowles action we can only apologise, but we hope you have enjoyed what you have heard and do not hate us too much.

» Why not visit Solange Hilario on Facebook
» and Twitter
» and on her official site?

What the hell is going on in the new Clean Bandit video?

Posted by Popjustice on Jul 22 2014 at about 11:38

Clean Bandit’s new video, for the Stylo G-featuring ‘Come Over’, at first seems like a brilliant example of what happens when you hand over a huge pile of cash to a video director and just keep saying yes to their increasingly deranged ideas, except they directed it themselves so make of that what you will.

It’s quite a lot to take in, so here’s a step by step guide to the significant moments.

1. There are some animals in this video.


2. Someone has recently purchased either a helicopter or a drone thing.


3. Grace, who is in somewhere that looks like Iceland so let’s call it Iceland, sings a bit on what appears to be some sort of bicycle…


4. …but it turns out to be Uber’s disappointing entry into the Let’s Call it Icelandic taxi market.


5. Grace goes to a generic sunny video location and gives it all the “come on then come on splash me come on if you think you’re hard enough” business then her dancer is like “alright then you cello-touting bastard” and Grace is all “come on then” and so on.


6. Various birds occur.


7. Stylo G goes shopping.


8. Grace stands by some water and sings.


9. Stylo G purchases a lantern.


10. Grace sits by a campfire being Generally Pensive.


11. Grace sings a bit more.


12. Stylo G stands in a paddling pool and one of his dancers drops his phone.


13. Grace and her dancers pretend to be the Spice Girls in the ‘Say You’ll Be There’ video in Let’s Call It Iceland.


14. Grace and her dancers pretend to be the Spice Girls in the ‘Say You’ll Be There’ video in the generic sunny video location.


15. Neil plays his violin near some children and if anyone reading this is concocting any sort of fiddle-based LOL they need to have a long hard look at themselves.


16. Jack’s back in Let’s Call It Iceland.


17. More dogs.


18. Your car may well have broken down Luke but no taxi’s going to pick you up if you insist on banging that massive drum.


19. Grace  drifts around in some water. More General Pensiveness.


20. What’s this supposed to be? Elk? Moose? CARIBOU?! It’s not a reindeer is it? It’s probably one of that lot anyway.


21. Stylo G rides a horse behind a tree while he’s rapping but they keep it in anyway. This was probably the fifteenth take.


22. “Do you know why I’m dressed like this? Do you know why you are on my hand?”


23. Various children are like “bollocks to this, we’re off to be in a less ridiculous video, didn’t someone say Rudimental were doing a new one round the corner?”


24. Luke bangs away on a sandy land mass.


[Apologies, we added the aeroplane ourselves to make the shot look more interesting.]

25. Neil plays his violin in a doorway. insanecleanbanditvideo04

26. Luke sums up this whole video in one facial expression.


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the new Clean Bandit video.

You can watch it in all its glory right here.