Popjustice » The Briefing http://www.popjustice.com 100% Solid Pop Music Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:07:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 ‘Boom Clap’: the love affair continues http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/boom-clap-the-love-affair-continues/129583/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/boom-clap-the-love-affair-continues/129583/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:59:47 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129583 BOOM CLAP CHARLI XCX LIVE

Can you remember a time before ‘Boom Clap’ existed in our lives?

Well we can, and it was rubbish. Everything before the point when some sort of administrative error led to Charli XCX having a Top 10 hit on her own was just really really shit.

Anyway ‘our pals’ (we’ve never met them) at Transmitter have created some video content involving Charli bashing out ‘Boom Clap’, and they are allowing Popjustice to premiere it. In the olden days she’d be celebrating her CHART DOMINATION with this sort of performance on CD:UK or Top Of The Pops. But time marches on. And it marches to a beat that goes BOOM BOOM BOOM…


If this has put you in the mood for a bit more ‘Boom Clap’ here’s what Billboard have billed as the ‘full remix EP’…

…although it doesn’t include the Cahill one, probably because it’s not cool enough or something.

Actually it doesn’t have the Hippie Sabotage one either. Very strange. But also, not to worry.

Let’s finish things off with an 8-bit version.


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Come to a special Foxes Q&A masterclass mentoring workshop thing! http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/come-to-a-special-foxes-qa-masterclass-mentoring-workshop-thing/129582/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/come-to-a-special-foxes-qa-masterclass-mentoring-workshop-thing/129582/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:32:59 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129582 foxes-on-a-pink-background

On Thursday, Popjustice editor Peter Robinson will be chairing a bound-to-be-excellent Q&A session with the mighty Foxes, and you can come along if you fancy.

It’s happening in London (obviously) and here’s what it’s all about:

“Following her performance to launch the space on the 30th, Grammy award-winner Foxes will be running a mentoring workshop at the Glaceau vitaminwater shinebright studio on the 31st July to offer advice and inspiration for young creatives wanting to get ahead in the music industry. From music production and writing to promotion and industry tips, Foxes will be on hand to help participants be the best they can be. Open for 7 weeks this summer, the shinebright studio will be providing creative people with a place to exhibit, create and be inspired. Glaceau vitaminwater’s unique new pop up space will offer young creatives and entrepreneurs a range of exclusive opportunities to work with and be inspired by some of the biggest names in the entertainment and creative industries.”

We’re giving away twenty (TWENTY) pairs of tickets for the event, which promises be both entertaining and informative. To be honest it’s probably just worth coming along to see Peter attempting to manage a room full of people, an experience that promises to be almost as hilarious as reading him write about himself in the third person.

If you’d like to come along on Thursday (it starts at 6pm) just drop an email to foxesvitaminwaterthing@popjustice.com by 5pm today – we’ll let the winners know this evening.

You can find more information about the whole shinebright studio thing at www.shinebrightstudio.co.uk.

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Invader Girl’s ‘Starting Fires’ video represents majesty, fantasy and complete ridiculousness http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/invader-girls-starting-fires-video-represents-majesty-fantasy-and-complete-ridiculousness/129421/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/invader-girls-starting-fires-video-represents-majesty-fantasy-and-complete-ridiculousness/129421/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:12:48 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129421 InvaderSony1_732_488notext

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.

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Because we all deserve more than one Solange in our lives http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/because-we-all-deserve-more-than-one-solange-in-our-livessolange-and-thanks-for-all-the-mixes/129195/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/because-we-all-deserve-more-than-one-solange-in-our-livessolange-and-thanks-for-all-the-mixes/129195/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:36:10 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129195 _MG_1213

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?

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What the hell is going on in the new Clean Bandit video? http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-the-new-clean-bandit-video/129385/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-the-new-clean-bandit-video/129385/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:38:26 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129385 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.

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July’s Deluxe Edition: It’s next week, and it’s amazing. http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/julys-deluxe-edition-its-next-week-and-its-amazing/129319/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/julys-deluxe-edition-its-next-week-and-its-amazing/129319/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:02:56 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129319 deluxe-edition-july-flyer

Popjustice’s Deluxe Edition is back NEXT WEDNESDAY and the lineup is, let’s be honest, pretty banging.

You will experience a little bit of this.

As well as a little bit of this.

And a little bit of this.


As ever entry’s free and so, this month, is a limited amount of booze, but both entry and booze are on a first come, first served basis so please plan your evening accordingly. You’ll need to be on the guestlist to get in, and you can register using the form below. See you next Wednesday!

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Prides would like to make a medley of your favourite songs. http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/prides-would-like-to-make-a-medley-of-your-favourite-songs/129203/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/prides-would-like-to-make-a-medley-of-your-favourite-songs/129203/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:35:10 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129203 PRIDES-MIKE_MASSARO-1

Why do Prides look so happy in this photo?

A) Are they pretty ‘made up’ about the fact that they make top notch electronic stomp-pop?

B) Are they ‘amused’ that the photographer is in the process of collapsing sideways?

C) Are they still ‘cock a hoop’ about that article we published a month or so ago which featured one of their cover version mixtape (medley) things and which wondered out loud if one day they’d record another mixtape (medley) based entirely on suggestions from Popjustice?

Well we can’t confirm if it’s any of the above. For all we know they might just be drunk. But point C) is worth considering again because actually yes Prides HAVE decided that they will, indeed, record their next medley based on suggestions from Popjustice. Or more precisely, the readers of Popjustice.

If you haven’t heard one of their mixtapes, they’re really good. Here’s one from a few months ago featuring songs by Lorde, Katy Perry, Drake, Lady Gaga etc.

If you’d like the band to knock together something similar based on your own suggestions, here’s what you have to do:

1. Compile a ten-song playlist using Spotify, SoundCloud or YouTube.

2. Fill in the form below.

3. That’s it.

We’ll pick a winner which Prides will then turn into an amazing medley, and if any of the other playlists are good we might chuck them online too because now the album is officially dead (RIP the album) it’s all about playlists isn’t it?

Anyway you’ve got until close of play on Friday so in one sense don’t rush, but in another sense get on with it.

This is the Prides playlist submission form thing

Fill this in and cross your fingers. Cheers!
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Popworldcupstice: an important announcement http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/popworldcupstice-important-announcement/129068/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/popworldcupstice-important-announcement/129068/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:34:18 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129068 popworldcupcancelled

When you run a music website, sitting there day after day being right about everything, you start to think you know it all. But one easily forgotten golden rule of publishing is that you must listen to feedback from your readers. Another rule is that when you make a mistake, you must react. And you must react quickly.

Popworldcupstice was a simple idea.

For each match in the World Cup, which is a popular football competition, we’d post a corresponding article in which the countries competing in that match would be sized up according to their homegrown music scene. We’d use a variety of different criteria as the World Cup continued: local Number One singles, regional talent show winners, soap opera themes and so on.

We asked Lily Allen to do an early one. “I think you’ve made this too complicated,” she said. “You’re doing it all wrong.”

But we knew she was wrong. Popworldcupstice was a brilliant idea. After all, who among Popjustice’s readership wouldn’t want to see the website – as well as their Twitter and Facebook feeds – flooded for a month by a series of heavily formatted posts?

This would be Classic Content. 

Editorially, conceptually, and also we like to think on a profoundly moral level, Popworldcupstice has been a roaring success.

But not everyone has enjoyed Popworldcupstice. Early on in the contest we saw a handful of comments like “why are you doing this?” and “when will you realise this isn’t funny?”.

Well, here at Popjustice we listen to our readers.

We don’t shy away from criticism.

And after careful consideration, we have made the decision today to end the Popworldcupstice series of posts before the end of the World Cup football competition.

We repeat: we will not be publishing Popworldcupstice posts for any future World Cup matches.

It’s a shame not to complete the series, but hopefully our swift response will prove that Popjustice does listen to its readers.

Thanks to everyone who took part in Popworldcupstice: Alexandra Topping, Bright Light Bright Light, Michael Lewin, Fryars, Alim Kheraj, Owen Myers, Jessica Pinkett, Charlie Lyne, Stefan Jackson, Laura Snapes, Jarri Van der Haegen, Chris Mandle, Tom Thorogood, Colin Roberts, Tom Aspaul, Alexa Goddard, Nic Kelly, Sam Wolfson, Hanna Hanra, James McMahon, Carl Smith, Tim Jonze, Jen Crothers, Ronika, Conor Behan, Nick Levine, Little Boots, Bradley Stern, Dan Martin, Mof Gimmers, Betty Who, John Lucas, Del Marquis, Matt Hooper, Mikey Robinson, Rob Copsey, Pete Paphides, Joe Stone, Jon Gabony, Rob Fitzpatrick, Jason Lipshutz, Mark Savage, Darren Sharp, MNEK, Richard Dawson, Kyla La Grange, David Russell, Michael Baggs, Richard X, Ciarán Gaynor, Hadley Freeman, Invader Girl, Oli Goldman, Indiana, Connor from The Vamps, Joel Freeman, Jessica from Neon Jungle, Dan Hughes, Mollie from The Saturdays, Josh from Union J and Dumper.

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Popwoldcupjustece: Brazel, vs Nethelands http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/popworldcupjustice-brazil-vs-netherlands/129031/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/popworldcupjustice-brazil-vs-netherlands/129031/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:07:34 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=129031 worldcupthing2header


Guest referee:
Dumper – Work experience robot, Popjustice

Anitta – ‘Bla Bla Bla’

“Fist let,me say how exited I am,to be slelected to write this,
the Woldcup game betwen ‘Brazel’ and ‘Nethelends’ promeses to be a real “gammon to halves” as theysay, in fotball cicles. Iwas, initely asked to choose the ‘Number fortey’hitsingel from each countrey in this fotball match and compare,them, but I have “gone rogue” and have instead chosen, to Anal,yse the curent ‘chart toper’ from eachrespecteve country, starteng here with Anita’s ‘BLah, Bla Blah’, which remminds me sligtly of Aless Dejay. Asyou will notece Annita is playing a solidpair up front (fotball metephor!) (herbreasts) and this song,is a real toe taper.”

Netherlands32 Gerard Joling – ‘Rio’

“Here is,the curent ‘chat toper’ from Nethelands, Geradjoleng with “Riot”. I notewith intrerest that this song was rectently picked as a “Hot favuorite” by Joshcuthbet from ‘UnionJ’ the

hitboband, as maneyof you areaware I takea keen intrerest in Joshcuthbet (I am notgay ,it is a “bromans”) so I was plesed that he enjoyed the song,as did I, it  shares a name with “Rio” the town where The Woldcup is takeng place so is both topicel and fun to listento. I was notkeen on the dubestep as thisis a genderof musec that can leave me feeleng upset,. Itis intreresteng that the man, Gerad, in the vido is ovbiosly notgay becuase tehre are a lot, of ladies in their underwear etc., etc., so I find it verey reletable.”

Dumper’s full time score:

Brazil 02 - Netherlands 0M


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Next up: Germany vs Argentina

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Popworldcupjustice: Netherlands vs Argentina http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/popworldcupjustice-netherlands-vs-argentina/128981/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/popworldcupjustice-netherlands-vs-argentina/128981/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:00:25 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=128981 worldcupthing2header


Guest referee: Josh Cuthbert – Popstar, Union J

Netherlands32 Gerard Joling – ‘Rio’

“I didn’t know anything about Gerard. I know Steven Gerrard, the England captain, but I didn’t know Gerard from Holland before seeing him in this rather beautiful video. In the nicest possible way, I’m one of 650,000 people to have watched this video so therefore 649,999 people also feel my pain. There’s a lot of orange on display, which is fine because they’re Holland and that’s their thing, but because he’s quite tanned it sort of all blends into one and looks like a big orange blob. In fairness, at least everyone in the video is having a good time and not taking themselves too seriously. It’s a happy video and a happy song, and a lot of music videos don’t look like people are actually having any fun, but he genuinely seems to be having the time of his life. The song itself is really catchy but if it was one of Union J’s songs I would be less confident about us not being on The Big Reunion in a couple of years. I support Chelsea so I’m used to hearing all these butch men sing football songs in their manly, deep tones and Gerard’s done the complete opposite – he’s sort of jazzed up the typical football song. It sort of works.”

Argentina32 Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’

“This is a great track. It’s a world class song and it’s one of my favourite songs of the summer so far to be honest. Calvin’s a proper popstar now isn’t he and he’s had some great songs. Also the video is world class. I mean if you’re a typical lad you’d love that video – it’s got gorgeous girls in it, it’s got drag racing, amazing cars and Calvin Harris walking about like he owns the world. It ticks every box. He’s covered five normal videos in one go, which is quite something. The girls in the video are half-naked so I think it would appeal to the ladies more if he decided to get his chest out too, which is probably about the same size as some of the ladies’ chests anyway. Obviously this is about football, so if Calvin Harris were a footballer he’d be someone like Cristiano Ronaldo. The ladies love Ronaldo and I think the ladies love Calvin Harris, plus he’s improved dramatically over the years and they’re now both the best at what they do. Basically it’s a cracking song.”

Josh’s full time score:

Netherlands 1 - Argentina 7


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Next up: Brazil vs whoever loses this one we guess.

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