Popjustice http://www.popjustice.com 100% Solid Pop Music Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:52:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Lights – ‘Running With The Boys’ http://www.popjustice.com/videos/lights-running-with-the-boys/134074/ http://www.popjustice.com/videos/lights-running-with-the-boys/134074/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:52:28 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134074 http://www.popjustice.com/videos/lights-running-with-the-boys/134074/feed/ 0 Kylie’s got another EP with Fernando Garibay out soon (and Moroder’s on it too) http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/kylies-got-another-ep-with-fernando-garibay-out-soon-and-moroders-on-it-too/134066/ http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/kylies-got-another-ep-with-fernando-garibay-out-soon-and-moroders-on-it-too/134066/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:05:49 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134066 kylie-bbc-thing

‘I Was Gonna Cancel’ hitmaker Kylie Minogue is releasing another EP with Fernando Garibay, according to our good friend Giorgio Moroder.

As you well know the first Kylie and Garibay EP, aka ‘Kylie + Garibay’, came out in September.

Having a chat with – YOU GUESSED IT – the Daily Star, Moroder said the following about Kylie:

“Kylie is a darling.”

Very true.

He continued: “She is doing another EP with our friend Fernando who did most of Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. There’s four tracks that are very sexy and very uncommercial – beautiful new sounds.”

Not only that but Moroder’s sex voice is on one of the songs.

“She asked me if I could do a little talk in Italian on her music. She wanted it really sexy, like a Latin lover – heavy breathing. I think she was quite happy. Kylie told me: ‘I should have worked with you 10 years ago’.”

She’s got a point.

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1D, Calvin Harris and Ed Sheeran have been named among the most influential people in the UK http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/1d-calvin-harris-and-ed-sheeran-have-been-named-among-the-most-influential-people-in-the-uk/134055/ http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/1d-calvin-harris-and-ed-sheeran-have-been-named-among-the-most-influential-people-in-the-uk/134055/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:27:46 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134055 One Direction

Non-stop LOL merchants One Direction have been named on a list of the most influential people in the UK, reports Billboard.

Niall ‘et al’ were listed alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Calvin Harris and laughing boy James Blake on the annual Debrett’s 500 list, which aims to celebrate British people being good at stuff.

Or to put it another way the list “shines a spotlight on the people who are making the most impact on this fast-changing industry, from the recording artists and record label executives, to the radio playlist-setters, music critics and the people changing the face of the music industry in the digital age.”

Poor Union J.

You can see the full music list here if you like but let’s be honest it doesn’t tell you anything you don’t already know.

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Nathan Sykes, one of the better ones from The Wanted, has announced some things about going solo http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/nathan-sykes-one-of-the-better-ones-from-the-wanted-has-announced-some-things-about-going-solo/134049/ http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/nathan-sykes-one-of-the-better-ones-from-the-wanted-has-announced-some-things-about-going-solo/134049/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:54:57 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134049 Nathan

(Photo credit: Eva Pentel for Hunger TV)

Nathan Sykes, the artist formerly known as the young one in The Wanted, has announced he’s going solo and that he’s been working with the likes of Diane Warren, Babyface and Harmony Samuels.

Having a chat with Hunger TV, Nathan said the following things about the tricky transition from boyband member to solo artiste:

“From being one fifth of a group to being a soloist, there is always the chance to surprise people as they are only now seeing 100% of me for the first time.”

“It’s like a second, first impression and whereas I don’t necessarily think it’s important to change people’s perceptions,” he continued, “I do think it’s exciting that people won’t just see me as ‘the young one in The Wanted’ and can have the freedom to judge me as an individual and not just ‘that bloke from that band’.”

He goes on to say that the new album will be “a pop album”, but that he’s tried out bits of “soul, funk, Motown, dance, straight down the line commercial pop” as well as “some more stripped back acoustic tracks and there are a couple of piano ballads on there as well.”

Look we could just copy and paste quotes from the press release all day, but here’s the full interview if you’re interested in reading more.

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Olly Murs – ‘Look At The Sky’ http://www.popjustice.com/videos/olly-murs-look-at-the-sky/134045/ http://www.popjustice.com/videos/olly-murs-look-at-the-sky/134045/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:54:13 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134045 http://www.popjustice.com/videos/olly-murs-look-at-the-sky/134045/feed/ 0 EXCLUSIVE: Giorgio Moroder’s working on Lady Gaga’s next album http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/exclusive-giorgio-moroders-working-on-lady-gagas-next-album/134038/ http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/exclusive-giorgio-moroders-working-on-lady-gagas-next-album/134038/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:05:02 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134038 giorgio-colour

Moustachioed living legend Giorgio Moroder has revealed to Popjustice that he’s going to work with Lady Gaga on songs for her new album.

In fact, if the song and the mood suits, she might even make an appearance on Giorgio’s own forthcoming album, but let’s deal with that bit in a minute.

Basically, during our interview we were chatting away about his Britney collaboration and it was suggested that Lady Gaga could come in and finish a bridge bit that’s not been recorded as yet, prompting Moroder to say the following words:

“I was supposed to be in the studio with her a week ago, but I got a cold. I’ll see her when I’m back. I have about five or six tracks, just basic ideas. Drums, keyboard, bass. I’m going to be surprised, I think – I don’t have a clue about the way she’s recording. Will she play the piano? Will I?”

Asked if the sessions were for her album or his, he said:

“This is for her new album – that’s the intention. I was hoping that maybe I can convince her to have one of the songs for my album. If I could convince her, well that would be incredible.”

It really would.

Ruminating on the idea some more, he added: “If I have a good track that could fit my album but not necessarily hers, that could be ideal.”

You can read more on all this – plus Britney, the past, the future and a Dragons Den’-style product pitch – right here in the Popjustice interview.

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Giorgio Moroder interview: “I hated the moustache” http://www.popjustice.com/interviewsandfeatures/giorgio-moroder-interview-i-hated-the-moustache/133991/ http://www.popjustice.com/interviewsandfeatures/giorgio-moroder-interview-i-hated-the-moustache/133991/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:56:07 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=133991 So the new music is very good. I’ve heard five new songs so far – the tune you had out last year was very much a dance track, but these new ones are pop songs.
Yes! Well that’s what I wanted to do. I’m shocked actually – with the Kylie song, after three days we’re Number 61 in Italy, in the radio charts. On iTunes we’re in the charts in several countries, and yesterday Radio 2 played it. But do you know what, I’m not going to read comments online any more. You can have ten brilliant reviews, and it’s the one bad one you remember. I read one – I know I shouldn’t have done – but it was this guy from Italy. His first word? “Shit.” 

When I spoke to Pharrell last year he said he wasn’t really intending to make a comeback until it all kicked off with ‘Get Lucky’, at which point Sony called him in and said ‘how’s about an album then’. Did you decide to make this album following your own appearance on the Daft Punk album, or was the idea already there?
Well Pharrell was still in business, right?

He was off the radar though – he hadn’t had a huge hit for a few years.
Well I hadn’t had a hit for THIRTY years! (Laughs) But I’d been doing some some DJing, and I’d got management, and management said: “To do better at DJing, you need an album.” And suddenly I had three offers for an album. Quite good offers, too – because to do an album with big acts can be costly. So the offers were quite big. If you think, I’m 74 and there are thousands of kids who are 18 or 20, they’re talented, they’re eager to work. So I must say I was surprised to get not just one offer but three.

How did you approach making the album? A lot of your older fans probably want something that sounds like your early work, whereas as a producer you probably want to prove you can compete with current producers. And maybe there’s a third angle too: you also want to make something completely different and new.
Yes. At the very beginning, people suggested that I should do something in the old style. ‘Get Lucky’ had been so big – they thought I should do a disco dance song. But I just didn’t want to do it, because I did it so often in the past, and I know I can do other stuff. Plus I’m the co-inventor of electronic music so I have the right to use that too! (Laughs) So I decided to do an album with modern sounds – EDM sounds and electronica – but blend it with a bit of retro. Like strings, and guitars. I think the combination is quite good. It’s not EDM in the bad sense of EDM, but the tracks are quite modern.

So there’s the Sia song, ‘Deja Vu’, which is probably the best of the lot, and sounds like a classic disco song. Whereas the Mikky Ekko one has more EDM influence.
Yes, and I think it works quite well.

And you’ve recorded a cover of [SONG TITLE WITHHELD AT GIORGIO'S VERY POLITE REQUEST] with Britney, right?
HOW DID YOU KNOW? She wanted that song. (Looking troubled) Where did you hear it‽ I mean as long as I didn’t tell you, it’ll be fine. I don’t want to get in trouble! (Laughs) But yes. She didn’t call me, but she called my management and said, “do you think Giorgio’s interested in doing that song?” I mean it’s a great song. I came up with the chords, I added some stuff that’s not on the original – a bridge, for instance. It’s more than just a remake. Then she called me and wanted me to go to the studio to record it, but I was on a plane to Europe so I didn’t record those vocals [in person]. But she’s coming back, hopefully in the next few days, to record that bridge that I did.

So it’s a cover but it’s also a new song?
I added quite a lot of stuff actually – one melody in the chorus, which repeats, and one bridge. It’s old, but I consider it a new song.

And Britney’s happy with it?
Oh I’m sure if she wasn’t, I’d know! On the first mix I sent her she had some comments, which I agreed. That was a song which a lot of musicians worked independently on – I had my version, which I did with Patrick [Jordan-Patrikios] my co-producer, but I was not happy with myself. So I gave it to a group of guys in Germany, then I wasn’t sure, so I gave it to another musician I liked, and then finally I got everything together and put it together. It’s like a worldwide connected internet song! But I’m going to see her soon, and I hope she finds time to do it! If she can’t sing that bridge, I’ll have to take it out.

Could you add another featured artist to it, singing the bridge?
Now THAT’S an idea… To have a known singer, just to do the bridge. Hm. I’ll have to call my guys now. But who could it be?

How about Lady Gaga?
I was supposed to be in the studio with her a week ago, but I got a cold. I’ll see her when I’m back. I have about five or six tracks, just basic ideas. Drums, keyboard, bass. I’m going to be surprised, I think – I don’t have a clue about the way she’s recording. Will she play the piano? Will I?

So did she call you and say, “I want something that sounds like…”
No. I met her about two years ago. She loved me – the usual! (Laughs) And I did a remix for her last year – I did two versions and she took the more traditional of the two. 

Are these sessions for her album, or yours?
This is for her new album – that’s the intention. I was hoping that maybe I can convince her to have one of the songs for my album. If I could convince her, well that would be incredible.

From what I’ve seen of her she can be quite spontaneous – if the mood takes her to do something fun, she’ll do it.
Maybe! Maybe. If I have a good track that could fit my album but not necessarily hers, that could be ideal.


What’s the best BPM?
Right now, 128. I love it.

You mentioned earlier that you hadn’t done much for thirty years. But before that, you had a run where you were huge.
Yes, it was about ’76 to ’86 – about a decade.

And a decade’s still a long time, considering most producers fall out of favour in half that time when scenes and sounds move on.
Yeah, but I could have done much better.

Well, for instance, in ’82, I was on top of the world – but I decided I wanted to do art, so I moved to New York and did big neon art. If I’d wanted I could have worked so much more [on music], and probably better. Even before I retired, I was half-retired already: I had enough money, I had enough hits. But I’m sure I could have continued until now. Musically I know what I can do. When disco went out, I didn’t die! I mean Nile Rodgers is still sad that disco went out, because it was his life, but I went on to score movies, I did music for the Olympics, I did the World Cup…

The Animals Of Farthing Wood!
Yes! I even did a religious song! Just a few years ago I was at a wedding in a church in Italy and people were singing it – I thought, “I know this song”. It was one of mine!

And you mentioned retirement. Did you formally retire? Some producers find that one day they notice that the phone’s not ringing as much as it used to. And then one day…
…it doesn’t ring at all. I mean with me, being between Los Angeles and Italy, going backwards and forwards, you lose contact. And with movie soundtracks, people don’t run after you if you’re not there. Unless you’re John Williams. So I was in and out and that was one of the problems. But even in ’82 I never really wanted to. If Jerry Bruckheimer hadn’t begged me to do the music for Flashdance I’d probably still be in New York. I was kind of getting tired. And that’s when I faded out – but I was happy.

Speaking of fades, of the five upcoming songs I’ve heard from your new album, four of them fade at the end.
You don’t like that?

Obviously you’re the expert here but I do prefer songs that end with a bang.
Well I can remix them for you. But I couldn’t touch the Sia song – I can’t make a different ending for that. She would kill me. She’s in charge and that’s it. And the Kylie song’s done. Er…

How about the Charli XCX one, ‘Diamonds’?
Yeah. I could do a different ending. Okay, I’ll do it for you. I’ll give you two actually – the Charli XCX song and there’s a great one with a girl called Marlene. Okay. I’ll rearrange two songs. And maybe the Britney Spears one too…

‘Britney featuring Lady Gaga’, don’t forget.
Do you really think I can ask her?

Well she’s hinted on Twitter that she still wants to work with Britney.
Can you imagine that she would just do an eight bar part? Hm…

You did some occasional mixes here and there before the Daft Punk album put you back into the spotlight. Were there any points where you tried to get back into music properly, and found it harder than expected?
Not really. I think, by becoming a DJ before the Daft Punk album, I could probably have got some interest from some record companies anyway. In fact before Daft Punk I got an offer for an album, but it was an offer from Spain and I just didn’t want to do it. It came from a guy I didn’t like. So I said no! Obviously after Daft Punk I got those three major offers to make an album, and I decided to go with Sony.

When you were doing promo around the Daft Punk album you didn’t have a moustache. But now it’s back! Is this your way of getting back into character?
That’s my wife! I hated that moustache. I had the moustache in the 80s, and I hated it even then but I couldn’t get rid of it. But then one day, I remember, I was in New York with a girlfriend, and she said to me, “why don’t you just cut it off?” And in a second, I did it. I’d been thinking of doing it for years, and suddenly it was gone. But my wife is the biggest fan of that moustache. She’s 22 years younger than me and in the 80s she was dancing to the sounds I made with a moustache. When I started again, she said, “Giorgio, you have to get your moustache back.” I said, “I don’t want to!” But she convinced me.

People do want the moustache. Your wife’s right about this.
I’ll tell you for sure, once I do finally retire, the moustache is going for good.

There’s a great story about when you first sent ‘Love To Love You Baby’ to Donna Summer’s record label. The head of the label played it continuously at a party he was hosting, and I think it’s fair to suggest that he and his guests were fairly ‘refreshed’ at this party. He subsequently asked you to make the song longer. When you sent him back a version that was 17 minutes long, were you taking the piss?
(Laughs) I LOVED the idea. Just the concept of having something new like that – nobody had one whole side of an album with one song. Secondly, it was relatively easy. And the fact that it was 17 minutes was the reason for its success. It was played in discotheques and especially in the gay community they LOVED it. I loved the whole thing.

Do you think the Daft Punk album might have been better if there were more songs you could dance to?
It couldn’t have been much better because it was so good. But yeah, you’re right.

glade-pluginFinally, are you familiar with the Glade Plugins – those things you plug into the wall, which squirt air freshener into your room?

Do you think it would be good if you could buy those, but rather than air freshener they were filled with poppers? And if when you walked past, they blasted out poppers and played the ‘I Feel Love’ riff? Instead of it being a room odoriser you could market it as a Room Morodorizer.
(Laughs) Is it dangerous? You’re talking about the one that gets your heart moving? I’ve used poppers once, maybe two or three times, in my life. It’s too much! H
ow would this work? You would have it at home?

Yes. Every time you walk past, no matter what time of the day or night, it bangs out a load of poppers and the ‘I Feel Love’ riff at full volume.

The problem is, surely you wouldn’t even notice it? You have to inhale the poppers, but they would come out near your feet.

Maybe the idea needs some refinement.
Give me your phone number and let’s talk sometime. This could be the end of civilisation! 

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Kylie Minogue’s headlining London’s Hyde Park in June http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/kylie-minogues-headlining-londons-hyde-park-in-june/134032/ http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/kylie-minogues-headlining-londons-hyde-park-in-june/134032/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:12:02 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134032 kylie-bbc-thing

Kylie Minogue, the singer, will headline London’s Hyde Park on Sunday June 21, with support from Grace Jones and Chic feat Nile Rodgers.

It’s all part of this Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park thing – the one Taylor Swift is also doing – and should be quite a nice evening as long as the weather’s alright and the volume is turned up a bit.

This is what Kylie had to say about it all when asked for a quote for the press release:

“I’m so excited to perform at Hyde Park this Summer. I have great memories of playing shows there and am looking forward to doing it all again! Given the amazing artists performing and that it will be the longest day of the year, I can’t wait!”

She does her research, that one.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am so please do set your alarms accordingly.


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The NEW RIHANNA SINGLE: good news and bad news http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/the-new-rihanna-single-good-news-and-bad-news/134022/ http://www.popjustice.com/briefing/the-new-rihanna-single-good-news-and-bad-news/134022/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:52:56 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=134022 rihannamaccawest

GOOD NEWS! Q1 is the new Q4. Rihanna released a new single overnight! It’s called ‘FourFiveSeconds’ and it’s on iTunes now!!!!!!

BAD NEWS: It’s not on iTunes in the UK. Maybe it will turn up later.


BAD NEWS! It sounds like Track 9 on a Pink album.

GOOD NEWS! It’s got Kanye West and Paul McCartney on it. Collaborating with not one but TWO true music legends is a real coup for Macca.

BAD NEWS! Well, it’s got Kanye West and Paul McCartney on it. If there’s one popstar on the planet who doesn’t need a multi-act pileup in order to make an impact, it’s Rihanna. Also, Paul and Kanye have been working together anyway so it feels like Rihanna’s just fitting in with what other people are already doing. Which is not how Rihanna should operate.

BAD NEWS! It’s got acoustic guitar on it.

GOOD NEWS! At least it doesn’t have a fucking ukulele on it.

BAD NEWS! You’re not exactly going to be dancing to this one.

GOOD NEWS! The chorus melody is really good.

GOOD NEWS! It might just be for Kanye and Paul’s album, ie it might not be a proper Rihanna single.

BAD NEWS! Rihanna’s referring to it as “my new music”.

GOOD NEWS! It does get a lot better after a few plays. It’s basically ‘a nice little tune’.

BAD NEWS! The sense that ‘FourFiveSeconds’ is getting better with repeated listens might be influenced by the fact that one wants it to be getting better. Still, what’s life without hope? For the time being let’s just file this one under ‘nice little tune’ and leave it there.

GOOD NEWS! There’s a video coming soon! If it’s got Macca getting shitfaced and raving in an Irish field then we’re all for it.

BAD NEWS! The video is unlikely to feature Macca getting shitfaced and raving in an Irish field.

GOOD NEWS! The new Rihanna album’s definitely on the way then. Also, you know how Rihanna doesn’t like to be second guessed – so there’s every chance that the sonic direction of this song is a deliberate red herring and that the first proper single from ‘R8′ will be an all-guns-blazing banger of Biblical proportions.


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Marina & The Diamonds’ ‘I’m A Ruin’ is now all over the world wide web http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/marina-the-diamonds-im-a-ruin-is-now-all-over-the-world-wide-web/133980/ http://www.popjustice.com/thenews/marina-the-diamonds-im-a-ruin-is-now-all-over-the-world-wide-web/133980/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:28:35 +0000 http://www.popjustice.com/?p=133980 Marina

‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’ hitmaker Marina & The Diamonds’ new ‘froot’ (song) ‘I’m A Ruin’ has arrived online over a week ahead of its planned February 2 debut.

:( but also :).

It’s a nice one.

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