Hollyn – One-Way Conversations (Album)


One-Way Conversations is the full-length debut of former American Idol contestant Holly Miller, who adopted the performance alias Hollyn. It comes after a 2015 EP simply titled Hollyn, which landed in the Billboard Christian Top Ten. Following the example of the EP, the album alternates R&B-inflected ballads with Miller’s dance-pop spin on CCM. The singles “Can’t Live Without You” and “Love with Your Life,” along with guests including TobyMac and Andy Mineo, helped return the singer to the Top Ten. One-Way Conversations also features a remix of “Love with Your Life” by CCM-EDM artists Capital Kings. ~ Marcy Donelson

Tracklist:

1. Can’t Live Without
2. Love With Your Life
3. Obvious?
4. All My Love
5. In Awe
6. Party in the Hills
7. Lovely – (featuring Steven Malcolm)
8. Go – (featuring Diverse City/TobyMac)
9. Waiting For
10. Girl
11. Love With Your Life [Capital Kings Remix] – (remix)

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3½ stars

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Shakira – El Dorado (Album)


Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira is releasing her latest album El Dorado (English: The Golden One) on May 26. For the most part, she chases the Latin music trends of the moment while returning to her rock roots on the 13-track LP.

Two weeks ago, Shakira announced the El Dorado album and the bottom half of the tracklist is filled with previously released collaborations with Carlos Vives (“La Bicicleta”), Prince Royce (“Deja Vu”) and Black M (“Comme Moi”).

Reggaeton collaborations are all the rage so Shakira got the best in the game for her album. She hooks up with fellow Colombian Maluma on the slinky and sexy lead single “Chantaje” (English: “Blackmail”) and the two go for another round on the trap music ballad “Trap.” Her best team-up is with Nicky Jam, a reggaeton veteran, as they fight the feelings on “Perro Fiel” (English: “Faithful Dog”). The sexual tension possibly signaling something more ignites their emotions on this majestic standout.

Shakira reunites with the man who put her on the map, co-writer and producer Luis Fernando Ochoa. The two strike gold on “Nada” (English: “Nothing”), a power ballad where she rediscovers her inner rock chick. Shakira translates her baby-come-back heartache into a soaring performance. Ochoa’s also responsible for the album’s serene moments with the alluring “Amarillo” (English: “Yellow”) and the stripped-down “Toneladas” (English: “Tons”). Those understated tunes highlight her poetic lyrics.

There are a few English-language songs as well and Shakira once again works with top talent. She co-wrote “When a Woman” with hit-makers Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and producer Cashmere Cat. Synths and shuffling beats back her detailing a romance that hurts so good. “Only a woman can love this hard,” she sings. Shakira puts it down on the hypnotic dance track. Later on, she winds down on the guitar-driven delight “Coconut Tree.” Her Magic! collaboration, “What We Said” (an English version of “Comme Moi”), feels repetitive and would’ve made more sense three years ago at the “Rude” band’s peak.

Instead of a refined effort, El Dorado is a mixture of different musical elements.

El Dorado has reached #1 in 27 countries in a couple of hours!

Tracklist:

1. Me Enamoré
2. Nada
3. Chantaje (feat. Maluma)
4. When a Woman
5. Amarillo
6. Perro fiel (feat. Nicky Jam)
7. Trap (feat. Maluma)
8. Comme moi (con Black M)
9. Coconut Tree
10. La Bicicleta (con Carlos Vives)
11. Deja vu (con Prince Royce)
12. What We Said (feat. MAGIC!)
13. Toneladas

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4½ stars

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Mary Lambert “Bold – EP” | “Know Your Name” (Video Premiere)


Bold” is an extended play by American singer and songwriter Mary Lambert. It was released on digital retailers and streaming services on May 5th via Tender Heart Records.

It comes preceded by the lead single “Hang Out with You”, launched back in July. The second promotional track “Know Your Name” arrived with the pre-order of the EP on April 21st. The music video was premiered through Vevo on May 26th and it was directed by Erix Arocha.

 

Tracklist:

 

  1. Do Anything
  2. Lay Your Head Down
  3. Hang Out with You
  4. Know Your Name
  5. I’d Be Your Wife
  6. Love Is Love
  7. Know Your Name (The Reverb Junkie Remix)

 

John Dahlbäck “Diva” (Single Premiere)


Just a few weeks after debuting “Catch Me If You Can”, Swedish house music producer and deejay John Dahlbäck is back with more new music to delight all his fans.

The next official single is called “Diva“, and it was launched on digital retailers and streaming services on May 26th via Armada Music.

Mary J. Blige “Love Yourself” (featuring Kanye West) [Video Premiere]


American recording artist, singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige continues with the promotion of her anticipated thirteenth studio album “Strength of a Woman“, which was released on April 28th via Capitol Records.

The next and third official single is the opening track “Love Yourself“, her anticipated collaboration with Kanye West which was launched as instant grat with the pre-order of the album on March 31st.

The song was written by Blige and West along Darhyl Camper Jr., Charles Hinshaw, David D. Brown and I. Andrews. The official music video, which was directed by Edwin Ortiz, was premiered on May 26th.

 

ZZ Ward “The Storm” (Official Album Cover + Tracklist)


The Storm” is the upcoming second studio album by American recording artist, singer-songwriter ZZ Ward, which is expected to be released on June 30th via Hollywood Records as the follow-up to 2012’s “Til the Casket Drops”.

It comes preceded by the promotional single “The Deep“, which is not part of the project and the song “Ride”, main theme of upcoming animated movie Cars 3. The lead single from the project “Help Me Mama” was launched on March 31st.

The second single “Cannonball“, which includes the guest collaboration of American artist and producer Fantastic Negrito was launched as instant grat with the pre-order of the album on May 26th.

 

Tracklist:

 

  1. Ghost
  2. Cannonball (feat. Fantastic Negrito) | Zsuzsanna Ward & Xavier Dphrepaulezz
  3. Help Me Mama | Priscilla Renea, Zsuzsanna Ward, Theron “Neff-U” Feemster & E. Kidd Bogart
  4. The Storm
  5. Domino (feat. Fitz)
  6. Let It Burn
  7. Bag of Bones
  8. She Ain’t Me
  9. If U Stayed
  10. Hold On
  11. Ride (feat. Gary Clark Jr.) | E. Kidd Bogart, Zsuzsanna Ward & Dave Bassett

 

Helene Fischer – Helene Fischer (Album)


Helene Fischer is a Soviet-born German singer, entertainer, television presenter and actress. “Helene Fischer” is the new album by the singer.

Tracklist:

Disk: 1
1. Nur mit Dir
2. Sonne auf der Haut
3. Wenn Du lachst
4. Flieger
5. Herzbeben
6. Wir zwei
7. Schon lang nicht mehr getanzt
8. Viva La Vida
9. Mit dem Wind
10. Wir brechen das Schweigen
11. Gib mir deine Hand
12. Du hast mich stark gemacht

Disk: 2
1. Achterbahn
2. Das volle Programm
3. Ich wollte mich nie mehr verlieben
4. Lieb mich dann
5. Die schönste Reise
6. Schmetterling
7. Dein Blick
8. Mit jedem Herzschlag
9. Sowieso
10. Genau mein Ding
11. Weil Liebe nie zerbricht
12. Adieu

Disk: 3
1. Nessaja (Peter Maffay)
2. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (Adoro)
3. Zirkustraum (Höhner)
4. So wie Du warst (Unheilig)
5. Swing – Medley (Nino de Angelo)
6. Weit übers Meer (Santiano)
7. Hit – Medley Howard Carpendale (Howard Carpendale)
8. Die Hölle morgen früh (Beatrice Egli)
9. Rock ‚N‘ Roll Medley (Peter Kraus)
10. Was wichtig ist (Udo Jürgens)
11. Hit – Medley Pur (PUR)
12. 50er Jahre Medley (Andreas Gabalier)
13. Hit – Medley Rainhard Fendrich (Rainhard Fendrich)
14. Unser Tag (Lina Larissa Strahl)
15. Alles wird gut (Gregor Meyle)
16. Hit – Medley Bill Ramsey (Bill Ramsey)
17. Atemlos durch die Nacht (Melanie Oesch)

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4½ stars

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ZZ Ward “Cannonball” (featuring Fantastic Negrito) [Single Premiere]


American recording artist, singer-songwriter ZZ Ward continues working on her second studio album called “The Storm“, which is expected to be released on June 30th via Hollywood Records as the follow-up to 2012’s “Til the Casket Drops”.

The third overall and second official single of this project is the song “Cannonball“, which includes the guest collaboration of American artist and producer Fantastic Negrito and it was launched as instant grat with the pre-order of the album on May 26th.

The song was written by Ward herself along herself along Xavier Dphrepaulezz.

 

Emily Vaughn “Mood” (Video Premiere)


American promising new artist Emily Vaughn has returned with a brand-new single after the low impact achieved with her recent offering “Think Twice”, launched back in October.

This time, the promising singer and songwriter has returned with “Mood“, her first proper release this year and a lovely pop piece wrapped with a summery vibe and some powerful vocals, and wrapped with an orchestral melody.

The song was written by Emily herself along April Geesbreght and Tofer Brown, and was released on digital retailers and streaming services on May 26th as another taste of her upcoming EP.

The same day of the single’s release, the official music video, which was directed by Joe DeSantis, was premiered through Vevo.

 

SZA “Ctrl” (Official Album Cover)


Ctrl” is the anticipated full length major debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Solána Rowe, known as SZA. It’s scheduled to be released on June 9th via Top Dawg Entertainment.

This project arrives almost three years after her latest EP “Z”, and she confirmed that it would include trap influences with more aggressive lyrics than her previously releases.

She has worked in the studio with James Fauntleroy, Hit-Boy and long time collaborator Felix Snow again. In 2016, she got international attention after co-writting a song entitled “Consideration” which featured on Rihanna’s album “ANTi” and she also appeared as a guest artist.

A brand new song called “Drew Barrymore“ was released on January 13th.

 

Tracklist:

 

  1. TBA
  2. Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott)
  3. TBA
  4. Drew Barrymore
  5. TBA
  6. TBA
  7. TBA
  8. TBA
  9. TBA
  10. TBA
  11. TBA
  12. TBA
  13. TBA
  14. TBA

 

Recorded/Registered/Leaked tracks:

 

  • Childs Play
  • twoAM