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New music for June.

Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

Following on from his work Justin Beiber on 'I'm the one' DJ Khaled is back with what will be another smash hit for 2017 sampling the great Carlos Santa and his 2000 hit Maria, Maria.
 

 

Fallin' - Jessica Mauboy

I can't find anyone who doesn't like Jess Mauboy. She's honest, down to heart and bloody good singer. Fallin' is attracting lots of attention as it features the debut video performance of her boyfriend and teenage sweetheart and it may just be the most romantic video of 2017.

 

New music for May.

Slow Hands - Niall Horan

It seems to be another day, another 1D member releases a song. With 'Slow Hands' Niall is attempting to scrap his safe, teenage boy band image and into the realm of a raw, wild Robbie Williams. Whilst the track doesn't break any ground, I give extra marks for the 80's Funk Rock sound.

 

Way Down We Go - Kaleo

When you think of Iceland, what do you get? For me, it's Bjork and that awesome Top Gear Special. Kaleo are an institution in their homeland of Iceland and having broken through in the US are making inroads here. Their first single, 'All the pretty girls,' had four million plays on Spotify and this should do the same.


Malibu - Miley Cyrus

Miley's new track Malibu, is stripped back with the focus on guitar and a heavy kick drum, to showcase her vocals. Accompanied by a breezy, beach side video, Malibu is a friendly pop hit, primed for the upcoming American summer.

 

Justin Bieber Ft. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yanke - Despacito

Despacito is another mega-hit for the 'Beebs,' having hit #1 in the UK making it his second for 2017. Yanke and Fonsi have been big stars in the Latin music industry for years, but this is easily their biggest hit. The guys bring their latin influence, via flamenco guitars to this track and it should easily Justin's biggest hit yet in Latin territories. 

 

 

New music for April.

Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl
Ed Sheeran is chasing down the Gold Medal title of the longest ever Australian #1 Single. Currently it's at 14 weeks, held by Abba with Waterloo in 1976. Ed's "Shape Of You" will probably get there, but the only thing stopping him, is Ed Sheeran. Galway Girl is the latest single to be released by Ed and with it's Irish Influence it's another brilliant Ed Sheeran singalong.
 

 

New music for March.

Clean Bandit - Symphony feat Zara Larson
Clean Bandit have recruited Swedish Superstar Zara Larson for help, with the follow up to to their smash hit, 'Rockabye.' Fans will be relieved that Clean Bandit have continued with the sound that's proven successful, by incorporating classical and orchestral parts into their pop sound. Check out the video, it's pretty powerful with the undertone about heartbreak and the black gay community. 


Sheppard - Keep Me Crazy
The Brisbane band, who had immense success with Geronimo are finally back with a new single. Fresh from supporting Justin Beiber across Australia, 'Keep Me Crazy' is a track written and designed for stadium sing-a-longs. The "Cheap, Wine" part before the chorus is fantastic and may just rival Cold Chisel in the $2 vino songs, for years to come.

 
Maroon 5 - Cold
Maroon 5 are in keeping with their evolving sound, with their new track, 'Cold.' After last years collaboration with Kendrick Lumar, the LA veterans (yes, I'm labeling them that) are teaming up with rapper Future, who isn't known for his pop output. Whilst they're not the same band who released 'Songs About Jane,' this new sound shouldn't in any way be a hindrance to sustained chart success.


Guy Sebastian - Mind on You
Incredibly, it's 13 years since the 'fro won Idol - and Guy Sebastian doesn't get enough credit for continually reinventing himself as an artist. I like his new sound here as it's stripped back with less production, with Guy providing a Lenny Kravitz like vocal performance. I can't see it achieving the #1 success of previous tracks, but instead,
more creative cred which is a very good thing.

 

Lorde - Green Light
Lorde was one of the success stories of the past few years. An unknown from New Zealand, Lorde rode the back of the Spotify wave to Grammy success and even had Bruce Springsteen cover her tracks live in concert (To which, there could be no greater honour!). Green Light disproves the difficult follow up situation that defines some artists, as she sings about her new found success and independence.

 

John Bellion - All Time Low
I love the story behind this track. John Bellion is a singer from Long Island, who worked and worked and worked on music for years, taking rejection and believing in his ability, to finally achieve success. All Time Low shouldn't work. The Lyrics, the phrasing and the melody aren't what's in music today, but John just makes it work - and for that, we're lucky.
 

 

Kygo - It ain't me
Have all our DJ's gone soft! I love this song and I really like the work of Norwegian DJ Kygo, but this doesn't sound like a DJ track. Teaming up with Sexy Texan Selena Gomez, 'It Ain't Me,' starts off like track written by a heart broken boy, sitting on the edge of his bed. From there it builds to be what will be one of the big tracks of 2017.

 

Jax Jones - You Don't Know Me
Jax Jones is set make 2017 as big as last year with this track. I wasn't familiar with song's bassline sample, M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade's Body Language. However after researching this song, the original was a staple of Jax Jones's DJ sets, so it's no surprise he's able to make it work so well. I dare you to listen and then not feel obligated to listen again, it's catchy.

 

Stargate (feat. Pink and Sia) - Waterfall.
When I heard Sia and Pink were teaming up with Stargate for a new track, I thought, ‘How could this NOT be a hit!’ Thankfully, this is not a disappointment. Stargate have previously written and produced tracks for Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Beyonce et al, but this is track is hopefully the first of many that Stargate release on their own.


The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This
Coldplay’s latest release, sees the Stadium Rockers (or should that be soft-rockers?) team up with recent chart darlings, the Chainsmokers. In the pre-chorus, Chris Martin sings, “How much you wanna risk?” If you’re looking for an answer to the collaboration of these two acts, it’s pretty simple - they don’t have to risk much. After 7 days of release online, the clip is on fire with 43 Million views on YouTube and 34 Million Spotify listens. I can’t see this being the last time these guys work together. 

 

New music for February.

Katy Perry - Chained To The Rhythm
After two albums of sugar coated pop songs, Katy Petty is aiming to move towards a more meaningful and creative period of music, with her new single ‘Chained to the Rhythm.’ This change follows in the footsteps of her formal support of Hillary Clinton. While most celeb’s use social media to insight change, Katy formally spoke at Hillary rallies issuing a distinct change in the image she had previously presented. Is Katy about to follow in the footstep of Peter Garrett & Bob Dylan to be the next political music superstar? History would say no, but extra points for the cameo on the song from Bob Marley’s Grandson Skip and a co-write from our very own Sia.
 

 

Amy Shark - Adore
When I think of the Gold Coast I think of the glorious beaches, the meter maid's & Warrick Capper's tight gold shorts. I don't tend to think of haunting vocals in the style of Lorde and Lana Del Ray. Amy Shark changes that perception, with her ghost like double-tracked vocals and heavily sustained guitar in the track, 'Adore.' Adore's lyrics reflect the emotional pain one reflects on, when they're dreaming of how they can obtain the person they so strongly desire. We've all been there. Selling out all 12 shows of her recent National Tour, 2017 will be big for Amy Shark.

 

Julia Michaels - Issues
A woman, admitting she's got problems?! Never! Julia Michaels admits she's got issues in her debut track, but not before she says, 'you've got them too.' (I guess there had to be a catch). On first listen, 'Issues' is a refreshing change to today's music, with only a synth-laded orchestra with finger-clicks backing Julia's voice for the first minute of the song. If you're a fan of Sarah Blasko, early Missy Higgins or dare I say The Fray, this track is for you.

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