Sivan releases his debut album Blue Neighbourhood. The album is a collaboration between Sivan and artists including Betty Who, Broods and Jack Antonoff.
It was just about keeping it honest and not really holding anything back. Really it’s just things that I thought, things I’ve written about life, things that I’ve thought about doing and not doing. Making it authentic is really important.
Cara releases her first studio album Know-It-All. The album features songs Here, I’m Yours and Wild Things. The album is a collaboration between Cara and executive producers Robert Eleazer and Tony Perez.
A lot of the album was done like two years ago, so it’s been a long process for me. It seems like it’s been a long process to get it all together, and to figure out where I wanted it to go, and a lot of it was done before I was even signed, so I was in school. I was 17 when we started it, and it ended up, over time, turning into this album about youth and teenage life. It’s about my teenage life, but I think it’s general enough it could be about anything. I really wanted to make it general so that other people can understand and relate to it. I think it’s just the story of what a teenager’s life is like, and with that comes themes of rebellions, confusion, and vulnerability, and I think that that comes through in in all of the songs.
Lovato release her album Confident, her fifth studio album. The album is a collaboration between Lovato and producers Mitch Allan, Babydaddy, Johan Carlsson, Peter Carlsson, Jason Evian, Carl Falk, Ilya, Steve Mac, Max Martin, Ali Payami, Laleh Pourkarim, Rami, Stargate and Gustaf Thorn.
I have never been confident enough in my own skin to feel sexy. Now that I’m feeling great and I feel confident, I’m proud of the skin that I’m in. I’m wanting to share that with the world and showing everyone how you can go from being very insecure with body image issues to feeling so proud of your body that you want to show it to the world.
Gomez releases her album Revival, her second solo record and features singles Same Old Love and Good For You. The album is a collaboration with executive producers Danny D and Tim Blacksmith.
I think after four albums, I finally feel a little more like myself than I ever have. I have this confidence and I have a better understanding of what I’m talking about. This is now a point in my life where I have experienced friendships or relationships or travel or exploring, it’s really fun.
Chvrches releaseEvery Open Eye, their second studio album, which is self-produced. The album’s title comes from the lyrics of the third single off of the album, Clearest Blue. Cook:
People don’t make albums any more. They make 11, 12 songs, and they put them out as an album but they feel like a greatest hits, or a playlist. I think I said that in reference to some contemporary pop albums that just sound like one radio hit after another. There’s no real ebb and flow, no sense of progression or telling a story, no exploration of multiple facets of an artist’s sound, just one attempt after another to deliver the hit. An album, in my opinion (and maybe this is an unfashionably traditional viewpoint), should have more breathing space, not be afraid to throw in some harder, darker, slower, longer pieces and explore a bit.
The band releases their second album, Cavalcade. The album is produced by Phil Bulleyment.
Its dynamically a bit more sophisticated, the individual instruments have a bit more room to breathe. This is partly due to us getting better as musicians but our producer Phil Bulleyment played a major role in shaping the sound of this record. Fundamentally though it’s popular because the songs mean something to people, it’s been fantastic to hear people singing along at gigs and it’s amazing to share that connection with people.
Muse announces an upcoming tour as well as the release of thier seventh studio album, Drones. A new track, Psycho, will be released on YouTube on Thursday, followed by the release of the album’s first single Dead Inside on March 23. The tour consists of a series of live shows across Britain, Europe, and Russia. Bellamy:
To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilising Drones to turn us all into Drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.
The band previewsPlay Ball, from their new album, Rock or Bust, which is scheduled to be released on Dec 2, 2014. This is the first album from the band that will not include Malcolm Young. Stevie Young, Malcolm’s cousin, fills in for him due to his battle with dementia. Johnson:
Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.
Sivan releasesTRXYE. The EP features his single Happy Little Pill as well as four additional songs, and is a collaboration with producers Tat Tong, SLUMS, and Alex JL Hiew.
For me, I’ve seen around a lot on the internet people censoring swear words with an ‘x’ or an asterisk. It was just an interesting concept to me. I felt the words looked really, really cool as well. It was visually striking.
Minaj releases the cover art for her single Anaconda which samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back. The cover art features minaj wearing only a G-string, halter top and sneakers.
He (the photographer) was thinking that it may be too over the top, and I said, “Well you know, in the beginning of my career, I did pictures like that, I did photo shoots like that,” and I didn’t want to lose that sense of who I am. I feel like one of the people I look up to the most was Madonna, and she’s never stopped pushing the envelope. She’s never stopped taking risks, and I don’t ever want to stop doing that either.
The group announces their new album titled 747 will be released on Sept. 30. The single Bartender can be found on the album:
We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747. The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters … taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before.
We are so ready to get this music out. To get the reaction we’ve gotten from Bartender has only made us more fired up about the rest of these songs!
The artist partners with Sony Music’s RCA Records to distribute his new material and help with radio promotion. The album, as yet untitled, will be out around Black Friday. He says that the type of content he is known for, western fare like Rodeo and Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old), will be well-represented.
If you had to put it in a box for me, it’d be Garth Music. You’re damn straight we’ll do cowboys songs on this album.
Underwood says her next album will represent a “new version” of herself as she changes the sound of her music.
It’s just a progression, a different sound without losing myself in it. I’m not taking some crazy musical departure from what I’ve done, but it definitely feels different. … It will feel different, look different, sound different.
Underwood does not say when the news songs she is working on will be released.
Epic Records and MJJ Music releases the second posthumous album Xscape by Jackson. Singles include Love Never Felt So Good, and A Place With No Name. Timbaland, executive producer:
This was very trying, not because it was just a Michael Jackson… kept hearing his voice, it was like, I’m doing Michael Jackson. It got emotional. I had to tell my engineer to stop — we gotta go to something else. It took about a week process to really grasp what I’m doing. And once I grasped what I’m doing, I had to call my mom for prayer like, I need some help, I need some guidance on this, ’cause this is hard
The group releases their debut record, Days Are Gone. The record features 11 tracks that include the singles Forever and The Wire. The album is a collaboration between the band and producers James Ford, Ludwig Göransson and Ariel Rechtshaid.
I think each song has its own story. I don’t think there was an overarching feeling for the record. I think the overarching theme was to make it sound like a band. But the feeling really does go from song to song.
Swift releases her fourth studio album Red. The 16 track album features song collaborations with Gary Lightbody on The Last Time and with Ed Sheeran on Everything Has Changed. Swift’s new album also features her singles We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and 22.
When I went in to make this record, I recorded the songs over a two-year period. Every time I would come up with a new song that sounded different or unique or new, compared to what I had to done before, I knew we were getting closer. What I wanted was an album that explored the edges and broke new ground. One of my big fears is people saying my songs are all starting to sound the same.
Minaj releases the album cover for her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up.
It’s a different feel, so I knew I had to put it on a separate disc the new songs, but it wasn’t an entire new thought and new body of work. Because I like to give a lot of music and so that’s why I didn’t want to do a whole new project. Because then I would feel like it would be judged as a brand new thing and then I would need to add way more songs.
Haim releases their first EP under the Ployder Records label.The EP is a collaboration between all members of the band. The release features three tracks including the single, Forever. Este and Alana :
We only recorded that Forever EP (in July 2012) to try and get a residency in LA. That was the goal. And we didn’t even get the residency!
The band releases their debut album, The Slow Readers Club. The album, produced by Kipper, includes many songs from the Omerta period. Aaron Starkie:
Recording the album was pretty intense, long days from about 10am to 10pm, could fry your brain sometimes but it was worth it. We had done a lot of work in preparation before we went in, we had already demoed all the tracks and had most of the synth parts and strings and stuff pre recorded. Working with Kipper was brilliant he taught us a lot about building the sound and creating texture. Kurt recorded about ten guitar tracks on some songs, we wouldn’t always use them all but it gave us lots to work with.
Epic Records and Sony Entertainment release the first posthumous complication album of unreleased tracks by Jackson titled Michael. Hit singles include Hold My Hand, Hollywood Tonight, Behind The Mask, and (I Like) The Way You Love Me. Brian Oxman, a lawyer for Joe Jackson states:
If Michael had wanted this music released he would have done so before his death. The songs which are being released on the new Michael Jackson album were unfinished and incomplete tracks that Michael said over and over many times he never wanted released. We should honor Michael Jackson’s wishes.
Roman is a weird little alter ego who is very flamboyant and doesn’t give a damn. You know when I’m doing really weird voices, growling, being real crazy, and talking like Anna Nicole Smith? That’s Roman.
West releases his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The album incorporates many different types of musical components, including electro, soul, and symphonic. A large number and variety of artists and producers participated in the album’s recording sessions, including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Eminem, John Legend, and Elton John. West:
People with that intangible sound, the people that everybody copy. You know, the originators. That’s what my thing is, it’s quality. What is the best of the best.
Swift releases her third studio album Speak Now. The record features 14 tracks including her singles Mine, The Story Of Us and Back To December. Swift wrote the entire album by herself and had producing assistance from Nathan Chapman.
Every single song is like a road map to what that relationship stood for, with little markers that maybe everyone won’t know, but there are things that were little nuances of the relationship, little hints. And every single song is like that.
West releases his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. An electropop and R&B album, 808s & Heartbreak sounds nothing like his previous works. The album, which West describes as “minimal but functional”, is primarily sung rather than rapped and contains extensive use of the Auto-Tune voice processor. The album features themes of love, loneliness, and heartache.
It’s a little bit of autotune and a whole lot of f*cked up life. This album was therapeutic- its lonely at the top.
Swift releases her second studio album Fearless. The 13 track album is co-written by Swift and collaborators Liz Rose, Hillar Lindsey, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Singles Love Story, Fifteen and Fearless are all featured songs on the record.
On this album, I deal with a lot of fairy tale themes. Sometimes they turn out good, sometimes they turn out bad. Love Story was a really happy ending — you put everything you have into love and it works out. Then in the song White Horse, you put everything you have into love and you get your heart broken. It blew my mind that such a personal song was the one people were talking the most about, because I always felt like the more personal my songs were, the more I could just relate to them. But, really, more people have been able to relate to those songs — the ones that I wrote when I was really going through something terrible.
Swift releases her first studio album self-titled Taylor Swift. The 15 track record features singles Teardrops on My Guitar and Our Song. The album also features collaborations with writer Liz Rose for each of the album’s tracks.
I love writing with Liz. When we write, I usually come in with a melody and some lyric content, and then we’ll work on creating the rest of the song. She’s a really good song editor.
Jackson releases his 10th album Invincible with co-producer, Jerkins. Hit singles include You Rock My World, Speechless, Butterflies, Cry, and Heaven Can Wait. Jerkins:
He was super vocal. He was so hands on. I’m talking about from the high hat to everything. The sound quality was so important to him. He looked at everything under a microscope, like, “The middle frequency is too much”–he was very technical. He use to always say, “Melody is king” so he really focused in on melody.
Aaliyah releasesAre You That Somebody, a song for the movie, Dr. Doolittle. The track establishes Aaliyah and she quickly enters superstar status. The song goes to number one on the R&B charts and earns Aaliyah her first Grammy Award nomination. Static Major:
When I first presented the song to Aaliyah, she initially showed disdain for it. However, she eventually agreed to record it.
Jackson releasesBlood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix, which is a remix, with Epic Records and MJJ Productions (Jackson’s own label). This is the second album released by his own label. Hit singles include Blood On The Dance Floor, HIStory/Ghosts, and It Is Scary.
Bush releases their debut album titled Sixteen Stone. The album peaks at number forty on the Billboard 200 and includes numerous successful singles such as Comedown, Machinehead and Glycerine. Rossdale:
We recorded our first CD, Sixteen Stone, with a small budget and never dreamed that we would enjoy such a high success. It was simply fantastic.
Chillin’ Like a Smut Villain, 2 Too Many’s one and only record is released. The record is produced by Hula and Fingers, the production duo behind Will Smith’s Summertime. Two singles are released from the album: Where’s the Party? and My Imagination.
Jackson releasesDangerous, it is his eighth album. Hit singles are Black Or White, Remember The Time, In The Closet, Jam, Who Is It, Heal The World, Give It To Me, Will You Be There, and Gone Too Soon.
Jackson releasesBad, his seventh album, five years after the release of Thriller. Co-producer is Jones. Hit singles are Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In The Mirror, Dirty Diana, Another Part Of Me, Smooth Criminal, Leave Me Alone, Liberian Girl.
I feel rejuvenated…it is like I’m happy, I’m done.
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Jackson releases his sixth album Thriller with Epic Records and Co-producer Jones. Hit singles include, The Girl Is Mine, Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Human Nature, P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing), and Thriller. Jones:
He was always up for trying new things. I remember Michael sang through these long cardboard tubes to get a particular sound — that’s something Michael came up with, I believe.
The band release their fourth studio album, Foxtrot, with the same lineup as Nursery Cryme. The album includes Watcher of The Skies, Get ‘Em Out By Friday, TimeTable, Horizons and the 23-minute long Supper’s Ready, the band’s longest track. Gabriel sings all songs except Horizons, which is an instrumental piece for guitar, written and performed by Hackett. The album is produced by the band with Dave Hitchcock as co-producer, and John Burns as engineer. The sleeve is once again designed by Anthony Whitehead.
The band release their third studio album, Nursery Cryme. The album includes The Musical Box, The Fountain of Salmacis, and Return of The Giant Hogweed. This is the first album with Collins and Hackett. Gabriel sings all songs except For Absent Friends, which is written by Hackett, and sung by Collins. The album is produced by John Anthony and engineered by David Hentschel. The sleeve is designed by Anthony Whitehead, based on the characters in the songs. Banks:
Nursery Cryme was the album that incorporated Phil and Steve into the band, so we became, for that reason, a better playing unit than we’d benn in the past. And we’d also by this time, played quite a liot on stage, so the development from Trespass was quite a big one. And we had the Mellotron was a new instrument, and a certain quality of the early-Genesis sound was started with this album.
I was thrilled with it. The rough edges at that time I refused to hear. I just wanted to bask in the glory. I’d done an album with what was destined to become a great band, and occasionally the sound was wonderful.
It was a real great five-piece working uni. We all got together for the meetings for the cover, we were there all the time for the mixing. Pretty much we were all involved in the writing, apart from the lyrics. Certain songs would have pairs going off to write lyrics. I have very fond memories of the period.
A step into the shade, if you like. There’s more sunshining in Trespass, more folky feels, and outside stuff. And we’d gone indoors in Nursery Cryme.
It’s a good example of how we were moving on…I like the cover Quite a strong image of the girl and the croquet lawn., and the head. We were starting to create an atmosphere about the band. Slightly quirky. I felt we were starting to become something that was a little bit unique in the music business.
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